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ATSweet Way To Give Back
   his week, we welcome former biotech entre- preneur Dr. Gunars
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Valkirs. He started Maui Ku‘ia Estate Cacao Farm in 2013 by combining his family history of farming with his obsession for outstanding chocolate. Today, he has more than 8,000 trees spread across 20-plus acres, and will expand to more than 60 within the next few years.
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The farm provides the raw material for his world-class chocolate produced at the state- of-the-art Lāhaina factory, the largest in Hawai‘i. Valkirs says it is his privilege to be able to give back to the community in which the delicious chocolate is made, by donating 100% of the net profits to Maui charities and nonprofit organizations. He calls it chocolate kuleana.
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Here, he shares his recipe for Liliko‘i Chocolate Mousse.
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 Acupuncturist Points Patients In Right Direction
Hilo acupuncturist Rabakka Fulkerson prides herself in helping others on the road to recovery. But before she assists in their treatment, she always poses two simple questions:
“What is it that you most want to do again?”
“What is the obstacle that is preventing you from doing so?”
Understanding her patients’ goals and the lengths they’re willing to go to reach them are the first steps on the path to healing, according to the owner of Cherry Healing Center in Hilo.
“Many times I get patients who tell me, ‘My doctor says I’m hurting because of old age and to just take a pill.’ But I don’t think that way,” says Fulkerson. “We can certainly help you feel better here at Cherry Healing Center, but to do so, we need to first know what your goals are — what your intentions are.
“So it’s really up to the client to take the first step. As long as they commit themselves, I will
be there to support them.”
At Cherry Healing Center, clients are offered the full range of acupuncture services, which strengthen the body’s defense mechanisms without the use of harsh chemicals. (Patients who have HMSA and Kaiser medical plans qualify for acupuncture treatment.) Many also seek Fulkerson’s help because they’re hoping to lose weight, learn pain- management or be free of insomnia, anxiety or addiction issues.
The center also provides several add-
on therapies upon request, including massage, cupping and gua sha (scraping), and even prescribes traditional Chinese herbal remedies on occasion.
Although most of her sessions are held Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and done by appointment only, Fulkerson insists she is “very flexible” when it comes to treating
clients after normal business hours or even on weekends.
Cherry Healing Center is located at 234 Waianuenue Ave. Suite 101 on the ground floor. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the center’s services, including its packages and membership program, call or text 489-4272, or visit

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