COURTESY MARK BABUSHKIN
Terry Tempest Williams, author of "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place," will speak at Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawaii on Jan. 4.
Essayist will give talk at UH's Orvis Jan. 4
Award-winning essayist and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams gives a reading and talk at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Orvis Auditorium on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus.
Williams is best known for her book, "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place," which chronicles the story of her mother's death from ovarian cancer believed to be caused by radioactive fallout from nuclear tests in the Nevada desert in the 1950s and '60s. She also authored two dozen books and several magazine articles.
Her most recent venture, "The Open Space of Democracy," is a collection of essays originally published in Orion Magazine that present a perspective on the ethics of politics of place, spiritual democracy and the responsibilities of citizen engagement in a healthy society. Admission is free.
National Guard offered free Missouri visits
Members of the National Guard may visit the the Battleship Missouri Memorial free through the end of December, in celebration of the guard's 369th birthday on Dec. 13.
Immediate family members will receive a 50 percent discount on admission. Both members and their families will be given 10 percent off retail purchases at the memorial.
Regular admission is $16; $8 for children. Military and kamaaina rates are $10 ; $5 per child. Guided tours are additional. For tour reservations, call 973-2494. Neighbor islanders may call, toll free, 1-877-MIGHTYMO, or visit the Web site, www.ussmissouri.org.
Key Hawaii Koreans to be honored Jan. 13
The second annual "Light of the Orient" banquet honors key contributors in Hawaii's Korean community on Jan. 13 at the Honolulu Country Club.
The nation celebrates the arrival of Koreans to the United States on Jan. 13, 1903.
The celebration begins at 5:45 p.m. and features food and live entertainment.
The honorees are Dewey H. Kim, businessman and former vice chancellor of the University of Hawaii; Earl Woosung Lee, president of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates; Sook Ki Moon, founder of Moon Book Club; Mary Hong Park, former medical social worker and a first-generation Korean immigrant; and Jackie Young, former vice speaker of the state House of Representatives and an advocate of cancer awareness.
This year, the Korean American Foundation is also hosting a golf tournament prior to the reception. Tee-off is at 11 a.m., with a "million dollar hole-in-one shootout," food and games at many holes.
Tickets for the reception are $75; the golf tournament is $175. Call 275-3020.