Celebrate Lei Day at the Main Library! On Monday, May 1st, Professor Lizzie Renaud will present “Island Girl Living in the Southwest Desert” chronicling her life in Hawai’i and Arizona at 10:00 a.m. Following her presentation, the Arizona Western College Hula dance group will perform Hawaiian dances and chants at 11:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend.
Growing up in Hawai’i, Lizzie Renaud witnessed a lifetime of native people struggling to form proud identities honoring multiple cultures of thoughts and beliefs. At the wish of her maternal grandparents, her mother had spent her childhood becoming more American than Hawaiian. Within a generation, and with intentionality, her family lost their language and assimilated towards imminent colonization with the United States. With the guidance of her parents, Lizzie attended a school for Hawaiian Children, and later enrolled in Hawaiian language in college. From an early age, she actively engaged in Native Hawaiian Dance as a philosophy of life from childhood to present day. Lizzie is currently a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona Western College.
The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.