In the Footsteps of Queen Kapi‘olani

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Kapi‘olani Community College Ohi‘a Cafeteria


October 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join the Kapi‘olani Community College Alumni & Friends Association for an evening of music, storytelling and wonderful Hawaiian food! 
Guests will be transported to an era of Hawaiian royalty when Queen Julia Kapiʻolani and King David Kalākaua were the reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. 

Colette Higgins, Kapiʻolani scholar and alumna, will share her sabbatical experience tracing the footsteps of Queen Kapiʻolani when she traveled to England as a guest at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
But that’s not all. Guests will be delighted with French style jazz known as “Gypsy Jazz,” a signature sound developed in the Paris nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s performed by Honolulu-based quartet Gypsy 808. Gypsy 808 incorporates the Hawaiian slide guitar adding a unique flair to their classic sound.
And, Hawaiian food will be served to complete the evening (BYOB). All this and warm fellowship for $35 per person!
Cash and checks only, please. Checks may be payable to UHF/KCCAFA and sent to:
Louise Yamamoto
Kapi‘olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
‘Ilima 203
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

RSVP deadline: October 1, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact Louise Yamamoto at (808) 734-9513, or

About Colette Higgins

Colette Higgins holds an MA in history (Pacific Islands) and BA in history and anthropology, all from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also earned an AA in liberal arts from Kapi‘olani CC. Her 2015–2016 sabbatical leave from Kapi‘olani CC was primarily to trace and record the travel of Queen Kapiʻolani to London, England.

Higgins has taught Hawaiian history for nearly 20 years, served as department chair at Kapi‘olani CC, and is a recipient of the Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award and Frances Davis Award for Excellence in undergraduate teaching. She has served as a board member of the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society and has done extensive research on Queen Kapi‘olani. On August 1 of this year, Higgins was appointed dean of Division I at Windward CC.

Net proceeds will benefit the UHAA chapter Kapi‘olani CC Alumni & Friends Fund. The UH Alumni Association is a not-for-profit organization that awards student scholarships, connects alumni through its events, supports UHAA chapters and UH campuses, and facilitates communication between UH and its alumni.

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