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Volume 40, No.6 March 2012 KaOhanaOnline.org Ka ‘Ohana now on facebook Learning on the go Burt Lum instructs the ICS 121V Social Web to students as they consider Toolkit using by Katherine Palmer the Internet whether or not to take these I Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief and its courses. resources. 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 March 2012 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 are adopting. 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, retrofitting light- 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 S 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- W 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 (The Family) 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 Maria Harr Tasha McMillian Ally Irving are genetically modified. including Japan. The Rain- ya Industry Association dis- Naomi Anderson Hannah Marquez MEDIA & DESIGN Akela Newman Jason Deluca The only way to know if bow papaya is genetically agrees. “This bill seems to be Kalanikoa Elderts JT Medeiros Chris Ogawa WEbMASTER Patrick Hascall 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 3 March 2012 CAMPUS NEWS WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Ka ‘Ohana 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. W 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 hands-on activities—from •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.” March 2012 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. C 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 tools for 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 hENgyAo hAN 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. March 2012 CAMPUS NEWS WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Ka ‘Ohana 5 you go into. English teacher Jean Two teachers “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.” Forty years Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief I 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 A 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 Unforgettable experience 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 I 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 y kualo ackage. 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. Adventure friends and family and a great spot to camp. have everyone bring a You can also hike up Events 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 Tours Ziggy Marley “Wild and Free” World Tour Live Groupon! 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 March 2012 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 W 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 T 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. this day. 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. 9 March 2012 Community News WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Ka ‘Ohana 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 F 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 Shauna Leake views the memorial of a domestic 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 I 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. sponsored by Committee will present the “There are many reasons gain opportunities for schol- the Sexual 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- source materials. “A Violence-Free WCC” and spectacular on our cam- pus.” Psi Beta at WCC was start- For details, contact Psi Beta president Kathy Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Campus Calendar 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 email@example.com. 4 – 5 p.m., Hale ‘Akoakoa 105 GMO ISSUES 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. March 2012 10 Ka ‘Ohana Community News WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Forbidden stairway still lures hikers by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter S arah Kujimoto and her friends stride through WCC student Akela Newman 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 ‘The Eddie’ 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. March 2012 Editorial WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 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. —Sara Coates —Kathy Hanson 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. Hawai‘i Paciﬁc University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status and disability. March 2012 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,” A 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. P 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.
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