Japanese Americans’ increased risk for colorectal cancer will be among the subjects that Hawai‘i cancer specialists and researchers from the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i will address at the third annual Cancer Research Information Day on Saturday, March 8. Dr. Loic Le Marchand, M.D., will speak on AJAs and colorectal cancer. According to Dr. Le Marchand, Japanese in Hawai‘i — and now in Japan — have some of the highest rates in the world for colorectal cancer. Although Hawai‘i Japanese consume less fat, they eat more beef and processed meats than Caucasians in Hawai‘i. Dr. Le Marchand’s presentation will cover his research on the Japanese in Hawai‘i, Japan and Brazil as well as current prevention approaches.

The daylong program will also feature other cancer specialists and researchers from the Cancer Center and other organizations. Each presentation will be followed by a 10-minutes Q&A session. Other presenters will address complementary and alternative medicines in cancer, new radiation treatments for breast cancer, prostate cancer and diet, soy foods and breast cancer risk, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic viral hepatitis and liver cancer. Health and cancer-related exhibits will also be open to the public. Participating organizations include the American Cancer Society, Cancer Information Service (CIS), Pacific region, and the Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and will be held in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Mö‘ili‘ili Room. Registration begins at 8 a.m. A light lunch will be provided and parking is free with validation. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to place a reservation, call 275-3011 or e-mail


Local literature publisher Bamboo Ridge Press will celebrate its 30th anniversary by toasting and roasting founding editors Darrel Lum and Eric Chock at its “4 the Love of BR” fundraiser on Tuesday, March 11, at the Manoa Valley Theatre. The wine and püpü reception will begin at 7 p.m., with the toasting and roasting to commence at 7:30. The toasters and roasters will include Lee Cataluna, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Cathy Song, Cedric Yamanaka, Lee Tonouchi. The event is free to current Bamboo Ridge members and donors and a $30 donation for all others. The $30 donation also includes membership and free admission to other Bamboo Ridge 30th anniversary events. Tickets can be reserved by calling 626-1481, or online at Seating is limited so early reservations is recommended.


The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation (JWSF) is accepting applications for its 2008 grant awards. Individuals and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations based in the state of Hawai‘i that are pursuing studies and goals related to the mission of the JWSF are eligible to apply.

The grant is aimed at promoting interest in and understanding of Japanese culture by the people of Hawai‘i and to foster appreciation of world cultures; enhancing understanding and good relationships between the people of Japan and the United States; and rendering services to the community by supporting worthwhile projects through activities and charitable contributions in the area of culture, education, gerontology and women’s issues.

Each grant is for $1,000 and is awarded on an annual basis. Projects needing additional funds may reapply. Grantseekers are asked to submit a letter of inquiry with a brief project outline, desired outcome and amount needed. If the inquiry meets the guidelines, the committee will ask the applicant to submit a full proposal.
Grantees will be required to submit an annual status report which will include how the funds were used and the most notable project outcome. Applications may be obtained online at Send completed applications to: JWSF Grant Committee, P.O. Box 3233, Honolulu HI 96801.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. The grants will be awarded in June. For more information, contact Pauline Sugino at 532-8751 or 383-9215.


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