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Community briefs for December 21

SJS, Japanese school keep ties

St. Joseph School and Urawa Jitsugyo Gakuen School in Japan renewed their two-year Sister School Exchange Program agreement during the second day of a two-week visit by a contingent from the Japanese school on Oct. 29 in the high school gym.

Officials of the respective schools, Vicky Torcolini and Masumi Serikawa, signed the renewal agreement at the Hilo ceremony.

Learn how flora, fauna interact

Hawaii is known for its unique flora and fauna, but the stories of how they interact during pollination are less familiar — if no less fascinating. Endemic Hawaiian birds, bees, moths, and more are among the prime movers in local plant pollination.

How do the pollinators differ, and how are they the same?

On the evening of Monday, Jan. 7, the Lyman Museum delves into the distinctive and diverse relationships between plants and their pollinators in the Hawaiian Islands.

Brian Dykstra of the University of Hawaii Honey Bee Project will discuss the natural history of pollinators in Hawaii, including the European honeybee as well as other introduced insects and birds.

Visitors will also learn about the role of pollinators in the islands’ contemporary agricultural systems. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; event starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for nonmembers, free to museum members. Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.

The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St. in downtown Hilo. For more information, call 935-5021 or visit

Club gives $1K to United Way

The Exchange Club of Hilo recently donated $1,000 to the Hawaii Island United Way.

“We are pleased to be able to donate to the Hawaii Island United Way because, together with their 40 Partner Agencies, they are helping to build safer and healthier Big Island communities,” said Steve Bader, Exchange Club of Hilo board member. “

We encourage other service organizations to consider making similar contributions,” he added.

The National Exchange Club is considered America’s premier service organization, with a 100-year history of supporting communities across the country.


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