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									                                                                                                                                                 Volume 40, No.6 March 2012
                                                                                                                                                   Ka ‘Ohana
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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

    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
                                                                                  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

                                       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 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
                                                                                                                                                        (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
                                                                                                                                                                                           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
     In Hawai‘i, the most re-      ing to do is to let consumers        as safe for consumption and
                                                                                   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.

                                     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.

                                                                                                                                                           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                         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
whether they are on-campus or        even live job searches. The            student orientation.       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
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                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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:                                                                                                                                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-                                                                                                                                                                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
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

              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,              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.
                                                                                                             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.
                                                                                     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

       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

                                                                                                                                                                                    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-
                                        Psi Beta at WCC was start-
                                                                             For details, contact Psi Beta
                                                                        president Kathy Hanson at
                                                                                                                        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                       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
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

      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 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

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                  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,”

                                              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  

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