About Town 3-2-13


Codependent women’s meeting slated Monday

A Codependents Anonymous women’s meeting is held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Kona Center, Unity Community Church pavilion at the corner of Kuakini Highway and Hanama Place.

For more information, call Carol at 937- 9150.

Programs offered at national park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the following programs and events in March (These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply):

John R. Replogle of The Nature Conservancy will address the history of its preserve in Ka‘u and explain the role Three-Mountain Alliance has played in this endeavor at a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kilauea Visitor Center. The Ka‘u Preserve is part of the largest and most intact expanse of native forest in Hawaii. Made up of four parcels of forested land, the preserve features mountainous ridgelines with narrow plateaus framed by steep valleys. A closed-canopy koa and ohia forest shelters a lush understory of native ferns, where rare plants thrive along with endangered forest birds.

Lito Arkangel will perform his original compositions and other Hawaiian favorites in a concert slated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Ka‘u Ohana Day is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the park’s Kahuku Unit located off Highway 11, near mile marker 70.5. Attendees will join park rangers to explore the Palm Trail by GPS and compass. The event includes lunch and cultural craft demonstrations. Registration is required; call 985-6019.

Master lei maker Kilohana Domingo will demonstrate the art of feather work from 10 a.m. to noon March 25 on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai. His mother, Hawaiian artist and master weaver Lehua Domingo, assisted by her granddaughter, Kawai Domingo, will share the anoni style of weaving pandanus leaves into a hat and other objects.

Cancer Society observing 100th year

After a century spent fighting one of the humanity’s most frightening diseases, the American Cancer Society, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, can point to many landmark achievements, including research grants totaling more than $3.8 billion since 1946 and support for the work of 46 Nobel Prize- winning scientists in their search for a cure.

“What ACS has accomplished in its long history is remarkable,” said Maile Lincoln-Carvalho, community manager of income development, ACS-Hawaii Island, “especially considering that the bulk of the work is done by volunteers. On Hawaii Island, there isn’t a single community that hasn’t been affected by the disease nor is there one that hasn’t responded generously to our appeals for financial donations and kokua. We’re constantly humbled by the sacrifices our supporters make to help us.”

Established in 1913 by concerned physicians and business leaders in New York City, the American Cancer Society is now represented by 4 million volunteers in 5,100 communities nationwide and is the leading resource for cancer research funding, patient support and grass-roots advocacy worldwide.

One of the American Cancer Society’s most public successes has been its decades-long campaign against smoking, beginning with the Surgeon General’s report in 1960s that linked cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Today’s no-smoking laws, which affect more than 79 percent of the U.S. population, are a direct result of the society’s work to save and protect lives by eliminating known causes of the disease. Less well-known but just as important are the daily support services provided to cancer patients and their families.

“The key word for us is ‘hope,’” said Carvalho. “Hope has made cancer survival possible for more than 12 million people in the United States alone. And hope for a cure fuels our work every day.”

The society’s achievements are the result of individual and corporate donors and underwriters who make continuing its work possible, Lincoln-Carvalho said. The money raised supports the society’s services, which have expanded dramatically in the past 100 years and now include everything from helping people get well and stay well to funding research and urging the passage of legislation that supports the needs of cancer patients and survivors.

“The cure for cancer will be found,” Lincoln-Carvalho said. “Our goal is to finish this fight and find a cure in this century.”

For more information about the American Cancer Society-Hawaii Island, to request help or make a contribution, visit cancer.org or call 935-0025.