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Volume 42, No. 8 May 2014

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Never too late for the right choice by Grant Kono Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ho we are today is the result of choices we’ve made. For commencement speaker Nani Daniluck, the decision to attend WCC may not have been her first choice, but it proved to be the best. Nani, as her friends call her, graduated from Kailua High School in 2011, but never put too much effort into planning her life after high school. “Back then, I just lived in the moment, always wanting to have the time of my life, never seeing the big picture,” said Daniluck. “I always knew eventually I would have to go to college to provide for myself and my future family.” After applying and being accepted into the College Opportunities Program (COP) at her first-choice campus, UH Mānoa, Daniluck was faced with a tough decision. A few weeks before the move-in date for COP, Daniluck withdrew from the program to care for her 95-year-old tūtū (grandma). Because of her love of family, Daniluck did not attend UH, but with her family’s support, she found another route. “My sister, Kuʻulei Miranda, made me apply to Windward as a back-up plan,” said Daniluck. “If I had gone to UH straight from high school, I might have continued to be the same student I was. Now it’s easy for me to realize that WCC was, and still is, in my best interest.”

WCC COMMENCEMENT Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 p.m. Palikū Theatre

Graduation Lunch (hosted by ASUH-WCC) Friday, May 16, 2014 Noon Pālanakila Courtyard

Nani Daniluck

Knowing the right people helps to make college seem like less of a struggle. Daniluck is grateful to her sister who has always looked after her. Ku‘ulei works for TRiO as an advisor and, as Daniluck explained, “Without her, I wouldn’t have applied at WCC. Because of her, I was fortunate to meet people who helped to shape my experience here.” Daniluck urges students to take “fun” electives to help take your mind

off the challenges of school, like a stress-relief class amidst the madness of other courses. “Theatre 101 was one of my favorite classes here,” said Daniluck. “Nick (Logue) is the bomb! What made it fun and kept it interesting is his way of teaching. It’s completely different, and you can see his passion for theater just by taking the class.” This fall Daniluck will be attending UH Mānoa to work towards her bachelor’s degree in social work. Then, she

hopes to pursue a master’s degree and become a licensed family counselor. “That’s if I don’t change my mind,” joked Daniluck. “My back-up plan is to join HPD and become a part of the SWAT team. “If I could give my past self any advice, it would be to get connected to the campus as soon as you can. Join TRiO, join ASUH, find an on-campus job, write for the paper!” said Daniluck. “Believe me, only good things come to those who seek the right things.”

‘15 to Finish’: The push to a degree I

by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

t pays to get a college degree. That’s what the experts say. However, getting there can take awhile, depending on how many credits you carry a semester. The UH system has launched a campaign, “15 to Finish,” to encourage students to take 15 credits each semester to keep them on track to a degree. But it’s not for everyone, some say—especially those juggling family obligations and part-time jobs. “15 to Finish” is part of the UH system’s Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative (HGI) which aims to “increase the number of educated citizens in the state.” Their goal is another popular catchphrase, “55 by ’25.” That is, to raise the number of working-age adults with degrees to 55 percent by the year 2025. “15 to Finish” is backed by research that says students who take 15 credits or more a semester do better in school, finish on time and save more money. That last point about saving money is especially true at the university level, where students are only charged for 12 credits—anything more is free. However, the campaign stresses graduating on time, which in itself saves money, too. “We want more people to get their degrees faster,”

said Joanne Itano, UH interim executive vice president for academic affairs. “If you (stop to) think about it, taking 12 credits a semester is not enough to get you to graduate on time.” The campaign is a simple division problem, literally. If an individual were seeking a two-year degree, he or she would need to take 15 credits each semester to finish in only two years. The same goes for a fouryear degree. The problem is that most students don’t take 15 credits. Since federal financial aid defines full-time status as 12 credits, most people find this number much more comfortable. But if you do the math, 12 credits a semester means attaining a two-year degree in 2 ½ years or a four-year degree in five years. That’s extra time in school and more money out of your pockets. Although the initiative has only the best intentions, many are still wary of the campaign. “The vast majority of college students I know are not just attending school, but have full-time jobs, sometimes two, families, children and other outside considerations to deal with,” said WCC student Jeff Uyemura-Reyes. Having to juggle outside responsibilities with school is a common occurrence, especially at the community college level.

“The message we want to send is that we know 15 credits may not be for everyone,” said Itano, “but we feel students need to be informed. “What we know is that not all students are aware (of this). I think because most commonly we have advised students to take 12 because that’s full-time. We really want students just to be informed about what this means if you took 12 credits versus 15,” Itano said. Another consideration, which affects the community colleges in particular, is placement into math and English courses below the 100 level. “I’m taking 15 credits and recently discovered I have to take another class because I took Math 28,” said WCC student Nicole Hayler. “I have to fulfill that extra class, which must be 100 or above in order to graduate.” According to Ardis Eschenberg, vice chancellor for academic affairs, “80 percent of our students at WCC enter with developmental needs, which adds to the number of credits needed to graduate. “In theory, taking a greater number of credits could lead them closer to on-time degree completion, if they are successful with these classes. That being said,” she continued, “15 to Finish can’t be applied to everyone, especially with the diversity of students at the community colleges.” SEE CAMPAIGN PAGE 11


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Minimum wage: staying alive on $7.75 by JP Spencer Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


here’s good news for minimum wage workers in Hawai‘i. The state Legislature has approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018 — a bill Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign. Hawai‘i hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2007, and the current wage is lower than 19 other states. The House and Senate passed the bill calling for increases every year, starting Jan. 1, 2015 at $7.75 an hour. On Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum will jump to $8.50 an hour and then to $9.25 by 2017. Finally, on Jan. 1, 2018 the wage will increase to $10.10 an hour. Not only does the bill raise the minimum wage, but it also increases the tip credit to 75 cents. Although businesses can deduct the tip credit, they won’t be allowed to unless employees earn at least $7 an hour above the minimum wage in tips.

Lawmakers debated all during the spring legislative session on the size of the increase, when it would go into effect and the amount of tip credit for service employees. Employees who receive tips are paid a little less than employees who are paid on a straight hourly basis. As of now, the tip credit would occur only if the employee made more than 25 percent of the poverty level. For students struggling to pay their bills while going to school, the increase is welcome news. “I live in a house of six people and my mom is the only one work ing to pay bills in the house due to my grandpa being retired. I work minimum wage making $36 a day,” said WCC student Janelle Napoleon. “My sister, brother and I have to pay for the things we want, like the phone bill and groceries. I also give my mom money to help out with the rent, but it’s hard for me.” However, some businesses have said they may have to

let employees go or limit their hours to cover costs. Others worry that veteran employees who have received raises for being good workers will want to have their wages increased to keep pace with the minimum wage increases for entry-level employees. “It is going to be very challenging to switch around the payment plan we have set already,” said Tai Tsuchiya, the manager of Mid-Pacific Country Club. “Some employees might have to get cut if our company reaches its budget on the new minimum wage.” In an interview with Hawaii News Now, Sen. Clayton Hee maintained that it’s time to raise the minimum since more than 40 percent of the homeless are minimum wage earners. “Since cost keep climbing, it’s only fair to raise the pay for minimum wage workers,” said Hee. Minimum wage was intended for new employees who just started a job, so they could work their way up the chain to earn a bigger wage.


Starting Jan. 1, 2015, minimum wage will change to $7.75 per hour.

It was never considered an income you could live off of, but more as a payment for learning on the job and getting experience in that area of work. The high cost of living in

Hawai‘i isn’t likely to change anytime soon. From the price of gas and groceries to housing, the state consistently ranks as one of the most expensive places in the nation to live.

What issue should Congress make a priority? One piece of legislation I want to see passed is to ban All GMO foods. It should be a top priority because these products are ruining Americansʻ lives daily. From unknown allergies to obesity, GMO companies are making major profits by selling garbage to us. I’ve also learned that these companies have paid millions to keep their products from being labeled, which means Americans don’t know which groceries contain genetically modified organisms. —Jered Edwards The major legislation that should be a priority this year is equal pay for women. The fact that women, in the year 2014, still make $0.77 per dollar earned by a man is ridiculous and needs to change. The United States is a place that represents freedom and equal rights. I think that our country should actually practice what we preach. —Elizabeth Gustafson The U.S. Congress should focus more on the education system and find ways to better fund public schools. It is important to build better schools in rural and poor areas because it gives children a chance to get ahead. The education sys-

programs. We Americans are digging our own graves. We are in dire need and on the verge of collapse. —Rhema Sabate

tem is lacking and it appears that only those with money are able to receive the best education. —Pua Guard If Congress could agree to pass one piece of legislation, it should be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove corporate person hood and publicly finance all elections. (It’s) what we need to move forward in this country. The reason minimum wage hasn’t gone up is because multinational corporations buy off “our” politicians with donations, making them serve their donors and not the people who voted for them. Politicians spend most of their time trying to gain donors for their next run for office rather than doing their job. —Kainoa Lee I believe that Congress should pass legislation to lower education costs, specifically student loans. I’m not sure what the average debt is for a fouryear degree, but for my associate of arts degree, I am already

$26,500 in debt and I still have two semesters left before I can graduate to UH Mānoa. If Congress can pass legislature for trillions of dollars in defense spending, then why can’t they throw a few billion towards educating the next generation? —Ken Melanson It should work on reducing the American debt. America is $3 trillion in debt; thus, it is nearly impossible for economic growth and stability. The American government should set an example and stop borrowing and spending money. The economy is unfit to fund excessive government

I think gay marriage should be the top priority for Congress. We live in 2014 and still discriminate against same sex couples? We are the “Land of the Free.” People move to America strictly for our freedoms, yet this is a prevalent issue. Many individual states are passing it and it seems to be working out well, so why can’t the rest of the country do it? I am a married woman (to a man) and I am a strong believer in equality. If I can marry the

man who is the love of my life, why can’t any man do the same? Honestly, I am surprised this issue has not already been passed and anticipate the day it is. —Lauren Fukuoka I feel that anything to do with education and/or fixing our infrastructure is important. I think that Hawai‘i is on the edge where infrastructure is slowly falling apart. Our roads are terrible, our sewer lines are breaking and the longer we wait, the worse it gets. In addition to fixing our infrastructure, education needs to be at the forefront of our decision-makers. We need to invest in our future and make sure our future generations are equipped with the necessary tools to take care of us when we get older. —Keliimakamae Waiolama

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Kelly Montgomery STAFF REPORTERS

John Bascuk Creighton Gorai Yvonne Hopkins Grant Kono


Ashley Shankles JP Spencer Charissa Wittig JOURNALISM WRITERS

Shannon Silva Michael Santos


Jessica Crawford

Patrick Hascall WEBMASTERS

Jessica Crawford Patrick Hascall ADVISOR

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History captured in new classrooms by Charissa Wittig Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hen WCC students come back to campus in the fall, they will find two newly renovated buildings for language arts and social sciences. The buildings will have classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices. The real story, however, involves the historic background and what went into preserving these former Hawaii State Hospital buildings. The high ceilings and double-hung windows are all a part of the original blueprints from 1924. Lorraine Minatoishi, the historic architect of the building projects, explained the reason why preserving these buildings is important. “The entire site is historic because it was the first mental institution in Hawai‘i that aimed at improving the mental health of their patients instead of just locking them away,” she said. Alex Viernes, project architect and manager, agreed that maintaining features of the buildings presented challenges. “As you go through the building, you can see different textures and columns that were from the hospital. Whatever was there could not just be replaced,” he said.

The double-hung windows and high ceilings are from the original designs drawn in1924. The renovated buildings will be the new homes for language arts and social sciences.

Even the paint was restored to its original color after paint samples were taken in for analysis. By evaluating the paint’s microscopic cross-sections, the original color was found. “Since certain colors were shipped to Hawai‘i during that time period when paints were more limited and expensive, getting the original color tells a story about the period in which it was built,”

Minatoishi explained. Lance Uyeda, an English assistant professor who will have his office in one of the remodeled buildings, shared some thoughts on the completion of this project. “Students need an uplifting, welldesigned learning environment, so I’m excited that the new buildings will dramatically increase the number of


top-notch classrooms we have on campus,” he said. “I’m also hopeful that the new buildings will make it easier for students to visit with their instructors before and after class. If your instructor has to run across campus between classes, this is not always easy to do.” The buildings are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

How healthy are the trees? by Jessica Crawford Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hey were here when the campus was the site of the former Hawaii State Hospital. On Sept. 12, 1972, they offered shelter to 525 students and 12 faculty members for the college’s opening day. Through the years, they’ve shared the campus with tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff members. WCC’s trees are part of what makes the college special. But how healthy are they? “Some banyans and coconut trees are less than thriving,” according to an email response from Dave Ringuette, agriculture professor and program coordinator. “Construction activities have caused [trees] along the campus roads to decline. There’s a tree by the old library that had a bee’s nest taken out with a chainsaw. The tree is not happy.” Ringuette isn’t the only one who has noticed the waning condition of some of the trees on campus. Last fall, WCC’s aesthetics committee held several meetings during which they discussed establishing a regular maintenance plan for campus trees, as well as a plan to plant new ones. One concern is that there are coconut trees on campus

with “penciling.” This happens when palm fronds are overpruned, making the canopy susceptible to falling, and the tree a hazard. There have been incidents in the past where tree limbs have fallen, posing a danger to students and faculty.

A proactive approach?

Ringuette mentions he’d like to see a more proactive approach to tree maintenance (i.e., keeping the trees healthy), instead of reactive (such as removing a tree after it becomes too unhealthy or a risk). He describes how he grew up on the East Coast where it is common for cities and towns to have “tree wardens.” A tree warden is a person responsible for the care, maintenance and/or removal of community trees. Wardens act both as managers and advocates for the trees, protecting the trees from the public—as well as the public from the trees.

The future of WCC’s trees

Kevin Ishida, vice chancellor of administrative services, says a certified arborist recently visited the campus April 29 to make recommendations on tree health, maintenance and risk assessment. Ishida says he is awaiting a full report from the arborist, but mentions there are several trees around campus that are

not likely to survive. There are concerns that five of these are banyans on or around the Great Lawn. The arborist found several different species of pests attacking the trees. One of these pests — the stem gall wasp — is relatively new to O‘ahu and targets banyan trees. Ringuette points to a banyan tree near ‘Ākoakoa that appears to harbor these pests. Stem gall happens when the wasp attacks the stem tissue of banyans by laying eggs. The galls (or abnormal growths) form when the larvae start feeding on the stems. This can result in leaf drop and the tree’s canopy thinning. Certain pests can eventually kill a tree, but Ishida says there are ways to help. One option involves injecting pesticide into the tree to kill the pests, although treatment is expensive and not guaranteed. Once he has the full report, Ishida says he will meet with the aesthetics committee to make plans for the campus trees. “The [trees] that concern me are the banyan trees because they are so old,” Ishida says. “That is why we brought in an arborist to find out what can be done to keep them healthy. The banyan trees, especially the ones on the Great Lawn. . . are a fingerprint to the campus.”


(Above) Dave Ringuette stands in front of one of the campus’s banyan trees. (Left) An arrow points to stem gall on a banyan.

May 2014

4 Ka ‘Ohana CAMPUS NEWS World Indigenous Peoples Conference WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

by Creighton Gorai Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


h i s mont h, s evera l thousand people from around the world will gather on O‘ahu to share ideas about education while perpetuating their cultures. They will be a part of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPC: E), May 19 through 24. This event is held every three years at different locations around the world. WiPC: E draws indigenous representatives such as Native Americans, Aborigines from Australia, Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and more. They gather to share their ideas about

educational and cultural influences. Wednesday, May 21 will be reserved for field trips around the island to show representatives on-going projects in Hawai‘i to further cultural education. One of the trips the representatives can choose from will be the Agri-Cultural Therapy program at the Women’s Community Correctional Center. The host of this program is WCC’s own KuPono Hawaiian Club. “We will be presenting the impact of Hawaiian culture on the women at the prison,” said WCC counselor Winston Kong. The garden is a joint project of KuPono, the garden club of

Hawaii and the Lani-Kailua outdoor circle. He continued, “The plants are a reflection of themselves. They need to take care of the plants like how they would take care of themselves.” Seeing programs such as these help representatives duplicate what they’ve learned when they head back to their homeland. People who may want to attend the Agri-Cultural Therapy session can sign up by emailing Kong at The fee is $10 to attend this event, but space is limited. Those who want to attend the whole conference need to go online at to register.


A kapa haka (Maori) group from Te Wananga o Aotearoa (New Zealand) performs at the international 2005 WiPC:E to encourage perpetuation and sharing of indigenous cultures worldwide.

Ka Lono a Kahoe—The News of Kahoe He Lau Kāpala Hou Ko Ke Kīhei Na Kalani Kuloloia

The Kīhei Has A New Design by Kalani Kuloloia

a ka ʻaha hemo kula o kēia Mei e hiki mai ana, e like nō hoʻi me kēlā makahiki aku nei, e kīhei ʻia ana nā haumāna puka kula i ke kīhei, me ke oli pū a nā kumu me nā alakaʻi. I ʻaʻahu ana ia e kū haʻaheo ai nā haumāna i ka hoʻokō ʻia ʻana o nā kuleana a pau, a ʻo ka loaʻa ʻana nō ia o ka palapala hōʻoia kulanui. He mea hou ko ke kīhei o kēia makahiki, ʻo ia hoʻi, he lau kāpala. Pili kēia lau i ka moʻolelo kaulana o Keahiakahoe a ua piha mahalo ko ke kula iā Leshay Keliʻiholokai, he haumana pāheona o ke kulanui nei, i kāna hana maiau ʻana i kēia lau maikaʻi loa. I ka nānā ʻana, ʻike ʻia he ʻekolu huinakolu liʻiliʻi a hoʻohui ʻia i huinakolu nui. ʻO kēia huinakolu nui, ʻo ia ʻo Keahiakahoe, ka mauna e kū kilakila ana ma uka aku o ko kākou kahua kula. ʻO nā huinakolu liʻiliʻi ʻekolu hoʻi, he mau hōʻailona ia. Pili ke ahi iā Kahoe, he mahiʻai i mālama pono i kona ʻohana; ʻo ka ʻupena, no Pahu ia, he lawaiʻa pī a he kaikaina hoʻi no Kahoe; a ʻo ka makau nō hoʻi, ʻo Loʻe ia, ke kaikuahine no lāua a ʻelua, a ʻo Mokuoloʻe kona wahi i noho ai, kapa hewa ʻia i kēia mau la ʻo Coconut Island. Alu like pū akula nā haumāna ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi me ko ke komike hemo kula ma ke kāpala ʻana i nā kīhei ma ka Pōʻalima Hemolele. I mea e māmā ai ka hana, ua hoʻopaʻa ʻia ka lau ma luna o ka pākū kāpala. He kāpala kā kekahi a he humuhumu kā kekahi, a ma kahi o ka hola ʻelima o ka ʻauinalā, ua pau ma kahi o ka hāneli kanawalu kīhei i ke kāpala ʻia! I kēia makahiki, aia ma kahi o ka haneli me ʻekolu haumāna e komo ana i ka papahana hemo kula, a no laila, e wewehi maoli ʻia ana ke kahua i ka nani o Keahiakahoe, he kupanaha nō ke ʻike aku!

n the commencement ceremony of this coming May, just as last year, graduates will be tied with kīhei, while faculty and leaders chant. This will serve as a garment for the students to stand proud in their accomplishments, fulfilling the requirements to receive their degree. The kīhei has something new this year, a new design. This design is in connection with the famous legend of Keahiakahoe and the school is grateful to Leshay Keliʻiholokai, an art student of Windward, for her crafting this fine design. In appearance, there are three small triangles which, when combined, makes a large triangle. The large triangle represents Keahiakahoe, the mountain that stands majestically behind our campus. The three smaller triangles are symbols. The fire represents Kahoe, a farmer who cared for his family; the net represents Pahu, a stingy fisherman and younger brother of Kahoe; and the hook represents Loʻe, the sister of the two brothers who lived on Mokuoloʻe, mistakenly referred to today as “Coconut Island.” Hawaiian language students and graduation committee members worked together to print this new design on the kīhei on Good Friday. In order to speed up the process, the design was transferred to a silk screen. Some printed and some sewed, and at around 5 p.m., approximately 180 kīhei were printed! This year, there are approximately 103 students participating in the graduation ceremony, and so the stage will be really decorated with the beauty of Keahiakahoe, what a marvelous sight to see!



Ke Kipa ʻAna Mai O Ko Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani Na Ululani Kahikina


A Visit from Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani (Hawaiian language college at UH Hilo) By Ululani Kahikina


a ka lā 1 o Apelila o ka makahiki n April 1, 2014, representa2014, ua kipa mai kekahi poʻe mai t ive s f rom K a Ha k a ʻU la ke Kōleke ʻo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani o Keʻelikōlani (the name of the no ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi i Hilo. Ua kūkaʻi College of Hawaiian Language at ʻia nā ʻike e pono ai ke komo ʻana i ia UH Hilo) shared the requirements kulanui. ʻO ka poʻe i kipa mai, ʻo ia hoʻi ʻo needed to transfer to that school. Maile Sing, he kuhina ʻae komo kulanui Those who visited were Maile Sing, no nā haumana mai Oʻahu nei, ʻo Ākea an admissions officer, Ākea Kiyuna, Kiyuna, he Kumu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi no ke a Hawaiian language teacher for the kulanui, a me Kamalani Johnson, he college, and Kamalani Johnson, a haumana kōkua no ka papahana i kapa student helper for Kīpuka, a student ia ʻo “Kīpuka,” he ʻano kikowaena e center for namālama ʻia ai nā tive Hawaihaumāna ʻōiwi ians. Hawaiʻi. I n 1997,     I ka makaKa Haka h ik i 1997, ua ʻ U l a o hoʻokumu ʻia ʻo Keʻelikōlani Ka Haka ʻUla wa s e s t a b O Keʻelikōlani lished in i H i lo, ʻo i a Hilo as the ke  Koleke ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi mua loa first Hawaio ka honua nei ian language a puni. Ua kapa college in ʻia kona inoa no The UH Hilo team during a Campbell High School visit. t h e wo r l d . ke aliʻi wahine ʻo Luka Keʻelikōlani KeIt wa s n a me d a f t e r Pr i nc e s s anolani Kanāhoahoa ma muli o kona Rut h Ke ʻe l i k ōl a n i Ke a n ol a n i kūpaʻa wiwo ʻole ma hope o ka ʻōlelo Kanāhoahoa because of her steada me ka moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi. Hiki i nā fastness in Hawaiian language and haumana ke hoʻokō i nā koina no ka loaʻa culture. Students can fulfill requireʻana o nā palapala ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ments to attain degrees in Hawaiian a me ka ʻike Hawaiʻi. language and Hawaiian Studies. ʻO ke kumu no ia papahana ʻo Ka The goal of Ka Haka ʻUla o Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, ʻo ia nō ka Keʻelikōlani is to familiarize nahoʻokamaʻāina ʻana i nā haumāna ʻōiwi tive Hawaiian students with a basic o Hawaiʻi i ke kahua nui i hiki ai ke foundation in order to perpetuate ʻauamo i nā ʻike kuʻuna mai nā kūpuna traditional knowledge from our mai, a me ka hoʻokō ʻia ʻana o ka nuʻukia ancestors, and to fulfill this mission no ka pono o ka poʻe a pau o Hawaiʻi nei. for the betterment of all people in Ina hoihoi ʻoe i ka hele ʻana i Hilo, a Hawaiʻi. i ʻole he mau nīnau kikoʻī e pili ana i ka If you are interested in going neʻe ʻana, e leka uila aku iā Maile Sing to Hilo, or have specific questions ma regarding transferring, email Maile Sing at

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Out of money and need a job? ow that classes are over, you may find yourself with extra time on your hands or less money in your pockets. A summer job or internship could be the solution to both. Whether you’re interested in temporary work or are ready to jump into your career field, here are a few of the employment opportunities presented at the College and Career Fair last month. More listings are available at

service engineers, business analysts, cost accountants, sales support, and projec t suppor t team members. Requirements: • Communication, analytical, customer s e r v ic e a nd writing skills for certain positions. Training provided Ph.: 848-0000 Apply online at:


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Insurance marketing. Looking for long-term; internships also available. Perks: • Starting pay around $15/ hr. • Raises and promotions based upon performance • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance • Tuition reimbursement and more Requirements: • HS diploma or GED • Customer service, comp ut e r, g ra m m a r a nd multi-tasking skills • Demonstrated job stability Apply online at:

Network 2000, LLC

Positions available for field

Positions available from the marina to the PX. Must be 18 or older. Perks: • Starting pay around $11.00/hr. • Limited shopping privileges at the exchange and gas lanes • Access to base beaches, marina, Klipper Golf Course and more Ph.: 254-7519 Apply online at: jobs_listings.shtml

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Clerical, office positions and human resources. Looking for long-term hires. Internships also available. Ph.: 949-3669 Apply online at:

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Prior experience rewarded through new program


by Creighton Gorai Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t is never too late for you to get a college degree. If you have worked a significant amount of time to gain experience in a field, you might be eligible to get college credits for what you have learned. The University of Hawaii Community Colleges (UHCC) offer an option called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). This is a process in which students can earn college credits by identifying and documenting college-level learning acquired through life experiences. PLA is an approach that helps students earn credits for their previous experience and is offered throughout the UH system, except at UH Mānoa. The policy has been designed to fit UH standards with the help of Gabrielle Dietzel, director of the Office of External Programs of Vermont state colleges, in cooperation with Barbara Belle, UHCC PLA coordinator.


(From left) Gabrielle Dietzel, Carla Rogers, Barbara Belle, the PLA start-up coordinators.

At Windward, counselor for adult learners, Carla Rogers, will be helping students with the process. People who are usually eligible for PLA are those who have been in the workforce or military or who have gained experience through professional training, community service or independent study. The key issue to keep in mind

with the assessment process is, “It’s what you learned, not what you did,” said the PLA coordinators. Rogers described the assessment by saying, “We look at what you learned from outside of college and relate it to the program of study you wish to pursue.” The four assessment options are: (1) institutional or national testing

(e.g., CLEP), (2) non-collegiate sponsored education (e.g., military), (3) credit by exam or course challenge and (4) portfolio-based assessment. Each method has four steps for assessing the number of credits earned with the fourth step being your approved credits awarded. The first three steps in each assessment will differ, depending on the situation and the recommended path to take. Fees will be established for each different type of assessment. As a start, PLA at Windward will be offering credits towards Hawaiian 101 and 102, Accounting 201 and General Botany 101, with other options to follow. The PLA option is to help those who have taken a detour before embarking on a college degree. This provides more opportunities for those who have already experienced what they would have learned in a college course. If PLA sounds like a way to help you progress toward graduation, make an appointment with Rogers at 235–7413 or email her at crogers@


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ll set for summer? Here is a variety of events to check out over break Baby Expo

Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s

Join Mars Comedy Club for laughs, billiards and drink specials Wednesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to midnight ($5) at Hawaiian Brian’s Crossroads, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd. There could be no better introduction than “The Comedy Club at Crossroads” as comedians take to the stage and share their life experiences and advice. Host Aaron Pughes will be holding free improv classes every Monday at 5:30 p.m. preparing for the event on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to

Sunset on the Beach

Celebrating life with a growing family? Check out Hawaii’s largest prenatal to preschool expo May 17 to May 18 and avoid the hassle of comparing prices from car seats to childcare at this one-stop shop at the Neil Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Stop by Sunday for special appearances by some of your children’s favorite characters and other entertainment for the keiki. For details, go to

It’s a cinematic adventure on a 30foot screen amid the soft sands of Waikiki. Join the party throughout the summer with “Sunset on the Beach.” Typically, on a Saturday or Sunday night, this event begins promptly at 4 p.m., allowing time to check out local vendors and enjoy live entertainment before topping it off with a movie, ending at about 9. For more details on movie schedules, go to

4th of July in Kailua

Celebrate the integration of Japanese and Hawaiian culture, from June 13 to June 15. From the Friday night block party to hula performances and the parade along the Kalakaua Avenue, this is the spot to be in Waikiki for all ages of all cultures.

Lantern Floating

Every year on Memorial Day, thousands of Hawai‘i residents and visitors gather at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor loved ones and “illuminate” their hope for the future. This year’s celebration will begin promptly at 6 p.m. If you would like to receive a floating lantern, come early to the Lantern Request Tent on event day. However it’s first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there before sunset. For details or remembrance submissions go online to www.lanternf or call 942-1848.

Flight School for Kids Pacific Aviation Museum is offering a Flight School for Girls and Boys from 6th to 8th grade. With history and science lessons on flight, hands-on activities and a focus on Pacific Aviation, this is a great start for the young pilots. June 3 to June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $165 fee for three-day program includes all materials, lunch, snacks and T-shirt.

Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival This summer you’ll have your chance to experience Shakespeare’s masterpieces at The ARTS at Marks Garage as part of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. —She Stoops to Conquer from July 18 to July 27 —Edward III from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 —Lear- Shrew- Much Ado from Aug. 22 to Aug. 31 For auditions and ticket information, go online to

Vivsters on Deviant Art

Bring the kids for the Independence Day parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Kainalu Dr./Omao St. and ends at Kailua Intermediate School. Later, stake a spot on Kailua Beach to watch the grand fireworks display from 8 to 9 p.m. For info:

11th Annual Honolulu Triathalon

Matsuri in Hawai‘i

Crowds from across the island gather at Hawai‘i Slam’s First Thursdays to cheer on poets, musicians, painters and writers on tour nationwide. The event, hosted by Kealoha Sams, is described as the largest registered poetry slam in the world. lounge inside

Triathletes come from around the world will participate in the annual Honolulu Triathlon, meeting at dawn at Ala Moana Beach Park. Some athletes have been making May 18 their yearly marker. The event features a 1.5 K swim, 40K bike and 10K run that test the extraordinary measures of any mortal. Know some future Olympians? Prepare them with the “Hustle up the Hyatt Stair Race” and a short-distance triathlon for kids at Kapiolani Park.

Makahiki Challenge 2014 Think you have what it takes to be the next Hawaiian warrior? Join others at Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe, May 24, at 9 a.m. as participants endure the obstacles of endless hills, unpredictable terrain, mud pits and much more. Designed to test physical and mental endurance, this is not an event for the very young or faint of heart. Early bird specials begin at $35. Go to for more information.


Happy Birthday, Amelia

Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor invites visitors to celebrate Amelia Earhart’s 117th birthday. Enjoy cake, juice and historic exhibits marking Earhart’s takeoff from Ford Island. There’s no shame in role-playing for this event! Families with at least one person dressed as Amelia or in historical aviation attire get free admission and goodie bags upon their departure! No need to RSVP, so join the party on July 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

O‘ahu 44th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival

Jessica Crawford

Mark your calendars for July 20 for a free, all-day event, celebrating the 44th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park. There will be performances by virtuosos, local and international celebrities as well as performances from more than 800 students. This is the perfect event for laughter, love and family.

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by Ashley Shankles Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

“Tonight, I want you to figure out your life, and tomorow, I want you to live it.” —Kealoha Sams


n the first Thursday of every month, people of all ages take to the stage to perform their works at Fresh Café, in hopes of winning the grand prize and heading to the National Poetry Slam on the mainland. “It’s the place to come if you want to find out what’s going on in the slam poetry world,” says coordinator Kealoha Sams.” Founded and hosted by Sams, the poet laureate of Hawai`i, First Thursday has become one of the biggest attractions among up-and-coming artists. Sams says the “multi-cultural, multigenerational involvement” along with the long-standing tradition of oral storytelling is what has led to its success. “Slam has elements of theatre, poetry and writing but it has other elements of modern pop culture, like hip hop and rock influences and references things to the current world,” says Sams. First Thursdays also feature other poets who have won nationally or internationally and are on tour throughout the country. However, one does not have to be a poet to perform. First Thursdays invites live painters, musicians, comedians, emcees and beat-boxers as well. First

ment some artists have been waiting for and the reason others attend this event: the introduction of the feature artist. As Sams dances to the stage, he announces the event’s feature over the roar of the crowd. “There have been times I came just to meet the feature. As a poet, it’s great to see some of the people who have inspired your writing style or that you just looked up to as a beginner in this game,” says Jonathon Fukui, last year’s finalist in Grand Slams. First Thursday has featured poets such as Carrie Rudzinski, C.R. Avery, Beau Sia, Andrea Gibson as well as local artists such as Taimane and Jake Shimabukuro. “This is where artists can see how spoken word has taken shape in the past decade,” says Samson Tafolo, a contestant in the Gran Slam Finals. After the featured artist leaves, Sams gives the audience time to stretch and talk story before introducing the poets eligible for the second round. “It’s great when you see some poets take the risk and introduce a new piece, but for others who are making this their monthly marker — this is a competition. They know what will get the crowd going and for them, that’s what works,” says Mike Wong, brother of Sams. Finally, the second round continues, the audience has become more involved, whether by outbursts regarding the scores or gathering their voices and chanting “Youth Speaks” when a young finalist enters the stomping grounds. But in the end, it is up to the Sams

Thursdays is the largest registered poetry slam in the world, with 500-plus in attendance at Fresh Café, a local organic eatery in town, at 831 Queen St. In fact, entering Fresh Café anytime after 8:30 p.m. can be a bit chaotic. The stiff competition leads to an excitement that ripples through the crowd. As the judges’ final scores come up and those waiting in the wings prepare to take the floor, the audience seems to be a safe haven for poets. “There’s times where I’ve just stood there, like a deer in headlights in the middle of my piece, and the crowd is snapping, just cheering you on. You don’t get that kind of aloha anywhere else,” says Sean Harbor, a participant at the open-mic event. Poets are performing anywhere from the outside benches to the bathroom stalls. Guitarists are accompanying singers in the parking lot, comedians practice their bits by the garage, as they all prepare to walk towards the single stool on the brightly illuminated stage. “The energy is contagious. One minute you hear clapping, snapping and hana hous and by the time you’re on the mic, there’s dead silence. It’s like you feel them listening,” says fellow poet John Patrick. No kidding — the energy seems to bounce from one end of the room to the other. As artists leave the stage, applause follows them until they make their exit. Some audience members are still laughing while others on the verge of tears. Halfway through the slam is the mo-

to declare the winner. He takes into account the threeminute time limit and if any have exceeded it, then calculates scores taken by five volunteers in the audience and drops the highest and lowest score. In a few short moments that “feel like a lifetime” to artists like Fukui and Tafolo, he announces the grand prize winner of $100 and eligibility for HawaiiSlam’s Grand Slam Finals. Hawaii Slam has sent several of Hawai‘i’s own, including WCC’s own Noah Helela, to nationals, and poets like Sams and YouthSpeak’s Jamaica Osorio to internationals. “Through combining with other art forms, we can increase the power of our impact. Here you can reach not only more people but reach them deeper,“ says Sams. “I like seeing people take a risk on their art form and not worry about failure or not reaching large numbers of people. I feel like that element of freshness is what brings people here. “That being said, Sams invites all interested parties to join them throughout the summer as an audience or performer. But for all those who are just getting interested or want to test their talents, First Thursdays will continue hosting a “No Rules” open mic throughout the summer. First Thursday at Fresh Café: 831 Queen St. At the door prices: $3 (before 8 p.m.) $5 (after 8 p.m.) Contact or call the hotline at 387-9664.

Nocturna: A fusion bar for karaoke and gaming by Creighton Gorai Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


magine a place where you can socialize while gaming and drinking. That’s Nocturna Lounge in Restaurant Row, described as Hawai‘i’s first “NextGen” lounge. Nocturna carries the newest generation of gaming consoles and games in a sophisticated setting. It also offers karaoke in which you can choose to sing in the main lobby where everyone can hear you or in one of the four private rooms you can rent for special occasions. For room rentals, you can check out the birthday, date night or ladies night specials. The bar is well-lit with an appealing variety of drinks and mixed cocktails to choose from. Customers can order food on Fridays and Saturdays or bring their own. Nocturna does have a dress code of “stylish attire”(for guys, that means long pants and shoes), and patrons must be age 21 and over. It’s open SaturdayThursday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more details, go to

The lounge inside Nocturna offers a variety of drinks.

Photo courtesy of Nocturna


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Screen printing colors ‘outside the lines’ I

by Shannon Silva Ka ‘Ohana Writer

n Rob Molyneux’s screenprinting class, students are busy setting up. In the last class, they burned their images onto the screen, and now they are picking out ink and printing their images onto a large piece of paper. Their eyes light up with excitement after they print their first image. Their creations are coming to life with help from Molyneux. Made a mistake? There are no mistakes in his class. “No way, man. There are no mistakes here. Everything is art and art is beautiful.” Molyneux teaches his students with such an easy-going yet direct style, almost as if you’re talking to a friend who knows an incredible amount about the arts. He is not only into screen printing but has also studied metal work and glass blowing. You could say he is a man of many talents, but he’s also a teacher committed to art and helping students discover their own creativity.


(Top) WCC student William Russel Vincent with instructor Rob Molyneux displaying his art. (Below) A step in the process of screen printing.

PTK welcomes new members S

by Michael Santos Ka ‘Ohana Writer

uppose someone told you there was a WCC organization that could cut the cost of taking summer courses in half and help you advance toward your degree. That group is Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society made up of over 2 million members, specifically community college students. This organization offers summer scholarships to WCC students who are Phi Theta Kappa members, reducing the price of tuition by about half the normal cost of $248 per credit. Phi Theta Kappa is now considered the largest honor society in the world. Joining the organization requires a student to have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, as well as pay a one-time membership fee of $75. At WCC, students who complete a minimum of 12 credits and have a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive a letter of invitation with details on becoming a Phi Theta Kappa member. Once a member, the student can log in to the website and explore the scholarship and internship opportunities it has matched the student with. “Since I have joined Phi Theta Kappa, many colleges have sent emails recruiting me,”

New Phi Theta Kappa inductees gather at their May 1 ceremony.

said Kayla Huitt, a current WCC student who has recently joined the organization to improve her resumé going forward to a fouryear program. Huitt added, “I’ve been offered scholarships as well since joining,” making the point that Phi Theta Kappa has opened up opportunities to her that would otherwise not be there. English professor Lance Uyeda, has been advising the group for six years. Recently, history teacher Ryan Koo has joined Uyeda as a co-advisor. “I believe in the cause. It’s a good organization for students,” said Koo. Community events such as a blood drives,

beach cleanups and food drives are a part of the Phi Theta Kappa mission. “There is no obligation; it’s all voluntary,” added Koo. Around Christmastime, a food drive drew 20 to 25 students who donated their time to help. Koo said he plans to improve WCC’s involvement in Phi Theta Kappa and encourages more students to inquire about the possibilities. “I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said, adding that he looks forward to trying to fill the “big shoes” of Lance Uyeda. For more details, contact Uyeda at 236-9229 or Koo at 236-9134.

Molyneux was born in California and moved to Hawai‘i in 1986 with his family after he graduated. He attended Windward Community College and took art classes here, then went for his master’s and graduated from UH. That’s where he grew to love the arts. He was very impressed by the teachers and the program there and the fact that he could create anything he wanted. “If I wanted to make an older poster from the Russian constructionist time period, I could,” he said. After he earned his master’s, he was offered a teaching position at WCC in 2008, when he started the screen printing program. He said he hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher until then, but said he loves it and “gets stoked to come into work every day.” Although he’s used to being his own boss, he still has freedom at WCC because he gets to teach his class his own way. He said he took his former professor’s way of teaching and made it his own. It’s a straightforward system that has students making their own personal art. “Teaching people the value of their own expression — that’s priceless,” said Molyneux. He believes that you should get to know yourself and your culture through art, whether it

is spray painting or hula. According to Molyneux, Hawai‘i citizens are lucky to have the state and schools support the arts. It keeps the culture and your soul alive, he said. Molyneux has a theory about helping people develop creativity. “When you’re (age) 4 or under, you can do no wrong when you’re drawing,” he said. “Color outside the lines, draw a big blob — it’s art. It’s something you created straight from your heart. Then when you turn 5, you have people start judging you. They start telling you what art is and how you should make it.” When you walk inside his class, he wants to bring you back to that state of mind when you’re age 4 again and can do no wrong. Let go of what you think beautiful is and just draw. Screen printing applies not only to paper, but also to fabric, stickers and posters. Molyneux is working on starting a new class that focuses more on the business part of screen printing for people who want to take their designs to the next level and turn their art into a brand name. One of Molyneux’s favorite quotes is “Knowledge and the pursuit of excellence is its own reward.” By taking his class, you learn how to be creative and make your vision a reality while also gaining a sense of accomplishment.

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Romance could be just a click away by Shannon Silva Ka ‘Ohana Writer


e live in an age when asking someone on a date involves more than just picking up the phone. With technology such as social media and texting, online dating has become the new way to find a potential partner. “We kind of knew each other because we live in the same town, but we never really talked until we followed each other on Instagram. I commented on one of his pictures, and the rest is history,” says Tia Johnson, chuckling about how she met her boyfriend. WCC psychology teacher Falisha Herbic explains part of the attraction of online communication. “You can detach yourself with online dating,” she says. “It’s like sending a break-up text. You just send some words and emotionally detach yourself from it. You can date online and (distance) yourself from the situation, but you still have this feeling you’re not alone.” USA Today reported in a 2013 study that more than one-third of new marriages started online., and others like them have brought people together. These sites were created for the specific purpose of helping people find their significant other. To be an online dater, you don’t necessarily have to be signed up for any dating sites. Any social media can be used as a tool to reach out to other people and possibly start dating them. “People are ‘dating’ online as early as 11 and 12 years old,” says Herbic. “You have kids who are on their iPad or texting their friends. They can communicate via social media, and they’re


talking story like, ‘Do you think I’m cute?’ ‘What are you doing tomorrow?’ ‘Are you staying after school?’ You know, I’ve seen it with my own kids, unfortunately.” WCC graduate Jaime Silva met her husband online. “While taking a class at Windward, I had a writing assignment where I had to do research so I went online to a chat room and that’s where I met Sydney (her husband),” she explained. “At first I thought it was kind of weird, but I was sick of the guys I was meeting, so I was like, ‘Whatever—I’ll try and see where it goes.’” Herbic believes online daters get struck with “choice overload.” “Choice overload means there are so many choices that we can’t make an informed decision,” she explains. “Instead of going out and getting the number of two or three guys or girls, now you can go online and you have

about 100 ‘winks’ in an hour.” “You don’t want to spend the time researching all those people so you do the research for two people. (But) then there’s still those other 98 that you don’t even want to take the time to look at.” Another change in dating patterns relates to the increased rate of women attending college. According to Herbic, that has influenced the change in the age people are getting married. “There were women before who would seek out getting married as their career; their (goal) was to be a housewife,” she says. “But now, women outnumber men in colleges, so dating is more casual. Women don’t look into marriage until their mid-twenties after they start their careers.” One advantage of online dating, say advocates, is that it’s convenient for busy people and could increase your chances for a compatible match. However, a

A guide to 24-hour ‘fatness’ by Grant Kono Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hen a late night turns to early morning, stomachs start growling. But where can you and your friends go at this ungodly hour? Instead of Zippy’s, again, why not try some other latenight eateries that are sure to satisfy your hunger while leaving some money in your wallet. Sikdorak (SIK-DOH-ROCK) is located at 655 Ke‘eaumoku St. across from Starbucks on the makai end of Walmart. This Korean yakiniku restaurant boasts a 24-hour buffet for only $20. Some choices include spicy pork, beef tongue, barbeque chicken and short ribs with endless rice and kim chee. However, be wary of overordering; they tack on an extra charge for uneaten portions. Just up Ke‘eaumoku is Sorabol, with a large menu of items not usually found in other restaurants. This includes entrees like Korean stew or a Korean-

style breakfast of soup and rice. It’s similar to Sikdorak, with endless amounts of Korean barbeque at your disposal, the same rules apply when overordering. If you’re hungry for something a bit more local, Liliha Bakery is open 24 hours every day except Monday. Located at 515 N. Kuakini St., the bakery is home to the world-famous coco puff and the one-of-a-kind green tea cream puff. Com mon loca l menu choices like loco moco or beef stew are always a go-to here, but keep in mind that seating is very limited at this restaurant. Timing is everything here. In the heart of Waikiki on the ground floor of the Prince Kuhio Hotel, Mac 24/7 doubles as a full bar and restaurant serving breakfast and brunch all day with an eating challenge for the strong-willed. The Mac 24/7 eating challenge is a common choice among late-night customers. The goal is to consume three

15-inch pancakes towering almost half a foot off the table. If the individual can finish the food within the hour and without getting up from the table, the meal is on the house and the victor becomes immortalized on the “Wall of Fame,” among the few who have conquered the beast. On Pi’ikoi Street, just across from Ala Moana Center in the KHON 2 building is Kissaten Coffee Bar. This Japanese-style coffee bar boasts a wide range of menu choices varying by time of day. Their late-night menu has the most variety, from pho (Vietnamese noodle) and shoyu ramen to a simple grilled cheese. The must-have breakfast is the smoked salmon bagel with shaved onions and cream cheese. The most popular lunch is the self-named Kissaten Melt: pastrami, mozzarella and caramelized onions on sourdough. And don’t forget to try the tomato bisque soup!

drawback, besides the possible risks of meeting up with a stranger, is that someone could get “catfished.” The term comes from the MTV series “Catfish,” which is about people who have met online, develop feelings for each other, then decide to meet up in person. But when they do finally meet, one or the other may not look anything like their profile photo. They may have used a picture of someone else or an old picture of themselves. Herbic compares the differences between how people used to meet —before online dating — and now. “In the absence of social media, you look in your community,” she says. “You have a good chance of dating someone from your town with the same upbringing, the same values and then you find common interests. It helps the relationship work. “When you look outside of your general area, like with online dating, you could end up meeting someone from across the world, like China or Italy. You open yourself to more culture, more interesting people because they are different. You’re looking at possible racial or spiritual differences.” eHarmony funded a study asking married people about the satisfaction and happiness of their marriage. Marriage breakups were reported at 6 percent for those who met online as opposed to 7.5 percent of people who met their spouse at school, work, bars, clubs, blind dates or church. Dating and marriage have evolved through the years. Online dating and social media have only added to those changes. But there’s no way to predict what will help people find a partner and, hopefully, keep one.

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Services@Home needs your help by John Bascuk Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hether you’re looking for someone to care for an aging family member or you need part-time work, Services@Home can help you. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society-Pohai Nani will be launching a new program called Services@Home, which provides senior in-home care. Services@Home is an extension of Pohai Nani for the Kāne‘ohe and Kailua communities. It focuses on helping elderly people live comfortably and safely, providing supportive services while living in their own familiar surroundings. In-home care is beneficial because it’s affordable, while retirement homes and senior care centers can be costly, said manager and WCC graduate Patty Yonehiro. “Nobody wants to leave their


(From left) Tracy Colburn attends to her father, Stanley, as Patty Yonehiro discusses options.

home. Some people can’t afford it and some people don’t want to,” she said.

“They want to stay in their homes, and for the most part, they can do a lot on

their own.” Yonehiro said Services@Home is looking to build its pool of part-time caregivers. If you’re someone who works well with others, has a big heart and extra time on your hands, they have employment opportunities for you. “It’s a great way to get experience and it’s a great way to give back to your community,” she added. This is a non-medical job that requires no prior experience working with the elderly. It is an on-call position, where you can be scheduled for several shifts for certain times or be called upon to do work on a weekly schedule. The duties will include such tasks as meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, light cooking, laundry and shopping assistance. For more information, contact or call 2356314 or 462-3872.

Hina Mauka: treatment instead of incarceration I

by Michael Santos Ka ‘Ohana Writer

n 2008, Glenn Freitas was arrested for cultivating and promoting marijuana. He was taken to Kauai Community Correctional Facility to await his sentencing and received five years’ probation. Shortly after, he was offered residential treatment at Hina Mauka in Kāne‘ohe. Freitas says that Hina Mauka saved his life. “It opened the door to my mind,” he says. As a current WCC student, Freitas plans on getting his degree in graphic arts and pursuing his bachelor’s degree at UH Mānoa. He says proudly that three of his designs will be published in Rain Bird, and someday he hopes to have his own clothing line. Although Freitas is a dedicated student, he still attends meetings at Hina Mauka to help keep him on track. In the early 1960s, Hina Mauka began as a homegrown, grassroots program to treat people for addiction and has evolved into a center that is treating 400 to 500 people daily for substance abuse in expanded statewide services. It has a 45-bed clinic in Kāne‘ohe as well as an outpatient center in Waipahu. It also provides school-based Teen CARE outpatient treatment at 20 middle schools and high schools on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Many people know someone with the disease of addiction; sometimes it’s someone close to you such as a family member or a friend. If they’re arrested, these addicts may be treated like criminals. However, Freitas says Hina Mauka is different because “they treat people with respect.” Incarceration of non-violent drug offenders has led to the overpopulation of prisons, and even worse, may turn non-violent drug offenders into hardcore criminals.

Hina Mauka is a rehabilitation center for addiction to which non-violent drug offenders are often referred by judges. Some patients enter the program through a hospital or doctor’s recommendation, but the majority tends to be through the court system.

“They treat people with respect.” – Glenn Freitas The program is accredited by CARF, an international, not-for-profit organization that accredits human service providers. Although accreditation is important, it’s not the only way it sets itself apart from other rehabilitation programs. “Hina Mauka reaches most addicts. They work with you. Their approach is health, education and overcoming addiction,” explains Freitas. “Education on drugs and where you went wrong are some of the things we go through at Hina Mauka. They help you go back to the beginning, to your first drug use. They help you realize when you became an addict.” Marie Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer, proudly reports that Hina Mauka has maintained a good reputation within the community and the justice system based on the work it has done. Their longevity has given them significant credibility with not only judges, but with doctors and hospitals as well. Hughes explains how when a patient who has been court-mandated to join the program messes up and uses, they get sent to jail briefly to make them realize their mistake. “Most people go to treatment because someone else is motivating them: drug court, family members, or family court. Occasionally, we get a hospital referral,” says Hughes. The program at Hina Mauka is dif-


WCC student and client of Hina Mauka pauses by the facility near the campus.

ferent for everyone. Depending on the situation, each patient has his or her own guideline for recovery. A set schedule is maintained for the center, but the program is individualized for each patient. The time a person is part of the inhouse program varies, depending on his or her insurance coverage. Hina Mauka prides itself on maintaining discretion and confidentiality within the program as well as what they describe as “one of the highest success rates in the state” for alcohol and substance abuse facilities. Lack of space due to underfunding is the biggest concern Hughes has for the program. The Departments of Health, Human Services, Public Safety and other government-sponsored health care coverage provide 80 percent of the funding. “There is a plan to expand the center here in Kāne‘ohe with 16 more beds, but that is still about two years out,” says Hughes. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, there continues to be a large “treatment gap” in this country. In

2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans (8.9 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (1 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility. Hughes said although the programs at Hina Mauka have helped patients improve their situations, their healing is a long-term process. “Patients don’t go to treatment once and they’re done; it’s a lifelong thing,” explains Hughes. Hughes compares it to people who have diabetes. “They are not supposed to eat sugar and they are supposed to pay attention to their diet, and they don’t. Sometimes is takes a dramatic thing, like losing a limb, to change someone’s mindset.” The same applies to addicts. It’s something they deal with every day and sometimes it takes a drastic measure for someone to realize their problem. Hina Mauka has come a long way from its inception in the ’60s. It has changed people’s lives and plans on continuing its education and rehabilitation of non-violent drug offenders well into the future.

May 2014


Ka ‘Ohana



Do you support the idea of taking 15 credits? Although “15 to Finish” sounds like a great campaign to get students to graduate on time, it isn’t realistic for Hawai‘i. I don’t think our economic state would allow for students to attend school all day when most of them have families, children and employment that they are responsible for and committed to. —Marla Furtado “15 to Finish” is good to promote. It’s hard to do 15 credits each semester, so if you take 12 credits each semester and do six over the summer, it may be easier for those who have to work as well. I’m in Hulili and TRiO, and both have summer classes for free for their participants. —Michelle Medeiros “15 to Finish” sounds great. I’d love to graduate in 4 years, but is it realistic for me? I think not. I’m semi-retired taking six credits this semester, and I’m having trouble keeping up. I have other responsibilities that take up time and sometimes interfere with my classwork. The other thing is I’d like to get a quality education — meaning I’d like

to enjoy and absorb all I can. I don’t think I could do that effectively taking 15 credits in one semester. —Joseph Ricks “15 to Finish” is a good idea because it encourages students to use their time in college productively. However, taking five classes per semester would be hard, even for students who do not work. When you’re taking that many classes, it can be difficult to catch up if you fall behind on your assignments. —Anonymous I think “15 to Finish” is a great way to encourage students to finish school on time and not be a freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior in a two-year college like me! But I feel that having more than three semesters a year would help even more. Why not add a winter session between fall and spring like many other universities do? I think it would help more students graduate on time. —Sonnie Muaina As a st udent at WCC and at UH Mānoa, I’ve spent

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hese past two years on the ing to hear that Kapiolani Ka ‘Ohana staff have been CC may be losing its student quite the adventure. I’ve made newspaper. many friends, lots of memories Although the KCC adand even got published! As I ministration has proposed move on to UH Mānoa, I will a new publication, the final look back fondly on the time I decisions are no longer in the spent with a nationally award- students’ hands. Instead, adwinning newspaper. ministrators and others will Although I’m pursuing a choose what goes in. degree in math, The best part I stayed on the about being on staff for my enthe Ka ‘Ohana t i re ca reer at staff is t hat I Windward for get to question numerous reawhat’s happensons. First and ing on campus, f or e mo s t , we to speak with have the most authoritative figa ma zi ng perures to get the son as our advifacts and then sor, whom I am to present them proud to call my in a fair and balfriend. Second, a nced way to Kelly Montgomery being part of the the rest of you. campus newspaper opened Without a student-run newsdoors and provided new op- paper, who would be the voice portunities I never even knew of the student body? existed. So before I leave, I want to Ka ‘Ohana also plays a say thank you. Thank you to major role on our campus, our readers, our contributors one that might often be taken — even our critics. But, most for granted. The life of the importantly, thank you, Ka campus, its celebrations, de- ‘Ohana, for letting me be that velopments and happenings voice for a while. I will miss are shared through our pages. you immensely. In this way, the history of our Aloha and best wishes for college is preserved through the future. our newspaper archives. Kelly Montgomery That’s why it’s so shockEditor in Chief

many semesters comparing the registration processes of both campuses. It is almost impossible to enroll in all of the classes you want/need. Students who join a program or school, like the business school, have an even harder time finishing in four years because the class availability is so low. If UH wants more students to graduate on time, they need to offer more classes. —Justin Limasa

For me, I believe it’s a good thing and can work so you can graduate on time. In order for you to succeed in this area, you must commit yourself to this program. I have been taking 15 credits for the past two semesters. I had to drop math because it was too overwhelming; math is my weaker subject. I tried, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try again. I say yes to “15 to Finish.” —Alisha Renand

I think that all of us want to get through college as fast as we can so we can start our careers. Though it may be difficult juggling five classes, getting school done faster will ultimately save us a great deal of money. Taking five classes will also increase our success during school. When you are only taking a class or two, school isn’t the priority and it’s easy to forget to do homework and maintain attendance. —Brittany Brown

Campaign: Getting the degree Zabl a n ag r e e s w it h Eschenberg. “I think the campaign is good. You need something to push people, but it’s not for everybody,” he said. “There are people who can do 15 credits and there are some who cannot. It just depends. But people should try it because you never know if it works or not for you unless you try.” Zablan also stresses the importance of knowing your campus resources and support services. “In case you can’t handle 15 credits, knowing your campus well — like counselors, admissions, financial aid, TRiO SSS and where to go for help is important.” The campaign also has its student supporters.

“I think it makes great sense,” said WCC student Ka‘ainoa Fernandez. “It pushes students from the start, which helps them become the best college students they can be.” “I know there are many students who do not know how to get ahead as quickly as possible,” said WCC student Keliimakamae Waiolama. “I am currently taking 15 credits and will be moving to Mānoa in the fall, and this information is beneficial to my planning.” Not only do some students agree with the campaign, but it has been adapted nationally for other states to model as well. The most important thing for college students to take away from this campaign — regardless of how many credits you carry — is to fin-


ish and get that degree. The pay gap between college graduates and noncollege graduates is increasing. The living wage for Honolulu County is $12.91 per hour, and that’s for single individuals, assuming they work full-time. “Jobs that support this living wage generally require education, with the exception of construction,” said Eschenberg. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Young adults with a bachelor’s degree earned 50 percent more than young adult high school completers, and 21 percent more than young adults with an associate’s degree.” In a nutshell, it really does pay to get a degree.

Lizards, camera ... ACTION! Escape into a cool, dark movie theater to beat the summer heat. Here’s a sampling of the cinema magic Hollywood has to offer: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


PG-13/May 16 The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanit y’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen.

PG/May 16 A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

PG-13/May 2 Peter Parker (Andrew Gar f ield) introduces some of the hero’s most popular and powerful nemeses: the electricity-wielding Electro, the brutal Rhino and what appears to be the Green Goblin. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx.

The Purge: Anarchy

Not rated/July 18 In its dark future, America undergoes a yearly 12hour period in which all crime is legalized. This movie follows a young couple who winds up stranded on the streets. Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez.

Lucy Million Dollar Arm

PG-13/May 23 The latest adventure incorporates a timebending plot that involves Wolverine going back in time to prevent a series of events that will lead to a catastrophic future. Patrick Steward, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman.

Not rated/July 11 Forces of apes led by Caesar become threatened by humans that survived the simian plague and are now battling for their freedom. Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis.

Not rated/Aug. 8 A young woman accidentally finds herself becoming the next evolution in humanity. As she grows abilities beyond human comprehension, she seeks the help of a research scientist. Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman.

Sequels & Remakes Originals


by Yvonne Hopkins

The Giver

Not rated/Aug. 15 In a community that is seemingly flawless, a young man is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories and endure all of the pain and sadness of the real world. Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

R/May 30 A comedy romp through the Old West that finds a lowly farmer crushing on the new lady in town. Unfortunately, her husband is a gun-slinging outlaw. Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson.

The Fault in Our Stars

PG-13/June 6 The movie based on a bestselling novel follows two physically impaired teenagers who meet and fall for one another in a support group for cancer patients. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort.

Deliver Us From Evil

Not rated/July 2 The story is based on the true accounts of an NYPD officer paired with Priest Mendoza to investigate a series of possessions while undergoing his own struggles at home with his wife and daughter. Eric Bana.

Jupiter Ascending

Not rated/July 18 In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum.

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