"He Lei, He Aloha," a free library program tour celebrating the legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani, will visit Maui County libraries. The tour runs through Feb. 13.
Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, was renowned for her music, love for her homeland and dedication to the needs of her people. She expressed her aloha for her people through her actions and the examples she set, according to a news release.
This program will feature selected readings from "Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen" written by Queen Lili'uokalani, a sing-along of the queen's music from "The Queen's Songbook" published by Hui Hanai, a seven-minute film vignette "Ku'u Aina Aloha" (Beloved Land, Beloved Country) that expresses the love of the islands as inspired by Lili'uokalani, 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 Aima Nawahi, a close confidante of Queen Lili'uokalani, will serve as narrator of this participatory program.
Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, The Queen Lili'uokalani Trust, Hui Hanai, Hawaiian Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Pu'uhonua Society and the Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii are sponsoring the 45-minute program that is suitable for ages 12 and older.
For more information about "He Lei, He Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani," visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call the hosting library.
The following are the program schedules for Maui County libraries and their phone numbers:
* Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Makawao Public Library, 573-8785.
* Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Wailuku Public Library, 243-5766.
* Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m., Lahaina Public Library, 662-3950.
* Jan. 25, 3 p.m., Kihei Public Library, 875-6833.
* Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Molokai Public Library, 553-1765.
* Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m., Lanai Public & School Library, 565-7920.
The schedules are subject to change.