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alamalama Hawai‘i Pacific University Newspaper

Mahalo nui loa May 2, 2011

Volume 35 Issue No. 6

President Wright says Aloha to grateful HPU community

It is with mixed feelings that I say “Aloha” in these pages one last time before I retire on July 1. It’s no secret that after nearly 40 years with HPU, I’m looking forward to the chance to pursue my passions, especially fly fishing, but also assisting this great University in any way I can. I’ve already written in this column about my confidence in HPU’s new president, Dr. Geoff Bannister, who I expect to build on what we have so far accomplished and take HPU to new heights. But retirement from HPU is bittersweet because it means that I will no longer have daily contact with faculty, staff, and students – something that’s been a happy routine for me since 1972. I’m often given the credit for turning a small downtown business college into the university it is today, but I didn’t do it alone. The original founders of Hawaii Pacific College had an idea that was, at least at that time, a crazy idea: that Hawaii needed a private, independent college in downtown Honolulu. You know the rest of the story – our growth, the development of our global mission, our expansion first downtown, then on the military bases, at Hawaii Loa, and most recently at Oceanic Institute. Sometimes I feel as though I joined a one-room Student Body President Saige Martin presented HPU President Chatt Wright with gifts during the pep schoolhouse and now I’m leaving rally held in Wright’s honor on Fort Street Mall, April 27. something a hundred times larger Photo by Thomas Obungen

and much more dynamic. Along the way, I’ve had the good fortune to bump into many wonderful people who wanted to be part of the Hawaii Pacific experience – students from around the world, our full-time and part-time faculty, dedicated staff members, trustees who volunteered their time and expertise, and friends in the community who provided generous financial support. All of these people wanted to help me build something that was unique, unlike any other college or university. There are too many men and women to mention who have sweat equity in HPU. But if you’re reading this column, know that I haven’t forgotten what you’ve meant to HPU. HPU’s future is bright because our state continues to need a private, independent university. Wherever there are both private and public universities, both become stronger. They compete on some things and partner on others. Another reason HPU’s future is bright is you. Whether you’re a student, part of our staff, or a member of our faculty, I believe you are ready for new ideas and new challenges. You’re ready for HPU 2.0. When people on campus ask me what I think my legacy is, I always tell them it’s simple. You are my legacy.

Good to grill is good to go

Mint tea - the Moroccan surprise

Say Konnichiwa to Hello Kitty!

Light Up the Night

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Grammy winners play at Sea Warrior Center KAT WYNN student writer NICOLE KATO associate editor

The Sea Warrior Center was packed recently with students waiting to hear the musical talents of Hawaiian Grammy-award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho. The two, who were childhood friends, performed various songs from their album, “He Nani” and some other impromptu numbers, that showed versatility in rock, jazz, bluegrass and blues genres. Aside from her music, Carrere is well-known for her many roles in movies such as “Wayne’s World,” “True Lies” and the voice of Nani in the Disney movie “Lilo & Stitch.” In addition to his 18 solo albums, Ho has won 6 Grammies including one for his music used in the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Carrere has

won 2 Grammys. She won the Best Hawaiian Music Album Grammy for “Huana Ke Aloha, “ produced by Ho, at the 53rd Awards held at Staples Center in February in Los Angeles, California. After the performance, students were able to ask questions. Carrere has always been known as “the babe” from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World.” She said that while that could be difficult for a woman over time, it is always better to keep moving and she doesn’t see it as a negative thing. Ho and Carrere also explained the hardships that they faced and how the music business and Hollywood requires strong commitment and hard work. Ho explained that he did everything himself from learning how to play guitar to how to produce his own music. Making music is not only difficult

Chaplain’s Corner with Rev. Dr. Dale Burke Congratulations to the hard-working students of HPU! You did it! The finish line is near. The long hours put in on research projects and term papers are coming to a close. With successful completion of finals, you will tally another dozen or so credits to your name that will soon add up to a university diploma. Running the race this semester and successfully carrying out your respon-

sibilities in the classroom has made you stronger and more confident. Your perseverance and dedication will carry you a long way beyond the university. You are building a strong foundation that will help you in any field you choose to explore. Special congratulations to those of you who are graduating For many of you, graduation is the result of great sacrifice by you and

but very expensive and requires that you find and become a genuine, honest and sincere person, he said. Carrere gave sound advice to HPU students about going for your dreams and what you love or believe in. “You do it because you love it, not the end process,” she said. “Doing something because you love it and it makes you happy is a motto that every student should remember, because doing what you love is more important that the idea of where you might end up or what your pay check may look like.” Carrere and Ho’s albums feature music influences like Hawaiian, jazz, blues and classical. The two as well as their fellow songwriter, visiting UH professor Dr. Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman, have been criticized for their lack of Hawaiian your families. That makes your diploma even more cherished. The world needs the skills and gifts you bring to the global marketplace. When you are honored, all of us are honored. Proudly carry the HPU banner of ideals and values in all your endeavors and the world will be lifted a little higher and brought closer together. We wish you God’s blessings in all that the future holds. For the returning students, have a great summer and rest up for the exciting challenges that lay ahead.

Photo by Anton S. Larsson Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho

influence in their success in the Hawaiian Grammy Awards. Because Carrere and Ho are not ethnically Hawaiian and don’t live in Hawaii and don’t win Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, many people claim their music shouldn’t be considered Hawaiian. However, the trio said that Hawaiian music is not solely created by indigenous Hawaiians anymore. Hawaii has become a melting pot of cultures, and this means that the music should reflect those cultures. Stillman, also a Grammy winner, pointed out that Hawaiian music has been performed on the

Mainland, especially California, for decades. She also emphasized that “living culture changes.” Despite having just arrived on Oahu and having to prepare for an engagement at UH Manoa that evening, Carrere and Ho stayed and answered questions and signed autographs as long as the students wanted. Albums are available on iTunes and on Carrere is also premiering on ABC’s new show “The Hot Zone” on June 15. Stillman has won 3 Grammys for her participation in the albums.

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Walking the walk in fighting AIDS CHANEL WAYNE campus activities board chair

On April 17 the Life Foundation hosted its 20th annual Honolulu AIDS Walk, which brought together nearly 6,000 people from all over the state to raise funds for and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Community members swarmed Kapiolani Park bright and early on a Sunday morning, eager to begin their 5-kilometer walk around the green expanse. A large string of red balloons tied in the familiar awareness-ribbon shape not only marked the walk’s starting line, but also sym-

bolized the support provided by participants. Senior Meredith Ulrich, who is studying advertising and public relations, is the volunteer coordinator intern for the Life Foundation. “Working to support a cause that I feel very passionate about made me throw myself full-force into the success of this event,” Ulrich said. She was not the only HPU student who contributed to the AIDS Walk. At every corner of the park, groups of HPU cheerleaders hailed the walkers’ efforts. Photojournalism students like Jenn Lymburner also

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found themselves working as field photographers. “It was a gorgeous day and we were able to help those infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS, making this a perfect event,” said Lymburner, a senior ADPR major. According to the Life Foundation website, the walk raised $197,000 that will help the nonprofit organization provide health care and education throughout the state. The foundation is still accepting donations. Visit or HPU students with Gov. Abercrombie at the Capitol for an interview that will be the walk’s website, www., to con- broadcast on Hawaii’s community channels. Dr. Pete Britos and Professor Lewis Trusty are at the right. tribute.

Photo by Sanjeev Ranabhat

Correction The byline on an article about the Alpha Chi convention on page 6 in our April 18 edition was incorrect. The story was written by Dena Perdue, student writer. We regret the error.

Students interview governor in innovative class project SANJEEV RANABHAT staff writer



A team of HPU students were able to interview Gov. Neil Abercrombie at his office in the Capitol for 45 minutes on April 14. Students of the Writing for New Media class collaborated with Dr. Pete Britos, a multimedia professor. The interview was conducted as a part of student projects and will be broadcast on community channels like Olelo, OC 16 and the Hawaii Pacific News website. Abercrombie answered various questions related to the alternative energy, technologies, preparing for tsunamis, reducing homelessness and his story growing up on the East Coast. Abercrombie said he had a lot of aloha to give to HPU students. The team group leaders were Justin Ornellas and David Lawrence. Students arrived at the Capitol at 1 p.m. to set up the equipment. The HPU multimedia lab provided all the equipment, including the three cameras used. After preparing for over one hour, stu-

dents were ready to capture the moment on tape. “We had a lot to do in a very short amount of time,” Ornellas said “HPU has really prepared us for real-world producing.” As the governor stepped in, he greeted everyone on the audience and the production team. Serena Karnagy, a student of the Writing for New Media class, was proud to have had the opportunity to speak with such a renowned figure. “I loved what he said about HPU and the amount of opportunities the school provides,” Karnagy said. “It makes me proud to be a student here!” Britos appreciated governor’s effort to talk with the students. “Abercrombie was gracious and smart to open a dialogue with this very important sector of our community,” Britos said. “It shows great forethought on his part and is incredibly instructive for our student body in so many ways.” The interview will be aired at end of April. Visit for more information.


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Light Up the Night SAIGE MARTIN student body president More then 30 students gathered on the Hawaii Loa Campus to be part of the annual Light Up the Night (LUTN) celebration. Staff from the Center for Student Life and First Year Programs and various other HPU department heads greeted and served the students as they entered the April 19 event. For many, it may have seemed a bit odd to see various levels of our administration serving students, however, that was the intention of the event as LUTN was designed to celebrate the achievements and successes created by numerous registered student organizations (RSO) leaders on campus. RSOs are a diverse array of clubs and organizations, and all are run by HPU students. LUTN is the one night a year where successful leaders at HPU receive recognition for their accomplishments and successes. Of the more than 50 RSO’s at HPU, only a handful of them were nominated and selected for various awards. Shari Bautista, the Leadership Development Coordinator, works with RSOs day in and day out and helped present the awards and recognitions for the evening. After individual RSO members were called up, it was time for the group RSO awards, and one RSO in particular stole the show. Danica Fernandez, the current President of Circle K International, received various awards throughout the night, and it was clear to all attendees that Circle K had achieved above and beyond what was desired from RSOs.

Local band SocialVibe performed at the Light Up the Night ceremony at the Hawaii Loa Campus. Photo by Riana Stellburg

RSO Circle K shares secret to success Running an RSO requires a large time commitment as well as superb logistical planning skills; and when asked why Circle K saw so much success, Fernandez made it obvious that Circle K was no exception. “The main factors would be organizational skills and overall performance,” Fernandez said. “Everything we did was planned out in advance and all our steps were kept on file. I feel it’s really important to plan thoroughly so the execution part goes by smoothly.” Teamwork is what Fernandez said was her RSO’s strongest asset, which was especially essential for Circle K’s semester-long project with the Hawaii Food Bank. Fernandez said that without the collaborated efforts of Circle K,

SIFE, Psychology Club and FEA they would not have had such a great amount of donations. Being a student leader is sure to bring a variety of experiences, but it can also bring high levels of stress and uncertainty. Fernandez and Circle K were no exception when it comes to tough times. “The officers we have on board now were not the same ones we had in the beginning,” Fernandez explained. “Our executive board went through numerous changes but we still worked well together despite all the adapting. It was difficult to lose a couple board members.” Originally, Fernandez wasn’t meant to be president, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she had

to take over so the club could continue. It’s obvious that Fernandez did everything in her power to keep Circle K alive, but she did more then that. She created an organization that is likely to see success for many years to come. “I couldn’t be more proud of Circle K and all of the RSOs,” Fernandez said. “It takes a lot to balance school, RSO stuff, and every other part of life. It’s a great feeling to know you’re doing more for others than yourself.” For more information about LUTN or to get involved in an RSO at HPU please contact Shari Bautista, Leadership Development Coordinator at or leader@ -Saige Martin

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Deuces Hawaii joins First Friday frolics

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Illustration by Richard Powers

Krystle Grande staff writer Supporting all mediums of art is one of Deuces Hawaii’s priorities. Not only does the boutique sell creative footwear and high-end shoes, but also is now joining the First Friday scene with its showcasing of a featured artist’s collection of work. “Many artists don’t have the resources or the motivation on learning how to start,” Benji Pulawa, creative director of Deuces Hawaii said. “The new location is perfect to effectively build reputation and create opportunities in a mecca of arts and culture.” Now at 1161 Nuuanu Ave., Deuces Hawaii will participate in its first First Friday on May 6. The first mixed-media collection to be showcased at the boutique is “Passion”. The collection commemorates motivations within the soul to pursue life day-by-day. Co-owners Arlynn Orpilla and Darcie Pulawa, an undergraduate student at HPU, began Deuces Hawaii in October 2009. They sought to provide affordable high-end shoes to Hawaii and “embrace all sorts of creative fashion importing tasteful shoes to spice up that outfit you thought of as dull.”

HPU Bookstore Downtown & Hawaii Loa Campus Fri., May 6, 9:00 - 4:00 Mon. - Fri., May 9 thru May 13, 9:00 - 4:00 Sat., May 14, 9:00 - Noon Mon., May 16, 9:00 - 6:00

Sea Warrior Debate Society wins UH tournament, makes trip to nationals ROSE HELENS-HART Debate Program director It has been a busy spring for the Sea Warrior Debate Society. In April the team attended the U.S. Universities Debating Championship at the University of Vermont, and won against the University of Hawaii in the Warrior Intramural Debate Tournament. It was snowing when the debate society landed in Burlington, Vt., but the cold air did not chill the members’ excitement to compete against some of the best teams in the country at the U.S. Universities Debating Championship from April 1-3. Senior political science major Cody Corcelius; freshman international relations major Esther Smith; communication graduate student Tim Lussier; sophomore criminal justice major Cassie Chang; senior international business major Craig Ursuy; and freshman communication major Jake Mundhenke competed in six rounds of debate featuring topics such

as amnesty for dictators, charging athletes who commit violent fouls with assault, and creating a public forum for military personnel to criticize government policy. HPU’s top pair of Corcelius and Smith finished in the middle of the pack of 190 teams. Overall, HPU debaters outranked competitors from schools such as the University of Vermont, Cornell University, U.S. Air Force Academy, Swarthmore College, Willamette University, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. To prepare for surprise topics, the students read and listened to international news, participated in weekly practice rounds and used research briefs that they and other members of the debate society wrote in anticipation of possible topics. On April 16, the debate society and students from the COM 2000 Public-Speaking courses and COM 2640 Debate and Argumentation class came out in full force for the Warrior Intramural Debate

Tournament, which is held twice a year. Students were given a month to prepare debates on banning wildlife tourism in Hawaii, women’s position in society and mandatory voting. After three preliminary rounds against teams from UH and Honolulu Community College, five three-person teams – three of them from HPU – were undefeated. The five-way tie to advance to the final was broken based on the individual points the debaters had been awarded during the earlier rounds. In the final against a UH team, the trio of Corcelius, Lussier and Smith debated whether or not the United States should support revolution in the Middle East. After an intense round, the HPU debaters came out victorious as they had in the fall intramural tournament and were awarded the Honu trophy. In addition to receiving top honors, all three debaters ranked among the top 10 best speakers at the tournament. Mundhenke, junior com-

munication major Mark Brians and freshman communication major Andrew Acosta placed third overall with an undefeated record; Mundhenke was also named the tournament’s top novice speaker. Ursuy, Chang and communication graduate student Jake Bradshaw comprised the third undefeated HPU team, which ranked fifth overall. The debate society’s final event will be a public debate at the Sea Warrior Center on April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Debate practices in the fall will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in MP 240 from 3 to 5 p.m. All students are welcome to watch and participate in practice debates and research. For more information: or contact program director: Rose Helens-Hart at

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Center for Graduate and Adult Services

Time Management Students give time-saving tips to cope with finals NORMA KOP Center for Graduate and Adult Services Managing yourself and your priorities are the key to your success. There are only 168 hours in a week. How will you spend them? As May 2011 begins, time becomes much more critical to one’s success. Here is a compilation of reminders, best practices, and student peer advice from those who’ve made time management a key success factor in their forward march toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. REMEMBER YOUR RESPONSIBILITY Arrive to class on time each time. Ensure that personal commitments do not interfere with your academic success. Stay organized. Manage your time. STUDENT TIPS ON MANAGING TIME “Keep up with your assignments. You can get your work done at the last minute, but it will be a lot less stressful and you will be able to process the information more effectively if you keep up.” “Reading the syllabus and understanding what is expected is the key to good time management.” “I never look at deadlines as ‘flexible’ or ‘open to negotiation,’ so I always makes sure that I check and double check due dates in order to be prepared for anything … my work day is sometimes so hectic that I need to make sure my personal life and education are more situated and in order.” “It is critical to include margin into my daily, weekly and monthly schedule. I often hear family and friends say, ‘Life is what happens when you have something else planned.’ Unexpected things and events will happen in life … I make a sincere effort to leave at least a half-hour margin of time between my daily activities. This way, in case something unexpected does happen, I will have some comfort zone to help diminish the associated stress and panic I sometimes feel when I am running late.” “Set aside a time each day to work, read, write and post. Keep it the same time and stick to it. Before long, that work time simply becomes part of the fabric of your life. I actually discovered free time by keeping myself on a schedule.” “Carry note cards to review key vocabulary or formulas when you have some time without other things to do. Keep your calendar with you when riding the bus so you can update your daily to-do list .

Bring your textbook with you when you go to the doctor’s for your appointment . Keep a pen or paper handy to jot down notes for an upcoming assignment or to draft your paper’s introduction, conclusion, and so forth.” DEADLINES Set interim deadlines, especially for preparing for an oral presentation or paper. These require initial drafts and subsequent drafts. USE YOUR SUPPORT TEAM Tell your friends and family, and anyone you believe cares about you. This includes getting help ahead of time from your professors. If you email, be specific; don’t just say “as soon as possible.” CHUNKING Break your course assignments into smaller chunks to meet your due date. Memorization won’t help you achieve success. Chunk it so you retain the information and don’t feel overwhelmed. DETAILS MATTER Treat each assignment as a project. Plan for every component to allow plenty of time for review and revision. SELF-NEGOTIATION Time management means also that you negotiate a balance that makes it possible for you to do high-quality work that will accomplish your goals while helping you achieve similar goals in other HPU course work, work obligations, family and personal commitments. Being successful also means being practical and knowing yourself. MAXIMIZING ON THE POWER OF ONE A survival tip is to find out how to meet the requirements of several obligations through the same activity--think “combination.” Get organized and stay organized. Write down all your assignments and other commitments for staying on task and not falling behind. Keep the schedules for your various activities all in one place. This avoids you being obligated to be in two places or more at the same time. Consolidate, then list your to-do and stick to them. OTHER SUCCESS STRATEGIES Learn to say, “No” or “No, not at this time.” Know your studying prime times Make use of different forms of technology like personal digital assistants (PDAs), online calendars and groupware,

email, instant messaging or cellphones. For online courses, don’t expect your instructor to always be online and manage the time that you spend online. AVOID NEGATIVE THINKING SUCH AS: I don’t know where to begin. I’ve got so much to study and so little time. This stuff is so dry I can’t even stay awake reading it. I read it. I understand it. But I just can’t get it to sink in. I guess I understand it. There’s too much to remember. I knew it a minute ago. But I like to study in bed. Cramming before a test helps me keep it fresh in my mind. I’m going to stay up all night until I get this. DOWNTIME Recapture some of the time you do have by using free time wisely. Maybe it is 15 minutes between classes or five minutes waiting for classmates to show up for a group meeting. There is typically some free time each day that we cannot afford to waste. ONE MORE TIME Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow is time. Time is the stuff life is made of.

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Say Konnichiwa to Hello Kitty! ERICA ANTOINE student writer Shoppers flocked to Ala Moana Center’s Sephora store to buy Hello Kitty merchandise and see Yuko Yamaguchi, Tokyo’s legendary Hello Kitty designer. The first 150 people to spend $50 or more got a hot pink wristband (and complimentary Hello Kitty puffy bow), which guaranteed them a chance to meet Yamaguchi The April 21 event was put on by Sephora to promote Hello Kitty’s new signature line of cosmetics. So what can you get for $50 at Sephora? A decent haul, actually. According to shop tenants the makeup bag and other sakura-printed goods were the first to sell out. Other goods for sale were brush sets in a Hello Kitty canister, paper goods, compact mirrors, eye shadow compacts, solid perfume necklaces and more -- all ranging from $10 Yuko Yamaguchi, Tokyo’s famous Hello Kitty designer, visited Ala Moana Center’s to $60. People donned their Hello Kitty bows and Sephora to celebrate the release of her new cosmetic line.

started lining up around an hour early for the 6:00 p.m. event. Locals and tourists of all ages attended. One visitor from the mainland said, “I feel like I’m at a convention! They don’t do these things at our Sephora.” There was an entourage of Lolitas on site, greeting guests and serving Hello Kitty themed snacks to wristband holders. The Hello Kitty mascot, dressed to match the new line of sakura-printed items, was also in the store ready to take photos with shoppers. Once in line, wristband holders could take one photo with Yamaguchi-san and have one personal item autographed. Some people had their flyers signed while others brought Sanrio collectibles with them. The tagline for Sanrio USA is, “Small Gift. Big Smile!” Even though these products are targeted toward adults, this event made the lovely customers of Sephora seem like kids in a candy store.

Photo by Patrick Upega

The Vagina Monologues KOLE LANES student writer

“The Vagina Monologues” deputed in 1996 and is a dramatic campaign against sexual violence. Activists, feminists and women from all walks of life from all over the world embraced these monologues, as they speak up about various issues faced by women, such as rape, genital mutilation, sex and menstruation. Comic relief is also thrown in, as one of the

women portrayed delivers a hilarious monologue on pleasure and mimics many orgasm sounds, one being the infamous “triple orgasm.” On April 12 at Fresh Café, six beautiful ladies stood on stage and discussed intimate aspects of their private parts for a good cause. Hope for the future is also expressed in “The Vagina Monologues.” The topic of the new life experience of childbirth is described from the point of

view of a woman who was in the labor and delivery room while her granddaughter was being born. This was my first time seeing this, and it was amazing. “The Monologues” was a real eye-opener with its mixed emotions that made me laugh and cry in one sitting. These monologues are not for the faint of heart, however, since there are some harsh topics brought up and explicit content An open-minded audience is required.


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P8 Designer: Alison Hutchens

A man with a cause

Student leads campaign for gay rights ALISON HUTCHENS student writer Zachary Giano, a graduate student at HPU and a member of HPU Cheer, is the founder and president of OUTspoken, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). Giano is someone to take notice of. Giano is described a “a great leader who has the true general interest in helping his fellow man,” by Clint Whitehead (captain of the small coed cheer team at HPU). Giano was born near Philadelphia in a own called Mount Holly and attended a strict Baptist school from kindergarten through 12th grade. His home life was built around conservative religious views. Giano now calls his upbringing “intense brainwashing.” “It’s interesting to look back at what my roots were as the current President/Founder of OUTspoken,” he said. “It’s something some people still scoff at — how can you help people who are gay?’” Ever since coming out of the closet, he has heard many hurtful things. One from his mother, he said, who told him: “You’re sickening.” All this has only fueled Giano’s fire to help others like himself. His first political steps were while he was in New York after graduating from HPU with an undergraduate degree in finance. Giano was working on Wall Street where he worked for gay rights. He joined the HRC, Human Rights Campaign, and helped those who are trying to pass a civil unions bill in the state.

HPU graduate student Zachary Giano (far right), the founder of LGBT club OUTspoken, and his members rally for the civil unions bill at the Capitol.

Photo by Alison Hutchens

Shortly thereafter, Giano returned to HPU to get his master’s in communication. Giano started planning to form an LGBT club. About a week prior to Club Carnival in 2009, OUTspoken became an official RSO (Registered Student Organization) of HPU with Lisa Doyle as their sponsor. Doyle is the director of Residence Life and Commuter Service, and was a big supportfor Giano throughout this process. “Zach did all the footwork

for this project — I supported him from behind the scenes encouraging him to help bring his ideas to a reality,” Doyle said. Giano joined rallies in support of Hawaii’s Civil Unions Bill, which was passed in February. “Zach is an all-around great person. He is a great silent leader to look up to and is respected by everyone on the [cheer] team ... He is a great member of our cheer ohana here,” said Lauren Platenik, member of HPU’s small co-

ed. “What he has done with OUTspoken is amazing.” Giano graduates this month and says he is proud to be the first in his family to earn a master’s degree. He plans to go backpacking Europe with his partner for five weeks. After his European adventure, he wants to work in civil rights, “working on the front to help lesbians and gays gain equality in all areas of society.” Giano describes this as his mission. “Not a choice” he said, “rather a calling.”

Ever since coming out of the closet, Giano has heard many hurtful things. One from his mother being, “You’re sickening.” Interested in joining OUTspoken? Contact Giano at


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P9 Designer: Linda Karlsson

Latin American symposium honors HPU Spanish students TESS LANE Asst. Prof. of Spanish The six students of SPAN3320 Culture and Literature of Mexico and Central America received an “Best Overal Contribution” from a panel of faculty judges for their group presentation, entitled “Border Blues,” at the Third Annual Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) Undergraduate Research Symposium at UH Manoa on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The group presentation was given by Rachel Bal-

lard (Senior, Video Production), Kayla Dunn (Senior, International Studies), Justin Garcia (Junior, Psychology), Aja Harbert (International Relations), Therese Orliola (Sophomore, Humanities), and Alix Reichert (Junior, International Studies). Presenters gave a summary of “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario, read by the entire class. The book tells the true story of a Honduran boy’s journey to find his mother in the U.S. Presenters then shared their research on current

newspaper topics relating to issues raised in the book. They investigated reasons that people flock to the Mexican border towns, what issues have arisen from this influx of people, and what is being done about these problems. Topics included: Mexico’s War on Drugs, Unsolved Murders of Women in Ciudad Juarez, Natural Disasters Forcing Migration, and Human Rights Policies for Central American Migrants in Mexico.

Justin Garcia, Aja Harbert, Alix Reichert, Therese Oriola, Rachel Ballard. Not pictured: Kayla Dunn

Courtesy Tess Lane

Greed and corruption on Wall Street



EMILIE KRISTENSEN student writer The global crisis in 2008 not only cost millions of people their jobs, it also cost the world over $20 trillion, and can today be described as the most terrible recession since the Great Depression - What went wrong? On Monday March 28 Bambu Venue was once again the place to be, and this time the main attraction was the Academy Award winning documentary “Inside Job,” the first movie to depict the 2008 global financial crisis. Narrated by the familiar voice of actor Matt Damon the documentary guides the viewer through horrifying truths about corruption and fraud among the elite of Wall Street. The movie goes behind the curtains of Wall Street, and demands explanations from the economic regulators and specialists, who were the people behind the world economy. “Inside Job” reveals how greed and reckless hunger for money overthrew rationality and compassion and created the financial meltdown of 2008. During the documentary it became clear to this reviewer that not only is Wall Street a place of deception, but also a place where one man’s unhappiness and bankruptcy is another man’s fortune. Apparently, the life of an economic guru

is as glamorous as an oil sheik, and when it comes to numbers of summer houses and private jets, money is no problem if you are an insider. The documentary provides clear explanations on how the banking world works that the average reviewer can comprehend. This enlightening and deeply disturbing documentary says those who caused the crisis are still in charge of the economy today.


May 2, 2011

P10 Designer: Ethan Perry and David Lawrence

Old Vienna is always on the go KERSTIN KENT staff writer While Vienna has a long history that still proudly stands, it is a city that is moving forward with the times. Sprawling grass fields have been filled with parks, benches and jogging paths. Industrial buildings have been turned into pieces of architectural artwork, and the grey walls along the Danube River have been covered with colorful street art. The city combines old and new, so there’s something for everyone. Haus der Musik In the heart of the city is the Haus der Musik (House of Music), an innovative, interactive museum of music and sound. In the past, the building was the palace of Archduke Charles as well as the home of Otto Nicolai - composer, conductor and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The museum opened in 2000 and prides itself in being hands-on and interactive, encouraging the audience to get involved. “ … We value the great potential of such an experience-focused museum,” Vienna holding director Peter Hanke said in an earlier interview on “The Haus der Musik has set standards in terms of making music an experience for all the senses.”

Where the palace’s state rooms used to be there is now a presentation of the history of the orchestra and its musicians and conductors. There’s also a floor dedicated to the lives of musicians who once called Vienna home, including Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Among the other four floors, guests are welcome to conduct an orchestra, record a CD, roll dice to create a composition, and rediscover sounds as they were first heard in the womb. Haus der Musik is part playground, part museum. Vienna’s claim to fame doesn’t stop at just music, it expands into the art world as well. Hundertwasser While many artists have walked these streets and have their artwork within museums and buildings, Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s artwork is the building itself. Hundertwasser, a controversial painter and architect, is mostly known for his architectural designs. Using irregular forms, bright colors, spirals and uneven floors, he worked to connect humans and nature. It was common for him to turn rooftops into gardens and have trees growing within and out of his buildings.

Study abroad student Kerstin Kent and a friend visit the historic Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna. Photo by Kerstin Kent

His architectural works in Vienna include an apartment house, a museum and a district heating plant. He designed both the apartment house and the heating plant without accepting payment. Hundertwasser agreed to design the apartment house solely so that something ugly wouldn’t go up in its place. He said he would redesign the district heating plant, what would otherwise be an “ugly” industrial facility, only if the city would supply it with the latest and most environment friendly technology. The third building he designed, museum KunstHausWien, is the world’s only permanent exhibition of his works. In the magazine “Resurgence,” Hundertwasser explained he prefers wavy

floors. “The flat floor is an invention of architects … If people are forced to walk on flat asphalt and concrete floors, estranged from the age-old relationship and contact with earth, a crucial balance of humanity withers and dies,” Hundertwasser said in an interview with “Resurgence.” “It is good to walk on uneven floors and regain our human balance.” True to his word, both the museum and apartments he designed have oscillating floors. Hundertwasser has designed other buildings as well, including a church, an incineration plant and sludge center, a railway station, a winery and a public toilet. Danube Another notable place where the old and new have

merged together are the walls along the Danube. The Danube Canal was once lined with plain grey cement walls and muddy banks. To a passerby, it didn’t seem like much, but to street artists, it was a sanctuary -- a beautiful, blank, endless canvas. The walls filled with art and color coming alive on the once blank walls. Eventually, renovations in the area began. The trendy bars, summer stages and cafés fit in perfectly with the street art, which goes on for miles. It ranges from cartoons to people to animals to futuristic creatures to war protests and everything in between. Many of the murals on the walls could easily be placed into a museum. Schoenbrunn Palace An Easter market pops up

in front of Schoenbrunn Palace every year, bringing both locals and tourists together on the grounds of what was once the summer residence of the Imperial Family. Wurstelprater Within Prater Park, a sprawling haven filled with jogging paths, playgrounds and a beach volleyball court, an amusement park was constructed. Known as Wurstelprater, it brings old and new attractions to the park. Bumper cars, roller coasters and carousels fill the park, cotton candy stands line the sidewalks, and the Wiener Riesenrad, or “giant Ferris wheel,” stands proudly at the entrance. It is one of the earliest Ferris wheels and was built in 1897 in celebration of the golden jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I.

May 2, 2011


P11 Designer: Kalamalama staff

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu While HPU is getting ready for finals and the end of the spring semester, students here at FH-Wien are getting ready to go back to classes after a week of Easter Break. Close enough to what we call Spring Break, most students pack their bags and leave for various parts of Europe. Some chose to travel around Italy, others headed back home, and six of us decided to head over to Majorca, and island off the east coast of Spain. After all, I couldn’t go too long without seeing the beach. We spent the week relaxing in the sand and speaking broken Spanish that nobody understood, but thankfully English is a common language. While the paddle boarding and kite surfing reminded me of a little rock out in the Pacific Ocean, it also reminded me that living in paradise tends to raise my expectations of what is a ‘student holiday’ in the middle of April. The semester out here isn’t over until the end of June, so while you’re cramming for finals, I’ll be heading on a Euro trip through Belgium, Norway, Poland, and Italy, hopefully making it back in time for German class. I’ll be out here until the middle of July and I hope you’ll keep up with my travels through my blog: Join me on my journey – or better yet, start your own. Until next semester…ciao! House of music

Hunderwasser house - the heating plant

Graffiti along the Danube

Photos by Kerstin Kent

“I never thought I’d willingly leave my slippers and bathing suits in Hawaii and spend my spring semester wearing winter jackets and scarves while trying to (in vain) to translate German into English...yet, here I am,” - Kerstin Kent, Feb 21

Easter market at Schoenbrunn

May 2, 2011


P12-13 Designer: Linda Karlsson

Easter Sunrise Service at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl

An early Easter morning a crowd gathered at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl for traditional services and a celebration of peace and goodwill. It was the 110th Easter celebration at Punchbowl. Our photographer Anton S. Larsson was there and recorded these images of the scene. All money donated went to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Photos by Anton S. Larsson


May 2, 2011

P14 Designer: Ruth Leigh & Miki Saiki

Mint tea--the Moroccan surprise Swaying atop a camel wasn’t what made our reporter turn green EMILY TALL staff writer There were so many places around Europe I could venture to with only one restriction according to my wonderful, yet paranoid, grandmother. She wished beyond anything that I would respect my limits and stay within Europe. However, a few weeks I journeyed to Morocco — sorry Grandma. Between our stops along the various Moroccan gorges, the trip to a small carpetselling Berber village, and the picturesque camel ride through the Sahara Desert during sunrise, I will remember Morocco with the image of one thing — hot mint green tea. You may be asking, why I would choose tea over any of the breathtaking North African views. Now, I could make up some story as to how delicious the tea was, how magical it seemed to be served traditional Moroccan tea in the middle of the Sahara, or how the conversations I had with the people I met those few nights in the desert while drinking said tea were some of the most invigorating conversations I have had. Instead, I will recount the truth, however unfortunate it may be. The morning after sleeping in a traditional Berber tent among the stars I woke up feeling a bit … off. Let me revise that, I actually felt as if someone was

stabbing me in my stomach. I could hardly brush my teeth; I could not even manage to eat our breakfast of bread and butter. All I had the strength to do was take a few sips of hot mint green tea. My friends advised me it would be best to try to throw up, since we had an hour-long camel ride ahead of us. I proceeded to run behind a dune and try to do just that—to no avail. The camel ride was fine, not as unpleasant as it could have been, and I made it back to our tour bus. About 10 minutes into our journey, our guide asked if we needed a short break. We were eager to get to our next stop, so we all told him to keep going. Then it hit me. I was going to spew. The next thing I knew I was flying out of the bus before Aziz, our guide, had even slammed on the brakes. Of course, being the lady that I am, I could not just pull over to the side of the road and let it all out. I had to find a restroom. I was literally green in the face as I was asking, in my broken French, for someone to point me in the right direction. Finally I found it, and what did I spew, you may ask—nothing but hot mint green tea. It has been said that you learn an awful lot about yourself on a study abroad journey. Five months abroad can seem like another lifetime when you are exposed to new places, new people and

Camel rides through the Sahara Desert are one of the benefits of going to Marocco, but drinking the hot mint tea is not without risk.

new experiences on a daily basis. It is true what they say—something comes over you when you are abroad. It is a new reality, at least for a while. You are forced into situations in which you would never willingly put yourself otherwise. For example, I never would have thought in a million years that I would end up living with three European guys—all sharing one bathroom. I never expected to depend on my rusty French to get me by in Switzerland. I never thought I would travel to North Africa and experience life in the Sahara. But I did it. To be quite honest I am not so sure that I am through with being abroad; or rather that being abroad is through with me. There is still so much that I need to learn, that I need to let out, that I need to live. I feel beyond grateful at the opportunities I have had thus far, and I know now that I need to breathe it

all in and appreciate it for all it is worth. I did all of those things not because it was a fun ride, or because it was temporary, but because I saw an opportunity, and I took it. It all seems like a whirlwind of a fairytale now, but I did it—and that is my reality.

Photo by Emily Tall


May 2, 2011

P15 Designer: Jun Mooney

The observation deck on the 10th floor has an unparalleled view of Oahu’s Downtown district, Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the Honolulu harbor area.

What’s up? Aloha Tower By JUN MOONEY student writer

Aloha Tower is registered as a national historical landmark. It was built in 1926.

Photos by Jun Mooney

Diamond Head and the Koolau Mountains are visible, as well as the bustling Oahu is famous for its streets of downtown Honobeautiful beaches and surf, lulu. Admission is free, and which may be why you came anyone can visit during its to Hawaii Pacific University hours of operation from 9:30 in the first place. a.m. to 5 p.m. However, if you’re look“The view is great,” said ing to expand your horizons Anthony Couzanet, visiting and learn a bit more about the tower with his wife AuHawaii, Aloha Tower would relie. Couzanet, from France, be a great place to start. learned about Aloha Towers Only a ten minute walk when he arrived on the down Fort Street Mall island. “We didn’t know from HPU’s downtown “This is a legend you about it at first, but we campus, Aloha Tower found out from a tour attract visitors and locals know?” guide and decided to alike. People come to encome,” said Couzanet. Godafredo Agabao joy the view and a piece Despite its continued of Hawaiian history. significance as a symbol see an average of 100 to 150 Built nearly a century of aloha, it’s also true that ago in 1926, Aloha Tower people a day.” Aloha Tower continues Aloha Tower is famous for cost $190,000 to build. It to function as the Harbor’s the myriad of food, entertainwas the tallest building in Hawaii at the time, standing maritime traffic control cen- ment, and shopping available ter. The landmark welcomes nearby at Aloha Tower Mar184 feet tall. The tower and its 7 ton and guides commercial and ketplace, which has deep ties clock, is a symbol of Hono- cruise ships entering the har- with how Aloha Tower looks lulu, one of the most recog- bor “like a lighthouse” said today. Although we have grown nized places in the state of Agabao. accustomed to Aloha Tower The observation deck built Hawaii. standing alone, this wasn’t on Aloha Tower’s tenth story “Before we counted all the people coming into the tower, is accessible via a vintage always the case. Aloha Tower but too many now,” said elevator, and has an unrivaled used to be attached to three Godafredo Agabao, security view of some of Honolulu’s warehouse buildings on three of its four sides. officer at Aloha Tower. “We most beautiful scenery.

What we see today is the product of extensive renovation that took place in 1994, conducted by Aloha Tower Associates who also developed Aloha Tower Marketplace. A l o h a To w e r i s t h e location for some of the hottest entertainment on the island. Events held at Aloha Tower range from mixed Martial Arts to dances and festivals of all types.

Aloha Tower Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Admission: Free! Open: Everyday


May 2, 2011

P16 Designer: Mark Carpenter

Student Poll Q: What do you do with broken or worn out shoes? “I basically throw them out. There is no use in keeping them.” -Miguel Bjorkqvist, sophomore, Advertising/Public Relations

Garrett Tam, owner of Tam’s Shoe Repair, puts in overtime as he operates an antique leather stitching machine

Tiny Kaimuki shop keeps on kicking MARK CARPENTER student writer

As the business and student crowds slowly trickle down out of Koko Head and Waialae avenues, while the setting sun retires behind nearby Diamond Head, Garrett Tam is putting in overtime. With a static-filled radio blaring in the background, Tam, with sweat lining the ins and outs of his puka shirt, applies the utmost concentration to his craft. Surrounded by a coliseum of dusty, timeworn shoe boxes, he operates a 1920s antique leather stitching machine. Only occasionally looking up to adjust the light, Tam said, “Sewing the sole back on the shoe takes a hell of a long time, but when I take my time and do it right, it always looks brand new.” This type of dedication and quality of craftsmanship has been a hallmark of Tam’s Shoe Repair, a quaint, little shop nestled in the heart of Kaimuki for over 70 years

and one of the last businesses of its kind. To many in today’s generation of youth, shoe repair is a foreign concept. When kids wear out a pair of kicks, the only “repair” they think of is throw it in the trash and go to Foot Locker, but Tam’s has managed to carve a niche in the community and build a loyal following of customers. “Plain and simple. People grow a fondness for their footwear,” said Tam, while applying glue to a steel-toe work boot. “Just like a dog, car or house, people get attached to things, and shoes aren’t any different.” Longtime customer Dean Nikaido of Palolo said he stopped buying shoes a long time ago and Tam’s is always his first option. “Whenever the bottom gets worn down or I need a few adjustments, I’ll call up Garrett,” said Nikaido. “Since I’ve been coming here for so long, I’ve really grown to know and trust the

family.” In Honolulu, especially around the Kaimuki and Kapahulu districts, there are many unofficial landmarks (Leonard’s Bakery, Rainbow Drive-In, Toys N Joys), but no business has been around longer and gone more unnoticed than Tam’s. “This shop has been in my family and a part of this community for years, and it’s awesome that we are still able to do what we love most,” Tam said. “I don’t call myself this, but I guess you could say I’m a third-generation smallbusiness owner.” After emigrating from China, Joseph W.S. Tam, Garrett’s great-grandfather, started the business after learning how to fix military boots at Wheeler Air Field. Before arriving at its present location on 12th Avenue in the 1950s, the shop had roots in downtown where Garrett’s father, Gordon, also learned the ropes. Over the years, Tam’s Shoe Repair has shown it can

stand the test of time, even in the harsh economic climate. “A long time ago there were at least five or six shoe repair shops in Kaimuki, but now there’s only us,” said Gordon, who plans to retire soon and put the shop solely in Garrett’s hands. “I guess that shows we’ll always have a calling, and we want people to know that they can turn to us for quality service.” As he takes a break to draw the shades over the front door and flip the sign to “closed,” the younger Tam prepares to burn the midnight oil. “When the customers are gone for the day, the real work begins,” Tam said. Tam’s Shoe Repair officially closes at 6 p.m. every day from Monday to Saturday, but Garrett usually doesn’t get home till around 10 p.m. or so. Tam doesn’t mind because he knows this type of hard work and discipline passed down from his forefathers is the fuel that keeps this shop kicking.

“I throw them out, but my mom sometimes takes them and gives them away.” - Va l d e t a S y l a j , sophomore, Advertising/Public Relations

“Wrap them in duct tape. If that wears out, then I’ll go buy a new pair of the same exact style.” -Rick Powers, junior, journalism All photos by Mark Carpenter

May 2, 2011


P17 Designer: Thomas Obungen

The Gastronomist

Nutrition facts are a snap...

... with an App!

THOMAS OBUNGEN staff writer There are two things I truly can’t live without: food and my iPhone. While eating lunch, I was browsing the App Store on my phone and I came across an application called MealSnap. Food photography? Yes, please! Well, kind of. But it gets better. MealSnap is a clever app that uses your iPhone’s camera and a vast food database to analyze your meal for an approximate caloric value, when and where you ate it, as well the option of rating it. If you’re the type of person who blogs about their meals, like moi, the app allows you to share pics of your meals on social networking sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook. I downloaded MealSnap to see what I’ve been eating and approximately how many calories I was taking in. In short, this app will either scare you skinny or keep you that way. In the times that I’ve used

Emily Guidry-Nguyen, an advertising public relations major, snaps a quick picture of her plate of cold noodles using the MealSnap application for iPhone. Developed by the makers of DailyBurn, this app analyzes pictures of your meals and provides you with an approximate caloric range, answering the question, “Do I really have room for dessert?” Photo by Thomas Obungen

the app, I found that it gave fairly accurate readings about 80 percent of the time. MealSnap was developed by DailyBurn to work with their namesake (and free) app that tracks daily nutrition, workouts and weight loss progress as you work toward your goal. If the Weight Watchers app had the ability to do this, counting points to lose weight would be a no-brainer! Just snap away the pounds. But for $2.99, this app is beyond what most are willing

to pay for, but for a person who eats out (a lot), the cost is minor. Especially compared to what you’d pay for eating that extra french fry. I hope everyone has an excellent summer full of sun, late nights and FOOD! If you just can’t wait to read my next column, follow me on Tumblr at I’m going to be hitting up as many food festivals as I can, as well as taking you on a culinary tour of New York.

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May 2, 2011

P18 Designer: Kezia Holm & Miriam Landru

Good to grill is good to go Entrepreneur opens grill near HPU downtown campus MICHAEL BENNETT student writer In the restaurant business when opportunity presents itself, it is best to have the grill ready to go. So when a vacant space opened next to Hawaii Pacific University downtown campus, local entrepreneur and HPU alum Jason Kim decided to open an express location of his popular Good to Grill restaurant. From a young age Jason exhibited a knack for business, forming his first venture at 14, pet sitting for neighbors on vacation. He also learned from his father, Donald, who has been a member of the local business community for decades. While the family history of entrepreneurialism was good experience for Jason, he credits the main reason for his desire to be an entrepreneur as a very simple concept which he summed up casually, “I always wanted to be my own boss.” While he was very successful in high school operating his own small businesses, he was most passionate about becoming a photographer, and had planned to attend college on the mainland U.S. However, a health condition forced Kim to reevaluate his plan to move from Hawaii. In adversity came an important lesson that Kim holds

close to him today. “I was forced to learn how to be flexible and adapt. Flexibility is a key trait of an entrepreneur” he said. He ended up enrolling and being accepted to HPU. Many changes in his life came with his decision to attend HPU. While photography had been his primary passion, Kim decided to devote his focus and attention to the field of business. Although he had experience and knowledge beforehand, it was an interesting experience for him to learn in the classroom some of the theory and concept behind his business endeavors. He also became active in business clubs like the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club, and other aspects of students life, such as becoming the Junior Class Representative for the student body government, SGA. He recommends students to become active in clubs, specifically those which incorporate a variety of majors in order to diversify the group around them. The defining aspect of Kim’s experience while at HPU was the diversity and culture he encountered during his time in college. According to Kim, for local students who stay at home, or any student interested gaining a worldwide cultural experience to complement

Not your average meat and potatoes, Good to Grill has everything from Mahimahi to Miso Chicken. Photo by Michael Bennett

their education, “HPU is a great place.” His motto while at HPU was to make and keep a lot of friends from all over the world. To him this has meant you make them while still at HPU, and then you keep them by visiting them in their home countries after. His travels throughout the world are a great example of the lasting effect an international-emphasized education can have on students. After college Kim worked on the mainland for a few years, and decided to return home to pursue business ventures. After a few years back, and with his business

partners, opened up three restaurants in the Kapahulu Safeway complex. One of them was unsuccessful, but his Burgers on the Edge and Good to Grill restaurants have done extremely well. While it was unfortunate that one of his restaurants failed, once again Kim garnered a valuable lesson in that one must concentrate on successes and not failures. He became motivated to work harder and continued to look for opportunities. After two years of great performance for Good to Grill, Kim started searching for expansion opportunities.

When a space on Union Mall next to the HPU campus became vacant, he hopped on the opportunity and started another location of the restaurant, coined Good to Grill Express. The restaurant is known for its high quality entrees such as specialty Braised Short Ribs. They also serve restaurant style sides like delicious garlic mashed potatoes and mixed green salads. Kim places much emphasis on speed and high quality customer service; you can even find him serving almost every day. With his new restaurants up and running, you would

think it would be time to kick back and relax. But Kim is constantly pressing forward and searching for areas of expansion and improvement. His goal in life is to start a business in another country, although he is not sure where. “I am going to focus on improving and expanding the restaurants I have already, and providing the best food to our customers and value to the community,” he said. You can find the menu and other details located at www. or on Facebook and Twitter as GoodtoGrill


May 2, 2011

P19 Designer: Kara Jernigan

Summary of HPU’s 2011 Sustainability Report

HPU hopes for a greener future KARA JERNIGAN staff writer D o c u m e n t i n g H P U ’s efforts to reduce energy and conserve resources, the sustainability report provides details on both current projects and future plans for all HPU campuses. Since 2010, HPU has been an AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) member and hired Josh Prigge as a Sustainability Coordinator in December 2010. These two crucial steps have allowed HPU to share its initiatives to a national audience and share ideas and information with other universities. A digital version of the 2011 Sustainability Report prepared by Prigge will be available on the HPU Website at a later date. Waste Reduction: HPU spends between $2,000-$3,500 every month on waste removal. To help reduce the amount of waste put into trash cans, the Hawaii Loa Recycling program has been expanded to include a large contributor to waste disposal binscardboard. A new HI-5 recycling bin has also been added to the HLC front Lanai for bottles and cans. Expanding the recycling program will help to cut down on the cost of waste removal. To continue expanding t h is p r o g r a m i n f u t u r e years, a grant proposal has been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of gaining funds for a compost system that would be set up behind the dining commons.

Establishing a compost system for left over food waste would create rich soil for HPU’s organic garden. Greenhouse Gas: Wo r k i n g t o a t t a i n a LEED-Silver certification for the AC, HPU is replacing the Academic Center airconditioning unit and installing a new HVAC in Fall 2011. This will earn some more prerequisites and credits required for the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” certification. Other ideas include signing the President’s Climate Commitment, establishing a ride-share program for student and employee carpools, trading in the shuttle vans for lower-emission vehicles, and establishing clean energy sources (wind and solar in particular) at the Hawaii Loa Campus. Spreading Awareness: There are several student committees involved in making HPU more sustainable. These include, Sustainable Campus Committee, GREEN Club, Vegetarian Club, and the NSSA (Natural Science Student Association). Future plans to raise awareness are to start a farmers market on the Hawaii Loa Campus and have more events and guest speakers to educate on and inspire sustainability ideas. HPU Curricula: Both graduate and undergraduate programs at HPU offer studies in sustainability. Graduates can master Global Leadership and Sustainable Development, and Marine Science Programs. Undergraduates are o ff e r e d E n v i r o n m e n t a l Science, Environmental Studies, and Marine Biology. These courses include topics

Green Club members with Sharky during the downtown Sustainability Fair. The student booths showed more ways to go green by promoting e-waste recycling and participation in GREEN Club activities. Photo by Stacy Park

ranging from sociology to geology and ecology. Over the past two years, HPU has developed a relationship with the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), which has provided internships for several students. Prigge is now trying to develop internship opportunities with Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), and Rewarding Internships for Sustainability Employment (RISE). Resource Use Audits of the Academic Center ’s lighting levels

started in April 2011. From the report, more energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs can be installed. This is an effective way to reduce unnecessary energy use and costs. Prigge explained, “Hawaii Energy is currently offering financial incentives for organizations to perform these delamping procedures, so not only will we be reducing our energy use and associated costs, but we will be getting paid to do so.” The HPU Dining Commons participates in raising conservation awareness by hosting:

Meatless Mondays, Trayless Tuesdays, and Weight the Waste Wednesdays. Funding: Several future plans to gain funding for sustainability projects have been purposed. An optional Green Fee (Student Fee) of $20 can be added to the tuition of each student. Additional outside grants can be perused, as well as revolving loan funds. Energy Service Company partnerships could also be established. Tracking: By creating a database, H P U c a n m a n a g e i t ’s sustainability program

thr oug h mon itor ing all the related activities, such as water and energy use, department supplies purchased each month, and paper and ink cartridge recycling. Green Purchasing: Using eco-friendly building materials and office supplies is a key way to help keep HPU sustainable. B u y i n g E n e rg y S t a r appliances can also help cut down on energy use. Though the Dining Commons already uses 30% local produce, they are encouraged to purchase more local, organic foods in the future.


May 2, 2011

P20 Designer: David Lawrence

Oahu is working on the railroad Construction starting on elevated train from Ala Moana to West Oahu

DAVID LAWRENCE student writer

In an effort to increase the effectiveness in transportation for West Oahu, the City and Country of Honolulu is constructing an elevated train line. The initial plan is to have the path run from Ala Moana past Pearl City and into West Oahu. “It is the technology of the future,” says Marine Biology major Nick Vargas. With more than 20 transit stops along the line, the train would effectively support TheBus. The construction of this line, which broke ground on Feb. 22, 2011, would improve the available options that HPU students, teachers and staff have to come to school. The train is an automatic, electronically powered system which makes the operation of the line eco-friendly. With the limited and costly parking around the downtown campus, most people have limited options. With the construction of the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor, a new option would be available. Some of the TheBus routes will be extended or moved to connect with the transit stations of the train. This will provide a potential seamless connection between the train and the bus. “The elevated system will operate with precision and reliability. So, if you need to be at work by 8 a.m., you’ll arrive at work by 8 a.m., even if it’s raining or there’s a big

accident on H1,” a statement by the Department of Transportation. With a planned stop right by the intersection Bishop Street and Ala Moana Boulevard, students can spend less time commuting each day. This allows for those with morning classes to sleep in. The commuter will also benefit by the travel time of the train’s service. The train is projected to have the ability to move 8,000 people an hour. If this amount of people do in fact use this option, traffic on the road by the route could be decreased by 18 percent. “It will be epic. It will be so much quicker,” says Marine Biology major Patrick Berg. Because of this, students, teachers, or staff who still rely on cars, could travel more quickly. A poll taken of the students suggests that they would like to see the line branch off to other sides of the island. The same ticket, and therefore the same charge, of the bus would be used for the train line. This means that if that if the line were to open tomorrow, it would cost adults $2.50 to ride the line. An additional benifit is that

“I think rail might be a good thing for Hawaii, but I think that at this point it may be too expensive,” -Ethan Perry

An artist’s drawing of what one of the stations may look like. the ticket will allow transfer from the train to the bus and vice versa. “People who live in communities with high-quality public transportation drive less, exercise more, live longer, and are generally healthier than residents of communities that lack quality public transit.” reported the Americian Public Transportation Association (APTA). This does depend on some effort on an individual’s part, but the benifits can be well worth the time. “I think rail might be a good thing for Hawaii, but I think that at this point it may be too expensive for a project that only benefits a relatively small area. “People from the windward side, like me, for example, will probably see little or no improvement.” says Ethan Perry. The students of the future will reap the benefits of this train line.

Courtesy Department of Transportation

Projected Fares Youth One-way -- $1.50 Monthly -- $30 Annual -- $330

Adult One-way -- $2.50 Monthly -- $60 Annual -- $660

Senior One-way -- $1.00 Monthly -- $5.00 Annual -- $30 (with Senior Pass)

(Prices are subject to change)


May 2, 2011

P21 Designers: Kezia Holm & Miriam Landru

Getting gassed

Hawaii’s gas prices have locals looking for ways to cut fuel costs

“I have also cut down my weekend outings in town... If it isn’t necessary, I won’t go,” Thomas Obungen

NICOLE KATO associate editor

prices in the nation. Thomas Obungen, a junior from Mililani majoring in advertising and public relations, purchased a UPass from HPU with the intent of driving less. He wishes he had a hybrid or Smart car because he spends most of his time idling in traffic, which is inefficient for his Mazda.

Hawaii is all over the nation’s news but not for good reason. Some of us are paying $50 for a fill up at the gas station, and more are paying close to $100 each time. Locals also have an insatiable thirst for gasoline – just look at our morning

and “pau hana” traffic. We lead the nation with the most expensive gas prices, and as of April 18 the state’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was a little under $4.50 with some stations even hitting the $5 mark. This is almost 30 cents more expensive than California, which has the second-highest gas

“Now that [gas prices] have gone up significantly, I am riding the bus every chance I get, and it averages out to three days per week,” Obungen explained. “I have also cut down my weekend outings in town … If it isn’t necessary, I won’t go.” The price of oil is rising upwards of 48 percent since last September due to the unrest in oil-producing regions like Libya, Bahrain and other Arab states. Gasoline is made from oil, and refined products like gasoline tend to follow the raw material prices of the materials used to make them. Hawaii’s gas prices are so high for a variety of reasons including our tax system, shipping costs and a lack of refinery capacity. Yet, despite the rising gas prices and with the near future holding no definite decrease in price, many of us still drive our gas-guzzling vehicles. HPU offers discounted bus passes but Obungen wishes there was even more of a subsidy for students. “It would be a no-brainer to catch the bus because it’s like a free ride to school,” he said. “Unfortunately, someone’s gotta pay the bills.” The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) consists of 12 countries in America, Asia and Africa; and its goal is to stabilize the oil markets and prevent harmful and unnecessary fluctuations. While OPEC does not control the oil market, it does produce 42 percent of the world’s crude oil; and OPEC’s oil production is what affects oil prices, and thus gas prices.

How to save on gas

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Invest in a bus pass. Properly inflated tires can save up to 12 cents a gallon. Checking or replacing your car’s air filter can save up to 40 cents a gallon. Removing excess weight from your car and trunk can save five to eight cents a gallon. Accelerating less and riding the brakes less can save between 20 cents and $1.32 per gallon. Drivers who have cruise control should use it to help maintain an efficient speed. Using overdrive gears also saves gas and reduces wear on the engine. Driving at speeds over 60 mph is not only illegal on many roadways, but every 5 mph you go over 60 mph wastes fuel at a rate equal to paying an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump.


May 2, 2011

P22 Designer: Megan Nichols

Samatha Isidro HPU junior Major: Multimedia

“I want easy access to Pipeline when I’m on the bus.”

Want an HPU App?

Natalie Lewis Web Design/Graphic Design Professor

Students and teachers can get very picky when it comes to what they want in better technology MEGAN NICHOLS student writer HPU Alumni have created an app. Will current students see an app that will be useful to them? Students want to be a part of the newest technology, and they count on HPU to provide that to them. Smartphones are the newets craze. They give students the ability to surf the Internet while on their way to surfing Sandy’s. Smartphones keep students connected to their bank accounts, email, Facebook, etc, so it only makes sense that HPU students would want an easier way to stay connected with their studies’ as well. Students and teachers are able to stay connected on HPU’s Pipeline through the Internet, but it is not easy to navigate on a smartphone. This is where an HPU app would benefit students and faculty. According to Natalie Lewis, a web design/graphic design professor at HPU, “If we were to engage the mobile app environment, it would bring HPU one step

closer to the cutting edge of technology.” HPU is always looking into the future to ensure that students are ready for what is in store for them when they leave the classroom, and this app would help obtain that goal. Lewis explains that “engaging a mobile app would be the next logical step because in personal observation I have seen students using mobile devices as a means of communication on the go, more so than computers.” Apple option: An Apple representative came out to HPU on Feb 23 to demonstrate to HPU professors how apps and devices can be useful for students and teachers. Lewis attended this meeting and came to the conclusion that “it is not smart to build a course on a pre-existing app that has the potential to disappear.” If an app is run by someone else there is no guarantee that it will not fall through. Lewis is suggesting that instead of basing a course on a pre-existing app that is run by someone else, it would be wiser for HPU to build its

own app and manage it themselves so they have control over its direction. Online courses An HPU app could mean that students and teachers participating in online courses could access information, get responses quickly from anywhere. Lewis teaches online courses and confirms that “moving courses towards a mobile device would be a wonderful first step toward instant easy access for course material and information.” Lewis believes this app would help her stay connected to her students. Bus Routes/Parking Campus maps are a good start for an app, but HPU should take it a step further. For example, it would be very helpful to students if the app were able to give GPS directions. Considering that most students and faculty take the bus, another way the app could be useful would be to provide real time bus routes to and from the campus. For those that drive, it would be very helpful if the app could find nearby parking and list price differences.

Suggestions: Technology is taking off, and our fellow students and teachers have great ideas how to use it in an app. Samantha Isidro, a multimedia junior at HPU, said she wants to be more connected to what is happening on campus and receive updates on specials for shops/restaurants on campus. Hannah Ashley, another multimedia student at HPU, says she wants to be updated on campus activities. Hannah also said she would like to see WebCT be accessed through an HPU app with the ability to video chat with students/teachers from an online class. Lewis suggested, “It would be great if the app could help communicate grades to students confidentially.” Campus news Since our society seems to be going away from print, it might be wise to include the Kalamalama in the app so everyone could easily view campus news. Regardless of the direction that technology is heading there is hope that HPU is not far behind.

“I want to stay connected to my online students even if I’m out to lunch.”

Hannah Ashley Major: Multimedia

“I would like to be able to turn in my online homework no matter where I’m at.”

HPU’s alumni introduce new App

On Feb 4 HPU alumni had a launch party for an HPU app. In the alumni newsletter it was said that “this application was developed with our HPU community (alumni, students, faculty and staff) in mind.” Despite this statement, it seems this app is more geared toward alumni. The most useful part of this app for students/teachers would be the map of the downtown campus and real-time bus routes. There is so much more that students, teachers and faculty can get out of this technology, and we are sure to see that in our future here on campus. Source: http://hpualumniiphonelaunchparty.


May 2, 2011

P23 Designer: Nicole Kato

Despite broken leg, Diaz captures body-building title NICOLE KATO associate editor The Ziploc bag of almonds was almost empty and complemented her homemade chicken salad. The cup of yogurt served as a sweet ending to her meal. In the middle of the round, silver table outside of Downtown Coffee sat a red velvet cupcake from Hokulani Bakery where she works, but it remained untouched. That was the scene after HPU’s very own Jackie Diaz won the overall (all islands) bikini contest in the Stingrey Classic on April 15 at the Pacific Beach Hotel. But this achievement came on the heels of a very bad break. Diaz, an environmental studies major from Florida, played soccer for HPU as a forward. Right before her senior season, she broke her leg in October 2010. She went to head the ball and an opposing player fell on her leg, forcing it in an opposite, unnatural direction. Diaz was supposed to be out for four to six months. During this time, she was working at Powerhouse Gym in Honolulu selling memberships and setting people up with physical trainers. Her trainer Alan Ichinose, a stalwart of body building in Hawaii and the

“[Breaking my leg] took a toll on my confidence and my body.” - Jackie Diaz Mainland, encouraged her to enter his body-building competition. But Diaz was depressed. “It took a toll on my confidence and my body,” she said. But the words of her former HPU soccer coach and mentor (Coach Bud) came to mind: “Dare to be fabulous.” Diaz did just that. While on stage, Diaz gave herself the winning edge by bringing all of herself to the competition. She styled her hair into a fohawk to match the women of the Amazon she admired. “I felt like ‘Gladiator,’” Diaz said. She said she was shaking before going on stage; and not because she was nervous, but because it was cold. To win the overall (all islands) bikini contest, Diaz had to alter her lifestyle, and with her job at Hokulani Bakery it was hard. “It was torture,” Diaz admitted. “[Bodybuilding] is really a mind sport.” For 13 to 14 weeks, Diaz cooked all her own meals, learned to manage her time, and train on her own — with friends and with Ichinose at Powerhouse Gym.

She did cardio six times a week and lifted three times a week. During her cardio training, Diaz and her friend Joe Broc, an HPU alum, would run the six-mile bike path at North Shore. Diaz learned how to properly diet, exercise, how to treat her body and how to make it her lifestyle. “It strengthened my body and character,” she said. Broc and Diaz met about four years ago at the HPU dorms, and since then Diaz has become a hanai sister to Broc. “Whenever we cruise, and we would go places to eat we tell each other, ‘No don’t eat that’ or ‘no don’t drink that,’” Broc explained. Broc (along with Diaz’s soccer teammates) was one of the few people who Diaz told about her competition, and they backed her 100 percent. She didn’t even tell her mother. There are so many misconceptions, and Diaz thought her mom wouldn’t understand. “It’s like an art; sculpting your body,” Diaz explained. Diaz has learned to stay true to herself, and it has made her a winner.

Courtesy of Jackie Diaz

HPU’s Jackie Diaz won the overall bikini contest in the Stingrey Classic on April 15 at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Broc and Diaz met about four years ago at the HPU dorms, and since then Diaz has become a hanai sister to Broc. Whenever they hang out, they keep each other in check by making sure they eat and drink healthy.


May 2, 2011

P24 Designer: Mark Carpenter & Jun Mooney

News from

“Coach V”

Darren Vorderbruegge HPU Athletics Director


The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping they can be the fifth team in NBA history to win three titles in a row. Web photo

Can the LA Lakers flip the switch one more time? On The Mark

with Mark Carpenter

MARK CARPENTER staff writer The National Basketball Association’s regular season is 82 games long. The Los Angeles Lakers only played hard in about 60 of those matchups. However, for the past two years, the NBA championship has been won by only one team – the Los Angeles Lakers. Go figure. Although the statistical paradoxes are mind-boggling, one thing is clear: Although it is successful, the Lakers’

strategy of staggering through the regular season and flipping an “on” switch come playoff time is both frustrating and dangerous. Aside from technical aspects, one of the reasons sports are so enjoyable to watch is they display the art of competition, with two teams giving 100 percent. But the Lakers, with losses to teams they should easily beat – such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the worst record in the league, or the Sacramento Kings, who might be moving out of town because of low revenue –have frustrated their fans by showing they could really care less about the regular season. “There’s some subliminal part of them that just is still giving in to, ‘We’re going to

have to save it for the best, which is later on, and go from there,’ ” Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said in a Los Angeles Times interview. “At their age, it’s understandable.” But at what point does saving the best for last fall through? When does the luck run out? With two championships out of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the Lake Show has been quite the spectacle, and no one is going to question whether or not they know how to get the job done. (They defeated the Hornets 4-2 in the first round series.) However, with only one player younger than 30 years old in its starting lineup (Andrew Bynum), Los Angeles getting long in the tooth,

which is why coasting until the playoffs is becoming especially dangerous. On top of that, inconsistency has been one of the hallmarks of the 2011 Lakers: After roaring to a league-best 17-1 record after the All-Star break, Kobe and Co. dropped five in a row and stumbled into the playoffs. “All that matters is ... who is the last man standing in June,” two-time Finals MVP Kobe Bryant told ESPN. “That’s how I measure success. I can’t speak for anybody else.” The Lakers’ regular-season spottiness has even had an effect on the downtown campus. Avid Lakers fan Jillian Parel is heavily concerned for the Purple and Gold’s chances of raising another banner in

Staples Center. “I can’t stand how they are so inconsistent because it makes me feel like they don’t care and sometimes I feel like I care more than they do,” said Parel, a senior multimedia major from the Big Island. “And it makes me think they won’t win another championship.” For the past few years, the tagline for the NBA playoffs has been “Where amazing happens.” Lately, however, the Lakers’ play has been nothing but mediocre. Whether you are a diehard lover of the Lakers or can’t stand the thought of yet another L.A. title, it will be interesting to see if they pull it off again or waited too long to flip the switch.

Can you believe

HPU is once again challenging to win the PacWest Conference Commissioners Cup. Looking to become the first school to win the coveted award in consecutive years. At the time of this writing, it has not been finalized, but by the time you read this the results will be available at Regardless, it has been another tremendous school year and sports year for HPU. In May, the year will culminate with Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams both traveling to the National Championships in Florida. The Softball Team has again earned a berth to play in the national tournament. Hats off to all Sea Warrior programs for an outstanding year. And thanks to all supporters who followed and cheered the teams to victory.

Kalamalama, Volume 35, Issue 6  

Kalamalama is the only full time student operation on the HPU campus.

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