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Volume 40, No.8 May 2012


Ka ‘Ohana now on facebook

From classroom to

by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


or Waimanālo residents Abraleen Keliinui and Dominick Shortall, WCC’s 2012 graduation ceremony will be especially sweet. They were chosen as the two commencement speakers this year and both will be sharing their stories and words of wisdom on May 12 at 1 p.m. in Palikū Theatre. Keliinui, who has been attending WCC on and off for 19 years, feels all her hard work has finally paid off. She intends to pursue her bachelor’s degree in social work at UH Mānoa this fall, with her ultimate goal of receiving her master’s degree. Going to college hasn’t been without challenges, as her oldest daughter has Asperger’s syndrome and her younger daughter has bipolar disorder. However, that has only been inspiration for her to work harder and help others with similar situations in life. As for her experience at WCC, “I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Now that I’m at this stage in my life, I like learning and being challenged. My daughters are 19 and 20. They both graduated from high school last year and my youngest has been attending Windward with me,” she says. She never got to walk at her graduation from Kaiser High

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Commencement speakers Abraleen Keliinui and Dominick Shortall look forward to sharing their experiences.

School, so she is especially excited for her WCC graduation. “To me it’s important, because I have my daughters, who’ve been with me for the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations that we’ve gone through.” Keliinui was surprised that she was picked as a speaker. “I never thought I would be chosen, but you know what, I’ve got things to share. If I can do it, anybody else can do it. I’ve run across some adults who say, ‘Oh,

I’m too old to learn,’ and I look at them, ‘No you’re not! Come on, let’s go to school!’ To me school is fun.” She also gave thanks to the faculty, saying “Windward has taught me a lot. The staff and the counselors and the financial aid gang —they have helped me with the process and the direction that I needed.” Speaking about her future, Keliinui says, “I don’t want to retire as an office assistant. I believe

that I have things to offer and that I have a purpose to help others. My calling, I believe with all my heart, is in social work, because of my life experiences with my children, and because of who I am.” Dominick Shortall, who has been at WCC since the spring 2010 semester and has attended every semester and summer session since, says, “This is the first time in my education that I have been recognized for my achievements and have reached all my

goals in the classroom.” Growing up with a lowincome background motivated him. “I realized that if I don’t succeed, it will be that much harder to move up and life will remain difficult. I also came to WCC with the help of the Hawaii Job Corps, as they have covered my housing and food expenses, freeing me up to focus exclusively on my studies.” A secretary for ASUH, and like Keliinui, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Shortall also became a tutor at the TRiO center to give back. He says that his experience at WCC has been “amazing and varied.” He credits counselor Winston Kong for helping him get to this point. “He has guided me through paperwork and has given me the insight necessary to ensure that my goals become reality.” His advice for students? “I advise all students that if they want to succeed, they should put school first. I don’t know how many times I pulled an all-nighter to finish my assignments or add extra touches. “Not everyone has to go to such extremes, but they definitely should have an attitude that they should put in whatever effort is necessary to be the best they can be.”

capsule to capture a moment in time I

by Kellie Wedemeyer Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

n 20 years, future WCC students will be able to see what life was like in 2012, thanks to a time capsule containing artifacts reflecting our current culture. Smartphones? iPods with music? Photos? News articles? The time capsule will be a way to preserve a moment in time so others can have a piece of history for the future. (Check Page 11 of this issue of Ka ‘Ohana to see what some WCC students think should be saved for posterity.) The sealing of the capsule will take place after the grand opening and blessing of the new Library Learning Commons Wednesday, Aug. 29, said Jeff Hunt, director of institutional

research at WCC. He proposed the time capsule idea and is coordinating the gathering of items. “I thought it’s a significant thing, especially since this is our 40th year as a college,” said Hunt, who added that the new library will be “the jewel of the campus.” Campus groups will be asked to contribute items by Aug. 22, 2012. The item may be physical or digital, but the size of a physical item must be considered since space is limited. Digital items will require a “reader” that will work 20 years from now. Deciding when to reopen the time capsule was no easy thing. Most time capsules can remain sealed for anywhere from 50 to 100 years. According

to Hunt, “We were thinking 50 and people said that’s too long, so we knocked it down to 25, then we figured let’s go 20.” Hunt said the shorter time span could mean those here in 2012 might still be around for the reopening. He added that the capsule could be “perpetual” and used repeatedly for future generations. The time capsule is a stainless steel container that will be placed in a vault and sealed. It will be located on the first floor of the new Library Learning Commons, under the grand staircase and across from the historical display of the Hawaii State Hospital and WCC, circa 1900 to 2012. The outside of the door is made out of recycled wood from

the Manaleo building that was demolished, and on the door is a brass porthole. “The architect surprised me because they put in a light (that) illuminates the inside,” said Hunt. “You can look through the porthole and build up curiosity about what’s in there.” This is not Hunt’s first try at getting a time capsule into a building on campus — Pālanakila and ‘Akoakoa being his first two attempts. “We tried to get it into some other buildings, but we were just never able to do it.” With the Library Learning Commons, Hunt’s perseverance finally paid off. “This is the last big building we will have for 10 or 15 years, and I think this a more appropriate one, too.”


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Is Kailua the next Waikiki? by Joshua Rossen Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


he tug-of-war goes on between lifelong Kailua residents who want to preserve a once-quiet beach community and those who want more planned growth and commercial development. The latest flashpoints in this ongoing controversy were Bill 11 from the Honolulu City Council and Senate bill 2927. At press time, both were still being debated, but it’s clear the key issues won’t be resolved anytime soon. Bill 11, introduced by councilman Ikaika Anderson, would limit commercial watercraft and tour bus activity at Kailua and Kalama beach parks. A recent Kailua community meeting drew an estimated 200 people — many of whom told City Council members they want a complete ban on all commercial activity. However, other Kailuabased businesses said an out-


Kailua residents set up multiple sign wavings in support of keeping Kailua from further development.

right ban would hurt their livelihood and that better enforcement of existing laws is needed. The reaction by residents to SB 2927 drew some of the same battlelines. Introduced by state Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, the bill

would establish “exceptional planning projects” that would be exempt from normal zoning laws, including height limits, and instead be “fast-tracked” for approval by the Department of Planning and Permitting. The bill would focus on allowing projects on land around

rail and bus transit stations to be expedited as a way to generate revenue to pay for rail and lessen costs for taxpayers. Supporters say it could encourage residential development and make housing more affordable as well as create more jobs for the construction

industry. However, the bill has raised more red flags for many Kailua residents. ”This is a bad bill. It overrides the community land use plans that people have worked to put together for decades,” said Rep. Cynthia Thielen. “Speeding the development and carving out these transit-oriented areas, smack in the middle of Kailua, is just foolish. It’s the wrong way to do land use planning.” Environmental groups are concerned that a quicker approval process for developments could cause environmental laws to be undermined. Other groups say the shortened approval time would result in less time for public discussion. What can people do if they have concerns? “People have the power of the vote. They can voice their opinions to their representatives and to everyone else,” says Chris Delaunay, a Kailua attorney and long-time resident.

Get help launching your career at Ka Piko A

by Ross Clare Ka ‘Ohana Writer

ll of us at WCC have walked by the Ka Piko Career Center in Hale ‘Akoakoa 130 at least once, if not hundreds of times. Unfortunately, not many people walk through the door because no one really notices it. The Career Center at Ka Piko is relatively new, and provides a comfortable, relaxed environment with couches, computers and resources to help you find a career or academic path. Not only do they help you find a college program, but students can get help with resumes, interviews, and finding part-time and full-time employment on and off campus using Ka Piko Explorations. The online Ka Piko Explorations program works like, where students can sign up and have access to job postings from 158 different employers at WCC and 728 at LCC. Out of the 2,600 WCC students, only 216 have registered for this program and only a small portion of those have actually posted a resume. Unfortunately, the song remains the same at LCC with only about 700 students enrolled out of the 4,000. These are not just any “Joe

the door, you are your cover letter. Knowing who you are interviewing with is also very important. “An interview could go different ways depending on whether you are meeting a business owner or human resources director,” Perreira says.

Don’t be afraid to swing by, relax, use a computer and get some help with career plans, resumes or interview advice. The Career Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m-4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kualoa Ranch: •Tourism & Guest Services is looking for long-term employees. Apply online or on site. All job descriptions are online at FCH Enterprises: •Zippy’s, Napoleon’s Bakery is looking to fill several positions: counter person, cook, utility, host, wait-help, asst. manager. They offer 20% employee discount; free meals; group health, dental & life insurance;

401 (k) plan; vacation pay; opportunities for advancement. Apply online or call 1-888-397-5187 7-11: • Sales associate For guidelines, requirements & applications, visit Victoria’s Secret: Offers a flexible schedule for students. Visit or onsite. Check these and other listings at the Career Center.

Summer job opportunities


WCC’s Ryan Perreira is ready and waiting at the Ka Piko Career Center.

Shmo” employers that come and put an ad on the bulletin board. These are legitimate employers who meet with career counselors and are approved to be appropriate for students. According to Ryan Perreira, a career/workforce counselor at WCC, “This is an untapped resource, specifically because no one knows it exists.” The career center should be the first stop for students when they come to Windward. Perreira finds that many of the students he advises are returning students or working on a second career.

According to Perreira, when you write a resume you want to know who your audience is and the background of the company or position you are applying for. Also, you need to know yourself; be a salesperson and sell yourself to the company. There is no one right way to write a resume; there are many different formats and designs you can use. It’s just important that you focus on what to highlight first. The same rules apply when going to an interview. First impressions matter. When you walk through

Ka ‘Ohana (The Family)


Jessica Crawford Katherine Palmer STAFF REPORTERS

Naomi Anderson Jason Deluca Kalanikoa Elderts Manjari Fergusson Heather Stephenson

Hengyao Han Maria Harr Ally Irving Hannah Marquez Chris Ogawa Joshua Rossen Matt Terukina Kellie Wedemeyer



Akela Newman WEbMASTER

Patrick Hascall ADVISOR

Elizabeth Young

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

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Get the help when you need it I

by Hengyao Han Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s that time again, to register for your next semester. Students get their chance to choose the “best class” or the “best teacher” on a first come, first served basis. But what does it mean to have an “SI” on the list of classes? The Supplemental Instruction Program at Windward, commonly known as SI, targets traditionally difficult academic courses (those that have a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals). It provides free regularly scheduled sessions with personalized attention to increase student success. SI at WCC started in the spring semester of 2009. In its first semester, the SI program was offered for only three different sections of one of the “gatekeeper” courses, Hawaiian Studies 107. Since then, SI has grown to include 27 different SI leaders attached to 30 sections in six different disciplines. Windward currently offers SI sessions in accounting, chemistry, English, math, history and Hawaiian studies. SI does not identify highrisk students, but rather identifies historically difficult classes. The sessions are open to all students in the courses on a voluntary basis free of charge, although some teachers require attendance.


From left: Paul Spencer, Aaron Fujise, Ada Garcia (SI), Matthew Maneha and Allysa Leavy at an SI session for Math 206.

Problem-solving courses like chemistry or mathematics are major obstacles for many students. Students often don’t know how to begin to attack a problem. Many college instructors, on the other hand, do not have time to keep reviewing problem-solving strategies in class. In general, SI creates a “safe haven” for students to ask questions and develop their skills. Windward’s SI program focuses strongly on such courses. However, some students think that it’s unnecessary to offer SI in some courses. “I didn’t need to go to my

history SI at all,” said WCC student Mengling Moulden, “The whole course was pretty straight-forward, so I didn’t need any extra help from SI.” Most importantly, SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. “The SI sessions helped me understand concepts that were never clear to me in the first place,” says WCC student Madilyn Haag. “It was very helpful.” The SI leaders are students chosen by teachers from previous semesters who are prepared to share with students

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Architectual rendering of the addition to Hale A‘o to be completed within a year starting this summer. The building is going to hold four classrooms and a kitchen for the Hawaiian studies program.

New building, more opportunities I

by Kalanikoa Elderts Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

n about a year, WCC’s Hawaiian Studies program will have a larger, more spacious home. For the past few years, Hale A‘o has held classes for the Hawaiian Studies (HWST) program between Hale A‘o, Hale Pālanakila and other buildings on campus. But this summer renovation work will begin for a new addition to hold all of the HWST programs in one facility.

The HWST program received a $4 million federal Title III grant in 2010 for building construction and curriculum expansion, but other factors also had to be taken into account in the planning. Hale A‘o is more than 50 years old, as are many of WCC’s original buildings. “Fifty years or older falls under the area of state historic preservation,” explained Peter Kalawai‘a Moore, who is the Hawaiian Studies coordinator. “We were able to negotiate

our plans to satisfy the law(s).” Fou r c la s sro om s a nd space for a commercial kitchen will be added. The kitchen will be used mainly for the la‘au lapa‘au class and also for the cultivation of taro. The new addition will also have a performance area. The area behind Hale A‘o is about 1.25 acres with space for a mālā (dry-land taro patch) which professors will be able to use in their curriculum. Estimated time for completion of the renovation is 10 to 12 months.

what they have learned over the years about how to study. They know the course content and are eager to help guide the students through it. Loea Akiona, the SI supervisor here at Windward, explained how a student can become an SI leader: “After they are recommended by the instructors and interviewed, we check for their eligibility and grade point average to see if they are able to work on campus. “The most important part of the job is to have the desire to help other students. Once they have shown their ability to do so, they will be trained to be SI leaders.” “I like being an SI leader because I love helping others, especially with math since it’s very challenging for a lot of students,” said Matthew Maneha, SI leader for Math 135, “I like to make math fun for the students, and when they get better grades, I feel like I’m making a difference in their life.” The leaders are trained with instructional strategies aimed at strengthening student academic performance, data collection and management details. SI helps students to learn course material more efficiently.

The leaders attend all class sessions with the students, take notes, read all assigned material and conduct three or more 50-minute SI sessions each week. SI sessions are designed to integrate how-tolearn with what-to-learn. “SI does help students if they attend SI sessions faithfully, “ said math professor Weiling Landers. “Through the guidance, students need to learn how to organize, summarize course materials and convert that to their own knowledge, then ‘save’ it in their brain permanently.” SI participants earn higher course grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. Also, data demonstrate higher retention and graduation rates for students who participate in SI. ut of the 1,079 students involved with the SI program in Fall 2011, about 589 of them attended at least one SI session. Seventy-two percent of those students were considered “successful,” as they got As, Bs, Cs, or credit. For the other students who chose to not attend any SI sessions available to them, the success rate was 52.45 percent, significantly lower than those who used the SI program. The withdrawal rate was also higher for those who did not attend SI, according to the SI results provided by Akiona. Students who attend SI sessions become actively involved in the course material as the SI leaders use the text, lecture notes and supplementary readings as the vehicle for refining skills for learning. “I think attending SI sessions is one of the best things a student can do to ensure a good grade,” said Scott Sutherland, former SI leader, “In my opinion, when collaborative learning techniques are employed, students become more engaged. “With SI sessions, we try to get the students to participate and to teach one another. We know that students learn the most when that level of interaction takes place.”


Prize winners from April Issue

Congratulations, April Fool’s winners! Kevin Morimatsu, Hendricks Hicks, Hannah Carroll, Jill Butterbaugh and Ashley Sonoda were the first five students to correctly identify the April Fool’s story, “Pumpkin King Crowned,” in last month’s issue. They will each receive a $20 Starbucks gift card. Thanks to all who entered!


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Rain Bird: Just for grins by Ally Irving Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


umor has it that this yearʻs Rain Bird launch party May 10 will be swarmed by protesters — a group calling themselves “Occupy Rain Bird,” the 99 percent who have never been published in the Rain Bird. Although theyʻre considered harmless, magazine advisor Robert Barclay said, “We’re not clear of their demands, but it’s their First Amendment right to protest.” When interviewed, one of the protesters, who preferred to remain anonymous, said, “My mom liked my poem, so I don’t know why Rain Bird didn’t.” Since its first publication in 1981, Rain Bird has been an outlet for students to showcase their creativity. Poems, essays, short stories, photography and other art work fill the pages.

“It’s something the students can be proud of,” said Barclay. The newest publication, L’MAO, is chock full of “yucks and chuckles.” “We decided to have a little fun this year,” said Barclay. Each year, the Windward Arts Council chooses two recipients for the Golden Plover Awards in excellent writing. This year the winner for the Writing Retreat is D. F. Sanders for her poem “Bookmarks.” The student writing winner is Grant Adams for his story, “Roy’s Return.” Along with these awards, the Rain Bird staff presents the Kolekolea Awards to the students who best illustrate the theme of the issue. llima Stern received an award for her poem “Nekid Mom.” Jocelyn Ishihara was recognized for her short story “For a Pail of Water.” Audrey Chang received an award for

her painting, “There they Go Again,” which is featured on the cover. Rain Bird provides students a venue for publication and ingenuity. “The publications and awards are great for students’ resumes,” said Barclay. As an added bonus, the WCC Film Club will be debuting their most recent project, a French film, “Une Nuit A Bruno’s.” Each semester, members write, direct, produce and star in their own original productions. Festivities are set to start at 6:30 p.m. in Hale ‘Akoakoa. Guests are welcome to partake in food and entertainment. For more information on Rain Bird, the launch party or the Film Club, email rainbird@ The 2012 Rain Bird cover, “There they Go Again” by Audrey Chang. The launch party is May 10.

Ka ‘Ohana nabs first place national award K

The student newspaper staff gathers outside the coffee shop of the new Library Learning Commons.

by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff

a ‘Ohana has garnered another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The competition, based on a point system, provides feedback to the newspaper staff on strengths and areas to improve in content, page design, general plan, art, editing and creativity. Ka ‘Ohana scored 930 out of 1,000 possible points. The judges wrote, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, photographers, graphic designers and advisor. Congratulations to all on your first place award.”

Ka ‘Ohana is produced by students in the JOUR 285 (WInewspaper lab) and JOUR 205 (WI-basic newswriting) classes. The courses help students understand print, online, TV and other media coverage and how to produce compelling, well-written stories and visuals. The lab course provides hands-on training in the whole news gathering process — from writing and editing articles to graphic design, photography and web site management. “I’m so proud of our Ka ‘Ohana staff and our journalism student writers,” said advisor Libby Young. “We’re also very grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received from everyone on campus in covering news and events.”

Prestigious internship scored by WCC student by Katherine Palmer Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief


ach year the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) selects an elite group of college students as recipients of its highly competitive summer internship program. From a pool of around 60 well-qualified journalism students, a dozen are chosen for the 10-week, paid position. This summer, WCC’s own Manjari Fergusson, will be working in community relations at Alexander & Baldwin,

Inc., one of Hawai‘i’s oldest and largest companies. “I’m so stoked and excited that I’m getting this opportunity!” said Fergusson. “I feel working on Ka ‘Ohana this semester has really given me a leg up.” Articles written for Ka ‘Ohana were used as writing samples for her application. She believes it helped to make her a stronger candidate against the group of journalism majors from four-year universities. Fergusson said she’s looking forward to gaining a new

perspective on journalism, meeting new people and working in a professional environment. “I’ve always liked writing,” recalled Fergusson. At 12, she took a journalism class and enjoyed it so much that news writing became a definite career option for her. At WCC since 2010, Fergusson joined the staff of Ka ‘Ohana this semester. It was through the Journalism 285V class that the internship opportunity came to her.

Libby Young, advisor for the campus newspaper, has seen several of her students selected over the years for this coveted program. In fact, Fergusson’s brother, Bali, received a Honolulu Star-Bulletin SPJ internship in 2008 when he wrote for Ka ‘Ohana. Along with her writing samples, Fergusson was also required to take an hour-long internship test and answer open-ended questions. Fergusson plans to attend UH Mānoa next semester as a See MAnjARi pAGe 5


Manjari Fergusson of Ka ‘Ohana was selected for the Spj internship.

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Snowden: More time to paint


by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff

n his typical, self-effacing way, WCC art professor Snowden Hodges didn’t want it widely known that he was retiring at the end of this summer. But word travels fast when the man who founded and built WCC’s acclaimed art program wants to take his leave. “It’s going to be a big loss,” said art instructor Jonathan Busse. “He’s helped so many students pursue their dreams. He’s always told them, ‘Do what you love, and you’ll find a way to make it work.’” And what is Hodges going to do in his retirement? “Paint!” he said emphatically. “I have three 4 x 6-foot canvases primed from 20 years ago waiting for me.” Hodges was h i red i n 1981 as WCC’s first full-time art teacher and has created, along with his department colleagues, the only traditional, classical art program in the state. He also founded the Atelier Hawai‘i summer program, in which talented artists of all ages immerse themselves in the classical techniques

of drawing and painting as they were practiced by the European masters of the realist tradition. Hodges is himself a master artist, recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his paintings and drawings. His work is in public and private collections in Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, Europe and Asia. But what endears him to his legion of students and art graduates is his encouraging demeanor as a teacher and his perceptive insights as an artist. For his part, Hodges looks back on his years at Windward with gratitude and appreciation. He said the most rewarding part of his time at WCC has been the students and his work with his art department colleagues. “It’s always about the students — helping the ones who are brilliant, who have the potential for brilliance and the ones who don’t even know they’re brilliant,” he said with feeling. “It’s been wonderful that we in the art department all seem to be on the same page. They (the faculty) are all so talented and dedicated.” So what does it take to be a

Art professor Snowden Hodges, who will retire at the end of summer, congratulates art student and scholarship winner Megan Kawamata.

great artist? Hodges shook his head, paused, then said, “Focus, dedication and practice, practice, practice. That’s what,

Oshiro named Cades winner

as they say, it takes to get to Carnegie Hall. You have live it (the art), but only time will tell if you’re truly great.”


by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff

CC art student Megan Kawamata has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Windward Artists Guild to attend the college’s Atelier Hawai‘i program this summer. Without it, she said she wouldn’t have been able to even consider participating. “I work to pay for school and other bills,” she said. “This is such an honor.” The award was made possible through WAG’s Ruth Johnson Memorial Fund, to which members generously donated. Ruth was the wife of recent past president Don Johnson and a mainstay of the organization, according to education chair Sherree McKellar. “Megan is a person we knew had a really bright future,” said McKellar. “We’re glad we have a hand in helping her reach her dreams.” Kawamata said she’s grateful to WAG and the art teachers at WCC. “They’ve all been amazing,” she said. Kawamata expects to graduate this spring and is looking at different art schools on the mainland to pursue her field.

MANJARI: SPJ intern journalism major while still taking courses at WCC. She says working for a major magazine or newspaper is something she would love to do. Wherever her ultimate path takes her, Fergusson has clearly defined ideas

by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

CC English teacher and poet Janine Oshiro has been named a 2012 winner of the Elliott Cades Award for literature for her first book of poetry, “Pier.” The award is hailed as the most prestigious literary honor in the islands. The Cades Awards for Literature have been given annually since 1988 to two artists — one whose career has been long established and one “emerging” writer who is in the early stages of being recognized for his or her work. Charlotte and Russell Cades created the award in memory of Russell’s brother, Elliot, who was a teacher and lover of literature. The winner of the “established” writer award this year is poet Garrett Hongo, honored for his lifetime of work in and out of Hawai‘i. Oshiro says she didn’t apply but was chosen by the Hawaii Literary Arts Council, the non-profit group that organizes the Cades Awards. “They just pick you,” she says of the selection process. When she was notified about the recognition last month, Oshiro says she felt excited and thought it a great honor and privilege to be singled out for the award. “There are amazing writers out there who don’t get recognized,” Oshiro

Pursuing a career in art


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about journalism. “Be prepared to be nosy and ask lots of questions,” she says. “And just work hard because if your story gets published, you want it to be something you can be proud of.”

Common Book: ‘Big Happiness’


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WCC English teacher Janine Oshiro has won the 2012 Elliott Cades Award as an “emerging writer” for her poetry.

adds. “I didn’t set out to write a book,” Oshiro says of “Pier,” her award-winning collection of poetry. Oshiro credits a thesis manuscript from graduate school as the start of her book.

b y M a t t Te r u k i n a Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

ig Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior” has been chosen as WCC’s Common Book for this fall. The Common Book project, now in its eighth year, is a way for students and faculty to discuss community issues through “common” books read during the year. “The goal of the program is to engage the college and community in a sustained discussion of a single book and can include a variety of perspectives,” explained Brian Richardson, who is WCC’s Dean of Academic Affairs. “Next fall’s book, ”Big Happiness’ is a good choice for our campus because of the way it connects to the community and to the issues that we are facing,” said Richardson. “It will also connect very well to many of our courses.” “Big Happiness” is the biography

of Percy Kipapa, a retired sumo wrestler and native resident of Waikāne Valley, who was murdered in Kahalu‘u in 2005. “Big Happiness” connects Kipapa’s life to many of the issues facing Hawai‘i. The book describes Kipapa’s triumphs and failures, his struggles with “ice” and a community that overlooked its drug problem too long. According to Victoria Kneubuhl, another Hawai‘i writer, some of the issues in “Big Happiness” involve “the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rural neighborhoods, the ice epidemic, the failures of rural government, sumo, and intricate family and neighborhood relationships. “This book is part mystery, part investigative journalism and part poignant Island portrait.” “Big Happiness” was written by Mark Panek, an English professor from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, who was a good friend of Kipapa. They met in Japan while Panek was writing “Gaijin SEE ‘bIg HAPPINESS’ PAgE 11

Ho t f u n i n t he s u m me r ti me. . .

All set to have a blast this summer? Here are some great ideas to pass the time while you’re trying to stay cool: There’s an app for that by Hengyao Han Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


New non-credit classes hit the stage T

he Windward Theatre Institute is offering some exciting non-credit classes this summer for actors and writers looking to expand their skills with new WCC drama instructor Nicolas Logue. Any students interested in acting, writing, stage combat or improv can enroll in any of the following: Introduction to Acting 6/16 & 6/30, 1 - 4 p.m., $90

hone apps are becoming more popular with each passing day. With more students carrying smartphones, growth in the application market continues to rise. Ka ‘Ohana staff members have recommended the following FREE apps for college students who struggle to manage a full academic, work and personal schedule, as well as to release some stress after a long day.

Stage Combat: Unarmed 6/16 & 6/30, 5 - 8 p.m., $90 Writing for Stage & Screen 7/14 - 8/4 (4 mtgs), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., $120 Shakespeare 7/14 - 8/4 (4 mtgs.), 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $120

DaBus - The O‘ahu Bus

Stage Combat: Basic Swordplay 7/14 - 8/4 (4 mtgs), 4 -6 p.m., $120

(iPhone only) The DaBus app takes the guesswork out of catching the bus on O‘ahu. It uses the near real-time arrival information, courtesy of the O‘ahu Transit Services, to provide the best estimated time for when the next bus will arrive.

Improvisation 7/14 - 8/4 (4 mtgs), 7 -9 p.m., $120 Screen & Playwriting Master Class 8/25 & 9/1, 2 - 5 p.m., $90 Auditions Made Easy 8/25 & 9/1, 6 - 9 p.m., $90



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by Josh Rossen Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


andbox Hawaii, near the ocean on Sand Island, offers its own special brand of excitement. This locally run operation acquired land through the state for the first legal off-road park in Hawai‘i. “Our main goal is to provide a legal place to go four-wheeling in a safe family environment,” says Sandbox director Nick Pestana. Events held every three months include rock crawling, races, a dirt bike freestyle exhibition, motocross track and RC track (remote control). These courses are also open for practice runs on certain days, according to their website www., which also contains specific


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information on racing and rock crawling events. The owners are constantly working on improving and furthering the sport of rock crawling that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. There has been a long-time controversy over people going off-road in areas that are either privately owned or owned by the state. “It’s nice to have a place to go, where you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble, getting tickets, getting impounded or getting charged with trespassing,” says Windward off-roader Magi Martin. “It’s good to have a place where you can just go have fun and enjoy.”

Cool reads for a hot day ike “Hunger Games,” Lois Lowry’s novel, “The Giver,” is set in a futuristic world; a society where everything from emotions to career is controlled. Jonas is the protagonist who finds himself given a life assignment during the Ceremony of Twelve as the Community’s next Receiver of Memory. Jonas’ training requires physical pain, something he has never experienced. He learns through telepathy that the world was once filled with pain, war and hunger. But he also learns of true love, joy and family. “The Giver” allows its reader to ponder the what ifs of society. This book is the first in a trilogy and is due for a 2013 movie release.

Logue is an internationally acclaimed stage director with credits in New York, London, Honolulu, and Beijing, where he studied Chinese Opera. His passion for all aspects of theatre led him to develop an incredibly diverse set of skills, judging by the different classes he’s teaching this summer. Whether writing, directing, acting or teaching, one thing is for sure: He is all over the stage on many different levels, and his reign as the WCC theatre teacher has just begun. Students interested in taking any of his eight classes can learn more by picking up a flyer in Hale Kuhina 102 and register there in person or by telephone, (808)235-7433.


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ith a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, ‘Jemima J’ is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is,” says author Jane Green. “Jemima J” is a must-read. Jane Green has the ability to tell the story of every woman through her characters. Her sassy and witty dialogue make for a definite pageturner and couples perfectly with a warm summer afternoon.


ight” is a true story of one boy’s struggle and ultimate survival. At 15 years old, Elie Wiesel was forced from his home, separated from his mother and sisters to live in a concentration camp and watched his father suffer and die. Wiesel’s chilling, in-depth recollection of the Holocaust paints a vivid picture for readers—one that is hard to forget and, at times, hard to imagine. He writes: “I, too, had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured it.“



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Jamie Boyd’s project of passion by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


vercoming adversity is something Dr. Jamie Boyd knows a lot about. A mother of two before her high school graduation, she went on to earn her doctorate and receive national recognition for the certified nursing program she started at WCC. Speaking on March 7 during Women’s History Month, Boyd talked about the importance of education and emphasized taking others’ needs into consideration before your own. “My grandma would say, ‘Pay attention, sit still, open your eyes and see what’s happening to others, besides just ‘I’m comfortable.’” That approach to life instilled in Boyd the desire to help others. Boyd is WCC’s health programs coordinator and designed the awardwinning program Pathway out of Poverty, which eliminates barriers to completing college. The program helps students move ahead from CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide) to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and RN (Registered Nurse) and get higher training to earn a living wage and live healthy. Boyd was raised in foster care from age 8, after her grandma, who was pure Hawaiian, died. She said she developed a greater sense of looking out for others, “knowing the queen (Lili’uokalani) had left her entire estate to look after disadvantaged and orphaned native Hawaiʻi children.”

Boyd explained she “I could not have done it all without a community of resources. There was a lot I wouldn’t have known about without one teacher, one counselor, one clergyman saying to me there are resources for you. I couldn’t have achieved everything without those resources,” Boyd said. She earned her doctorate on a fullride native Hawaiian scholarship in 1999, with a commitment to serving the people of Hawai‘i. Eventually making her way to Windward’s campus after working seven years at Leeward CC, Boyd said, “I was only willing to come here if I was finally able to be a nurse and an educator at the same time and address the students’ ill health, inability to take care of themselves and and inability to manage pleasurable (family) relationships.” Boyd poured her desire to help others into her program Pathway out of Poverty. “In health care, there is a lot of literature pointing out that motivation is the main point of cure. We keep preaching to people that they need to stop drinking and stop smoking, but if they don’t plant the first seed of motivation, we can’t accomplish anything in health care.” She continued, “I have to say, thank God for WCC. I’ve been in other environments where they push back a lot, saying ‘You can’t do that, you’re a teacher, you aren’t supposed to be in the garden. You’re supposed to teach nursing, you can’t build pathways.’ I’m very grateful Windward didn’t do that. It did say, ‘If you can fund it, do it.’”

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by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

“ thought, ‘Wow! I need to be

in Upward Bound immediately.’ I would be stupid to let this opportunity pass by,” said Kathy Yuen, a Kalāheo senior heading to Princeton this fall, thanks to WCC’s Upward Bound Program. The slim girl wearing a grey shirt and a pair of headphones around her neck passionately described how Upward Bound gave her the tools to pursue such a prestigious college. Her counselor recommended that she check out the college prep summer program. Right away, Yuen recognized the program as an opportunity to embrace her future. Her initiative is inspiring. She pursued the program all on her own, without the prompting of her parents. She said, “I wanted to make my own direction.” This year Princeton admitted only 7.8 percent of its

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Kathy Yuen, a Kalaheo senior, is grateful for Upward Bound.

applicants. Yuen’s acceptance is a testament to her hard work. She is the youngest child of parents who left Southern China 25 years ago and immigrated to Hawaiʻi. Both her two older sisters graduated from UH-Mānoa with their bachelor’s degrees, but she is the first to study out-of- state. She said Upward Bound offered her a solid foundation to prepare for college. Throughout the summer, the students lived at the dorms on the UH campus. For six weeks every weekday morning, she and her classmates boarded a bus to WCC to attend college-level classes until 2:30p.m.


Dr. Jamie Boyd (far right) with her nursing students during a cooking class in the garden.

The one thing that bothers her? “I am trying to create an indigenous school of nursing where the whole student matters rather than just the GPA. To that I’m saying to the university, really, you have one native Hawaiian in the state of Hawai‘i telling you what is healthcare for Hawaii‘: You, who are not Hawaiian, are telling me to get my own funds and make my own program, for foreigners? That’s really hard for me.”

Without Upward Bound, Yuen believes she would have attended UH Manoa like her sisters and not applied to other colleges. “I know it (the acceptance to Princeton) would never have happened without Upward Bound. I originally said, ‘No, I didn’t want to apply.’ I didn’t think I would make it in. It wasn’t until one of the counselors really pushed me, that I applied.” Yuen also applied to nine other colleges, including UCLA, UC-Berkeley, UC San Diego, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Pomona and UH-Mānoa. Though Stanford was her first choice, Yuen is still full of enthusiasm to travel to Princeton and major in chemistry in the fall. Her immediate plans include surviving the New England winters and finishing her bachelor’s degree. From there, she plans to enter medical school and become a diagnostic neurologist. Yuen is very thankful to Upward Bound for all their support and says, “ It’s a great program and it’s where I made some of my best friends. It helped me to find a way to college that suits me.”

However, Boyd is happy with where she is in her life now and feels that her program is her vision come to fruition. She has nurses in the garden, in cooking classes and knowing what makes the patient healthy from the inside out. “The nurse who understands the patient from the healthy perspective is really the dream nurse to me. Not everything can be diagnosed in a lab,” said Boyd.

School is cool! by Heather Stephenson Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ife throws everyone curveballs. Because of this, many people have no choice but to put their education on hold. Whether they had to stop because of pregnancy, finances, relocation, or military-related reasons, it’s never too late to attend Windward Community College–one step closer to achieving your dream job. Carla Rogers exemplifies what a non-traditional student faces. Twenty years ago, she was a successful 40-year-old hotel manager when she drove past WCC one day and saw a sign with the words “Register for classes today.” At the time she thought, “If I’m not going to be a manager, what will I be?” Rogers had major dreams about expanding her knowledge and working in a different career field. She had no idea that one day she would end up with the job she has now as WCC’s counselor for adult learners. She said she loves her work because she understands the anxiety of changing your life course. “It is never too late for someone to start or finish school,” said Rogers. “Credits never expire,” she added. Whether you went to school 20 years ago and want to attend Windward now, you will still get credit for the classes you passed. “School is for everyone.” she said. Current student Kukana Kama-Toth, 32, is a busy mother of five who recently decided to attend WCC. “My kids are all old enough now for me to further my education,” she said. She said she manages to squeeze in homework and still find time to coach volleyball and do hula and other activities. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how life was in the past, it’s always an option to better your future and go to school. It ‘s never too late to achieve your dreams. Contact Carla Rogers at (808) 235-7387 or at for more details.

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A call for a peaceful generation by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


he Da la i La ma addressed the next generation of world leaders April 14 in the Stan Sheriff Center and emphasized educating their hearts as well as their minds. The self-described “simple, Buddhist monk” received a standing ovation from over 9,000 Hawai‘i high school and college students when he walked on stage during Jack Johnson’s last song as part of the preceding entertainment. Johnson said, “I’ve opened for a lot of big artists, but nothing this big . . . I’m honored.” Born in 1935, the Dalai Lama came into his role when he was two years old, began studying at age six, and at fifteen he assumed full political power of Tibet. When he was nineteen, the Dalai Lama traveled to China to pursue peace between their two countries, but five years later he was forced into exile. Pam Omidyar, prominent

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The Dalai Lama “educated the hearts” of high school and college students at the Stan Sheriff Center in a message of hope, peace and love.

sponsor of the Pillars of Peace event, pointed out that by the time he was high school/college age, the Dalai Lama had become a spiritual and political leader and a prominent

advocate of peace through dialogue and understanding. She encouraged the audience that despite their youth they were capable of just as much goodness and peace,

inwardly and out wardly. “Where peace is, there love abides also,” Omidyar said. The Dalai Lama placed strong emphasis on the ability of this current generation to embrace inner peace, value humanity, humility and the ability to look at conflict from different perspectives. “The very purpose of life, we can say, happy life,” the Dalai Lama said in his accented English. He stressed that happiness is not just based on physical pleasure. “Happiness mainly refers to satisfaction,” which, he said, sometimes involves pain. The Dalai Lama continued, “Physical suffering cannot subdue mental level of suffering.” He pointed out the importance of educating your heart and mind in pursuing happiness. “The very purpose of education is to reduce the gap of reality and appearances,” he said. The Dalai Lama said, “The real destroyer of inner peace is fear, which leads to frustration, then distrust, then anger,

then violence. Forget past differences, look forward.” The Dalai Lama had three main points, which he called “commitments.” The first was the promotion of nonviolence (peace), the second was promotion of religious harmony (equality of humanity), and lastly, promotion of human value (trust and friendship). A previously submitted question from a student was read and asked the Dalai Lama how we can give compassion without expecting anything in return. He responded that there are two types of compassion. There is biological compassion, which is “biased and not genuine,” and then there is genuine compassion in which “you see everyone with the right to overcome suffering… unconditional,” he said. As the audience poured out of the Stan Sheriff Center, people smiled and spoke kindly to each other. One student exclaimed to her friends, “That was awesome…I feel amazing!”

Wind Farm ups efforts to keep electric price low F

by Jason Deluca Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

irst Wind, developer of the Kahuku wind farm, has started construction on a second wind farm on O‘ahu, facilitating HECO’s switch to clean renewable energy and keeping electricity from getting more expensive. The new wind project is currently being built on Kawailoa plantation on the North Shore northeast of Haleiwa. According to the First Wind website, the farm will have 30 Siemens wind turbine generators producing about 69 megawatts of power for 14,500 of O‘ahu’s homes. The Kahuku wind farm currently has only 12 wind turbines to power 7,500 homes. But after construction is finished at Kawailoa at the end of the year, the two wind farms together can produce about 100 megawatts for 22,000 homes, according to the website. At the end of the year, the wind will power about 10 percent of Oahu’s homes, which is another step to achieving HECO’s goal of 40 percent of power coming from renewable resources by 2030. The Kahuku wind farm also has 15 megawatts of a bat-

tery energy storage system to provide a continuous energy output for the grid. According to Peter Rosegg, a spokesman for HECO, “First Wind will sell available energy to HECO at predetermined prices for the next 20 years, providing a valuable hedge against fluctuating oil prices.” So, how does the wind farm work exactly? The turbines, with their three-blade propellers, stand 493 feet tall. When the wind picks up to 8 miles an hour, the propellers spin and generate electricity. If wind speeds get to 55 miles an hour, they shut down to avoid damage. “The t urbi nes have a strong performance track record with more than 3,500 installed globally and meet the technical requirements of the Hawaiian Electric grid,” says Rosegg. Most of the electricity in Hawai‘i is produced from oil, so the unpredictable oil prices are directly correlated with the price of electricity in the islands. On the mainland, much of the electricity is produced from coal, natural gas and nuclear plants. “The wind farm and other renewable projects will help keep the price of electricity

in the islands low because we will be relying on local sources at a fixed price instead of unpredictable foreign oil prices,” Rosegg said. Using more local renewable sources of energy means that less oil is being burned and less carbon emissions are produced. Other than wind, bio-fuel and solar energy, we also have geothermal energy. Geothermal is harnessing the steam and heat produced from magma that gets trapped under the solid rock. Puna Geothermal Venture on the Big Island is the only producer of geothermal heat in Hawai‘i and generates 30 megawatts of energy from the Kilauea volcano, according to their website. It produces no emissions because the excess geothermal fluid and gas after being converted to energy is injected back into the earth. It is also a continuous flow of energy unlike the wind farm because if there is no wind, then no electricity is produced. The Puna plant generates about 20 percent of the energy needed on the Big Island. If it expands, it could provide the entire island with power, according to their website.

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A 493-foot-tall wind turbine being built in Kahuku in July 2010.

Maui also has the potential for geothermal energy, but O‘ahu is an older island and may not have any hot spots left to tap into. “The thing about renewables is you have to take it

where you can find it,” Rosegg said. “O‘ahu has the most people in the state but very little renewable potential. Wind and geothermal are complementary; we need them both.”


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IS 160 sets sail again this fall by Chris Ogawa Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ver wonder how the legendar y Hokule‘a sailed across the Pacific without using any modern technology? How was Nainoa Thompson able to navigate the canoe using only the stars and surroundings? Now you can learn the answers firsthand. WCC is now offering IS 160, Polynesian Voyaging & Seamanship this fall. It was last offered in the Fall 2010. “The course is a unique blend of modern science and technology with ancient technology and culture,” said Dr. Joe Ciotti, the program coordinator. There are three main components to the program: • Seamanship - learning the fundamental skills of sailing. • Stewardship - understanding the impact that settlement has upon the land once the voyage’s destination is reached.

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Students in IS160, the Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship course, sail across Kaneohe Bay.

• Mentorship - sharing these learned skills and knowledge with others. WCC was the first community college to create the Polynesian Voyaging curriculum in spring 1986 in conjunction with UH Mānoa. The course was then offered in Fall 1986.

Currently, this course counts towards a humanities credit, but in the future it may count towards a physical science credit. The course will be taught in the science building, Hale ‘Imiloa; however, the lab will be held at Kualoa where WCC’s three sailing canoes

— Ho‘omana‘o, Kilo‘opua and Noa — are docked. The course will use a team teaching approach. Dr. Floyd McCoy will teach the geology, oceanography and environmental studies area; Dr. Joe Ciotti will cover the astronomy and navigation portion; and Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner will

teach ancient Hawaiian culture as well as the lab. The teac hers for t h is course all have extensive experience in their fields. McCoy is a world-renowned expert in geology and the island of Santorini in Greece. Ciotti was one of two teachers in Hawai‘i chosen as a candidate to travel on the Challenger space shuttle and also founded the Hōkūlani Imaginarium on campus. K a h ap e a -Ta n n e r h a s earned a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and has experience sailing on the Makali‘i. “We are really excited to offer this course again,” said Ciotti. “The program can provide students with insight on how much we relate to ancient technology and appreciate how some of our ancestors looked at nature. “We are bringing cultures together. We hope this will prepare students to better contribute to a sustainable future for Hawaii’s environment.”

Talk that talk to me, yeah! by Kalanikoa Elderts Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ames Grama, Katie Drager, and their whole linguistics team at UH Mānoa are on a mission to find out how people talk in Hawai‘i. “To be local is a complicated thing. What does it mean for someone to sound local?” is one of Grama’s questions. Their language project consists of a thorough interview that is recorded and taken back to their office and analyzed. The main goal of this project is to see how language has changed and is changing in Hawai‘i. Many linguistics studies have been done throughout the world, but none like this one has been conducted in Hawai‘i. The sociolinguistics are eager to get out to people who live in the areas of Kāneohe, Kalihi, and Kaimukī. Grama has been a doctoral student at UHM for the past three years, majoring in linguistics. Graduating from the University of Santa Barbara with a B.A. in linguistics, Grama has come to Hawai‘i to learn more about the diversity of the language(s) and speech in

the islands. This new project is ongoing. Their top priority is to get as much data and answer some linguistic questions about constant change of languages.


Some of the questions in the study are accumulated from former standard sociolinguistic tests. Most of these default questions are to get a homelife demographic of the interviewee. The more localized questions are based on Drager’s experience in hearing different speech and language patterns. The team is going around the island, asking people questions relating to their language usage. To hear t he different sounds of how one speaks in Hawai‘i is crucial to their project. “We’re interested in how

language is used in Hawai‘i,” explains Grama. “There is a huge diversity of ethnicities here. This is a very, very unique place to look at language. Hawai‘i is the first and still is the only majority minority state.” “We’re not mainlanders who come to Hawai‘i saying how do you talk and documenting it and that’s it. We’re very interested in giving information back to the community in some way,” Grama stresses. All parts of Hawai‘i have a different way of communicating, either through hand gestures, eye contact and, of course, language. From proper English to pidgin, all kinds of people in Hawai‘i have a way to make their voices heard. This shows that language is forever changing; therefore, this project may go on for several generations. For those interested in participating in this study, feel free to contact Grama at or at (818)-606-5877 or principal investigator Katie Drager at The results of the interviews will be available to the public once the team has gathered and analyzed all of its data.

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Instructor Nick Logue with students Johnnelle DeJesus and Autumn Nielsen while they discuss themes in the play “Doomsday.”

Playing with plays by Maria Harr Ka “Ohana Staff Reporter


CC’s Theatre 101 class will have a rare opportunity to impress an audience of distinguished theatre professionals May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Paliku Theatre. Working with students from other theatre classes, the 101 students will do a stage reading of their group-written short plays, “The Necklace” and “Doomsday.” Nicolas Logue, the theatre instructor who has put together the stage reading night, has been motivating his students with the possibility that their plays will impress Kumu Kahua Theatre’s artistic director Harry Wong III enough to warrant a dark night produc-

tion (nights between their performances), after rewrites of the play. Along with the general public, other special guests such as Cruel Theatre’s Taurie Kinoshita and the artistic director of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Tony Pisculli, are invited. Two different students came up with ideas for plays which inspired the entire class. “The Necklace” is a play about “love and loss spanning three generations, centered on an heirloom necklace passed from mother to daughter.” “Doomsday” is about “endings for members of a broken family struggling to come to terms with their own personal impending doomsdays.”

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What would you put in a time capsule? I would put an iPad, chopsticks and saimin, a set of men’s and women’s clothes, a newspaper, People magazine, Wall Street Journal, pictures of new model cars, current real estate listings, and sports memorabilia from current teams. —Kathy Hanson

I would put in the newspaper article of the election of our president Barack Obama as the first AfricanAmerican president born and raised in the great state of Hawai‘i. Also, the article on Osama bin Laden being slain and justice being served. —Danielle Crenshaw

I would put a thumb drive full of modern music, a memoir to reflect the type of person I was and to illustrate the times, along with some ideas of political opinions. I’d also place photos of areas that might dramatically change, such as convenience stores, shops, towns, coastlines, hikes, people, etc. —Jeffery Green

I would put an Obama bumper sticker, junk food (because we eat a ton of it and it will still be edible in 50 years when the time capsule is opened), and a Hello Kitty lunch pail. It was popular when I was a kid, it’s popular today, and will be popular in the future. —Sara Coates

I would write a letter to a fellow student. In that letter I’d let them know how my experience here at WCC shaped the person I hope to become. I’d write about the fears I had as a student, what our professors were like, and the expectations I had. I’d share stories about my reaction to what was going on in the news. I’d ask them to keep WCC alive with diversity and rich with culture. —Francesca Humm I would put in a microwave. Our generation has been called the “microwave generation” because life is so hurried and fast-paced. People no longer take time to find and study an answer but rather look it up fast on the Internet. The microwave perfectly describes our generation as centered on instant gratification. —Joseph Flores I would throw in the movie “2012” and a book full of Chuck Norris facts. —Israel Kealoha

I would put anything and everything Apple related. I think the “i-revolution” is the definitive statement of this generation/decade. And by encapsulating i-products, we could store music on iPods, news on iPads and iMacs, and visual media on any of the products. —Angel Thomas I would put Roy Fujimoto in the time capsule because he has a lot of knowledge and makes you think differently. Not everyone sees it, but he makes a difference in many lives and can be valuable to the future of WCC. —Wallace Kainoa Choy I would put a copy of every children’s book in the time capsule because by the time someone opens the capsule there might be no books to read. I think we live in a world that is overrun by computers and electronics. I would put in a book so that at least my kids will know what one looks like. —Kawika Miranda

I would put in memorabilia. Pictures are awesome. A picture lasts a lifetime, and means a thousand words. —Angel Erlandiz

I would put Facebook memorabilia. Facebook is the biggest fad to hit this generation. It’s the most popular means of communicating today. —Hi‘aka Jardine

New class gives immersion opportunity


by Naomi Anderson Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

any people have trouble learning a new language because there is not enough time to practice speaking it. A new fall course, Basic Japanese Conversation (JPNS 197), gives you that time. The three-credit class and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Akiko Swan, WCC’s Japanese teacher, thought it would be a good idea to have an immersion class for students to take along with the 100-and 200- level courses. “An immersion Japanese program that concentrates on speaking would be ideal for anybody who wants to learn

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the language,” said Swan. “It would also help reinforce what a student has already learned so that the student can do better when continuing to study a higher level of Japanese.” The course will focus on speaking in and listening to the Japanese language in daily life situations. It is suitable for anyone who comes into contact with Japanese-speaking people in their daily lives, but who have little or no knowledge of the language. “I think this class will definitely be beneficial for students,” said Matthew Amaral, a WCC student enrolled in JPNS 102. “This will give students more time to practice their language skills.”

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Yokozuna,” a biography of Akebono, one of the most famous sumo wrestlers to come out of Hawai‘i. Kipapa was one of the main sources for that book. Kipapa was given the sumo name “Daiki,” which means “big happiness,” so Panek found it fitting to make it the title for his book. “Kipapa was that kind of guy,” said Panek. “He could really light up the room with his presence.” The one thing Panek wants readers to understand is that you can’t look down on someone because of drug use and that they don’t necessarily choose to be addicts. “They are genetically wired to addiction just as I am genetically wired to be bald,” he added. Panek said his message is to not ignore the signs of addiction and to do something about it. “I want them to not be like me,” he explained. “Don’t make the mistake I made in not helping. If you’re not helping, then you’re just part of the problem.” For a copy of “Big Happiness” you can check at your local UH bookstore or buy it online at It is also available to borrow at the WCC library as a two-week checkout.

“Transferring to HPU was a great decision... HPU accepted almost all of my credits while other colleges did not. From the moment I registered, I felt as though my education was just as important to HPU as it was to me. The advising staff was always available whenever I had questions about classes and my educational goals. This gave me a sense of security, knowing that someone was there to help guide me. The faculty were always available too; I could meet with them whenever I needed advice. I’m glad I chose HPU, and that I’m graduating with my Bachelor’s degree from such a great place!” – Lorrie Kim, Travel Industry Management, Class of 2008

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he “Violence-Free WCC” event April 18 was “educational, interactive, fun and successful,” said participants about the community booths and entertainment. Organized by student volunteers, the event was a project of the WCC Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, in collaboration with AAUW, the Service-Learning department, and sponsored by Psi Beta honor society and other campus groups.

Clockwise from left: Professor Frank Palacat volunteers for the popular dunk tank. Students: (l-r) Mary Dawn Fenton, Cheryl Miram, Danielle Arias and Summerly Jamorabon staff the information booth. Chancellor Doug Dykstra takes aim at dunking a faculty member.

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Wilhelm: Sharing art and finding healing by Katherine Palmer Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor in Chief


n a quiet Saturday morning, a group of women sat and waited in WCC’s Design Studio for artist Esther Anne Wilhelm to start her workshop. Surrounded by colored papers, scissors, and magazine pages, the participants exchanged shy smiles, not knowing what to expect. Wilhelm began to share her life story. She spoke of her childhood and the severe abuse, rape and abandonment she had to overcome. The artist also shared with the class how she was living with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and having to overcome physical pain from a recent hit-and-run car accident. “It’s never easy talking about trauma,” explained Wilhelm. “Everyone here is at a different place.” She explained how her healing through art was an accidental event and that she wasn’t a doctor or even

a professional artist. Wilhelm was poised as she spoke about her emotional and mental triggers — how plants and sleeping during the day could transport her back to the dark moments of a childhood she was still trying to understand and overcome. The class was urged to create “postcards from the edge,” a mult i-media art project, to explore their own healing through art expression. Wilhelm shared her art supplies and told the class to use anything from receipts to magazine pictures and words to bring forth unresolved issues. She urged them to seek out their trauma through visual representation of events that might be too painful to speak about. Towards the end of the class, Wilhelm asked the women to share their postcards. Most chose to remain anonymous. Some were open and ready to share their own trauma stories.

“Remember, you can remain anonymous,” Wilhelm called out to the class. “You can put your postcard away or place it on the table. Either way, I’ll start with telling you about my own postcard.” As each person shared, the room listened to stories of forced drug use, sexual and mental abuse or rape by trusted friends and family members. Anger and tears flowed for their own and each other’s pain. But laughter was also heard, as the women were able to laugh at their sometimes clumsy journey toward a pain-free future. The group promised to keep in touch a nd exc ha nged words of encouragement and handed out business cards. Wilhelm accomplished what she had set out to do in her first healing workshop. Her willingness to share her art allowed a roomful of strangers to learn to confront t heir ow n dark past a nd start on their own journey to healing.


Esther Anne Wilhelm shares her stories at the workshop sponsored by the WCC Sexual Violence Prevention Project in partnership with UH Manoa.

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