Summer 2016 NHERC community education classes

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai'i Education and Research Center (NHERC) has opened registration for its Summer 2016 community education classes and workshops. All sessions will be held at the Center located at 45-539 Plumeria Street in Honokaʻa.

Zach Mermel will teach three agricultural workshops. In Secrets of the Soil, Part I: Soil Biology Basics, students will explore the dynamics of the soil food web, the various properties of the soil, and the fundamentals of soil testing at the homestead and farm scale. This interactive workshop will be held Wednesday, June 1, from 5- 8 p.m. Tuition is $30/$50 for Parts I/II.

Secrets of the Soil, Part II: How to Make High Quality Compost, will explore strategies for dramatically enhancing the life-giving properties of the soil. Participants will gain experience constructing a biologically active compost pile. This workshop will be held Thursday, June 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuition is $30/$50 for Parts I/II.

In Diversified Farm Design, students will learn how to thoroughly analyze the resources and constraints existing on their farm site to explore a variety of solutions. This workshop will be held Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, from 5– 8 p.m. Tuition is $50.

Introduction to Sanskrit 1: The Language of the Gods with Benjamin Zenk will familiarize students with the basics of Sanskrit, including the devanagari alphabet, vowel assimilation, and simple grammatical forms. Classes are Saturdays, June 11 – August 13, from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tuition is $150.

Japanese for Everyone teaches the basic sentence structure, pronunciation, and daily conversational expressions along with the history, culture and customs of Japan. This beginner’s course, taught by Issei Seiichi Kaida, will meet Wednesdays, June 15 – August 17, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Tuition is $75.

Proven Steps to Living Well as Long as Possible with Hugh Montgomery is a weekly class in which participants will learn how to boost their physical health, manage stress, maintain optimal functioning and make healthy lifestyle choices. Classes will be held on Saturdays, July 7 – 28, from 9 – 11 a.m. Tuition is $60.

Healthy Hiking Hamakua will engage students in a series of walks in the natural settings of Hamakua district will advance participants' well-being through moderate exercise, immersion in dynamic and beautiful surroundings, and convivial companionship. Classes are Saturdays, July 7-28, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuition is $60.

Graphic Designer Kellie Miyazu will teach Introduction to Painting. Students will learn basic painting techniques such as color mixing and tone, and work on still-life paintings. Classes will be held on Saturdays, July 9 – 30, from 9 a.m. – noon. Tuition is $80 and includes supplies.

To register or for more information, call 775-8890, email, or visit

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