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Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai'i Education and Research Center (NHERC) announces its community education classes and workshops for September. All classes will be held at the Center, located at 45-539 Plumeria Street in Honoka`a.

Instructor Marie Ho offers “Portuguese Culture in Hawaiʻi” on Thursdays, September 3-24, 6-7 p.m. The course covers the history of Portugal, the history of Azores and Madeiras, immigration to Hawaiʻi, as well as plantation life and local culture. Tuition is $20.

Graphic designer Kellie Miyazu covers the basics to composing dynamic and active compositions and creating a personal portfolio in “Exploratory Drawing & Painting for Beginners,” held Saturdays, September 5 – October 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Art supplies are included in the $140 tuition.

Participants will learn basic sentence structure, correct pronunciation, and daily conversational expressions as well as the history, culture and customs of Japan in “Japanese for Everyone,” a beginner’s course taught by Issei Seiichi Kaida. Classes are held Thursdays, September 10 – November 12, 6 – 8 p.m. Tuition is $100.

“Japanese for Everyone, an Intermediate Course” with Kaida covers frequently used and interesting Japanese idioms and expressions including its cultural background and application. Classes are held Fridays, September 11 – November 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Tuition is $100.

“Basics of Human Biology” with Kristal Uhl-Blacksmith will help participants understand the structure and function of the human body as well as learn about DNA and how forensic scientists use it to solve crimes. Classes will be held at Kanu o ka ‘Āina in Waimea on Thursdays, September 10 – November 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuition is $150.

“Introduction to Oral Histories & Genealogies” with Laurie Mengel will provide participants with the practical knowledge and tools on how to conduct oral histories and one’s role as a historian in collecting them. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 29 – October 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuition is $65.

“Secrets of the Soil, Part I: Soil Biology Basics” with Zach Mermel 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. This interactive workshop will be held on Saturday, September 5, 1 – 5 p.m. Tuition is $40.

“Secrets of the Soil, Part II: How to Make High Quality Compost” with Mermel explores strategies for dramatically enhancing the life-giving properties of the soil. Participants will gain experience constructing a biologically active compost pile. This workshop is held on Saturday, September 12, 1 – 4 p.m. Tuition is $40 or $60 for Parts I and II.

Participants in “Basic Grant Writing” with Jeani Navarro will learn about the grant writing process, how to write a compelling statement of need, and learn what funders are looking for in grant proposals. A certificate will be given upon completion of the course. The workshop is held on Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuition is $75.

To register or for more information, call 775-8890, visit, or email Ramona Herlihy at

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