UH Hilo Study Seeks Long-Term Cancer Survivors

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is seeking long-term cancer survivors on the Big Island for a research study on the quality of life.

The study, conducted by Dr. Cheryl Ramos, associate professor of psychology at UH Hilo, who is a long-term cancer survivor, will examine cultural factors, stressors, coping resources and health conditions that may relate to the quality of life for long-term cancer survivors.

Ramos is seeking 200 long-term cancer survivors from the Big Island to complete a series of questionnaires. Participants will receive a $10 KTA gift certificate as a “thank you” for taking part in the project. If you have survived cancer for five years or longer, are 18 years of age or older, and live on the Big Island, you may be eligible to participate in this study.

For more information or to participate, contact Ramos at 936-1323 or survivor_study@yahoo.com.

Free Merrie Monarch E-Book Available

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Big Island On The Cheap is pleased to announce that its FREE e-book, which is entitled “Merrie Monarch Side Trips” and includes coupons and discounts from Big Island retailers and other businesses, is now available for download.

“We decided to gather up information for people who are coming here to the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch hula festival, and make it available all in one place,” said Leslie Lang, co-owner of Big Island On The Cheap. “We put together a guide with half- and full-day excursions for people who will be visiting our island and want some ideas of what else there is to see and do.” The popular Hilo hula festival takes place on April 4-10 this year.

The e-book offers commentary, history, photos and directions to such popular destinations as Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hilo’s museums, Akaka Falls, and even a little background on the “Merrie Monarch” (King David Kalakaua) himself.

“This free e-book is a great resource for people visiting the island for Merrie Monarch, or residents with friends or family staying with them during the festival – or for anybody who’d like a round-up of interesting things to do around Hilo,” said Big Island On The Cheap co-owner Kris Bordessa. “And the coupons are great, too. You don’t have to be attending Merrie Monarch to take advantage of the coupons; or the side trips, for that matter.”

To receive the free e-book, simply email BigIslandOnTheCheap@gmail.com.

Big Island On The Cheap – along with its sister site, Honolulu On The Cheap (www.honoluluonthecheap.com) – is an online source of discount, cheap and free deals on the island, such as lodging, food, entertainment and more. New deals are posted several times a day, five to six times per week, and subscriptions are available via RSS feed or email. The site is owned and operated by Big Island writers Kris Bordessa and Leslie Lang.

Kris Bordessa writes for national magazines, websites, and business clients. She is also the author of several books and the mother of two teens. The books were easier, she says. Leslie Lang is a business writer, and also writes books and magazine articles. She lives in the country with her family and keeps chickens.

Both On The Cheap sites are members of the national network of Cities On The Cheap, which has been featured in Woman’s Day, Executive Travel, MSN Money’s Smart Spending, World Hum, by Arthur Frommer and more.

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