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Honokaa celebrates Dr. Tomich, mural completion

The North Hawaii Education and Research Center of the University of Hawaii at Hilo invites the public to celebrate the completion of the Honokaa Heritage Murals project 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at NHERC in Honokaa. 

Admission is free.

The program, which is co-sponsored by the Honokaa Business Association and UH-Hilo, will honor Dr. Quentin Tomich for his many contributions to the Hamakua District. 

There will be slide shows, speakers and a light lunch.

Tomich has recently published “Hawaii: Perspectives on Hamakua History–Ramblings through an ancient land division of Hawaii Island.” The 350-page hardcover book is handsomely illustrated and reflects Tomich’s diverse interests over a lifetime.

The Honokaa Heritage Mural project also has a heritage focus. It has taken a year to complete by partners Honokaa Business Association and NHERC. 

Five historical murals in Honokaa town were re-colored and waterproofed, then featured in a brochure that will be distributed to travel outlets and local merchants. 

This project was made possible by support from the County Department of Research and Development.

Among speakers at the June 13 event will be Sen. Dwight Takamine, Rep. Mark Nakashima, Dr. Hugh Montgomery and Gerald De Mello of UH Hilo.

Copies of Tomich’s new book will be on hand for purchase and book signing. The brightly colored “Visit Honokaa” brochures will also be available for distribution.

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