The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honokaa is sponsoring a pair of events on the outdoor phenomenon known as beachcombing.
S. Deacon Ritterbush (aka Dr. Beachcomb), one of the world’s leading beach experts, will conduct a free, public lecture at the center entitled “Beachcombing Treasures: Portals to the Past,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26. She will introduce the fundamental aspects of beachcombing, focusing on beach treasures that can be found along Hawaii Island’s Hamakua Coast. The lecture will be followed by signings of her book, A Beachcomber’s Odyssey: Treasures from a Collected Past, and ID sessions on beach artifacts participants bring in to share with her. To RSVP, call 775-8890.
Ritterbush will also conduct a field trip and hunt for various sea-tossed treasures on Saturday, Aug. 4. “Beachcombing Hamakua” will include beachcombing tips, techniques and ethics in addition to a discussion of the history, origin and potential use of beach artifacts. Participants will then search for treasures on a beach. Tuition is $50. To register, or for more information, call NHERC.