Looking Forward in 2019

Frances Duncan, President, JAS-NZ

With our discussion of Pride and Prejudice at our April Reading Group meeting, we've closed out scheduled activities until the end of summer (holding aside the possibility of spontaneous arrangements, of course).

Looking forward, our next Reading Group will take place on October 26, 2019, when we'll discuss Lady Susan. All JASNA members, whether local or visiting, are welcome, and for this meeting, we'd also like to invite prospective members who would like to see what we do. Write to us for more information and details.

However, in September we have a very special event: Frances Duncan, founder and President of the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand, will be visiting with us in Hawai`i nei. She'll be giving a public lecture at the Hawai`i State Library on September 14. More details will follow, but mark your calendars now. Everyone with an interest in Jane Austen is invited.

2019 Tea Enjoyed by All


Our 2019 Belated Birthday Tea, on February 2 at Orchids at the Halekulani in Waikiki, was a great success and enjoyed by all. We were especially privileged to have visitors from the Portland, Oregon JASNA region. In a lively round of Jane Austen Volleyball, the Emma team triumphed over the Elizabeth team by a score of four to two; elegant door prizes were awarded; and of course the weather was wonderful, the tea service excellent, and the views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head unmatched.

Our next event will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 27, when we'll be discussing 'Pride and Prejudice.' Visiting JASNA members are always welcome; contact us for details.

Upcoming Events, Winter 2019


Our next reading group will feature a discussion of Sense and Sensibility at 1:30PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and is open to all interested JASNA members, including visitors to Hawai`i. Contact us for more details if you're not on our reading group mailing list.


We're looking ahead to our annual Belated Birthday Tea on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Orchids at the Halekulani. More details will be sent to members in early January. Visiting JASNA members welcome; please contact us.

Box Hill Picnic 2018


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 jasnahawaii@jasnahawaii.org.

Attendees are asked, if possible, to bring a dish to share; period dishes are encouraged. Period dress is also encouraged but completely optional.

We hope to see you there!

And, looking ahead ... our next Reading Group is tentatively set for October 27, when we'll discuss Northanger Abbey. Details will follow closer to the date.

Upcoming Events


Our annual tea 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.

We're also looking ahead to a possible late summer picnic. If you have ideas for events or activities by all means let us know.