3rd Annual

First Friday

A Star-Studded Evening of Jazz and Gospel

brought to you by the

Hawaiʻi Friends of Civil Rights 

Committee on the Advancement of African American Culture and the Arts


Clay Nalaui * Al Harrington 

Starr Kalahiki * Sherry Graham 

Ginai * Chuck James Trio 

and poetry by 

Kathryn Takara, Ph.D. 

WHEN: Friday, August 1, 2014 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Hawaii State Art Museum 250 South Hotel St. 2nd Floor Courtyard

Includes introductory remarks on the roots of jazz and gospel for students and others, and access to the art exhibitions and Sculpture Garden..


Public parking available at Ali’i Place (Alakea Street entrance) and Iolani Palace

For further information call: 586-9959


Professor (ret.), Publisher, Author, Poet, Public Speaker, Performer,
Public Scholar: African American and Minority Group Politics, Culture,
and Critical Race Theory

Pacific Raven Press
P.O. Box 678
Ka`a`awa, Hawai`i  96730


PO Box 678

Ka`a`awa, HI 96730 USA
www.pacificravenpress.co where writing transforms


Kathryn Waddell Takara, PhD, holds a BA in French from Tufts/Jackson University, an MA in French from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. She also holds certificates from the University of Bordeaux in French and Peking University in basic Mandarin.

Her accomplishments are multiple and varied over her long career of teaching cultural and ethnic studies, writing, public service, and extensive travel including France, Niger, Zimbabwe, seven summers in China, and other countries in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.

Her pioneer research and publications on African Americans in Hawai`i has catapulted her into national recognition to be an authority, consultant, and scholarly reviewer for numerous book and media projects.

She has successfully coordinated university and community events including scholarly conferences, cultural festivals, and led and participated in local, national, and international workshops, conferences, lectures, readings, book fairs, and selected events for professors, teachers, authors, students, publishers, and the community.

She has been a facilitator, moderator, and presenter at ethnic, gender, cultural, and writing workshops, panels, and at institutions such as the YWCA, Commission on the Status of Women, state libraries, the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities, various community organizations, and museums.

Through the years she has been popular with the media appearing on local and national radio and television shows, and in newspaper articles, reviews, and interviews where she was both interviewed and the interviewer of Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, Kwame Ture, Opal Palmer Adisa, Ishmael Reed, Jason Scott Lee, and others.

Takara has been the recipient of the 2010 American Book Award, two Fulbright awards, a board of Regents award for outstanding teachers, and a lifetime achievement award for her research and contributions to the Hawai`i community for her research and teaching of Black history.

She is a retired University of Hawai`i professor, author, lecturer and public scholar, performance poet and owner/publisher of Pacific Raven Press, is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and inspirational leader and speaker who engages and motivates the audience wherever she appears.

Takara has been publicly recognized for her service, leadership, and contributions to cross cultural communication, justice, peace, mutual understanding, art, history, and culture.

She is the daughter of pioneer veterinarian and *Buffalo Soldier William H. Waddell, DVM, a wife of 40 years, a mother of two accomplished daughters, and grandmother of four.

*All Black units created by the army after the Civil War in 1866 to help open and protect the western frontier. With the help of the Native Americans, their shared knowledge of survival of the harsh conditions through the use of the buffalo, and because of the tight curly hair of the African Americans, the

all black soldiers were labeled Buffalo Soldiers (a term later popularized by Bob Marley), subsequently were known as segregated units until the Korean War when the armed forces were technically integrated.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. It was great to have seen your gallery especially on the oversea and art. Now I suggest my tie n dye pictures in the art gallery!

  2. Kathryn,

    Thanks for sharing your website. It is amazing what you have done with your talent! I feel that I now know you even better after reading all that you have done in your creative and spiritual life.

  3. Thank you for sharing your loveliness and intellect with all of us over the years. You remain inspiration, Dame Kathryn!

  4. A very good web site. She is a able woman!

    I’m a Chinese woman. Know her since1995,we became good friends.

    Welcome to my hometown Qingdao.

  5. Hi there! I simply wish to give an

    enormous thumbs up for the great information you have here on this post.
    I will probably be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.

  6. This is very interesting, You are a very
    skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post.

    Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

three × = 12