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Arts festival: a dream come true by Bianca Pierce Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


he first-ever Palikū Arts Festival, “The Art Adventure,” will be held April 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the WCC campus — a dream come true for WCC drama professor Ben Moffat. He envisions an “art village” full of interactive art experiences in and around Palikū Theatre. The family-friendly festival will include activities in music, art, literature, theater and dance for people of all ages. People are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing. Moffat, who will be leaving WCC this year, sees this event and the campus as a “hub for arts and culture in the community” and a chance to “celebrate the creativity in everybody.” There will be hands-on activities with supplies provided for drawing, painting, sculpting, print and mask-making as well as music, dance and creating poetry and prose. Two perfor ma nces of Cirque-style clowning called “Our Amazing Adventure” will be featured in Palikū Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Imaginarium will be

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WCC theater student Isaac Ligsay is an explorer interacting with creatures from Well World in the masked performance, “Our Amazing Adventure”— part of the Paliku Arts Festival April 2.

projecting on the planetarium dome “The Secret of the Dragon.” This is a story about two youths who meet a friendly and mysterious dragon, who takes them across the universe to learn about themselves and different worlds. Both shows will have a nominal fee. If you want to learn an exotic form of dance, Taylor Hall will be teaching belly dancing. If you find inspiration through

theater, Michelle Hurtubise, a WCC lecturer, will help bring out your dramatic side. For music or poetry, check out the courtyard area, where you can listen to WCC students as well as live bands. You’ll also have the chance to observe WCC artists at work in their studios or in Gallery ‘Iolani, featuring graffiti artists and students Dane Hew-Len and Josh Aipoalani, masks from drama students and a col-

lection of handmade hats from professor emeritus Jacquie Maly. There will be an area to try on masks as well as dress up in fun costumes. Other WCC faculty participating in the festival include Snowden Hodges, Mark Hamasaki, Ron Loo, Paul Nash, Norm Graffam, Bryce Meyers, Rob Molyneux, Lillian Cunningham, Janine Oshiro, So Jin Kimura, Aaron Sala and Tara Severns.

New class schedule for fall semester by Patrick Ambler Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hen WCC students start registering next month, they may notice a few significant changes to the schedule of courses. For fall 2011, WCC will introduce a new scheduling format that includes more classes meeting twice rather than three times a week — a move favored by many students, according to a survey conducted a few years ago. The new format mainly affects classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which generally last 50 minutes per session. By extending the class periods to 75 minutes, courses that were previously offered only on MWF will now be available on a MW schedule. There are some exceptions such as English 22 and 100, foreign and Hawaiian language courses, and many math classes that have been proven to

work better on the 50-minute format. A major change is that all 100-level history classes that were held on MWF will be moved to MW. Surveys taken in 2006 showed that many students, faculty and staff favored changes to the current WCC class schedule. After the surveys, a resolution to modify the WCC class schedule to a 75-minute format was submitted by WCC’s social science department, spearheaded by Professor Toshi Ikagawa. The new schedule is designed to offer benefits to both students and instructors at WCC. With Hawai‘i’s high cost of living, the new format can free up Fridays so students can work or use Fridays to take their lab classes, which tend to be longer. Likewise, instructors who were previously limited to 75-minute classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays now have the option of teaching on Mondays

and Wednesdays with the longer class format. Both Kapiolani CC and Honolulu CC have adopted similar schedules. The new format will be tried on an experimental basis, then assessed for effectiveness. WCC officials want to make sure people are satisfied with the new system. “We’re planning on doing a survey in the fall to see what

students and faculty think about the new schedule,” said Brian Richardson, Dean of Academic Affairs. “This upcoming semester will be a good test of whether it works or not.” One of the biggest factors driving enrollment is the number of classes being offered . At this point, WCC has 10 more classes scheduled for Fall 2011 than were offered for Fall 2010.

Summer and fall registration

Current WCC students can see drafts of summer and fall 2011 class schedules at Online registration begins Monday, April 11. Non-registration counselor appointments will be available the week of April 11. Registration appointments with counselors begin Monday, April 18. Call 235-7413 to schedule times. Fall 2011 classes will begin Monday, Aug. 22. WCC will offer two summer sessions, with the first running from May 23 – July 1 and the second from July 5 – Aug. 12. The summer session cost this year has been reduced from $283 to $248 per credit hour for all UH community colleges. The summer tuition is higher than the regular school year because classes must be self-supporting. However, some financial aid is still available to cover summer session costs.


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Taking protests to the streets by Allison Irving Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


fter decades of discontent, people in the Middle East and North Africa have decided they’ve had enough of unemployment, food price inflation, lack of freedom and police brutality. Each day, protests are igniting through a long list of countries, such as Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, with one united message: It’s time for change. In an unprecedented turn of events, people from all walks of life, ages and economic backgrounds are banding together and filling the streets with hope and determination to take back their rights. These revolutions have been decades in the making, which begs the question, why now? Some have speculated that youth and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, played a major role in these events. Thirty years ago, when many of the current dictators came to power, none of these social media existed. The same discontent could be found among the people in these countries, but times were simply different. As these types of technologies evolved, their popularity grew. The youth in these countries have learned to use social media as a political tool.

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On Jan 11, protesters rallied outside Qa’id Ibraheem Mosque (above), the starting point for demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt. (right) A man angrily waves a shoe at a figure of Mubarak. The sign reads, “This is your end with us. We are tired of you.”

So, while it can be said these factors had a hand in the events, they weren’t the main catalyst. According to Roy Fujimoto, a WCC political science professor, “(Social media) made it possible to get (information) out, but if you didn’t have underlying issues from the get-go and people deciding to put their lives, literally, on the line to demonstrate against the government, (the revolution) wouldn’t have happened.” And lives, literally, have been on the line. In fact, many believe one man, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor, was the single factor that sparked this

wave of mass protests in his country. He was publicly humiliated when a female municipal inspector slapped him in the face for trying to stop her from confiscating his fruit cart. Then on Dec. 17, “sometime around noon, in the two-lane street in front of the governor’s high gate, the vendor drenched himself in paint thinner, then lit himself on fire. A doctor at the hospital where he was treated said the burns covered 90 percent of his body,” wrote Kareem Fahim, a journalist for The New York Times. Bouazizi died 18 days later. Because Bouazizi, a college

graduate, couldn’t find a job, he was forced to sell fruit and vegetables without a permit. “Tunisia’s big problem is said to be unemployment. But unemployment there is running at somewhere between 13 percent and 14 percent, which isn’t really so bad,” said CNBC Senior Editor John Carney. “The real problem,” he continued, “is that Tunisia cannot create suitable employment for the huge numbers of college graduates it creates every year.” As word of Bouazizi’s suicide attempt made its way through the city streets, anger fueled citizen protests as a way to avenge their comrade and put an end to years of injustice.

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After less than a month of demonstrations and riots, their efforts paid off when President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia after 23 years in power. History was made, but the fate of Tunisia has been left up in the air. Egypt, 700 miles east of Tunisia, shares many of the same concerns: high unemployment, a corrupt government and poor living conditions. But, unlike Tunisia, word of Egypt’s unrest spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. According to an article posted on, “Egypt is one of the strongest U.S. allies in the Arab world, supporting see democracy

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What’s the role of technology in 2011 protests? As the world itself has changed, so too has our means of communication. The use of social networking sites has sped up the way young people communicate. What we see now with Tunisia and Egypt is much different from what occured in Tiananmen Square. The use of social networking sites has turned grassrootsstyle change into wildfire change. —Leah Joseph When they tried to cut off communication to the outside world, the Internet still pulled through. So when they tried to hide what was going on during the revolution, the participants could still give updates and information to the outside world. So technology played a big role — almost the only resource that these people had to tell the world what was trying to be hidden by the government.

“This new form of communication gave them courage to use their voice to better their society and turn their state around.” – Kaliko Lee It also showed the world the power of the Internet; it will always find a way to be freed. —Ihilani Gutierrez

Technology allows news to spread much faster than by word of mouth, so instead of the political revolutions slowly gaining popularity, technology made this event explode. It’s what everyone’s been talking about for weeks. Technology also allowed participants to gain followers. It gave people the power to get the word out and make change. Had technology not

been a part of the equation, I think there still would have been a revolution eventually, just not as fast and “explosive” as this one. —Nani Maxey In my opinion, I think that the role that technology played in the recent political revolutions is one that facilitated courage. We have read t hat 30 years ago, Egyptians would have never dared to say anything bad about Egypt’s policies and government. Under Mubarak’s rule, the people were suppressed and lived

in fear. But wit h t he new developments of the Internet, young people become more willing to express their feelings. They are no longer afraid, and are finally speaking up about the things they want changed. This new form of communication gave them courage to use their voice to better their society and turn their state around. —Kaliko Lee

We live in the age of information and technology.

Every day it becomes easier to share, access or spread information. Totalitarian governments fear this wealth of knowledge. An argument could be made that without Facebook or Twitter these political revolutions might have failed. Many of the protestors were students who k now best how to utilize technology to their advantage and they proved it. —Josh Duncan

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President Greenwood looks to the future by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


H President M.R.C. Greenwood and Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton talked about everything from tuition increases to new learning options during a March 3 campus visit. They also toured the Library Learning Commons construction site and met with faculty, staff, students and the ASUH leaders. President Greenwood said after seeing WCC’s future Library Learning Commons, “It’s going to be a first-rate, modern facility and will make a big difference here.” As president, Greenwood makes the appeal for government funding for the entire UH system. Lately, most of her energy has been spent persuading the legislature to restore funding rather than gaining new revenue, she said. The arguments she makes for the university system are that students are the best investment for the future; the UH system is one of the best in the country; future jobs will require an education of a B. A. degree or higher; and it helps citizens start new careers. UH has suffered a 23 percent budget cut during the economic downturn. Greenwood explained, “We are not going to recover as much as we would like, but it will not be as bad as we thought.” The UH system is not supported solely by the government. “For every dollar the government gives us, we raise

another six on our own,” said Greenwood. Part of UH’s selfacquired funding comes from tuition, but with financial challenges ahead, new tuition increases will probably have to be implemented. TUITION INCREASES Next school year will be the last in the current tuition schedule and then UH will enter a new five-year plan. Early next fall, UH will propose a new tuition plan for public discussion, which will then be brought to the regents for approval. However, according to Greenwood, the increase in tuition will simultaneously increase the amount of financial aid that will be available. About 11 percent of tuition comes back to the students in the form of financial aid, and that percentage is constantly rising. DISTANCE LEARNING One way that UH is seeking to improve its learning environment is through distance learning and hybrid classes. Distance learning involves the use of webcams and technology to allow a teacher to teach students simultaneously in classrooms all over the state. This greatly expands the availability of classes for students. “You would still need hands-on clinical sites (like science labs), however, easily deliverable information would be much more accessible through online contact,” said Morton. Hybrid classes have one day a week of in-class instruction with the rest online, which more than doubles the number of potential classes. GOING GREEN All UH community col-

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(top) WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra and UH President Greenwood survey progress on the new Library Learning Commons. President Greenwood meets with (from left) Ka ‘Ohana editor Akela Newman and ASUH senators Justin Sugai, Peter Han, Leah Koeppel, Daniel Kamalu-Grupen, VP John Morton and Dominick Shortall. leslie opulauoho

leges have signed on to a project with Johnson Controls Inc. to minimize energy and water consumption. “We also have research programs for all areas of energy renewal and reduction, degrees for sustainable business and ‘green job’ certificates,” said

Morton. “UH has a $6.6 million grant for those purposes.” The unification of all UH system colleges allows students to cross-register and take classes at any campus without having to apply individually for each one. That opens up more opportunities to UH students.

“We not only have an outstanding academic system, but we are really making progress with improving the chances of citizens to come back to school and begin, restart or finish whatever they need to complete in their life,” said Greenwood in closing.

UH system starts students on Google email by Logan Kealoha Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


f you’re wondering what that new “Google@UH” tab is in your MyUH portal, it’s a collection of communication tools that allow users to email, chat, create and share documents. All students on the 10 UH campuses are being asked to migrate over to Google@UH by the end of 2011. Over the calendar year, students will receive reminders to migrate to Google@UH. If students have not scheduled a time to migrate to the new services by October, they will have to do so in November. For those who haven’t taken notice yet, your mail is no longer available through the UH portal. By migrating to Google@UH, you will be able to access your mail in the portal through the Google icon. Once you have migrated to Google@UH, you will no longer be able to access your mail through mail. or MyUH Portal mail.

Through Google@UH, users can also access video chat with other users, organize and invite others to events and appointments with Google Calendar and create documents in Google, which could be shared with others.

Currently, Information Technology Services at UH is focusing on the basic services of Google@UH to ensure a smooth transition for new users. However, over time there will be more services based on community demand. According to Osamu Makiguchi, the UH system’s ITS specialist, Google@ UH started out as a way to reduce computer costs in the university. However, the UH administration also found that Google@UH provided students, faculty and staff with vastly improved email, chat and calendar services over what UH offers.

“UH would never have been able to provide what Google is now providing for us,” says Makiguchi. Google@UH benefits students because it provides many upgrades to the existing service. Some upgrades include, but are not limited to, 7,540 MB of mail storage for every mailbox, compared to UH’s current quotas of 500MB for faculty and staff and 250MB for students. “Increase of mailbox storage alone is a big win for us,” says Makiguchi. He adds, “Faculty and staff also have found Google Calendar to be much more improved than the UH calendar.” Google@UH also includes full support for mobile device synchronization of email, calendar and contacts while UH’s current supports mobile email only. For now, Google@UH has been rolled out to only students of the UH system. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to use Google@UH at their discre-

tion. Although ITS is hopeful that faculty and staff will migrate to Google@ UH, faculty and staff concerns are still being dealt with. ITS at UH is expecting that once everyone has migrated to Google@UH, they’ll notice the positive improvements. “Usually, cost-cutting project services go down, but with Google@ UH, services went up,” says Makiguchi. For students who have migrated to Google@UH or will be doing so shortly, you will also be able to access your mail by bookmarking to your computer. On the right hand side of the screen, you will find “Already Migrated?” Click on the Gmail link, and your UH mail should appear. According to Makiguchi, 20 percent of people who have UH mail forward to other services — Gmail being the most popular forwarding address, mainly because of storage. For questions, contact the ITS help desk at 956-8883 or

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Financial aid helps you get in the game by TJ Metcalf Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ho doesn’t like free money to help with a college education? Did you know that there are over 10 major scholarships available strictly for new and continuing WCC students? Some of these include funds from the Kaneohe Business Group, the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, the Garden Club of Honolulu, Charles Hemingway, as well as Paul (former WCC history professor) and Jane Field. Students should check the guidelines for eligibility for the different funds, but one common application can be used for several different scholarships. The KBG Scholarship is WCC’s biggest with funds raised through the annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, a festival held in the fall on the WCC campus. Students planning careers in business, nursing or education are encouraged to apply. Matt Claybaugh, a KBG board member, says they want to “help support the community” and the future leaders of Hawai‘i. “Anyone can be a leader; age doesn’t matter,” he added. “Apply for every scholarship that

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you can,” advised Claybaugh. “Take advantage of the money out there.” He also urged everyone to support the Windward Ho‘olaule’a because the more funds they raise, the more scholarship money will be available to students. Last year 13 WCC students received $900 scholarships each. This year $21,000 will be given away to WCC students.

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enewing its commitment to WCC students, the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle recently gave $5,000 to their Environmental Studies Scholarship and the WCC Agriculture Scholarship Fund. They have been a part of scholarships for WCC since 1994. “We are fortunate to have the support of the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle,” said WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra. “The two student funds will help the growing need for scholarships and ultimately benefit the sustainability of our island state.”

For the 2011–2012 school year, there is $2,500 for each of the Environmental and Agricultural scholarship funds. Preference will be given to graduates of Windward O‘ahu high schools. Joan Fleming, president of Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, said, “The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle cares deeply about the natural resources of Windward O‘ahu—including our youth. “We have a long history of being good stewards of our islands’ natural enviroment; as such, we must prepare our youth to become active leaders in representing and preserving these vital resources.”

by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

t’s like a big puzzle… and we find the missing pieces,” said Blaine Osato, FBI intelligence analyst on the Counterdrug Task Force. That’s how members of the FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT) described their crime investigation work to WCC chemistry students in a campus forum Feb. 23. The two ERT investigators, Osato and Anna Schreff, spoke about the use of cutting-edge technology in crime investigation and analysis. The purpose of the ERT is to collect evidence supporting FBI priority investigations in a meticulous and systematic way. If agents are the FBI’s secret weapon, then the ERTs are the agents’ secret weapon. The tools and techniques employed by the ERTs range in complexity from electrostatic dust print lifters to forensic light source glasses to supergluing fingerprints. According to Osato, the method of using powder to bring out fingerprints is successful only on smooth, non-porous surfaces. The FBI now uses heated superglue to retrieve tricky prints. The super glue preserves prints much longer than pow-

Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle members present scholarship check to Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra for $5,000.

Each scholarship has different requirements, but WCC needs to be your home institution and most may want you to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Steven Chigawa, WCC’s financial aid officer, and his staff are available in Hale Alaka‘i 107 to assist students. The main advice he has about financial aid is: There were about 2,800 FAFSA applications that came

through last year. Get yours in — the sooner the better. There is a 1/2 million dollars of first come, first served money, said Chigawa. Federal aid programs such as the Pell Grant is where most of that money comes from. Chigawa and his staff will walk you through the whole process — from filling out a FAFSA to reviewing different loan, grant and scholarship options. One student said of WCC’s financial aid office, “They bend over backwards to make sure you get all the money you can.” “Steven is always willing to help. He turns something so complex into something simple to understand,” said another student. You can get help with your FAFSA with an appointment at the financial aid office, at TRiO or at WCC’s OneStop Shop in Windward Mall. April 15 is the deadline for scholarship applications and April 1 for other financial aid. Turn in your forms into the Financial Aid Office Hale Alaka‘i 107 or fax them to (808) 247-5362. Students can access the WCC common scholarship application by going to financial_aid/.

der does and allows for duplication of prints. Another form of Impression Evidence involves the use of an electrostatic dust print lifter that electrically charges the dust where someone was standing to reveal a print. The ERT also uses Mikrosil casting putty to make very detailed casts of footprints, tire prints and more. Foren sic l ig ht sou rce glasses when combined with LED lights can reveal blood, semen, sweat, fluorescent powders and dye stains by causing it to glow. “Take these (glasses) into a hotel room and shine (the light) on the bed and you’ll

see it light up like a Christmas tree,” Osato said. According to the FBI website, over 1,200 personnel “operate at a high level of competency to ensure evidence is collected in such a manner that it can be introduced in courts throughout the U.S. and the world. “ERTs strive to be the model for crime scene processing from the standpoint of safety, expertise, training, equipment and ability,” Some of the major cases that ERTs have been a big part of are the TransWorld Airlines Flight 800 that crashed near New York in 1996, the SEE FBI careers


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WCC botany collaborates with China by Heather Nicholls, Gerrit Evensen & Chris Chabriel Ka ‘Ohana Writers


n international partnership that could involve WCC students in groundbreaking research and exchanges with China was celebrated at a presentation on campus last month. The event highlighted both the nutritional and medicinal potential of orchids as well as the untapped potential for expanding research and entrepreneurship through the sharing of resources. Earlier this year Dr. Inge White, WCC botany and microbiology professor, was invited to collaborate with Hainan University in Sanya, China as an official judge for the 5th Chinese International Orchid Show. She also gave a presentation on her research with the “Nutraceutical Study of Dendrobium Orchids.” A letter of agreement of cooperation has been signed between Dr. White, WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra and a representative of Sanya China Orchid Organization. This official letter, also

signed by Sanya’s Vice Mayor Yao Li, was created in hopes of building a scientific collaboration in research between WCC and Hainan University as well as open up a student exchange program for the two countries. Assisting Dr. White in this venture is Honolulu attorney and former Honolulu City Council member Leigh Wai Doo. “Hawai‘i has only five species of orchids, so our range of study is limited but China has thousands of new species unstudied. Imagine the possibilities,” said White. Students involved in the program will be studying the genetic transformation and molecular structure of plants with research that could develop further into ethnobotanical pharamacognosy, nutritional and antimicrobial properties, making bioproducts, and food pharmacy. There is also talk of the first book in a series being produced — half in English and half in Chinese — called “Nutraceutical of Dendrobiums.” Chinese traditional medicine uses orchids to treat such varying conditions as tuberculosis, impotence and cancer.

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Dr. Inge White (center), along with her botany students, display a variety of food dishes using orchids.

Some varieties are said to purify the blood and kidney or treat night sweats and fever. But orchids can also be used in a variety of food dishes, as demonstrated at the WCC event by the Botany 205 class, who prepared creations using three different orchids. The students made everything from mashed potatoes and curries to chocolate and an orchidinfused dressing for fruit salad.

A new face for campus security by Chelsea Reid Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


CC’s new safety and sec ur it y ma nager Richard “Rick” Murray is a man with a plan. His goal is to improve WCC’s safet y polic y a nd procedures and to develop a crisis management plan with the help of a campuswide committee. The Ca mpus Sa fet y Commit tee is where st udents, faculty and staff can express their concerns about campus security as well as discuss steps for improving safety. Members will discuss and analyze safety issues in an attempt to reduce the risks of danger on campus. Since WCC is in a secluded area, Murray said we are not as prone to potential dangers as a college in the city. Students are encouraged to call Murray if they encounter any potentially risky or uncomfortable situation having to do with health or safety on campus. He is available at (808) 235-7343 and is open to discussing health or safety issues with students and faculty.

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Rick Murray welcomes students to his office to discuss safety at WCC.

Murray refers to his office, which is located at Hale Alaka‘i 125 , as an “information center for safety for students as well as faculty and staff.” In his office, he has an emergenc y def ibr i l lator, which is a device t hat is designed to administer an electric shock if a person is experiencing cardiac arrest. “I like being a person of responsibility,” he said. Mu r ray i s or ig i n a l ly from Philadelphia but came to the islands after joining the Marine Corps. His au nt a nd u ncle

lived on the Big Island, and Murray visited the islands throughout his childhood. “I wanted to get into security because I knew I had the ability to respond in different pressure situations.” Murray graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in justice administration and a master’s degree in organizational change. He has 12 years of experience in security and is a certified safety and health manager. Murray said “I enjoy teaching — explaining what I know and understand.”

Dr. White hopes students in her program will continue to become creative entrepreneurs — developing products, foods, and medicines that will lead Hawai‘i to a cleaner, healthier, greener environment as well as open up job opportunities for the state. As she said, “Any entrepreneur can create jobs, even small ones. This is something all new.”

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Cake made with orchid ingredients.

FBI careers 9/11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks in 2001, the Unabomber (University and Airline Bomber) Ted Kaczynski from 1978-95, the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Saudi Arabia in the ‘90s, and the Al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000. ERTs consist of “‘normal’ people with ‘normal’ jobs,” said Schreff, a CPA (certified public accountant) in her midtwenties who has been with the FBI for five months. Schreff continued, “We have our regular job and can specialize and work in any of the 56 FBI field offices. “We gather and preserve evidence from FBI cases and then send it to those who are able to analyze it and act upon it (FBI agents).” Becoming part of the ERT is a bit easier than trying to become an agent. To be an agent, you need to have your bachelor’s degree, two to three years of professional experience in the field, pass two polygraph (lie detector) tests and be “badged” by the time you are 37. To be a part of the ERT, you need to have had a job for three years, pass the two

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polygraph tests and be in the FBI Academy at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA before you are 37. There are many different paths for different careers within the FBI. There is no one path for a person to be a part of the FBI, but applicants must have high ethical standards. Schreff said the polygraph and background check was the hardest thing she ever did even though she leads a very “clean” life. “You need to evaluate yourself accurately and know your moral compass,” she said. Osato added, “Tell the truth no matter what. You will be forgiven for a lot of things…but not lying.” The FBI may be formally known to stand for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but those within the FBI know it to stand for fidelity, bravery and integrity. If you’d like to learn more about the FBI’s Evidence Response Team or other careers, contact Blaine Osato at blaine. You can also go to www. f or crime-scene-investigation/ hawaii.

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elp. Volunteer. Do a good turn. Learn from others. There is much to be done and many ways to contribute to benefit others in service learning and community service. Pam DaGrossa, anthropology instructor, has been participating in service learning at WCC for the past four years and coordinating for four semesters. The most recent service learning fair was held on Jan. 25 with over 20 organizations participating. DaGrossa said that approximately 150 people showed up to see the opportunities available. The next service learning fair is tentatively set for Sept. 6, 2011. Service learning is a way for students to work in fields of their interest and gain experience while doing so. It is a way for them to verify if what appeals to them is an ideal match for future endeavors. Both students and the organizations benefit from the participation. Because most students live in the windward area, DaGrossa prefers to identify organizations that are on the windward side. With spring break approaching, many students use this time to fulfill community service hours required for scholarships. DaGrossa encourages them to spread their volunteering efforts over the course of the semester. If you are looking to participate in service learning or need to complete community service hours, here are some suggestions: the Hawaiian Humane Society, Hawaii Cat Foundation, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Ann Pearl, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Ann Pearl, Boys & Girls Club Windward Clubhouse, and Malama Pono. For further information, contact Pam DaGrossa at (808) 236-9225 or

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very day the number of hungry people in Hawai‘i hungry people, 55,000 were children and 11,000 were grows and grows. Young children, troubled teens, senior citizens. hard-working parents and the elderly alike struggle to An easy and affordable way in which people can have enough food to eat on a daily basis. spread their aloha is by simply volunteering their “ It’s hard for me to have enough food to put on the time. Volunteers are needed to sort donated foods, table every day,” said one young mother who wanted inspect fruits to make sure they are in good condition to remain anonymous. “Kayla” said that between go- and help at any of the eight designated food drives ing to school, working around the island. Mona minimum-wage job etary donations are also and paying for her chilmore than welcome. dren’s needs, it is very “What we need difficult to provide food most are canned food — for her family. canned meats and tuna, “When my kids are soups, vegetables, and in school, I can relax a fruits. Things like spalittle because I know ghetti, chili and corned they are receiving two b e ef h a sh a re rea l ly meals a day. It’s when good, too,” she added. t he weekend comes Cadirao said the bigaround, furloughs, or gest donation times are waiver days that I start during the Thanksgiving to freak out,” she exand Christmas holidays, plained. “I just can’t do but help is needed all it all on my own.” year ’round. She revealed that “We need to rememthe Hawaii Foodbank ber that although the holhas been a great help idays are over, there are in allowing her to put still thousands of hungry food on the table for her stomachs out there. The young children. gift of giving should not The Hawaii Foodonly be limited to a few ba n k embod ies t he months out of the year. Hawaii Foodbank mission that “no one We need to share our in (their) ‘ohana goes A volunteer delivers donated food to an elderly gentleman. aloha constantly.” hungry.” Despite their Ruby Tuesday and Napa efforts to make Hawai‘i a better place, they are in need Auto Parts will have donation boxes at every location of more volunteers to continue helping people like Kayla. throughout the year for the public to donate canned According to Annie Cadirao, a representative goods. The next food drive is at Windward City Shopfrom the Hawaii Foodbank, there are 183,500 people ping Center on April 16. in Hawai‘i who have benefited from the annual food For more information on how you can help, go to drives and collection sites in 2010. Out of the 183,500


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Pam DaGrossa, Hawaiian Humane Society volunteer.

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here do you go to get lehua, koa, wiliwili. All are healthy, mature away from it all? For plants easily accessible for study by any seriany resident of the windous botany student or just to admire by the ward side, Ho’omaluhia avid nature-lover. Botanical Garden offers For those who enjoy camping, the area a place to enjoy nature is free until this summer (when new regulaand get involved in many tions take over). Camping permits are availcultural and environmental able at the Ho’omaluhia office to anyone 18 activities. and over. Cold showers, sinks, and fire pits The 400-acre are already provided; all you need is a tent Ho‘omaluhia Garden, is one and food. of five Honolulu Botanical If camping isn’t your thing, try one of Gardens, whose mission is the many activities offered here. Guided garto conserve tropical flora den walks are free on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and propogate plants for and Sundays at 1 p.m., and focus on rainforbotanical research. It is also est plants and Hawaiian ethnobotany (how a place for community recHawaiians used their native plant life). reation and education. Free classes are also offered; botaniOf the five gardens, cal drawing and painting on Wednesdays, Ho‘omaluhia has a definite pruning on Thursdays. Classes on how to character of its own. Built as edit botanical photos on your computer are a flood control program for available. Catch-and-release fishing is availCreative Commons the community by the U.S. able on weekends from 10 2 p.m. Army, the 32-acre lake and Volunteer programs are open to stuA majestic view of the Ko‘olau’s from Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden’s 32-acre lake. waterways act as a place for dents and fulfill WCC service-learning water to collect during heavy rains, preventing gered plants of the Pacific, including native Hawaiian requirements. Volunteers can work in the office supflooding of surrounding communities. plying information to garden visitors, in the nursery plants. The name “Ho’omaluhia” means “to make propagating the gardens future plants, or as a fishMany of the plants here are extremely rare. Some, a place of peace and tranquility,” a very fitting ing guide or garden ranger, protecting the lake and like the vahana palm of the Marquesas (Pelagodoxa henname for a place like this. A narrow road winds gardens from unwelcome guests. ryana), are nearly extinct in their native habitat and rely its way through the garden, surrounded by lush It’s a way to give back to the community and on human cultivation to survive. plant life. fulfill your college requirements as well as a beautiful Rare native Hawaiian plants are also thriving here: Ho’omaluhia specializes in rare and endanplace to work. the Hawaii state flower ma’o hau hele, as well as ohi’a

f you enjoy outdoor work and want to learn more about Hawaiian culture, native plants and kalo restoration, then Kāko‘o Ōiwi is looking for you. The community-based non-profit organization is restoring 404 acres of land in He‘eia. The goal is a working agricultural landscape, as well as to offer community educational, cultural, economic, and social programs. All volunteers are welcome. Workdays are every second Saturday of the month, from 8:30 a.m. till noon. Volunteers help to eradicate invasive species, plant and harvest kalo and build new lo‘i. Traditionally, this marshland grew kalo, which was later replaced with crops such as sugar cane, pineapple and rice, creating a long-running battle for water rights. The new purpose for the land created intense erosion, flooding and increased runoff, all of which degraded the health and productivity of He‘eia. Mangrove trees were introduced to help control erosion, but now choke the stream and Blood Bank of have reduced the habitats for native species. Kāko‘o Ōiwi community specialist Kyrie Puaoi said, “Our goal is to build a stronger community by providing experiential educational opportunities for people to get to know their neighbors and their land.” See Kako‘o Ōiwiʻs Facebook page for more information about the organization and their projects, http:// Courtesy Kāko‘o Ōiwi mahuahuaaiohoi. Community volunteers prepare a section of land for a new lo‘i.


How to save a life

iving blood saves lives; I know because it saved mine. Being rushed to the hospital and passing out within steps of the door from blood loss isn’t normal for teenagers. But it happened to me, and without blood donations given to that hospital I wouldn’t be alive today to write this. Statistics show that in our lifetime 60 percent of us will need Hawaii blood, but sadly only 2 percent actually donate. For this state’s patients alone, the Blood Bank of Hawaii requires 200 donors every day. Studies have shown that the safest source of blood comes from community volunteers. One way the Blood Bank maintains its supply is by sponsoring community blood drives like the ones they hold at Windward Community College. Their goal is to increase the number of younger, healthy donors by informing them about the difference one hour of their time can make. The whole process of donating blood takes about an hour, with the actual drawing of blood taking only about 5 to 8 minutes. One pint is drawn — all that is needed to save up to three lives. “I got to share a moment with the one I love and save a life,” said Dallin

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Auna when asked why he decided to donate blood. Auna had gone as a firsttime donor along with his girlfriend at the WCC blood drive held last fall. The next blood drive at WCC will be March 28 and is coordinated by Pam DaGrossa and the service-learning students. She explained that the usual goal for WCC’s drive is 50 pints of blood, which may not seem like a lot, but when compared to the 200 the BBH needs daily, the amount in that oneday donation accounts for 25 percent of Hawai‘i’s daily requirement. “A lot of people think it’s painful because they think of a needle when giving blood, but there’s actually very little pain and the technicians are very careful and gentle,” DaGrossa said. “If you let them know it’s your first time and you’re nervous, they’re really good at calming you down and checking on you.” The two most common reasons people can’t donate at WCC are piercings and tattoos. There is a one-year waiting period after having a piercing or tattoo, although if the piercing was done with a gun, then you still qualify to donate blood, said DaGrossa. Certain medications could also prevent you from donating, but not

all. However, people don’t bother to check and just assume they aren’t able to donate. She would like to see more people participate in the upcoming drive and for people to check if they qualify for donating. There are basic donor requirements that must be met in order to give blood. You must be in good health, 18 years or older or have a consent form from a parent or guardian, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have valid photo identification. If you meet these requirements and sign up for an appointment, there are also some guidelines to follow before giving blood: • Within 24 hours of your appointment drink 8 to10 glasses of water to keep your body hydrated and abstain from drinking coffee, alcohol or caffeinated drinks that would dehydrate your body. • Eat a hearty breakfast the day of and also try to eat foods rich in iron before. • Know what countries you’ve traveled to and when. • Know any medical conditions you have and do not take medication 14 days prior to giving blood. •Get plenty of rest.


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by Bianca Pierce Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s mask-making time in Theatre 211, and you’re asked to lie down and close your eyes. The teacher, who is dauntingly tall, asks you to envision a mask —the mask that you will become. You must embody this new character to feel the power of it. Ben Moffat, WCC’s longtime drama professor, has experienced life behind countless masks, playing different roles on and off campus.  Moffat’s last semester here at WCC will be celebrated with the Palikū Arts Festival April 2, based on a dream he once had. The festival — like his vision —will feature various performances in a “village” filled with all sorts of art and artists. He imagined a celebration where everyone and

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Retiring drama professor Ben Moffat with two of his handmade masks.

anyone could be an artist in whatever way they chose to express themselves. “You didn’t know who was an artist or who wasn’t. ” he says. “Everyone was doing art!” As a child growing up near

the Bay Area in California, Moffat had a penchant for theatre. His interests led him to the East Coast, where he studied in New York and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in English.

However, by his junior year, he decided it was time to see more of the world. He traveled all around Europe, gaining new perspectives on international culture and lifestyle. When he felt it was time to return to the East Coast, he kept his focus on the world of theater, but developed an interest in international theater, such as Asian arts. What better place to study the culture and performance of Asia than the University of Hawai‘i?  While studying at UH Mānoa, where he achieved his master’s degree, Moffat was fascinated by all the Asian courses offered, such as Japanese dance and music, kabuki and Noh drama. His interests in Asian culture and art are reflected in his styles, masks and performance. A company he later founded called Monkey Waterfall was named after a Chinese

legend about a monkey under a waterfall. For one of his earlier performances, he played a tall, lanky character, wearing all white, supported by stilts, while his co-star, who was 5 feet tall, played a red monkey character. Monkey Waterfall has literally toured the world, along with Moffat’s assortment of masks and stilts. Stilts have been used as a main tool in his career as well. He says that, while growing up, he loved to play sports, and likes to think of stilts as a similar physical challenge. Although his days on campus are coming to an end soon, Moffat says he still enjoys teaching his students at WCC how to appreciate and express the unknown characters inside of them. He tries to use daily life as a way to show your creative self, in front of or behind artistic masks.

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by Chris Ogawa Ka ‘Ohana Writer

f you want to enjoy art in a dressy setting with some music and pupus, try exploring “ARTafterDARK” at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The popular event held the last Friday of the month now attracts 1,000 guests with entertainment, food, drinks and activities in different areas of the academy. The museum began its monthly ARTafterDARK event with January’s theme, “Show Me the Bunny,” celebrating the Year of the Rabbit and Chinese culture. February’s focus was “Uma Noite de Carnaval” with people in costume celebrating the Brazilian

Carnival. The March 25 event from 6 to 9 p.m. will emphasize Korean culture: “Seoul Power.” “Crowds have increased over the years,” said active volunteer Lacy Matsumoto. “It’s a great event to be a part of; there just aren’t a lot of places that entertain with art and culture.” The volunteer-hosted event exposes a younger crowd to a world of arts and culture with more of a party atmosphere. “The image of a museum’s sterile, quiet environment has transformed to a user-friendly place where you can hang out with friends, learn and have fun,” said former AAD coordinator Lori Admiral. “AAD is a unique scene to the islands—a step above the common evening fare of bars and clubs,” adds

Jeremy Hine, who has attended AAD events for five years. The year’s first event started with the sound of vibrant drums and a lion dance to ward off evil spirits and bring luck to the New Year. NY DJ Roxy Cottontail was spinning dub and house the entire night for those in the mood to dance in the Luce Pavilion. Many fun-filled activities were held throughout the evening, including fortune cookies for guests, free gifts at the Academy shop and free docent tours. Fresh paintings by Andy Lee, a modern Zen artist who was painting in the Chinese courtyard, provided take-home art. The academy also hosted a Chinese New Year activity

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The poster for ARTafterDARK’s March event.

to make paper firecrackers. The entire museum was open for viewing throughout the evening, including the permanent collection as well as many visiting exhibitions. For more information on upcoming events, visit

Kagawa exchange students visit WCC

Photos by Jordan ota

(Above) Kagawa Junior College students Masumi Saito and Natsuki Yamaguchi were among the visitors March 2 from WCC’s sister college in Japan. Both said they liked Hawai‘i’s beaches, kalua pig and Spam. (Left) Students from WCC’s Japanese 102 and 202 classes showed the students how to weave ti leaf leis, wrist and head bands. Other cultural exchanges that took place were cooking yaki soba and yaki udon. The WCC students used the language skills they learned from Sensei Akiko Swan.

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Award winner new to WCC music staff by Celeste Russell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


hen you step into Aaron Sala’s office in Hale Palanakila, the first thing you notice is a long row of compact discs. Then you see his welcoming, gentle face and wide smile surrounded by a full mane of long locks. Sala, a Nā Hokū Hanohano award winner, is WCC’s newest music and Hawaiian studies lecturer. He says he is thrilled about what the future holds for Windward’s Hawaiian studies and music departments. “What is exciting to me,” he says with passion, “is that these two programs are on the cusp of exploding into something huge.” He is eager to be a part of a team that is expanding. Sala notices a difference between the UH Mānoa campus and WCC and says that students here have changed his classroom paradigm. He likes that the environment at WCC is “safe” and allows him to ex-

plore his potential as a teacher and sees that the energy is high around him. Sala explains that it’s important to view students as being “on the verge” rather than “at risk.” Voice student Brittany Kalua says she “absolutely adores him and loves his classes because he has a way of making his students feel comfortable.” Sala says he realizes some students may not be able to “sing for dinner” (as a career) but encourages their love of music. He would like his students to learn to appreciate the process and that the purpose of the class is to appreciate the voice. An avid listener of all types of music — from Hawaiian and rock to Jay-Z and Beyonce, Sala laments that “something has happened in society where it’s okay to be mediocre.” But he wants to “become a part of the movement that reclaims the study of doing music.” For Sala, music has always been a part of his life. As a child, he would spend many days with his maternal grandparents, who helped cultivate his

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WCC voice and music teacher Aaron Sala.

love for music. His grandmother inspired his piano playing, and there is a light in

So Jin sets a new tone


B.B. King in the islands

by Celeste Russell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


”townie” most of her life, this perky young girl from Korea has come a long way—literally and geographically. Moving to Hawai‘i with her parents at the age of three, music consumed her. Kimura began sharing her love of music at WCC, teaching music appreciation classes in January 2008. Before then, she had never stepped foot on the campus. With a bachelor’s and master’s in piano performance from the University of Hawai‘i and actively pursuing a doctoral degree in music education from Boston University, Kimura is now a music lecturer and piano instructor at WCC. When the opportunity to teach piano opened up, Kimura took it. She says her “eyes popped right open” when she walked into Hale Pālanakila106. Surrounded by 18 pianos, she is eager to “take this program and go with it.” One student says that she is an inspiration and has great patience with her class. Kimura wants to be able to take all that is in her head and share it with her students, she said. Being an only child, her parents shared everything with her. She was never alone, and her parents made sure to keep her busy with activities. Kimura was involved in everything from hula and ballet


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Renowned pianist So Jin Kimura shares her talents with WCC students.

to violin and piano. Receiving her first toy piano at four years old, she taught herself to play. Hearing Kimura’s skill, her mother, with the goal of having her in the children’s performing acts in Korea, invested in an upright piano and had her begin piano lessons at age six. Although Kimura didn’t perform in Korea as a child, she does not lack performance skills. She has won the UH Concerto Competition, the Morning Music Club Scholarship

Competition, and is a threetime winner/performer of the Youth Talent Pool Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Even wit h all her accomplishments, Kimura still comes across as a fun-loving and down-to-earth girl next door. She enjoys being a part of WCC and sees “so much room for growth here.” Her traditional Asian parents wanted her to “work somewhere respectable” so one can assume that WCC is just that!

his eyes as he speaks of them. Born and raised on the Windward side, Sala attended Kainalu Elementary in Kailua before being accepted to Kamehameha Schools in the seventh grade. It was at Kamehameha where he participated in concert and glee club and began his private voice lessons. Sala studied with “voice coaches to the stars” Neva Rego and Betty Grierson, owners of the Bel Canto School of Singing. After graduating from Kamehameha in 1994, Sala moved on to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He did some graduate work in ethnomusicology before earning his bachelor of arts with a concentration in voice. Sala took the knowledge he acquired and returned to UH Mānoa to teach students in applied music classes at the 100 to 400 levels for five years. With two Nā Hokū Hanohano awards under his belt, Sala enjoys his time with his wife of almost two years and their 14-month-old son and continues to inspire students to be the best that they can be.

by James Stone Ka ‘Ohana Music Columnist

he legendary B.B. King, one of the most recognizable names in blues music, will perform on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blaisdell Center. King’s guitar playing has been touted as the best of the best. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him at No. 3 on its list of “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” King has a long list of awards, including Grammys and the Polar Music Prize. In 1980 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and in 1987 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. King has been very active in his career, appearing in a number of television shows, movies and often collaborating with other artists such as U2 and Eric Clapton. During 52 years, King has played more than 15,000 performances.

Riley B. King was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Mississippi and grew up singing in his local gospel choir until the age of 12 when he picked up his first guitar for $15. While working at a local R&B radio station as a disc jockey, he acquired the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy,” which was later shortened to B.B. — his performing name for the years to come. In 1991 King’s Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis. Now with five locations across the U.S., the clubs serve as a hub for musical performances and nightlife. Tickets for King’s upcoming Hawai‘i concert are $50 to $220 —a small price for a chance to witness “The King of the Blues” performing some of his greatest hits on his famous guitar, Lucille. Get your tickets at the Blaisdell box office or online at or

B.B. King performs the blues with his world-famous guitar, Lucille.


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Share your hair to make a difference


by Nani Maxey Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

magine waking up each morning, not with a bad hair day but with no hair at all. That’s the reality for many children and adults who have suffered hair loss due to disease, chemotherapy or severe burn accidents. Unlike the rest of us who take our locks for granted, they have to face each day without the comfort of their own hair. The good news is there are ways to help — ways as simple as sharing your hair. “I wanted to donate my hair because I’ve heard of people doing it before,” said WCC student Kelly Opedal. “I just couldn’t imagine not donating it to people who lose their hair due to illness. “I definitely love the idea of doing something good with my cut hair rather than just watching it be swept off the floor,” she added. Hair donation organizations throughout the world provide people who suffer from hair loss with real hair wigs made possible by the donations of everyday people. These donations entail cutting hair a minimum of 8 to 10 inches, depending on each organization’s

For example, Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides free wigs to qualified children under 21. Their mission is to “return a sense of self, normalcy and confidence to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.” Locks of Love explains that kids have enough to worry about without being judged or teased because of the effects their illness has on their appearance. Locks of Love’s guidelines require a minimum hair donation of 10 inches. However, if monique Maxey Nani Maxey shows off her new look after cutting her hair for donation. 10 inches seems too daunting, there are other organizations that have shorter guidelines, requirements. and breaking off. And there are advantages “(Hair grows) roughly such as Pantene Beautiful to sporting a shorter “do.” about a half inch to an inch a Lengths. Pantene distributes “Showers are shorter and month, depending on the per- wigs to the American Cancer shorter hair means less sham- son,” she said, adding that hair Society wig banks specifically poo and hair products. Longer seems to grow faster in hotter for women who have experihair sometimes requires you climates, like Hawai‘i. Some enced hair loss from chemoto pay more at a salon because salons even offer a discount therapy. They require a minithey have to use more prod- when hair is cut for donations. mum hair donation of 8 inches. Donating hair isn’t just for ucts,” explained Lucille Palmer, There are a variety of places who has been a hair stylist for you can choose from when it girls. Guys who want to do24 years and owner of Salon 45 comes to donating your hair, nate don’t have to worry about for 15 years. allowing you to not only base sporting mid-back length hair if “One of the benefits of cut- your decision on specific guide- that’s not their style, so long as ting hair on a regular basis is lines but also on what age group they do a close cut, like a buzz cut, when donating. A closer it keeps the hair from splitting would receive it.

cut means less hair to grow out. Furthermore, there are fundraisers that have participants shave their hair as a bold statement of their support for cancer research. “It was my first time ever donating my hair, but definitely not my last. I think I’ll just keep harvesting my hair for the rest of my life, or as long as I have hair,” said Opedal. Other groups open for donations include Wigs for Kids, Children with Hair Loss, Child Leukemia Foundation, and Matter of Trust. Each can be found on the Internet along with the specific conditions hair must be in to be donated, such as free of hair dyes and bleaches. If you want to help but would rather not put your hair on the chopping block, there are other ways to get involved, such sending in financial donations, arranging your own donation event in your local community, or convincing a local salon to provide discounts for hair donations. “I feel that if anybody else is thinking about donating their hair, they definitely should!” said Opedal. “It’s really rewarding to think about making such a big difference in someone’s life. You won’t regret it.”

WCC mission: education for everyone by Flora Obayashi Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


n the coming months, WCC hopes to bring more college classes to windward residents in Kahuku and Lā‘ie and reach out to more working adults who want better career advancement. “Windward Community College has grown 53 percent in the last five years, up to 2,600 students in fall semester 2010—the highest enrollment since the school’s inception in 1972,” Chancellor Doug Dykstra told Ko‘olauloa residents at a Feb. 24 meeting in Lā‘ie. Expansion in class offerings, aggressive outreach to windward communities, and increased financial aid are contributing to this growth.

“There has been a 159 percent enrollment increase in evening and online courses. Being sensitive to the needs of working people, WCC offered 26 percent more evening classes and 79 percent more online classes this year,” said Dykstra. “In addition to the Associate in Arts degree, plans are under way to add other degree and certificate programs in veterinary sciences, plant biotechnology, ethnopharmacognosy and food production. “A certificate in food production responds to Gov. Abercrombie’s concern that we import too much food and need to grow more of our own food on the island,” Dykstra said.



WCC plans to install video conferencing equipment to enable students in multiple locations to attend class with an instructor in a not her locat ion. Lui Hokoa na, WCC Vice Chancellor for Student Services offered a scenario, “With videoconferencing, there could be 10 students in a Waimānalo classroom and 10 students in a Kahuku classroom interacting with an instructor and 15 students sitting in a Kāne‘ohe classroom.”

Dykstra cited WCCʻs successf u l out reac h ef for t s w it h more residents en rol led i n Hawa i ia n language classes in Waimānalo. He noted that 176 spring semester st udent s were f rom t he Ko‘olauloa District living in commun it ies from Kualoa Ranch to Kahuku. He wants to see the Ko‘olauloa enrollment figure doubled, with i nc rea s ed adu lt pa r t ic ipat ion in WCC programs all along t he



Financial aid, including federal Pell grants, has been provided to 1,399 WCC st udents in t he past year. Gus Cobb-Adams, WCC outreach specialist, does not anticipate that Pell grants will be cut, even in these economic times. “President Obama increased t he educat ion budget by 38 percent to provide for Pell,” he said.


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WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra mingles with community members at a recent meeting.

windward coast from Waimānalo to Kahuku. Those who attended the meeti ng s e e me d t o b e e nt hu s i a s t ic about WCC’s ef for t s to ex pa nd educational opportunities. “I like your outreach with this Lā‘ie event and regular advertising in Midweek,” said John Olszowka, Hau’ula resident. “ I think positive things are coming out of Windward Community College.”

“A lt h o ug h t h e m a j o r it y o f students are traditional students r ig ht out of h ig h sc hool, older students are seeking retraining for new careers and technical education to gain skills for better jobs,” Dykstra said. “A n S M S r e s e a r c h s u r v e y shows t hat 74 percent of older students work and go to school at night.”

HIGHEST NATIVE HAWAIIAN ENROLLMENT “WCC has the highest native Hawaiian enrollment in the UH system of 41.5 percent or 1,089 students,” said Dykstra. “The U.S. Department of Education awarded g ra nt s to establ ish a Hawa i ia n Studies center, and an Associate in Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies is being planned for the near future.”

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Do you think we need tech etiquette in classes? Every situation is different, but cell phones going off during class is unacceptable. It really is disrupting. In my Political Science 130 class, there’s a student whose cell phone is constantly ringing so loud so it gets frustrating. In my opinion, laptops are okay, and other technology is really up to the teacher. Some students use their laptops during class to go onto Facebook, but there are the few who actually use their laptops to take notes in class. As far as iPods, it is rude to listen to them while the professor is teaching, but if the student misses something important, then it was their fault. — Logan Kealoha I think if you give an inch they’ll take a mile. Laptops and iPads are great for taking notes and keeping things organized, but it leaves a lot of room for cheating and dishonest behavior. It’s not fair if one student gets an A grade because of genuine studying and hard work, and another gets an A because they know how to look something up on their high tech devices. If “technology etiquette” was put in place, I don’t see kids obeying it. It is too hard to monitor who is cheating and who is following the rules. —Caroline Doenm I personally do not think we need technology etiquette in class. For example, many people listen to their iPods because it helps them relax, and concentrate more. Laptops are also good. It’s a good way of looking up info and saving it for later. —Brian Cox I think it’s essential to adopt

“technology etiquette” out of respect to those who want to learn. I think the acceptable way is to put these technological devices into silent mode or vibrate mode so that you can still have the communication access in times of emergencies as our university system implements an emergency text messaging system to disseminate information in the event of tsunamis, campus lockdowns, etc. —John Cando I believe that technology should be allowed in class to an extent. As for me I’m not the best speller and I don’t understand some words, so I look to technology to help me. When misused, it is distracting in class. — Wallace Kainoa Choy I think that it is fine for a student to use technology in class. College is a place where you make your own decisions. For instance, not doing work and just playing on Facebook. It is that person’s life, so let them waste it as they please. — Corey Lewis I pay to attend college, and come to learn and participate in an academic environment. I think it’s highly inappropriate for individuals to use distracting devices in class. In my opinion, it clearly demonstrates a lack of respect for fellow classmates and instructors. My advice: Put your cell phones and electronic devices on silent and show a little respect for the people around you. —Jessica Lindenberg In my opinion, the line of acceptable technology use in class should be limited to laptops and iPads. There

is simply no need for cell phones and iPods during class time. They have little to no educational benefit. There are many people among us (fellow students) who need a refresher on “technology etiquette in the classroom.” — Erik Danner I think as long as it is not disturbing the class, and the teacher does not have a problem with it, then it’s okay. And yes, we do need technology etiquette. —Matthew Gasparine I believe there needs to be “technology etiquette” in class. Technology is a wonderful thing, but like any good thing it can be abused. Cell phones and iPods have no place in the classroom. They are just distractions. The classroom is a place of learning, so iPads and laptops are okay. We are all adults

here, so we should know when things are okay and when they are not. —Charlie Grellner I do think the new technology has quickly gotten out of hand and people seldom use it in to excel in class. When I see someone on their laptop or iPad in class, hardly ever is it notes or research; it’s Facebook or YouTube. And we all know cell phones are used in class to text! So, I do think that there should be some sort of “technology etiquette” because it gets to a point where it’s just disrespectful to the teacher and the students who are in the class to learn. —Yvonne LaRouche I think we need technology (in the classroom) because a lot of students keep their work on computer. —Tarisa Monmaney

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Ka ‘Ohana Sunday



Tue sd ay

14 a ‘Ohana Available





Mysteries Revealed: Google It! 12:30 -1:20 pm., Library



St. Patrick’s Day

Graduation Workshop 12:40- 1:20 p.m. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201

Mid-Month Munchies 11:30 -1:30 p.m. Hale Pālanakila











“What Are We Going to do Women’s History Month Generation M: Misogyny in Media When the Military Leaves?” Graduation Workshop and Culture Kathy Ferguson 12:40- 1:20 p.m. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 107 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hale Pālanikila




Prince Kuhio Day

Spring Break




Paliku Arts Festival 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Pālanikila Courtyard

Women’s History Month

Last day for Official Withdrawal




Juggling Gender: Culture, Appearance, and the Politics of Identity” 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 107

4 Chamber Music Hawaii 7:30 p.m., Palikū Theatre


Mysteries Revealed: Finding articles 12:30 -1:20 pm., Library


ASUH-WCC Presents “Speak-Up Series” 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. @ TBA




Astronaut 7 p.m., Imaginarium

Hawai‘i’s new professional football league is here I

where bigger. There are really good players who came out this season.” Tickets at the gate cost $12

by Logan Kealoha Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s no secret that football is one of the biggest sports in Hawai‘i. Whether it’s Little League, high school or college level, football plays a big role in Hawai‘i’s culture. However, football season is over. So what now? The Hawaii Professional Football League is the latest thing to hit Hawai‘i. Games are held every Friday and Saturday at various high schools starting at 7 p.m. The season runs through April with playoffs on April 15 and 16 and a championship game on April 23. HPFL all started with one man’s dream to create a league to help football players who were dropped from the team due to low grades or who didn’t have the opportunity to be recognized. “Just one player, just one coach to make it to the NFL, and I’m satisfied,” said Carson Peapealalo, commissioner and founder of the league. Peapealalo went to several people he knew in the football industry with his idea of starting HPFL but had no success in finding support. Most people he initially went to didn’t think the league would become as big as it has. However, with the help of his mentor, former Dallas Cowboys scout Jim Garrett, Peapealalo was able to get the league going. Although the majority of the funding comes from Pea-


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Honolulu Volcano football players practice for their upcoming game.

pealalo, franchise owners also helped financially. HPFL started in early January with tryouts; now there are four teams on O‘ahu: the Waianae Sharks, Ko‘olau Hurricanes, Kailua Storm and the Honolulu Volcanoes. Although no extensive football experience is required, it would definitely help the player to make the team. Players also need to be at least two years out of high school. Darrick Branch, owner of the Honolulu Volcanoes, hopes this first season opens up opportunities for players and future seasons to come. “I have high expectations for this team because I know what it takes to make it to the NFL, and many of these guys have what it takes,” Branch says. HPFL offers many benefits for the players, including seasonal pay, medical insurance as long as they are in the HPFL, and possibly being scouted by

the NFL. However, it’s not just opportunities for the players, but also for the coaches to get coaching jobs. Linebacker and defense coordinator coach Sam Taulealea of the Honolulu Volcanoes says, “Anyone can catch a football, but when the pads come on and it’s time to hit, it’s a totally different story.” Honolulu Volcanoes’ practices are held at Kalihi District Park every Monday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. Some of Hawai‘i’s most talented players are on the Honolulu Volcanoes, including ex-UH football team members Alonzo Chopp, Larry Sauafea, Mike Lafaele, Cy Hirota, and B.J. Fruean, Arizona State players and guys in their mid 30’s. Receiver Caleb Spencer says, “The league gives me a second chance in getting some-

a Mideast peace process and fighting terrorism. “If the Egyptian government falls, then all bets are off throughout the region,’” said David Bender, an analyst with the Eurasia Group. President Hosni Mubarak, who held office for 30 years and was the main focus of the protests, had close ties with the U.S. However, promised democratic reforms never came. On Jan. 25, protests erupted. “It was a countrywide phenomenon,” said Amanda Teirelbar, who moved to Alexandria, Egypt from Colorado in 2007. “Cities all over Egypt had major violent clashes with the police and, in the end, the police fled in every city,” she said. “At that point,” she continued, “we still did not have cell phone service or Internet access, yet the people united in their own way and took on the police who are a hated group in Egypt.” “The next day was very peaceful,” she went on to say. “Citizens stepped up and took responsibility for managing traffic, protecting their neighborhoods, and catching any looters. Again, without any single group calling the shots and without cell phones and

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the Internet. It was a united, self-organized effort that I personally find incredible.” After 18 days of protests, Mubarak resigned. The crowds cheered and thousands of protesters dropped to their knees in prayer. Finally, all their tireless efforts were not in vain. Teirelbar says she is “optimistic and hopeful for Egypt’s future.” She does fear “that momentum will die and people will want to go back to how it used to be. Change is not always easy and it requires sacrifice.” The next step for Egypt is unknown. “At least temporarily there seems to be somewhat of a peaceful transition, but transition to what, under whose control, is the question,” said Fujimoto. “What if the people demand more than what the military is prepared or willing to accept? What then?” he continued. “In six months it’s said they’ll hold new elections, but I don’t think six months is enough time.” Since protests began in Tunisia and Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan Libya, Morocco, Omen and Yemen have started a revolution for change. The people have spoken, which is the first step in recognizing a true democracy.

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