KCC bustling with springtime activities

The National Tropical Botanical Garden, in partnership with Kauai Community College, will present the third of their “Seeds of Thought” lecture series on Tuesday. NTBG Director Chipper Wichman will share highlights of a trip he led last year to Yunnan province in Southwest China.

From 15,000-foot snow-capped mountains at the doorstep of Tibet to the steamy tropics on the Mekong River, Wichman and his group traversed some of the most ethnically and biologically diverse regions of China, while tracing the travels of legendary botanist and explorer Joseph Rock.

The lecture will be held in the KCC cafeteria starting at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324, Ext. 225.


The KCC Office of Community Education and Training will be offering a full schedule of interesting and rewarding courses over the coming weeks in a variety of fields. In the area of business, OCET will feature training in grant management, security guard training, customer care, creating opportunities out of change, and incident report writing.

In the area of language and culture, the popular “Japanese for Busy People” course will be joined by several new offerings: Hawaiian Sacred Sites and Stories, Hawaiian Language Spelling and Pronunciation, and Effective Mandarin Chinese Conversation.

In the area of recreation and fitness, OCET is offering courses in PIYO, Junior Tennis, Beginners Golf, Introduction to Aquaponics Systems, and Farming.

Contact: Peggy Lake at 245-8319 for these and other OCET courses. Those interested may also sign up to be part of the office’s monthly mailing list by visiting kauai.hawaii.edu/training.


Spring Break Kids College Classes will be held on the KCC campus from March 20 through 24. Featured classes will be the Art and Science of Harry Potter Magic, Cartooning, and Mission Explore, a class which guides participants through photos and video, exploring virtual reality, illusions and simple science tricks, and engineering challenges.

Contact: Cheryl Stiglmeier, 245-8351.

OCET will also join with the KCC Apiary Program for courses in March, April and May. These single-day Saturday courses will focus on maintaining an apiary and keeping hives healthy and productive. The first class will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the KCC Bee Lab. The first hour is a lecture in the lab and concludes at 2 p.m. in the nearby apiary.

On April 22, the second class in the series will teach students about the process of harvesting honey. Participants will put on suits to collect honey combs and frames and learn how to extract raw honey. The class begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

On May 20, the last course of the series will be a hands-on workshop exploring the various products of the hive and how to process them. From wax for candles, to propolis tinctures and other health aids, honey bees make a variety of products in addition to honey.

Contact: James Trujillo, 245-8380.


Greg Shepherd is a music professor at Kauai Community College. He can be reached at 245-8269 or shep@hawaii.edu.


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