Monday, October 31, 2016

NLSC Hawaii Regional Chapter tours Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures Tour

The National Language Service Corps, (NLSC) Hawaii Regional Chapter hosted a tour of the Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 22, 2016.  

Built in 1937, the Shangri La Estate was once home to heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke.  Twenty-one NLSC Hawaii Regional Chapter Members participated in a docent-led walk viewing the art and architecture inspired by Doris Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. 

NLSC Members enjoyed their experience at the Shangri La Center for the Islamic Arts and Cultures. The interaction of the dramatic Hawaiian landscape, modernist architecture, Islamic art, and the legacy of the founder combined made for a one-of-a-kind experience. One NLSC Member said, “This was a great event. I’ve been wanting to go to Shangri La for years, and it is always good to catch up with fellow NLSC Members and meet new Members.”

Participants in the tour represented 11 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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