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Abercrombie: “Ma ximizing our federal dollars is a critical component to Hawai‘i’s economic recovery,” Abercrombie told Kaiser employees on Sept.30. He said that Hawai‘i needs to compete successfully for federal grant money by getting rid of the bottlenecks in the governor’s office. Abercrombie believes federal dollars do create jobs and hopes to restore t he public’s confidence in government by ensuring that government works for the people. Aiona: He believes the creation of a more businessfriendly environment will create more jobs. “Government does not create jobs, it’s the small businesses that create jobs, and government needs to make it easier on small businesses,” Aiona said in a Sept. 29 interview. He also supports tourism expansion. After a trade mission to Asia, he said, “The visitor industry is helping our economy recover because of ag-


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gressive marketing on the West Coast and East Coast as well as in the emerging markets of Korea, China and Japan.”

months, Abercrombie will reestablish Healthy Start programs and finance intervention programs, giving

Gubernatorial candidates Neil Abercrombie (left) and James “Duke” Aiona.


Abercrombie: “Our values are clear: In Hawai‘i, we put children first. Furlough Fridays would never have happened on my watch,” he said. He b el ie ve s t h e b e st investment of public dollars is in the children of Hawai‘i. Under st a nd i ng bra i n development in the first 18

a child the tools to grow to healthy adulthood. “It’s too expensive to remediate problems later in life.” Aiona: He agrees, sayi ng, “It ’s easier to build strong children than it is to fix broken adults.” However, he has called for a comprehensive, independent audit of the DOE and intends to restructure the state’s public education system.


Both candidates agree that Hawai‘i has great potential for a clean energy future and that our dependence on fossil fuel must be reduced, but their solutions differ. Abercrombie: He envisions a clean energy future managed by an independent Hawai‘i Energy Authority. “A new Hawai’i Energy Authority (HEA) would combine the expertise and policy oversight currently in the State’s Energy Office with some regulatory authority to implement Hawai‘i clean energy policy more swiftly,” he said at the Sept. 28 HECO Energy Conference. The HEA would invite community buy-in for energy solutions Aiona: He envisions wind farms in Maui County generating electricity to be transmitted through underwater sea cables to meet O‘ahu’s growing need. Tax dollars would help construct electric cables connecting the islands. Aiona believes it is important to give more resources to the

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Enough is enough: empower yourself

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With the Nov. 2 general election approaching, both gubernatorial candidates are ramping up their campaigns. Former Congressman Neil Abercrombie (Democrat) and Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona (Republican) have provided views on a few key issues, ranging from the economy and jobs to health and education. Here’s a summary to help you when you go to the polls. by Flora Obayashi, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


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It’s time to make a choice

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Does technology make us dumb?


Volume 39, No. 2 October 2010

by Allison Irving Ka‘Ohana Editor in Chief

he tragedy sent shock waves through the Windward community. WCC student Michael Thomas, 27, allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend, Sydney Kline, 33, a former WCC student, Sept. 18, at the apartment they shared in Kāne‘ohe. As a result, Thomas took his own life by jumping to his death off the H-3. The murder-suicide was just the latest incident of domestic violence in Hawai‘i—an intolerable and preventable type of abuse. “Domestic violence is more prevalent than one may think,” said Michelle Rocca, a domestic violence educator with the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV). “Each year in the U.S. approxi-

mately 1,200 to 1,500 deaths are attributed to domestic violence. That’s three women a day murdered by their partner.” Since January 2010, there have been a total of 13 domestic violence, victim-perpetratorrelated deaths in the islands. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Considering recent events, WCC held a domestic abuse awareness seminar, “Enough is Enough,” on Oct. 7 at in Palikū Theatre. The seminar opened with a short film, “Love is Blind,” featuring women in Kealaula, a program for substance treatment at Hina Mauka rehabilitation facility. They used role-play as a way to show the effects of domestic violence and how it cycles through generation after generation. The film was both powerful and raw, provoking feelings of anger

and sadness from the audience. The seminar also featured a panel of WCC counselors and experts to help educate students about the warning signs and effects of domestic violence. Death as a result of domestic violence is the worst-case scenario. Every day, physical, emotional, psychological and

sexual abuse happens statewide and doesn’t get reported. “A lot of cases happen behind closed doors only,” said Winston Kong, a WCC counselor who advocates against domestic violence. “It’s humiliating and shameful, and people don’t want to talk about it.” See empower page 5

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Advocates for domestic violence awareness (from left) Janelle Oishi, Jayne Bopp, April Sandobal, Winston Kong and Sarah Hodell.


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Changing Haiti one child at a time by Allison Irving Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


y night, he finds shelter on dirty, garbage-filled streets. A cacophony of screams, horns and chatter is the last thing he hears before his eyes force shut. While he sleeps, other street kids pass by in a desperate search for even a scrap of food. On the streets, it’s survival of the fittest. The weakest are sacrificed for no more than a few dollars. Trust no one, and you will live to see tomorrow. For Wilner St. Fort, this is how he learned his most valuable lessons. At just 10 years old, he had to learn to survive on the streets of Port-AuPrince without anyone to care for him. Yet, in a depraved world, he found the strength to want more and the drive to not give up on hope. In 2009, Wilner met producers Dennis and Tomiko Lee, who were in Haiti filming a documentary about the local street kids. After learning of Wilner’s story, they felt compelled to help. “Everything happens for a reason because God brought them to my life to expose the

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In his Haiti orphange, Wilner St. Fort teaches english to former street kids.

truth to the world, especially my life story, street kids story. They encourage me to do my best to help the children,” he said. “I think God had a plan for me, even when I was inside my mother’s stomach,” he continued. “That means to me I am not forsaken by God. That’s why God brought all these people to my life, to make me feel like I am important to God, important to the children, and I am important to the world.” St. Fort, now 22, runs an orphanage near Port-AuPrince in a rural part of the

countryside called Belle Fontaine. On any given day, he can be found walking 26 miles into town to find food, clothing, and to use archaic, yet functional computers. The 6-hour walk into town allows Wilner to work on his English—a self-taught skill he learned through watching movies and reading books. Armed with his headphones and battery-operated pocket dictionary, he sets off on his journey where he is left to think about the boy he used to be and the man he is today. “When you are a street kid, nobody wants to be friends

with you because you’re always dirty, you’re barefoot, you have to look for food,” remembers Wilner. “When you have nothing and you feel like you’re dying, you’re starved, you cannot sit down and find something to eat. I have to find food from the garbage. (There’s) nowhere else to find food.” Since leaving the streets in 2001, life has been a rollercoaster of emotion. At 12, Wilner was taken in by a long-haired, eccentric man starting his own orphanage in Port-Au-Prince. He took in dozens of street boys and gave them food, shelter and support. However, this came with a price. “He was a father to me. He rescued me from the streets, and I got to live with him for almost six years. I think without him it would be very hard for me because back in the days, I really hated the streets, being in the streets. That’s why while I am living with him, I didn’t want to run away,” said Wilner. Shortly after Wilner and the orphans were rescued from the streets, the man began finding sponsors for the

boys. These sponsors would send money and gifts to help with aid. Unfortunately, the boys would not reap the full benefit of their sponsors’ generosity. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the man would prey on young boys and use their unfortunate existence as a way to fatten his pockets and engage in illegal sex acts with minors. According to Wilner, the man would gather a few boys at a time and take them to a hotel room in the city. There, he would supply alcohol and marijuana while offering money to engage in sexual acts with each other or with him. “It took 10 years, the story kept growing and growing. It‘s unbelievable,” said Wilner. His feelings about the man are bittersweet. “He did wrong to the kids because he didn’t send them to school, and even hurt the kids. But I just have to close the book on this story because I hope that God will forgive him. I will forgive him because I am Christian. Because I have to think about my kids’ future. I am going to have a new beginning.” See Haiti page 12

Natural disasters increasing at unnatural rate by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


roughts, earthquakes, la nd sl ide s, volc a n ic eruptions, fires, windstorms, floods, and famines…Some scientists are saying these natural disasters have been increasing around the world at an alarming rate. Natural disasters are associated with weather, the physical environment and deterioration of the Earth, and the well-being of humans and animals. weather

In his book “Natural Disasters” published in 2004, P.L. Abbott stated that 75 percent of yearly deaths and damage worldwide are due to severe weather. According to data collected by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), there has been an increase of 233 percent in disasters as a whole since the 1980s. Weather-related disasters have been steadily on the rise since data was first collected in 1950. In the CRED-supported book “Thirty Years of Natural Disasters 1974-2003: The Num-

bers,” experts say that scientific predictions and evidence indicate an increase in natural hazards worldwide, resulting in an increased number of deaths due to more densely populated areas. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) stated in October 2009 that the increase in recorded earthquakes is due to the increase in seismograph stations around the world (from 350 stations in 1931 to 8,000 stations today) and improvement in global communications. With today’s technology, approximately 50 earthquakes are detected each day. However, a significant problem with disaster data is that there are no standardized collection methodologies and definitions so accurate information can be inconsistent and incomplete. Although informationgathering systems have improved greatly over the past several decades and statistics are readily accessible, the lack of and organized system proves a major setback for data. While there has been only a slight-to-none increase

in earthquakes, research by CRED reveals a drastic increase in natural disasters as a whole. Our natural environments are deteriorating at a dangerous rate, both due to natural events and the carelessness of man. Coral reefs are being damaged or destroyed, species are disappearing and invasive species are spreading uncontrollably. Also, climate variations are producing drastic changes in temperature and major differences between dry and wet seasons. HEALTH

There can be such a thing as too much of a good thing. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, disease-causing bacteria have built up resistance, or immunity to those antibiotics. According to USGS, there many new diseases or newer, more powerful strains of old viruses are emerging, as well as health issues caused by environmental contamination. Examples are zoonotic diseases (transferred between animals and humans) like the avian influenza and H1N1 (swine influenza), vectorborne diseases (carried from host to host by pathogenic

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A tsunami crashes on the shore of Ao Nang, Thailand in 2004.

organisms), water contamination, and also airborne and bioaccumulative contaminants. According to the UN Bureau for Crisis Prevention and

Recovery, “The 21st Century has already been marked by escalating economic losses and human devastation caused by natural disasters.” SEE DISASTERS PAGE 12

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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 www.KaOhanaOnline.org.

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Imaginarium warps to new dimensions by Theo Alexander Ka‘Ohana Staff Reporter


teppi ng i nto WCC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium is a little like boarding the starship Enterprise. Once you settle into your seat, you begin a warp-speed adventure into outer space — thanks to a new stateof-the-art projection system that fills the dome with full HD color and mind-boggling imagery. On Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 and 8 p.m., the Imaginarium will re-open its doors with a new show, “Tales of the Maya Skies.” This premier show recreates the splendor of Mayan architecture and astronomy using the new projectors and software. Visitors can rediscover the treasures of this advanced civilization whose sophisticated mathematics predicted eclipses, forecast seasonal change and formulated a calendar of extraordinary precision. Grammy award-winner and Oscar nominee Lila Downs narrates this journey through Mayan cities and temples aligned to movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets. Using a $695,000 Title III federal grant, the new digital projector has replaced the Imaginarium’s aging DigiStar II system. “The DigiStar II projector was advanced technology 10 years ago. The wire frame projection of simple three-dimensional line drawings was too limiting ,” said WCC astronomy professor and Imaginarium founder Dr. Joe Ciotti. The new theater system uses cutting-edge DigitalSky software to produce high-resolution computer graphics. The Definiti 4K features a fish-eye lens that will immerse the dome in full HD color while adding textured images to the visual display. “It will be real-time viewing, enabling your Interplanetary tour guide to change the galactic

scenery on the fly,” Ciotti explained. “The images can move and appear in 3D animation.” What is the Hokulani Imaginarium?

“The Hōkūlani Imaginarium is like an ‘Imax’ theater on steroids,” said Ciotti. “It ‘s a multi-media planetarium that allows for full-dome, 360-degree viewing versus the fixed screen or one-dimensional set-up seen at IMAX locations.” This $3 million planetarium was constructed in early 2000 and officially opened its doors to visitors in October 2001. “When it was built, we did not want to use the word ‘planetarium’ because, traditionally, planetariums dealt only with the projection of stars and was limited to one image. Instead we went with the name ‘Imaginarium’ to illustrate what can be imagined inside the planetarium,” said Ciotti. The Imaginarium serves the college’s astronomy and space science curriculum. WCC recently signed an articulation agreement with UH-Hilo for WCC students who transfer to their B.S. program in astronomy. The Imaginarium provides a unique resource for these students. It is also used by UH-Mānoa astronomy classes and as an outreach center for community education. “Being that Windward is a community college, we want to share this treasure with everyone,” said Ciotti. He said the facility gets kids excited about astronomy and acts as a recruitment tool for future WCC students. It also helps the general community stay up-to-date with what’s happening in space exploration. Center for Aerospace Education The Center for Aerospace Education (CAE) was founded by Ciotti in 1985 as a direct result of his role as a candidate

for the Space Shuttle Challenger mission for the NASA Hawai‘i Teacher-in-Space program. Its mission is to inspire students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities; to explore careers in aerospace science and industry; and to educate citizens about future NASA and aerospace ventures. The center includes the Imaginarium, the Aerospace Exploration Lab, Lanihuli Observatory and the NASA Flight Training Center. “Every child is born with this natural curiosity about the world,” Ciotti continued. “Our job is to develop that interest toward opportunities in science fields such as space exploration.” Approximately 12,000 people a year visit WCC’s aerospace facilities , including K-12 students and senior citizens islandwide. As part of a recent grant, Ciotti is also seeking a student worker interested in planetary education who also has experience in computer graphics and design. Anyone interested can contact him at 236-9111 or at ciotti@hawaii.edu.

First annual WCC Spirit Week...Boo! by MJ Christopher Ka‘Ohana Staff


ho’s to say we can’t get a little crazy! said student senator Leah Koeppel about WCC’s first annual Halloween Spirit Week, which kicks off Monday, Oct. 25. Koeppel, organizer for the event, thought this was something Windward needed. “When I was a Frosh Camp leader this summer, I asked my group their feelings on a Spirit Week and they were totally down,” she said, adding, “It works out great be-

cause the week ends with the big UH homecoming game.” The week kicks off with Pajama Monday, students are encouraged to come in their sleepwear (school appropriate PJs only, please). Then get Greeky for Toga Tuesday, the time to show off your best Roman toga. WCC Olympians are invited to compete in games on the Great Lawn from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wacky Wednesday is all about how crazy you can dress. Get silly, and there will be prizes for the most disorganized and crazy.

On Warrior Thursday you can show your UH pride by wearing your favorite UH attire and paraphernalia. And finally it’s Costume Friday. Time to be anyone or anything you want — from ghoulish to glamorous. All Spirit Week events will be held in the courtyard between Kafe Ko‘olau and Hale No‘eau from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Then wrap up the week at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 30 wearing green and white to cheer on our Warriors at the homecoming game against Boise State.

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The Imaginarium’s grand re-opening Oct. 22 will roll out the red carpet for “Tales of the Maya Skies.”

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WCC Common Book 2010 by Allison Irving Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

“A blinding bright light coming down through the clouds that fills the sky. This would be the last thing you see before you die in a nuclear holocaust”


—Robert Barclay

obert Barclay, the author of “Melal,” WCC’s Common Book, presented “Going Ballistic in the Pacific: A Kid’s Eye View of Kwajalein Atoll,” his gripping account of growing up in the Marshall Islands. “Melal” is a historical tale about the consequences of years of atomic testing and the continued military presence of the U.S. in the Pacific. Barclay uses a mixture of his own childhood experiences along with myth and adventure to shed light on the Mar-

shallese people and their struggles due to segregation and injustice. In 1944, as World War II ended, the United States took full control of the Marshall Islands from the Japanese. These islands consist of atolls, which are circular reefs surrounding lagoons. The Kwajalein Atoll is shaped like a boomerang. As the U.S. took it over, they began depopulating several islands in the middle to create a bullseye for missile testing, forcing the Marshallese people to move to already crowded islands. Barclay grew up on Kwajalein, the largest island in the atoll, where its 3,000 inhabitants share the land with a U.S. military base—roughly 200 miles away from Bikini Atoll. Bikini Atoll is known as the main testing site for ballistic missiles and missile-interceptor testing. Its neighboring island, Ebeye, a significantly

smaller island, is home to more than 15,000 people, a quarter of the country’s entire population. The two islands, separated by a 20-minute commute across a lagoon, are like night and day. Kwajalein is described as “small-town America,” with all the amenities, as well as where the Marshallese are forbidden to live or shop, and if they linger too long, they can even be cited for trespassing on their own land. Instead, they have to live on Ebeye, which is overpopulated, extremely impoverished, and lacks a solid education system. Despite these conditions, the Marshallese who live on Ebeye are happy, genuine and live remarkably peaceful lives, said Barclay. Though his home island was never used for detonation, the people there still felt and witnessed the effects of testings. “As a kid, I would go out at night,

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Robert Barclay enlightens students and community about Marshall Islands in ‘Melal.’

when there was a ‘mission’—they were shooting missiles towards us from California,” he said. See Common book


Classes in the sky...with chainsaws


by Nick McCabe Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

midst the chaos of concrete, asphalt and steel, you may not pay much attention to trees. Yes, those quiet things that climb humbly towards the light, without whom our world could not exist. Much work goes into preserving them and protecting ourselves from some of the dangers they present. WCC’s Subtropical Urban Tree Care program teaches students about the care of trees. It is the only program on the island where one can train to become a tree worker or arborist. It also prepares students to take the certification exams in these fields. One of its attractions is that it doesn’t take place only in the classroom. Courses such as tree climbing, tree pruning and felling equipment, and tree risk assessment require students to get their hands dirty. “Safety is the most important thing

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Windward students learn to practice proper safety techniques for tree maintenance.

when it comes to trees,” said WCC agriculture professor Dave Ringuette. “Most people don’t realize the risks that trees can pose. Just about every year, someone is killed in Hawai‘i in an accident involving trees. Our program

teaches students to identify and mitigate these risks.” Stepping outside, he quickly identified two potential hazards: a dying branch hanging over the road and a palm tree along a sidewalk that had

been weakened by nearby construction. Both the health of a tree and the possible dangers it carries must be weighed before taking a course of action, he explained. The specific ways in which forestry Identifies risks and how to counteract them are many. Trees can affect utility lines, create road hazards, and cause falling debris, among other dangers. Analysis of the health of a tree also requires skill, as a deceptively healthylooking tree can be dying inside. Understanding these things is part of WCC’s urban landscaping courses. “Tree care is not just a science, but also an art. When one has acquired knowledge, skill and experience, creativity becomes available to the tree worker,” says Riguette. The Subtropical Urban Tree Care program is one of the few fields in which you’ll have an edge, academically and financially, for being good at climbing trees.

Is technology dumbing down students?


by Bodie Collins Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

umans are a very resilient race. With technology and adaptation, we’ve been able to overcome plagues, volcanoes, floods and famine. But what happens when we adapt to technology? According to Nicholas Carr, author of the Atlantic Monthly essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” the Internet could have detrimental effects on cognition, reducing the capacity for concentration and contemplation. “I’m not thinking the way I used to think,” he says. “I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours

strolling through long stretches of prose. “That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do.” Concentration isn’t the only thing affected by technology. Writing skills take the brunt of the detrimental effects of technology. Now that cell phones are so easy to get, text messaging language has slowly found its way into English classrooms nationwide. “I’ve had students turning in a three-page paper containing minimal punctuation, text message abbreviations, and slang” says former college teaching assistant Ally Irving. Although a reduction in concentration is a possibility, don’t throw away

Connecting to the Internet is easier than ever, but it could also impair your ability to concentrate.

your iPhone yet. Jamais Cascio, an affiliate at the Institute for the Future and senior fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, challenged Carr. Cascio believes that technology only helps us to grow and become smarter. “When we developed written language, we significantly increased our

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functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space,” Cascio says. “The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio” Not everyone has such one-sided feelings towards technology.

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District 51: May the best man win by Fredrene Balanay Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


e have all struggled with this decision before — the difference between voting for someone you know and someone you know of. To some, the decision is based on a sense of loyalty. Others take the, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” approach. For the community members of District 51 (Kailua, Lanikai and Waimānalo), this will be the case come November when they vote for their state House representative. The first-timer and new face in politics for the district is former WCC student Maka Wolfgramm on the Republican ticket. Wolfgramm is a political science major at UH Mānoa, a father and husband who bases his campaign on conservative values of faith, family, community and education. His most prominent trait: hard work. When describing the adverse conditions of his childhood, Wolfgramm said,“I grew up without electricity and cable. We drew water from the moun-

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State House candidates (left) Maka Wolfgramm and Rep. Chris Lee.

tain spring. We even had an outhouse. “Therefore, I know what it is to work with my hands to get the job done,” he said. “If you have problems in the community, I’ll work with you. I can promise, I’ll work.” So how does a student and self-described average guy become the opponent in this race? According to Wolfgramm, he was invited. “I was working

on a campaign for a friend who had just returned from Afghanistan,”he said. “It was within those three months I was asked by the chairman of the Republican Party to run, but only after I prayed about the decision.” In August the incumbent, Democrat Chris Lee, announced his intent to run for reelection. A graduate of Oregon State with a political science

degree, the Kailua native had worked in the legislature prior to being elected. Lee said he spends countless hours at the Capitol and in the community, working to help solve problems. For example, “The community has spent 10 years coming up with solutions, which include traffic reduction through Waimānalo and the back side of Kailua,” said Lee. “It makes me really happy to see them finally getting done.” “We had a tough couple of years and what’s coming up is even more difficult,” said Lee of other community issues. These include homelessness and retaining the funding for the Waimānalo Health Center. “We’re all going to say we are for education or the economy,” said Lee. “But how do you get there? We have so many different resources available, but to know the right one is a question we must ask the people,” said Lee. Wolfgramm emphasized the need for a better economy through sustainability. “We need an economy that is selfsufficient in people providing for themselves,”he said. “That

Empower: Stop the cycle of violence But talking about it is exactly what needs to happen. “I think schools have a responsibility to not only teach the issue, but to teach people how to manage the issue,” Kong added. “We owe it to our students.” “Enough is Enough” was

a way for students to get talking about something typically taboo. April Sandobal, a guest speaker and victim of domestic violence, gave students an insider’s view of the reality of domestic abuse. According to Sandobal, the abuse in her relationship

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State Energy Office and the Public Utilities Commission to strengthen their operations. HEALTHCARE

Abercrombie: “Hawai‘i’s Prepaid Healthcare Act of 1974 enabled Hawai‘i to lead the nation for many decades in providing healthcare coverage for the broadest range of people at the lowest insurance premiums,” said Abercrombie. As a congressman, he said he worked hard to ensure the new federal healthcare law “complements and protects the Hawai‘i law.” Abercrombie also said innovative nursing outreach such as Home Health Care and Healthy Start programs will promote overall health in our population. Aiona: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2009 to reform healthcare at the national level but places the state law in ‘limbo’,” he said. He told a gathering

happened gradually. “It started with a shove, which soon became comfortable to me, then, over time, it escalated to a slap in the head,” she said. After years of steady psychological and verbal abuse she lost herself. She felt there was no way out and contem-

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of Kaiser employees t hat Hawai‘i has applied for a $1 million grant of federal stimulus dollars to help the state choose whether to create a local insurance exchange or to participate in a national insurance exchange. This would move away from the current model of employer-provided health insurance and into a community healthcare-provided model. Addressing the doctor shortages in the islands, Aiona thinks medical professionals will be attracted to Hawai‘i if our economy is stronger. CIVIL UNIONS AND SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Abercrombie: He believes HB 444, a bill passed by the state legislature to legalize civil unions, is about establishing equality and not only about marriage. Citing examples of gender and racial discrimination, he believes that the U.S. Constitution

exists to ensure minorities are not discriminated against and that their civil rights are protected. Aiona: Citing the 1997 Reciprocal Beneficiaries Act, Aiona explained that Hawai‘i a l ready g ra nt s t he sa me rights and benefits to samesex domestic partnerships that traditional one-man, one-woman married couples have. He believes that HB 444, which was vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle, inserted “civil unions” into the marriage statute. “I’m against same-sex marriage . . . I am for equality, I am for civil rights. Marriage is about something different. It is about a fundamental institution that we have in our society,” he said. Go to neilabercrombie. com and dukeaiona.com to learn more about the candidates’ stand on the issues and to make the best choice for Hawai‘i.

is one of my plans and goals should I become elected to office,” he said. However, the incumbent has a different view. “We need to make a diversified type of economy (not relying on just tourism) and the way we do business here,” said Lee. “The solution is changing the way we do everything because, ultimately, the forces that affect us and drive our economy are bigger than Hawai‘i. “We need to push things like ag (agriculture), energy, and education. The other Chris Lee, the digital media guy, has huge plans for creating thousands of jobs here,” said Lee. “And that’s why I say education is the most important thing. Businesses need qualified workers.” Asked about the details of his plans and goals, Wolfgramm said, “You’ll know it when I become elected.” He explained that his plans are just plans until he is in a position to fulfill and carry them through. When deciding between the candidates, Waimānalo resident Pua Meyer said, “It really comes down to ‘May the best man win.”

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plated suicide. But with help from a close friend, she said she found the courage to stop the cycle. “Reach out to friends, family, counselors, anyone. The cycle needs to stop and it can begin with you,” she said. Today, Sandobal shares her story in hopes to empower others because what happened to Sydney Kline was 100 percent avoidable. Unfortunately, she is not the last to have her life taken from her through violence. But there is still hope for those who are currently involved in unhealthy and violent relationships. There are clear, tell-tale signs that something is wrong, and when it comes to domestic violence, the signs are always the same. “In the beginning there is isolation. The perpetrator is slowly but methodically isolating the victim from their friends, family and co-workers,” Kong said. “The perpetrator has absolute control over the victim,” he continues. “Once that happens, it’s over. Their life now belongs to someone else.” Along wit h isolat ion, abusers use guilt, fear, intimidation and shame to wear you down. This could involve the abuser putting the victim down in public and/or private, threatening to harm the victim

or someone he or she knows, being overly jealous and possessive, or constantly checking up on the victim. A big misconception is that anger is the leading cause of domestic violence. According to Janelle Oishi, a panelist from HSCADV, “Anger is merely an excuse.” In fact, abusers are very good at controlling and directing their anger, which is why the majority of them target their significant others and children. If it were an issue of anger, the abusers would direct anger at other people in their lives as well. “It’s a batterer’s choice to use domestic violence. Everybody gets angry. It’s not a reason to abuse someone,” said Oishi. It’s the same with drugs, alcohol and mental illness. Abusers use these as a way to place blame on anyone but themselves. “I hit you because I was high,” instead of taking responsibility. Fortunately, by recognizing the signs, there is a way out. “The most important thing someone can do, if they think they are in an abusive relationship, is get help,” Rocca said. “Nobody deserves to be abused.” For more information, go to www.hscadv.org, or call the Domestic Violence Action Center at 531-3771.

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Haunted Iolani

s WCC students, you may or may not be aware that some of our buildings once belonged to the state’s mental hospital for the criminally insane. Hale ‘Iolani, now used primarily for ceramics, photography and art, is said to have housed some of the most psychotic patients and has also been described as an active ghost site on campus. Paul Nash, a ceramics professor who has worked in the ‘Iolani building for over 20 years, had a few spooky encounters during that time. His eeriest experience occurred in 1988. It was a Sunday afternoon. He was in his office grading Art 101 papers when he heard a sound, kind of like someone rattling keys. At first he didn’t think twice, but as the sound continued, he remembered he was the only one in the building. The sound, which seemed like it was coming from about 6 feet beyond, began moving down the hallway. As he got up to investigate, he noticed that it was actually coming from above him, about 7 feet off the ground. The sound then turned the corner into the men’s restroom. He followed. As he entered into the entryway, he realized the light that would

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10th annual Haunted Village

typically shine into the restroom from the hallway had vanished, and in its place was pure darkness. Something told him not to go any farther. Taking this as a warning, he rushed back to his office, gathered his things and left. Nash has yet to experience anything like that day in 1988. “Now, there is a lot of positive energy with the art and creativity. So it’s not as frequent,” he said. “I think in the beginning it was letting us know they’re there,” he continued. “Because in a sense, we were a new entity to the building.” He believes there is still a spirit presence in the building and says that, even today, students who walk down to the basement will stop before entering and not go in. “They can feel a kind of oddness down there,” he said—an oddness he can only describe as “more dense” and “unusual.”

–– Allison Irving

Spine-tingling cinema for Halloween Let Me In

This movie is a remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In.” It’s about a boy and a young girl who isn’t what she seems. The more intense and Americanized remake is a vampire movie for people who aren’t members of the “Twilight” target demographic.

Saw 3D The Final Chapter

This seventh film in the series will be coming out on Halloween in traditional “Saw” fashion. I wonder about the people who go to see these movies. Are there people who have seen all six? Who are they and what are their lives like? What are they like? Jigsaw will be back orchestrating devious plots and devices, and the movie promises to bring closure to the series.

by Nick McCabe

My Soul to Take

The Last Exorcism

A film crew films an unbelieving minister’s final exorcism in this Blair Witch-style mockumentary. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, but it should offer enough to entertain.

Resident Evil Afterlife

“My Soul to Take” is the creation of the prolific director and writer Wes Craven. It’s about young people getting murdered by an enigmatic serial killer, not unlike some of his other films. Produced at a pricey $50 million, this film will be shown in 3D.

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the 4th in the series of films based on the popular video game franchise. Like similar movies, it sinks into the trap of becoming a sequence of action scenes having little In the way of plot. This movie has been done three times before. Does 3D really add enough to merit another remake?

Friday, October 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. A Halloween treat for the entire family! Imaginarium “Nightwalk”

Take a virtual tour of a haunted graveyard, where you’ll walk at the speed of fright! Enter a haunted mansion filled with bats, ghosts and spooky things that go bump in the night. Tickets: $3 per mortal. Shows: 6 p.m. 6:20 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:20 p.m. 7:40 p.m. 8 p.m. Costume Contest

Sponsored by ASUH-WCC. Dress up to win prizes in three categories: cutest, scariest and most creative. Three prizes will be awarded in each category for different age groups. Judging from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Awards from 7:45 to 8 p.m. FREE, plus candy for all in costume.

Spooky Storytelling Corner

Phantom Food Booth

A special place where villagers gather for an extreme makeover of chicken skin and goose bumps. Storytellers: Ben Moffat and Karen Bauder. FREE. Dr. Phrankenstein’s Phantom Physics Lab

Explore the science behind magic and illusions. This Halloween science lab spotlights hands-on activities and optical demonstrations. FREE. Masked Villagers

Dying to meet a real soul mate? Then join our “way-out” village people in their Halloween mischief and antics ... they’ll leave you breathless. FREE.

Return of the inFamous Pumpkin-Carving Display Visit the Village’s display of awardMonsters of Filmland

Relive heart-dropping “creation scenes” from popular films from the 1930s and 1940s. FREE

winning Jack-o’-Lanterns. Crafted by the Village people... but you can bring your own, if you dare. FREE.

Enjoy a Friday night eating adventure at our Village Cafe o’Terror. Spam musubi, hot dogs, teriburgers, drinks and other delicious morsel treats for mortals. Prices vary. Haunted Hotel Stay the night at the village’s 13star hotel, a haunted hotspot where weary travelers can chill out and rest their tired bones ... really rest them! Register at your own risk. Sponsored by ASUH-WCC. $1 entry fee. Face Painting

Don’t have a costume? We’ll paint one for you. Phi Theta Kappa fundraiser. $2 Knightly Combat Watch from the safety of the sidelines as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism battle in full knightly armor. FREE.


R a i n B i r d E x c e r p t b y C h r i s Ya r b r o u g h . . . .When I initially put the ring on, there was absolutely no tightness. Taking it off, however, the ring had become so tight even oil couldn’t help get it off. At one point, it started to cause pain when I tried to pull it off. It’s as if the ring had fused together with my skin. I went to bed, realizing it wasn’t coming off. I didn’t mind though; I would figure something out. The next morning, as I woke out of bed, I couldn’t raise my left hand because it felt very heavy. It was then I came to realize the monstrosity that had taken place. My left hand’s thumb and pinky were dark red in color. The bone structures were completely deformed and the nails had grown out to form sharp blades at the end. The veins were extremely oversized and were visibly streaming blood at an extreme pace. My hand was beating similar to a heartbeat in a chest, suggesting there was a separate life within the hand. And the ring was still on my hand, looking pretty as can be. I started to panic, running pointlessly

through the house. As if that would cure anything. At one point I stopped breathing due to the panic and confusion I was in. Settling down was not a possibility., my only option was to rush to the hospital. Covering my left hand with a towel, I approached the front desk with my law enforcement badge. Hoping not to start a commotion, I said to the nurse in a very cheerful yet quiet tone, “I’m a cop and I need to see a doctor right now. I’m going to show you why, but I need you to promise me you will not scream because what I’m about to show you will make you want to scream.” As I took the towel off my hand the nurse, with a shocked and fearful look, started to flow tears down from her eyes. But she didn’t scream. As the doctor examined my hand, I explained to him the entire story about the ring and how it had somehow bonded to my finger. The doctor suggested they remove the ring immediately. Upon hearing those words, “Remove the ring,” something clicked in my head. I felt anger, hatred and a certain hunger. Hunger for something I didn’t even know. . .

Background art by: Shar Tuiasoa

arts/entertainment October 2010

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by Monika McConnell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ne thing I can tell you is you got to be free, Come together, right now.” The Beatles sang it as well as lived it. They came together with each other, other artists and many audiences. It is our turn now. WCC can come together to celebrate the vision of our fellow art students at Gallery ‘Iolani’s new exhibition entitled “Confluence 2.” Every two years Gallery ‘Iolani showcases exceptional student work from the fine art studio classes. The work r epr e s e nt s

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A visitor is captivated by an art exhibition at Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani.

WCC’s ceramic, color theory, design, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking/ silk printing and sculpture courses. Each piece is selected by

the art class instructor that represents his or her own program, said professor and gallery director Toni Martin. “I’m excited, of course!” said art student Shar Tuia-

soa when asked how she felt about having her work in the show. “It’s like reaching a goal. It’s nice to have your work recognized.”

Musings of Mystery Alphabets of Agony by Monika McConnell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh. . .” And Y is for you to enter, if you dare. The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery has created an eerily dark gothic library and reading room that showcases over 700 Edward Gorey books, toys, drawings, paintings and other curiosities. The rooms pay homage to the artist’s enigmatic style. Adorned with ghastly images and formidable architecture, Gorey’s haunting world comes alive. Many of the books are signed as well as first editions, on loan from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust and the Edward Gorey House. Gorey was an American artist who is well known for the dark humor in his creations. His images contain desolate, gloomy, humorous and often threatening objects, all drawn in black ink on a white background. He wrote

Nalani Show A

for Amy who fell down the “Aisstairs. B is for Basil assaulted


many books that he illustrated such as “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” which is about the alphabetical mishaps of children. He was also an illustrator for other authors as well the artist behind the animated introduction to PBS’s

Shar Tuiasoa

“Mystery Theater.” The exhibition, which opened Sept. 26, will continue through Dec 10. However, on Sunday, Oct. 31 there will be “An Edward Gorey Haunted Mystery Family Soiree” with a costume contest for children and adults as well as films, hands-on art and activities. There will also be a panel discussion, “Looking for Edward Gorey” on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. Speaking will be director of the Edward Gorey House Rick Jones, collector John A. Carollo, who donated many works, and UH humanities scholar Dr. Joseph Stanton. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m., with free tours Oct 3. to Dec 5 from 2-3 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays as well as Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving break. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and parking fees may apply. For more information go to http:// www.hawaii.edu/artgallery/.

Coming together, joining up, convergence and meeting are just a few words that define confluence and define the collection. So don’t just read about it, live it. As the Beatles said, come together all you flat tops, joo joo eyeballs, holy rollers, monkey fingers, spinal crackers, walrus gumbooters and good lookers. The opening reception in the gallery will be Friday, Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m. Gallery ‘Iolani hours are Monday-Friday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday the gallery reopens from 6-8 p.m. For details, call 236-9155.

by Monika McConnell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

rtwork by award-winning WCC professor Snowden Hodges will be on exhibit for the public through Oct. 21 at the Kirsch Gallery, nestled inside Punahou School. Hodges’ exhibition, “The Nalani Show,” showcases works of various sizes that have spanned the years and focus on the evolution of one model, Nalani. Hodges began capturing Nalani in drawings when she was a student at WCC. Although the model has changed through time, one thing remains in all the images and that is her essence, Hodges remarked. The Kirsch Gallery has been a part of the school for some years and exhibits art work by students as well as select community artists. Its purpose is to provide artistic enrichment to students and to help support the school’s art department. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 943-3247.

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October 2010


Ka ‘ohana staff

Bodie Collins

World champion fire-knife dancers thrilled the crowd. (left) Dancers from Halau Hula O Napunaheleonapua anxiously await their turn to perform.

(From left) Chancellor Doug Dykstra, KBG President Bonnie Beatson, acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Ho‘olaule‘a Chair Herb Lee accept a $5,000 City & County check.

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Windward Ho‘olaule‘a

On Saturday, Oct. 2, thousands of people from across the island and as far away as Hong Kong enjoyed the 10th annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a on campus. The free event, sponsored by WCC, the Kaneohe Business Group and the 5Rs 96744 campaign, showcased such legends in Hawaiian music as Jerry Santos, Teresa Bright and Sean Na‘auao and featured ‘ono food, crafts, campus and community exhibits, a “green” trade show, silent auction, keiki games and rides and a white elephant and used book sale. It was a time for the whole community to gather together and support each other — true to this year’s theme, “Holomua Me Kahi Pu‘uwai” (Moving Forward with One Heart).

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Mailani and her Na Hoku Hanohano award-wininng music group perform on stage as Tracey Terada shreds during his ‘ukulele solo. They were one of many top-name groups to perform.

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Kamomi Nite helps kids make silly putty at the chemistry booth.

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WCC professor Ron Loo and son Pomaika‘i after their amazing slack key performance.

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WCC students Rochelle Chambers (left) and Samantha Kuwata walk the grounds to promote the silent auction.

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Polynesian artisan Pikake, along with some of her beautiful shell lei.

October 2010


Ka ‘Ohana



What factors are most important when voting for a candidate? I want to hear about what a candidate will do in office. What changes will they bring, what policies would change or be created? I’m tired of hearing candidates constantly telling us what is wrong with the other candidate and not telling us what they’re all about. —James Medeiros For me, a large factor is their ethical standard because that shows what kind of a person they are, what they stand for and what type of decisions they will most likely make when elected. It is not as important to me whether the candidate is Republican or Democrat. I care more about the person running and what kind of policies they care about and will implement (when in office). —Julie Lampard There are several important factors that come to my mind when voting for a particular candidate, their history, experience and track record. Does this person do as they say? Do they stick to their word and follow through or are they just trying to complete the transaction with no follow through? Strong communication and listening skills are a must, along with being down-to-earth and a people person. Someone who is willing to take the time to listen and not just stand on the side of the road waving at me. —Eri Nakagawa When I give my trust to someone, I make an effort to examine their beliefs, values and personal integrity. They don’t always have to share my beliefs, but they must have reason and logic behind what they stand for. I try very hard to not vote for candidates who are the most popular or have already been in office, unless they have what I am looking for.

I believe we need fresh and innovative ways to get Hawai‘i out of the slump we are in. Without values and morals to guide us, I don’t think we will get out. —Isaac Ligsay The number one factor for me when voting for a candidate is to know who will accomplish or try to achieve what the people want and are interested in before looking at their own interests. —Kainoa Kupuniai I vote for candidates who will generally represent my point of view on a wide variety of issues. I avoid “single–issue” candidates because I don’t want someone so consumed by one issue (even if we’re in agreement) that all else gets neglected. I choose doers over complainers because I want someone with realistic action plans and the solid people skills needed to solve problems and get things done. I look for candidates with longsight, who think beyond what’s good for us right this second, or what’s good for the upcoming election, but concern themselves with what’s going to work long-term. —Tara Severns It really comes down to the person’s character and values. Personally, I would have to say that character is one of the main factors along with their stance on different issues. —Josh Takamori When voting, it is very important to do your research on the candidates to gain knowledge about them, usually things you didn’t know before. For me, the candidate’s moral values are the main criteria. If they hold the same values as me, then I can be assured of their quality of character. It is also a good idea

to look at their background. What makes them qualified to run for the position? —TJ Metcalf The most important factors to me in voting for a candidate are choosing someone with honesty and loyalty. If the candidate doesn’t have that in them, then how can we depend on them? —Shaunalei Naki I think that there are several factors to consider when voting for any candidate. The first would be their faith; whether they believe in God or not. This is extremely important: family values, priority issues, education, jobs, economy, healthcare, taxes, same sex marriage, laws that affect me directly and indirectly and last, (the candidate’s) work experience. Then I ask myself whether this person is going to help or hinder the progress of my community? —Herbert Milliora Candidate integrity: honesty in both their personal and public dealings. Being able to admit when a mistake is made, not trying to cover it up or blame others and a sincere desire to serve and improve our society. —Jansel H. Ava I want to know their qualifications, what their policy is and if theyʻre consistent in what they stand for. How honest have they been and can they back up everything with facts? — Ellen Keliiuoi I look for coinciding views or issues, the candidate’s history and achievements. I also look for their history on particular topics related to community improvement, safety and quality (as well as their) effectiveness

throughout their political history. —John Humel I look for a candidate who is honest and knowledgeable, all about progress to better our daily lives and wants to help change our communities from poverty to better life styles. Someone who strives to enforce harsher penalties on violent crimes and (supports) alternate sources of energy. Healthcare is also a big thing. A state is only as strong as the members in its communities. —Kekoa Kruszona I want the candidate to do what they say instead of just telling my ears; don’t lie in front of my eyes. I want them to listen to the people in finding solutions to big problems. How do we vote for candidates when they only say things that are unreal? When I vote, I like to do background checks on what they did in the past, so I know they can fight for our future. —Mark Valdez As a college student and a mother, the most important factor I look for when voting for a candidate is (their view on) education. Our state is at the bottom of the national list when it comes to education. It’s important for us to fix our education system because our children are our future. I also don’t like negative campaigning. I think it shows no class by the candidates. —Miriam Aji I look at past responsibilities and evaluate whether or not the candidates have the consistency to do what they say. Also, how well they work with others, even when they don’t agree. They need to show integrity and be able to take responsibility without passing the blame. —Celeste A. Russell

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October 2010

Oct. / Nov. Calendar

Ka ‘Ohana Sunday


17 Hawaii International Film Festival/ HIFF.org Oct. 14-24 ,Dole Cannery Theatres


Hawai‘i Craftmen’s 43rd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition Oct. 9 - 31, Honolulu Academy of Arts See Ceramics Prof. Paul Nash’s and former student Nat Ditzler’s work

Tue sd ay


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

a ‘Ohana Available PAJAMA DAY














Last Day for Official Withdrawal

Freeman Japan Scholarship deadline


‘Confluence 2’ Opening Reception 4 p.m. Gallery ‘Iolani


Haunted Village


Election Day

UH @ Utah State Zumba for Boobs Zumba-a-thon 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Kailua Elem. Call Lainie 218-0160






“Journey to Gragrath” 7:30 p.m. Palikū Theatre







UH vs. Idaho

6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Hale Imiloa

ASUH-WCC Presents “SPIRIT WEEK” Events @ Great Lawn 12:30- 1:30 p.m.




Imaginarium Opening “Tales of the Maya Skies” 7 p.m. & 8 p.m., Imaginarium

Nalani show Punahou School





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Haiti: Taking action

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Once the producers real- States, all over the world, sends ized the depth of the situation, money to Haiti—a million dolthey wanted to get the truth lars. This money doesn’t go to out to the world. By chance, the people who really need it,” Wilner’s life he said. “Afstory became ter the earththe focal point quake, many of t he f il m, people have “Innocence l it t le jobs, Abandoned: they clean the St r e e t K id s st re et, t hey o f H a it i .” pay them $5. Through this, They should Wi l ner has get more since come than that. It’s t o H awa i ’i , wor s e t h a n where the before.” two producers I n a l i fe live, to speak plagued with wit h local hardship, WilAllison Irving Wilner St. Fort churches and ner still finds organizations to find funding reasons to smile. After leavfor his orphanage. ing the orphanage in PortBut why should we, as Au-Prince, he was fortunate people with our own prob- enough to stay with a church lems, care? For Wilner, he pastor and his family. believes the world should “When I met the pastor, care about the unbearably I didn’t know I would fall in inhumane conditions of Haiti love with his daughter, but because “it’s a shame for the after I lived there for a couple world to see Haiti looking months, I found that I love like this after many years. her,” he said. “She completes We should help Haiti because my life.” Haiti needs help.” Wilner, his wife, and their The words seem simple two children currently live enough: Help the people of in an earthquake-damaged Haiti because they need it. fort with six orphans who Unfortunately, after the Janu- rely solely on them for food, ary 2010 earthquake, Wilner, guidance and education. He as well as several other or- prays every day that Haiti will phanages and refuge orga- get the help it needs to change nizations, have yet to receive and improve. relief aid from the millions “I want to make a differof dollars donated through ence. I want to help the children U.S.-based telethons, charity truly—not talk, but take action. events and celebrity-endorsed I want to change the system.” campaigns. To learn more visit www. “We hea r t he Un ited haitikids.com.

Disasters: Explanation speculation CAUSES There are many ideas about the causes of natural disasters with very little consensus on any one theory. In their book “Natural Disasters: Protecting Vulnerable Communities,” P. A. Merriman and C. W. A. Browitt said, “(The increase in damaging events and their impact on property and people) may be due to the fact that, with improved communications and better data collection, more disasters became known worldwide, but this is not the key factor in the increase. Disasters occur when a hazard or a threat arises in vulnerable conditions, and the trends reflect an increase in both.” There has been a good amount of speculation in regard to the idea of global

warming as the cause for the rise in catastrophes. The United Nations climate science panel recognized earlier this year, however, that there is not strong enough evidence to support a claim that climaterelated natural disasters are caused by global warming, but say it is definitely a factor. Another supposed therory for these increasing catastrophes is the belief that it signals the beginning of the end of the world. The ancient civilizations of the Mayans, Egyptians and Incans predicted that this end would be signified by a drastic increase in natural disasters. Many world religions like Christianity believe that the increase in natural disasters signify the apocalypse and

Common Book “We would sit out on the beach, where people would have lawn chairs and coolers of beer and wait for the warheads to come raining down on the atoll,” he recalled. “And we’d cheer like it was the Fourth of July.” According to Barclay, this would be the “last thing you’d see before you would be vaporized.” He explained that this is what the end of the world would look like. Some of the largest, most powerful atomic and thermonuclear weapons were detonated in the area—67 to be exact.

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“Bravo,” a bomb considered to be the largest bomb ever detonated in the world, was blown up at Bikini Atoll. It was 100 times more powerful than the bomb blast in Hiroshima. The U.S. stopped using the atoll for nuclear testing in 1962. Today, several of the islands remain uninhabitable due to heavy radiation, yet those who were taken from their homes many years ago still long to return. For upcoming presentation dates and more information, visit the Common Book page on the WCC website.

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the return of their Savior, Jesus Christ, to bring justice to the Earth. In the Bible, the Book of Matthew says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” The European Journal of Public Health reported in 2006, “Natural disasters are increasing in frequency because of the worldwide deterioration in the natural environment. The incidence of floods, storms, earthquakes and droughts and the number of people affected by them are escalating greatly.”

Tech from page 4 When asked if technology makes us dumber, WCC psychology teacher Frank Palacat said, ” Yes and no. No, in a sense that the Internet lets us critically think by allowing us to challenge other people’s ideas. It also gives us instant access to so much information. “Yes, in the sense that the more we skim through Google links, the less we have to analyze.” Palacat added. Overall, technology will still be used, no matter the positive or negative effects it has on us. Only time will tell if it truly is the mind-duller that some people claim it to be.

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