Mahalo! - to over 800 people who attended the 2010 Winter Immunity Event held on Oahu and Kauai on January 9th! A strong crowd in Honolulu participated despite the standing-room-only gathering. This FREE community event has grown to be one of Hawaii’s largest health and wellness events of the year. Local residents seeking healthier, stronger lives are creating a ripple effect in the community. Healing food recipes, preventative methods for combating the flu, and simple self-massage techniques to aid in asthma become the talk of the after these events. Attendance has doubled in size since 2008.
This yearly event, along with the Summer Asthma and Respiratory Event, is sponsored by The Natural Healing Research Foundation and is an initiative by Grandmaster Hong Liu to improve the health of the residents of Hawaii and build a strong, healthy community.
There was so much energy here this year! I am grateful that we have this here in Hawaii. (Willy Ching, 49-year-old Hawaii Kai resident)
These events have become so popular that a larger venue may be warranted in the future. When community members gather for these events, it’s like a rock concert for health and wellness. People travel from all around the island to receive herbal patches to be used on specific days in January which are designed to improve the strength function of the immune system, just as the patching event of summer is to improve the function of the respiratory system. These events are also an opportunity to learn about and sample natural preventative lifestyle additions from simple delicious healing foods to basic qi gong exercises.
I remember when this event started – it was just those who attended Qi Center exercises classes. It’s so awesome to see what it has become and how it has helped so many people. (John Akiona, 56-year-old Mililani resident and Qi Gong student)
January 9th is the start of the most powerful yin days of the year (according to the lunar calendar) to influence the immune system. Master Hong and the NHRF believe that the complementary approach of combining thousand-year-old Traditional Chinese medicine with western medical research is the most powerful way to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and sinus problems.
One of the goals of this event is to serve and educate the community, which is why research on the effectiveness of this practice began in 2006. Thus far, this research has been an incredible way to formally document the remarkable changes that participants have experienced since they began attending these events. One of the major changes reported by participants is the decreased reliance on medications & inhalers. Many regular attendees have also noted a reduction in allergies, sinus, skin, and respiratory problems, and less colds and sickness throughout the year.
The NHRF has offered these FREE community events for the past 4 and a half years, and plans on continuing to do so. People leave knowing that they are doing a positive thing for their own health. They also know that when they feel strong and healthy, this spreads to their family… to the community… and the whole state of Hawaii.
It was amazing to be here, to not really know what to expect, but to find you’re surrounded by 100’s of people who also want to feel healthy, in a natural way. The sense of community, family, and validation is beyond measure. (Ann Chang, first time attendee of the Winter Event, Kauai resident)