From Hola to Aloha, ACS Hawaii is here for you – Finish the Fight Friday 10-24-2014

October is proving to be quite a month around American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific. Bolivian Dance Crew Poses for American Cancer Society Hawaii at Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 11, Lani and I (Arthur) were out the Hispanic Heritage Festival to catch the Latin-inspired entertainment and share ACS health materials with Hawaii’s growing Hispanic/Latino community and other festival guests. The stage performances brought acts from as far as Los Angeles, along with some local favoriates and the nachos were pretty tasty. Dozens of people came by our booth, some to gather information on cancer in English and Spanish and some to share their personal cancer stories. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon at Kapiolani park. It was also the perfect research for our upcoming Hope Gala Honolulu theme, Midnight in Miami! Keep your ears open for more news and the awesome talents that will be coming to Hawaii State Art Museum on May 2, 2015! For those you know who speak Spanish, ACS resources are available en español by contacting: 1-800-227-2345.

You can also use the Español link at the top of

American Cancer Society Spanish Information from Hawaii Pacific Blog


To send some Aloha to the mainland, Katie and Making Strides sent leis to the Portraits of Hope in St. Louis, MO. They were warmly received by the folks at Enterprise, one of our national Strides partners. Some of the participants are going to try to make it to Honolulu for Strides 2016! What a great way to share the Strides experience.

We have a warm thank you from Michelle, to the many wonderful donors who gave through Foodland, Sack N Save, and Foodland Farms’ Give Aloha program.  “Through Give Aloha Logo for American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacificyour efforts, we received $1,863.98 from your donations and another $373.44 from the Foodland and Western Union matching gifts, totaling $2,237.42!  We truly appreciate your spirit of giving through this program!  Since 1999, the American Cancer Society has received over $93,300 from the Give Aloha program.  Thank you so much Foodland, Sack N Save, and Foodland Farms for having us as one of your very grateful recipients!”

More staff and volunteer stories in weeks to come!






New approaches for breast cancer feature ACS research – Finish the Fight Friday 10/17/14

Locally we are sad to report that the “The Breast Walk Ever” in support of Making Strides is being cancelled due to the pending KBIG Breast Walk Ever Hawaii Island Oct 18 2015weather from tropical storm Ana. This walk was to be hosted by KBIG Hawaii’s Hit Music Station. Walkers were encouraged to wear pink bras over their shirts and can enter to win prizes in the “Beautiful Bra” contest. This looks like it would have been a great time. You can still donate to the team here.

Did you ever wonder what happens to the money we raise for research? The following two articles touch on two of the many ACS funded researchers and their groundbreaking works.

Cancer is most dangerous when it spreads from the primary tumor to other parts of the body. Responsible for about 90% of cancer deaths, metastasis is a grim reality of a complex process that scientists are still trying to understand. Metastatic tumors develop years, sometimes decades, later in 30% to 40% of breaAmerican Cancer Researcher Detecting Cancerst cancer survivors. Although treatments can lengthen the lives of women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer, the disease is most often incurable at that point.

Scientists are now working to understand and detect early signs of breast cancer’s spread—and potentially prevent it. Read more about a new potential approach to stopping the spread at See your research dollars at work.

Recently in the lab of Xiaoting Zhang, Ph.D., breast cancer cells were multiplying out of control as usual. Then the unexpected happened—all that tumor-building bustle came to an abrupt halt.

It happened when Zhang, a cancer biologist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his research team disabled a protein called MED1. Now they’re trying to uncover the biological mechanisms for how this happens, raising the prospect that a MED1-targeted therapy could be developed to lull breast cancer cells into a permanent sleep, known as senescence. Read more about how ACS scientists are putting breast cancer cells to sleep.

Community comes together to support breast cancer awareness – Finish the Fight Friday 10/10/2014

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Honolulu Oct 4 2015Thanks to so many folks around Oahu and around the state of Hawai`i, the American Cancer Society celebrations of breast cancer awareness month are reaching farther and creating more awareness than ever before.

Last week, our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk drew thousands of attendees and was the site of numerous entertainers and media personalities. Not only did we walk, but we learned, shared and had a chance to hear from our Portraits of Hope.

But the fun didn’t end last weekend. KBIG, Hawaii’s Hit Music Station, is holding “The BreasKBIG Breast Walk Ever Hawaii Island Oct 18 2015t Walk Ever” in support of Making Strides. Walkers are encouraged to wear pink bras over their shirts and can enter to win prizes in the “Beautiful Bra” contest. This looks like it’s going to be a great time. You can register for, or donate to the team here.

If you get the print version of Honolulu Magazine, one of our Portraits of Hope is interviewed an a lengthy article entitled “Women Surviving Cancer“. The article takes an in depth look at the various cancers we have here in Hawai`i and connects to personal stories of survivorship and hope. Honolulu Magazine Women Surviving Cancer (PDF file).

Another community partner, Honolulu’s Eden in Love, continues their long time support of the American Cancer Society with donations and support. Eden In Love, a clothing boutique in Ward Warehouse, recently made a donation to the American Cancer Society as part of its Gifts That Give program.

Gifts That Give proGTG_Twiss Eden in Love Benefit to Hawaii American Cancer Societymotion in partnership with Divas Doing Good is the not-for-profit arm of Eden in Love that partners with various non-profit organizations to DO GOOD in our community. A portion of the sales of the TWISS headwrap were given to ACS. The promotion will run until Dec. 31, 2014.  Pictured: Nikki of TWISS and Lani Almanza, Sr. Representative, Community Engagement, ACS.Eden In Love- August 2014- Lani Almanza and Nikki of Twiss

Lastly, we are truly grateful to have the help of Island Princess stores this October. They are donating a portion of sales to breast cancer research and have gone as far as to decorate their location and create this awesome video to promote sales. Check them out!