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NHERC offers community education classes

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Date: Thursday, March 12, 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) offers a variety of community education classes beginning in April. All classes will be held at the Center, located at 45-539 Plumeria Street in Honoka`a.

Participants should bring their 'ukulele or guitar for “Understanding Hawaiian Song Composition” as Hawaiian language instructor Makela Bruno-Kidani provides an overview in composing Hawaiian music and basic chords. Students will also learn about the importance of the kaona (hidden meaning) through a brief introduction to Hawaiian language structure. Classes will be held Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, April 6 – May 11. Tuition is $50.

“Intermediate 'Ukulele” with 'ukulele player, vocalist and songwriter Brad Bordessa teaches students alternate chords and how to pick an entire song on their instrument. Completion of the “Basic 'Ukulele” class or relevant skills are required for this class, which meets Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, April 7 – May 12. Tuition is $50.

Instructors Jeani Navarro, Dr. Jan Brencick and Cecilia Adams co-teach a “Personal Caregiver Training Certification Course” covering the history of the caregiver profession that provides current training in key areas like health and safety, personal care, use of equipment and body mechanics. The comprehensive course is designed for those working as personal assistants or direct service workers with special needs youth and adults, and meets Hawai’i Department of Health Standards for Staff Training. Classes will be held Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm, April 11-May 16. Tuition is $150.

For more information or to register, call 775-8890 or email or program coordinator Ramona Herlihy at

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