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A student publication of the University of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i Community College



Fall 2013 | Issue 2

‘Breaking the culture of silence’ Misuse of data KCC PVAW survey shows the academic effects of domestic abuse At Kauai Community College

39% of female and 34% of male

students face academic challenges due to

DOMESTIC ABUSE 23% of females surveyed

had been SEXUALLY


According to a study by the Kauai Community College Proventing Violence Against Women Task Force

safety resources on campus when needed.” "People [need to know] that this In a two-year study recently is wrong ... and that there's someconducted by Kaua’i Community body to talk to somewhere," said College’s Preventing Violence Mooy. "Because that's a lot of it: Against Women Task Force, 484 who do you talk to? You have to students spoke about the impact feel safe to talk to somebody ... It's domestic violence has both on and really about breaking the culture off campus. The survey shows that of silence ... Sexual, or just abuse the abuse students face at home — in general, is prevalent in about 85 the same amount of abuse reported percent of our population ... It is in national analyses — also affects prevalent, and yet nobody wants their performance in school. to talk about it because everybody The survey took place from fall feels like they are unique." 2011 to spring 2013, containing Mooy states that the final report 22 questions about students’ perwill be shared with both the sonal experiences with abuse and University of Hawaii at Manoa task awareness of on-campus resources. force on domestic violence and the According to the survey, 16 percent County of Kauai (which has not of female and 9 percent of male stu- yet conducted such a study) as a dents are currently in a traumatic "glimpse of a cross-section of Kauai relationship. However, the effects of residents." this abuse are not restricted to the To help raise awareness of home, as 39 percent of female and domestic abuse, Kaua’i Community 34 percent of male students report- College will be hosting its annual ed suffering academically at some “clothesline” event — in which point due to emotionally or physistudents can decorate a T-shirt and cally threatening relationships. have it displayed on a clothesline "[Twenty three] percent of our in front of the Learning Resource female population has been raped Center — as well as an open mic or [sexually] abused," stated Cherie event and a documentary showing. Mooy of the PVAW Task Force. Second-year nursing students will "That's pretty pathetic for an 'Aloha be hosting the clothesline, which State'." These results mirrored the will run from October 21st to 24th, national average, Mooy explained, and the open mic event will be "We're just like Mississippi or New hosted by Sharon Milan's speech York." class on Wednesday, October 23. The survey contained questions The open mic is open to all stuabout personal experience with and dents. awareness of not only sexual, but With three nursing degrees, more other types of abuse, such as emothan 25 years of clinical experience, tional, financial, or physical abuse. and nine years in nursing instrucAvailability of on-campus safety tion, Mooy says, "[Domestic vioresources was also mentioned lence] is a big deal for me because I in the survey, with 66 percent of see it a lot. I've seen it in healthcare female and 65 percent of male stuand I see it in my students, and so dents responding that they “feel I just want to be an advocate for there are adequate and available people to have a better life."

Shaina Nacion / Ka Leo O KCC

When asked about her own beliefs on the subject, Mooy stated, "I personally feel that empowering young girls to feel that they are valuable and can make decisions that are valued about themselves is really a major factor in clear communication and awareness ... In our culture it's all about flash and glitter, otherwise you don't even see it. So how can the message be packaged? 'Value each and every person [because] we need us all.' ... That's my idealistic side. But let's just call it justice and equality. I'm really into that."



Missed classes due to emotionally or physically threatening relationships



Poor test scores due to emotionally or physically threatening relationships



Trouble concentrating in class due to emotionally or physically threatening relationships



Difficulty studying due to emotionally or physically threatening relationships



Missed assignments due to

emotionally or physically threatening relationships



in ranking KCC No. 16 sparks debate among faculty Bransen Agu / Ka Leo O KCC

The Washington Monthly’s recent ranking of community colleges has sparked controversy among Kaua’i Community College faculty over the use of the Center for Community College Student Engagement’s data in the ranking. The Washington Monthly ranked “America’s best colleges” based on two sources of data: data compiled by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and the United States Department of Education. The CCCSE has criticized the Washington Monthly’s ranking of community colleges, a list that includes KCC at No. 16 in the nation. The CCCSE is a research and service project of The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education. The Center was founded in 2001 under the name Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). In response to the rankings, CCCSE Director Kay McClenney released a statement on the Center’s website criticizing the reported misuse of CCCSE data. In the statement, McClenney states two policies of the CCCSE: “commitment to public reporting of survey results and opposition to the use of those results in ranking colleges” (A complete list of the Center’s policies can be found online: http://www. McClenny also states the Washington Monthly created the rankings “in large part through the misuse of data drawn from the CCSSE and then manipulated in ways not transparent to the reader”. McClenny stated that this response was also sent to all U.S. community college presidents to inform them of the Center’s position on the rankings. According to McClenney, by using the data, the Washington Monthly agreed to these policies, but then directly violated them in their article. “The rankings are not statistically transparent or sound, and they misuse the data from our student survey,” McClenney said. “These kinds of stories potentially distract colleges from the important but difficult work of making the changes requisite to improvements in students’ educational experiences.” The Washington Monthly did not reply to Ka Leo O KCC’s request for comment by the date of publication. The ranking has also sparked controversy between members of the KCC faculty and staff, who question the college’s approval of the ranking. Wai‘ale‘ale Project Coordinator Kimo Perry published KCC faculty discussions on the issue, saying, “I think the entire discussion has been valuable and should be shared with our students and the community as a whole so they can draw their own conclusions.” Perry argues that the ranking should not be supported by the college as a means of “tooting our own horn” if the data it is based on has been misinterpreted. Other staff members, however, argue that the ranking can still be celebrated by KCC, as it is based on valuable CCSSE data from student surveys. The full discussion can be found at site/kccno16/home.


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Fall 2013 | Issue 2


UH Foundation raises $66.3M Students across the UH System voice their opinions

Alden Alayvilla / Ka Leo O KCC

Originally published in Ka Leo O Hawai‘i

MANOA — During the 2013 fiscal year, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation raised $66.3 million in donations — a decrease from last year’s margin of $66.8 million — to benefit students, faculty, buildings, research and other programs throughout the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System. According to a financial chart on the UH Foundation website, the top three areas donors supported were student aid, special programs, and faculty and academic support. Student aid received the most donations at $16.8 million; special programs received $11.3 million; and faculty and academic support received $10.7 million. The top two donating parties were alumni who

donated $14.8 million and other individuals who donated $29.6 million. Margot Schrire, Director of Communications for the UH Foundation, said “donors decide where and how their gifts are going to be used.” “In fact, 99 percent of gifts are donor designated,” Schrire said in an email. “Donors decide if they would like to support cancer research, libraries, theatre programs, graduate fellowships, scholarships at the community colleges, facilities and so much more.” Students across the UH System — Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i — chimed in their opinions on the UH Foundation. “When I look at the split up in donations, financial aid and scholarships are the main reasons why I can go to college,” said Daniel Sieradzki, a Business Administration major from Kaua‘i, who

attends the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu through distance learning. “For me it’s good that $17 million is going to help students attend college. Personally, I made it to college through financial aid. I appreciate any aid the community gives.” Aaron Falaniko, a freshman and business major at UH Manoa, had similar viewpoints as Sieradzki. Falaniko believes the majority of the donations are directed to the right place: Student aid. “I think it’s a good thing [the donations] goes right to scholarships where people need it the most,” Falaniko said during brunch at Hale Cafe Aloha. After viewing the donation chart on the UH Foundation website, Gordean Kakalia, a sophomore attending UH Maui College, would like to see how donations are distributed.

“For the layperson like me, the graph too broad,” Kakalia said in a phone interview. “Once you start opening up the books, people will get interested in reading what this graph means — they need a bigger breakdown of what the graph means.” Kakalia, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sustainable science management, suggested that benefactors should donate to Hawaiian cultural programs and the creation of jobs. “Why not promote the culture? Because we are a host country, especially for the community colleges, [benefactors] should donate to specific areas like the Hawaiian Studies department. ... I would also like to see funding to create jobs. Can you allocate some of these monies to create jobs? Why not [have] community college make available to graduating students compa-

nies that could provide jobs?” Kakalia said. According to a UH Foundation report, in 2012 Monsanto donated $500,000 to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, creating the Monsanto Research Fellows Fund (MRFF). Monsanto is an agriculture company that produces genetically engineered seeds and the herbicide glyphosate. Noel Dickinson, a tropical plant science and agroecology specialty major in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) in UH Hilo, voiced her concern regarding the MRFF. “I oppose Monsanto's business and agricultural practices; I am not opposed to sincere philanthropy. I, personally, will not be applying to any of the scholarships offered by Monsanto (directly offered or through UH

Foundation),” Dickinson said in an email. Dickinson came to the conclusion that Monsanto keeps communities hostage using significant financial assets and the ability to employ large numbers of people. “These may seem like positives at first glance, but let's take our community on the West Side of Kaua'i for an example. Jobs are scarce, except for those offered by a myriad of [genetically modified organism] corporations; lack of job diversity makes a community dangerously dependent on one source of employment,” Dickinson said. Monsanto did not return messages seeking comment. For more information on the UH Foundation, visit www.

‘The tuition is too damn high’ Ka Leo O KCC Kaua‘i Community College Board of Publications 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy. Lihu‘e, HI 96766 Editor: Shaina Nacion

Photojournalist: Nikki Acoba Page Designer: Norman Acupan Reporter: Bransen Agu Reporter: Bryan Gerald Reporter: Chaslene Halog Student/Faculty Contributors: Carlthron Antoine Makoto Lane Puali‘ili‘imaikalani Rossi

Manoa Reporter: Alden Alayvilla The Board of Publications, a student organization chartered by Kaua‘i Community College, publishes Ka Leo O KCC. Email:

Proposed bill to combat doubling of UH tuition costs Alden Alayvilla / Ka Leo O KCC MANOA — Vice Speaker John Mizuno plans to propose a bill to the Hawai‘i legislature to freeze the University of Hawai‘i system tuition for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 school year. According to The Wall Street Journal, public universities over the last five years have increased tuition by 8.5 percent on average. In contrast, tuition at the University of Hawai‘i increased by 46.6 percent. If the proposed bill is not passed, UH tuition will increase another 35 percent over the next five years. “The bill is a response to the rapidly growing tuition rate at the UH system. This would freeze the tuition in the upcoming school year,” said UH Manoa senior Ian Ross, who worked with Mizuno to plan and discuss the subtleties of the bill. Ross said during the next three years, tuition will rise 7.5 percent each year. “That comes out to doubling the tuition in less than 10 years,” Ross said. Ross stated that the bill will only freeze tuition for a year to create “breathing space” to say “that this is unfair, what’s been happening, and start talking about solutions.” Ross hopes the tuition freeze will open the door to a University of Hawai’i audit. “This freeze would wire a thorough look at the University of Hawai‘i budget,” Ross said.

Contributed Photo (Left to right) UH Manoa senior Ian Ross, ASUH Sen. Sean Mistui, and state Rep. John Mizuno are working to pass a bill against tuition hikes at UH.

A short list of UH spending costs Ross said wasteful spending will ulticompiled from Civil Beat, Hawai‘i News mately have to be cut. “Those obstacles Now, KHON2 News, and data: are going to be said,” Ross stated. “I’m ready to stand against them, I’m ready • $200,000: “Wonder Blunder” to speak out against them, and I know • $50,000: Athletic Department our students are too.” accountability for “Wonder Ross said he cares about this issue Blunder” because the tuition hikes affect the stu• $260,000: Study of the “Wonder dents, his friends. “These are my fellow Blunder” situation students; these are my friends,” Ross • $1,136,358: PR staff salaries said. “I see them having to take jobs, • $22 million: Student employees attend school part-time, or drop out of costs for 2012 school altogether.” • $40 million: Athletic Department Ross, along with ASUH Sen. Sean spending for 2012 Mitsui, led a student rally at the UH • $32.2 million: Executive Manoa Campus Center on Aug. 26 to Managerial salaries for UH inform students about the rising tuition System as of May 2012 rates. Around 50 students shouted, “The tuition is too damn high.”


Fall 2013 | Issue 2

Ke Kukui o KCC

Me Hōkūle‘a Your right to protest response to the United States Supreme Court Ka Welina O Ke Aloha InDecision Rice v. Cayetano

‘O kou kuleana no ka ho‘okū‘ē ‘ana

He pane i ka ‘ōlelo ho‘oholo e pili ana iā Rice v. Cayetano mai ka ‘Aha Ho‘okolokolo Ki‘eki‘e o ‘Amelika Huipū

WELCOME to Ke Kukui o KCC! This column of the paper will focus on news and events involving or concerning Native Hawaiians, Nā Haumāna o KCC ma Hōkūleʻa. Kauaʻi’s host culture, some of which will be in the Hawaiian language. Everything will also be posted on the web version of the newspaper, but exclusive to the web will be the English translation of the Hawaiian text. So if you are not fluent in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, and youʼre curious about what is being said, we encourage you to go to the website of Ka Leo O KCC and check out the English translations of Hawaiian language articles: or https:// Kaleookcc AND we encourage you to LEARN HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE! (After all, this IS HAWAI‘I, people. Right?) This section of the newspaper is sponsored by the Hawaiian Studies Department, and the articles are submitted, for the most part, by students taking classes in that department. We would like to invite ANY students on this campus to submit articles, stories, poems, or news that involves Native Hawaiian issues, history or culture, especially if it is written in the Hawaiian language. Please make your submission to Kumu Pua, for editing, and then she will submit it to the newspaperʻs editor for publishing. Mahalo!

• •

Alana Kanahele a me Maki Iwakawa ma Hōkūleʻa.

Ke Kukui o KCC Ma ka lā ʻewalu o Kepakemapa, ua kipa mai ka waʻa kaulua ʻo Hōkūleʻa i Nāwiliwili ma mua o kona holo ʻana aku i Oʻahu. E haʻalele ana ʻo Hōkūleʻa iā Hawaiʻi no kona holo ʻana aku a puni ka honua, no laila ʻo kēia ko Hōkūleʻa kipa hope ʻana i Kauaʻi no ʻelima a ʻoi paha makahiki. Ua noi ʻia nā haumāna o Nā Liko Aloha o Ka Hui Hula, ʻo ia hoʻi ʻo ko KCC Hula Club, e oli a hula no ka waʻa a me kona

poʻe hoʻokele waʻa. He hoʻohanohano nui kēia, a ua hauʻoli nō nā haumāna e hana i kēia no Hōkūleʻa. Ma hope o ke oli a hula ʻana, ua kono ʻia nā haumāna e eʻe i ka waʻa ʻo Hōkūleʻa. He makana maoli nō. Mahalo nui e Kumu Dennis, ʻAnakala John Kruse, a me nā kānaka a pau i hoʻokipa mai iā mākou! A mahalo pū e Hōkūleʻa no kou makana, ʻo ia ka hoʻā ʻana i ke ahi i loko o kākou no ka ʻike hoʻokele waʻa.

Hulō! Hulō!

Submit to Kumu Pua at: (Of course, it goes without saying, you can submit articles directly to the newspaper’s contacts for all the non-Hawaiian topics you would like to write about!)

Sharnelle a me Marleah Renti Cruz.

Ke Kukui o KCC I kēlā makahiki aku nei, ua loaʻa he kekele hou ma nā kulanui kaiaulu a pau ma Hawaiʻi nei, ʻo ia ka AA i ka Haʻawina Hawaiʻi. He mea kamahaʻo kēia no kākou a pau a me nā hanauna e hiki mai ana. I ka lā puka kula i kēia makahiki i hāʻawi mua ʻia ai ʻelua kekele i ka Haʻawina Hawaiʻi. Na Marleah a me Sharnelle Renti Cruz i hoʻokō i nā mea kūpono no ka puka kula ʻana a

loaʻa nō hoʻi ka AA hou. No Kekahi mai lāua a ʻoiai nui ko lāua aloha no ke one hānau ʻo Kauaʻi, ma hope o kēia kau lāua e haʻalele aku ai i Hilo no ka hoʻomau ʻana i ke kula. ʻO ka hana a lāua i laila, e komo ana paha i ke Koleke Haʻawina Hawaiʻi ʻo Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani. E haʻo ʻia ana lāua akā hauʻoli mākou i ko lāua hoʻomau ʻana i ka ʻike Hawaiʻi. E kū i ka haʻaheo!

Translated by Dr. Abraham Piianaia for the ACLU of Hawai‘i. Article printed with permission by the ACLU of Hawai‘i.

Ua ‘ike nō ka American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) o Hawai’i nei, ua makemake paha kekahi mau kanaka e kōkua i nā hana e pili ana i ka ‘ōlelo ho’oholo e pili ana iā Rice v. Cayetano mai ka ‘Aha Ho’okolokolo Ki’eki’e o ‘Amelika Huipū. Ua hā’awi ‘ia kēia palapala e ka ACLU iā ‘oukou i hiki iā ‘oukou ke ‘ike i kou kuleana no ka ho’okū’ē ‘ana. Pale ka Ho’ololi ‘ōlelo pāku’i mua o ka Palapala kuleana, he mahele o ke Kumukānāwai o ‘Amelika Huipū, i ko kākou kuleana no ka ‘ōlelo kū’ē a me ko kākou kuleana no ka ho’ākoakoa maluhia o nā lehulehu e nīnau aku i ke aupuni e ho’ohana e pili i ko kākou mau ‘i’ini pono. Ua ha’i nā ‘aha ho’okolokolo, hiki nō i ke aupuni ke ho’okō i kekahi mau kānāwai e ‘ike pono i kēia mau hana inā nele ka lehulehu i ka palekana ‘ole. ‘A’ole i pane kēia palapala i nā nīnau a pau e pili i nā kuleana ‘ōlelo a me nā kuleana kū’ē, akā he alaka’i wale nō. Kāhea ke ke’ena aupuni pono no nā kānāwai no kēia mau mea. Inā ua ‘a’e kou mau kuleana pono, kāhea i ka ACLU ma (808) 522-5900. 1. He aha nā kuleana ‘ōlelo i pale ‘ia e ka Ho’ololi ‘ōlelo pāku’i mua? ‘O ka ‘ōlelo ākea, ka hā’awi aku i nā palapala, ka ‘ākoakoa lehulehu, ka hapai o nā ki’i ho’olaha, a me ka hō’ike ākea o nā ‘i’ini pono o nā lehulehu.

pūkaua. Hiki paha i kekahi mau wahi ke ‘ae i ka hā’awi aku a hā’awi mai i nā palapala, akā, hō’ole i nā hana ‘ē a’e, e like me ka naue lehulehu, a me ka hapai ‘ana i nā ki’i ho’olaha. 4. Pehea i nā kula, nā kula nui, a me nā lumi ho’okipa o nā hale lehulehu? ‘A’ole i wehe nā lumi ho’okipa no kēia ‘ano hana kū’ē i nā manawa a pau. Akā, inā wehe kēia ‘ano wahi no ka hana kālai’āina, hō’ike no’eau, a pēlā aku, pono nō kēia mau wahi e ho’ohana i ka hana ‘ē a’e e like me ka hana ‘ōlelo ākea. Hiki i ke aupuni ke hō’ole i ka hana kū’ē i hana ‘ia e nā haumāna ‘ole ma nā ala hele wāwae, nā alanui, a me nā wahi like ‘ole kokoke i nā kula ha’aha’a a me nā kula ki’eki’e i ka manawa o ka a’o ‘ana aku i nā ha’awina i nā haumāna, a ke’ake’a i ia hana kū’ē i ka hana kula (Nunui ke kulikuli, nunui nā po’e). ‘O ka hapanui o ka manawa, hiki ke hana kū’ē ma nā wahi lehulehu o nā kula nui, no ka mea ua pale kēia hana mai ka Ho’ololi ‘ōlelo pāku’i mua. 5. Pehea i nā ‘āina waiwai pono’ī? Inā ho’ohana i kekahi mau po’e i ka hana ‘ōlelo ākea ma kekahi mahele ‘āina waiwai pono’ī me ka ‘ae ‘ole o ka haku o kēlā ‘āina, hiki ke hopu ‘ia i ia mau po’e. Kama’ilio me nā luna o nā hale kū’ai ma mua o kou hana ‘ōlelo ākea ma kēlā ‘ano wahi. 6. Pono kākou e ki’i i kekahi palapala ‘ae? I kekahi mau wahi, pono e ki’i i kekahi palapala ‘ae ma mua o ka ‘ākoakoa o nā lehulehu i pākela ma luna o kekahi helu kanaka. Ua ho’okō nā ‘aha ho’okolokolo, ua pono e loa’a ka palapala ‘ae i hiki ke pale i ke olakino a me ka maluhia o nā lehulehu. Akā, pono e ‘ike pono nā mea a pau e pili i ia hana ma ka palapala ‘ae. Kama’ilio me nā ‘elele o kou aupuni loko inā pono ‘oe e ki’i i kekahi palapala ‘ae. Inā ‘a’ole hiki iā ‘oe ke loa’a kekahi palapala ‘ae, kāhea i ka ACLU ma (808) 522-5900.

2. Aia i hea kākou i hiki ai ke hā’awi aku i nā palapala a i ‘ole ‘akoakoa, naue i nā lehulehu? Ma ke ala hele wāwae lehulehu, nā pāka, a me nā wahi lehulehu like ‘ole. Hiki nō ke ha’i ‘ōlelo a pēlā aku ma kēia ‘ano wahi inā ‘a’ole kēia mau hana i hō’alo i nā kuleana a me nā hana o nā kanaka ‘ē a’e. (E like me kēia, ‘a’ole hiki ke pale i nā ala hele wāwae lehulehu i hiki ‘ole i nā kanaka a pau ke hele ma kēlā ala hele wāwae lehulehu.) Hiki i ke aupuni ke ho’oponopono i kēia 7. Pehea i ka naue? ‘ano hana, akā, ‘a’ole hiki i ke aupuni I ka hapanui o ka manawa, hiki ke ke pale i nā leo o nā kanaka. naue ma ke ala hele wāwae lehulehu, alanui, a pēlā aku. Hiki i ke aupuni ke 3. He aha ia mea he ‘aha lehulehu? ho’oponopono i ka manawa, ka wahi, a • ‘O ia nō kekahi wahi i wehe ‘ia me ke ‘ano o ia hana i hō’alo i ka pa’a no ka lehulehu a i ho’ohana ‘ia no o nā ka’a ma ke alanui, ka hana ‘ino, a ke kūkā kama’ilio o nā mana’o e pēlā aku. E ‘imi, inā pono ‘oe e ki’i i pili i ke kālai’āina a me nā mea kekahi palapala ‘ae. pili kanaka. (‘O nā alanui, nā ala hele wāwae, nā pāka, nā wahi 8. He aha ka’u hana inā kū kekahi lehulehu, nā wahi i waho o nā māka’i i ko’u alo? kahua lehulehu, nā kahua pā’ani, ‘O ka mea mua, mai ho’opāpā. Hana nā ‘aha, a me nā hale ‘aha kau maika’i a ‘olu’olu. E nīnau aku inā hiki kānāwai.) ke kūkā kama’ilio me ka luna māka’i • ‘O nā wahi i pale ‘ole ka hana i a ha’i iā ia, ‘a’ole ‘oukou hana ‘ino i ka hana ma’amau o kēlā wahi. nā kuleana o nā kanaka ‘ē a’e, a pale • ‘O nā wahi i pili i ka hana i kū’ē ‘ia kā ‘oukou hana e ka Ho’ololi ‘ōlelo ‘ia e ka lehulehu. ‘O ia nō ka pāku’i mua. Inā ‘a’ole ‘oe lohe i ka wahi kumu o ka ‘ākoakoa kū’ē. māka’i, hiki i ka māka’i ke hopu iā ‘oe. ( E like me kēia, naue nā kanaka ‘A’ole ‘oe i ‘āhewa ‘ia, inā koho ka ‘aha hana ‘ole i ke ke’ena hana i ho’okolokolo, ua ‘a’e kou kuleana i pale kīpaku i ia mau kanaka.) ‘ia e ka Ho’ololi ‘ōlelo pāku’i mua. Inā ua hopu ‘ia ‘oe e like me ka ‘ōlelo ma Eia: Ua ho’okō nā ‘aha ho’okolokolo, luna, kāhea aku i ka ACLU ma (808) ‘a’ole hiki ke ‘ākoakoa a ‘ōlelo lehulehu 522-5900. i kekahi ‘ano wahi, e like me ka hale


Fall 2013 | Issue 2


Special studies student shares her summer abroad story

KCC’s Japanese 299V class throwing shakas and posing with Chiba Keizai College students on their campus in Inage-ku, Chiba, Japan during summer recess.

Chaslene Halog / Ka Leo O KCC

This summer, I got the opportunity to spend two weeks in Japan along with five other Kaua‘i Community College students as part of the Japanese 299V class. In those two weeks, we experienced a culture vastly different from our own, met some pretty amazing people, and used the Japanese language skills we had worked so hard on for two semesters. Our first week in Japan, we stayed in Chiba and visited KCC’s sis-

ter school Chiba Keizai College. We taught classes about the culture in Hawai‘i, and taught two very large dance classes. Though their English was as limited as our Japanese, we still somehow managed to become very popular while at Chiba Keizai College. We moved to the busy metropolis of Tokyo on the second week. Our hotel was located in Ueno-Okachimachi, which is right next to the famous Ameyoko. This is the first place we had been to in Japan that was so diverse. There were shops owned by Koreans, Middle

Eastern food stands, and random men on stools yelling at you to buy their merchandise. Walking through the marketplace was always a test of patience. I got terribly homesick the last two days in Japan (and I actually did get sick from the air pollution). But after two days at home, I wanted to go back to Japan. My first stay in Japan is one I’ll never forget. For those interested in being a part of this special studies class in Japan, be aware that passing Japanese classes is required. As first-year

Contributed Photos

students, five of us had to pass Japanese 101 and 102. However, KCC’s international program is not limited to visiting other schools. Each year, we have Japanese students visiting us from various schools. We have had students from Okinawa and Oshima, and teachers from the five national colleges of maritime technology will be coming for a learning program. Though KCC is just a little community college on the tiny little island of Kaua‘i, our international program has so much to offer.

Howzit KCC! Carlthron Antoine / Contributing Photojournalist

What do you think of Bill 2491?

“I have no idea.”

“Don’t really know what it's favoring. Represents that people are doing something in the the communuty.”

“If it’s against GMO, then cool; but if it’s for, rip it in half.”

Steve Bartel

Jorden Stennett

Kaelin Burton

(Hospitality and Tourism Major)

(Liberal Arts Major)

“Community should know what pesticides are being sprayed. But make sure they actually know if it’s actually harmful or not.”

Joseph Bacio

(Early Childhood Education Major)


Fall 2013 | Issue 2


Oh my gourd! KCC Farm Manager Jin-Wah Lau talks about agricultural opportunities on campus Bryan Gerald / Ka Leo O KCC

wanted to go. Lau graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and soon found Walk the grounds of her way into an internthe farm and savor its ship surrounding agrigardens, culture. Lau joined KCC fields of unspoken as a student to support potency and solitude. the school and complete the Plant Science There is a constant in Technology program, this place of an ever which would later tranchanging landscape sition into her current and an ever unceasing position as farm mancall to her stewards. ager. This place has secrets to One of her goals is to to it that students unveil to each who tend see are given the exposure her of hands-on education. Lau remains a student and love what’s hers at KCC with further ambitions to obtain a master’s degree in bioOf the original sixty science technology. acres that encompass “It’s been a lot of hard Kaua’i Community work over time but it’s College, almost one third definitely paid off,’’ Lau is dedicated to farmland, said. ‘’When you look serving to remind all at a landscape you have who attend the college to remember that everyof the importance of thing grows fast and it the island’s agricultural continues growing just heritage. like the Guinea grass.” Caring for this farm is The garden portion of a big task, but not too the farm stages perfect big if you have a strong little retreats to study vision and direction for and collect oneself from its future. the routine environ “There is no greater ment. Campus clubs source of learning than can take advantage of a hands-on educational this resource to use for model,” says the new events and recreation by manager of the KCC appointment. farm, Jin-Wah Lau. She Take the time to tour brings a fresh pair of hands and a new vibrant the KCC farm and look into its blossoming rows vision for the 19-acre of student opportunity. farm. The farm is facilitating Students who want to get on board here have multiple departments a wealth of options to to provide learning platforms with a hands- choose from: botany and biology field trips, on education emphainternships, indepensis. According to Lau, “Students interested can dent practical study sink their teeth into any- programs, a future breadfruit experimental where from agriculture growth study, aquaponto bio-science and even ics, beekeeping at the trade technology.” apiary, and students can Lau became the KCC network with those with farm manager last related farm and sustainFebruary. She was ability efforts. involved for eight years Students or faculty in land stewardship and who wish to visit the conservation managefarm or know more ment. That entailed protection of native spe- about the opportunities offered can make cies and invasive species control. From there an appointment with Jin-Wah Lau by email: she transitioned into landscaping in home set- tings. ‘’Rather than going into the mountain everyday it was nice to be close at home and take care of people around their homes,’’ says Lau. That’s when she decided where she really

Makoto Lane / Contributing Photojournalist KCC Farm Manager and Intern Mentor Jin-Wah Lau harvests a loofah gourd at the end of its season on Sept. 24.

Makoto Lane / Contributing Photojournalist Student Intern Angelica Camarillo (19) tends the garden of Native Hawaiian kalo (taro) as fellow Student Intern Diedrick Griep Jr. (18) displays a jackfruit at KCC Farm Sept. 12.


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ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS Anime legend ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is ‘sheer epicness’ Hayao Miyazaki to retire Chaslene Halog / Ka Leo O KCC Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of many of my favorite movies, is retiring this year. His new movie, "The Wind Rises," which has yet to be released in North America, will be his last. Though he has said he would retire a few times in the past, he says this time he’s retiring for real. Miyazaki is known as one of Japan's greatest animation directors. In honor of the legacy that Miyazaki created, here are my top five favorite Miyazaki movies:

Delivery 1) Kiki’s Service Kiki, a 13-year-old witch, must overcome her insecurities both as an unskilled witch and as an adolescent being pursued by a boy for the first time.

Moving 2) Howl’s Castle A young hatmaker, Sophia, is transformed into an old woman by a curse. She seeks the wizard Howl to break it, but finds that he is bound by his own magical contract.

Neighbor 3) My Totoro Bransen Agu / Ka Leo O KCC I have two words to describe this pilot: sheer epicness. The first episode of the new Fox-TV series “Sleepy Hollow” was an amazing thrill ride that accomplishes the three things a pilot should do: attract an audience, keep them interested, and end with them wanting more. From the opening scene, you’re wondering what is going on. It’s the American Revolution — bullets flying, an enormous mass of a man, still with a head, riding a horse and beheading people with a broad axe, all the while shrugging off gunshots. Don’t you think that’s epic? Even though the opening scene takes place during the American Revolution, the show itself takes place in present day Sleepy Hollow, where a mystery murderer — a headless man wielding a broadaxe — has committed gruesome attacks, beheading people, with the unusual timing of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) arriving in the 21st Century. You can clearly tell that this series has a higher-than-average production value. The camera work has been done so well that viewers are excited and drawn into the episode. What also keeps me interested is the sense of mystery and awe: what and why this is happening. The suspense and thrills have been highlights of the pilot.

The two charismatic leads of the show have put on great performances. The chemistry between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) was superb and I can really see these two carrying the show. There are some horror elements to this series. After all, the act of beheading people is pretty gruesome. Though it sounds gorey, there isn’t that much blood, believe it or not, due to a small plot point that was used to great effect. So overall, go watch this series. It’s pretty epic. I haven’t been this excited for a television series since “The Walking Dead.” “Sleepy Hollow” is one of those thriller TV series you don’t want to miss. You can catch episodes on Monday nights on Fox or if you missed any episodes, you can watch them on Fox’s official website: www.

Two children meet and befriend a large susuwatari, or house spirit, named Totoro. Totoro allows only them to enter his magical forest home.

4) Spirited Away Ten-year-old Chihiro becomes trapped in the spirit world and forgets her name. In order to leave the spirit world, she must try to remember who she is.

5) Castle in the Sky astle in the Sky was C Miyazaki’s first movie at Studio Ghibli, released in 1986, and it was what first ignited my love for Hayao Miyazaki’s movies.


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OCTOBER 7, Anime Movie Showing! ▪Noon, Student Life Center. Sponsored by the Kauai Anime & Manga Club. OCTOBER 9, Afternoon KARAOKE THURSDAYS Wanna release some stress? Train Recess ▪Noon, Learning Resource Center for the X Factor? Then stop by the Student Life Center every OCTOBER 9, Snack Night Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 ▪5 p.m., Learning Resource pm. ASUH-KCC Conference Rm., Center Campus Center. OCTOBER 31, Halloween Bash ASUH-KCC STUDENT ▪12 p.m., Campus Center GOVERNMENT MEETINGS NOVEMBER 4, Open Mic, - Get involved in community Enter for Cash Prizes! service, learn about what’s hap▪Noon, Student Life Center pening around campus and become a leader! Open to all NOVEMBER, students every Friday from 12:15 College and Career pm to 1:30 pm at the Student Fair Life Center, Student Government ▪TBA Conference Room.


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16th? Everyone stay talking about it

▪Continued from Page 1 Perry stated, “One of the most important things that a person can learn is how not to be manipulated by information. Information does not exist in a vacuum; it has its own context … we should be looking at these things critically and challenging them and not

just accepting them as facts or as untruths that are harmless.” When asked for a comment on the ranking, Kaua’i Community College Chancellor Helen Cox stood by the Sept. 4 press release, stating, “... one rating certainly can't say everything about a college.” She also says, “The ranking highlights

some of the great work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students and KCC can be proud for our achievements in best educational practices and student success.” “We take pride in creating a supportive learning environment that helps students both learn important skill sets and

reach their dreams,” Cox concluded. “The one general point on which the Center and Washington Monthly’s writers can agree,” Kay McClenney says, “is the critical importance of community colleges’ work ... to serve a remarkably diverse student population at significantly higher

levels of effectiveness. Unfortunately, it is difficult to see how ...the magazine’s rankings contribute anything constructive to that work.” Kimo Perry reminds readers, “... it was revealing that our college’s initial reaction to the No. 16 ranking was to thank KCC faculty and staff for their dedication. But real-

ly we should be thanking the KCC students for our high ranking, because they were the ones who filled out the surveys!” The CCCSE data on Kaua‘i Community College can be found at: http://www.ccsse. org/survey/public_profile.cfm?ccsse_ id=14180200&year=2012

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