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Hawaii Island News, 21 September 2009


The search for a new UH-Hilo chancellor is expected to begin within the next few months.  University Relations Director George De Mello tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the university hopes to select a new chancellor in time for the 2010 school year rather than appoint an interim replacement.  De Mello says the applicant selected for the position  will likely be either a sitting president, vice-president, or chancellor at another institution of higher learning.

An entomologist at the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources says it’s only a matter of time before the parasitic varroa mite spread throughout the entire island.  Ethel Villalobos tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the mite which kills honeybees has spread from the Hilo Bay area to Onomea and south to Pahala.  Richard Johnson, the owner of Onomea Orchards and president of the Tropical Fruit Growers says the mite is spreading around the world and is changing the way agriculture is done.

(AP).  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is celebrating National Public Lands Day by offering free admission.  All park visitors–including car passengers and tour bus riders will be allowed in the park free on Saturday.  Normally, individuals must pay $5 entry fee.  Private vehicles pay $10.  Volunteer activities will be offered for those who want to support the park.

Dr. James Juvi, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at UH-Hilo, will give a Power Point presentation at the Lyman Museum this evening at 7 pm.  Dr. Juvik will discuss the uncertain future of Hawaiian Watersheds–Emerging threats from climate change and land-use practices.

The County of Hawaii’s Department of Parks and Recreationn invites all interested persons to attend an informational meeting on the status of the Boat Ramp at Laupahoehoe Point Park and the County’s efforts to restore the facility to safe public use.  The meeting will be held at Laupahoehoe Library’s Humanities Room on the Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School campus on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 6 pm.

The Kawaihae Local Resource Council Meets Sunday, October 4th, 4 pm at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company.  Mr. Rick Vidgen, with Big Island Carbon LLC, will provide community members with an update on the company’s facility to process macadamia nut shells into carbon products.  For details, go to

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