“The Other Bennet Sister”

JASNA Hawai‘i and JAS-friends from New Zealand and the US mainland discussed Janice Hadlow’s novel about Mary Bennet on Jan. 15.

Rachel Orejana led a spirited discussion with some thoughtful questions. The concensus: an enjoyable read despite running longer than necessary and lifting some text directly from Pride and Prejudice without so much as a thank-you to Jane Austen in the acknowledgments. We debated how free fan-fiction should be to deviate from the original author’s characterizations and situations. What do you think?

At Last – Ayesha

JASNA Hawai‘i’s reading group met Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, to discuss Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel Ayesha At Last.

Cheryl Ernst led the discussion. The consensus was that the book was an enjoyable read despite some legitimate criticisms and offered insights Muslim-American culture, which, in some gender-relations respects, resembles that of Georgian England.



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P&P from the Servants’ Perspective

On January 16, 2021, JASNA Hawai`i was joined by mainland JASNA members from New Mexico, British Columbia, Washington D.C. and California for an interesting 90 minute discussion of Jo Baker’s Longbourn. The meeting took place virtually, over Zppm.

Our thanks to Gretchen for leading the discussion, Katie for taking care of Zoom hosting, and all the participants who made for an informative and enjoyable meeting.

An Assembly Such as Ours

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, JASNA Hawai`i had another great online meeting, which included guest participants from California. Our discussion of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy was lively and informative.

Our next virtual get-together is planned for Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 1 PM HST. We’ll discuss Natalie Jenner’s recent novel, The Jane Austen Society. JASNA members from Regions other than Hawai`i are most welcome to join in (up to the limits of our Zoom capacity)

Sanditon Discussion Goes Online

Our Sanditon discussion on May 9, 2020 was held online via teleconferencing and was a great success! We stayed in front of our screens for almost two hours having a wide-ranging and lively conversation. Thanks to Katie for hosting this, and to Margaret, who was able to connect with us from her home on Kaua`i.

We plan to meet next on August 15, 2020. We don’t know right now whether we’ll be able to have an in-person meeting but we’re all set to teleconference again. This time we’re turning to fan fiction and the three volume series by author Pamela Aiden, An Assembly Such As This. Participants can read any or all of the series, or even choose a different work by the same author in order to lend perspective.

Loiusville Visitor Joins Annual Tea

On February 15, 2020, JASNA Hawai`i members, joined by a visitor from JASNA Louisville, enjoyed an elegant tea service at Orchids at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. The weather was beautiful with 80 degree temperatures, light breezes, and sunny skies. Attendees got to sample rare Maui-grown Halealaka tea in addition to the regular tea service items. As is our tradition, we played a round of Jane Austen Volleyball, with quiz questions based on Emma, and the “Right” team won over the “Left” team by the narrow margin of three to two.

For our next event, we’re planning a group viewing of the new Emma film. Details are yet to be determined as it’s unclear when (or if) Emma will play on O`ahu.

After that, our reading group will meet on April 25 to discuss the various versions of Sandition, including the new television adaptation.

Visiting JASNA members are always welcome to join in at any and all of our events. We’d love to show you our aloha. If you’re going to be on O`ahu, please contact us and we’ll give you full details about what’s happening.

Reading Group Update

With our discussion of Pride and Prejudice at our April Reading Group meeting, we’ve closed out scheduled activities until the end of summer (holding aside the possibility of spontaneous arrangements, of course).

Looking forward, our next Reading Group will take place on October 26, 2019, when we’ll discuss Lady Susan. All JASNA members, whether local or visiting, are welcome, and for this meeting, we’d also like to invite prospective members who would like to see what we do. Write to us for more information and details.

Halekulani Tea 2019

Our 2019 Belated Birthday Tea, on February 2 at Orchids at the Halekulani in Waikiki, was a great success and enjoyed by all. We were especially privileged to have visitors from the Portland, Oregon JASNA region. In a lively round of Jane Austen Volleyball, the Emma team triumphed over the Elizabeth team by a score of four to two; elegant door prizes were awarded; and of course the weather was wonderful, the tea service excellent, and the views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head unmatched.