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Minami-Judd retires from HVNP

Gail Minami-Judd retired from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 31 following 31 years of dedication to the National Park Service. She served as the supervisory park ranger and Kilauea district ranger for the protection division since 1990.

Minami-Judd began her career at the USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu in 1983, graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 1986, then transferred to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1987 as a visitor and resource protection ranger.

She achieved numerous accolades and certifications, including achieving and maintaining a Level 1 law enforcement commission for 28 years; obtaining the level of short-haul spotter in aviation; emergency medical technician; park scuba diver; and wildland firefighter and structural firefighter.

Minami-Judd also earned the Julie Cross Women in Law Enforcement Memorial in 1988. More recently, her leadership with eruption operations led to the Andrew Clark Hecht Memorial Public Safety Achievement Award in 2009 for the mitigation of hazards and high levels of SO2 associated with the current eruptions.

She will continue to live in Volcano with her husband, former park criminal investigator Jeff Judd, and their three children.

Senior yoga classes slated in West Hawaii

Elderly Recreation Services has a series of yoga classes for anyone 55 and older. The gentle yoga class is a series of stretches and breathing techniques that relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Classes will be at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, June 9 to 23, and at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Fridays, June 13 to 20, at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. For those with limited mobility, chair yoga classes are offered at 10 a.m. Mondays, June 9 to 23, at Hale Halawai.

All yoga classes are $5 per class and registration and payment can be made the first day of class. Participants are encouraged to bring a beach towel or yoga mat and water for class.

For more information, call Elderly Recreation Services at 323-4340.

Seniors not meeting this week

Kailua-Kona Seniors will not meet Wednesday because of King Kamehameha Day. The group will meet at 10 a.m. June 18 at Hale Halawai.

For more information, call Bev at 325-6693 or Elaine at 325-6625.

Codependent women meeting Thursday

A Co-Dependents Anonymous women’s group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Unity Church sanctuary, 75-5722 Hanama Place.

The 12-step fellowship is comprised of those whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. The nonprofit organization is supported by the voluntary contributions of attending members.

Email kona.womens group@gmail.com for more information.

Daughters of Hawaii, Calabash Cousins meet

All Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona.

Information on upcoming activities and events will be discussed. Members birthdays this month will be celebrated. There will be music and refreshments. Guests are welcome.

For membership information, call Geri Eckert at 322-0666, Sabine Andresen at 324-0179 or Lale Kam at 938-6394.