Kihei Library Offers May Events for the Whole Family

Kihei Public Library will offer free programs for children and adults in May 2014.  All programs will be conducted in the Children’s Area; children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver:

*       May 6 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – “Kihei History Night: The Land of Kama’ole.”  Maui Tomorrow Foundation will present an historical slide show and community talk story session for adults focusing on the forgotten history of one of South Maui’s important traditional settlement areas: Kama’ole ahupua’a. Today, Kama’ole consists of a series of lovely South Maui beach parks but its storied past also includes the fishing settlements that once surrounded present day Kalama Beach Park, and the mauka Kama’ole Ranch land that was sold to finance the Chinese revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat Sen.  Local historical researchers Luciennne de Naie and Daniel Kanahele will facilitate this 90-minute program; area residents are invited to share family stories and remembrances.800px-Koa_i_kamaole_fishing_shrine_01

*       May 13 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – “Google It: How to Search the Internet Using Google.” Al Bayless, an Internet computer instructor at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia, will conduct this 90-minute class for adults who can learn the basics and some advanced methods of searching for text documents, pictures, videos, and contents of books.  Participants with laptops are encouraged to bring them to class; a valid Hawaii State Public Library System card is required to connect to the Internet.  Pre-registration is required; seating is limited.  Please call the Library to register.

*       May 14 (Wednesday), 3 p.m. – “Discovering the Classics with Papa Lopaka.” School-age children ages are invited to join Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) for a dramatic reading of the “Classics Illustrated” comic book of Lewis Carroll’s  “Alice in Wonderland” projected on a large screen.  Lopaka, a writer, English literature scholar, and long-time reader of classic books, will then conduct  a brief discussion, question-and-answer session, and encourage the children to read the original book.  This one-hour program will include light snacks provided by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund.
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*        May 20 (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. – “The Mikado.”  Join the Hawaii Opera Theatre Resident Studio Ensemble for a delightful adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” featuring three performers.  Set in Japan, this satire on English mores of the time weaves two cultures seamlessly together with humorous lyrics and elaborate plot twists.  The Maui Friends of the Library, with additional support provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, are sponsoring this 45-minute presentation suitable for elementary-age students and older.  A 15-minute question-and-answer session will follow the performance.

Programs are subject to change.  Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Kihei Public Library is located at 35 Waimahaihai Street.  For more information or to register, please call the Library at (808) 875-6833.