"Ayesha At Last" Up Next


JASNA Hawai`i resumes meetings after the summer break. The meeting will be online only; we pulled back our plan for a hybrid live/online meeting due to the recent surge in Covid cases.

We'll meet at 1:30 PM HST on Saturday, September 18, 2021, to discuss Uzma Jalaluddin's novel Ayesha At Last. If you're on the JASNA Hawai`i mailing list, you'll receive details about the video link ahead of the meeting date. If you're a JASNA member in another region, please write to us if you'd like to take part.

Ayesha At Last is readily available from Amazon or from the Hawai`i State Public Library System.

Looking forward, our joint effort with the Southwestern Region to put on a Pan-Pacific Jane Austen Conference in an online format is moving forward. At present we have commitments from speakers in five different countries. The date will be November 13 in the western hemisphere, corresponding to November 14 in the eastern. Stay tuned for more information.

Hope to see you in September and again in November!

Pacific Rim Meeting a Great Success


The first ever international Pacific Rim Jane Austen meeting on March 13, 2021, was a great success, with particpants from the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand, the Hawai`i Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and many mainland JASNA members.

Celebrated journalist and author Deborah Yaffe spoke and took questions on her book "Among the Janeites." JASNA National President Liz Cooper addressed the meeting and JAS-NZ President Frances Duncan spoke briefly in the Maori language.

JAS-NZ and JASNA Hawai`i will be carrying their partnership forward into the future, demonstrating that Jane Austen unites everyone, everywhere.

JASNA Hawai`i will next meet at 2 PM HST on Saturday, May 22. Our topic is "Bring Your Own P&P Knockoff" and we'll be discussing our favorite P&P sequels and variants. The meeting is open to all JASNA and JAS-NZ members. Seating is quite limited so contact us early for details.

Joint Meeting with JAS-NZ


In a very exciting development, JASNA Hawai`i will hold a joint meeting with the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand (JAS-NZ) at 3 PM, March 13, 2021 (Hawaiian timezone) / 2 PM, March 14, 2021 (New Zealand timezone).


Guest speaker will be Deborah Yaffe, acclaimed author of the study Among the Janeites.


JASNA Hawai`i and JAS-NZ members will receive full details through the usual mailing lists. Mainland JASNA members may participate up to our limited Zoom capacity. Contact jasnahawaii@jasnahawaii.org.

We look forward to this history-making international meeting, marking what we believe to be the first such joint undertaking in the Pacific Rim.



On January 16, 2021, JASNA Hawai`i was joined by mainland JASNA members from New Mexico, British Columbia, Washington D.C. and California for an interesting 90 minute discussion of Jo Baker's Longbourn. The meeting took place virtually, over Zoom.


Our thanks to Gretchen for leading the discussion, Katie for taking care of Zoom hosting, and all the participants who made for an informative and enjoyable meeting.

Coming up next: our February 13 virtual "Belated Birthday Tea," featuring games, discussion, a door prize, and more. JASNA Hawai`i members will receive full details in due course. Mainland JASNA members are welcome up to our Zoom capacity limit; contact jasnahawaii@jasnahawaii.org for signup information. There is no charge for JASNA members from any location.

Jane Austen Society on Zoom


Joined by guests from California and Texas, JASNA Hawai`i met on October 17, 2020 (via Zoom), to talk about Natalie Jenner's breakout novel, The Jane Austen Society. The discussion was led by local member Cheryl, who challenged us with a fascinating (and difficult!) quiz on the characters in the novel. A wide-ranging and interesting discussion followed.

Our next meeting will also be on Zoom, on January 16, 2021, at 1 PM HST. We plan to discuss Jo Baker's Longbourn. Local members will receive further information through the mailing list. JASNA members from other regions are always welcome to join in, up to our capacity limit. Contact us at jasnahawaii@jasnahawaii.org.