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The Hawaii-UNC Connection
The connection between Hawaii and the University of Northern Colorado began over a century ago. UNC graduates Mary Moneta Hawes taught in Hawaii as early as 1900-1901 and Lucy Emery Ayers in 1905. Lucy P. Thurston became the first student from Hawaii to attend UNC in 1924. In 1928 Lorraine Freitas won the first scholarship offered to a Hawaiian student by the University. Ninety-seven Hawaiian students attended UNC in 1952 and 125 in 1959. A Hawaiian Club was formed in 1945 and the Hui Kamaaina / Hawaiian Clubs were listed in the Cache La Poudre yearbooks for the years 1947-1970 and 1979-1980.
James Michener was first struck with the idea of writing about Colorado in the late 1930s when he attended school and taught at the Colorado State College of Education. However, he did not return to Greeley to begin writing the novel until 1970. Centennial, a fictional account of a Colorado town called Centennial, was Michener's twenty-first book and his second best seller.
A small display featuring James A. Michener's novel Hawaii as well as the movie based on the book. The display also includes a copy of "a limited edition copy of the set of Ho'oulumahiehie's Ka Mo'olelo o Hi'iakaikapoliopele and The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele. The book set was donated by the Awaiaulu Hawaiian Literature project to increase access to Hawaiian language materials to scholarly libraries throughout the world. The book set will become a part of the Special Collections."
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