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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:

Fall 2015 Community Education Classes and Workshops


Basic Hawaiian Language – Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, August 31- November 4,   Tuition: $135

Build upon your knowledge of ʻŌlelo Hawai‘i in this introductory course with Jill Krael. Increase your vocabulary and conversation skills while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture and history.

Portuguese Culture in Hawai'i – Thursdays, 6-7:00 pm, September 3, Tuition: $20

Join Marie Ho as she provides an overview of how the Portuguese in Hawai‘i came to be who they are today.  This informative and engaging class will cover the history of Portugal, the history of Azores and Madeiras, immigration to Hawai‘i, as well as plantation life and local culture.


Exploratory Drawing & Painting for Beginners – Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm,  Tuition: $140

Explore your creativity in this introductory course to drawing and painting with graphic designer Kellie Miyazu. Build on your portfolio of works and learn how to compose dynamic and active compositions. Art supplies are included in the tuition.


Japanese for Everyone – Beginner’s Course – Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm , Tuition: $100

Immerse yourself in the language, history, culture and customs of Japan by joining Issei Seiichi Kaida in this engaging and comprehensive introductory course. Learn basic sentence structure, correct pronunciation, and daily conversational expressions.


Japanese for Everyone – Intermediate Course – Fridays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm , Tuition: $100

Expand your knowledge of the Japanese language in this intermediate course. Learn frequently used and interesting Japanese idioms and expressions including their cultural background and application. This course is perfect for those with some experience in the language and even for Japanese nationals who wish to learn English.


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. Tuition includes a handbook on Hawai‘i Genealogy.





Secrets of the Soil (Part I): Soil Biology Basics – Saturday , 1:00 - 5:00 pm, September 5, Tuition: $30/$50 for Parts I/II

How is soil formed?  What organisms reside within it?  What are the different soil types on Hawaii Island?  In this interactive session with Zach Mermel, we will explore the dynamics of the soil food web, the various properties of the soil, and the fundamentals of soil testing at the homestead and farm scale.


Secrets of the Soil (Part II): How to Make High Quality Compost  SaturdaySaturday, 1:00 - 6:00 pm, September 12,

Tuition: $30/$50 for Parts I/II

Ever wondered how to make compost that your plants will devour like dessert?  Join Zach Mermel in this hands-on session as we explore strategies for dramatically enhancing the life-giving properties of the soil.  Participants will gain experience constructing a biologically active compost pile.


Basic Grant Writing – Saturday , 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, September 19, Tuition: $75

Participants will learn all about the grant writing process, how to write a compelling statement of need, and learn what funders are looking for in grant proposals. Instructor Jeani Navarro has over 30 years of grant writing experience and has helped various community organizations secure needed funding.  Lots of samples and handouts provided. A certificate will be given upon completion of the course.


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.