• The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii, venues, and participants comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings.
  • Registration for events that have been confirmed is open  (you will see an option to register next to the event if it is open). 
  • In order to ensure compliance with the latest guidelines for group gatherings, registration will open for all other events closer to the date of the event. 
Grazie di cuore!

    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kapiolani Park
    Register


    POSTPONED to Sunday 12/12 at 2pm due to weather.

    Let's celebrate Natale together--eating, playing, and relaxing at Kapiolani Park. Bring yummy food or drinks to share, bocce set, ball, blanket or chair. Or just YOU! Some members even bring their instruments and jam together--take yours along, if you'd like! For this year, we will remain outdoors, as large events indoor continue to be a bit complicated logistically. Come and meet some of our new members as well as our long-time friends!

    Location: Kapiolani Park: Small section of the park inside Monsarrat Avenue, Leahi Avenue, and Paki Avenue. Drive down Monsarrat Avenue (towards the ocean), make a left in Paki Avenue, and park immediately (we will be on the left, by the picnic table).

    Required: RSVP. All guests will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings, and either vaccinated or tested negative with 48 hours. 

    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.

    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence in Kaneohe
    • 0


    Join our membership so you can attend this special event! All Italy lovers are welcome!

    Celebrate the holiday season with a cooking class, followed by dinner, with our Chef Ivo Rossi. Together, we will make two versions of polenta, two sauces, and a pastry cream to embellish a Pandoro, the traditional Christmas cake in Italy. Then we will enjoy our creations over dinner. Buon Natale e Capodanno!

    Bring: Please bring a bottle of wine or appetizer, to share while cooking.

    Address: Event will take place at a private home in Kaneohe, just at the end of Likelike. Registered members will receive an email with address and directions prior to the event.

    Parking: Abundant free street parking in residual neighborhood.

    Safety policy: All guests will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings, and are required to be vaccinated, as requested by the house owners. Please remember your vaccination card--guests arriving without it will not be allowed to enter.

    Members: The event is limited to 12 members. Members' guests must also be members. Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    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.


    • 16 Jan 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Brick Fire Tavern 3447 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
    • 14
    Register


    Join our membership so you can attend this event at a discounted rate! All Italy lovers are welcome!

    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.

    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 9.

    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 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 and the latest mandates for restaurants: Along with proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, guests will need to show an original ID. Please wear a mask, you can remove it when seated, and remain at your table.

    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.

    • 18 Jan 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • 1 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join our membership so you can attend this special event! All Italy lovers are welcome!

    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 want to converse in Italian. Each week, a topic will be assigned so students can prepare by writing a paragraph and listing useful vocabulary. Prego will be used as a reference for grammar, if needed.

    During the course, students can change level and can also audit any other levels of their choice.

    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.

    Optional: If students have taken the class previously and want to use new materials, please consider: Amore e Cappuccino by Valeria Blasi and Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana by Susanna Nocchi.

    LOCATION:
     
    We have to remain online a bit longer, until we'll be allowed to learn together without masks and social distancing indoors. 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).

    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. 

    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.

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Honolulu and/or Zoom
    Register


    Have you ever dreamed about buying a home in Italy? Maybe in the Amalfi coast, the island of Capri, a village in the Dolomites, or in a vineyard? Who has not been tempted by those advertisements " buy a home in Italy for $1"? Now it's time to find out!

    Join us for a presentation by a panel of members, who will share their personal experiences in buying a home in Italy: from choosing a location to buying and maintaining a property. Come and listen to their lessons learned and tips! 

    Location: In person in Honolulu with also a Zoom option, if allowed; otherwise, we'll remain on Zoom only. 

    RSVP by January 20th: Registered guests will receive an email with address and Zoom link a week prior to the event.

    Safety policy: All guests will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings.

    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.

    • 2 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Kaimuki and/or Zoom
    Register


    Join us in person or Zoom for our book club! This month selection is Trust (Confidenza) by Domenico Starnone, translated by the internationally acclaimed novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. Read her New Yorker article on "The Book That Taught Me What Translation Was."

    Location: In person in Honolulu with also a Zoom option, if allowed; otherwise, we'll remain on Zoom only. 

    RSVP by January 26: Registered guests will receive an email with address and Zoom link a week prior to the event.

    Safety policy: All guests will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings.

    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.

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Honolulu and/or Zoom
    Register


    This presentation features a panel of members who applied for Italian citizenship on their own, without the help of a professional agency. They qualified thanks to their Italian ancestors via jure sanguinis, the Latin term meaning "law of blood." They will share their experience in (a) researching their genealogy and finding the family documents that were needed; (b) processing the translations, notarizations, and apostilles for the needed family documents; (c) making an appointment with the Consulate and uploading the application; (d) receiving the final approvals and becoming an Italian citizen. Come and listen to their lessons learned and tips! 

    Location: In person in Honolulu with also a Zoom option, if allowed; otherwise, we'll remain on Zoom only. 

    RSVP by February 17th: Registered guests will receive an email with address and Zoom link a week prior to the event.

    Safety policy: All guests will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings.

    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.



    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Private Residence (Ala Moana)
    • 18


    Join our membership so you can attend this event at a discounted rate! All Italy lovers are welcome!

    Join Chef Ivo Rossi for a pasta-making class and dinner together! We will make a classic pasta dish, starting from the queen of the pasta cuts, Tagliatelle, and finishing up with a delicate smoked salmon sauce. Then we will sit together for a pasta feast together. Remember one of the Italian Golden Rules: never add Parmesan cheese to fish pasta plates!

    Bring: Please bring a bottle of wine or appetizer, to share while cooking.

    Address: Event will take place at a private home by Ala Moana. Registered guests will receive an email with address and directions prior to the event.

    Parking: Abundant free parking in the vicinity.

    Safety policy: All participants will comply with the latest guidance for group gatherings, and show vaccination card and ID at check-inas requested by the property owners.

    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 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: Email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

Past events

20 Nov 2021 Gusto di Mare: Wine pairing dinner at Arancino di Mare
18 Nov 2021 Lecture: Muslims in Dante’s Divina Commedia and in Western Art (Free for all! Online)
28 Oct 2021 Lecture: The beauty, value and comfort of a city at human scale (Free for all! Online)
17 Oct 2021 Wine Tasting: A Tuscan Night, but in Kailua (Bottleheads)
11 Oct 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "Atlantis: A journey in search of beauty" by Carlo and Renzo Piano (Members only)
30 Sep 2021 Lecture: A museum in the city-museum (Free for all! Online)
28 Sep 2021 Language class: Adults (Fall 2021, members only)
26 Sep 2021 The Cuisine of Emilia-Romagna: Tasting menu with wine pairing at Quiora
13 Sep 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" by Giorgio Bassani (Members only)
5 Aug 2021 Live from Italy: Virtual wine presentation with Tenuta Sant’ Antonio winery
20 May 2021 Talk: Paths to Italian citizenship (online, members only)
15 May 2021 A taste of Sicily II: Tasting menu with wine pairing
11 May 2021 Language class: Adults (Summer 2021, members only)
4 May 2021 Annual meeting (online, members only)
29 Apr 2021 Lecture: Seeing clearly: What if stars twinkle too much? (Free for all! Online)
12 Apr 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "The Baron in the Trees" by Italo Calvino (Members only)
10 Apr 2021 A taste of Sicily: Tasting menu with wine pairing
25 Mar 2021 Lecture: Italian opera (Free for all! Online)
24 Mar 2021 FOI Welcomes and Congratulates Mayor Rick Blangiardi (Members Only)*
9 Mar 2021 Language class: Adults (Spring 2021, members only)
8 Mar 2021 Caffe' Letterario: Borgo Sud by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Free for all! Italian language only)
25 Feb 2021 Lecture: The long shadow cast by Dante (Free for all! Online)
20 Feb 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Venice (Appetito)
23 Jan 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
18 Jan 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "A girl returned" by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Members only)
5 Jan 2021 Language class: Adults (Winter 2021, 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

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