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March 17, 2014 - 12:05am

Prostate cancer group meets Wednesday

The Prostate Cancer Information and Support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s pool bar. The group meets to share cancer-related issues and lend support to one another. Newly diagnosed, survivors and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Lunch will not be served but may be purchased at the pool bar.

For more information, call Alapaki Tampos at 326-1888 or 987-6716.

Native Hawaiian registration reopens

Native Hawaiians will have from today until May 1 to sign up to be listed on the Kanaiolowalu Native Hawaiian Roll. The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission opted to reopen registration for the roll to ensure maximum participation in the nation-building process announced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on March 7.

“Our Native Hawaiian Roll has well over 120,000 people already registered. After OHA’s announcement last week, we decided to reopen the registration process for an additional seven weeks,” said former Gov. John Waihee, Native Hawaiian Roll Commission chairman. “We want to make sure that anyone who is qualified and interested has an opportunity to register — history is being made.”

The governance process includes registration. According to the proposed timetable, delegate elections are scheduled for September and a convening of delegates in October will be focused on drafting governing documents. Individuals listed on the Native Hawaiian Official Roll will consider the governing documents for ratification by early 2015.

To register, go to or call 594-0088. Native Hawaiians who declare their cultural, civic or social connection as demonstrated in their unrelinquished sovereignty are eligible to be included on the roll. The same process used to certify the qualifications of those who have already registered to be listed on the roll will apply to new applicants. Individuals who have already registered can check their confirmation status or update their information at

Medicine-less healing workshop slated

Kokolulu Farm and Retreats is hosting a medicine-less healing weekend workshop with master Ning Jian Xiong of China from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and 30. The retreat will include medicine-less healing skills to help participants focus the mind for optimal healing.

Ning is a teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of grandmasters in China at the world’s largest qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic &Training Center, treated more than 200,000 patients, with more than 185 different illnesses, and with a 95 percent effective improvement rate. Ning was a teacher and healer at the center from 1992 to 1998 where he treated thousands of “students,” as the patients were called. Many of these people had cancer diagnoses.

Space is limited. The charge for the weekend retreat is $225 paid in advance. Meals are not included. Limited housing is available for an additional charge.

For more information, call 889-9893 or visit

Evans planning community meetings

Rep. Cindy Evans, D-Kohala, North Kona, will hold community meetings to discuss highlights of the legislative session at its midpoint. The public is encouraged to attend.

Meetings are scheduled for:

• 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Waikoloa Elementary/Middle School cafeteria. Featured speaker is Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo of Pohakuloa Training Area. Jim Major will provide live music and dance after the discussion.

• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Waimea Farmers Market at Parker School. The meeting will focus on agriculture. Participants can take a survey on agriculture and get handouts on what to do about invasive species.

• 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 at Hamakua Macadamia Factory in Kawaihae. Representatives from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to discuss the north and south Kawaihae Small Boat Harbors.

Contact Terii Perez at 586-8510 for more information.

Nonprofit seeks help in providing fresh produce to seniors

Auntie’s Angels-Big Island, a nonprofit that works to decrease the food deficiency at Hualalai Elderly Housing, needs fresh produce.

The monthly Soup Kitchen ‘n’ Pantry will be open Saturday and the group is asking for the community’s help. The public can donate produce and drop it off directly by contacting Jan at 329-7897.