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Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

North Hawai`i Education and Research Center gears up for busy summer

The University of Hawaii at Hilowill be offering both credit and non-credit classes beginning this month at the recently opened North Hawai`i Education and Research Center (NHERC) located in the former Honoka`a Hospital building.

“We’re very excited to be open and have the opportunity to offer the types of courses and programs the community has been asking for,” said Interim Director Farrah-Marie Gomes. “We have a great selection of classes lined up and all of us at the Center are looking forward to the start of instruction.”

Two credit courses are being offered this summer. Anthropology 470 Museology, taught by Dr. Eileen “Momi” Naughton, will include classroom work supported by hands-on experience in curation, conservation and interpretation at Anna Ranch in Waimea. Professor Becky Thurston will teach Psychology 100, an online survey of psychology.

Non-credit courses taught by community members will be offered at the Center this summer through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Artist and Honoka`a High School teacher Doug McDowell will teach two art classes. The first class will be on dimensional painting and drawing, papermaking, and printmaking. The second class will focus on book art, including papermaking, and culminates in making one’s own scrapbook “from scratch.”

The Center will also offer two classes with Dr. Susan Caswell. Her Dream Interpretation class employs a group approach to studying dreams in a cross-cultural fashion. Her second class, Mindful Meditation, will examine Vipassana Meditation and teach students the philosophical basis for Tai Chi and Qigong in addition to the exercises and practices proscribed to achieve mindful meditation.

Roree Oehlman will teach a basic genealogy course designed for the beginner. Participants will identify one basic research goal and complete a four-generation chart of one of their ancestral lines by the end of the course.

In addition, the ongoing Akamai Elder Series, presented in collaboration with the Hamakua Partners in Eldercare, will continue on Thursdays in June. On June 15, Leilani Anzai from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawai`i will conduct a workshop covering the fundamentals of the ever-changing credit card industry. The North Hawai`i Hospice will host a panel discussion on June 22 designed to inform and offer insight about end-of-life care and planning. And Honokaa attorney Barbara Franklin will offer the second installment of her workshop on Advanced Health Care Directives on June 29. The cost for each event is $5.00.

For more information about the classes, including dates and times, please call (808) 775-8890. To register for OLLI courses, please call (808) 974-7664.


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