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Volume 41, No. 8 May 2013 Ka ‘Ohana now on Facebook

A second chance at a ‘new soul’ I

by Jessica Crawford Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t started with a bus ride in 2010. His friend was heading to WCC to fill out an application and suggested he tag along. Despite being born and raised in Kāneʻohe, it was the first time Henry Park had seen what was at the end of Kea‘ahala Road. Henry helped his friend fill out the application, and the admissions clerk suggested Henry fill one out too. He did. Little did he know that day would be the start of his academic journey. “It never crossed my mind to go to school,” Henry says. After registering and consulting with the financial aid office, Henry signed up for four classes. Henry’s story is different from other students’. Spending time in prison from a drug charge, he was out on parole when he met his friend on the bus. Prior to prison, he made a comfortable living as a sales manager. “It may sound stupid,” he says, “but the best thing that ever happened to me was getting arrested and being put in prison. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be dead, most likely from a drug overdose. When I went to prison, I lost everything. I was never as happy as I am now. Even when I had the cars, the houses, I was never this happy.” This May, Henry will graduate with a 3.9 GPA. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the campus honor society. He was also chosen as this year’s commencement speaker, primarily on the merit of his poem, “WOW WCC.” Henry mentions a long list of people who have influenced him during his time at WCC. He says taking English 100 from Jean Shibuya started him on his path to wanting to become a writer. “I’ve always wanted to write but was always afraid. Because I grew up speaking pidgin, I didn’t know how to write. I always wanted to express myself but didn’t know how,” Henry says. When enrolled in Shibuya’s class, Henry jokingly wrote at the bottom of one of his essays, “P.S. I tink my English stay getting gooder every day, haha.” When he got the essay back, Shibuya wrote, “You better tink again. See me in my office.” He said they became friends after that. He even wrote a story that will be featured in Rain Bird called, “English Literary Royalty,” dedicated to her. Other pieces he wrote are “Cat Eating Shave Ice,”

“WOW WCC” by Henry Park I came to WCC, just to look around, Wow, what was I thinking? So I caught the bus and I went back home. I came to WCC, just to look around, but registered for some classes. Wow, what was I thinking? So I caught the bus and I went back home. I came to WCC, bought some books and sat in a class, Commas and colons, essays and poems, English 100 from the Queen herself. Wow, what was I thinking? So I caught the bus and I went back home. I came to WCC and sat in a class for E.T’s, If P then Q, therefore P.Q; so if P.Q therefore P, Wow, what was I thinking? So I caught the bus and I went back home.


Henry Park looks forward to graduating from WCC and continuing on his academic journey.

“Grandpa’s Poem” and “Red, White and Blue Balls.” When asked what he likes most about the campus, he replies, “It’s just serene. What is there not to like?” He’s made many friends while here and always has a smile if you pass him around campus. He also enjoys hanging out with friends in TRiO. After WCC, Henry plans to attend UH West O‘ahu and major in English/humanities with the goal of eventually obtaining his master’s degree at UH-Mānoa. His mission besides writing is to become a playwright. He says he’d love to write plays in pidgin with subtle messages about the importance of staying away from drugs. As an older student, Henry talks about his love of being a student again. “I may be an old man, but I feel like my spirit is just hitting its stride. I feel like a new soul.” And advice for other students? He says, “It gets better, no matter what, it gets better. If you embrace this school, this school will definitely embrace you back.”

I came to WCC and sat in another class, American government, foreign policy, Vietnam… I had a flash. Wow, what was I thinking? So I caught the bus and I went back home. I came to WCC eager for another day, but the classes were all closed; it was a holiday, So I sat on the front lawn and absorbed all the wonder of this place, Wow, what had taken me so long? So I missed the last bus and walked the two and a half miles back home. I came to WCC, settled in and never regretted a day, I am truly blessed. Wow, I’ve learned how to think. I am at home.

WCC COMMENCEMENT Saturday, May 11, 2013 1 P.M. Palikū Theatre (Reception to follow in Pālanakila Courtyard)

Finding your ‘dream job’ O

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n May 24, WCC graduate Theresa Worden will celebrate a milestone she once thought impossible. She will receive her master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Looking back, she calls WCC her “touchstone for a quality educational experience because of the encouragement and accessibility of the faculty and staff. I’m in awe of all the

help and support I received.” And she has a message for all Windward students: “For those who think that college is just too much to handle, I would say, yes, sometimes it can be. But think about where you want to be. “Work is what you have to do right now, but college is what you choose to do as an investment in your future self and whatever you envision there. Thinking in those terms and keeping this in mind often helped me stay the course.”  Worden’s personal journey

began like so many other WCC students. She grew up in the public housing complex on Kahuhipa street and didn’t see college in her future. “When you’re young, you don’t always realize how poor you are,” she said. “I just never planned to go to college. I didn’t think I had the ability. But then I realized I was the one holding me back.” Worden was a single mom working full-time at Ko’olau DAVID ALBERT Catering when she decided to WCC graduate Theresa Worden stands proudly in front of Johns Hopkins SEE ‘DREAM JOB’ PAGE 3 University, where she will receive her master’s degree this spring.

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Follow the leader or face consequences by Elizabeth Ruiz Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


orth Korea boasts one of the largest militaries in the world; however, by many accounts, its citizens live a meager life, trapped inside the most reclusive, state-controlled country in the world. In America if you want a fresh start, you pack your bags, get on a plane or in your car and drive to your new beginnings. In North Korea, also called the Democratic Peopleʻs Republic of Korea (DPRK), you take only what is necessary, travel through the night (sometimes days), risk your life to cross a river into China or attempt to pass an electric fence, then navigate the mine fields at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to reach South Korea — all for a little more freedom. It is this poverty-stricken country, whose leader puts the military first, that has the world on edge with threats of war. The country is accused of having prison camps, public executions and slave labor, though the North Korean government denies such accounts. North Koreans risk their lives to escape, knowing if they are caught they will likely be executed. Those who live through the dangerous escape often live in fear of being extradited back to North Korea, where they will either be sentenced to a prison camp or executed. But why do they risk so much for a fresh start? Because many reports reveal life in North Korea entails little freedom, even for those who are not prisoners in labor camps. Hard work leads to little gain in North Korea. Mrs. Kim, a North Korean woman speaking to National Public Radio in a Dec. 28, 2012 interview, explained that many women have become the chief providers for their family. Selling at private markets, she earns less than fifty cents a day. Her husband, who works for a state factory, is required to pay the state when there is no work for him. “He had to pay not to work for about

six months of last year. You have to pay, even if you can’t afford to eat. It’s mandatory,” she explained. All news sources are controlled by the state. Much of the country does not have access to the Internet and what is accessible is controlled by the government. You must have a permit to travel anywhere in the country unless you are a high-ranking official, according to the National Geographic documentary “Inside North Korea.” “Until recently, most North Koreans did not even know the U.S. landed people on the moon and brought them back. And the reason for that is simple: the North Korean government makes sure that nothing from the outside world is given to its people. Everything that they know is strictly controlled,” WCC political science professor Roy Fujimoto said. “It’s an absolute dictatorship, no question. Everything is so tightly controlled nothing happens if the regime doesn’t want it to happen. It’s one of the most isolated of all countries on this planet, bar none. “Because North Korea is such a tightly controlled society where we don’t have any relationship to speak of, we simply don’t know who they are, what they are, or what their thinking is, other than what we hear publicly,” said Fujimoto. Anderson Cooper of CNN spoke with a man believed to be the only known escapee born in a North Korean prison camp. Shin Dong-hyuk had not commited a crime, yet was doomed to spend his entire life in a prison camp. This was due to what is known as “three generations of punishment,” a practice designed to wipe out an entire lineage. Shin had relatives who defected, which sent his grandfather and father to the prison where he was then born. Shin knew nothing other than what life was like within Camp 14 and assumed everyone lived as he did. Camp 14 is estimated to have 15,000 people imprisoned and “according to human rights groups, is part of the largest networks of political prisons in the


Supreme commander Kim Jong-Un speaks with a North Korean soldier during an inspection.


Promoted by his father to a four-star general, Kim Jong-Un stands front and center.

world today. Some 150,000 people are believed to be doing hard labor on the brink of starvation,” Cooper said. Violating the rules of the prison undoubtedly means execution, Shin explained. Having no concept of a family, Shin reported his mother and brother, who tried to escape, and then watched as they were executed. It wasn’t until he saw real families [after escaping] that the execution of his own family affected him. he heavily guarded border of the country not only keeps unwelcome foreigners out, it also keeps North Korean citizens in. In the National Geographic documentary, the DMZ is described as the border that separates North and South Korea and is lined with “more than a million land mines, high-voltage electric fences and nearly two million soldiers,” ensuring no one crosses in or out of the country. When American journalist Laura Ling illegally crossed into North Korean territory, she was sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. Fortunately, she spent only five months imprisoned before then North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il agreed to release her. However, Kim Jong-Il would only release the journalist to one person: former President Bill Clinton. Fujimoto describes the specific request as possibly propaganda the North Korean government used: A U.S. president coming to beg from the Supreme Leader. Visiting North Korea is not your typical vacation. Tourism is controlled by the state. Upon arriving, visitors are guided by people referred to as “minders,” who show only what the North Korean government wants visitors to see. You are not free to leisurely tour the countryside; your every move is watched. Photos, videos, and communication with common citizens is controlled. Though many in the country are malnourished and go without basic medical care, many still support their leader. “That society has been so engrained, so propagandized to a point that maybe they believe that their leaders are correct


and have their best interest in mind,” Fujimoto said. Their leader, Kim Jong-Un, whom the U.S. knows little about, could be described as a reckless young leader. His age and lack of training have raised questions as to whether someone else is influencing his decisions. Promoted by his father to a four-star general with little to no military experience, Kim Jong-Un is threatening the stability of Asia –and possibly the world. The third son of Kim Jong-Il and the third generation of absolute rulers, Kim Jong-Un inherited control of an entire country and one of the world’s largest militaries before his 30th birthday. The unpredictability of the new leader has many questioning if recent threats are just menacing chatter or something more serious. In recent years, North Korea has shelled a South Korean island, sank a South Korean warship, and conducted multiple rocket and nuclear tests. Now, Kim Jong-Un has “tested a nuclear weapon and long-range missiles, ripped up the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, threatened nuclear war against the United States, and warned foreigners in both North and South Korea to leave the peninsula or risk getting caught in the crossfire,” according to a April 11, 2013 article from Time. After announcing plans to restart a nuclear reactor, Secretary of State John Kerry quickly responded saying, “The United States will not accept North Korea as a ‘nuclear state’,” according to an April 3, 2013 CNN article. “Korea really hasn’t been on American radar...because we’ve been so occupied with Iraq and Afghanistan… the only reason why it’s become an issue now is because the transition from Kim Jong-Il to this kid. And this kid, or whoever is pulling his strings, is making trouble,” Fujimoto said. North Korea placed two missiles along the eastern coast of the country causing South Korea and other areas in the Pacific region to ready their antimissile defense systems. SEE NORTH KOREA PAGE 11

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Dykstra shines with food drive success by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief


heers echoed across campus as WCC celebrated the last day of the food drive April 26 – also known as “Bolo Head Shaving Day.” Crowds gathered outside Hale Na‘auao to watch Chancellor Doug Dykstra live up to his promise of going bald if the college met its goal of collecting 7,000 pounds or dollars in donations for the Hawaii FoodBank. The response to the campaign was overwhelming. The cash amount alone was a remarkable $8,888.88, bringing the total donations to approximately 11,000 pounds of food and dollars. Sparked by a similar arrangement TRiO director Roy Inouye had made years ago, Dykstra decided to issue his own challenge. Students, faculty and staff took it from there, and word spread throughout the UH system. Donations even poured in from the Big Island, where Dykstra worked as vice chancellor for academic affairs prior to coming to Windward. The only request was that the head shaving be Skyped live for them to enjoy as well. Cheers and applause rang out from the crowd as Dykstra strolled onto the TRiO lanai. With his comfort duckie in one hand, he used the other to


WCC chancellor Doug Dykstra before, during and after the “Bolo Head Shave-off” as the campus exceeded its goal for the Hawaii Foodbank.

run a comb through his hair, enjoying it one last time. “From the top of my head to the tip of my toes, I’m giving you everything I got,” Dykstra remarked. The privileged haircutter was HCC’s professor of cosmetology Jessie Aki, who rushed over after class to do the honors at the 1 p.m. starting time. A lone chair sat on the stage awaiting her arrival. “I’m just thankful you didn’t erect a guillotine on this

stage for me,” the chancellor joked. His humor was infectious as everyone was smiling and laughing along with him. As Aki arrived, Dykstra handed the comb over to his secretary, Doreen Niibu, saying, “Save this for me,” but kept the “comfort duckie” next to him as he took his seat in the chair. “It’s keeping me from running off the stage!” he laughed. As the cutting proceeded, hoots and whistles from the

crowd kept a smile on Dykstra’s face. If he was nervous about the decision, you couldn’t tell from the jokes he kept making. “I’m finally going to conquer that dandruff problem.” “There will be longer hair growing out of my ears now.” And my personal favorite: “I finally got a Hawaiian name: No-hea.” It took only a few minutes to make our chancellor ‘ōhule (bolo head), but the process that brought us to this moment

Finding your ‘dream job’: don’t just settle take one WCC night class — freshman English — in 2006. “I was a senior sales manager and had ‘ceilinged out.’ I couldn’t advance any further because I didn’t have that piece of paper,” she explained. So she started with one course, did well, then took another course and another. “Success feeds success,” she said, but added there were definite challenges juggling her full-time job and caring for her son, Austen. Finally, she decided it was time to seek financial aid and commit to pursuing her degree during the day. Once she made that decision, there was no holding her back. She became editor in chief of Ka ‘Ohana and helped develop its first web site. She took Toni Martin’s gallery design course and “discovered a whole world I wanted to be a part of.” And when she moved on to UHManoa to major in art history, she was named the outstanding graduate in that program for 2009-2010. But the turning point for Worden may have been her selection as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution

— an award that paid for her stay in pays off big-time,” she maintained. Washington, D.C. for a semester and “Trust in your own abilities and celbrought her into a valuable network of ebrate every success, big or small. “ professionals at one of the most prestiShe’s also a strong advocate for the gious museums in the world. community college system. Through it all, she underscores “Doing two years at a college like the solid educational foundation she WCC is really nurturing,” she said. received at WCC for skills she used “The smaller class sizes and the close wherever she interaction with went. teachers and coun“In journal“Life is about taking risks, selors can build a ism I learned good foundation but it pays off big-time.” how to t rac k before you move down sources, on.” –Theresa Worden interview them As for Worand work with den’s “next big people to manage deadlines. In busi- thing,” she has accumulated an imness English, I learned how to make pressive resume for her foray into fullrequests of complete strangers in a time job hunting. respectful, professional way,” she All the while she was in grad recalled. school, she also worked as an archive “Along the way, I found out I like consultant for Hargrove Inc., a comto be in charge of stuff, but I also had pany that has worked on numerous to work as part of a team.” presidential inaugurations and other Worden encourages all students to historic Washington, D.C. events. use their own hustle and initiative to For one of her master’s projects, she seek out scholarships, internships and developed an educational program that any opportunity that will help them will be instituted at a historic Maryland find work they love. farm that grows food for food banks “Life is about taking risks, but it in the area.

was much more involved than that. It took the hard work and dedication of many people to reach the goal—most especially the TRiO staff and students, Hulili volunteers and anyone who donated to the food drive or purchased a laulau plate lunch ticket. After the shaving, Dykstra looked at his new reflection in a pocket mirror, since no one thought to bring a bigger one. “Who’s that old guy?” he chuckled in good spirit.


For another, she joined a team during President Barack Obama’s inauguration, using the Lincoln Memorial as a “museum of site” to talk about monuments as part of the national collective memory and their significance. In yet another project, she worked with a Harvard University-affiliated museum and library to develop a long-term plan for the curation and preservation of their digital files. Worden said her “dream job” would be to work in upper management in a community-based museum or smaller non-profit. “I want to be embedded in the community to use the experience I’ve gained in museum studies, educational programming and archive work,” she said. Heady stuff for a WCC grad from Kāne‘ohe, but Worden said the key is to find a passion and work that’s fulfilling. That’s what has kept her going throughout her college career. “Don’t just settle. You’re never going to get your dream job if you don’t persevere and aim high,” she urged. “Just know that everything you do will move you a little closer.”


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Ragains takes a well-deserved retirement T

by Lance Sabado Special to Ka ‘Ohana

oday is not one of his better days. Between the loud construction noises around his house and phone calls about his chemotherapy treatments, WCC speech professor Alan Ragains struggles to recall the timeline of certain milestones in his life. Despite this, one thing he is able to cheerfully recount is how much he loved being at WCC and how much he’ll miss the students and faculty. “I really enjoyed my time teaching at Windward,” says Ragains. “What I loved the most are the students and all the people there.“ Ragains is officially retiring after 22 years of teaching speech and communication at WCC. His cancer diagnosis came out of the blue last summer. In fact, until then he had never taken a sick day during his whole WCC career. But he remains his usual upbeat self — even as he faces a future of more tests and treatment, both in Hawai‘i and at M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas. As he prepares to make his retirement official, he says he has fond memories of his days at WCC. In his speech classes, Ragains was able to get to know his students and feel comfortable with them. He attributes this close relationship with his students to the small, intimate class sizes. “You really get a sense of community and family at WCC,” says Ragains. Yet, this connection with peers and places is nothing new and has been an ongoing theme in Ragains’ life. It all started back in Peoria, Illinois, where he grew up and spent more than half of his life. “I didn’t run away from home till I was 38 years old,” says Ragains. “When I say that, I mean that I went to grade school, high school and did all my graduate work in Peoria. After I went for my bachelor’s at Illinois

State University, I actually ended up coming back to Peoria and teaching at the same high school I went to.” To add spice to his life, Ragains took up theatre and was on his high school’s speech team. Also, he and a friend would rewrite well-known songs and enter the high school’s talent show. He jokes about his failure to win the talent shows. “That’s why I’m sitting here. Otherwise, I’d be in Hollywood, I’m sure,” he says, laughing, although he was cast as an extra in the film “Princess Ka‘iulani” and has appeared in local TV commercials. When Ragains was 24 years old, he was hired to teach theatre full-time at his old high school, Limestone Community High School. While there, he went to Bradley University for his master’s degree. Thereafter, Ragains says he grew “tired” of teaching and decided to try something new. After unsuccessfully applying for several retail jobs, he ended up working at his mother’s shoe store for 10 years. However, the real turning point in his life and what eventually brought him to Hawai‘i was a man named Rocco. Ragains had heard about Rocco through some of his friends in Peoria, who suggested the two meet. Even if their initial meeting lacked that “special spark,” they decided to get to know each other. Twenty-seven years later they’re still together. Rocco says about Ragains, “Alan is the most dedicated, positive, grounded, compassionate and genuine person. He’s just an amazing, amazing man.” Rocco says about Alan’s career, “Teaching is something he was always passionate about. When we run into his students from WCC, they always talk about how much they’ve been impacted by him. There hasn’t been one student I’ve encountered who hasn’t spoken glowingly about him.” WCC student Matthew Maneha echoes this sentiment and adds, “Ragains takes a genuine interest in his students’ well-being,” says Maneha. “He’s special. There’s really nothing bad you can say about Ragains.


WCC professor Alan Ragains relaxes in his home, reflecting on his years of building the college’s speech program.

I really look up to him.” In the end, one thing is for sure: Alan still sees the bigger picture in his life and is happy about what he has accomplished thus far. He remains optimistic about what’s to come. “There’s so much more to me and my life than my retirement and cancer,” he says.

Shibuya retires after 41 years at WCC I

by Jessica Crawford Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s the fall of 1972 when WCC opens its doors to students for the first time. Two buildings, 12 teachers, about 500 students. The Vietnam War is near its end, and the school sees an influx of veterans coming back to school using their GI bill. Jean Shibuya has been here from day one to see the campus evolve and students change over this 41-year span. “My very first day of teaching was scary,” Shibuya recalls. “I had my course outline, which our dean went over because we were such newbies.” When asked how she has changed, she says, “I think over the years I have evolved so that I have my own standards of teaching. I have my own internal ‘crap detector.’ I have become a really good editor; I think I’m an OK teacher.” Shibuya didn’t always have her eyes set on teaching. “I actually wanted to be an airline stewardess,” she says, laughing. She applied at Pan Am shortly after serving as a fair guide for the U.S. Pavilion at Expo ’70 in Japan. She says Expo ’70 was one of the high points of her life. Having a diplomatic passport allowed her to travel and experience much of Southeast Asia. Once Shibuya retires, she says she

plans to help out at WCC with study skills workshops for the writing resource center. She is even considering teaching abroad. “I’d like to travel more, so I won’t have to confine my travels only to summer. I plan to be a student of other things. Many of my friends are retired, so they are learning new things, which is good. I plan to keep my mind active.” Shibuya enjoys being enrolled in courses where she can learn teaching techniques from other instructors. Whether it is a swimming class, tai chi, jazzercise, a drawing or art design class, “Every time I take a course, I learn something about teaching because I fall into that pattern of being a student.” As for other hobbies, she says her favorite thing to do is read. Despite her busy schedule, she reads a few hours a day. Over the years, Shibuya has grown to love her work and the rewards of seeing students succeed. As for what she will miss most about teaching at WCC, she says she will miss watching the students develop over the weeks and the semesters. However, she’s also concerned about how students handle challenges today. “I think students today may face the anxiety of not knowing whether they’ll have a job, whether they’ll be employable in the future. It’s up to the student to develop critical thinking


English professor Jean Shibuya looks forward to retirement, traveling and staying active.

skills because that will always help you, no matter what kind of career you go into. “Students also have to be more disciplined. The tenor of the times is such that parents and teachers enable them too much, and that really isn’t a kindness. I think everyone needs to struggle a little bit. The earlier you struggle, the

more you learn about yourself.” Shibuya offers some words of advice for students: “Experience the world a lot. One should not be fearful of trying and failing. We put a premium on being successful. What I see more often is we learn more from our failures. People who are resilient and learn from hard knocks go on.”

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Leaving with high hopes for WCC by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


fter many long years of dedicated teaching in the computer science department, WCC’s Peggy Regentine has decided on taking the plunge into retired life. However, before she departs, she wants to encourage WCC to expand computer-based training for students.         “Over the past 24 years, WCC has experienced outstanding growth in buildings, going from lunchwagons to a real cafeteria and graduation ceremonies in our beautiful theatre,” said Regentine.  “But I still see a need for growth in WCC ’s t e c h nolog y t eac h i ng s.”         She feels that with all the technological advances in society, computer skills are a necessity now more than ever.   “We need to give our students the skill set they need to be competitive in today’s workforce. That includes everything from Web technology and social media to data analytics — analyzing why people


Peggy Regentine doing what she does best: keeping up with computer technology.

buy certain products or why certain businesses are growing.” Being at WCC for over two decades has meant not only dealing with the

change of faculty and students but also the technology changes. Regentine said she had to learn so many different software packages and operating systems.  

“It was a fast-paced environment and an upward learning curve, but it was never dull because change keeps life interesting,” she said.    Although she has not created her bucket list yet, she does plan to do a lot of traveling during her retirement.  “I have always made lesson plans for my classes and students, but now it’s time for me to make my own lesson plan,” she said, laughing. Overall, she said she has thoroughly enjoyed her experience at WCC.   “This school has the most dedicated and hard-working facultyand staff that I have ever seen,” she continued.  “Our campus is beautiful, our buildings are unique and our graduation ceremonies cannot be matched. Windward’s people work so hard to help students succeed.” Her parting wish for the college is to grow the curriculum in computing.  “We must support technology to be competitive,” said Regentine. “That means more faculty to develop the courses we can offer on campus so we expand our training for the jobs of the future.”

Stocking her last shelf A

by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief

fter 14 bosses, 45 buybacks, 46 beginning-of-semester rushes and 23 years as a clerk in WCC’s bookstore, Elaine Manuel retires this semester. Before Hale ʻĀkoakoa even existed, the WCC bookstore was crammed into two rooms in the administration building, Hale Alakaʻi, where the financial aid offices are now. When Manuel was hired, she was told she was the first bookstore clerk at WCC. Back then, the bookstore didn’t carry bus information or bus passes. After a student came in and asked Manuel for bus times, she called The Bus. Through her, the bookstore was able to carry upto-date bus schedules for students. The first book buyback she experienced was with a buyer from a Nebraska company who came in. He had no com-

puter, she recalls, only a printed piece of paper with lists of books and prices that he went through entirely by hand. When the new building opened, the bookstore moved to its current location next to the cafeteria. Always looking out for students’ welfare, Manuel was happy that, with more space, they were able to offer more items. “I’m going to take care of myself better,” she said, mentioning her back pain caused by lifting heavy boxes of books. During her retirement, Manuel plans to walk her three dogs, Magik, Posy and Zephyr every day and visit Las Vegas and Reno with her husband. Manuel watched the campus, faculty and student population grow over her 23 years working at the bookstore, and she says she’ll miss the friends she’s made here. “The kids are friendly,” she said of the students, whom she’ll miss helping.


WCC bookstore clerk Elaine Manuel getting ready to put down the scanner for good.

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After 17 years of dedicated janitorial services, Avelina Corpuz has decided to move on.

by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff

tudents, faculty and staff may know her as the petite lady with the milliondollar smile. But Avelina Corpuz, who is retiring this spring after 17 years at WCC, has supervised the janitorial team that keeps the campus clean — a task many of us take for granted. With every new building, the workload has increased, but through it all, Corpuz said she has appreciated the friendliness of the faculty, staff and students. “I’ve felt so comfortable here,” she said. “Everyone is so nice.” The campus has changed dramati-

cally since she first joined the staff in 1996. “They were just starting on the science building,” she recalled. She hopes people on campus will just keep everything clean and appreciate the work the janitors do. “A smile helps a lot,” she added. Corpuz, who used to work as a security guard at the Women’s Community Correctional Facility, said she’s looking forward to more free time. “I’d like to do volunteer work in a senior care home and maybe eventually have a job there,” she said. But for now, she just wants to express her appreciation to the campus that she has helped care for and support these many years.


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his is more than a college for some students. It’s a second home.” That’s how student Austin Lau described WCC and the positive vibe on campus. Whether it’s hanging out with friends at the new library or learning something fun in class, students say the atmosphere feels friendly and safe, to help people face their fears and accomplish their educational goals. Here are some snapshots of campus life from Ka ‘Ohana’s staff, along with what students have to say about this scenic, dynamic place.

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Rain Bird entices with exotic delights


rustrated and exhausted from preparing for finals? WCC’s Rain Bird staff invites you to get your love on at the annual Rain Bird launch on Thursday, May 9 and celebrate with a heartfelt “Hazah! at the LOVE BAZAAR!” The Badra Belly Dance troupe and WCC theater students will kick off the party at 6 p.m. with dance routines and improv performances, respectively, in the Hale ‘Ākoakoa atrium. The awards program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Contributors to this year’s LOVE issue will be recognized, and monetary prizes will be presented to award-winning writers and artists. Writer-director Gopi Duran will

introduce the Film Club @ WCC’s short film adaptation based on Zola Brown’s short fiction piece, “The Pink Coral Necklace.” Halvah and baklava delicacies from Da Spot will be offered, along with spiced tea and Turkish coffee for dessert. Throughout the evening, attendees will have an opportunity to win prizes, and after the formal program, the LOVE issue will be available to adopt for the small fee of a smile or hug. Rain Bird Staff member Victoria Brice says, “What better way to celebrate the end of the semester than by beginning to read the new LOVE issue?”

Coberly writes prescription for retirement by Kelly Montgomery Ka‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief



After 8 years at WCC, DaGrossa explores new options in California.

DaGrossa departs by Eric Levine Ka‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ong-time instructor and service-learning coordinator Pam DaGrossa will leave WCC after this semester, but will offer an anthropology course as an online class this fall from her new home in Colusa, California. “(My husband and I) decided that we’re at a point where we could make a change if we wanted too, so we decided to do it while we can,” she explained. Due to her husband’s new job, they will be leaving for California on May 20. DaGrossa seemed excited about the move, especially the idea of being able to drive for a couple of hours on a road trip. However, she’s also a little worried about what will happen to service-learning after she leaves. Having notified the administration of her leave back in

November, DaGrossa expected to be able to work with the new service-learning coordinator before she left; however, at press time no replacement had been selected yet. Despite the fact that service-learning is mentioned in the school’s strategic learning outcomes, DaGrossa said, “I can’t say I’m not worried about it. I’m talking to somebody right now, so I’m hopeful.” That being said, DaGrossa has fond memories of WCC, especially when it comes to the program, which she has run since the fall of 2009. “It’s a phenomenal amount of work to do the service-learning, and the only reason I keep doing it is I love working with the students, and seeing what they get out of all of it,” she said. “Yes, I’m going to miss all the students here. It’s cliché to say it’s one big ‘ohana, but it kind of is.”

Aloha to former Employment Training Center English teacher Leslie Lyum, who retires this spring. Mahalo for your years of service.

t was over a decade ago that Margaret Coberly happened upon the WCC campus on her way to the Hawaii State Hospital. Yet at the end of this semester, her nostalgia will only increase as she plans to retire. Early in 2001, Coberly— then a psychology teacher at UH-Mānoa—was driving along Kahekili Highway and noticed the HSH signs. Being a nurse as well, she found her curiosity piqued and decided to detour to see what was there. “I somehow ended up outside the old No‘eau building and out stumbled (anthropology professor) Robert deLoach carrying a potted plant,” Coberly recalled. “We spent at least an hour talking about anthropology and psychology. He told me to apply for a lecturer position at Windward and so I did.”

Prior to working at Windward, Coberly used to teach a death and dying course at Mānoa and in 2003, published her book Sacred Passage: How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying. “After teaching, I’ll be able to concentrate on my writing, submit a second edition to my book and finish a novel now in progress,” she said. Coberly says her fondest memories at Windward are related to the students. She remembers an incident where she overheard someone remark how easy it was to teach. Offering him the opportunity, Coberly switched spots with the student while a “stunned silence” fell over the classroom. “As he fumbled along, the laughter was incredibly infectious. He started laughing, and before long we all had such a fit that it was actually impossible to carry on the class further,” Coberly said. “It was one of the funni-

est moments I have ever, ever experienced.” Before leaving for retirement, Coberly has some last advice for the student body: “Never give up on getting further education. It is a lifelong pursuit that enriches every aspect of one’s life,” she said. “I hope students at Windward realize that many of the faculty are truly extraordinary individuals. It is a joy to know that in such a tiny college in such a tiny town there are so many outstanding educators.”

Margaret Coberly

Trudy Miyaji checks out from WCC by Maria Harr Ka‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief


rudy Miyaji, WCC library assistant for the past 23 years, will be retiring after this semester. Miyaji, who did everything from circulation, handling mail and organizing the periodicals, says she’s “planning on resting.” Having been through the move from the old library to the new, Miyaji says there were big changes, such the size of the library itself. “The old library was much smaller; this one is huge! “It’s nice, but in a smaller

Trudy Miyaji, (left) long-time WCC library clerk, and librarian Sarah Gray take time out to celebrate Miyaji’s retirement.

library you get to see people more. In this one I don’t see many people.” Miyaji wants to travel and


spend time with her sisters, who are already retired. She also wants to learn Japanese folk dancing.

May 2013

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Ka ‘Ohana



Out of the classroom and into the field


by Chelsea Meerians Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

tʻs a humid Thursday afternoon as WCC professor Dr. Floyd McCoy talks about his recent geology field course to Maui. “I hope you don’t mind if I eat during this,” McCoy says in Hale ʻImiloa as he munches on his lunch of “mainland manapuas” and sips water out of one of the lab’s glass beakers. Classical music resonates throughout the room alongside the steady churning of one of his scientific contraptions. McCoy might appear to be your “everyday” college professor, but upon further inspection, one would find that he is so much more. Receiving bot h h is bachelorʻs and masterʻs in geological sciences, McCoy then earned his doctorate at Harvard in 1974. For the past 40 years, McCoy has also had a love affair with the Mediterranean nation of Greece and is renowned worldwide for his scientific research in the region. Not only does he live in Greece during the summer, but McCoy also conducts geoarchaelogical and geophysical surveys of the volcano Thera, sendimentology of tsunami deposits and much more. In addition to much of his research being published, McCoy has also been featured on

“You can’t enjoy the outside without being outside.” – Dr. Floyd McCoy the History Channel, National Geographic and the Learning Channel. McCoy’s personal adventures, which he recounts in vivid detail, sound like something from an Indiana Jones flick. They range from exploring the bottom of the ocean in submersibles to outrunning a tsunami when he was in high school. For McCoy, personal experience is everything when it comes to science. Because of this, it seems only fitting that he leads neighbor island field excursions, giving students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on the geo-

logical aspects and processes of Hawai’i. “They are not trips, they are field courses,” he establishes at the outset of the interview. McCoy explains that such neighbor island field courses had begun before he took his current position at WCC in 1990 with his predecessor Dr. Gary Stice, who was one of his long-time friends. “He was going blind from a genetic disease and needed someone to take over,” McCoy explains. At the time, McCoy was just moving back from the mainland and had two job offers on O‘ahu: one at WCC or a research position at Mānoa. The choice for him was obvious. “I thought ‘Windward… lots of parking, quiet campus, nice people… I think I’ll go there’.” Since then, McCoy has taught thousands of students and has led dozens of field courses over the years, all the while imparting his own personal scientific knowledge and exploits. The most recent field course summoned 20 students to the island of Maui. The five-day excursion over spring break took students to ‘Īao Valley, West Maui, Haleakalā Crater, Ka‘elekū Caverns, La Perouse Bay, Hāna and Kahului. They went not only to observe various geological

For the love of the ocean by Ariana Hansen Ka ‘Ohana Writer


eneath the world-famous waves that pound the shores of Hawai‘i’s chain of islands is a world of its own — much of it still a mystery with something new to discover each day. For students in the UH system’s Marine Option Program (MOP), what may have begun as a casual interest in the ocean could become a lifelong passion. With the training they receive, they’ll be equipped with much more than goggles. MOP was started at UH Mānoa in 1972, the same year Windward Community College opened. It is a certificate-granting program, providing any undergraduate students who have an interest in the ocean with a unique, hands-on learning experience. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge


A student pauses for a picture while conducting a coral reef study.

of the ocean not only academically, but also in their careers. Biological and marine sciences professor Dave Krupp heads MOP at WCC and points out that the “key element to the Marine Option Program that always made it unique (was) a project that gave the students hands-on skills.” Project topics (although it is

required that they are marinerelated) are really only limited by a student’s imagination. “Not all projects are science-researched, and they’re not all necessarily sciencerelated,” said Krupp. “We’ve had students, for example, do marine-related journalism, and have gone on to work for Midweek as a result

processes, but also to conduct various field exercises such as taking rock and dirt samples and making mapping inferences based on the environment. “You can’t enjoy the outside without being outside,” McCoy emphasizes. Growing up on the Big Island, McCoy explains that his family constantly spent their time outdoors, which ignited his interest in geology. Though McCoy understands there is much a student can learn from a classroom setting, he feels that it is nothing compared to what a student can learn from firsthand experience.

“I can tell students over and over how hot a lava flow is, but they’ll never really know. In a field course, I can take that student to that lava flow, place their finger on it, and they’ll say ‘Ouch! That’s hot!’ They won’t forget that,” he says. McCoy plans to continue his adventures this summer in Greece, focusing his research on the island of Crete, where several grad students will accompany him to aid him in his research and obtain firsthand experience in the field. For more details on future field courses and research opportunities, contact McCoy via e-mail at


McCoy (left) teaches students about geological processes on Maui.

of their experiences,” he said. Projects could also include underwater photography or underwater videography. Krupp explained the hope is that the skills acquired through hands-on learning can be useful for students in their future careers. For example, some students throughout the MOP system have gone on to work for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), as well as the Division of Aquatic Resources with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Fish and Wildlife Service. One former MOP student is a successful underwater photographer, maintaining a Website for his art, and also works for the UH Diving Safety Office. Another MOP-certified student is now involved in underwater archaeology as a graduate student. To receive a certificate, students must enroll in OCN 101, Intro to Marine Option Program (a 1-credit course) and also complete 9 to 12 hours of approved courses. The program is somewhat

flexible and, therefore, courses could include a range of topics such as oceanography, art, history, anthropology, philosophy, natural and social sciences and more. As Krupp explained, the program was designed to be cross-disciplinary so that students from any area of study could benefit and earn a MOP certificate. Finally, students must complete a MOP skill project based on a topic of their choice. This would involve the design of a research project and either a written report or an oral presentation with an opportunity for students to be recognized for their efforts and present at the Annual MOP Student Symposium. This event showcases students’ skills, knowledge and ingenuity and is also an opportunity for students to network with those from other campuses, sharing project ideas and information. Students can visit http:// home.html or stop by Hale ‘Imiloa 118 for more details.


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Discovering options for college by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief


hether you’re a high school senior or divorced mother of three, the path to college can be an intimidating experience for some. Luckily, Windward has an abundance of services to help anyone — from enrollment to commencement. “College is a Family Affair” was held on April 17 in Hale ‘Ākoakoa. More than two dozen people showed up to get assistance and information regarding the college process. Not only was it a learning experience for prospective students and their families, but also a way to showcase the opportunities and programs at WCC. “We’re happy with the turnout,” said counselor Heipua Kaopua. “It’s a great combination of high schoolers and adult learners, meaning those who are new or returning to college after being out of school for some time.” Before starting, guests were offered free trolley tours around campus, giving them the chance to familiarize themselves with the grounds and enjoy the natural beauty, too. Special guest speaker and WCC graduate “Lina Girl” Langi of KCCN FM100 provided some laughs before kicking off the introductions. Representatives from several campus programs set up informational booths, ready to answer any question. Course options included computers and business, agripharmtech, vet tech, theatre, piano and Hawaiian studies.


Ka Piko staff member Kehau Iwashita (left) and winner of the free tuition waiver, Krystal Montgomery, at the welcome table during College is a Family Affair night.

Also in attendance were members of the counseling team as well as Pacific Alliance, iCan, TRiO, Papai O Ko‘olau, the Library Learning Commons and theHub. The evening highlighted the many options available to help students succeed. As Ardis Eschenberg, vice chancellor of student affairs said, “We define ourselves as an ‘ohana. I want for them (future students) what I want for my own (family).” The guests split into 20-minute workshops to learn more details on specific topics. Workshops covered the admission process with registrar

Geri Imai, financial aid options with specialist Hylie Santos, and adult learner assistance with transfer coordinator Sarah Inouye and counselor Carla Rogers. “This is a great opportunity I never had,” said adult learner Jonathan Wong. After retiring from the fire department, Wong decided to use his military service GI bill to further his education. “It was scary at first,” he recalls, “but eventually I found out the teachers and staff at WCC are nice and caring. They really want you to succeed.” After a pule from Hawaiian

studies assistant professor Liko Hoe, the crowd enjoyed a delicious spread catered by Big City Diner. A prize drawing was held for two flashdrives, a $50 California Pizza Kitchen giftcard (donated by Lina Girl) and two free Fall 2013 tuition waivers—good for up to 12 credits. The winners were Krystal Montgomery, a new adult student who could become part of the first class of Paipai o Ko‘olau, and Teddra Kiesel, who is already working on her associate in arts degree. “We’re really glad we came,” said Marisa and Manny Pangilinan. Manny works for the Honolulu Weekly and Marisa is in retail. They were both interested in returning to school, but with a young child, were unsure of how to go about it. They heard of the event after visiting WCC during the Palikū Arts Festival. “The campus is beautiful, and everyone is so warm and welcoming,” said Manny. “The people are willing to help and show so much enthusiasm about it.” Recruitment specialist Gus CobbAdams, who helped host the event said, “Attending WCC turned my life around from where it was going to where it is today.” He thanked all the people in attendance, especially the families that came to support their students. “When one student goes to college, the whole family goes to college. There has to be a buy-in from the family for a student to be successful,” said Cobb-Adams. That’s what this event was all about—after all, college is a family affair.

Kalo making a comeback IN GOOD TASTE

by Kyrie Puaoi


alo (taro): a root vegetable most known for its pounded form as poi, less known as Haloa, ancestor and older brother to the Hawaiian people. A f t er C ap t a i n Ja me s Cook’s arrival in the islands in 1779, the Hawaiian way of living changed rapidly. By the 1800s, new land rights were put in place, immigration rates increased and Hawaiian culture began to diminish — all factors that led to a great decline in kalo farming throughout the state. Farming kalo is a laborintensive task. While the number of farmers is slowly increasing, not many people are cultivating it anymore. A small workforce and scarce product made t he

cost of poi extremely high. Most often you would find kalo being sold or served as poi — its pounded or milled form mixed with water to make a paste. At one time, I remember seeing some 12-ounce bags selling for nine dollars! This is why many of us had to get our fill during special occasions: lū‘aus, weddings, or when mom was real ‘ono for her fish and poi. Fear not, however, dear readers! This is not a story of doom and gloom. Slowly but surely, this Hawaiian staple is making its way back onto our tables and into our tummies, thanks to the devotion and innovation of Hawai’i’s chefs who are putting kalo on their menus in creative and tasty new ways. At Tow n R e s t au r a nt in Kaimukī, Chef Ed Kenney likes to prepare pa‘i‘ai. Pa’i’ai is cooked kalo pounded by hand with a pōhaku (stone) with a little water added to it, unlike the wa-

tered down poi form. It has a gray-purplish color and is thick and gummy. While pa’i’a i rema i n s my most favored way to eat k alo, others may need a bit more convincing. “It ’s like eating cardboa rd,” I overhea rd one diner say. But really, what’s it like eating cardboard? At Town they usually pan-fry it into what looks like a crispy purple pancake, which is then served with some kind of local beef or fish. 12th Ave Grill tried their hand at a taro-sotto (taro hash risotto) served with Maui lamb and Big Island leeks. It was prepared with taro grown in He‘eia, WCC’s own backyard. The al dente texture of the rice-sized taro chunks was a subtle and pleasing c ha nge f rom t he t y pica l mush of rice, but surprisingly had the same wet, starchy texture of risotto. Yum. A little closer to home at Cactus in Kailua, they


Kako’o ‘Oiwi’s kalo restoration project grows ka’i taro on its farm in He’eia.

serve local grown kalo with a Latin flair, inspired from Central and South America as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico. If you’re a vegetarian (and even if you’re not) Cactus is the perfect place to get your taro fix without meat in their Crispy Potato and Island Taro

Croquetas. While pursuing your own culinary adventures, if you see taro on your menu and can’t decide what to eat, just remember that when you eat kalo you are helping to support an exciting and flavorful journey towards revitalizing the Hawaiian culture.

May 2013


Ka ‘Ohana



What community cause are you actively involved in and why? I am involved with the Blood Bank of Hawaii. This is because I know the importance of giving blood, since I have received blood before. It’s safe, simple, saves lives and you get FREE food. If you ask me, there isn’t a better deal around. –Marcus Nakoa

and pick up any trash that does not belong there. Then at night when I have the chance, I go to the beach with my father and we pick up recyclables to get exercise and spend time together. –Patrice Yamane I am currently working in the science department for professor Floyd McCoy to bring awareness about plastics in the ocean and what we can do to prevent or limit future damage. I began to get involved during my servicelearning project and have carried through with it. –Toni Difanto

The community cause I am actively involved in is cleaning the beach every Sunday and picking up recyclables when I can at night. I live in the countryside (North Shore), so it is very important to me that the beach is clean. I like to walk along the beach

North Korea North Korea warned ambassadors that it cannot guarantee the safety of embassy officials if fighting does break out, offering assistance to any personnel who wish to evacuate the area. Allies of North Korea — China and former Cuban president Fidel Castro — have both issued statements condemning the threatening actions of North Korea. Chinese President, Xi Jinping said of North Korea, “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.” Many analysts have stated they don’t doubt North Korea may do a missile test in the near future but are suggesting they do not expect it will be a targeted strike. However, U.S. officials are being very cautious of the situation. The U.S. military, conducting annual training in South Korea, has cancelled regularly planned tests to avoid sending war-provoking messages to the war-mongering North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. In statements published by the [North] Korean Central News Agency of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), “The U.S. is hurling huge nuclear war hardware into South Korea… inciting a war fever against the DPRK.” The “war hardware” refers


to the annual joint training exercise conducted by South Korea and the U.S. Fujimoto explained that in the eyes of North Korea the U.S. is trying to intimidate North Korea. “North Korean animosity towards the U.S. hasn’t changed since the Korean War more than a half century ago. They still view us as imperialist and hold us responsible for dividing the country between north and south,” Lisa Ling said in the National Geographic documentary. Meetings that have been held across North Korea claim to show the people’s support of Kim Jong-Un and his “vow to win a victory in the final lifeand-death battle with such aggressors as the U.S. imperialists and their South Korean puppet traitors.” A Marine SSgt training in South Korea said, “The new Marines are tense, but the older Marines know Korea blows smoke up people’s a----.” “Most everyone thinks the North Koreans are crazy, or just completely out of it. I don’t think so. I think they have a very firm objective and they’re going to get whatever it is they think they can get,” Fujimoto said. “That national interest of North Korea is to maintain the leadership of the Kim dynasty, and they’ll do almost anything to achieve that,” Fujimoto said.

Ka ‘Ohana (The Family)


Maria Harr Kelly Montgomery STAFF REPORTERS

Eric Levine Zacha-Rya Luning Kelly Montgomery Kyrie Puaoi Elizabeth Ruiz Chelsea Meerians

Charlotte Manini Jaimee-Linn Shaw Anyah Albert Jessica Crawford JOURNALISM WRITERS

Ariana Hansen WEBMASTERS

Patrick Hascall Jessica Crawford ADVISOR

Libby Young

Ka ‘Ohana is published monthly by the students of Windward Community College. 45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744. Phone (808) 236-9187 or 236-9185. The newspaper reflects only the views of its student staff. Visit Ka ‘Ohana’s website at

I am actively involved in the NRA and HRA organizations because I am a member of the community and a new generation of gun owners in Hawaii. I also actively support my high school’s alumni. I am a part of the first two organizations because I feel that I have a right to keep my freedoms. –Jathan Talon I am actively involved in neighborhood watch because recently there have been a lot of break-ins in the Kaneohe/ Kahalu’u district and that is where I live. –Lowen Rogers I am currently involved with the Hawai’i Pā’ū riders. The organization reenacts part of Hawaii’s history in horse riding and lei making. I also volunteer at various community and school events playing music for entertainment. –Von Scott Wong II

I am involved with cleaning up the roadways, keeping our beaches clean and doing community service with Castle Hospital, helping patients with their needs and telling them stories. Why? I like to see our highways and beaches clean of rubbish so tourists can enjoy them and also keeping patients happy during the time that they have. –Paul Pakele My family and I do some community service at the Koʻolaupoko fishpond once a month when they have their clean-up days. This is a very exciting event for my children because they learn so much while cleaning up the beach of debris and other garbage that washes up along the shores. –Kenneth Hanohano I am really involved in helping kids to improve their skills at soccer. I volunteer to

referee at least two hours every weekend and encourage children to continue to stay active. I really enjoy helping at a VIP clinic for soccer. This clinic helps handicapped children be active and socialize, and I have watched these kids over the years develop social interactions and not only improve at soccer but make friends along the way. –Joey Silva I am actively involved in the Boys and Girls Club at Kailua Intermediate. Too many children have parents that work full time, which leaves some children with too much freedom and more susceptible to trouble. I also volunteer at Po ‘Ailani non-profit organization. Drugs take over our community of diminishing Hawaiians. Helping them by giving them positive options on managing life’s issues will keep our Hawaiian race alive. –Kim Puahi

May 2013


The man, the legend, the legacy by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


he film “42” delivers a home run with a heroic and historic tale of how Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to break the all-white barrier in Major League Baseball. Although it’s not mentioned in the movie, Robinson did move to Hawai‘i in 1941 to play semi-professional football for the Honolulu Bears. However, his football career was cut short when the U.S. entered World War II. The movie depicts how rough those times were for Robinson as he dealt with racism, not only from fans but from some of his teammates as well. In spite of taunts from other players and coaches, he had to control his temper at the start of his career and during all the times he was tested.

Robinson started off playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Baseball League in an era when racism was still prevalent in the United States, especially when it came to baseball, which was heavily segregated. It wasn’t until 1946 that Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey started to scout Negro Leagues for a possible addition to the team’s roster. Robinson was then called up to play for the all-white Montreal Royals, a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers and then eventually the Brooklyn Dodgers. Even though the only well-known actor in the movie is Harrison Ford, the film works well because the focus is on the characters and their transformation throughout the movie. The film combines the American pastime of base-


Actor Chadwick Boseman in a scene from the film “42” wearing Jackie Robinson’s iconic 42 jersey.

ball with the historical saga of how the color barrier was broken. As a lesson for fu-

ture generations, “42” is to the baseball world what “Remember t he Tita n s” was

to football: a real-life story about the role sports can play in bringing people together.

Get the popcorn ready for this summer’s blockbusters Iron Man 3 (May 3) When new villain The Mandarin begins terrorizing America and destroys billionaire and super hero Tony Stark’s home, Stark is out for revenge. The Great Gatsby (May 10) A young man plays witness to the tragedy that unfolds before him as his affluent neighbor attempts to recreate the past and rekindle his lost romance.

Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) A re-imagining of the classic Shakespearean play about two pairs of lovers, set in modern time. This Is The End (June 12) The apocalypse strikes while celebrities party it up at James Franco’s house. The cast of comedic stars, such as Seth Rogan portray themselves in the ensuing madness. COLUMBIA PICTURES

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) A direct sequel to the reboot of the classic sci-fi series, “Into Darkness” follows Captain Kirk as he once again must fight to save the Federation.

Man of Steel (June 14) In t h is Superman reboot, Clark Kent must face off against members of his lost race who are attacking Earth.

The Hangover Part III (May 24) The epic conclusion to the “cult-classic” comedic trilogy in which the “wolf pack” returns to Las Vegas for yet another crazy adventure.

Monsters University (June 21) M i k e a nd Su l ly from Pixar’s Monsters Inc. return in this prequel about them earning their scaring degrees.

Now You See Me (May 31) A group of crafty magicians pulls off a large-scale bank robbery, but their biggest trick is still up their sleeves.

R.I.P.D. (July 19) When a cop is killed on duty, he finds himself being recruited into an organization of undead police defending the world from violent souls.

After Earth (May 31) 1,000 years after humans were forced to flee Earth, a father and son are stranded on the now inhospitable planet and must struggle to survive.

The Wolverine (July 26) The X-Men’s favorite wild man goes to modern day Japan where he is attacked by old enemies that will change his future.





Clockwise from top left: “This is the End,” “The Hangover Pt. III,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University” and “After Earth.”

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