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Japan tsunami debris floating toward Hawai‘i as predicted EMI A IKO Associate News Editor


Russian training ship STS Pallada picked up a Japanese fishing boat in waters between Japan and Midway Atoll on Sept. 22. Other items found include woden boards, plastic bottles and various home appliances.



Fishing boats, fridges and televisions are among garbage tele sailing across the Pacifi c from Jasail pan’s pan March 11 tsunami. Approximately 5 to 20 million tons ton of debris will be hitting Hawaiian shores in 2013, according wai to the researchers at the International Pacific Research Center nat at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Soon after the earthquake hit Japan, Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of IPRC began working on predicting the trajectory of the debris, since it can threaten small ships and coastlines. “Hawai‘i will be receiving a large amount of unusual types of debris. [It’s] unfortunate for [the] location, but we hope and plan to use the model for the cleanup operation,” said Hafner. Maximenko, an oceanographer and the principal researcher of the project at the IPRC, based his model on the movements of 18,000 buoys placed in the ocean over 30 years for the purpose of studying currents, and developed a computer model of how the tsunami debris is likely to move across the ocean. According to the computer prediction, the debris from the tsunami will reach Midway Atoll this winter, and will reach Hawai‘i in the winter or spring of 2013. Then, in the beginning of 2014, the debris will hit the coasts of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canada, and will come back to Hawai‘i in 2016. Warned by the IPRC scientists’ model, Russian ship the STS Pallada recently found an array of tsu-

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nami debris 2,000 miles long and 1,000 miles wide located between Japan and Midway Atoll, including a fishing boat from Fukushima. Many of the pieces could wash up in January, and it is unknown how much debris has already sunk and what portion is still floating. Maximenko and Hafner have been researching surface ocean currents since 2009. They applied their research using computer models to track down the path of the debris, but not until this direct observation from the Russian ship was it verified that the debris appears to be moving according to Maximenko and Hafner’s predictions. “It is good to know that we are on the right track ... but it was an eerie feeling,” said Hafner, when he first heard from the Russian ship’s crew members. “Any piece of information through direct observation will help us with the model.” Although the earthquake that devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is considered one of the worst nuclear accidents since Chernobyl, it is highly unlikely the tsunami-generated debris is contaminated with radioactive material, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris program. Japanese authorities are currently trying to trace the owners of the fi shing boat that was swept out from the Fukushima region. Meanwhile, scientists want boaters to send them details of the debris if they are in the area. “Our model might be helpful to do cleanup service, as well as to expect to know when tons of debris will come,” said Hafner.



NEW NAME, NEW SOUND Former ACM student seeks to revitalize band



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Experimental sounds UH Mānoa ACM graduate rebrands band to continue local fandom

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M ARIA K ANAI Associate Features Editor It’s a familiar tale of the music business: a band comes together, gets a taste of fame – but reality hits, followed by a fi nal sad breakup. While most stories end there, local rock band The Rorschach Experiment is adding its own twist by resurrecting itself as a new group called Bumbai Yuddai. Comprised of lead vocalist Jeremiah Tayao, a former Academy for Creative Major student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and guitarist Rodger Bucsit, the duo plans to collaborate with hip-hop producer Shane “TKO” Silva to create what they hope will be an improved rebirth of their original band. “We’re going to take the influences of our prior band and try to adapt it into something he [Shane] is providing,” Tayao said. “I’m trying to adapt what I learned in film school at UH to the concepts of music writing. So, this would be equivalent to the pre-production stage.” The Rorschach Experiment plans to hold its “last” concert on Dec. 17 at Hawaiian Brian’s Billiards. The band had a full four-year run, playing at numerous venues including Pipeline, Loft, 4Play Nightclub and more. The duo’s perseverance proved successful, as they gained local fame as a fi nalist at Battle of the Bands and radio play on Star 101.9. “ We’ve had a good relationship with 101.9,” Tayao said. “ We did a show for them be -

fore at the Irish Rose Saloon.” Tayao also judged a Battle of the Bands contest last year, which he felt was a full circle in his music career. The upcoming music phase of Bumbai Yuddai will be full of “pistol-packing pop” and a “mix between blues, funk, hip-hop, rock ... and a little bit of soul,” according to Tayao. However, when Tayao was studying at UH Mānoa, his creative outlet was always fi lm. “I didn’t even do music,” he said. “I didn’t take any classes, but then, making fi lm was too expensive ... and with music, there is instant gratifi cation. With fi lm, you don’t know if you blew it or made a masterpiece until you get to the editing process.” But once he discovered an interest in music, he began pursuing it as much as possible. “ Try to be a beast,” he advised all college students. “I was really hungry going i n t o college, so I wanted to get as much as I could.”

Although Tayao eventually branched off into music, his newfound hobby has infl uenced his fi lmmaking as well. “I think it’s affected the way I make fi lms,” he said. “I’m more in tune with the rhythm of sound and motion and putting those two things together.” Aside from Bumbai Yuddai, Tayao also owns Enlight Studios, a wedding videography company, with partner Mikey Inouye; as well as Variant Films, which is involved in various local events such as POW WOW Hawai‘i and Estria. “Over time, I’ve grown to appreciate the local scene,” Tayao said. “Because of the way popular media is, the big mainland bands would have the commercials on the radio, but I think those opportunities are being open to local bands a little bit more now.” Tayao has set no deadline for Bumbai Yuddai’s official de but because he wants to tweak and tone the sound of his new band to perfection. “It’s not typical of bands to do this,” Tayao said. “We want to make sure it’s good enough for us first before putting it out there.” For links to the band’s music, visit


Jeremiah Tayao is the lead singer for The Rorschach Experiment and upcoming project Bumbai Yuddai. | Alvin Park Editor |Maria Kanai Associate

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Features Exchanging cultures through Coffee Hour


Coordinator Darrell Kicker enjoys Coffee Hour with Japanese major Michael Lemmone and exchange student Hannah Kim (left to right). K EANE TANIMOTO Staff Writer

Every Friday, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students can meet international students and enjoy refreshments at International Coffee Hour in Sinclair Library. “Coffee Hour originally started out as an exchange program, but now anyone can join it,” said Darrell Kicker, Mānoa International Exchange coordinator. “I always invite exchange students to come because it is a great chance to meet other students.” At this event, international students (many from countries in Asia and Europe) can meet other students interested in exchange programs to get acquainted, share experience and knowledge, and talk about cultural differences.




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New members must sign in and create their own name tags with their names and home countries. After going to several meetings, students become regular members and have premade name tags. International Coffee Hour is sponsored by the Office of International and Exchange Pro grams and is organized by student volunteers. The program has been around for approximately five years. The event was originally held in a conference room on the third fl oor of Moore Hall. However, about four years ago, the program moved to the ‘Ewa lanai at Sinclair Library to be more convenient and easily accessible for students. International Coffee Hour is promoted by the Mānoa Interna-

tional Exchange Program, and signs can be seen around campus. In addition, a sign for the gathering can be found every Friday during Coffee Hour in front of the Sinclair Library entrance. James Matsui, a Japanese major, has been involved with International Coffee Hour since his second semester at UH Mānoa. He is also one of the main student volunteers that sets up and cleans up after the event. “The other student volunteers and I arrive at 2:30 p.m. to help make the coffee, set up the refreshments, and set up the name tags for people to enjoy while chatting at Coffee Hour,” Matsui said. Kelly Chin, a pre-business major, found out about International Coffee Hour through New Student Orientation during her freshman year, and has been consistently attending ever since. “Coffee Hour helps me relieve stress from school because it is on a Friday and I do not have to think about classes,” Chin said.

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Page 4 | Ka Leo | Monday, Oct. 31 2011 | Taylor Gardner Editor | Boaz Rosen Associate

Opinions Fair testing?


Tests. They’re yet another terrible aspect of our schooling, along with pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks. Just like everyone else, I have had my fair share of diffi cult tests, even though I am considered by most to be a good test taker. But I met my match the other week and bombed a midterm. Stricken by this setback, I went to the professor’s offi ce to discuss the grade. She explained that one of the reasons I had done poorly was that I had relied heavi-

ly on information on the topic that I had picked up in other classes, and the test had been designed to focus solely on material presented in our class. This, the professor explained, was to give everyone a fair chance. Realizing the F would stand, I retreated to Mānoa Garden to introspectively debate the merits of a test that discounted material students bring from individual experience. “It is only fair,” I said to my large draft of Newcastle, “that everyone be given the same opportunities to do well on the test.” “But this is no 100-level regur-

gitation exam,” my dark beverage replied. “This is a non-introductory course in which critical thinking should be encouraged.” I was taken aback at how well spoken my beer was. It had quite a nice vocabulary. But I was not about to be outdebated by some fermented hops. “The purpose of any class is to teach something new. Exams are a way of measuring what students have learned,” I continued. “Is that not the point of going to college? To learn new things?” “That may be the point of a course,” countered my brew. “But the point of the full college experience is to collect a database of knowledge that should be used to analyze various problems to create new solutions – solutions that sometimes teachers do not see.” Once again, the draft’s logic was astounding. It had left me

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quite speechless. I pondered away as I sipped. How else can professors make sure that students are reading what they are supposed to be reading? What are students supposed to do when they begin an essay and shoot off on a train of thought that may lead them to a

different conclusion than what the teacher has to say? “Well, I guess we are no better off now than before,” I mumbled aloud. “Still,” said my beer, somewhat more softly than before, “you should have known the year of the Chinese Exclusion Act.” | Taylor Gardner Editor | Boaz Rosen Associate

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Opinions Corporate takeover of Breast Cancer Awareness Month hurting the cause YUK A J. POLOVINA Staff Writer

October marks my late mother’s birthday. She would have been 66. I was a sophomore in college when her seven-year battle with breast cancer took a turn for the worse. It was early December 2000, right before my ďŹ nal exams, when she checked into a hospital and spent the next month letting go of her life. My mother was an advocate for breast cancer awareness. She gave talks, spoke to the media, and wrote newspaper and magazine articles about the topic. She raised awareness from the roots of her community and experience. Her cause was honest and heartfelt. She was the one who introduced me to the pink ribbon campaign. Now, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month arrives, I struggle to feel connected to what the pink ribbon represents. That symbol no longer feels meaningful, and I blame the corporatization of it. Remember a few years ago when NFL players like Tom Brady started wearing pink gear to raise awareness, or when pink ribbons started showing up on Pepsi cans and fashion apparel? At ďŹ rst, it seemed benign; maybe it was even a good strategy to raise money. But as corporate strategies – such as using celebrities and product placement – grew more pervasive each year, the campaign started to feel, well, corporate. What did this have to do with ďŹ ghting breast cancer? I remember regularly cleaning out my mom’s bowls of vomit, helping her get dressed, vacuuming her rapidly falling hair and watching her muscles waste. Yet she never lost her sense of humor. She always had the determination to ďŹ ght and, of course, remembered to ask me about school. That same resilience, bravery, humility and hope embodies the ďŹ ght against breast cancer – what powerful symbolism for companies to use so they can fulďŹ ll their philanthropic quotas while boosting their images and sales. Who can say no to the ďŹ ght against breast cancer, after all? The multibillion-dollar industry of philanthropy is not inherently a bad thing. But the messages and packaging used to solicit money can be. Corporate fundraising is misleading when it asks us to help it ďŹ nd a cure for breast cancer. We simply cannot afford it. The human cost alone – one in eight women and their families – is too overwhelming for our society. I am not advocating withdrawing our support for the cause. Rather, awareness of a different kind is necessary. I am talking about prevention. Breast cancer is complicated. Factors such as

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age, race, income, genes, diet and lifestyle impact breast cancer risk. Overcoming cancer is as complex as the factors that cause it. Risk can be signiďŹ cantly reduced by living healthy lifestyles. But this is difďŹ cult. Our society praises those who work hard and for long hours, leaving little time and energy for leisure and physical activity. We tend to over-consume heavily processed foods that are readily available. Ironically, many of these are the same products that support breast cancer awareness. As a society, we often wait until situations deteriorate before we react, especially with diseases and medical conditions. We wait until prevalence rates are at epidemic proportions before we set off the sirens. And by that point we are disproportionately interested in a quick ďŹ x, or the cure. Meanwhile, the source of the problem is inadequately addressed. Advocating for prevention is not as heroic and dramatic as ďŹ nding a cure. Marketing for a cure is much more appealing. A woman faces death; let’s save her. Our society is partial to putting out ďŹ res rather than preventing them. The corporatization of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has exploited this tendency. President Barack Obama once said in a campaign speech, “We all know the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But today we are nowhere close to that ounce. We spend less than 4 cents of every health care dollar on prevention and public health, even though 80 percent of the risk factors involved in the leading causes of death are behavior-related and thus preventable.â€? I still believe that breast cancer foundations are necessary. We need their support, advocacy and research. But I do not care for their corporate-like approach to ďŹ nding a cure. Preventing cancer deserves equal support, advocacy and research, if not more. No cure was available for my mother, and as I write this, millions are ďŹ ghting the ďŹ ght with no guaranteed successful treatment. There is deďŹ nitely a strong and urgent need for a cure, but what are we going to do to signiďŹ cantly reduce this need?





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#47 Kenton Chun Placekickers Tyler Hadden and Kenton Chun were named Ka Leo’s players of the week for their performances against Idaho on Saturday. Hawai‘i defeated the Vandals 16 -14 while scoring one touchdown and three fi eld goals. Hadden nailed a career-long 47-yard field goal to put the Warriors up 13-7 heading into halftime, while Chun belted two field goals – including a game-winning 35 -yard field goal with 32 seconds

#27 Tyler Hadden on the clock. This came two weeks after a debacle at San Jose State in which the Spartans managed to block an extra point and a field goal in the fourth quarter that led to a 28-27 loss. Hawai‘i will host the Utah State Aggies this Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Check out Ka Leo’s Gridiron issue on Friday, which will preview Saturday’s game.

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