alamalama Hawai‘i Pacific University Newspaper
Volume 35 Issue No. 5
April 18, 2011
Ho‘omaika‘i ‘ana, HPU Cheerleaders!
Karabudak wins SGA vote SAIGE MARTIN student body president
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Results from the 2011-2012 SGA elections were officially announced on April 11. More than 1,500 students voted for their next student body president, and international student Senator Yasemin Karabudak defeated graduate student Senator Tim Lussier in a close election. Karabudak received 809 votes to win the position for the coming year. The REFORM Ticket, which was created by Lussier (who had 734 votes) saw its entire Senate slate elected for the 2011-2012 session of the Student Senate. All newly elected members will takeover their new positions on May 16. To contact your new SGA team, please email us at SGA@my.hpu.edu or check out our website for official election results or to get involved with SGA http://www.hpu. edu/SGA Karabudak described her main goals for the year. “My goal is to build a vital communication between students Cont page 3
Stefanie Wesch from Germany, who is also a member of the United Nations Club at HPU. “It is great seeing all these various cultural backgrounds come together on Fort Street Mall in one festival, respecting on another and learning from each other.” This colorful event had its traditional parade, and performances once again amazed everyone who watched this outstanding event.
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Congratulations to the cheerleaders and dancers who again did HPU proud in Florida.
HPU students celebrate world cultures on Fort Street SUSANNE HAALA associate editor Early Friday on Fort Street Mall, HPU students from more than 100 countries and every state in the nation union erected their tents that represented their cultures. The aroma of food was everywhere, as students dressed in their traditional attire and their national flags flapped in the wind. It’s Intercultural Day! This day,
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celebrated April 15 for the 27th time in the university’s history, has grown into a spring celebration anticipated by students, staff, visitors and the entire HPU community. Over the past two decades, HPU’s Intercultural Day has grown into a dynamic annual celebration of global culture. Fort Street Mall was transformed into a marketplace of booths , activities, music and dances. “The cultural diversity here at HPU’s Intercultural Day is quite inspiring,” said
Adam Aisner to serve as PRSSA President Page 6
The Gastronomist Page 11
Grand Polo Opening in Mokuleia Page 22-23
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ISSUE DATES (SPRING 2011) May 2
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Aloha from President Wright Last month, HPU participated in An Evening of Aloha at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, an event honoring our military. HPU was well represented that night, with President’s Hosts assisting and music from HPU’s International Vocal Ensemble and their director, Kalai Stern. As part of my keynote address, I introduced Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, HPU’s next president. We’re coming up on Military Appreciation Month here in Hawaii, so I want to say a few words about HPU’s commitment to serving our military and their families, whether active duty or veterans. HPU has been offering educational opportunities to the men and women connected to the military
for over 35 years. Through our Military Campus Programs, we offer 11 associate’s degrees, 19 bachelor’s degrees, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) on base and online to about 3,000 students. HPU partners with the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership and GoArmyEd: eArmyU. We have also provided facilities for the National Test Centers on five of our Oahu bases. HPU consistently receives high marks from military-related organizations. Last year, we received the Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators. For four years running, HPU has been selected as a
Chaplain’s Corner with Rev. Dr. Dale Burke One of the great the world. Christians are annual events at HPU is preparing for the festiour celebration of global val of Easter (April 24), culture with Intercultural which celebrates the most Day. important event of faith The dances, the exotic centered in the resurrecdisplays, tasty food at the tion of Jesus of Nazareth many booths invite us to who was crucified for the know more and learn more sins of the world on Good about each other …. in so Friday (April 22). doing our world becomes a These days of preparalittle smaller and important tion are known as Lent bridges are built. Thank and many Christians pracall of you for making this tice spiritual disciplines happen on our downtown of prayer, fasting, almscampus! giving, and devotion that In addition to culture, it draw them closer to the is also important for us to heart of God. understand and embrace At the same time, our the importance of religion Jewish friends are preparin our midst and how this ing for Passover (April 18) can give quality and depth which commemorates the to many lives. great “deliverance from This comes at a good bondage” of the Israelites time as these are days of out of Egypt. celebration and preparation Many Muslims recently for religious people around finished making the pil-
military-friendly university by “Military Advanced Education” magazine, placing us in the top 10 percent in terms of quality academic programs and support for our veterans. And “G.I. Jobs” magazine ranked HPU in the top 15 percent of military friendly schools this year and last year. When the G.I. Bill was revised a few years ago, HPU responded by participating in Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes a university education more affordable for veterans and their dependents. We are creating a Military and Veteran Student Services Center on the downtown campus, which will provide convenient “one-stop shopping” for military personnel, veterans, Defense Department grimage to Mecca (known as the Hajj) to honor one of the Five Pillars of Islam and so are brought closer to Allah. Making preparations are good for us…it points us to those things in life that are important and this gives us hope. We all need hope! Don’t forget to pause from the busyness of midterms and term papers to be mindful of the things that give your life strength and hope. Our religious faith, our cultures, our families and our friends are all reminders that we are cared about, loved, and we are of value. Do you see how important it is to nurture all these relationships? In so doing, we find strength for the journey today and our days are filled with hope.
I am very proud of what employees and eligible military family members. we do for the military and Military family students how we’ve been recognized will be able to receive for our commitment. assistance with admissions, academic advising, registration and processing of military/Veteran benefits, which are similar to HPU services available to on-base military students. The Military and Veteran Student Services Center will also coordinate campus services such as career planning and counseling and will support veteran student organizations.
Chatt. Wright, President
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P3 Designer: Susanne Haala
Yay! Let’s Cheer for HPU
EDITOR’S NOTE: The first week of April, the HPU Cheer and Dance teams traveled to Daytona, Florida for the NCA/NDA Collegiate National Championships. The students gave it their all, led by Dance Coach Jessica Walz, Assistant Cheer Coach Adam Yeatts, and a great support staff. The Large and Small Coed teams won national titles. The Dance team placed third in Hip Hop and in Open Dance II. Cheerleader Emily Pineda writes of her experience at Nationals. EMILY MACNINTCH PINEDA
We again wear national crowns, and as a team we have invested more heart, sweat and tears into preparing for this competition than ever before. Our adventure at NCA/ NDA Nationals would be no easy task without a head coach — but our assistant coach Adam Yeatts and team captains Savanna Sibley and Clint Whitehead (Small Coed) and April Huliganga and Tyree Payne (Large Coed) gave their all.
Daytona We stepped into the competition zone ready to give our fans and foes a glimpse of what HPU Cheer was all about. Many were probably wondering whether we would fly or fall. It was our last official practice, and I was immediately stiffened. I could feel the stares as we warmed up on the practice grass. Everyone was curious as to what would become of the HPU cheer legacy, without a head coach. People gathered on their balconies and swarmed around us, anxious to predict whether the HPU Large Coed could take their ninth consecutive title and if the HPU Small Coed could overcome their two-year dry spell to win a fifth championship. Prelims Prelims is the day of competition that everyone wants to get over with. Teams perform a crowdcheer in addition to the routine, and it’s the only score that gets carried over to the final results. After prelims both Large Coed and Small Coed had the highest scores in their
division. Large Coed was way ahead of their competition. We were ecstatic and delighted but not over confident. Finals The big day had finally come — even if we think we’re completely ready, anything can happen on that stage. The moment was much more daunting than anticipated. We were backstage and the music was loud enough to make my hands shake. But all I could hear were my own thoughts on what we have gone through to get here. I realized that being here with HPU has been a privilege, honor, and accomplishment all its own. Suddenly I was walking onto the floor, exhilarated to know that this was my last time on the floor and nervous at the same time, knowing that I’d have no chance to redeem myself if anything went wrong. I heard the crowd going wild. Every thought and worry left me, and I was flipping and performing without thought of effort. I saw the smiling faces of
The Dance Team took third place in Hip Hop and Open Dance. my teammates and took that as a cue that everything was going well. I found myself remembering what I loved about cheerleading. The routine quickly came to an end. My nose was burning and the taste of sweat saturated my mouth as I caught my breath. The energy on the floor was like nothing I ever felt before. Awards My eyes were clenched shut, hands grasping teammates to my left and right.
SGA cont and administration, which requires heavy involvement / interest/input of the students in order to maintain, and then increase the number of students studying at HPU,” she said. According to Karabudak, one of the largest student concerns is the layout of the campus and the campus environment, which leads to unsatisfied students. “Of course it would be Yasemin Karabudak unrealistic to say that I will change that in the course of one year, but it will be my pleasure to work on something that will show its effects in the long run,” she said. Karabudak is thinking of creating a focus group consisting of students from various major/degree backgrounds in order to promote positive change on campus. Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, HPU’s new president, will take
The announcer was down to second place, and our names had still not been called. This was the moment of truth. Everyone quiet. “In second place,” the announcer inserted a long pause, “University of Central Oklahoma.” Chills went from my nose to my toes, but I managed to keep warm by being engulfed in hugs. We had won the title. Large Coed rushed to the stage to congratulate us. They had done amazingly well and earned their own national
Photo by HPU Cheer
title. The Dance Team had taken third place in Hip Hop and Open Dance. After the competition, we went to the ocean. As an ohana we circled up for one of our last times together. I took a step back, admiring the beautiful scene, thankful for the dedication of everyone involved with the program — the support of family and friends and the opportunities that we have all been blessed with. Always remember: individually we are each one drop but together we are an ocean.
office July 1, and Karabudak is eager to work with the new administration. “Dr. Bannister is very into student satisfaction and their leadership, so I think it’s advantageous for both sides to work closely together,” Karabudak said. David Tveraas is the new graduate student Senator and one of the leaders of the REFORM ticket. “One of my top goals is to increase the camaraderie at HPU,” Tveraas said. “I plan to do this by putting myself out there as an advocate for the voice of the students and by encouraging student involvement with events and clubs as well as inter-club cooperation.” Tveraas has been talking to grad-centric clubs and graduate students about the issues they find important. If you would like to contact Tveraas, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tveraas said he was a very strong supporter of Lussier, but had gracious words for Karabudak. “With Yasemin Karabudak’s victory, Tim’s work and dedication will live on in the reforms pledged by the elected Senate,” he said. “Yasemin has proven herself a skilled and charismatic student leader, and I look forward to working with her. “ There is one message that the SGA would like to say to students: “Talk to us, we will listen.”
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SIFE team first runner up at Regionals JUN MOONEY student writer HPU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was one of the teams honored at a regional SIFE competition at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. SIFE is a non-profit organization where students study firsthand how successful business leaders make positive impacts in the local community. Students take on projects aimed to help people in need, and competitions allow SIFE teams to present the result of their work to a panel of judges and peers from other universities involved with SIFE. At the March 16 event, HPU’s SIFE team was selected as the first-runner up. The universities were judged by the following criteria: “Considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, which SIFE team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living?” HPU’s SIFE presentation team was composed of six students: Ellyse Mazzi, Craig Ursuy, Lauren Engel, Allen Hopson, Ingrid Johnson, and team president, Joanne Badua. They presented projects they created under the theme “Following a legacy of light.” Projects that HPU’s SIFE conducted include: • KiDEAS, teaching fifth-graders to become entrepre-
neurs. • Inviting local business owners to the Pappas Entrepreneurial Series for HPU students who are interested in starting their own business venture • Building a learning lab for the CEO of Shirt Sleeve Greetings, whose new HPU branded products have just lined the shelves in the HPU bookstore. HPU’s SIFE even partnered with clubs in a Thanksgiving food drive, and helped teach immigrants the importance of credit. HPU’s SIFE team is supported by advisors Dr. Ken Schoolland and Dr. Carol Parker, as well as Business Advisory Board members Dick Rowland and Lora Burbage of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
Competition results: Champion: Brigham Young - Hawaii Champion: University of Hawaii West O`ahu – First Runner Up: HPU Second Runner Up: Chaminade For more information, visit www.sifehpu.com.
Center for Graduate and Adult Services Concurrent Program lets undergrads earn graduate credits NORMA KOP Center for Graduate and Adult Services Did you know you can earn graduate credits as an undergraduate student? HPU’s Concurrent Program enables qualified undergraduate students to gain a head start on their graduate education. Through the concurrent program, eligible HPU undergraduates may enroll in certain graduate courses and earn both graduate and undergraduate credit simultaneously for the same course. In order to be eligible for this program, students must be enrolled at HPU as an undergraduate and have completed 100 semester hours of undergraduate credits. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required. A student has the opportunity to earn three semester hours of graduate credit for every concurrent course completed. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be earned in the program, with the exception of the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESOL), which allows concurrent program students a maximum of six
semester hours. “This program allows students to fully take advantage of working on graduate courses during their senior year,” said Anna DeQuintanaRoo, who is earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. “The process of enrolling and choosing courses were quite simple and easy. I was able to get great advice and suggestions from my academic advisors.” “I feel that these graduate classes will help students prepare for future courses as it transitions us from an undergraduate environment to the graduate level,” DeQuintanaRoo added. “I’m looking forward to finishing up the Concurrent program and cannot wait to continue to work towards my future.” For more information, please contact graduate academic advisor Shirley Zhuang, at (808) 543-8031 or email her at szhuang@ hpu.edu, at the Center for Graduate and Adult Services, located at 1164 Bishop St. Suite 911. You can also call (808) 543-8034 or visit www.hpu.edu/concurrent
The concurrent program allows under- • Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (MA/HRM) graduate students to:
• Shorten the time it takes to earn a Master’s degree • Save tuition costs for undergraduate courses • Take courses that fit your major • Benefit from academic advising Eligibility: • HPU undergraduate student • 100 semester hours of undergraduate credit completed towards degree re quirements • Minimum GPA of 3.0
Master’s degree programs: • Master of Business Administration (MBA) • Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Mili tary Studies (MA/DMS) • Master of Science in Information Sys tems (MSIS) • Master of Arts in Communication (MA/ COM) • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL)
• Master of Arts in Organizational Change (MA/OC) • Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development (MA/ GLSD) How to apply: • Schedule an appointment with your undergraduate academic advisor, and then meet with Shirley Zhuang. Call (808) 543-8031 or email her at email@example.com. • Complete a HPU Graduate Application, available online or as a PDF file located at the left side of the page under the Admissions tab of HPU’s website, www.hpu.edu • Submit your application to the Graduate Admissions office. Cost: HPU undergraduate students enrolled in the program will pay the graduate tuition rate for graduate classes.
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Mulitmedia program gets a makeover Lewis named assistant director of Media Arts in specialized curriculum
KARA JERNIGAN staff writer Recent staff changes in the College of Humanity & Social Sciences have been made to help students transition into the two undergraduate multimedia programs. After working as a flash developer and finishing her masters in communications at HPU, Natalie Lewis has been teaching full time at HPU for the past two years in the Department of Communication. Lewis has now been given the position of Assistant Director of Media Arts. “Ms. Lewis was selected on the recommendation of Dr. Britos based on her excellent contributions to HPU’s Media Arts Programs and our First Look Mixed Media Festival,” said Dr. Steven Combs, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. HPU will offer undergraduate majors and minors in integrated multimedia and multimedia cinematic production. The divided bachelor’s degree multimedia program offers students a chance to focus their interests Web photo
on several aspects within the broad classification of multimedia. “It allows students to find their niche,” Lewis said. One program allows for a stronger focus on audiovisual production, while the other works to integrate online and mass media skills. Integrated multimedia focuses on using analytic and narrative skills to prepare students for the mass media, online, and entertainment industries. Students create mixed media portfolios while exploring visual and narrative design. Multimedia cinematic production prepares students for the mass media, entertainment, and audiovisual industries. The courses help students to develop their media literacy through a foundation in communication, critical analysis and narrative design. Students work on a capstone project of either a creative narrative production or a documentary production. One problem with technology-based majors is learning how to work all the systems before they become
obsolete. Lewis feels that this new program will help HPU students, “keep up with their technological needs.” In talking to Lewis about how she hopes the program will help students, she said, “I want for students to feel prepared for the next step.” Multimedia major Luke Grochowski said he likes the program changes because classes will offer, “more hands-on experience.” Students who have almost completed their bachelor’s degree in multimedia are allowed to complete their degree on the old degree requirements. New students or students still working on their lower level requirements are urged, but not forced, to switch to either integrated multimedia or multimedia cinematic production. The enrollment numbers for both majors are still shifting as students decide whether or not they are going to make the switch. Grochowski is planning on switching to multimedia cinematic production because the new program is more specified to what he wants to learn. “We have a long tradition Photo by Kara Jernigan of producing outstanding Dr. Pete Britos, Director of Media Arts, and the new Assistant Director of Media Arts student films,” said Dr. Steven Combs. “I hope Natalie Lewis. that the programs show HPU’s commitment to A few Program Course Differences multimedia production and to revising our Integrated Multimedia Cinematic Production programs to stay fresh and relevant.” • HTML and Web Design • Intro to Cinema Studies He continued, “This area • Internship Practicum • Acting for Stage & Screen is becoming an increasingly important arena for creative • Design Systems & • Cinematography and commercial production Portfolio workshop throughout the world, and • Advanced Web Design • Cinematic Production I believe that HPU has the ability to provide outstanding • Mobile Media Design • TV Studio Production courses for students.”
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HPU’s Aisner elected national PRSSA President KALAMALAMA STAFF One of HPU’s own will lead one of the nation’s most prestigious public relations groups this year. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in New York announced on April 7 that is has elected its 2011-2012 National Committee. HPU’s Adam Aisner of Plymouth, Massachusetts is a senior majoring in advertising and public relations (ADPR) and will serve as PRSSA’s National President. “I am honored to lead this Society through the upcoming year. Serving on the National Committee this year (as Vice President of Advocacy) has greatly prepared me to take on this leadership opportunity,” Aisner said. “The incoming leaders of our Society are highly qualified and together, we will strategically advance the efforts of the Society.” Voting took place April 2 at the PRSSA 2011 National Assembly in Seattle. The Society delegates also unanimously voted to change all references to the Society’s “Regional Activity” local events to “Regional Conference.” This change will go into effect on June 1, 2011. The newly elected members will take office for one year beginning June 1. Professor AnnMarie Manzulli, the faculty advisor for Akamai Advertising Agency and faculty advisor of PRSSA at HPU, had Aisner as a student. “ I am particularly proud of Adam as he is one of what I refer to as my ‘legacy’ students,” Manzulli said. “He was in the first class I taught
“The incoming HPU students attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego. leaders of our Students’ research presented Society are at Alpha Chi National Convention highly qualified and together, we BILL POTTER Associate Dean will strategically College of Humanities and Social Science advance the efforts Three HPU students (Chih-Wei Chang, Taiwan; Sarah Foronda, Maui; and Dena Perdue, Texas) represented the of the Society.” Hawaii Beta Chapter at the 2011 Alpha Chi National Conven- Adam Aisner tion March 31 to April 2 in San Diego. as an adjunct instructor in fall of 2009. I’ve witnessed Adam evolve from an enthusiastic young man to a responsible, dedicated young professional.” The 2010–2011 PRSSA National President Nick Lucido of Michigan State University will serve as Immediate Past President. “After a very productive National Assembly, we have a strong slate of incoming members for the National Committee who will be able to accomplish a great deal during their terms,” Lucido said. “I look forward to working with National Presidentelect Aisner and his committee of experienced and enthusiastic members.”
Alpha Chi is a national college honor society for the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students across all majors and has 300 chapters in 45 states. The three were selected to represent HPU based on academic papers presented at a showcase held at HPU earlier this spring. Chang, a senior majoring in biochemistry and biology, presented his research: “Plastic Particle Ingestion by Blackfooted Albatross and Laysan Albatross from Kure Atoll and Tern Islands, N. W. Hawaiian Islands.” Foronda, a senior majoring in justice administration and finance, presented: “United States Immigration: Current Issues.” Perdue, a senior psychology major, presented her paper entitled “The Eustress of Laughter: A Humorous Study.” Foronda was named an alternate for the $2,500 Benedict Fellowship offered by Alpha Chi to graduating seniors. In addition, the HPU chapter was again named a Star Chapter. This year, Alpha Chi collected over 800 books and $600 in donations, and the Hawaii Beta Chapter inducted 31 new members this spring. For more information can contact Dean Potter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Alpha Chi
April 18, 2011
PEOPLE & PLACES
Designer: Kara Jernigan
Apollo and Aurora, by Carlo Carlone, grace the high ceiling in the Garden Hall of the Schloss Belvedere Castle in Vienna, Austria.
Intrepid reporter waltzes her way into Austrian culture KERSTIN KENT staff writer
The transition into the Austrian culture wasn’t very difficult, but there are some differences that took a few weeks to get used to – and some that I’m still working on. Customer Service The majority of the United States prides itself on its customer service. Whether you’re at a hotel, restaurant, or grocery store, the employees have this amazing ability to put on a smile and love the customer, regardless of how annoying the requests are. Sure, the employees here in Austria get the guest what they want, but not always with a smile. There’s no need for small talk, and the cashier at the grocery store rarely even bothers to make eye contact. The salaries are higher, so they don’t rely nearly as much on tips. Public Transportation The public transportation system here is highly efficient. There is a combination of subways, busses, trains and trams that can easily get you from one end of the city to the other within an hour. Much like Hawaii, parking is scarce and expensive, and gas prices are through the roof. The morning rush on the subway can be brutal, but it will certainly wake you up. Subways run till midnight during the week and all night on the weekends, and the night buses are always running. Education The European education system surpasses the United States in just about every subject. Courses here are much more rigorous in all levels of the school system. Not only do students receive a better education, but the education in Austria touches on countries outside of the United States – it’s more international. Austrian students in my courses know not only the history of their own country, but they also know the histories of most other countries.
They’re also extremely up to date with the political situations across the globe. Needless to say, my political knowledge is embarrassingly low compared to that of the Austrian students. They know more about the United States political system than I do. Traveling Flying within Europe is so cheap compared to flying within the United States. There’s a variety of discount airlines that provide flights for as cheap as five Euros. Flying from Austria to Spain can be done for 25 euros, and a flight to Italy can be found for seven euros. There are also trains and busses that offer great student discounts. Hostels are found everywhere and start at about ten euros a night. Grocery Shopping I know, I know. It doesn’t sound like a big thing, but grocery shopping here is actually hysterically stressful. It’s always a guessing game to figure out exactly what I’m buying – once I was completely convinced the pork that I had bought was actually beef - but it doesn’t end there. Checking out is even worse. After you put your groceries on the conveyer belt, you have to race to the end of it, to the bagging area and try to shove everything either into a bag or cart. Meanwhile, the cashier is practically throwing your groceries at you, and then spits the total out in 100 mph German. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to bag my own groceries while counting out euros to try to pay her, and everyone else in line looks at you as if you have three heads. Now it’s a matter of getting to the bagging area and making sure you brought enough bags to hold everything you bought. If you don’t have enough bags, you look like a crazy person carrying a sack of oranges down the street, with one falling out every couple of blocks (I’ve been there, and it’s not fun). Once I brushed up on my politics and remembered to bring my own bags to the grocery store everything was great. There’s still that matter of learning the word for “beef” and “pork”, but I’m saving that for next German class.
PEOPLE & PLACES
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Paris & Moi
City of Light’s beauty entrances HPU student EMILY TALL staff writer Six years ago I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit family in Germany and travel around Europe with my sister and mom. I was also studying French, preparing for my first overseas adventure and I was only 13. A few weeks ago, I had the chace to revisit the city that made me fall in love with Europe: Paris. As I said, I have studied French — but that was six years ago. My ‘French days’ as I like to call them (and yes—I was a participant in my high school’s annual National French Competition), were far behind me — or so I thought. This time around I was coming to Paris with an older perspective, a different language in check and my secret weapon—my HPU friend Maddie who just so happened to be studying in Paris.
Of course, the first thing I did was afflict everyone I met with my broken (oh-so-very broken) French. Let me tell you, I must have sounded like a broken, scratchy record the entire four days I was in Paris, but somehow I was understood. This is the thing I love about language. Yes, the babble of different tongues can be exasperating. Yes, each one you come across seems even more confusing than the last. Yes, learning a new language can prove to be a daunting task (as I am hopelessly learning through The Eiffel Tower is something that every Paris visitor my poor Spanish right now). But what a wonderful must see. It is equally lovely by day or night. Photo Courtesy Emily Tall feeling when at last someone actually understands you. The Eiffel Tower was impressive; the view from Sacre Coeur breathtaking, and the escargot quite tasty. However, the one thing that I will forever keep with me from my Parisian journey is an extended love, and beyond that a profound respect, for a beautiful language and the culture it represents.
The Sacre Coeur, which overlooks the city, offers a stunning view and many people relax on the grass outside to enjoy the scenery. Photo by Kezia Holm
P8 Designer: Kezia Holm & Miki Saiki
Advice for the next Sea Warrior in Paris: 1. Learn the phrase ‘une carafe d’eau’ as it will be essential to your dining out experience. 2. Do not—I repeat do not order orange juice…unless you want to end up paying 35 Euros for four glasses of ‘freshly squeezed jus d’orange’ in a small Parisian café. 3. See the Eiffel Tower—night or day— as much as you can. It truly is something spectacular that cannot be appreciated unless you see it for yourself. 4. Learn to love the Metro, however difficult and confusing it may seem the first time you try to buy a ticket.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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P9 Designer: Nicole Kato
‘Black Swan’ -- The dangerous quest for perfection KAT WYNN student writer Perfection’s dangerous quest is brought to life in Director Darren Aronofsky’s dark, twisted “Black Swan.” “Black Swan” is a psychosexual thriller that will have you entranced until the end. The film is not only filled with psychological twists and turns that will have you on edge, but is richly draped in classic artistic conflicts that might require a second, third or fourth viewing. “Black Swan” takes you into the world of Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a neurotic ballerina prodigy who is thrown into the spotlight as the new Swan Queen in Swan Lake, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, composed in
1875–1876. As the Swan Queen, Nina embodies two contrasting roles: The White Swan, pure, innocent and fragile, and The Black Swan, dark, evil and lustful. The dilemma of the classic work that confronts Nina is a play on many overarching themes about life, art and morality: • Does life imitate art? Should it? • Does the artist have a right to ignore conventional morality; is she entitled to take what she needs to fulfill her artistic vision? • Since perfection is unattainable in life; should the artist pursue it in art, even to the point of self-destructive behavior? • In the end Nina sacrifices
herself for her artistic quest, and achieves a type of mystical, spiritual fulfillment. Nina has no problem portraying the White Swan; her true test will be the transformation into her evil twin. With a new rival named Lily, (Mila Kunis) Nina’s quest for perfection escalates past the point of sanity when she discovers Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), who is the director of the production, has made the conniving, seductive Lily her alternate for the show. Then Nina begins to hallucinate, and the viewer, like Nina, cannot tell what is real and what is fantasy until the stunning climax of the movie. “Black Swan” is raw, intoxicating, and real — real in the sense that it is a genuine consuming fantasy — commanding your full attention throughout. “Black Swan” comes alive with the magnificent score by Clint Massel who adds the suspense, emotion, and thrills to the film. During Nina’s delusions, when the fantasy of ‘Swan Lake’ actually invades her conscious experience, Aronofsky uses the magnificent music to build suspense and intensify every surreal moment. Each scene allows the viewer to feel as if they are in Nina shoes enduring the pressure and anxiety as she does. The profession of ballet on stage is portrayed as perfect, flawless, mysterious, majestic, Aronofsky brings you behind the satin curtain into the world that is comprised of striving for perfection, dedication, anxiety, ruthless competition and relentless commitment. Natalie Portman won ‘Best Actress’ and the film was nominated for five Academy Web photo Awards. In Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a neurotic ballerina “Black Swan” is now out prodigy who is thrown into the spotlight as the new Swan Queen in ‘Swan Lake.’ on DVD and Blu-ray.
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P10 Designers: Kara Jernigan, Susanne Haala
‘Autumn Gem’ portrays China’s feminist heroine ERICA ANTOINE student writer
Jumping high on the stage is one of the most impressive stunts.
Hawaii Theatre’s ‘Jump’ was a joy ASHLEY STEVENS staff writer If you like comedy, mixed with action, as well as a romance, JUMP at the Hawaii Theatre was the production to see. There was not one minute where something was not going on. Whether it is watching the flips or public interaction, nothing compares to its originality. The production (which ran April 5 to 17) begins with an old man making his way through the audience. Though his role, like the rest, was non-speaking, every physical movement and facial expression had the audience in tears from laughter.
When he finally made it on stage all the performers were introduced, including the Grandfather, the Uncle, the Mother, the Father, the Daughter, and the daughter’s Suitor. Though none of them spoke, their personalities were clear as day. The plot was simple, yet effective: The Grandfather ran the household and was the boss of the whole family. He brings home the Suitor for his granddaughter. While the Suitor tries to make moves on the Daughter, the drunken Uncle constantly gets in the way, causing battles to break out. At points the grandfather would come down to the
audience and pick someone to do some martial arts battling with the drunken Uncle. The battle would be canceled because of the audience members either carrying “too many weapons” or the Mother getting jealous that the Father was flirting. Both battles were side -splitting. “Being pulled on-stage was nerve-wracking, I feel like it always happens to me. But it was definitely super funny,” said Elizabeth Yeakel, HPU sophomore. When you think it can’t get any funnier, two robbers break into the house. To put a twist on the robbery, one robber is a great fighter, while the other was comic relief. Both of them worked together beautifully and added much to the story. When the family found them and the battle began it was perfectly choreographed so every movement was beautiful. This production showed the perfect dysfunctional family and their everyday affairs without even saying a word. It was truly a slapstick masterpiece.
What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month at HPU that with a film about the woman known as China’s Joan of Arc? “Autumn Gem” screened at HPU’s Wa r m e r A u d i t o r i u m o n M a r c h 3 0 and April 1 as part of HPU’s weekly View Points Film Series. The film was independently produced by the husband-and-wife team, Rae Chang and Adam Tow, and sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. The heroine of the film is Chinese feminist Qiu Jin. Qiu Jin, when translated, means “Autumn Gem,” thus the film’s title. Qiu Jin’s story is told through documents, interviews with scholars, and actors in historic dress. Her writings, from articles to poetry, urged women to stand strong and independent like their male “oppressors” (as she viewed them). Qiu Jin’s work posed radical concepts of the time, such as reversing foot binding ,and training women to fight for their country. The role of Qiu Jin was played by Li Jing, a martial arts expert with over 20 years of experience. She trained under the same coach as Jet Li.
Her experience in film includes extensive stunt work from “Avatar”: The Last Air Bender” to “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” Chang and Tow produced the film out of their own pocket, shooting scenes in the San Francisco Bay area and in their garage. Intrigued by the idea of radical feminists in China, Chang conducted extensive research on Qiu Jin, even visiting her home and museum in China. Chang also quit her job as a graphic designer to dedicate herself to production of “Autumn Gem.” One of the topics discussed in the question-and-answer session after the screening was how Qiu Jin was inspired by strong female characters in Chinese legends, such as Mulan. However, Mulan was just that; a myth, not a real person. By seeing “Autumn Gem,” you won’t only find inspiration in a legend but in someone who was a real-life incarnation of that valor. Chang and Tow are touring the country at campuses, libraries, film festivals and more to promote their independent film. For more information, an iPad application and to buy the DVD, you can at http://autumn-gem.com/.
Autumn Gem is a documentary exploring the life of Qiu Jin (1875 - 1907). Web photo
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April 18, 2011
P11 Designer: Thomas Obungen
Newon kids da
New eateries transform the Downtown campus into a culinary destination Photos by Thomas Obungen
Beach Bum Café
Exclusively serving 100 percent Hawaiian coffees and artisanal teas, Beach Bum Café is clearly not your average (cup of) joe; especially with 10 unique brewing methods for your entertainment. Elisha, demonstrates the Chemex brewing technique, as Dennis, the owner, keeps up with the cafe’s blog at http://beachbumcafe.com.
Le Crêpe Café Ooh la la! After a month in business on Fort Street, it’s probably safe to say, “c’est un succès,” no? Well, try it for yourself, Le Crêpe Café whips up sweet and savory Parisan-style crepes, yummy panini, and devine coffees and esspresso. The “Pesto Pesto,” with a fresh add-on green salad, is a great choice for a quick lunch with a touch of class.
Mandarin Express When Chinatown is just too far, Mandarin Express is here to save the day! HPU senior Saskia Nienhuis, has been forgetting her home lunch on purpose to enjoy Chinese-American delicacies like orange chicken and sweet sour pork. “The value here is awesome.” said Nienhuis. “I can make a full plate for five bucks with their 15 percent-off special.”
Good to Grill Express Although the line starts about half way down Bishop Street, a scaled-down version of Good to Grill now sits near the HPU Bookstore on Union Mall. Everyday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., G2G offers a manini selection of Kiawe grilled creations such as miso chicken along with calorie-conscious options like brown rice and baby green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.
April 18, 2011
HPU Intercultural Day 2011
Student raps to aid Japan Joanna Georgiev student writer
Photos by Anton S. Larsson
It’s hard to walk around anywhere in Hawaii without seeing some form of love and hope for the people in Japan. Tables are set up collecting donations at HPU, and the Aloha for Japan campaign is still going strong. HPU students have raised thousands of dollars for Japan. “The disaster has had a major effect on HPU and the state of Hawaii because of the close relationship we share with the country and its people,” said senior Antonio Parker, an International Relations student. HPU Japanese international exchange student and rapper Akira Muramoto spread his message of helping Japan through a powerful rap he posted on YouTube featuring local students from HPU. Akira’s dynamic message in his rap “Pray For Japan” says: Pray for Japan everybody. Stand up 24 hours. We are waiting. Pray for Japan. Give your power, 24 hours, every penny helps. Akira, who is from Osaka, has been rapping for the past eight years, where he goes by the name “Akiramen.” “Pray for Japan from Hawaii” is the first song he had written in English. Akira said his inspiration comes from “Emmanuel Jal” an African rapper who was a
HPU student Akira Muramoto has produced a rap video to help victims of the Japanese tsunami. child solider. “He had to overcome a lot of hardships in his country, he also appeals for donations to his country, because in his country, many people are dying due to war and hunger,” Akira said. “After the earthquake happened, I felt powerless, because I’m in Hawaii and I can’t help disaster people directly. Then I realized all I can do now is to make a song and ask donations to many people in the world.” In his rap he calls for the power of unity. If everyone were to donate, he says, we
Designer: Anton S. Larsson
could help the people who are suffering from the tsunami swept their homes and loved ones away. Akira said that Japan feels the love of Hawaii and the entire world, as the victims there realize that they are not alone and help and love are coming from around the globe Disasters open up our eyes to appreciate what we have, to be gracious; and although nobody can do everything, everyone can do something. If you have money, you can give your wealth; but if not, then give your love and prayers.
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p14 Designer: Ruth Leigh
HPU students are Bound4 Silent gatherings heard loud and clear RUTH LEIGH student writer The commanding statue of King Kamehameha overlooks downtown Honolulu, drawing the attention of passers-by. On a recent Thursday afternoon, Mark Brians and two friends stand silently on the sidewalk, facing the king. Brians’ hair is neatly combed. His backpack lies at his feet. His attire is casual— flip-flops, jeans, and a T-shirt. But it is what he is wearing over his mouth that gains attention from the curious: A single piece of red duct tape that reads, “LIFE.” “What are you protesting?” one man wants to know. Brians peels the tape from his mouth and answers solemnly, “We’re praying for the end of abortion.” The visitor pauses, contemplates this response, and replies, “We need more young people like you. I appreciate what you’re doing here—taking a stand for something. Keep doing it.” Four days a week, Bound4Life O‘ahu members pray for an hour in front of courthouses, clinics, and the State Capitol for the end of
abortion in America. Brians, a junior at HPU studying Communication and the director for Bound4Life Oahu, recounts that some of the attention they receive isn’t always supportive. “Some are outraged by our presence, some thank us, some just want to know why we’re standing out here.” Not long ago, Brians was one of those people, but through much prayer and persuasion, he began to see a vision for Bound4Life. Bound4Life is a national organization aimed at raising awareness about abortion, encouraging adoptions, and seeking government reformation through spiritual causes. The O‘ahu chapter is just one of hundreds throughout the country and each partakes in these hour long prayer meetings known as “silent sieges.” Their website explains, “When LIFE tape is placed over our mouths, we are identifying with the silent cries of the unborn and of those who have no voice. Our stand is not a protest, but a silent prayer meeting.” Princess Lecky, a student at HPU and pro-choice advocate, said she doesn’t
“I am definitely ProChoice. I think women should have a right to their bodies and that decision--especially in cases of rape and incest.” --Jennifer
mind these silent meetings, even if she disagrees with the message. Lecky added that she’s unsure if infants with parents who are insufficiently prepared financially and emotionally are really being thought of through this cause. “Why would I cause another person to suffer? A baby should not have to be brought into this world if it’s just going to be put through the (foster) system,” she said. R a c h e l Wi e r, 2 4 , a Bound4Life O‘ahu chapter member, stands firm that there are thousands of couples wanting children, couples who would beg to keep and care for the lives that are aborted every year. “We want to see restoration,” Wier said. “We want women to know how loved they, and their baby inside them, truly are—by God and us.” This is what Bound4Life will continue to pray for, one hour at a time, with a silent plea that is heard throughout downtown Honolulu: LIFE. For more information visit Bound4Life... Bound4lifeoahu.com.
Mark Brians stands and prays silently for the ending of abortion in front of the King Kamehameha statue on King Street. Photo by Ruth Leigh
"I am both actually. I am Pro-Choice because I believe ever yone should h av e t h e c h o i c e , and I am Pro-Life because if it were me I would choose life." --Lisa
I am Pro-Life. All living beings have a right to life and the future isn’t known yet. There are so many other options than abortion.” --Payten
April 18, 2011
Designer: Jun Mooney and Ethan Perry
Students practicing Zumba during a demonstration at HPU’s Sea Warrior Center. Photo by Patrick Ruder
Time is Money It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that a person on a 4-year education plan will start his or her career faster than a person on the 5-year plan. At Hawai‘i Pacific University our students earn a Bachelor’s degree in an average of 4 years. Recently Bloomberg Businessweek ranked HPU the highest among Hawai‘i colleges for return on investment. Now, how cool is that!
Hawai‘i Pacific University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status and disability.
Spicy, Latin program helps you dance your way to physical fitness PATRICK RUDER staff writer The Sea Warrior Center shook with the salsa rhythms of Zumba on March 30 when Carolyn Heinicke demonstrated the trendy fitness routine to HPU students. “It’s a Latin-inspired dance fitness with national and international salsa movements,” Heinicke said. “Zumba is for all ages. No experience is necessary.” The varieties of classes include Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and Zumbatomic, Heinicke said. On March 30, several students in the Sea Warrior Center got up and danced along with Heinicke as she
gave a free demonstration, enjoying the driving salsa beats and sexy-fun movements. Brandie Stevenson,a freshman marine biology major from St. Louis said, “It’s a good thing to do with your friends. It’s very tiring, and not at all boring.” Heinicke manages the Ko Olina Beach and Sports Club, where she teaches two classes a week. She earned her certification in July 2010, a process that included classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, as well as courses with the American Fitness Association. To find a Zumba class, Heinicke said, people can visit zumba.com and enter
“That was fun!” -Brandie Stevenson
their ZIP code or city for nearby locations. “As per any health club, waivers are required for participation,” she said. Class times range from 45 minutes to one hour, including warmup and cool-down periods, and can cost less than $5. Exercisers can pay on a onetime or monthly basis. “It is a great way to meet people,” Heinicke said. “It built confidence for me. It’s a really fun group fitness class.”
April 18, 2011
P16 Designer: Nicole Kato
Cast List La Marquise de Merteuil: Lucia Milone Williams Madame de Volanges: Beth. E. Barry Cecile Volanges: Ingrid Hagen-Keith Le Vicomte de Valmonte: Reb Beau Allen Azolan: Duncan Dalzell Madame de Rosmonde: Betty Burdick La Presidente de Tourvel Sara Cate Langham Emilie: Aerrin Liddell Le Chevalier Danceny: Aaron Roberge Major Domo: Catherine Leskovec
Photos by Karen Archibald
Madame de Volanges plays card with Madame de Rosmonde as Valmonte works on seducing Madame de Tourvel.
‘Dangerous Liaisons’ performance reveals vicious side of love, revenge ASHLEY STEVENS student writer HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre outdid itself once again with this semester’s “Dangerous Liaisons,” which showed the lives of two people who feed off of cruelty. Joyce Maltby directed this play set in pre-revolutionary France. La Marquise de Mertuil is a French aristocrat who plays the game of seduction with every intention of breaking hearts. Le Vicomte de Valmont, a womanizer, plays with along with her. Together they use their sex appeal to get their revenge on people who they despise. Mertuil has a lover leave her for the first time, so she calls upon her friend Valmont to help her get revenge. She
asks him to seduce and deflower Cecile Volange, whom her ex-lover has his eye on because of her innocence. Valmont turns down this challenge because he has already another beauty in mind, Madame de Tourvel, a woman known mostly for values and happy marriage. When Valmonte realizes Cecile’s mother, Madame de Volange, has been sending Madame de Tourvel letters warning her of his manipulating ways, Valmonte changes his mind and feels that sleeping with Cecile will be a victory for not just Mertuil, but for him as well. Together, Valmonte and Mertuil use the rest of the characters as pawns, including La Cevalier Danceny, a naïve man who is very much
in love with Cecile. “It was a nice mix of drama, humor and intrigue,” junior Cami Atwood from Massachusetts said. Atwood is majoring in International Affairs. Lucia Milone Williams played a wonderful villain as Mertuil. Every facial expression gave new insight into her malicious character. La Cevalier Danceny, played by Aaron Roberge, proved to be a wonderful comedic relief for the audience through this thick drama. The set design for the play was quite perfect for the play. The design was meant to represent the chessboard in which these villains played their game. Larry Bialock, a theater teacher at HPU, was glad he
I ended by falling on my knees and pledging her eternal love. And do you know that, at that time, and for several hours af terwards, I actually meant it. - Valmont
went to this performance. “I laughed, I cried, I wept,” Bialock said. Though this play had a completely different vibe than “Is He Dead?” it was still a magnificent performance.
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Spirit Club suds up cars to finance club and help Food Bank at Hawaii Loa ASHLEY STEVENS staff writer The HPU Spirit Club had their annual car wash to fund their efforts and help the hungry on March 20 at the Hawaii Loa Campus. From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. the members of the club soaped up to raise money for their club and the Hawaii Food Bank, which receives half the proceeds. The Spirit Club’ 200 members work together to promote school spirit. They go to many of the sporting events and are led by three different coordinators, Lindsay Abrigo, Mark Anthony Dalan, and Tori Ishida.
Though at the beginning of the day the weather was not the best, later the sun was out and plenty of drivers who wanted a sparkling ride showed up. The car wash had three shifts of about 20 students each. “It went really well. The weather lightened up toward the middle of the first shift and there was lots of cars. It was pretty cool,” said Catherine Leskovec, a sophomore member of the club. The highlight for the students was when the Boston’s North End Pizza Bakery van rolled in for a wash. Students were on each other’s shoulders trying to do their best to get it clean.
P17 Designer: Susanne Haala
In the end the Spirit Club’s fundraiser was a success and fun for all the members involved. Make sure to look out for them next year so you can be part of the fun too!
The HPU Spirit Club had their annual car wash to fund their efforts and help the hungry on March 20 at the Hawaii Loa Campus.
Carrere and Ho to speak on campus
Multi-Grammy Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho will make a special appearance at HPU, Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the Sea Warrior Center. They will lead a discussion and Q&A, followed by a brief performance.
Courtesy of Ashley Stevens
Spirit Club members use the Hawai‘i Loa campus parking lot to raise money by washing cars.
April 18, 2011
p18 Designer: Riana Stellburg
Snapbacks make a come back from the 80s and it seems like everyone, including those in Hawaii, can’t get enough of this vintage style.
Throwback to the Snapback RIANA STELLBURG photo editor
Fitted caps had a nice run these past couple of years, but now it’s time to pay tribute to the vintage snapback cap made popular by Starter back in the 80s. This timeless piece is similar to the baseball-cap style with an adjustable plastic closure (snap on the back). The brim or bill (the part that protects your eyes) runs flat, and the panels that make the body of the cap can be made out of wool, cotton or mesh. Back in the 80s, this cap was rocked in different scenes: fan, rapper Eazy-E or even hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies. All of them added their own spin to it.
Members of Suicidal Tendencies drew the name of their band underneath the brim of the cap and would pop it up so it was visible to the crowd. Now, with more resources available to adjust the colors or customize the embroidery, there are so many ways to change up the classic Snapback. Local retail business in4mation put out a cap with “hi” and “aloha” embroidered on the front to represent Hawaii. Other brands like The Hundreds have their signature bomb embroidered on the front and use contrasting colors between the panels and the brim. New York brand Mishka has its name in Cyrillic on the front with an eyeball
graphic. Snapbacks have become a huge part of the hip-hop culture. You can see local and national American rappers Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa sporting it. “Had a Fitted cap now I rock a Snapback,” a lyric from American rapper Mac Miller’s “Snapback.” However, the throwback doesn’t stop there. There’s no stopping girls from rocking Snapbacks, and men are now kicking themselves for not keeping their vintage Snapbacks to sell on E-bay. As this evolving cap gains popularity, don’t be surprised if you see more people wearing Snapbacks around campus. We tip the Snapback to you, Fitted.
Photo by Riana Stellburg
in4mation “aloha” Web photos
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April 18, 2011
March of the elephants
Designer: Rick Powers
Large expansion of Asian elephant habitat is one of many changes coming to the Honolulu Zoo RICHARD POWERS student writer After entering the main gate, you are quickly greeted by two rather bored looking Asian Elephants. Standing around under rocky shelter, they seem to be waiting for something better; something just down the way. So you continue on, past the stagnant musk of the primates’ pond where turtles mimic statues and occasionally munch on swimming prey, and past the lounging orangutans whose enclosure is one of the most secured in the park. You come across a reptile house and enter to find not only snakes, turtles, and lizards, but frogs, tarantulas, and… a dead end. The path which previously led to the Sunbear habitat is now fenced off, blocking a good chunk of the zoo’s eastern side and offering cranes and excavators as temporary attractions. This nearly 25,000 squarefoot lot is the future location of the Asian Elephant habitat, and it’s just one bullet point in the long term expansion proposed by the Honolulu Zoo. In an interview with Robert Porec, the Honolulu Zoo’s mammal curator, it was revealed that the expansion of the elephant habitat is all about continual process of
Want to do more for the zoo? Become a volunteer! Stephanie Parise explains the benefits: “It’s great because you gain experience working in a field with animals and because of that it’s really good for science majors.”
“The master plan is to have four areas in the Zoo; Asian Rainforest, African Savannah, Islands, and Hawai‘i.” -Robert Porec progressing and enhancing the quality of the zoo. “The master plan is to have four areas in the Zoo; Asian Rainforest, African Savannah, Islands, and Hawaii,” said Porec. When asked about the importance of the new elephant habitat in regard to the master plan, Porec elaborated. “We plan on getting one more cow and one more bull, and then the goal will be to mate them as they are endangered. So, with the four adults and one calf we are expecting, our space requirements have increased.” Currently, the projected completion time on the new elephant habitat is one year, putting the grand opening somewhere in September or October of 2011. However, the process has been years in effect, so while the new habitat’s completion may seem far off yet, it is relatively nearing the finish line.
“I learn about nutrition, health, and other types of animal care and training, for example we do injection training with the monkeys and tigers.”
The two Asian Elephants stand around idly or pace back and forth in their cramped stone habitat, biding their time till their new home of over 20,000 square feet is finished. Photo by Richard Powers
Jordan Strout, an HPU student and employee at the zoo, elaborated on the need for expansion. “The habitat we have is a great step, but the elephants should have some more space,” said Strout. “They’re big animals who naturally inhabit very vast grasslands […] we should be trying to keep the animals as comfortable as possible.” The Honolulu Zoo is currently forty-two acres, which is considered small to medium in size - and equal to that of the Houston Zoo – but it’s mainly municipally funded, with some help from smaller private donations.
So, considering the recent economic troubles facing Honolulu, future hiccups in the master plan may still occur. But as long as the ultimate goal is kept in mind by the zoo and the city, visitors and residents alike will soon see the zoo in a whole new light. Zoo attendee, Leroy Werner, was excited by the prospect. “I can’t wait to see what they do with it.” said Werner. “This place has always been a good escape from the city, so I’m completely behind any plans to help make it better.”
“A person can volunteer by having an interview with Barbra who is in charge of all the volunteers and she will place you in an area which she thinks you will enjoy and do well in. People can work in gardening or doing the concession stands or work with the animals. I work with the tigers and some of the monkeys.”
Honolulu Zoo: Admission: $12 / $6 with Honolulu student ID 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Volunteer Contact: Barbara Thacker Volunteer Coordinator Honolulu Zoo Society Phone: 808-926-3191
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P20 Designer: Anton S. Larsson
A damaged water pipe caused several hotel buildings to shut off their water because of the flooding in Waikiki.
Water, water everywhere and frustration in Waikiki... ANTON S. LARSSON staff writer Waikiki had a real gusher earlier this month. A water main was accidentally breached during construction and renovation taking place on Ala Moana Boulevard on April 3. Many HPU students live in the area. The street work was part of the upgrade and improvements for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, to be held in November. Several buildings had flooded basements and garages when the water main
was broken. There were no reports of major damage or injuries. Between noon and 8:45 p.m. many hotel buildings and other facilities were without running water. People could, however, find water nearby to fill buckets so they could flush their toilets. Dave Barker, resident manager at Harbor View Hotel, expressed frustration while he and a friend stacked water-filled garbage bags to try to prevent more water from reaching the flooded garage beneath the street level. They said they saw the mishap occur. “I was just happy they
were working on a Sunday,” Barker said. On some weekdays, the work is done at night because of traffic and retail business concerns. Maxine Shea, resident manager of Big Surf Hotel, expressed her frustration and said she hoped this would be resolved quickly. Contractor Mark Kline of Goodfellow Bros. said the damages and repair appeared to be minimal. “If it’s just the joint it’s easy to fix,” Kline said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to fix it in a couple of hours.” The repairs were made and water service restored that evening.
Dave Barker, resident manager of Harbor View Hotel, stacks water-filled trash bags to prevent more water from running down into the garbage.
Photos by Anton S. Larsson
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P21 Designers: Mark Carpenter and Rick Powers
What you don’t know about geothermal power
NICOLE KATO associate editor
With complaints growing over gas prices and electricity bills, the search for an alternative energy is in full swing. The advice for going green involves anything from recycling to turning off water when we don’t need it, to replacing old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones and taking the bus instead of driving. But what many people don’t know is there is another source of energy that is native to Hawaii, and it’s right under our noses. Geothermal power comes from hot springs under the earth’s surface. The steam from these springs powers turbines in geothermal fields, which in turn generate electricity. This means that, unlike fossil fuels, no harmful carbon emissions go into the atmosphere. Professor Peter Britos, director of media arts at HPU and coordinator of Hawai‘i Pacific News, recently produced a television show that will air on Olelo and OC16 at the end of this semester regarding geothermal power in Hawaii. “It seems a critical issue
for the future, especially in light of the 2010 blown oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and the nuclear meltdown in Japan,” Britos said. “So this issue ties into energy sustainability, food and water sustainability, ocean maintenance, eco-syste maintenance, etc. -- these issues are only becoming more critical with the increase in human population, the changing of global climate, and the efficiencies that new technologies and innovation brings. Innovations Development Group is a local strategic planning and development firm that is pushing for geothermal in the islands. IDG works with indigenous leaders to implement means of sustainability that correlate with their cultures; it has addressed controversy that arose in the late 1980s over the use of geothermal power on the Big Island. “For a long time, the issue of domestic sustainability has been a critical topic for both the Hawaiian and the Hawaii community,” Britos said. IDG’s goal, according to its website, is to “emerge as international leaders in the
renewable and sustainable low-emission energy generation industries through the development of native-to-native joint venture partnerships throughout the Pacific.” This native-to-native model was invented and copyrighted by Mililani Trask and Robbie Cabral of IDG. According to IDG’s website, “the statewide Geothermal Resource Assessment Report confirmed a huge
potential for geothermal being a key contributor to the state transitioning away from its current method of generating over 90 percent of its total electricity output from the burning of fossil fuels.” The state is fortunate to rest above a volcanic “hot spot” – the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island is one of the hottest and most active places in the world. Its location makes geo-
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(Above) The geothermal field in Puna, Hawaii, sits surrounded by forrestry with little risk of polluting its surrounding soil and ocean.
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