Announcements: April 2, 2021

NAMI Hawaii presents Family-to-Family Education

The NAMI Big Island Affiliate announces its April/May offering of the 2020 revised version of NAMI Family-to-Family Education course open to family members with loved ones living with mental health conditions.


This free program will be presented virtually via Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 10, 17 and 24, and May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

This educational program includes presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises. The teaching team will be Carol Denis, Kathy Hammes, Susan McGovern and Diana Sanchez, all family members with loved ones living with mental health conditions.

NAMI’s Family-to-Family course not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, it offers a supportive group setting and shared positive impact to learn about problem solving, self care, supporting a loved one, finding services, how to handle a crisis, and so much more.

Registration for NAMI Family-to-Family is free and open to caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness, and are age 18 years or older who can commit to attending a majority of the classes. Class size is limited and registration is required. To sign up, contact Kathy Hammes, NAMI Hawaii volunteer, at or call (808) 959-2426.

For more information about the course, visit

Tarnas to discuss Perseverance Mars rover mission

As part of National Library Week, which runs April 4-10, Jesse Tarnas will present “The Search for Alien Life and a Home on Mars” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

This free virtual NASA@My Library program, appropriate for ages 9 and above, is being hosted by Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library of the Hawaii State Public Library System. Registration is required; register online at

Tarnas, a Parker School alumnus, was born and raised on Hawaii Island and is a member of the science team for the Mars rover. He will talk about the recently landed Perseverance Mars rover mission and what it means for science and the future of humans in space. He’ll describe his journey from Waimea to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including some adventures along the way, such as studying ancient water 1.5 miles underground.

Tarnas recently earned his Ph.D. in planetary science from Brown University and spends his workdays researching planets. His team’s goal is to find alien life and to help humans live on other planets and moons.


Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library is the only library in the state of Hawaii chosen to be part of the NASA@My Library program to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. NASA@My Library is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center. This program is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation Program.

For more information, call (808) 887-6067.

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