Hawaii history lectures set at North Kohala Library


The North Kohala Public Library in Kapaau will present a series of three talk-story sessions on Hawaii’s history with North Kohala historian Boyd D. Bond.

The first session at 6:30 p.m.on Monday, Sept. 30, will focus on “Hawaii’s Musical History,” ranging from Hawaiian chant through the renaissance of Hawaiian music in the late 20th century. In the second presentation on Monday, Oct. 28, Bond plans to talk about the Hawaii State Motto — “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness).” For the final program on Monday, Nov. 25, Bond will describe the Makahiki season, the Hawaiian time of celebration.

Each hour-long presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bond’s knowledge of Hawaii’s history stems from his academic studies and from a lifetime spent in Hawaii as a sixth-\ generation descendent of early western settlers in Hawaii. Boyd was raised in Hawaii in a sugar plantation family, living on plantations throughout the state.

Of his interest in Hawaiian history, Bond says, “I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t immersed in it. Many of the stories of Hawaii’s history are also our family stories.” Bond earned a bachelor of arts degree in Hawaiian history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and went on to earn a master’s degree in education.

Call the North Kohala Public Library at 889-6655 for more information and to register.

 

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