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Cancer survivor spreads hope through hula

By Moanike'ala Nabarro
Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:28:00 AM HST

As the Race for the Cure nears, many cancer survivors say the power of prayer helped them combat their disease.

HONOLULU -

As the Race For The Cure nears, many cancer survivors say the power of prayer helped them combat their disease.

Lehua King is one who knows that to be true.  Sickness brought King closer to her faith and inspired a new church ministry at a Moanalua parish.

With every motion, there is a message King and her hula ministry hope to express with their church congregation at the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.

"We're not performing.  We're not entertaining.  We're ministering his word through hula," said King.

It's been five years since she started the ministry.  King says it was her calling after a long and painful battle with breast cancer more than a decade ago.

"I was scared.  I was questioning, 'Why me?" said King.  "What did I do to deserve such a thing?"

King was diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 39.  After contemplating treatment, she eventually underwent chemotherapy, clinging to her sister for strength.

King said, "She had me lean over the tub.  She kind of got the shampoo and then from behind of me started washing my hair.  And from that point on, every strand of hair that my sister had washed fell in her hands, all my sister could do was hug me and tell me that she loved me."

King declared war against the potentially deadly disease, fighting to stay alive for her children and grandchildren.

"It was gave me the strength to do what was needed when they told me I have to go through chemo," said King.  "I have to do a lumpectomy.  I have to removed lymph nodes."

Now, fully recovered, King says she is closer to God.  Each week, she leads hula ministry members with expressing from the inside out.

"It's not just the song, but what is ministered through the song, and that's healing," said Deloris Hairston.

King says as long as her higher being calls on her to share her hula within the church ministry, she'll continue to answer that call.

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