Featured Library: Hawaii State Public Library System

This month we are highlighting the Hawaii State Public Library System’s holiday programs. The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is made up of fifty-one libraries located Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. This year, HSPLS is hosting a variety of holiday events that celebrate the local culture while toasting the season:

  • Craft expert Evelyn Nakamura will share the art of Furoshiki, a traditional Japanese style of gift wrapping. Participants will learn to use simple square fabrics to wrap gifts in a variety of shapes and sizes, and will receive a Furoshiki to continue practicing the various ties. The program is suitable for ages twelve and older.

  • Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wing Quintet will perform “Paka ’A Lanakila!,” a special commissioned work narrated by composer Jon Magnussen and written for audiences young and young-at-heart. With words and music, it tells the heart-warming story of Paka’a, a young boy of ali’i lineage growing up on Kauai without his own blood father and trying to get out in the world and make something of himself. The quintet will perform classical and holiday season music as well.

  • Christopher Yohmei Blasdell will perform and demonstrate the Shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown flute that produces a soulful sound.

More traditional holiday programming will be offered as well, including visits with Santa; screenings of holiday classics; a Honolulu Handbell Ensemble holiday concert; the Seventh Annual Holiday Music Festival, featuring Kahuku High School’s award-winning show choir, the Brigham Young University-Hawaii String Ensemble, the Keiki Chorus, and an adult women’s choir; Sugar Plum Fairies & Teddy Bear-ies, an interactive holiday program for children with stories, music, and skits featuring Uncle Bwop and Auntie Melinda Wing; Holiday Puppet Times with Christy Lipps; and a performance by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band.