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Ecology event in Hilo

Hawaii Volcanoes Institute is sponsoring a hands-on educational event Saturday about the Papa­ha­nau­moku­akea Marine National Monument. It will be held at the Moku­pa­papa Discovery Center in Hilo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $45, $30 for Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park members. Call 985-7373 or visit


County begins recycling for batteries

Kauai residents can now drop off many types of household batteries for recycling under a program operated by Kauai County.

People may take batteries to the Kauai Resource Center at 3460 Ahu­kini Road near Lihue Airport. The center is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

People drop off A, AA, AAA, C and D dry cell batteries, lithium batteries (such as camera and cellphone batteries) and NiCad batteries. Batteries must be separated by type and placed in the appropriate drums inside the center’s main building.

Commercially generated batteries are not eligible for the household battery recycling program.

Used car batteries and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) backup batteries may be taken to the Lihue PS&D Tires/NAPA Auto Parts store for recycling.

For more information on battery recycling, go to or call the County Recycling Office at 241-4841.

Renovations to limit Lanai library’s use

Access to some collections at Lanai Public & School Library will be restricted beginning April 11 when the library’s roof and air conditioning will be replaced.

The library and book drop will remain open. Patrons will be able to borrow available books and DVD movies as well as items on hold; use the Internet-access computers; and browse current newspapers and magazines.

The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, go to



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