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  • Hawaii's Public Libraries will Celebrate National Library Week in April 2012

National Library Week Programs


Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to find a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong @ your library.


The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) helps level the playing field by making both print and digital information available and accessible to everyone statewide - from keiki to kupuna.  Our libraries provide a variety of free services such as Internet access with a valid library card, wi-fi, downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and e-music; performances, programs, displays, and exhibits for all ages; Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, 24/7 remote access to online databases and our Public Access Catalog, and much more.


"Hawaii's public libraries provide communities with tailor-made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills," said State Librarian Richard Burns.  "This year's National Library Week is April 8 to 14.  Please join our public libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong."


Hawaii's public libraries will host free programs throughout the month. Below is a statewide schedule of performances.


These programs are sponsored through a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawai'i, Marriott Resorts Hawaii, Ko Olina Hawaii, HMS Host, Meadow Gold Dairies, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, Roberts Hawaii, Bowman Connectivity Solutions, Girard's Dressings, and Toshiba Business Solutions.  Additional funding is being provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Program schedules are subject to change. Contact the hosting library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.





Yukie Shiroma will conduct a workshop on creating a three-dimensional mask. Yukie has a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has also studied Okinawan classical dance and theatre for over thirty years. As the Co-Artistic Director of Monkey Waterfall, Yukie has performed and taught dance and mask work nationally and internationally for over twenty years and directs the company's productions. She conducts mask making workshops annually at the Windward Arts Festival. This two-hour program is limited to only twenty (20) participants and is suitable for ages 8 and older. Supplies will be provided. Contact a hosting library to register.


Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.

Kahuku Public & School Library (Oahu)

Ph. 293-8935


Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 p.m.

Waipahu Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 675-0358






Storyteller Sandra MacLees has been collecting stories all her life, from the folktales she read as a child to the Greek myths she discovered in college. She finds stories everywhere! In 1978,

she became a professional storyteller and started sharing her stories in schools and public libraries. She has also been featured in storytelling festivals in Hawaii and across the United States. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.

North Kohala Public Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 889-6655


Wednesday, April 11, 11:00 a.m.

Lahaina Public Library (Maui)

Ph. 662-3950


Friday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.

Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 831-6831





John Keawe is a songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. He will offer a tribute to the slack key style and include selections from the work of Raymond Kane, Leonard Quan, and many more. John is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano and Hawaii Music awards recipient and a contributing artist on Hawaii's 1st Grammy award in 2005. Program is recommended for ages 5 and older.


Monday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.

Honokaa Public Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 775-8881


Wednesday, April 11, 3:00 p.m.

Molokai Public Library

Ph. 553-1765


Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

Princeville Public Library (Kauai)

Ph. 826-4310


Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Makawao Public Library (Maui)

Ph. 573-8785


Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Wailuku Public Library (Maui)

Ph. 243-5766


Friday, April 27, 12:30 p.m.

Naalehu Public Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 939-2442


Friday, April 27, 2:30 p.m.

Pahala Public & School Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 928-2015





Musician Dean Taba will demonstrate common Jazz styles and will provide an overview of what musicians are doing when improvising a solo or accompaniment.  Dean Taba is a highly regarded studio and freelance musician. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. Dean has performed/recorded with a variety of local and national musicians/groups like Jake Shimabukuro, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, and Dave Koz. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 and older.


Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.

Kailua Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 266-9911


Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.

Kaimuki Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 733-8422





Ben Moffat will entertain the audience in a storytelling performance that will use stilts, masks and puppets. Ben has always been fascinated with masks. His home is filled with more than 200 varieties that he describes as intriguing and mystical. He has performed and taught nationally and internationally since 1986. Ben attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study Asian theatre and directing. While at UH, he performed Javanese dance and music, and appeared in English language productions of kabuki and noh drama. He was among the first troupe of foreigners invited to perform traditional opera in China.


Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.

Kealakekua Public Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 323-7585


Saturday, April 14, 2:00 p.m.

Kahului Public Library (Maui)

Ph. 873-3097





Slam poetry is a modern day form of performance poetry that is inspiring large audiences throughout the world. Described as Hawai'i's "unofficial slam poet laureate," Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. His performances combine poetry, storytelling, movement, music, theater, and interactive speaking. His content investigates social, personal, and cultural themes to give audiences a roller-coaster experience filled with laughter and reflection. He is the first poet in Hawaii's history to perform at a governor's inauguration. Kealoha has also performed at various events such as the National Storytelling Network Conference, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, and the Honolulu Storytelling Festival.


Thursday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.

Ewa Beach Public & School Library (Oahu)

Ph. 689-1204


Thursday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Lanai Public & School Library

Ph. 565-7920





Storyteller Brenda Freitas-Obregon will share various folktales and stories from around the world. Known as "Auntie Brenda", she revels in sharing the love of books and reading with children of all ages, and their families. She is currently the children's librarian at Kalihi-Palama Public Library. Throughout her career as a Librarian, Brenda has toured New Zealand and all the neighbor islands except Niihau, with storytelling, read alouds, and cultural programs for parents and teachers. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 3 and older.


Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Hanapepe Public Library (Kauai)

Ph. 335-8418





Storyteller Dave Del Rocco will share folktales from every corner of the globe, including Hawaii, Laos, Italy, Alaska, the Philippines, Africa, and more. These tales are mostly funny and explain how different cultures view aspects of their world. Dave has been a student of the Hawaiian language for many years and has worked as a librarian for the Hawaii State Public Library System for nearly eighteen years, twelve of those as a children's librarian. This 45-minute program is recommended for ages 5 and older.


Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.

Hilo Public Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 933-8888






This unique 45-minute cultural program will feature a demonstration and lecture on the art of performing with taiko (Japanese drums). Learn about the different drums and percussion instruments of Japan as used in traditional  and contemporary music. Kenny Endo is a performer, composer, and leader of contemporary taiko. He trained in western drums  and percussion for performance with jazz, fusion and cultural artists before starting his own taiko career. This free 45-minute program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.

Aiea Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 483-7333


Tuesday, April 17, 3:00 p.m.

Liliha Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 587-7577


Saturday, April 21, 12noon

Hawaii State Library (Oahu)

Ph. 586-3490





Recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. Born on the Island of Maui, Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala, where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) on the Haleakala Ranch. He began studying the guitar on his own, his interests broadened and he delved into a wide variety of musical genres that the guitar plays a part in. He studied jazz and classical guitar at the University of Southern California and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This 45-minute program is recommended for all ages.


Monday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.

Waimea Public Library (Kauai)

Ph. 338-6848


Thursday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.

Laupahoehoe Public & School Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 962-2229


Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.

Pearl City Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 453-6566




Chamber Music Hawaii's



The Galliard String Quartet, considered Hawaii's premier string quartet, performs programs including the works of such favorite composers as Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. Music of the masters is the Galliard's forte, but the group's repertoire also includes Strauss waltzes. romantic interludes, light classics, Hawaiian music, popular music, and more. GSQ performs a repertoire of songs written by Queen Lili'uokalani such as Aloha 'Oe, Puia Ka Nahele, the Queen's Prayer, and many more. The quartet consists of two violins, viola, and cello. The musicians that make up this quartet were all part of the now disbanded Honolulu Symphony. This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 and older.


Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.

Hawaii Kai Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 397-5833


Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m.

Waialua Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 637-8286


Monday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Mountain View Public & School Library (Hawaii Island)

Ph. 968-2322





Traditional performing arts are an integral part of daily and ritual life in Bali. Balinese performing arts are rich, vast, and complex and the arts that are practiced in contemporary Bali have an important link to the past. Performers I. Made Widana and Anna Reynolds will demonstrate traditional Balinese music and dance. The ensemble includes gongs, bronze metallophone instruments of various sizes, double-headed drums, and flutes. This one-hour program is suitable for all ages.


Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.

Kaneohe Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 233-5676


Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.

Aina Haina Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 377-2456


Monday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Mililani Public Library (Oahu)

Ph. 627-7470


Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Hawaii State Library (Oahu)

Ph. 586-3520



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