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UH VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: First Folio Shakespeare Exhibit Opens at Kapi‘olani CC

Kapiʻolani Community College
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications and Outreach, UH System
Posted: Apr 25, 2016

Shakespeare's First Folio on exhibit at Kapiolani Community College.
Shakespeare's First Folio on exhibit at Kapiolani Community College.

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WHAT –  400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, Kapiʻolani Community College is serving as the host site in Hawaiʻi for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of one of the world’s most treasured books.

Published seven years after his death in 1616, this monumental volume was assembled from plays owned by the company of actors Shakespeare worked with, especially two of his friends, and printed in his memory. Of the 233 copies of the First Folio that survive today, 82 are in the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. One of those rare volumes is on display now at Kapiʻolani CC.

WHEN – April 25-May 25, 2016.  Visitation hours are Monday–Thursday, 2–6:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m

WHERE- Kapi‘olani CC’s Lama Library, second floor

Note:  A few significant moments in the history of Shakespeare in Hawaiʻi are also presented in the library’s lobby on the first floor and titled, Shakespeare Comes to Hawaiʻi.

WHO – Open to the public.


  • The First Folio is opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet.
  • Accompanying the book will be a six-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, along with interactive, digital activities.
  • Multiple translations of Hamlet’s most famous speech will be on display, including a rendering of the speech into Hawaiian by Professor Puakea Nogelmeier, who pointed out “for the sake of humor” when asked to attempt the daunting task, “There is no term for ‘to be’ in Hawaiian.”
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio to all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
  • First Folio also commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
  • For more details see UH News:

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3 shots performance of Hamlet

4 shots of the First Folio

3 shots exhibition


Montana Toyama, student, Kapi‘olani CC (:11)

“Amazement.  The fact that something that old has maintained such great condition and that itʻs available for everybody to see.  That’s amazing.”

Michell Sanchez, student, Kapi‘olani CC (:10)

“It’s something that I think you should really come and experience.  It’s really interesting broadens your horizons on the arts.”