Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux as Harriet TubmanThis month’s Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday on Feb. 15, 11am-5pm, is extra special. To celebrate Black History Month, the FREE day’s theme is “Emphasis Africa.” The day will feature:
• Houston-based historical re-enactor Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux playing “The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman.” Take a trip on the Underground Railroad with her. She performs at noon, 1pm and 2pm. Kids and adults alike will be entranced. Waddy-Thibodeaux will be here thanks to The Links, Incorporated, one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

• Visiting Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao, who visited Hawai‘i schools in 2006 and 2007, will give a 40-minute presentation in the Education Lecture Hall at 11:15am. He will talk about his artwork and art philosophy, with five of his paintings on hand to show people. Then you can join him at noon in Banyan Court for an art project based on the theme “Things We Care About.” Alao will do an art demonstration. Alao will also draw a mural on two 4- by 8-foot masonite panels for children to paint afterwards.

In addition the monthly scavenger hunt will take you through our new exhibition “African Art from the Academy’s Collection,” a trove of works from across the giant continent that fire the imagination.