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Spring 2014 | Issue 2

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Students continue to work in the newly-renovated digital media lab after their class has finished.

Big plans for digital media Bransen Agu / Ka Leo O KCC

“Right now, West O‘ahu is not just working with us, they are working with several digital media PUHI – Kaua‘i Community College’s Digital Media departments in several of the community colleges,” program is working towards having an associates says Fulmer. These other campuses include ones on degree program that allows seamless transfers to the Big Island, Maui, and O‘ahu. different campuses in the University of Hawai‘i According to Fulmer, UH - West O‘ahu is promoting System and allows students to continue to a Bachelor’s the “2+2” program, which would prepare transferring Degree at the University of Hawai‘i -West O‘ahu. students as much as possible for stepping into their Matt Fulmer, an instructor of digital media arts here program. They want KCC and other community at KCC, is working with the UH-West O‘ahu to set up colleges be able to do that while sharing the same a “2+2” arrangement between the two campus' digital vision. That vision is that digital media programs media programs. This arrangement would allow should encompass all forms of digital media and students to complete programs at the community that students should have the right to choose which college and then transfer seamlessly to UH-West specific field to pursue. O‘ahu for continued schooling and development. KCC’s digital media program is also leading a Digital media at KCC currently has only two 1-year group of four campuses toward offering an Associate certificate programs. of Science in Digital Arts degree. Kaua‘i CC, Maui “Traditionally, for our students, they’ve had to take College, Leeward CC, and Hawai‘i CC are working on courses here, and a lot of core courses would transfer, a group proposal that all four campuses will use. but a lot of the major courses just transferred as By sharing the same program, students can transfer electives,” says Fulmer. “With this agreement, a lot of all their credits between these four campuses. This the classes that they are taking here in digital media would allow UH - West O‘ahu to be aware of what the would transfer directly over.” students have previously learned. Fulmer has been coordinating with UH-West O‘ahu, Fulmer and his counterparts in each campus, making sure that everything, from the program’s with support from UH - West O‘ahu, have been curriculum to its equipment, are matched up so the coordinating with each other. Once finished, the students would experience a smoother transition. proposal will be presented for approval. The new equipment that digital media classes KCC's digital media program has received two expect to receive would coincide with the equipment grants in the last year that allowed the program currently used at UH - West O‘ahu. This includes to grow technology wise. The grants were used to more digital SLR cameras for student use, professional upgrade the lab with new computers and updated XDCAMs and a Blackmagic Camera, which is used for software. A third grant, DSLR videos. GoPro cameras are also on the list for hopefully awarded later this students to have more handling experience. year, would be further used in see page 2

Digital Media

ASUH-KCC meeting minutes are posted on the LRC bulletin boards and insde the Student Lounge for viewing.

ASUH-KCC budget challenged Concerns arise over ASUH-KCC's use of student fees Shaina Nacion / Ka Leo O KCC PUHI – Recent controversy over the appropriation of student funds by Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i – Kaua‘i Community College Student Government has formed rifts between student senators and the ASUH-KCC Executive Board. KCC Administration remains outside the issue. Concerns were raised after an email questioning ASUH-KCC's use of student fees was sent to Student Government. The email, sent by student Senator Michael Estes, referred to five specific incidences of Student Government expenditures: $4,000 for office furniture for faculty member John Constantino; $4,400 for a three-person trip to Orlando, Florida, for leadership training; $2,000 for Installation Dinner at Luau Kalamoku; $600 breakfast and lunch for 20 people; and $2,300 for outside leadership training. These five authorized expenditures total $13,500 in student fees. "I think this goes completely against the spirit of what Student Government is supposed to be," stated Estes. "I really believe that Student Government is supposed to be there to act as representation for students and to responsibly manage and utilize the funds for students." After receiving the email, ASUH-KCC President Dasha D'Acosta stated, ". . . it was $13,500 that he [Senator Estes] was concerned about, see page 2

Student Fees

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NEWS Digital Media

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outfitting the media lab. For Matt Fulmer, digital media is a skill that he believes everyone should have in order to further themselves in life: "Digital Media is not just something specialized, it's something that everyone, no matter where they are and what they plan to do, are going to need to have at least a little bit of skill in."

The ATM is finally coming Shaina Nacion / Ka Leo O KCC

PUHI – Kaua‘i Community College will soon be installing a new Automated Teller Machine for acquiring cash on campus, according to Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, Kaua‘i Community College President Dasha D’Acosta. “After the First Hawaiian Bank ATM was removed from campus right before the Fall semester of 2013,” stated D’Acosta, “KCC’s Student Government began looking for a solution to the problem.” Meanwhile, with the campus cafeteria only accepting cash payments, Student Government wrote a proposal for installing a new ATM, which was then approved by both the chancellor and Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union – one of two companies being considered for the ATM partnership. D'Acosta stated that the new ATM will be located in the newly renovated Student Life Center, just above the cafeteria. This will allow easier access to students who wish to buy food on campus. There is currently no projected installment date for the machine, as negotiations are still underway.

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Student Fees

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when in actuality it was $12,225.86 that we spent. And it was reasonable spending." D'Acosta also stressed the need for the Senate Board to bring up their concerns before the final vote is taken on an issue. "When we vote for money," D'Acosta explained, "We usually go over – if it's food or something, we'll vote $350 for that, but only end up spending $212 for it, and then that money goes right back into our miscellaneous account, which we then redistribute to places that it needs to be." President D'Acosta cited leadership training events, in which participants are taught more effective techniques for serving the student body, as one such type of reasonable spending. Such an investment would benefit students as well as ASUH-KCC. When asked about the legitimacy of students' concerns toward spending $4,000 on furniture for faculty members, D'Acosta stated, "The information and communication on that is in limbo, but it is in the budget as of right now." Although the Senate's originally approved expenditure totalled $4,000 Student Government then allotted $2,968.73 for the furniture instead, after a clearer furniture selection by Student Life Coordinator John Constantino and Student Life Assistant Crystal Cruz. ASUH-KCC's official minutes state, "Senator Del Conte informed the board that the SVA [Student Veterans of America] was promised an area on campus, but now it has been pulled. The SVA has now been offered a new space, which turned out to be a closet area. Senator Del Conte proposed that the SVA share the senate office; take Advisor Constantino's section of the senate office. Senator Del Conte made it clear that this will be a temporary space for SVA. They will be borrowing Advisor Constantino's desks and furniture, but will get him new things for this new office space. After SVA gets their new area built all furniture will remain in the student senate office." The minutes then went on to reflect a motion by Senator Del Conte to approve $4,000 for the new furniture. The motion was unanimously approved and carried. Although the University of Hawaii Procurement Policy outlines the required procedure for obtaining goods -- especially stating that any purchase of an amount between $2,500 and $100,000 must solicit "adequate and reasonable competition" through the required online quotation system -- D'Acosta stated that in the case of the Student Life Coordinator, "his official position would constitute this [the purchase of furniture through student activity funds, rather than through the UH procurement process] being okay." ASUH-KCC's current constitution and bylaws make no restrictions regarding the utilization of student fees. The $30 collected from each student every semester is then free to be utilized by the Senate Board in any way they see fit. Although the constitution implies that the chancellor has the authority to approve or not approve the annual budget submitted by ASUH-KCC, Chancellor Cox stated that unless they committed a directly illegal expenditure, such as outlined in the constitution and bylaws, she would have no reason not to approve it. Specifically with regard to

Shaina Nacion / Ka Leo O KCC

Student Life Surveys, which ask students what types of events they want SAC and ASUH-KCC to sponser, are available in the Student Lounge

the $4,000 furniture allotment approved by the student Senate Board, "I might question it, but I probably wouldn't say it was some kind of illegal expense," Cox said. As Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Brandon Shimokawa, stated, "If the student body at large has issue with this -- or concerns -- they should bring it up through the appropriate channels; through their senators or by going to the meetings and voicing their concerns. It's a Student Government issue, and the students need to air those concerns through the appropriate channels. Now, if the students are doing that, and there is impropriety or they are not being heard, and there's a fault with the process itself, I think at that point, maybe that's an appropriate time for Administration to step in and understand what's going on. . . . We don't want to interfere with the functioning of Student Government unless absolutely necessary." President D'Acosta also challenged students to be more involved, saying, "To the students: if they have any ideas, or anything that they want to see happen, they can always come up here and talk to me or any of my senators, give us suggestions, and if they want to work with any of the senators to put an event on or anything like that, then it's absolutely more than welcome. I would love something like that; we haven't really had just an everyday student come up, and that would be great; something new, something different." Senator Estes stated that better communication is the first step to greater student participation: "I think that, honestly, awareness is gonna be the only thing, at this point, that can save us. Otherwise, no one's gonna step up any time soon, after this. . . . You know what? If the students become aware of this, and they're like, 'I don't care,' then okay. But right now, that's never been the case. It's just hard to believe that they're ever going to be okay with that, is all." In order to actively address students' wants and needs, Student Government and the Student Activities Council frequently conduct surveys which ask for student input. One informal survey, conducted last year by ASUH-KCC asked, "How would you like to spend your $30 Student Activity Fee?" Most students said they didn't know, or they wanted it spent on more free food. An ATM, more activities, books, and a foam party/movie night were also suggested by students. Although "any way you want" was a listed option, none of the students selected that choice.

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Spring 2014 | Issue 2

Ke Kukui o KCC

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi Na Jodi Ascuena / Ke Kukui o KCC

WELCOME to Ke Kukui o KCC! This column of the paper will focus on news and events involving or concerning Native Hawaiians, 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:

HŌ! Kupaianaha ke ola o Prince Kūhiō, ʻea? ʻO Kekaulike Kinoiki kona makuahine, ʻo David Kahalepouli Piʻikoi kona makuakāne. Ua hānau ʻia ʻo ia ma Hōʻai, i ke kūlanakauhale lawaiʻa liʻiliʻi ʻo Kuala ma Kōloa i ka mokupuni o Kauaʻi, i ka lā iwakāluakūmāono o Malaki i ka makahiki ʻumikūmāwalu haneli kanahikukūmākahi. He muli pōkiʻi ʻo ia i hope o kona kaikuaʻana ʻelua, ʻo David Laʻamea Kawananakoa Kahalepouli Piʻikoi a me Edward Abel Keliʻiahonui Piʻikoi. Ua komo lākou i ke kula ʻo Saint Albanʻs (ʻo ʻIolani i kēia manawa) me Punahou a ua keu ʻo Kūhiō ā ka mokomoko, ka heʻe nalu a me ka holo lio. I kona makahiki he ʻeiwa, ua hala kona makuakāne lūauʻi, a hānai ʻia ʻo Kūhiō a me kona mau kaikuaʻana e ka Mōʻī Kawika Kalākaua me kāna wahine ʻo

Kapiʻolani. Ua hoʻomau ʻo Kūhiō i kona aʻo palapala ma Kaleponi a me ke Kula Nui Aliʻi o ka Mahiʻai ma ʻEnelani, akā, ʻaʻole ʻo ia i puka mai ua kula nui lā, no ka mea, ua hala ka Mōʻī Kawika Kalākaua a ua lilo ʻo Liliuʻokalani i Mōʻī Wahine. Ua hoʻi mai ʻo Kūhiō i Honolulu no ke kōkua ʻana iā ia a kūpaʻa ʻo ia ma hope o ka mōʻī. Ma hope o ke kahuli ʻia ʻana o Liliuʻokalani, ua alakaʻi ʻo ia i ka hui no ka hoʻihoʻi ʻana i ke Aupuni Hawaiʻi kū i ke kānāwai. Ua hopu ʻia ʻo ia a hoʻopaʻahao ʻia no hoʻokahi makahiki no kona kūʻē ʻana i ke Aupuni Kūikawā. He kanaka pono ʻo Kūhiō. Ua male ʻo Kūhiō iā Elizabeth Kahanu Kaʻauwai a kaʻahele lāua i ʻApelika. I kō lāua hoʻi ʻana mai i Oʻahu, ua koho pāloka ʻia ʻo Kūhiō e ka poʻe Hawaiʻi e kū no lākou ma ka ʻAhaʻōlelo Lāhui. E noʻonoʻo kākou e pili ana i kona huakaʻi mai Honolulu a hiki i ke kūlanakauhale nui loa ʻo Wakinekona D.C!

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Hō ka lōʻihi o ua holoholo lā! Ua pono ʻo ia e kau ma luna o kekahi kaʻaahi paha a ma kekahi ʻano moku nō hoʻi. Ua poeko ʻo ia ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a me ka ʻōlelo Pelekania; he kanaka hoʻomākeʻaka ʻo ia a nui ke aloha o nā lālā aupuni ʻē aʻe iā ia, no laila, ua hoʻomaka mau ʻo ia i kona mau haʻi ʻōlelo i ke anaina me kēia māmalaʻōlelo: “A-L-OH-A… A-L-O-H-A, kamaʻāina!” Nui kāna mau hana kūpono i hana ai. Kaumaha loa ʻo ia i ke emi o nā kānaka ʻōiwi, a no laila, ua hoʻokumu ʻo ia i ka Māhele ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula Hawaiʻi no ka loaʻa ʻana o nā ʻāina no nā kānaka maoli wale nō. Ua hoʻopaʻa ʻo ia i ke kālā pekelala no ke kūkulu ʻana i ka haukapila i Kalaupapa ma Molokaʻi no ka poʻe maʻi lēpela. Ua hoʻokumu ʻo ia i ke aupuni kalana a kōkua nō hoʻi i ke kūkula nui ʻana iā Puʻuloa. Hoʻomanaʻo kō Hawaiʻi iā Prince Kūhiō me ke aloha no kāna mau hana kūpono.

FEATURING I ka makahiki 1875, ua hoʻopuka ʻia kēia ʻatikala ma ka nūpepa ʻo Ka Nūpepa Kūʻokoʻa. Ma ia ʻatikala, na S. R. Hapuku i kākau e pili ana i nā māhele ʻāina ma Līhuʻe i Kauaʻi nei. He lōʻihi kēia mea, no laila, e hōʻike ʻia he māhele o ka mea holoʻokoʻa. E heluhelu mai a mahalo i ka nani o ka ʻike o nā kūpuna.



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No Huleia. -- He muliwai ia, aneane elua mile kona loa, e waiho ana ma kona aoao hema o Kipu a me ka pae puu o Kalanipuu, a o Haiku a me Niumalu ma kona aoao akau. He muliwai hohonu keia mauka, a he papau ma kona nuku, aia a naha i ka waikahe, alaila, hohonu loa ka nuku, aole e hiki ke hele ke kanaka. No Haiku. -- He mahele aina keia e waiho laula ana a hiki i Kilohana, a komo loa aku Kamooloa. A i keia wa nae, ua kaawale aku o Kamooloa, pela e helu ia nei ma ka auhau o ke aupuni, aka, o Haiku wale noia. Maanei ka uapo o Opeula, a me na wahi kaulana liilii e ae, a ke moe nei he auwai wai na G. N. Wilcox mawaena, he wai e hooma-u ai i ke ko. No Niumalu. -- He mahele aina keia ma ka akau o ka muliwai o Hulaia, aia ka puu o Kalanipuu ma kona aoao hikina hema, a he wahi kaikuono maikai kona, maia kaikuono e ku ai na moku i ka wa ino, aole e pilikia ka moku malaila, A he wahi no hoi e hoopuniia ai ka ia i ka paia he akule. No Nawiliwili. -- He mahele aina keia e pili ana me Niumalu, a me Kalapaki, maanei kahi kumoku, a me ka uapo. Ua lilo aku kekahi hapa o keia mahele aina i na haole, oia ka mahele i kapaia o Lihue, ma’anei e ku mau nei o Kilauea, a holo aku i Oahu, maanei ka hale hookolokolo Jure, ka hale paahao, kahi noho o ke Kiaaina a me ka makai nui o keia mokupuni. ʻAʻole i pau.



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Spring 2014 | Issue 2



Tropical beaches around the world feature a plant known for its delicious sustainability: the coconut. To select the tastiest one, several factors are involved. "Although coconuts are not indigenous to Hawai'i, the plant does have a deep linkage to the Hawaiian culture," says Dr. Sharadchandra Marahatta, a botanist and professor at Kaua'i Community College. The Hawaiian word for coconut is "niu" and the tree was one of the original canoe plants. Polynesian-introduced plants were brought to Hawai'i 1,200 years ago because of their usefulness and hardiness.

The differences between coconuts

There are two main varieties of coconut trees: the talls and the dwarfs. However, within those two houses are up to 80 species. The tall variety are the more common of the two. They can be differentiated by their significant heights and narrow trunk. As for the dwarf type, they are much smaller in stature.

Here's a few tips in working with the coconut: •

If the coconut is shaken and there is a swashing sound inside the nut, that means the liquid is beginning to solidify and the coconut is aging

If the crown or top of the coconut is a lighter shade (usually white) that means the coconut was picked prematurely. Expect a soft nut. For the most part, the fluid will lack flavor; sometimes called flat.

If the coconut boasts considerable external size and its weight is disproportionate to its size, you have older coconut. In this case, the majority of its water content has been exhausted

If it’s a dwarf tree, expect plump cocos

If it’s a tall variety, be prepared to climb

Professionals in the field seem to agree that the most suitable setting, for at least the tall variety, are the coastal areas. The high exposure to salt, water and sandy soils appear to be the ideal conditions for the tree. The nuts of both varieties come in shades of green and brown. Green coconuts are preferred for their water content, while the brown coconuts are traditionally used for their meat in cooking and preparing coconut milk. According to College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, immature coconuts are probably most important for supplying an everavailable source of safe drinking water.

Evaluating the coconut

In handling a coconut there are certain characteristics which can determine the quality. Evaluating the color scheme – whether its in a green or a brown range – is the first part of the evaluation process. At this initial point, it is a matter of how the individual is interested using the coconut. Remember, greener coconuts recently harvested will have more water and a interior soft flesh called "spoon" meat. Browner coconuts, which have been off the tree longer, develop a solid, thicker layer of meat. This solidified meat is perfect for shredded coconut.

The age of the coconut

Mature coconuts are those which have been on the tree between 9 and 12 months. In this time frame the nutrients have reached their peak. Coconuts that are premature are those which have not made it beyond the five-month phase. Once a mature coconut has been removed from the vine it has a shelf life of about three weeks. After that period the water in the shell turns and usually only the meat is resourceful. However, the fermented water has been explored as an alcoholic beverage called arrack in some cultures. KCC used to have a 200 coconut tree grove on the farm side south of the campus. “It has been a difficult challenge with the college in working with the coconut plant,” according to Marahatta. “The coconuts plants of KCC were not that happy.” Marahatta observed the possibilities that the trees were killed either by coconut heart rot disease or by lighting strikes. After research and corresponding with other expert colleagues, they determined that some of the problem was disease but the primarily factor was poor management of the grove.


Spring 2014 | Issue 2


To smoke, or not to smoke?

All Philosophical Should KCC adopt a no-smoking policy? There’s been some talk about implementing a campus-wide smoking ban at KCC. The primary grounds for such a ban are most likely connected to the popularly promulgated belief that the inhalation of secondhand smoke poses a serious health risk to non-smokers (such as an increased risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, etc). However, a recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that the actual life threatening health risks directly correlated with exposure to second-hand smoke inhalation are much less substantiated than Chris Tennberg / Contributing Writer what’s typically claimed in the and philosophy instructor

hyperbolic warning mantras put forward by the news media or federal health agencies/officials like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the U.S. Surgeon General. Does this mean that there are no potential health risks associated with second-hand smoke inhalation? Of course not! In fact, the authors of the article caution their readers against using the research findings they present to draw just such a conclusion. Nevertheless, one of the take away points of the article is certainly this: namely, that the most thorough research and experimental data on the subject does seem to undermine

the somewhat entrenched belief that there are actual, substantial, life threatening health risks directly correlated with exposure to second-hand smoke inhalation (especially when we’re talking exclusively about the risks posed by “outdoor” exposure to second-hand smoke). So, assuming the findings presented in this recent JNCI article aren’t wildly off course, I’m not sure that the actual health risks related to secondhand smoke inhalation constitute sufficient grounds for justifying a fairly significant intrusion on the personal liberties of those who enjoy a smoke while they are on campus.

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Students in this class will be involved in and responsible for the complete production of the campus newspaper, Ka Leo O KCC, including fact gathering, writing, layout, editing and photography. Digital cameras and media applications provided.

Students taking Jour 205 may be asked to contribute news stories to campus newspaper Ka Leo O KCC.

Repeatable up to 6 credits. Credits applicable toward A.A. degree. Prerequisite: Completion of / or concurrent enrollment in JOUR 205.

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Spring 2014 | Issue 2


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

a new look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Clark Gregg) and his handpicked field operations team. The “Agents of main idea behind the S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a fun series that has started series is to show the MCU through the eyes to become the show of non-super-powered fans have wanted people and what they from the get-go. have to deal with in a The show takes changing world. place in the Marvel I found it interesting Cinematic Universe that there’s a show (MCU) along with the expanding the view big name movies “Iron of the MCU more. Man” (2008) and “The With this show, it is Avengers” (2012). If pretty cool to see how you're a fan of these it connects to what movies, or if this show we’ve seen in the has ever caught your attention, you should movies. For example, there has been a recent really take some time and immerse yourself. episode in which Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) “Agents of from the “Thor” films S.H.I.E.L.D.” follows guest starred; we saw Agent Phil Coulson Bransen Agu / Ka Leo O KCC

Jonathon Tangalin / Contributing Writer The movie "Hard Lessons," directed by Eric Laneuville in 1986, holds up well over three decades later thanks to the great acting of a thennewcomer, Denzel Washington, in the leading role. Adapted from the book, "The George McKenna Story," written by Charles Eric Johnson, the movie dramatizes how an inner city high school principal improved both the school and community. George Washington Preparatory High School was a drug infested and gang-run institution plagued with low attendance, poor morale and constantly losing students to neighboring schools in Los Angeles. George McKenna steps in as principal with the dream to one day have a waiting list of students competing to gain acceptance. McKenna does not target the students as the problem, but rather makes changes at the teaching level and implements many changes including a homeroom providing counseling to help direct students toward a positive future. He faces many adversities that range from constant altercations between gangs all the way to rebellious teachers refusing to do “more work.” In fact, a few teachers actually attempted to have Mckenna fired. McKenna was relentless in his efforts to improve not only the high school, but the community as a whole. Giving more attention to what the students were saying was an essential change that noticeably raised student morale. Surrounding himself with a staff that shared his energy and care added momentum to push the school in a positive direction while at the same time guiding the young adults to a positive future. During subsequent years, George Washington Preparatory High School added Performing Arts, Math/Science, and Communication Arts Magnets and achieved honors in scholastic, athletic and extracurricular competition. I strongly recommend this movie to my peers as well as anyone who actively participates in the community and schools. Find this classic on Netflix:

more of her than what we had in the films. What I can really respect, though, is that the show found itself and it doesn’t rely on the Marvel films for stories. Now, this show does have its drawbacks. The series starts off pretty slow, setting up the new characters on Coulson’s team. This turns off a lot of viewers who expect the show to be all gung-ho from the start. Another turn off is the subplots throughout the series. They sort of detract from the overall plot,

but I figure the show is probably setting up for bigger things. What is also pretty weird is the show’s episode release schedule. They release one or two episodes and then it’s weeks until the next one is aired. That being said, this show isn’t meant for everyone. But if you’re a fan of what Marvel has been doing, I say give it a shot. Like I mentioned before, the show really starts off pretty slow but it is starting to pick up now. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens next.


"uncannily beautiful ... yet realistic" Nicole Arruda / Contributing Writer

Pilartz), who died in a bus accident four years ago, then “The Returned” (Les returns to the present. She Revenant) created by simply walks into town one Fabrice Gobert is a French day with no memory of time supernatural drama passed. television series. The origin Lost children, wives, of this film is based on a husbands, and even a 2004 French film “They came serial killer appear, causing back” directed by Robin chaos. Families of the lost Campillo. “Les Revenant” is uncannily are surprised, at awe, and yet terrified to the new beautiful while delivering a surreal yet realistic element to circumstances. As the dead try to resume the dead. their lives, strange occurrences Back from the dead, start to take place. The water numerous locals return to a level of the reservoir begins small French town with no lowering revealing dead recollection of their death or animals and a ruined church; purpose of return. random power outages strike; The series starts off with a 15-year-old girl, Camille (Yara and strange marks start to

appear on the living and dead. The living start to endure the changes for better and for the worst, knowing this is only the beginning. I have just completed season one of “The Returned” that I streamed on Netflix and can’t wait to see what’s in the works for the continuing seasons. The opening song “Hungry Face” by Mogwai is brilliant and coincides perfectly with the plot and acting. I give this series a 9 out of 10 rating. The conclusion of the last episode leads you into the bigger picture of why the dead have come back. This horrific mystery series will not disappoint you.


Spring 2014 | Issue 2

CALENDAR KCC Crossword Puzzle 2

Here are some more facts about KCC; can you guess them all? Across

3. Open from 8 to 1 p.m.; sells food 5. UH classes numbered 100-299 are in this category 7. Offers affordable non-credit classes (abbr.) 9. Where you check grades/transcripts 11. If you like Pi, you will like this club (two words) 12. Interim President of UH System (last name) 14. Reason why spring semester is better (two words) 16. Important average for a college student (abbr.) 17. Course that has students work on this newspaper (Short course name - e.g. ACC 124)

Academic Calendar Good Friday (holiday)


1. Philosophy Professor (last name) 2. Program to get students to graduate quicker (three words) 4. Online database for academic articles (abbr.) 6. Happens every Saturday on campus (two words) 8. Campus event on April 21 (two words) 10. College algebra course (Short course name - e.g. ACC 124) 13. Club for people who like the other Bleach (four words). 15. English Professor (last name) Courtesy of Daniel Sieradzki

April 18

Last day of instruction

May 7

Final exam days

May 8-9, 12-14

End of semester

May 16


May 16

IMPROVE YOUR PORTFOLIO! All KCC students are welcome to submit photos, artwork, digital graphics, poetry, haiku or short (150 to 300 words) creative writing, movie reviews or similar writings for publication. Submit any item for consideration to the editor, Shaina Nacion: The names of the author/artist will be credited in Ka Leo O KCC.

Student Life Semester Events EVERY WEEK OF THE SEMESTER

Government Conference Room.

ASUH-KCC STUDENT GOVERNMENT APPLICATION COFFEE BREAK - Clarify your mind! Enjoy FREE freshly brewed FOR CANDIDACY - Make a difcofeee to keep you going through- ference by becoming a student leader. Applications are available out the day! Every Monday and at the Student Life Center, Campus Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30 Center, Rm. 203 or Student Life pm in the Student Life Center, and Advising, One Stop Center. Campus Center. For more information contact John STUDENT ACTIVITIES Constantino at 651-4151 or via COMMITTEE (SAC) - Be involved e-mail at by planning activities and events for the campus community! Every APRIL 19, Spring Festival Wednesday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 ▪9 a.m., KCC Campus Lawn. p.m. at the Student Life Center, Student Life Center Grand Campus Center. Opening ▪TBA KARAOKE THURSDAYS Wanna release some stress? Train APRIL 21, Earth Day for the X Factor? Then stop by ▪11 a.m., KCC Campus Lawn the Student Life Center every APRIL 23, Snack Night Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ▪5 p.m.., Lower Campus (near ASUH-KCC Conference Rm., LRC). Campus Center. ASUH-KCC STUDENT APRIL 22-24, Student Life GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Elections - Get involved in community ser▪Location TBA vice, learn about what’s happening around campus and become a leader! Open to all students every Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Life Center, Student

Gary Ellwood / Contributed Photo

MARCH 20 – After touring KCC with the Sustainability Club, Dr. Mitchell Thomashaw, former president of Unity college in Maine, gave a presentation on sustainable practices in a college campus.


Spring 2014 | Issue 2

OPINION Transparency? What's that? The filtering of UH accountability Alden Alayvilla / UH Manoa Reporter


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LIVEMUSIC EDUCATION Sustainability Movie Night! FOOD&FUN Unwasted The Future of Business on Earth Tech Room 114 April 16th, 6:00 p.m.

"[Unwasted] presents the alluring ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model. "It features interviews with industry leaders, policy-makers, activists, scientists, and business professionals from the Pacific Northwest region who are leading the charge toward a 'less wasteful, more profitable, and environmentally sustainable society.'

Hosted by Ho‘ouluwehi, Zero Waste Kaua‘i, and Apollo Kaua‘i.


When I first started reporting for Ka Leo O Hawai‘i, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s school newspaper, I thought, “Great! Now’s my chance to get some answers from officials, dig deep in the underbelly of this place, and possibly expose any and all wrongdoings.” What have I learned since Sept. 2013? UH officials don’t like talking about their dirty laundry. Big surprise. I mean, they really don’t. I’ll mention the word accountability, and they’ll cup their ears with their hands and sing “lalalalalala” all day long. Instead, they filter questions, answers, and all information through their $4 million saviors — the public relations staff, a group of former reporters and researchers who know what to say, how to say it, and who whisper in the ears of UH’s former presidents, chancellors, and other officials. I started to become weary when a member of UHM Campus Security informed me that questions and inquiries regarding the new Chief of Security, Charles Noffsinger, would be filtered through Phyllis Look, Marketing and Communications Manager at UHM Campus Services. Fine. That’s reasonable, I thought. As time passed, however, all inquiries were filtered through the public relations team. How about a face-to-face interview with Campus Security personnel? That process is like chewing on jagged rocks. By the end, If I’m able obtain an interview, my teeth are in fragments, my mouth is bloodied, and the truth is hidden in esoteric wording. This process of filtering information through the UHM administration is at times discouraging. I ask myself, “What about freedom of the press? Is the truth so damaging to these people that they are willing to hide it? Why do I even try?” Though it is frustrating to deal with the administration's elusive tactics, it is very rewarding for the public and myself when the truth is finally uncovered, paraphrased, and published. I don’t harbor discontent with the administration. They are just doing their jobs, after all. However, they should realize that although we’re students, we are also doing our jobs. We as journalists aren’t looking to sensationalize the facts. We’re here to be fair and objective and truthful.

Carol Bain / Contributed Photo

KCC students participate in the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights online presentation held each month.



Earth Summit on Climate Change and Human Rights


LRC Room 122 April 22nd, 12 - 1:30 p.m.


Hosted by Human Rights Club

Ka Leo O KCC – Spring 2014, Issue 2  
Ka Leo O KCC – Spring 2014, Issue 2