Osher program going to North Hawai`i

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Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at HiloOsher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI) program will expand its services to North Hawai`i when it takes up residence in the North Hawai`i Education and Research Center (NHERC). The OLLI program, which currently conducts activities in Hilo, Pahoa and Volcano, is expected to move into the Center, located at the Old Honoka`a Hospital site, by April.

The mission of the OLLI program is to provide intellectually and socially enriching programs to adults (generally 45 years and above), that are responsive to the interests of the community. OLLI coordinators work with community members to develop a variety of lectures, workshops, short courses, fitness programs, and educational activities and events. Courses scheduled this spring include personal assistance training and MahJong. The cost for programs is flexible, depending on the number of sessions and duration, and may be conducted during daytime or evening hours, seven days a week.

The OLLI program also offers memberships that entitle members to discounts on Osher classes, other offerings by UH Hilo’s College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS), and discounts at local retailers.

“We’re very excited to be coming to North Hawai`i,” said OLLI North Hawai`i coordinator Bill Kunstman. “This is a large, geographical area that has expressed a strong interest in the type of activities we provide, and we’re looking forward to serving the community.”

The OLLI program at NHERC will include an OLLI center where participants and volunteers will have access to computers and a place to socialize during regular business hours. Kunstman is also working with the Office of Aging and Hamakua Partners in Elder Care to develop a resource center to address the informational needs of older adults.

For more information about the OLLI program in North Hawai`i, including volunteer opportunities, please contact Kunstman at (808) 756-2127 or wkunstma@hawaii.edu.

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