NHERC to host beachcombing events

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Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka‘a is sponsoring a pair of events on the outdoor phenomena known as beachcombing.

Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush (a.k.a. Dr. Beachcomb), one of the world’s leading beach experts, will conduct a free, public lecture at the Center entitled, “Beachcombing Treasures: Portals to the Past,” on Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m. She will introduce the fundamental aspects of beachcombing, focusing on beach treasures that can be found along Hawaiʻi Island’s Hamakua Coast. The lecture will be followed by signings of her book, A Beachcomber’s Odyssey: Treasures from a Collected Past, and ID sessions on beach artifacts participants bring in to share with her. To RSVP, call 775-8890.

Ritterbush will also conduct a field trip and hunt for various sea-tossed treasures on Saturday, August 4th. “Beachcombing Hamakua” will include beachcombing tips, techniques and ethics in addition to a discussion of the history, origin and potential use of beach artifacts. Participants will then search for treasures on a beach. Tuition is $50. To register or for more information, call NHERC at 775-8890.

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