The nativity scene, ranch-style

WAIMEA — Nativity scenes at Christmas are commonplace throughout the Christian world. In the Kohala Mountains, there’s one that’s particularly unique.

Two WMS teachers earn National Board Certification

WAIMEA – Nau’i Murphy and Shelby Loo — two Waimea Middle School (WMS) teachers — recently earned National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education in America.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival tickets, schedule available

More than 60 films, coupled with filmmaker Q&As, presentations and panel discussions will be included in the four-day annual festival Jan. 1-4 along the Kohala Coast. Venues include the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea Resort, and Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Tickets can be purchased for day passes or the entire week.

NHCH hosting monthly cancer support group this Thursday

From 2-4 p.m. this Thursday, the monthly support group gathering will be held at at North Hawaii Community Hospital with educational presentations on a variety of topics of interest to cancer patients and their families, as well as informal discussion in a relaxed and supportive environment.

“Across the Universe”

On New Year’s Eve Hawaii Time, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft will pass by an object known as 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule. The name Ultima Thule comes from Greek and Roman literature and map-making meaning “the farthermost northern place, almost mythical in its existence.” It’s an appropriate nickname for the object, as the flyby of MU69 is the farthest planetary flyby in history.

Laughter Therapy

The following 12 letters were sent from Miss Aberdeen McHolstein to her lover, John, on The 12 Days of Christmas:

Tutu’s House

Self Massage for Ear &Head will be offered from 10:30 a.m.-noon this Saturday led by Chikako Hoshino-Powers, CMT, specializing in fascia and connective tissue body realignment. Proper head massage enhances psychological well-being and relieves tension. Learn to relax and release stress by using simple applications that have powerful benefits. This practice can release emotions you might not realize you’ve been holding. Ear reflexology massage stimulates and supports health and energy for the entire body. Bring one large and two hand towels.