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UH Hilo Senior College offers education for the “Third Age”

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Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service is pleased to announce its Senior College at UH Hilo, offering classes in East, South and West Hawai‘i at various locations within these communities for active adults in the “Third Age,” starting at age 45 and up. The Senior College is funded by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco.

The dynamics of aging are changing and the mission of the Senior College is to provide intellectually stimulating classes that challenge the stereotypes of aging. Classes with various start dates and duration begin on January 10, 2005.

Offerings in East Hawai‘i include Hawaiiana with Nona Beamer and ‘ukulele playing with Keoki Kahumoku, as well as classes on pidgin, golf, Mahjong and relaxation.

South Hawai‘i offerings include Pana‘ewa Zoo docent training, a seminar on the workings of Kilauea Volcano that includes a luncheon, golf lessons, and a course for newcomers on adjusting to life in Hawai`i.

In West Hawai‘i, classes are offered in world travel, Hawaiian ethnobotany, oceanography, personal enrichment, first-aid, art, dance and sports. Two dinner/theater tours are also offered.

“It has been heartwarming to see the enthusiasm and collaboration of Big Island agencies and communities,” said Dr. Margaret Haig, dean of the College of Continuing Education and Community Service at UH Hilo. “If it weren’t for the County, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Aging, the Department of Education, libraries, community agencies, Bishop Museum, Adult Education, Pana’ewa Zoo, Volcanoes National Park, golf courses, Amy H.B. Greenwell garden, schools and churches, none of this would be possible. It is a great example of how communities work together for the good of all.”

To register, or for more information, call CCECS at (808) 974-7664.

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