Volume 40, No.6 March 2012
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Learning on the go Burt Lum
to students as they consider Toolkit using
by Katherine Palmer the Internet
whether or not to take these
Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief and its
t’s 5:30 a.m. The rain is “I think that online His WCC
coming down in buckets learning works for some students live
as the traffic report blares people and not for oth- throughout
its unwelcome news: It’s slow ers,” said Richardson. O’ahu.
going for commuters this “It’s crucial that students
morning. take classes that fit their goals
How many students have and understand their own
been in this situation in their strengths and weaknesses
academ ic ca reers? Ma ny when it comes to learning.
would have rather crawled Regardless of the course, they
back under the covers and can also work on improving
skipped class. their study skills because that
This is where distance and will help them throughout
online learning has rescued their time at school.”
many a weary student from Online learning is gain-
missing out on important ing popularity as people in
lessons. the workforce migrate back
By of fer i ng c la s s e s to enhance their degrees or
through the Internet or tele- to continue the education that and technical
vision, UH campuses can may have been interrupted advice. “What I don’t like
provide a range of flexible due to life’s circumstances. Instructors are always about online is the lack
courses — from mathematics For students uneasy about available to students through of face-to-face interaction or facing long commutes.
to sociology. whether they can succeed in an email or phone call. Some with students,” said Lum. “For people who have
But students say the big- an online course, the WCC “The ‘social’ part of social kids, jobs, or an illness that
even offer online office hours
gest challenge is keeping up Online Learning Web site media relies heavily on the prevents them from coming
through Laulima chat or Face-
with assignments and not offers many links to assess personal interaction, and I to an actual campus, online
book pages. Burt Lum, in- think any course needs that.
getting sidetracked by distrac- readiness. classes provide means of
And once students have structor for WCC’s ICS 121V, I encourage my students to
tions at home. receiving an education,” said
“You have to know your- registered for a class, they Social Web Toolkit course come to a meet-up that I hold Kelia Kawahara, a WCC po-
self well enough so you can are not left out in the cold to likes the flexibility of online so we can at least get some litical science student.
stay self-disciplined, even handle glitches on their own. learning. face-to-face time.” “Even t hough on l i ne
without a class to go to,” said There is a whole slew However, the biggest com- WCC and the other UH classes might not be the per-
Brian Richardson, dean of of help available, including plaint heard throughout the campuses plan to expand fect substitute for an actual
academic affairs at WCC, who Laulima learning guides and online learning community is their online offerings for stu- class, it’s definitely beneficial
offers some important advice finding access to computers the lack of social interaction. dents juggling busy schedules and should be expanded.”
Drowning in plastic bottles? UH has a solution
by Manjari Fergusson from $0.89 its installa- As for the possibility of ally cleaner? A test done by
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter to $8.26 per tion during one being installed at WCC, The Environmental Work-
gallon.” t he middle Cliff Togo, vice chancellor of ing Group showed that 10
I t’s the rule of threes: you can S o m e of Oc tober administrative services, said popular U.S. bottled water
live for three weeks without schools are it has saved “The college can certainly brands contained 38 differ-
food, three days without water offering close to 3,000 look into the possibility of ent contaminants, including
and three minutes without air. new ways to bottles from having a Flo-Water dispenser bacteria, fertilizer, Tylenol and
Staying hydrated is something keep you hy- bei ng pu r- on campus. This has poten- industrial chemicals, some at
that’s essential to life; that’s drated. Last chased,” said tial benefits to our students, levels the same as tap water.
why it’s critical what you keep October, Sam Wolff, faculty, and staff and, more Many of the labels on
hydrated with. UH Mānoa v ice presi- importantly, for the envi- these bottles display pristine
People are willing to shell installed a dent of Sus- ronment.” Once the campus mountains and icy glaciers,
out money for bottled water. F l o Wa t e r tainable UH, knows if it was successful at implying that the water comes
Why? If you look at the num- Service on and a driv- Manoa, WCC will be able to from a beautiful spring in a
bers, according to the con- campus. The ing force be- decide if the idea is feasible lush countryside.
sumer advocacy group Food F l o Wa t e r hind getting on our campus. In fact, the bottled water
& Water Watch (FWW), it can machine is the service It’s important to remem- may come from tap water. The
actually cost anywhere from a water re- installed. ber that bottled water com- Natural Resources Defense
240 to 10,000 times more than fill station, The i n- panies are businesses. The Council reported that around
tap water. starting at 25 stallation of first bottled water market- 25 percent of bottled water
FWW said in their “Take cents per fill t he water ing campaign was based on is “really just tap water in a
Back the Tap” report, “A quick – consider- Courtesy flowaterhawaii.Com
system is scaring the consumer into bottle—sometimes further
calculation comparing the ably cheap- New Flo Water station at UH Manoa. considered a believing tap water wasn’t treated, sometimes not.”
average cost of one gallon of er than buy- pilot project, clean enough. Apparently it CNN reported in 2007
tap water to one gallon of com- ing a bottle of water from the and at the end of the year it worked. Americans actually that PepsiCo Inc. was going
mercial bottled water comes vending machine next to it. will be determined whether it buy bottled water to the tune to label its Aquafina bottled
out to: Tap water: $0.002 per “It (Flo Water Service) has resulted in students using of half a billion bottles a week. water with the words “Public
gallon. Bottled water: Ranges been quite a success; since fewer bottles of water or not. But is bottled water re- See BOTTLeD WaTer page 11
2 Ka ‘Ohana NEWS of the DAY
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Free energy audit CFLs, which saved the campus
more than $54,000.
WCC seems to have sim-
ilar issues. Some students
over the next 20 years due to
conservation measures they
All O‘ahu campuses in
training for students complain about the coldness
of the air condition-
ing system, others
wonder why they
the community college system
have started installing
solar water heaters,
by Hengyao Han sustainability leader Shanah bers of Help Us Bridge (HUB) can’t adjust the ing, and replac-
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter Trevenna. team started promoting cam- temperature ing ventilation
Students will also learn pus sustainability. At the since the con- and air condi-
tudents can learn to save what the ideal temperature of time, students and faculty trol panels are tioning systems.
energy and money at a classrooms should be. Treven- members had complained that always locked. The steps are ex-
free energy audit work- na commented that for “every their classrooms were too cold, The workshops pected to cut elec-
shop Tuesday, March 13 at Hale two to three degrees deviance and that their rooms were too are being held to tricity, water, sew-
Akoakoa 107 from 1 to 2 p.m. from one’s comfort level, stu- bright. provide energy-sav- age and gas use.
The workshop, sponsored dent’s mental ability decreases By turning the AC system ing strategies for stu- Trevenna hopes
through the UHCC-Johnson by 15-20 percent.” off at night and raising daytime dents, faculty and staff. to influence other cam-
Controls Partnership, is for She believes that Hawai‘i temperatures a few degrees, The University of puses to preserve their
students interested in learn- will be a model for the world Trevennaʻs team of students Hawaii communit y energy resources by cut-
ing about sustainability and in sustainability. Back in 2007, reduced the building’s energy colleges have signed a ting out unnecessary
energy usage and how to use Trevenna started conserving consumption by 26 percent, contract with Johnson usage, while increasing
simple equipment to perform energy at Saunders Hall, a saved the campus an esti- Controls last April to reduce comfort and productivity for
a basic energy audit of appli- building at the University of mated $150,000 and satisfied energy use at its various cam- the campus communities.
ances, lighting and air condi- Hawai’i at Manoa. its shivering population. They puses. The community colleg- Trevenna can be contacted
tioning. This building, also known also delamped over 2,000 light es expect to slash their energy at email@example.com for
Leading the workshop as Sustainable Saunders, is bulbs from the building and use by nearly one-quarter and further information or ques-
will be energy consultant and where Trevenna and the mem- replaced 113 old bulbs with save a combined $58 million tions about sustainability.
Fish in strawberries: should it be labeled?
by Manjari Fergusson not inherently different from the 1980s to claim that the
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter other regular foods. If it is not biotech foods are no differ-
dangerous, harmful or differ- ent from other foods and do
hat do strawberries and ent, why label it?” not require labeling before
fish have in common?
More than you might think.
Despite a rally on Feb. 21, sufficient animal studies had
Scientists have taken the gene where around 300 supporters been done.
of an Arctic flounder and put of the bill showed up at the These studies showed a
it into strawberries to try and State Capitol to lobby, Sen. disturbing pattern of damage
make them frost resistant. It Clarence Nishihara, who is to digestive and reproductive
may sound like science fiction, chairman of the Agriculture organs, infertility and weak-
but it’s today’s reality.
Committee, decided not to ened immune system.”
Foods like this are called schedule a hearing, so the bill Farmers are afraid it will
Genetically Modified Organ- has not advanced. make consumers less likely
isms (GMO’s). This means Nishihara said that since to buy their products if they
the food or animal has been the FDA has not said that GM are labeled as a GMO. These
modified and changed at foods are harmful to consum- concerns are well-founded,
the DNA level by scien- ers, he doesn’t feel that the as there have been studies in
tists. Genes from one species bill has any health basis and Europe and Japan that show
are inserted into another therefore there is no need for a majority of consumers are
to achieve a certain trait or it to proceed. suspicious of GMO foods and
quality. These foods are also Dr. Melissa Yee, the driv- don’t want to buy them.
known as genetically engi- ing force behind Seeds of The United States is actu-
neered, bio-engineered, or Truth, a citizen’s organi- ally one of the only developed
biotech crops. MANJARI FERGUSSON
zation working to educate nations that doesn’t have
Signs left outside the State Capitol by protestors against GMO’s.
There are pros and cons people about the risks of mandatory labeling for GMO
to having genetically modi- cent GMO controversy in- make informed choices about genetically engineered foods, foods.
fied foods. They were intro- volves bill SB2279. It would what they eat. Without these says, “The FDA has been co- Alicia Maluafiti, execu-
duced to produce crops that require whole foods (like foods being labeled, how opted by corporate interests tive director of the Hawaii
were disease-resistant, such papayas) that are genetically are we to know whether we intent on selling more chemi- Crop Improvement Asso-
as papayas, which are sus- modified, grown in Hawaii, are eating GMO’s or not?” cals and controlling food ciation (HCIA) says, “Over
ceptible to the ringspot virus. and sold locally, to be labeled says Mark Fergusson, chief policy. The term ‘substantial a decade of scientific studies
However, people have as such. The only food at this vegetarian officer of Down equivalence’ was coined in SEE GMO ISSuES PAGE 9
expressed concern about time that the law would apply to Earth, a leading all-vege-
the possibility of long-term to is the Rainbow papaya, tarian organic food store that
effects. The Grocery Manu- which make up about 80 advocates non-GMO and is a Ka ‘Ohana
facturers Association has percent of papayas grown and supporter of the bill. EDITORS IN CHIEF Hengyao Han Kellie Wedemeyer
reported that 80 percent of sold in Hawaii and is also ex- However, Ken Kimya, Jessica Crawford Peter Han JOURNALISM WRITERS
Katherine Palmer Angela Jenners
processed foods in the U.S. ported to different countries, president of the Hawaii Papa- STAFF REPORTERS
are genetically modified. including Japan. The Rain- ya Industry Association dis- Naomi Anderson Hannah Marquez
MEDIA & DESIGN
The only way to know if bow papaya is genetically agrees. “This bill seems to be Kalanikoa Elderts
you are not eating GM foods engineered to be resistant to targeting the papaya industry. Manjari Fergusson Joshua Rossen ADVISOR
Heather Stephenson Matt Terukina Elizabeth Young
is if the food is labeled certi- the ringspot virus. Labeling is not required for Ka ‘Ohana is published monthly by the students of Windward Community College. 45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd,
fied organic. “What the bill is aim- food that USDA-FDA listed Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744. Phone (808) 236-9187 or 236-9185. The newspaper reflects only the views
of its student staff. Visit Ka ‘Ohana’s website at www.KaOhanaOnline.org.
In Hawai‘i, the most re- ing to do is to let consumers as safe for consumption and
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Palikū Arts Festival set
Free entertainment potential. “It’s like an entrance On stage, a variety of mu-
into an art adventure,” Moffat sical acts will perform, includ-
and art for the explained. ing the Royal Hawaiian Band,
“I thought the art festival 111th Army Band, Hawai‘i
whole family last year was really cool, “ said Army National Guard Band,
WCC student Samantha Boc- rock band Alice Neel, as well
by Hengyao Han chieri. “I think it’s a great op- as other Windward musical
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter portunity for the community and stage talent.
to get together because it’s a The festival is free to the
CC’s 2nd Annual family-friendly event.” public and open to all ages.
Palikū Arts Festival, Food booths featuring Attendees are encouraged to
featuring creative everything from shave ice to come in costume or festive
activities for people of all ages, crepes and curry will also be clothing.
will be held Saturday, March available.
31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and Palikū Theatre will fea-
PhotoS by PEtER tULLy oWEN
HANDS-ON CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
ture two free performances Above: WCC art
around the grounds of Palikū •Printmaking with the Honolulu students work
Theatre. at 11 a.m and 4 p.m. of “How Printmakers with families on
Former drama professor I Became a Pirate,”directed by •‘Ukulele workshops with Ron and print-making and
Ben Moffat sees the festival as Ron Bright, a musical version Pomai Loo other creative art
a “taste of college for people of of the popular children’s book. •Music with Sojin Kimura projects.
all ages.” WCC’s instructors At Gallery ‘Iolani an ex-
•Getting Started on Garage Band
and students will provide hibit of Wayne Levin’s photos with Renee Arakaki
of Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i will Left: WCC religion
•Raku Firing with Paul Nash student Haley
painting, drawing, and sculpt- be on view; his new book of Ortega did henna
photographs of the Hansen’s •Camera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki
ing to acting or making music, tattoos to help
prints, masks, poetry and disease settlement will be •Open Drawing Studio with Snowden support her fellow
prose. published in 2012. Hodges and Norm Graffam students going to
With an attendance of Attendees can observe art •Poetry with Janine Oshiro India for the Jain
4,000 last spring, Moffat is with demonstrations in open •Stage Combat with Nick Logue studies program
studios—painting, piano, last summer.
organizing the event again •Mask making with Yukie Shiroma
this year with help from WCC ceramic and photography •Screen printing with Rob Moly-
art teacher Rob Molyneux labs—in Hale Pālanakila. neux—bring your own shirt to be
and other WCC faculty and The Hōkūlani Imagina- printed or buy one
students. rium will be showing a family- •Tie dye squares with Toni Martin
He described it as a safe friendly fulldome show for a •Glass blowing demonstrations with
way to explore one’s creative nominal fee. Dustin Hart, and much more!
Eschenberg welcomed at Student Affairs
lor of student affairs. especially Hawaiian. She is
by Hengyao Han
“By being up here (at Hale committed to supporting the
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
‘Ākoakoa), I saw how commit- access and educational needs
“Educ at ion i s empow- ted all the faculty and staff are of Native Hawaiians.
er ment,” says Ard is — even senior-level staff and She also sends her own
Eschenberg, WCC’s new vice faculty who are constantly son and daughter to Hawai-
chancellor for student affairs. growing their skills. I don’t ian immersion school to learn
“It is also the vehicle for social think you find that every- more about culture, language
mobility in our society.” where. and society.
For Eschenberg, educa- “I ended up really liking So how does she handle all
tional empowerment isn’t just this position since I didn’t this work as a single parent of
a catch-phrase, but something get to work with students as two small children?
she lives and works to accom- much as I am right now, “ she “I always try to balance
plish. explains. my family and work,” says
As a member of the chan- Eschenberg is multilin- Eschenberg, “My children
cellor’s senior leadership team, gual, with the ability to speak are like medicine. They push
Eschenberg provides leader- English, Polish, Ukranian, me to do more, and they also
ship for programs and ser- French, Russian and Omaha. make us a part of the com-
vices that contribute to student Because the Omaha Si- munity. “
development, learning and ouan dialect is an old Native “Besides spending time
success. American language spoken with my family, I like to go
Her role is to focus on only by a select number of to the beach to relax, and I’m
enhancing the student ex- people, Eschenberg created also learning Tahitian dancing
perience at WCC, as well as hENGyAo hAN an Omaha language program to expand my knowledge of
ensuring that the student The new vice chancellor of student affairs ensures that student at the tribal college with Alice other cultures.”
perspective is accounted for perspectives are heard. Her office is located in Hale ‘Akoakoa 202. Saunsoci, an Omaha elder Eschenberg thinks that
and heard by administrators and Eschenberg’s adoptive the biggest issue at Wind-
in their decision-making. So how did Eschenberg in Nebraska. That was the mother. The goal was to keep ward Community College is
Eschenberg has been de- start her career in higher edu- beginning of her career in the language alive. resource shortages, whether
scribed by many students as cation? education. Her own blend of ethnici- it is lecturers to teach more
“hardworking and caring” After getting her B.S. de- She believes strongly that ties (Eschenberg is German, classes or lack of space for
and makes sure everything is gree in Russian and psychol- when we educate one person, Irish, Jewish and Choctaw), WCC’s increasing enrollment.
going smoothly. ogy, she focused on linguistics we are actually bringing up reflects her diversity. With “I’m really thankful for
She also oversees school at the University at Buffalo their whole family, and even her light skin, blonde hair being able to work at WCC
programs such as the supple- for her master’s and doctoral the generation. and brown eyes, she radi- with the students,” she says.
mental instruction and peer degrees. Eschenberg was WCC’s ates both youthfulness and “My door is always open.
mentoring and considers them She had enjoyed teaching, dean of academic affairs until optimism. We’re always looking to im-
useful and valuable for stu- so she accepted her first field she decided to accept the in- Eschenberg treats dif- prove and suggestions are
dents. job at the Omaha reservation terim position of vice chancel- ferent cultures with respect, great.”
4 Ka ‘Ohana CAMPUS NEWS WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Troubled life leads to fulfillment
b y Ta s h a M c M i l l i a n ed to change and the military
Ka ‘Ohana Writer helped him do that.
Genji had always wanted
overed in tattoos and to be G.I. Joe, and on a whim,
towering over most while high on drugs, walked
people, some might as- into an Army recruiting office.
sume Genji Lamansky has had He remembers that he didn’t
a rough life. But despite the even have a shirt or shoes on.
many lows he’s faced, Genji is After being told to come back
a determined 4.0 student with when he was dressed and so-
clear career goals. ber, Genji did just that and his
A few months after Genji life took a dramatic turn for
began college in fall 2010, a the better.
classmate of his suggested he He enjoyed his seven years
tutor at TRiO. Genji had been in the Army but the stresses of
helping his classmates, and it war took a toll. “I was tired
was obvious he had a knack for of seeing friends hurt, friends
teaching. Once he got the job, dying…you become a family.
he was hooked. kA ‘ohANA StAff
I was tired of it…just tired,”
“I loved it. It was fun and WCC student Johnnelle DeJesus works on her math problems with the help of TRiO tutor Genji Lamansky. Genji said.
I had a blast,” Genji said. You He finished his contract
can find him, Monday through “Helping them and seeing He said, “Every now and keeping up his 4.0 grade-point and started preparing for life as
Thursday, in Hale Na’auao, tu- that look on their faces or the again we’d go to McDonald’s. It average. He’d never done drugs a civilian. Genji started work-
toring math and Japanese. big bright eyes like ‘I get it’…the was a treat for us.” They would and he didn’t drink. Genji ing as a manager at a “mom
A couple of semesters ago, light bulb goes on. That feeling take advantage of the free con- thought he was perfect. and pop” convenience store in
Genji decided to volunteer at is awesome.” Genji feels he can diments and cutlery. When he passed away, May 2008, the same day he was
Aikahi Elementary School. make an impact in the lives of Genji was around eight or Genji spiraled out of control. officially out of the military.
Working with the fifth grade, these children. nine when they relocated to Ja- He began doing drugs and He found out that the store
he was assigned to a troubled After tutoring, he knew pan. Tragedy struck the family drinking. He said, “I didn’t would be closing October 2010
student. Genji was up for the he wanted to teach, and the when Genji’s older brother was care anymore.” and decided he would use the
challenge. The student’s teach- children he helps have, in turn, diagnosed with lung cancer Genji spent the rest of his money provided for education
er praised Genjiʻs work with helped him discover whom he that he’d gotten from second- teenage years confused and by the military.
the child. They wanted him to wants to teach. hand cigarette smoke. lost. About a year after gradu- Genji began college at WCC
come back and help again. Life wasn’t always so clear He’d also been diagnosed ating from a high school in in the fall of 2010. He’s been
Genji returned but chose for Genji. His family moved with germ-cell cancer, which Japan, he moved to Hawai‘i to drug-free for years. He’s quit
to work with special education around a lot and after losing ev- forms from the cells meant to go to college. He didn’t give it smoking and dipping tobacco
children. He said, “Right now, erything in a fire, they bounced become sperm and eggs in the much effort and was still doing and plans to get his bachelor’s
I’m loving it. These kids… around between homelessness, reproductive system. Tumors drugs. As a result, school didn’t degree in education.
they’re special.” Genji feels relatives and cheap hotels. were also found in his brain work out. He’s done a 180 and doesn’t
that the children he works Genji remembers those times and on his spine. In the back of Genji’s mind, let his past control his future.
with teach him something new well. A common meal would Genji looked up to his he knew he was headed down “Things are very good,” Genji
every day he’s with them. be crackers and ketchup. brother, who worked while the wrong path. He had want- said, smiling.
Ka Piko: Seamless transition
Great by Chris Ogawa
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
students A re you one of those who received the UH auto admissions
email? Congratulations, you have been identified by the STAR
online system as having 50 or more credits and are a step closer to
graduating with your liberal arts degree.
by Hengyao Han Auto admissions was created by the UH system as a seamless
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter transition for UH community college students about to earn their
AA degree who plan to go on to UH Manoa, UH Hilo, or UH West
F or most students, Hale
Ākoakoa is where you go
for food, to buy books or visit
Oahu, said WCC counselor Lokelani Kenolio.
The criteria for students to qualify for auto admissions include
those who have earned more than 50 credits at the 100 level and
WCC counselor Loea Akiona works with student Scyntha Humbert at Ka Piko.
counselors. However, there above, a GPA of 2.0 and above in an AA degree program, 93 percent
are more services to be found, which can be found at http:/ / as my homework,” said student completion of the STAR graduation requirements and 96 percent
especially the Ka Piko Centers bit.ly/w6KJia. Nicol Cheek. completion of the STAR core requirements.
that were launched last fall. The Career Center is locat- Lastly, the Study Center, “Many UH schools use the STAR Web site to review your tran-
“We’re here to assist stu- ed at Hale Ākoakoa 130. Ryan located on the 2nd floor, Room script, among other things, so itʻs good to familiarize yourself with
dents with any kind of help Perreira, career and workforce 232 (the lounge) offers informal the program,” says Ku‘ulei Lessary, WCC’s transfer coordinator.
at no cost,” says Akiona, the development counselor, is al- tutoring, supplemental instruc- The benefits of choosing auto admissions to transfer to a four-
supplemental instruction su- ways around to help bridge tion, academic advising and a year campus are 1) UH application fee is waived, 2) no UH ap-
plication is required, 3) students receive priority registration (after
pervisor, “so why not visit students’ lives with meaning- quiet place to study.
current students and before freshmen), 4) more time to focus on
when you need it?” ful careers in the future. Besides the free printing
your specific program application.
The Writing Center is in Students can use the SECE service for students, peer men-
For those ready to transfer to a four-year college, auto admis-
Hale Ākoakoa 132, for help Internet service at the Career tors are also available to help sions is a quick and no-hassle way to apply.
with the writing process (brain- Center that links with occu- with registration, website navi- After receiving the email, you log in to MyUH and on your
storming, drafting, revising)— pations, majors, schools, and gation, campus tours, and new home tab, click “STAR Degree Check” or simply go to www.star.
whether they are on-campus or even live job searches. The student orientation. hawaii.edu. After entering the STAR site, you will respond to the
distance education students, or center also helps students to Students can enjoy the offer by clicking the ‘From your Advisor’ tab and the Auto Admit
members of the community. look for part-time work on or comfortable couches while button. Select a campus and program, then confirm your informa-
There is also computer off campus. reading and studying, Mon- tion and accept the offer.
access for students during the “Ka Piko helped me with days through Fridays 8:30 a.m. For questions, see a counselor. Fall admission deadline for
Writing Center’s office hours, my time management as well to 4:30 p.m. student acceptance is March 15, spring admission is October 15.
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Ka ‘Ohana 5
you go into.
English teacher Jean
“Students also have to be more dis-
Shibuya reflects on ciplined. The tenor of the times is such
that parents and teachers enable them
changes around campus too much, and that really isn’t a kind-
by Jessica Crawford celebr ate ness. I think everyone needs to struggle
a little bit. The earlier you struggle, the
more you learn about yourself.”
Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief
Shibuya offers some words of advice
t’s the fall of 1972 when WCC opens for students: “Experience the world a lot.
its doors to students for the first time. One shouldn’t be fearful of trying and
Two buildings, 12 teachers, about failing. We put a premium on being suc-
500 students. The Vietnam War is near Shibuya likes to see things from a She applied at Pan Am shortly after cessful. But what I see more and more, is
its end, and the school sees an influx of student’s perspective, where she can serving as a fair guide for the U.S. Pavil- we learn more from our failures. People
veterans coming back to school using learn something new. She says this ion at Expo ’70 in Japan. She says Expo who are resilient and learn from hard
their GI bill. semester she’s taking an art class from ’70 was one of the high points of her life. knocks, go on.”
Jean Shibuya was there from day Snowden Hodges. Having a diplomatic passport allowed
Jean Shibuya (left) and Janice Nuckols on a
one. She has seen the campus evolve and “It’s a beginning drawing class,” her to travel and experience much of
road trip in Point Reyes, California in 1976.
students change over this 40-year span. she explains. “I can see so many con- Southeast Asia.
“My very first day of teaching nections between being a beginning Over the years, Shibuya
was scary,” Shibuya recalls. “I had my writer and being a beginning artist or has grown to love her
course outline, which our dean went drawer. (Professor Hodges) has a very work and the rewards of
over because we were such newbies. good technique of teaching.” seeing students succeed.
“It was scary because, during that She says she tries to analyze what However, she’s also con-
semester, I was taking a ‘how to teach’ makes one a good teacher and apply cerned about how students
composition course, so I was really one those things to her classes. “I love taking handle challenges today.
week ahead of my students. But the jazzercise. I’ve been doing it for several “I think students today
students back then were really good; years; I go three times a week. I try to may face the anxiety of not
they saw school as an opportunity and analyze why (the instructor) is a good knowing whether they’ll
it was very rewarding. teacher, and I try to transfer those things have a job, whether they’ll
“I think the older students coming to my class.” be employable in the future.
back were more prepared. High school Shibuya continues, “I’m also taking It’s up to the student to de-
was more rigorous and the work ethic a swimming class. I can see how it is velop critical thinking skills,
was different; people applied them- being a student. You really don’t want because that
selves. There are a lot of students today to take swimming, but it’s a good thing will always
who elect not to do their homework. to do.” help you, no
Even if it’s an easy assignment, they As for other hobbies, she says, “My matter what
choose not to do it.” favorite thing to do is read. I read at kind of
Of the campus’s expansion, Shibuya least two hours a day for fun. I have career
has been most excited for the theater many favorite authors. I enjoy myster-
and art gallery, and can’t wait for the ies and have found that I like mysteries
opening of the new Library Learning from women authors, perhaps because
Commons. they’re not as violent. The protagonist
When asked how she has changed, isn’t always threatened, although I do
she says, “I think over the years I have like to read Patricia Cornwell.”
evolved so that I have my own stan- Shibuya didn’t always have her eyes
dards of teaching. I have my own inter- set on teaching. “I actually wanted to
nal ‘crap detector.’ I have become a really become an airline stewardess,” she says,
good editor; I think I’m an OK teacher.” laughing.
“I remember standing with my feet in the water in
After 40 years of teaching, “There weren’t many of us, but it was exciting,” she
Waikiki thinking, this is paradise; these are the best recalls. “We were like an extended family.”
professor Janice Nuckols days of my life. How did I get so lucky?” she says. Forty years later, Nuckols looks back and can’t
She went on to study in Asia for about nine months, figure out where the time went. She has seen old build-
contemplates retirement focusing on Southeast Asian history. She worked in ings torn down and new buildings constructed, student
Singapore for a tourist association and applied to im- diversity increase, and third-generation students walk
by Angela Jenners migrate to Australia, but found herself homesick for through her classroom doors.
Ka ‘Ohana Writer Hawai‘i so she decided to return to the islands. For Nuckols, this is has become not only a job but
After she returned to Oahu she finished her mas- a home, with family ties through her husband and
lthough she never envisioned herself as a ter’s degree and shortly after got a job working for daughter, who both received their associate in arts
teacher, 40 years later Janice Nuckols finds Customs and Immigration at the airport. degrees at Windward.
herself happier than ever as a WCC history pro- “I really hated the job,” Although she has plans to retire,
fessor. She was one of the first faculty members when she says, laughing. a date has not yet been set. As the
Windward opened its doors in 1972. But as the year So the day before the “I won’t miss the grading, time for retirement gets closer, Nuck-
goes on, she finds herself contemplating retirement. University of Hawai‘i’s se- but I will miss my students.” ols finds herself considering her tim-
Nuckols was born and raised primarily in Texas mester started, she called ing due to her continued love for her
but also spent time in Southern Ohio as a child. Her the history department and –Janice Nuckols students and the anticipated opening
mother was a teacher and, as she grew up, she saw how asked if there were any job of the new library on campus.
much paperwork was involved and swore she would openings. Sure enough, she “I won’t miss the grading, but I
never become a teacher. was hired as a group discussion leader for a world will miss my students, and I would hate to leave before
At age 12, she saw a film titled “The Hawaiians” civilization class. the new library opens,” she explains. She wants to be
and said to herself, “What a fabulous place; I’m going She had never taken world civilization, but she there to encourage her students to use and experience
to live there one day.” accepted the job anyway. She started at UH running the new facility for all it will have to offer.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Marietta eight discussion groups and says she absolutely loved it. Besides traveling, Nuckols has no long-term plans
College, she was accepted into Columbia University A year after working at UH, Nuckols volunteered for life after retirement. Until then you can find her
in New York City and planned on attending that fall. to teach for free at New College, a college based on
sitting on her desk, feet dangling, with a jovial smile,
Meanwhile, she had applied to the East-West Center reading, writing and discussion, rather than exams
telling stories of history with passion and showing the
in Hawai’i thinking she wouldn’t get in, but shortly be- and tests. She led seminars and discussion groups on
fore school started she was offered a grant to the Center top of having her job at the university. love and dedication she has for her teaching career.
and was not going to let this opportunity pass her by. After three years of teaching at UH, she applied ”I’m going to miss being in the classroom and
Nuckols withdrew from Columbia and accepted for a job at WCC, which was opening as a brand new getting to know students,” she says. But even though
the East-West Center grant. In 1968, Janice finally found campus. She, along with a few others were hired as the she may leave WCC soon, she will be part of the col-
herself in the land of her dreams, Hawai‘i. first faculty of the new community college. lege forever.
Spring Break on a dime by Naomi Anderson
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
S hort on cash? Not to worry!
There’s still plenty you can do
during spring break on your “stayca-
tion.” You don’t have to spend a lot
of money to have fun. by Ally Irving
the first one in position was weightless. About a
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter to jump out of a perfectly minute into the jump, my
good airplane. instructor pulled the cord.
YOU COULD: ’ve seen the waters of As I enjoyed the scenic We quickly descended,
• Have a movie/TV • Go hiking! Travel the North Shore count- view, I heard, “You’re up!” and I was steady enough
show marathon! Pick down Pu‘u Pia trail in less times, but I’ve My instructor hooked my to see where we were.
your favorite genre Mānoa. This trail takes never seen it from 15,000 harness to his. I waved I couldn’t believe my
and don’t forget the you through a beau- feet up in the air. farewell to the other jump- eyes. I felt very small
popcorn, candy and tiful rainforest that The full impact of what ers. compared to the vastness
sugary drinks. leads to the summit. I was about to encounter We waddled over to of the ocean and island.
didn’t hit me until my the door, and I hung my The strangest part was
name was called to put on head out for a few sec- I knew we were moving
• Go to the beach! Visit • Have a barbeque in my harness. onds before we jumped. fast towards the ground,
the crystal clear waters your backyard with My tandem instructor It felt as if I were in a but it looked as if we
of Alan Davis Beach friends and fam-
ily! Instead of just hot went over the procedure dream. weren’t moving at all.
near Makapu‘u Light- dogs or hamburgers, with me, which seemed Jumping felt natural. It wasn’t until we got a
house in Waimanalo. try cooking yakiniku almost too easy. The urge to finally do few thousand feet above
Do a 15-minute hike (grilled meat) like they Then we joined the something I’ve always ground that I noticed how
down to the cove and do in restaurants such a ranCh rest of the jumpers headed talked about doing was quickly we were heading
“Pele’s Chair.” This spot as Gyu-Kaku. Courtes
towards the plane. overwhelming. There towards it.
is known only to locals. e Tours” p was no turning back. Thinking back, I’m
rt of the “Ex
perienc As about 12 people
lers as pa filed onto the smallest In a matter of seconds, glad I said yes to skydiv-
• Go camping! Ka- ch on ATV 4-whee
• Organize a park pot- aloa Ran I felt like a bird soaring ing. It’s an experience I’ll
hana Valley State around K
u plane I’ve ever been in, I
lore the wilderness
luck day! Gather Park near Ka‘a‘awa is -seekers exp somehow managed to be through the clouds. I never forget.
friends and family and a great spot to camp.
have everyone bring a You can also hike up
favorite dish. Have a
Di$count$ Get your
Kapa’ele’ele trail to
water gun fight or try overlook Kahana Bay
Slip & Slide. and valley.
Kualoa Ranch Adventure and Experience
Ziggy Marley “Wild and Free”
World Tour Live
Experience 4,000 acres of stunning natural beauty and by Heather Stephenson
Hawai‘i’s movie “backlot” just up the road from WCC. Five-time Grammy award-winner Ziggy Marley Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
and chart-topping reggae veterans Inner Circle
$10 off kama‘aina rates for “Adventure Tours” (ATV and
horseback) will land on Oahu during his World Tour. T here is so much to do in Hawai‘i, so why is it that most people
stick to their daily grind?
“Finances,” said college student Bri Bourlier. “ Between pay-
50% off regular rates for “Experience Tours” (Movie Site, Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. ing for school, my car, gas, credit cards, rent, and groceries, it’s
Jungle Expedition, Secret Island etc...) getting way too expensive to spend money on anything else.”
Aloha Stadium But what if there were a way to do things without spending a
For more information, visit website: www.kualoa.com ton of money? There is — and it’s called Groupon.
The Web site, launched in Chicago in 2008, started out as a
Glo-Putt Tickets: General admission $45-65 simple idea which rapidly grew into a billion-dollar success.
$1 off per game, per person “I had no idea what this app was until one of my best friends
Na Ali‘i of Comedy grabbed my iPhone and downloaded it. Now I’m hooked!” Bour-
The Hunger Games (opens Mirror Mirror (opens March Wrath of the Titans (opens lier said.
March 23) 30) March 30) Get Wet at Windward Mall Once the app is downloaded, Groupon will automatically text
Based on the hit book
Hawai‘i’s legends of comedy come together on
“Mirror Mirror” is a dark “Wrath of the Titans” is 20 percent off regular-priced items daily deals with fun discounts. “So far, I’ve gotten a manicure and
series by Suzanne Collins, twist on a classic fairy tale. about how Ares (Edgar Ramirez), one stage for the first time, Starring: Frank De pedicure combo for $25,” said Bourlier.
“The Hunger Games” is an The evil queen (Julia Roberts)
action-packed thriller about takes over a kingdom and ex-
the godly son of Zeus (Liam Nee-
son) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes)
Skydive Hawaii Lima, Mel Cabang, Andy Bumatai, Ed Kaahea Groupon is one of the most well-known applications down-
loaded on cell phones and emails worldwide. It has provided
a young teen named Katniss iles the princess, Snow White switch loyalties and make a deal Regular price $225; Current Internet Special $150 and Augie T. many people with ideas of activities to experience, as well as give
Everdeen (Jennifer Law- (Lily Collins). Snow White en- with Kronos to capture Zeus. Student discount $140 local discounts for their favorite things to do.
rence) who becomes a gladi- lists the help of seven dwarves The Titans grow stronger Saturday, March 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Recent deals have included a snorkeling cruise for $20 and 50
ator in a reality show. It is a to help reclaim her kingdom and hell is released on Earth. Per- www.skydivehawaii.com percent discounts on outdoor apparel, Zumba classes and para-
battle-to-the-death against and win back her birthright. seus (Sam Worthington) travels Blaisdell Concert Hall sailing. For more information, visit www.groupon.com.
other teens from across the to the underworld to overthrow (Discounts valid March 24 through April 1
12 districts in the former the Titans and save mankind.
United States. with current WCC student ID) Tickets: General admission $23-30
8 Ka ‘Ohana arts & entertainmentWINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Murphy’s welcomes thousands
by Jason DeLuca when Murphy bought the Royal Ha-
waiian Saloon and it became Murphy’s
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
Bar and Grill.
alk into Murphy’s Bar and “I wanted a downtown saloon that
Grill in downtown Honolu- catered to the business lunch crowd,
lu and you’ll see something evening cocktail crowd and weekend
more than the headquarters for St. sports crowd. If all else failed, it would
Patrick’s Day. be somewhere to drink,” he said on
Sure, there’s the long koa bar and their Web site.
the sign that says, “Guinness is good Once a year, he hosts the “Pigskin
for you!” Pigout,” which raises money for the
Owner Don Murphy not only man- UH football team, and the St. Patrick’s
ages and runs his own restaurant, but Day block party with portions of the
also organizes long-standing events profits donated to the Hawaii Chil-
like the “Pigskin Pigout” and the dren’s Cancer Foundation.
massively popular block party on St. According to a UH Web site, the
Patrick’s Day with live music and end- “Pigskin Pigout” last year was the Courtesy murpHy’sHawaii.Com
less beer and food. 15th annual event to start the college People gather in front of Murphy’s in downtown Honolulu, preparing for the celebration.
But look closer and you’ll see football season. Merchant Street was
there’s history behind the faded brick closed off for a gathering of people Merchant and Nu’uanu streets close bread pudding with whiskey sauce
walls. to enjoy suckling pig, fresh fish and down and Irish food is constantly made by Mrs. Murphy herself.
According to murphyshawaii.com, oysters. cooked in the parking lot to accom- A stage will also be set up in the
the restaurant at the corner of Nu‘uanu “The event has raised more than modate the growing crowds. middle of the street where Doolin’
and Merchant started as the Royal Ho- $1.5 million for the UH Warrior foot- “We usually go through about Rakes and Elephant, a local band, will
tel in the 1870s and was one of only five ball team,” Murphy said. 2,500 pounds of corned beef and 3,000 perform for the masses.
places with a liquor license at the time. This year on March 17, Murphy oysters, and for every pound of corned At stations outside, beers are
Now, only Murphy’s and Two Jacks on again will host the St. Patrick’s Day beef sold we donate two dollars to the poured from kegs and a sea of people
Hotel Street remain. block party, where thousands gather Hawaii Children’s Cancer Founda- in green t-shirts bump drunkenly into
Murphy’s originally was a hotel for to drink and eat Irish food. tion,” Murphy said. each other across the entire stretch of
merchants, ship captains and royalty “At the very first event 24 years ago Other food options will include blocked street.
to have drinks and stay the night. King there were only 100 people. Now we steamers, shrimp, fish and chips, “blar- So, if you like crowds, corned beef
Kalākaua visited the hotel and so did bring in about 10,000 or more!” he said. ney burgers,” Guinness braised lamb and cabbage and beer, beer, and more
Robert Louis Stevenson. On that day, Murphy’s opens at shanks and crab cakes. beer, then join the islandʻs biggest St.
It went through many different noon for lunch. But when the sun goes For the sweet tooths, one can enjoy Patrick’s Day party. But be sure to have
owners and name changes until 1987 down, the celebration really begins. homemade Irish whiskey cake and a designated driver.
Slavery to sainthood The young man wrote that he
by Hannah Marquez heard a voice telling him to walk 200
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
miles until he reached the shore, where
E very year on March 17, people he found a boat waiting for him to take
around the world wear a wee bit him back to England. Succat reunited
of green and channel some Irish to with his family and began studying
celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. theology.
St. Paddy’s Day celebrates Irish He was appointed a bishop in the
heritage, named after a British sub- Catholic Church and bestowed with
ject who helped spread Christianity the name of Patrick. However, the
to Ireland in the late 4th century A.D. story goes that he was troubled by
The holiday consists of much dreams of the Irish calling to him.
Brad froeHle from fliCkr more than pubs and shamrocks. From Patrick returned to Ireland, eager
Every year Chicago deposits 40 pounds of dye in its river in honor St Patrick’s Day. a beginning in slavery to a legacy in to preach the gospel, despite the mis-
_ _ sainthood, the story of Saint Patrick treatment he suffered by the hands of
Prince Kuhio: the last prince of Hawai’i has endured through the ages.
Patrick, whose real name was
the Irish people. For the next 50 years,
Patrick converted and baptized thou-
Heather Stephenson Maewyn Succat, was kidnapped by sands and set up many rustic churches.
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter pirates during a raid on his family’s He founded many monasteries
estate. Sold into slavery in Ireland, that were unconventional; they were
hanks to his place in history, stu- requested Hawai‘i be recognized as a
he lived for six years with the Celts, places of study, where the graduates
dents in Hawai‘i have the day off state — the first attempt in a long road
learning their language and culture. would often marry and start families.
on Monday, March 26 in observance until Hawai‘i became the 50th state
Alone in a strange land, he wrote in He also brought education to Ireland,
of Prince Kuhio Day in 1959.
his “Confession”: “I did not, indeed, much of Celtic mythology and culture
— but why? “Because of
know the true God, and I was taken was preserved in books written by the
Pr i nce Jona h Prince Kūhiō’s efforts
into captivity. . . . I would wake up monasteries.
Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in trying to preserve
before daylight to pray in the snow, in It is believed that St. Patrick passed
was the first native our native land, we
icy coldness. As I now see, the Spirit away on March 17, with a simple stone
Hawaiian to serve as can keep our tradi-
- was burning in me.” marking his grave.
a delegate to the U.S. t ional values and
Congress, represent- grow our local foods
ing the Territory of without people try-
Hawai‘i. ing to change our ST. PATRICK’S DAY TRIVIA
He is best known ways,” said Ed Jo-
• The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in New York on March 17, 1762.
for his success in seph, a local Hawai-
• It was a religious holiday until 1970, and Irelandʻs pubs were closed on
convincing Congress ian businessman.
to approve the 1920 Since his death in
• Patrick used the shamrock to explain the three parts of the Trinity, the
Hawa i ia n Homes Courtesy of Hawai’i magazine 1922, Hawaiian ven-
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Commission Act, which provides ap- ues such as street names, schools, and
• The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became
proximately 200,000 acres of land for statues were created in his honor, but
associated with the holiday during the 19th century.
native Hawaiians to live on. most commonly the holiday, Prince
• There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland.
He also introduced a bill that Kūhiō Day.
Community News WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Kagawa sisters share their medley of hope
by Kellie Wedemeyer na, the KJC chorus expressed
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter their appreciation and pleasure
in being able to share a bit of
or the f irst time ever, their culture.
Pali k u T heat re was “We g reatly appreciate
f illed last month with that WCC has given us this
melodic voices from Kagawa opportunity to perform on your
Junior College, WCC’s sister campus,” said one of the KJC
school in Japan. chorus members.
Students from Kagawa ar- During their time here, the
rived on Feb. 27 to visit WCC Kagawa students were able to
classes and tour the island in a visit several classes on cam-
visit coordinated by professor pus. Japanese 202 instructor
Toshi Ikagawa. Akiko Swan said her students
The KJC chorus was com- welcomed the chance to prac-
posed of 20 students, accom- tice the language with native
panied by their professor Rika speakers.
Watanabe, a well-known so- “They were able to learn
prano in Japan. The concert about Japanese culture and
had special meaning for the the people as well,” said
students, who wanted to share JessiCa Crawford Swan. “Last year the Kaga-
a hea r t felt present at ion of Led by professor Rika Watanabe, the Kagawa Junior College chorus performs for a crowd in Paliku Theatre. wa st udents ca me to my
traditional and modern choral classes, and they spent time
music. ing home from last year’s visit, d e a t h s , 6 ,011 i nju r e d a n d Through the gift of song, wit h my st udents in and
Since 1989, Kagawa stu- a devastating earthquake and 3,287 people missing across the Kagawa students found a outside of class.”
dents have visited WCC as a tsunami hit the coast of Japan. 18 prefectures, as well as over way to show their love and ap- “My students told me
part of their education pro- The Japanese National Po- 125,000 buildings damaged or preciation for their homeland. that they really enjoyed the
gram. Three days after arriv- lice Agency confirmed 15,850 destroyed. In a message to the WCC ‘oha- experience.”
‘Violence-Free WCC’ April 18
by Kellie Wedemeyer is the national honor society Palacat. He wanted to offer violence
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter in psychology for commu- WCC students national op- victim at “An
portunities in the field of psy- Empty Place
nity colleges. “Our mission is
at the Table”,
f you’re a good planner or professional development of chology. The society functions
an event held
coordinator, or if you need psychology students through as an association of chapters on Feb. 14
volunteer and service-learn- promotion and recognition of operated by Psi Beta student in the Hale
ing credits, “A Violence-Free excellence in scholarship, lead- members and faculty advisors ‘Akoakoa
WCC” needs you. ership, research and communi- and coordinated by a national cafeteria.
The WCC Sexual Vio- ty service,” said Falisha Herbic, office.
“Students should join to The event was
lence Prevention Awareness Psi Beta chapter advisor.
Committee will present the “There are many reasons gain opportunities for schol-
event, Wednesday, April 18, students should volunteer to arship, leadership, research, Violence
on campus. help with the event,” she said. and community service,” said Prevention
The event will include “It’s an opportunity to serve Herbic. Project, a
entertainment, food and com- their campus and community, “Additionally, students collaboration
munity booths. to learn more about a serious is- have the opportunity to meet of WCC and
with and develop networking UH Manoa.
Its goal is to raise aware- sue, to gain knowledge through
ness about the issue of do- research, marketing, design, relationships with students
mestic and sexual violence on development, leadership, and and others interested in the
college campuses and provide to be a part of something huge same field.”
education and outreach re-
“A Violence-Free WCC”
and spectacular on our cam-
Psi Beta at WCC was start-
For details, contact Psi Beta
president Kathy Hanson at
or co-advisor Falisha Herbic at Monday, March 12
is Psi Beta’s service-learning ed in 2002 by current chapter Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood, UH president
project this semester. Psi Beta advisor and professor Frank firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 – 5 p.m., Hale ‘Akoakoa 105
Wednesday, March 14
from page 2 Ilima Ho-Lastimosa
God’s Country Waimanalo
1 – 2 p.m. Hale ‘Akoakoa 105
have concluded that there is consumers developing al- paya and to antibiotics where
absolutely no difference in lergies is due to the genetic people are eating papaya on Thursday, March 15
the health and safety of bio- modification in foods. a regular basis.” Windy Keala McElroy
Keala Pono Archaelogical Consulting
tech and non-biotech foods. Says Yee, “Until the FDA According to t he U.S. 4 – 5 p.m., Hale ‘Akoakoa 105 A student talks with a Sea Life Park
“To suggest that biotech changes its stand on ‘sub- Department of Agriculture staff member at last year’s College
foods require a special label stantial equivalence,’ it will Economic Research Service Monday, March 19 and Career Fair.
Chris Campbell, artist
would mislead the consumer be difficult to implement in 2011, 88 percent of corn 11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m., Hale
into thinking otherwise.” mandatory federal labeling, grown in the U.S. is geneti- ‘Akoakoa 105 Monday, April 16
People against GMO’s, no matter how many more cally engineered. Counselor registration appointments
Wednesday, March 21 begin
which include grassroots or- studies are done or how many They also reported 94 “What’s Really in Your Food” Call 235-7413
ganizations, Native Hawaiian people develop allergies and percent of soy, 95 percent Dr. Frank Williams
groups, natural foods com- diseases that could be caused of sugar beets, 90 percent 1 – 2 p.m., Hale ‘Imiloa Tuesday, April 10
WCC College and Career Fair
panies, organic farmers, and by consuming GMO foods… of canola oil, 90 percent of Saturday, March 31 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hale ‘Akoakoa
concerned citizens, say there “Because the Rainbow cotton (hence cottonseed Paliku Arts Festival
is no evidence to show there papaya has been approved for oil), and about 80 percent of 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April
Palanakila courtyard area 15
aren’t possibilities for nega- export to Japan, consumers Hawaiian papayas are geneti- Talks by the Dalai Lama
tive long-term repercussions. believe it is safe to eat, but I cally engineered. Monday, April 9 1:30 p.m., Stan Sheriff Arena at UH
Allegat ions have also am seeing in my practice pat- One thing is for certain: Online registration starts for continuing Manoa.
students. www. pillarsof peacehawaii.org
been made that the cause terns of digestive problems Americans are consuming a
for a growing percentage of and allergic reactions to pa- lot of GMO’s.
10 Ka ‘Ohana Community News WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Forbidden stairway still lures hikers
by Hannah Marquez
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
arah Kujimoto and her
friends stride through WCC student
the dead of night, 2 a.m.,
stands on a
climbing over fences and onto Ko’olau peak,
the forbidden Haiku Stairs. part of the hike
They snake up what is known as the
commonly called the Stair- Haiku Stairs
way to Heaven, conquering all or Stairway to
3,922 slippery metal steps to Heaven.
reach the ridge of the Ko’olau
Mountains, overlooking Wind-
ward Community College.
Perched over 2,800 feet
above sea level, it’s too dark for
them to enjoy the spectacular
view. Besides, they have to
head back down and reach the
bottom to beat the sunrise and
by Forest weltoN
the guard’s rebuke.
“The hike was very long County of Honolulu doesn’t blocking the trash cans set out Meanwhile, the Friends of and Hawaiian culturists saying
and sore, but you felt like you want to be held responsible for for pick up.” Haiku Stairs have been faith- how you could see the native
accomplished something after- anyone injured on the Haiku The stairs were originally fully maintaining the stairs, plants and the ahupua’a (region
wards,” explained Kujimoto. Stairs while it’s closed and wooden — built in 1942 during clearing out invasive species from the mountain to the sea).”
The “Stairway to Heaven” has spent about $50,000 each WWII for the U.S. Navy Haiku and weed-whacking over- The neighborhood residents
has continued to attract visi- year on security. The guards radio station. By 1952, the Navy growth for almost 25 years. and the city say a separate
tors, although it has been of- are there every morning from replaced the wood with metal, They hope one day their dili- access to the stairs and des-
ficially closed for years. The 4 a.m. until about noon, and but 20 years later the stairway gence will help reopen the site. ignated parking away from
“off-limits” nature of the site police officers monitor the stair- was rusted and dangerous. Why do people keep flock- the neighborhood need to be
hasn’t deterred avid hikers, and way access road regularly and The Coast Guard took over ing to the stairs? Some want established.
it has become one of the most randomly each week. operations in 1972 and allowed to enjoy the view; others want Some also think the city
popular illegal hikes on O‘ahu. Ken Rose, who lives right approximately 200 hikers a day to check it off their bucket list. should capitalize on the popu-
Now, House bill 2246 and by the trail access said, “I from 1981-1987, the few years it Ironically, many go for the thrill larity of the hike and charge a
Senate bill 2524 have been intro- think it should be open … was open to the public. How- of doing something illegal. fee to fund the maintenance
duced this legislative session to it’s a popular attraction and ever, in 1987, the stairway was “I went mostly because my of the stairs and to help cover
transfer land in Haiku Valley to beautiful spot. But people are shut down for vandalism when friends went, but also because liability costs.
the state Department of Land up on the weekends all the the staircase was damaged. it was kind of exciting know- While there may be no
and Natural Resources, giving time from 3 to 6 a.m. in the Former Honolulu Mayor ing that the hike was closed,” stopping the hikers, residents
the state access to the trailheads morning, walking around Jeremy Harris spent $875,000 Kujimoto said. just don’t want their neighbor-
to the stairway. and talking as they go up.” on repairs in 2003 with the Joh n Fla n iga n of t he hood disrupted.
Concerns regarding safety, Another resident also com- intent of reopening the stairs, Friends of Haiku Stairs said, As one resident said, “How
liability, and disturbance of mented, “People don’t care if but other issues surfaced about “It’s one of the most popular can you reopen the hike if you
neighboring communities re- it’s illegal. They are constantly access to the trail because of hikes in Hawai‘i and it’s great don’t even follow the rules
mains an issue. violating the laws. They park all land usage rights among vari- for education. We have all kinds now?”
Meanwhile, the City and up and down the streets, often ous landowners. of testimonies from geologists
Polynesian voyaging canoe, in
March 1978 when it capsized,
leaving the crew stranded in
the Molokai Channel.
Aikau, being the extreme
by Joshua Rossen Mother Nature . . . you’re just waterman and type of person
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter trying to survive. When you do that he was, went to paddle for
survive, you’re stoked.” help. He was never seen again,
O f all the big wave contests
in the world, The Quicksil-
ver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
For The Eddie to even be
held, the waves must be a con-
sistent minimum of 20 feet high
but there is no doubt that his
memory will live on forever.
“When you talk about surf-
is the most prestigious. “Hawaiian,” which is judged by ers, it’s like Eddie’s the pin-
“To be out here, just invited, the back of the wave (or about nacle,” said current 11-time
is the highest honor...it has ex- 40-foot plus faces). world champion and previous
ceeded all my expectations and There can be no set date for event winner Kelly Slater.
it’s an absolute dream for me. the Eddie. The waiting period It doesn’t matter if you surf
“The amazing day that we starts Dec. 1 with opening cer- or not; it’s almost certain that
had out here, the last hour—I emonies and goes through the growing up in Hawai‘i you have
wouldn’t change it for anything end of February. heard his name, if not his amaz-
in the world,” said 2009 cham- Because of the rare condi- ing and tragic story of courage
pion Greg Long minutes after tons needed, the competition and selflessness.
his final heat. has been held only eight times The past champions of
So why do these big wave in the last 27 years. the event include Denton
surfers literally risk life and The event was created to Miyamura (Hawai‘i), Keone
limb to ride these giants? honor Eddie Aikau, a Hawai- Downing (Hawai‘i), Clyde Ai-
“You get this adrenaline ian waterman and the first kau (Hawai‘i), Noah Johnson
rush,” explained Jamie O’Brien lifeguard at Waimea Bay, whose (Hawai‘i), Ross Clark-Jones
after his heat in the most recent name has become synonymous (Australia), Kelly Slater (Flori-
2009 Eddie. “It’s not really like with bravery and courage. He da), Bruce Irons (Hawai‘i) and Courtesy oF quiCksilverlive.Com
fear. There’s nothing like it in was aboard the Hokule‘a, a rep- defending champion from Cali- 2009 Quicksilver Eddie Aikau honorary invitee Kohl Christensen sitting
the world — competing against lica of an ancient double-hulled fornia Greg Long in 2009. pretty comfortably in a place most would not even dare to go.
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Ka ‘Ohana 11
What is your view of online classes?
I have taken a few online classes. For me, I think that human contact Online classes are very helpful I am a victim of online classes! I have
Generally, writing intensive and liberal and group environments are an impor- and useful. They help with changing failed EVERY online class I have taken.
arts are good choices. It seems that math tant educational forum. schedules and relieve the stress of a This is not because I am not a bright stu-
and science classes are not ideal because I think that a student could learn classroom. Some students may have a dent, it is the experience, or lack thereof,
the need for instruction and interaction more with the combination of hearing, hard time getting to class and others just that keeps students like myself from suc-
is so great in these classes. reading and applying material within can’t make it. Working in the comfort of ceeding in online classes. Students need
Iʻm taking a biology course online the classroom. It enables questions and your home is the perfect solution. personal experience in college.
and itʻs difficult to learn despite (record- clarifications of material being learned. —Peter Bessonass —Angel Thomas
ed) videos and a book. Sociology, on the I think that online courses decrease the
other hand, worked out great because quality of education for students overall.
you can write based more on opinion.
Should WCC ban the sale of bottled
water on campus? What about water
BOTTLED WATER from page 1
Water Service” due to the fact that it is in landfills or oceans. According to
stations to fill up your own bottle?
made with tap water. It boils down to the Container Recycling Institute, 90
I absolutely love this idea! There’s I think this is a terrible idea
this: you’re really just paying for the percent of bottles end up in landfills,
nothing to lose. UH at Mānoa has a because at any time tap water can
bottle and the pretty packaging. where they take between 450 and 1000
refill station and I use it all the time. become contaminated because of a
Wolff says that the Flo Water sta- years to break down.
That alone is great, but banning the slight mistake in the process. With
tions deal with every aspect of why Says Wolff, “This vast amount
sale of plastic bottles encourages the selling of bottled water, it al-
people drink bottled water rather of plastic has built up in the oceans
people to use more durable bottles lows the school to make money and
he than tap: throughout the globe and the closest
like glass or hard plastic, things that provide a safe water source, just in
• Distrust of the purity of tap wa- one to Hawai‘i, known as the Great
don’t get thrown away or recycled case the tap water somehow gets
ter, and the taste - “Flo Water stations Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, is around
as often. contaminated.
use a 5 times filtration system which three times the size of Texas.” The Flo
—Malia Kahauolopua —Jason Kang
includes a carbon filter, sediment filter, Water service has a helpful digital
reverse osmosis, coconut carbon filter, tracker at the top that shows the num-
If WCC and other UH campuses Why don’t they just set up these
and ultra-violet light. The water is ber of bottles that have been saved
ban the sale of filtered water, I be- stations and see if the students prefer
also dispensed at a perfectly chilled from the landfill.
lieve that students will not be en- these stations over buying bottled
temperature of 42 degrees.” The Container Recycling Institute
couraged to bring their own bottles. water instead of cutting out options?
• Sanitation - Some people are con- reported that 86 percent of plastic wa-
Rather, I think that the sales of soda I do not know enough about this
cerned about the cleanliness of public ter bottles used in the United States
and other beverages will increase. situation, but it seems like a way of
water fountains; the Flo Water service simply become trash or litter, and
Many times I intend to bring my monopolizing the sale of water.
is clean and easy to use. the San Francisco Chronicle reported
own water but it usually gets left —Francisco Hadley
• Appeal - “The company’s graph- that more than 1 billion plastic water
at home. I appreciate having water
ics, bottles, and station are visually bottles end up in California’s trash
for purchase at school. I do try to I think a ban on the sale of bottled
stunning and make it ‘cool’ for people alone each year.
conserve resources and will refill water is great. I always bring my own
to embrace sustainability,” says Wolff. A good way to be environmen-
that bottle throughout the day and bottle to fill up. It’s much more eco-
• Convenient and timely - “Refill- tally friendly is to consider no longer
recycle it as well. I think that a ban nomical and Hawai‘i has one of the
ing a bottle at the Flo Water station can buying, and subsequently discarding,
of bottled water would be a big best, most pure water sources avail-
be done in eight seconds.” bottled water.
mistake. able, so it makes sense.
Another factor to consider is the For more details, go to http://bit.
—Kelia Kawahara —Jaimee-Linn Shaw
number of water bottles that end up ly/wTQJof.
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12 Ka ‘Ohana sports & entertainment WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Chad Owens: Heart overcomes all
b y M a t t Te r u k i n a “He set goals for himself and was very So where did this drive come from?
Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter capable,” says Lester Parrilla, who was “I was competitive at a young age,”
Owens’ high school football coach. “He Owens explains. “I just love the chal-
t 5 foot 8 with cleats on, former was very dedicated.” lenge.” Owens also says there were
UH Warrior Chad Owens has Parrilla couldn’t recall a time always doubters around him but that
always had something to prove. when Owens had a lazy mo- just added fuel to the fire. Because he
“I had to prove I could hang with ment. “Everything was full- wasn’t a typical 6-foot,
the big boys,” he says. speed with Chad,” he adds. 200-pound receiver,
Owens established himself as a “I always wanted to people were always
three-time prep all-star at Roosevelt be the best,” Owens says. telling him that he
High School, but he still had no college “If you’re not work- wouldn’t make it in
scholarship offers and no scouts knock- ing to be the best, football.
ing on his door. you’re wast i ng Another moti-
He went on to become the featured your time.” vation is Owens’
receiver for coach June Jones’ run-and- In his senior family. They play
shoot offense and was drafted by the yea r, O wen s, a big part in sup-
NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. who received porting him and
In the last two years, Owens has the nick name his dreams. “This
bounced around to different teams and “Mighty Mouse” is a true team,” says
leagues due to injuries. He has had to from a close friend, Owens, referring to his wife, Rena.
learn to adjust to different offenses and showed t hat big Together since the 7th grade, Rena
various league rules. things come in small and Chad have three children:
But now Owens has found a home packages. Chad Jr., Areana, and Sierra-Lynn.
with the Canadian Football League’s “He wou ld When Owens reflects on what Matt tErukina
Toronto Argonauts and has become the make all the key he has done to get to where he is now, (Above) Chad Owens with wife Rena, a vital
“spark” of the team, just as he was in his plays. It would he says it wasn’t easy. part of what he considers his “true team.”
UH Warrior days. be 3rd and 20, and “I worked extremely hard and (Left) Chad shows his focus during his
He was named the most outstand- Chad would get the workout to prepare for his 2012 CFL season.
never quit. I did whatever it took
ing special teams player in the CFL first down and run to get it done,” he maintains. “No As a part-owner of Hawaii Opti-
for the past two seasons and recently over a bigger guy to matter what anyone said or no mat- mum Performance, he wants to train his
turned down an offer to rejoin the NFL get that extra yard,” ter how things looked, I always kids for sports as long as he can.
to remain with the Argonauts. Parrilla says. believed in myself. I had to “Also, I want to try and act, like
“It excites me to be able to provide During Owens’ have tunnel vision to tune the ‘The Rock’,” Owens says. “Whether it
that rush for my fans and my team- time as a UH War- negative stuff out.” be a football movie or an action movie,
mates,” says Owens. “I live for these rior he earned ev- He added that it takes I definitely think I can be successful
moments.” erything he had. He true dedication and sacri- because I’ve got the work ethic. I want
Now when Owens goes out in joined the team as fice. “I sacrificed a lot of to be the best.”
public, heads turn and people ask for a walk-on and was time with my friends and It has been a roller coaster journey
pictures and autographs. the last player added my family,” Owens says. for Owens as he has gone up, down and
But those who know him best say to the roster as a redshirt “You need a good sup- around throughout his career.
he’s still the same determined player freshman in 2000. After a huge fresh- port system,” Rena adds. But the motivational fire he holds
he’s always been. man season, Owens made a name for So what does the future hold for inside his small, muscular frame is
What he lacked in size he made himself when the Warriors demolished Chad Owens? burning brighter than ever.
up for in heart and tackling challenges the undefeated BYU Cougars in 2001. He explains that he will continue With his 2012 season coming up,
head-on. Since then, Owens has racked up his career as an Argonaut as long as he you can find Owens working out and
Owens’ drive to succeed started the numbers and made the fans go wild can and would like to stay in shape for living up to his motto: “You can’t let
when he was a high school freshman. with his unbelievable touchdowns. the rest of his life. them outwork you.”
Anime convention ‘Kawaii Kon’ invades Hawai‘i
by Maria Harr tion like K-Kon (as fans call it) offers student and avid cosplayer, says of the
Ka ’Ohana Staff Reporter a place for fans to get to know each convention.
other, meet and get autographs from “Then there’s the costuming. . .
repare to see some oddly dressed voice actors, hear new information which is a big thing.”
folks at the Hawai‘i Convention from companies, compete in contests At the Cosplay Showcase cosplay-
Center March 16 through 18 and attend panels on all sorts of anime- ers who have made their costumes
because Kawaii Kon, Hawai‘i’s only related things. themselves compete, posing on stage
anime convention, is back. The convention caters to a specific and sometimes performing short skits
Anime, a form of animation from crowd, though Roy Bann, also known to catch the judges’ attention. Bann
Japan, is growing more and more by his Internet handle “Buma,” the says you’ll get to see the “best of the
widespread in the United States. With video art showcase director, stresses best get judged.”
it come conventions for fans to get that it is not at all exclusive. The Karaoke Kompetition, Co-
together and celebrate their favorite “Geeks and nerds can all go to- splay Theater, Moonlight Magic Ball,
storytelling medium. gether (to the convention) because Animega Mix Dance-Off , five differ-
Hawai‘i, with its strong connec- everyone around you is a geek and a ent concerts and the Anime Quiz Wiz
tions to Japan, has been surprisingly nerd. It’s a much safer environment.” Challenge help fill out the overflowing
late to the fan convention scene, but The convention has a reputation for list of events to enjoy at the convention.
for the last six years Kawaii Kon, with being family-friendly as well. Kawaii Kon plays up its opening
Bann suggests the Cosplay Show- ceremonies, making it a main event,
an estimated 5,200 attendees at its 2011
case for a first time Kon-goer to go see. which few other conventions do. Bann
show, has filled that gap.
Cosplay, or “costume-play,” is a form says it’s well worth going to for every-
The role of a fan convention can be
of costuming that involves creating or
Yoji Eguchi one, not just the first-timer.
a confusing thing to explain to some-
A 2011 ‘warrior’ poses in her costume. Every year there is some sort of
one who has never been to one. Fan buying accurate reflections of a char-
surprise at the opening ceremonies,
conventions came into the public eye acter’s costume from anime, manga act like one as well. including a video made by an award-
back in the days of Star Trek, when fans and even video games and TV shows. Other Kon-goers suggest cosplay winning anime music video artist.
would gather to discuss their beloved While cosplaying, many cosplay- as a major draw of K-Kon. Tickets will be available at the
TV show. ers can be found not only going to great “It’s a gathering of like-minded door. For further information visit
Much the same, an anime conven- lengths to look like a character, but to people,” Lisa Kinoshita, former WCC www.kawaii-kon.org.