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NHERC Lifelong Learning Classes

NHERC offers a wide range of lifelong learning courses for personal enrichment every semester in Honokaʻa. For more info or to register call 775-8890 or e-mail us at nherc@hawaii.edu.

Jeani Navarro, Basic Grant Writing Class


NHERC is pleased to announce our upcoming community education classes beginning in late August. Please call 775-8890 for more information or to register. Please click on the following link for a full schedule of classes and workshops:

Introduction to Oral Histories & Genealogies

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, September 29 – October 22, Tuition: $65

Learn about the history, debates and theories of oral histories and how to conduct genealogical research for both immigrant and Native groups in Hawai‘i. With 20 years of experience as an oral historian, Laurie Mengel will provide students with the practical knowledge and tools on how to conduct oral histories and your role as a historian in collecting them.

Introduction to Photovoltaic Design and Engineering

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, October 6 - 29, Tuition: $150

Electrician and experienced solar installer James Wells will teach students how to design their own solar electric system for their home or farm. The course will also give students a basic understanding of electricity and the national electric code as well as cover basic safety standards. A certificate will be given upon completion.

Aging Well: Living Well As Long As Possible

Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am, October 17 - November 7, Tuition: $50

Increase your awareness of ways to manage the ordinary effects of aging by joining  Hugh Montgomery, PhD in this informative and interactive course. Everyone is getting older and having sooner or later to deal with disabilities and end-of-life considerations. For those who want to live well as long as possible and to transition from life as smoothly as possible, guidelines have been and continue to be developed. This class is about the facts -- and the actions and practices that follow from them -- to accomplish these desires. See Mr. Montgomery's article in the October Hamakua Times issue for more information.


Advanced Grant Writing

Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 24, Tuition: $75

Participants will produce a mini grant proposal with the assistance of instructor Jeani Navarro; applying all of the skills learned from the Basic Grant Writing Workshop. Proposals will be individually reviewed for minimum requirements, clear and concise statement of need, thorough budget, additional funding sources, board of directors and collaboration efforts. Lots of samples and handouts provided.  A certificate will be given upon completion of the course.

Intro to Computers – One Workshop, Offered Twice!

Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 3 OR Monday & Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, October 5-6, Tuition: $35

Learn how to navigate your computer with confidence! Alan Ku will teach participants how to successfully use a Windows 7 operating system and access the internet & email.

Intro to Microsoft Word

Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 17, Tuition: $35

Create documents and reports with ease! Instructor Alan Ku will teach participants how to efficiently use this word processing program.

Intro to Microsoft Excel

Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, October 31, Tuition: $35

Join Alan Ku in this great workshop for anyone who owns or is thinking of starting a business. Learn to create spreadsheets and let the program do the accounting work for you!

Edible Landscaping

Saturday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm, October 31, Tuition: $55

Transform your lanai and lawn, your field and fence, into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. Join Instructor Zach Mermel and learn the do's and don'ts of edible landscaping, and gain hands-on experience creating a basic landscape plan for your home. A handout of practical readings and resources for further learning is included.

Edible and Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation

Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, November 7, Tuition: $85

Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition that are easy to grow. Gain hands-on experience inoculating your own mushroom kits as well as logs, which you can take home at the end of the workshop. Instructor Zach Mermel will lead discussion on how mushrooms can repair damaged ecosystems and enhance the diversity and resilience of your farm, garden, and home.

Fall 2015 Community Education Classes and Workshops

Annual Security Report Availability

The University of Hawaii at Hilo's (UH Hilo) Annual Campus Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings, property owned or controlled by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contact UH Hilo Campus Security, (808) 974-7911, located in Room 104 of the Auxilary Services Building, or by visiting the Annual Security Report website.