Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific writer to appear at UH Hilo

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Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo hosts a public reading by young people’s writer Sarona Aiono-Iosefa on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in UCB 127. The event is free and open to the public.

Aiono-Iosefa, who lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand, was selected as the 2007 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer with the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies as a tribute to her contributions to the literary life of Aotearoa New Zealand. She has written extensively on Sāmoa’s pre-Christian beliefs, aided in part by the University of Hawai`i’s rare Pacific collection. The publications, considered to be among the finest in the world, have given her a rich window into Sāmoa’s past. Much of Aiono-Iosefa’s research is being woven into a novel for young adults, O Se Mea e Tatau: Something Right.

Aiono-Iosefa will read from her published and unpublished works on issues that young people struggle with. The readings will include excerpts from her draft of O Se Mea e Tatau: Something Right.

The reading is cosponsored by the UH Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the UH Hilo Minority Access & Achievement Program, and Tupulaga o Samoa mo a Taeao Samoan Club.

For more information, call (808) 974-7451.

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