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Library program explores the legacy of Queen Lili‘uokalani

By Staff | Jan 9, 2014

The free program celebrates the enduring contributions of Queen Lili‘uokalani. Photo courtesy of Buzz Belknap.

LAHAINA – The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will present “He Lei, He Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili’uokalani,” a free program celebrating the enduring legacies of the queen, at Maui public libraries.

This popular program was presented at nine Oahu public libraries in the fall of 2013 and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended.

The deeply moving, informative and educational program brings Queen Lili’uokalani “back to life” and shares her many legacies that live on today.

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.

She 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 Queen Lili’uokalani; 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 Queen Lili’uokalani, will serve as narrator for this participatory program on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at Makawao Public Library (call 573-8785), Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library (call 243-5766), Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library (call 662-3950) and Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Kihei Public Library (call 875-6833).

The Hawaii State Public Library System, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, The Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, Hui Hanai, Hawaiian Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, 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.

For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call the hosting library.