UH Hilo’s Gerald De Mello to speak at NHERC

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

For Immediate Release

Gerald De Mello, director of university relations at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, will speak at UH Hilo’s North Hawai`i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a on Monday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. His presentation, “Traditions in Local Culture: Origins & Evolution in Hawai`i,” is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at NHERC. The talk is free and open to the public.

De Mello, who taught Sociology at Hawai`i Community College for 15 years, will begin by discussing the well-known cultural practices in contemporary Hawai`i that have evolved from Hawai`i’s peoples and cultures. He will further examine many of these contemporary traditions by tracing their origins and evolutions over time. Among the traditions De Mello will address in his presentation is the genesis of the plate lunch, the origins of the first birthday party, the development of the malasada, the meaning of Yakudoshi, the design of the Chinese cemetery and many others.

De Mello is the third speaker in a monthly series sponsored by the OLLI program at NHERC. For more information, contact Bill Kunstman at (808) 775-8890 or email at wkunstma@hawaii.edu.

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