Learning to love books and a glimpse of history

Posted on Jan 27, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige has always championed a love of learning, which is why she’s highlighting several educational opportunities this month. They include an expansion of her ‘Ohana Readers initiative on Kaua‘i, a new virtual tour of Washington Place and a free lecture series featuring six former residences of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

Mrs. Ige reads to children in Waimea as part of the ‘Ohana Readers program.

Mrs. Ige reads to children in Waimea as part of the ‘Ohana Readers program.

“We wanted to keep reaching out to keiki on Kaua‘i so we’re doing a virtual event Feb. 15 for the ‘Ohana Readers program,” Mrs. Ige said. “Families with children under the age of 4 and a half can sign up to receive free books by mail through our partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.”  The event is targeting keiki in the Anahola, Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha and Kīlauea communities. For more details, contact the Princeville Public Library. Contact information can be found at  https://www.librarieshawaii.org/visit/branches/all-branches/.

Washington Place virtual tours are available now.

Washington Place virtual tours are available now.

If you’ve never visited historic Washington Place — home to Queen Lili‘uokalani and many of Hawai‘i’s governors — you can now do that virtually. The tour at washingtonplace.hawaii.gov provides a glimpse of history as it takes visitors through the home and describes some of the artifacts of special significance. Also, a free virtual lecture series held every Thursday from Feb. 3 to March 10 will focus on residences of significance to the queen and some of her musical compositions. The lectures, available by registering at www.HistoricHawaii.org, are part of the Cathedral Lecture series, co-sponsored by the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and UH Mānoa.

Read more in the February Capitol Connection newsletter.

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