“He Lei, He Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani,” a free program celebrating the enduring legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani, will be presented by the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) at 28 public libraries statewide from Sept. 15 through Feb. 13.
Queen Lydia Lili‘uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, was renowned for her music, love for her homeland, and complete dedication to the needs of her people. The queen expressed her aloha for her people through her actions and the examples she set.
This program will feature selected readings from “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen” written by the queen, a sing-along of her music from “The Queen’s Songbook” published by Hui Hanai, a seven-minute film vignette “Ku‘u Aina Aloha” that expresses the love of these islands as inspired by the queen, and a brief talk story moderated by members of the Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii. Meleanna Aluli Meyer, artist, art-educator, filmmaker, and descendant of Emma Nawahi, a close confidante of the queen, will serve as narrator of this participatory program.
Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, The Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, Hui Hanai, Hawaiian Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Pu‘uhonua Society and the Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii are sponsoring this 45-minute program that is suitable for ages 12 and older. Contact the hosting library three weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed for this event.
For more information, please visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call the hosting library. The schedule is subject to change. Here are the Big Island times and locations of the program:
— Thursday, Jan. 9, 11:30 a.m. at Pahala Public & School Library; phone 928-2015;
— Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Keaau Public & School Library; phone 982-4281;
— Friday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. at Naalehu Public Library; phone 939-2442;
— Saturday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. at Kealakekua Public Library; phone 323-7585;
— Saturday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. at Kailua-Kona Public Library; phone 327-4327;
— Monday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. at North Kohala Public Library; phone 889-6655;
— Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. at Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library; phone 887-6067;
— Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m. at Honokaa Public Library; phone 775-8881;
— Friday, Jan. 17, 1:15 p.m. at Laupahoehoe Public & School Library; phone 962-2229, and
— Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at Hilo Public Library; phone 933-8888.