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Na Pua No‘eau Super Saturday examines natural disasters

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Date: Monday, November 21, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

“Our school children and their families need to be prepared for disasters such as we have witnessed recently with the tsunami that hit the coasts of the Indian Ocean and the hurricane which devastated New Orleans.”

That quote from Dr. Walter C. Dudley, professor of oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, is the basis of the Super Saturday program on December 3. Nä Pua No‘eau, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, will take student participants on a journey designed to give a depth of understanding of the potential disasters Hawai‘i’s families should be prepared for.

Participants will hear stories from survivors of the 1946 and 1960 tsunamis and other natural disasters of how lives and communities on the Big Island were forever changed. Students will simulate earthquakes and tidal waves to better understand what happened and why. They will also learn how they and their families can raise their awareness and preparedness levels to deal with future natural disasters.

Nä Pua No‘eau is now accepting registration for its Super Saturday on December 3. There are separate programs for students in grades K-5 and students in grades 6-12.

Call Nä Pua No‘eau at 974-7678 for more details.

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