Join us on Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm, when Courtney Spalding-Mayer will present her illustrated talk “Beyond Tropical Beaches: The Diverse Landscapes and People of the Hawai’ian Islands.”

You may know that postcard with the turquoise water, the white sand, the shady palm trees. That’s one Hawai’i. But the islands are so much more than a simplified, sunny postcard. From deserts to snow, the landscapes of the islands are as varied as its people. This talk will focus on those landscapes and the complex history of how the islands became home to Polynesian voyagers, Hawai’ian queens, Chinese laborers, New England missionaries, and many others.

Courtney Spalding-Mayer lives in Tamworth and teaches at The Community School. She previously lived on Hawai’i’s Big Island where she worked on a fruit farm and later guided hiking tours for New England Hiking Holidays. She is a descendant of the first missionaries who came to the Hawai’ian islands and the business tycoons who developed its sugarcane industry.

Beyond Tropical Beaches