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Grazie di cuore!

    • 5 Jan 2021
    • 4:30 PM (HAST)
    • 23 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 PM (HAST)
    • Zoom
    Register


    INSTRUCTOR:
    Chiara Logli is originally from Bologna (Italy) and holds a Ph.D. in international/cross-cultural education from the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. Currently, she is the Institutional Assessment Specialist for the Honolulu Community College. In the past, she worked for various educational institutions, including the University of California, USAID, and the East-West Center. She also taught Italian language for the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. She has studied five languages and worked in three continents. In her free time, she dances hula with Halau Kaulakahi, loves the ocean, and volunteers with Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level 1. For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the book Prego (half chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level 2. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).
    • Conversation Level 4. For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary, and/or want to focus on speaking.

    BOOK:
    "Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.

    LEARNING APPROACH:
    Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.

    ZOOM:
    Registered students will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlssharing screenbreakout roomsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Brick Fire Tavern, 3447 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu
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    Join us for a wine tasting with appetizers at the Brick Fire Tavern in Kaimuki! Enjoy a selection of special WINES and ANTIPASTI from the Amalfi region, including four wines and:

    • Bresaola carpaccio, arugula, shaved parmesan
    • Montanara, Piennollo style tomato, Mediterranean anchovy
    • Grilled focaccia, house lemon ricotta, honey, hazelnuts

    You will learn about each winery and region of origin, and ask any questions you may have. 

    Owner Matt Resich studied the art of pizza making under renowned master pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia in Naples. Brick Fire Tavern is the only restaurant on Oahu with the Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification.

    RSVP: Required by Saturday January 16.

    Parking: Rear parking lot, meter street parking, and two municipal lots between 11th, 12th, and Harding Avenue.

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Your guests: Will automatically be assigned the non-member fee. If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    Safety policy: All participants will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings: Please wear a mask, you can remove it when seated, refrain from standing, sit at the assigned tables according to social distance and limited number.

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Talk: Far from being a figure caught in the Middle Ages or a figure of Catholic orthodoxy, Dante has powerfully shaped all European culture--especially but not exclusively Italian culture--and continues to be our contemporary. This talk will focus on how Italian writers after Dante were influenced by him and struggled with how to find their own voice given the long shadow he casts. We will focus on three great Italian (and Florentine) writers: Petrarch, whose lyric poetry dominated European poetry for centuries, Boccaccio, whose stories are at the start of European prose fiction, and Michelangelo, the great sculptor and painter who was also--though this is less known--a great poet. Each writer is a powerful reader of Dante, so looking at how they respond to his work is extremely illuminating about his work as well as theirs.

    Presenter: Reed Dasenbrock moved to Hawaii in 2009 to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Manoa. Returning to the faculty in 2016, he teaches courses on Italian literature in translation in addition to courses in English, Philosophy, and the Honors Program. This semester, he is teaching a course on Boccaccio's The Decameron and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Next spring, he will be teaching in Manoa's Study Abroad Program in Florence, where he will teach a course on Dante and a course on art and literature in Florence in the Renaissance, in which the students will read Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Castiglione, and Michelangelo as well as see a lot of art. A lifelong Italophile, he has visited Italy perhaps 25 times and is the author of Imitating the Italians, a scholarly study of the influence of Italian literature on literature in English from 1500 to the present, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 8 Mar 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    MARCH BOOK:
    Under the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, the reading will be Borgo Sud, the continuation of 
    L'Arminuta (A girl returned) 
    by Donatella Di Pietrantonio. It has not been translated in English yet, so the discussion will be in Italian.

    You can find the book at the Pino Bookshop with a 15% discount to book club members (register to the Caffe’ Letterario and then email us to receive directions on how to secure the discount code).

    In addition to our reading circle here in Hawaii, consider attending also the discussion by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    QUESTIONS:

    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (HAST)
    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 PM (HAST)
    • 2500 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817
    Register


    INSTRUCTOR:
    Daniela Rocco Minerbi pursued classic studies at the Liceo Classico Berchet, earned a Fifth Year Piano Diploma at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, and obtained her Doctoral Degree in Architecture at the Polytechnical University in Milano. She taught Italian language and culture at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) and Kapiolani Community College outreach programs. At UHM, she also taught Painting in Italian and co-taught in Psychology, Architecture, and Peace studies. Daniela has organized peace seminars and is the co-author of the book “Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change” (Galtung et al., 1997). As an artist, she has won prizes and awards, has had art exhibitions, and has been curator of several art shows in both Italy and Hawaii. She loves to perform piano four hands and two pianos. Daniela provides consulting services in Architectural Design.

    LEVELS:

    • Beginner Level: For students who have no or minimal grasp of the Italian language—we’ll cover up to chapter 3 of the book Prego (half a chapter per week).
    • Intermediate Level: For students who have mastered all grammar and vocabulary of Level 1—we’ll cover chapters 4-9 of the book Prego (a chapter per week).

    BOOK: 
    "Prego!" 6th Edition, available online for $5 and up (used). Other editions are fine to use as well, but you may have a hard time finding correspondent pages.

    LEARNING APPROACH: 
    Students review assigned grammar and exercises at home ahead of time, so class time is used to clarify questions, do a couple of exercises, and especially read and speak together.

    LOCATION:

    • First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, a beautiful historic home, with a lot of outdoor and indoor space.
    • All participants are expected to comply to the latest guidance for group gatherings.
    • If social gatherings will not be allowed, the class will take place via Zoom.

    PARKING:
    Free parking onsite

    REGISTRATION:

    • Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    NOTE:
    The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 12 Apr 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    APRIL BOOK:
    Il Barone Rampante 
    (The Baron of the Trees) 
    by Italo Calvino. 
    You can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION (MEMBERS ONLY):

    • Members: Free to members (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and UNIQUE email (Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide).

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

Past events

18 Jan 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "A girl returned" by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Members only)
18 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: Virtual with Dalla Terra
12 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
10 Dec 2020 Lecture: Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)--A humble homage on the 500th anniversary of his death (Free for all! Online)
7 Dec 2020 December Food Drive for Hoa Aina O Makaha
21 Nov 2020 Wine tasting with appetizers: Il Tappo
19 Nov 2020 Lecture: Italian opera, UNESCO heritage (Free for all! Online)
15 Nov 2020 Contribute to our 30th anniversary cookbook! (members only)
9 Nov 2020 Caffe' Letterario: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
3 Nov 2020 Language Class: Adults, Level 1 (online, members only)
29 Oct 2020 Lecture: Living on the Moon and Mars (Free for all! Online)
18 Oct 2020 Aperitivo: Happy Hour (online)
23 Sep 2020 Annual meeting (online, members only)
20 Sep 2020 Game Night: Italian!
8 Sep 2020 Language class: Adults (members only)
1 Aug 2020 Aperitivo
11 Jul 2020 Dinner: Chef Testa's Gourmet Mediterranean Dining Experience
27 Jun 2020 Cooking class: Pizza
7 Mar 2020 Cooking class: Pasta cuts
27 Feb 2020 Lecture: Are there mermaids in Hawaiʻi and Sicily?
22 Feb 2020 Bocce and potluck: Carnevale!
30 Jan 2020 Dance class: Tarantella
25 Jan 2020 Lecture and tour: Dante's Divina Commedia
7 Jan 2020 Language Class: Adults
14 Dec 2019 Cena di Natale: Appetito (by Chef Hiro, Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine)
7 Dec 2019 Cooking class: Canederli (meat balls)
9 Nov 2019 Cooking class: Tiramisu'
9 Nov 2019 Language class: Children
9 Nov 2019 Art class: Painting in Italian
24 Oct 2019 Lecture: Marine explorations
19 Oct 2019 Bocce and potluck
5 Oct 2019 Cooking class: Risotto
28 Sep 2019 Lecture and tour: Firenze and its dome
10 Sep 2019 Language Class: Adults
7 Sep 2019 Cooking class: Limoncello
29 Aug 2019 Lecture: Learn from rocks how to defeat cancer
3 Aug 2019 Cooking class: Lasagne
17 Jul 2019 Party: Maserati Yacht--Benvenuti!
6 Jul 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
8 Jun 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
30 May 2019 Lecture: Cinematic connections
20 May 2019 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
1 May 2019 Film and panel: Leonardo 500
20 Apr 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
20 Apr 2019 Language class: Children
11 Apr 2019 Wine tasting: Flavors of Italy and Mediterraneo
6 Apr 2019 Cooking class: Biscotti
2 Apr 2019 Language class: Adults
28 Mar 2019 Lecture: Climate change--Hurricanes in the Mediterranean and Pacific
9 Mar 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
23 Feb 2019 Cooking class: Gnocchi
31 Jan 2019 Lecture: Land that connects hearts
26 Jan 2019 Cooking class: Pizza
22 Jan 2019 Language class: Adults
14 Dec 2018 Cena di Natale: Vintage Cave Cafe'
23 Oct 2018 Language class: Adults
8 Sep 2018 Picnic: Kapiolani Park
18 Jul 2018 Lecture: Tarantella
15 Jun 2018 Film: Arrangiarsi: Pizza...and the art of living
16 May 2018 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
24 Apr 2018 Dinner: Fête
17 Apr 2018 Italian class: Adults
4 Mar 2018 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
11 Feb 2018 Concert: Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
10 Dec 2017 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
1 Dec 2017 Dinner: Brick Fire Tavern
18 Aug 2017 Wine tasting: Hawaii Loa Ridge
6 Aug 2017 Italian class: Adults
23 Jul 2017 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
22 May 2017 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
27 Apr 2017 Film: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
19 Apr 2017 Film: La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy)
14 Apr 2017 Film: Maurizio Cattelan--Be Right Back
6 Apr 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Oahu Choral Society, Cafe Sistina
1 Apr 2017 Concert: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
31 Mar 2017 Lunch: Sabrina's with JoAnn Falletta
18 Mar 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Brick Fire Tavern
24 Feb 2017 Dinner: Baci Bistro
9 Feb 2017 Lecture: Italian Fencing
18 Dec 2016 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
14 Nov 2016 Cooking class: Pasta

Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization | P.O. Box 1376, Honolulu, HI 96807 | info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org

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