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Hawaii Island News, 25 January 2010, part 2


The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes invites you to its four public seminars on natural hazards in Hawaii.  Special workshops will be available for Big Island teachers.  There is no admissions charge.  The seminars will cover the science behind each natural hazard, the impacts of those hazards on the community, and ways residents can mitigate effects of these natural hazards.  Each seminar is scheduled on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in UH-Hilo’s UCB 100.  The next presentation is on February 10th and will discuus earthquakes.  For details, call 974-7631.

A new Farmers Market has debuted on the front lawn of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.  The market is open from 8 a.m. until noon each Wednesday.  Theis market is now in addition to a Saturday morning farmers market at the nearby Keauhou Shopping Center.

Sydney Ross Singer, the Director of the Good Shepherd Foundation in Pahoa is asking residents to help save a historic banyan tree near Reed’s Bay Beach Park in Hilo.  Singer says the county wants to remove the tree because the banyan is not native to Hawaii.  Singer contends this banyan tree has enourmous economic value, in addition to its aesthetic and ecological value.  Singer believes it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to chop down and remove the tre