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Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Farrah-Marie Gomes has been named director at the University of Hawaii at Hilo North Hawai`i Education and Research Center in Honoka`a.

Gomes has been interim director at NHERC since January 2006, presiding over a period of rapid growth for the educational outreach facility, which offers credit and non-credit courses from UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. In addition, NHERC serves as a community center and a meeting place.

“People in North Hawai‘i have been waiting for the educational service that NHERC provides for a long time,” said Gomes, a Paauilo native who lives in Waimea. “The rising price of fuel plus the distance to Hilo have made our mission to bring higher education to North Hawai‘i even more important.”

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