At long last, our Box Hill Picnic is on the calendar! It will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 6 PM, outside the home of a very generous JASNA Hawai`i member.
If you’re part of our Region, you should have received an email with details. If you didn’t get the email, or you’re a visiting JASNA member from another region, please contact us at email@example.com.
Attendees are asked, if possible, to bring a dish to share; period dishes are encouraged. Period dress is also encouraged but completely optional.
Our reading group kicked off on September 23, 2017, at the Sinclair Library on the UH Manoa campus. Member Cheryl Ernst led a fascinating discussion on Persuasion. Attendance was excellent and it was a very enjoyable afternoon.
The next meeting of the reading group will be on the afternoon of Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Kailua. We’ll be discussing Mansfield Park, and the leader will be member Donna Lum.
Our annual tea—the third at Halekulani’s Orchid’s restaurant—was a great success! We enjoyed great conversation, a wonderful tea service, and a lively round of Jane Austen volleyball. Many thanks to all who attended, and watch for our photo in the next JASNA News.
Coming up on April 7 is our next reading group meeting featuring a discussion of Emma. The group is open to all local and visiting JASNA members; contact us for more information.
JASNA Hawai`i returned to Orchids at the Halekulani for an elegant afternoon tea on Saturday. Orchids proved very popular with last year’s attendees, as service was excellent and the setting nothing short of magnificent.
A small group of JASNA Hawai`i members met at the home of Paula Nakayama for a Jane Austen Trivia Tea. Paula provided a wonderful tea buffet, and we had some fun playing various trivia games revolving around Jane Austen’s life, her novels, and her characters. Mahalo to Paula for her generosity in hosting this event.
When the editors of JASNA News contacted us looking for a Jane-related “summer beach reading” photo, visiting San Diego Regional Coordinator Jeanne Talbot volunteered to be the model. A version of this photo, taken at Kuhio Beach, will be on the cover of the next JASNA News. She is reading an edition of JASNA’s annual peer-reviewed journal Persuasions.
Special guest Jeanne Talbot, the Regional Coordinator for JASNA San Diego, gave a small group of us a presentation on “The Cult of Sensibility” as background for a better understanding of Sense and Sensibility. It was a fascinating talk and lead to lively discussion over delicious refreshments provided by a generous and thoughtful JASNA Hawai`i member.
Several members attended the Hawai`i International Film Festival’s screening of new film Love and Friendship, which, despite the title, is based on Lady Susan, at Dole Cannery Theatres. JASNA Hawai`i members will be attending the single showing in a small group.
JASNA President Claire Bellanti lectured at the University of Hawai‘i and the Hawai`i State Public Library. The visit was covered in an October 22, 2015 feature article in the HonoluluStar-Advertiser.
32 people attended the Friday UH lecture and an overflow standing room only crowd of 85 came to the Saturday lecture at the State Library. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. On Friday night, Ms. Bellanti met with local members for dinner at Tiki’s in Waikiki.