Volume 40, No.2 October 2011
Ka ‘Ohana now on facebook
Inside Hawaii International Film Festival excites movie buffs See Page 2
New math project introduces computeraided lab See Page 3
Head librarian’s dream come true See Page 3
New faculty join Hawaiian Studies program See Page 4
Time to raise awareness WCC does not take domestic violence lightly; Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) committee plans to carry the message past October. by Katherine Palmer Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
n top of the hill between two palm trees in front of Hale ‘Ākoakoa hangs a simple clothesline decorated with colorful pennants. The message written on the pennants appear to be innocent writings and drawings. Looking closer, viewers see messages about the effects of domestic violence and the importance of knowing what do in an abusive situation. Every year the UHCC’s clothesline project showcases personal messages written by community members. At WCC, the DVAM committee kicked off awareness month with their version of the clothesline. Meanwhile, UHCC held its annual event at Windward Mall in October. Visitors were encouraged to head to the Ho’olaule’a to participate in the slogan and poster contest as well as create their own pennants for WCC’s clothesline (deadline for submissions to the contest is Oct. 25). The committee, along with Kathleen Zane and Ryan Perreira who are both counselors at WCC, started planning in September for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Members brainstormed and shared stories about former students’ pain and sadness. Sometimes the issue of domestic violence goes unnoticed. Victims will often remain silent. There are stories of victims, women and even men, who do not dare to share their experiences openly until the victim is hurt or hospitalized. The committee would like to carry the message past the month of October. Zane said, “The sustainability of projects to raise awareness of and to actively support victims of domestic violence, with the ultimate goal of dramatically lowering the incidence rate, is a primary concern of our commitment.”
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Many other activities will be offered throughout the year. Projects that collect supplies for domestic violence shelters year round will be be re-established. “A Place at the Table” is an event held during the holidays to represent the impact domestic violence has on the community and its families. Resources are available to anyone who needs more information or help. The DVAM committee is interested in meeting with other clubs that would be willing to help carry their message into the future. For more info contact Kathleen Zane at email@example.com. Domestic Violence Action Center 808-531-3771, www.stoptheviolence.org Domestic Violence Hotline for Windward Oahu 808-528-0606 WCC Campus Security 808-235-7355
KuPono aims to end domestic violence by Ally Irving Ka ‘Ohana Writer
Students write spooky stories
Ho‘olaule‘a patrons created pennants to represent domestic violence. The pennants decorate the elevators in Hale Palanakila.
to end domestic vio“Iwant lence in two years,” said Winston Kong, a WCC counselor and KuPono Hawaiian club advisor. This bold statement may seem impossible, but Kong is serious about ending the epidemic. “I tell that number to everybody,” he continued. “I might as well shoot for that; it’s just as good as any other number.”
The KuPono Hawaiian Club, an independent student organization at WCC, is a small club with a large task in mind: to put an end to domestic violence in Hawai‘i. “Polynesians and Hawaiians have a responsibility to each other,” he said. When asked why it seems he is targeting a specific group of individuals, Kong answered that KuPono is “merely taking care of” its family responsibility.
“It’s like cleaning your own home first before you complain about other people’s homes. “We have to answer the call,” Kong continued, “take care of our brothers and sisters, our kupuna and keiki.” Kong has enlisted the help of WCCʻs Film Club. Together, they will create a series of 30 second public service announcements (PSA) to educate students and offer ways to help.
“Domestic violence is a health issue and should be highlighted as a public health issue for the state of Hawai‘i,” Kong said. “Just like cancer, smoking, or drunk driving,” he continued, “there is so much money being spent on those things, why not domestic violence?” Through visual media, Kong hopes to reach the widest audience possible. see kupono page 2
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NEWS of the DAY WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
College tuition to increase by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Contributing Writer
nowledge is the food of the soul,” according to Plato, and the price of feeding your soul is going up next year. The first in a series of briefings on the UH tuition increases took place at WCC last month, and gave an overview of the tuition schedule for the next five school years (2012-13 through 2016-17). Linda Johnsrud, executive vice president for academic affairs/provost illustrated the tuition situation as it pertained to all UH campuses. Members of the UH Board of Regents (BOR) Jan Sullivan, John Holzman and Dennis Hirota were also present in order to gain awareness of student opinion and therefore be able to make informed decisions on the tuition increase. “This is the hardest thing the regents have to evaluate,” Sullivan said. Holzman added, “Our main goal is to come up with something reasonable.”
The proposal will introduce modest increases for resident undergraduates at WCC in the form of $60 per 15-credit semester in the first year. A main goal for the proposal is to sustain low costs for residents at UHCCs. The proposal also seeks to align graduate and nonresident rates with the market and/or cost. Balance for these tuition increases will be provided by substantial increases in financial aid. In considering factors that would be affected by tuition increases, no severely negative impact could be found. Tuition has doubled at community colleges over the past five years, yet each semester at WCC has seen record levels of enrollment. Also, financial aid has quadrupled. Johnsrud reassured, “With any increase in tuition, we will also aim to increase the availability of financial aid.” For the new five-yearplan, tuition will increase three percent in the first year, five percent in the second
by Ka ‘Ohana Ka ‘Ohana Staff
awaii International Film Festival (HIFF) kicks off its annual event Oct. 13 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres with more than 250 entries from across the world. “This is our 31st year of showcasing films, worldwide
and local, here in Hawai’i and the excitement about the festival each year is unparalleled,” Chuck Boller, executive director of HIFF said in a press release. The Fe st iva l e x p e c t s 80,000 visitors from around the state, the nation, and throughout the world. Visi-
“With any increase in tuition, we will also aim to increase the availabilty of financial aid.” - Linda K. Johnsrud year, and seven percent in the three following years. The f ive -yea r t u it ion schedule is meant to be beneficial to the present and future of the UH system. Johnsrud said, “Advance notice allows students and families to plan (financially), and allows campuses to plan as well.” One of the reasons behind tuition going up is that state support of the UH system has declined. “When state support goes down, tuition goes up (to make up the diftors can also enjoy public and private events such as awards presentations and special film screenings. This year’s event is not just entertaining, but also educational. HIFF offers free educational programs for primary and secondary students where they can meet successful filmmakers, actors, and media professionals. Students can also view critically acclaimed films free of charge. For more information call (808) 792-1577, or visit www. hiff.org. Interested movie-goers can also visit the HIFF office located at 680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100.
Star-Advertiser reporter visits journalism students
by Ka ‘Ohana Ka ‘Ohana Staff
ournalism students got first-hand advice from veteran journalist, Dan Nakaso when he visited campus last month. Currently at the Star-Advertiser, Nakaso has also experienced the ranks of publications such as the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the San Francisco Examiner, to name a few. The hard-hitting reporter gave students in the 205 and 285 journalism courses the “insider’s scoop” on the fast-paced world of today’s news. “You have got to get the info, details, and focus your story (then) close your notebook and write!” said a hyper-speed Nakaso. “Make your writing interesting and get right to the point!
ʻTell it to mom,ʻ” is how he describes it. Another important element of journalism is the Inverted Pyramid style. Nakaso expalined that it refers to reporters’ style of organizing facts and events based on order of importance. This style of organization offers readers to get the most important facts as fast as possible. Nakaso’s story-telling ability and experience make him an effective guest speaker. Jessica Crawford is currently taking both courses. “He was very charismatic and seems to get a rush out of doing interviews and finding the essence of the story,” she said. “I found the lecture useful and interesting. I’m glad he came to give us advice.”
ference)” said Johnsrud. “We can control tuition, but not state appropriation.” Also affecting the increase is the cost of “doing education” which is predicted to go up 2.3 percent. The direct benefits that will be provided for students are financial aid, the hiring of faculty, the maintenance of facility, increased campus security, academic and student support services, and course availability. Throughout October the tuition proposal will be distributed and public hearings held, after which revisions will be made. The meeting for the BOR evaluation and action is set for Oct. 26 followed by the filing of the proposal with the lieutenant governor’s office. “We genuinely want to hear from the community,” Johnsrud encourages. For more information go to www.hawaii.edu/offices/ app/tuition. To testify to the BOR, submit your opinions (to be reviewed during the decision making process) to tuition@ hawaii.edu.
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“We will run the PSA through a network of monitors placed in strategic locations around campus,” he said. “They will be in a loop during campus hours.” The new monitors have already been decided upon through a $30,000 grant from UH Mānoa’s Women’s Center geared towards rallying against domestic violence. Kong hopes to get the monitors up and running in the very near future. Also, Kong plans to air the PSAs on local television stations to bring awareness to the public, as well as in movie theaters where people tend to go on dates. “We can’t afford to be the ivory tower. We have to do all we can do,” he said. KuPono, with the support of Hawaiian Clubs from other community colleges on the island, is raising money for the PSA through fundraisers. The PSA is set to debut on Nov. 10 at the annual KuPono intercollegiate thanksgiving volleyball tournament. For more information contact Winston Kong at 2357458 or by email at Wkong@ hawaii.edu.
Repeal: “Don’t ask, don’t tell” by Courtney Fontaine Ka ‘Ohana Writer
he United States govern ment repealed t he U.S. military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” (DADT) policy last month. This is an achievement for people with alternative lifestyles; however, the question is what will the effect be on the military. I n 19 93, former President Bill Clinton introduced DADT as a compromise policy when political and military members were reluctant to allow openly gay people to serve. The policy prohibited military members from discriminating against or harassing homosexual or bisexual
service members. When Marine Corps Sargent Timothy Curran was asked how the repeal could affect the military, and if the new policy would cause enlistment numbers to rise, he said, “The repeal will have little to no effect on the military. The repeal itself was not only a good idea, but a necessary action.” Curra n went on to s a y, “ T h e r e have been homosexual service members serving for years. They may be more comfortable enlisting now, but I doubt it will show any increase. In the end it’s all about who has your back... it doesn’t matter when they’re saving your life.”
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WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Head librarian’s vision comes true b y J u l i e t Ta n Ka ‘Ohana Staff Writer
ancy Heu, head librarian of WCC, has succeeded in what promises to be her biggest professional achievement: completing the construction of the new Library Learning Commons (LLC). “When I first came to work at Windward, the head librarian said we were going to build a new library. We planned and planned, but it wasn’t until we started construction last year that I believed that this dream was actually going to come true,” said Heu. “Now, more than 30 years later and I’m almost ready to retire—it will be a crowning touch to the end of my career.” Diane Sakai, reference librarian and Heu’s colleague, said she has known Heu for many years. “We’ve had to work together on various projects. She’s an excellent manager, organized and efficient,” said Sakai. “She always looks ahead and plans for what is coming up next.” Growing up as a child, Heu always loved reading. “I read all different kinds of things when I was younger,” Heu said. “I used to read a lot
WCC’s Head Librarian Nancy Heu with the campus’ new library scheduled for completion in February 2012.
of mystery books, but now it’s mostly meditative books.” Born and raised in Honolulu, Heu is an alumna of UH Mānoa. After graduating with her bachelor of arts degree and master’s degree in library science, she worked at the California State Library for a year. Upon returning to the islands to raise her two children, she got a job at the UH law school library. In 1975, she started working at WCC. “I have stayed at Windward for all these years be-
cause it is the most green and beautiful of all the UH campuses,” said Heu. “I like the intimacy of the present library and the luxury to spend time with students on an individual basis.” She also believes that literacy and libraries are necessary for society. Of Hakka-Chinese descent, Heu takes a personal interest in Asian as well as other cultures. She loves planning and researching trips, visiting open markets, watching people, and learning more about historical
sites and monuments. Heu has traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, England, Scotland, Peru, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Senegal, Canada, and several U.S. states. “I have seen the Great Wall, the Imperial City, Borobudur, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and the Pyramids,” she explained. “I want to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia and also visit Turkey and Jerusalem. I want to go on an African safari!” Nancy declared with anticipation.
To keep herself healthy and flexible, Heu practices tai chi twice a week. She also walks six miles a week to help relieve her stress level. She enjoys spending time with her husband and going on picnics to watch the sunset. In addition, Heu enjoys gardening. Her eco-friendly nature saves the planet a couple of pounds of waste per week as she feeds fruit and vegetable scraps to the worms she raises. Heu clasped her hands and beamed in response when asked about the graffiti fencing around the LLC construction grounds. “I’m proud of the graffiti fence!” she exclaimed. “It was just edgy and spontaneous art, I love it! That was the most fun part of the entire project.” Presently, Heu will be focusing her attention on the LLC building project. Excited about the whole thing, she blurted, “Oh my goodness, the construction should be done by February 12, 2012, which is not too far away!” Diane Teramoto, library circulation manager, said, “Nancy always wants to provide the best services to students. Whenever she walks past students needing help, she wants to help them do better, to succeed. She’s done an amazing job with the project.”
Re-designed math project pilots spring 2012 New two-track curriculum offers students options.
by Jessica Crawford Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
n Spring 2012, the Mathematics department will begin its new two-track curriculum. Students will have the option to choose from a traditional classroom lecturebased track, or a newly redesigned track, which would include lab-style, computeraided instruction. Courses in the redesigned track offer independent, selfpaced work primarily on computers using MyMathLab (MML) software. Student progress is measured through personalized exercises, homework, and tests. To help students succeed, instructor and tutorial assistance will be available as well as supplemental instruction from student leaders. The new courses start in Spring 2012 and will pilot
one section of Math 19-(DM1), 28-(DM2), and 29-(DM3). Full implementation begins Fall 2012 providing three sections of Math 19 and 28 and two sections of 29. Each 3-credit course consists of four modules. To pass a module, students need to score at least 80 percent on a posttest. Students who score 80 percent or better on a pre-test are allowed to skip a module. To pass a course, students need to score at least 70 percent on the exit-exam. There is no limit on the number of times a student may re-test. Depending on ability, motivation, and degree requirements, an open-entry/exit option allows students to enroll in a second course after the late registration period. Upon successful completion of both courses, students may change their registration to reflect the higher course. This could save students time and money. This past summer mathematics professors Clayton Akatsuka, Wei-Ling Landers and Jean Okumura worked together to get the new program
Mathematics professors (from left) Wei-Ling Landers, Clayton Akatsuka, and Jean Okumura will offer students newly designed mathematics courses in Spring 2012.
approved. “We hope by offering students a choice of different teaching styles, that we increase (their) persistence, completion and success rates not only in the developmental math level classes but also in the 100 level classes,”
said Akatsuka, who has been teaching at WCC for 21 years. Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Richard Fulton said, “I’m applauding them for this new direction because I think it will not only work well for students, but because it finally recognizes there are
two kinds of students: those that need an advanced level, and those that need math preparation. I’m really excited about the project.” For more information on redesigned courses, contact a counselor or mathematics instructor.
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CAMPUS NEWS WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Hind perpetuates native culture by Kalani Elderts Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
In Hale ‘Ākoakoa, at a glass table with metal chairs, sits a Hawaiian woman with a fragrant pikake and pakalana lei. The woman with a big smile on her face is Nicole Mehanaokala Hind, the new Kumu Hula at the college. Hawaiian Studies program coordinator Kumu Peter Kalawai‘a Moore, has known Hind for a long while. “Both of us were undergraduates at UH-Mānoa. She was somebody who, when I got here, I had in mind to try and see if I could bring her here right from the beginning,” said Moore. So, I’m very happy and humbled to have her join the department. With her background of hula and student services, she will develop the program with a deep understanding of the cultural practice.” Hind is anxious to add more knowledge to the Hawaiian Studies department. Her objective is to introduce students to the world of hula. “I want Windward to be a school to come to for Hawaiian Studies and a place for hula. Kāne‘ohe is a good location for hula with stories and scenery,” said Hind. Adorned with striking Hawaiian and Polynesian tat-
“They are more exploratory in a community college setting and are eager to learn about the culture.” -Mehana Hind
toos, Hind looks like a picture from a Hawaiian history book. Her attitude reflects the Aloha spirit. She is the mother of a 15-year-old boy and has been a teacher for more than 10 years. As a child, she grew up in Pālolo and was exposed to hula by her mother. “My mom always did those lū‘au shows, so I’d be around hula a lot. Then she ended her professional career at Paradise Cove on the west side,” Hind reminisced. With her mother as her inspiration, it’s no surprise that she would naturally develop deep appreciation for the Hawaiian culture and hula. Her mother’s good friend later became her Kumu Hula, the distinguished Leina‘ala Kalama Heine. “I danced with Hālau Na Pualei o Likolehua from the age of 18 and after about…
courtesy Mehana Hind
(left) Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Heine and Kumu Hula Mehanaokala Hind at Hind’s ‘uniki ceremony.
18 years I became ‘ūniki as Kumu Hula, a kind of graduation from student to teacher,” Hind said. Hi nd’s mot her recognized that her daughter being
around hula her whole life, and attending western schools to better her education, placed her in the middle of two different cultures. So she raised her to appreciate both Hawaiian
and Western values. Hind furthered her studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and a master’s degree in Hawaiian Studies at UH-Mānoa. When the opportunity opened at WCC for a full-time hula teacher, Hind applied and was selected. “I love the (WCC) campus and students. They are more exploratory in a community college setting and are eager to learn about the culture,” Hind said with excitement. Being an active person in the Hawaiian community, Hind participates in non-profit boards including charter schools, Ke Kumu Pali, Ho‘olaule‘a, and many more. Being new to the Hawaiian Studies program, Hind will also have the opportunity to hold different workshops. Her latest projects include domestic violence awareness and a small conference with lectures on Pele and the history of Hawaiian women such as Queen Lili‘uokalani. “We call ourselves ‘mixed breeds,’ trained in traditional settings with lua, mahi‘ai kalo, and trained the western way, some of us have a Ph.D., or M.D. and so on,” said Hind. “We raise our children in today’s world, support each other with our bicultural values.”
New courses expand Hawaiian studies program by Kalani Elderts Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter
ince 2009, Hawaiian Studies program coordinator Kalawai‘a Moore, has been dedicated to building a stronger curriculum. Thanks to Moore, there are two new faculty members, new courses and selected UH-Mānoa courses offered on campus. Bot h new i n st r uc tors Kumu Mehana Hind, and Kumu Aaron Salā have much to offer. Hind teaches hula, while Salā teaches humanities and music. Hind feels the facilities at WCC are awesome and would like to see this campus be the place the community comes to for all things Hawaiian. “My goal is to help the program have better connection with our ‘aina (land), wai (water), and kai (ocean) by utilizing materials on the windward side,” said an enthusiastic Hind. Moore said about Hind, “We attended school together
Hawaiian Studies courses Geology and Geophysics GG 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands GG 210 O‘ahu Field Geology GG 211 Big Island Field Geology Hawaiian Language HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I HAW 201 Intermediate Hawaiian I Hawaiian Studies HWST 107 Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific HWST 115 Mo‘okuauhau: Hawaiian Genealogies HWST 130 Hula ‘Olapa: Traditional Hawaiian Dance HWST 135 Kalai La‘au: Hawaiian Woodwork & Wood Carving HWST 222 Ma‘awe No‘eau: Hawaiian Fiber Work HWST 255 Intro to the Hawaiian Kingdom HWST 275 Wahi Pana: Mythology of the Hawaiian Landscape HWST 275L Wahi Pana: Mythology of the Hawaiian HWST 285 La‘au Lapa‘au I: Hawaiian Medicinal Herbs as undergraduates. The combination of her experience has just put her up there.” Salā holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music performance and is a Nā Hōkūhanohano Award win-
ner. He also is working toward earning his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (the study of music of Native peoples) at UH-Mānoa. “I would like to see courses in oli (Hawaiian chanting), Hawaiian musical instru-
Kalawai‘a Moore instructing students in an oli (chant) about Lono, the Tahitian and Hawaiian god of agriculture.
ments and composers for the program as well as a talk story session for the community,” said Salā. “The Hawaiian courses are an important part of the Hawaiian way of knowing.”
Through Moore’s efforts 10 new courses have been added to the Hawaiian studies program, and he continues to develop outreach programs to better the Hawaiian community.
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Passion for poetry in library WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
by Jason Deluca Ka ‘Ohana Writer
t is amazing when people gather together to enjoy a poem because writing one is usually a solitary activity,” English teacher Janine Oshiro said at last month’s poetry reading. Not just a teacher, Oshiro is also a poet who loves to write. Her passion for writing led her to win the Kundiman Poetry prize and to organize “Out Loud in the Library,” a poetry reading at the campus library every semester. Oshiro started “Out Loud in the Library” in the fall of 2010. The event offers students, faculty, staff, and anyone from the Windward community a chance to read poetry or fiction in front of an audience. Last month, Oshiro held its third reading, and the event is scheduled consecutively every semester. The September reading started off with musical entertainment. Casey Kitano, a student of slack key teacher Ron Loo, played various songs on his ‘ukulele. That night, the audience included students and community members filling up about 40 seats in front of a podium with a bookshelf as a backdrop. “The atmosphere is casual, cozy, relaxed, and more intimate. It’s like a gathering in someone’s living room,” Oshiro said. This time Oshiro had asked readers to meet specific directions with their performance. “My goal is to have four different voices,” she says. She wanted readers to present their piece using different voices representing a faculty member of WCC, someone from the UH system, a college student, and one community member. After Kitano’s ‘ukulele performance, Oshiro intro-
Teacher, poet, scholar
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Casey Kitano, slack key student, entertained the audience with his ‘ukulele skills at the recent library poetry reading.
duced the readers. The first performer was Lance Uyeda, a colleague of Oshiro, who read his own work of fiction. Up next, Paul S. Nelson, a teacher from Maine who lives on the North Shore. He read a few selected poems. Next was Gail Harada, who is a poet and a teacher at Kapi‘olani Community College. Faculty weren’t the only readers that night. Three students from Oshiro’s American Literature 272 class read poems modeling Emily Dickinson’s and Walt Whitman’s styles. Oshiro has various reasons for organizing “Out loud in the Library.” “I remember going to poetry readings in college and I very much enjoyed them. I noticed there weren’t any on this campus and decided
to talk to Nancy Heu at the library,” she said. She also wanted to use the event for people to connect to each other through poetry. In addition, she wanted students to see their teachers from a new perspective. “I wanted students to see that Uyeda is not just a teacher, but also a literary writer,” she said. Her love for poetry inspires her to write her own. And using poetry in the classroom allows students to experience the emotion that comes along with poetry. Lance Uyeda feels lucky to have his office next to hers and thinks she has great teaching ideas. “Her enthusiasm for teaching and learning is infectious, and her poems are brilliant,” he said. So don’t miss the next poetry reading in spring.
ng l i sh t eac her Ja n i ne Osh i ro, prepares students for the writing intensive courses to come. In addition, she helps st ude nt s sh a r p e n their grammar skills and overall improve their writing. “She is very caring and always happy. And always open for students to come and see her outside of class for extra help if you don’t understand,” said Sarah Krupp, one of Oshiro’s Eng 22 students. Oshiro is not just a teacher, but also a writer. She recently won the Kundiman Poetry Prize. As a result, Alice James Books published her book of poetry “Pier” this month. A review of Oshiro’s book on Alice James Books’ website stated “Oshiro’s ‘Pier’ takes its measure in precise instances that ache with intelligence. A truly masterful first book.” Alice James Books is a non-profit poetry press affiliated with the University of Maine at Farmington. When it was founded in 1973, its purpose was to provide women access to publishing, and to involve authors in the publishing process. Today, its goal is to publish work from up-coming poets as well as established writers. Thanks to her book, Oshiro will also travel to New York where she’ll read poems from her book to university students. In college, Oshiro first majored in visual art, but later switched her major to literary art. She had many questions about the world; Reading and writing helped her to figure things out. Finally, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and art at Whitworth in Washington, a master’s degree in writing at Portland State University, and a second master’s degree in poetry at the University of Iowa. Thinking back on her own college career, Oshiro remembers being very influenced by her friends who also wrote poems. Now, she and her friends all continue to support each other. As a successful student, Oshiro enjoyed college. “I don’t know why people feel the need to rush through college,” she said. “I loved studying, reading and writing.”
Useful tips toward academic excellence “
b y J u l i e t Ta n Ka ‘Ohana Writer
wenty-five percent of college students drop out in their freshman year because they are not academically, emotionally, or financially prepared for college life and adulthood,” says Jeff Livingston, senior vice president of college and career readiness at McGraw-Hill Education. Whether students like (to admit) it or not, college takes planning and preparation.
College is indeed an adventure full of new experiences and responsibilities that can overwhelm students. Experts a nd vetera n s recommed making a personal checklist to be successful in this next stepping-stone of life. Although every individual is different, here are some useful tips. First, time management skills are important. Statistics show a correlation between academic success and strong time management skills.
As a result, students who are incapable of handling time wisely are bound to struggle with their academic endeavors and health. For example, lack of sleep leads to weaker immune system. “I relate because I am horrible at time management,” said HCC student Eric Kelekolio. “For example, school started on Monday and I only just looked at my syllabus for my online class. I realized my time was all off!” Second, instilling good
financial habits is another concern. Responsibility and moderation are the keys to maintaining a reasonable record of expenditures. Always put needs before wants. In addition, keep an eye on valuables regardless of situation or location. Be on guard at all times. Students never know who can, or cannot, be trusted at a college campus with unfamiliar people and surroundings. The number of missing items is constantly on the rise
these days. “It’s mostly cellphones, keys, and books that go missing, said Clifford Togo, vice chancellor for administrative services at WCC. “All I can recommend is to keep things close by, don’t let them out of your sight.” Finally, always keep in touch with close friends and family. In case of emergencies or accidents, keep a list of safety contact numbers. Also, be aware of the campus safety rules.
Trick or treat
O‘ahu’s haunted sites: Visit if you dare... Kewalo (near Sand Island)
Kauwa, lower-class servants, were sacrificed in a ceremony called Ke Kai Hee Hee or “sliding the servants under the wave of the sea”. The ghosts of Kauwa are said to be seen marching out of the ocean at night.
Dole Cannery Theater
King Intermediate School
Built over an ancient Heiau, the theater is said to be haunted by a middle-aged man who watches theater-goers from a top corner seat in theater #14. In the early 1980’s, a school bus of children crashed near the site of the Heiau, killing several children. Voices of children can be heard in the theater’s restroom.
The banyan tree outside of C Building has many reports of being haunted, as well as the bathroom where a young student hung herself when she discovered she was pregnant.
Diamond Head Tennis Center
People report sighting the ghost of an angry man accompanied by a strong odor. He paces back and forth as if he is guarding the area. Patrick Hascall illiustration Patrick Hascall
Halloween Recipes Shortbread Ogre Fingers
Top Five Halloween Movies
Yields about 26 fingers!
Halloween The 1978 classic, about a six-year-old boy named Michael Myers who murdered his sister on Halloween. He was sent to a mental institution in which Dr. Samuel Loomis supervises him. Fifteen years later, Michael escapes from the institution just a few days before Halloween. Dr. Loomis searches for Michael and tries to warn the town, and tries to stop Michael before it is too late.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flours 1/2 cup cornstarch (this makes your shortbread melt in your mouth) 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 blocks of unsalted butter (room temperature) 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla Slivered almonds for fingernails Tube of red gel frosting 1) Beat butter until smooth, add sugar and beat. Add vanilla extract. 2) In another bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Then, add flour mixture to the butter. 3) Transfer dough onto plastic wrap, flatten into a ¼ inch rectangle, and refrigerate for 30 min. 4) Cut into rectangles 1”x3”. Bunch up to make knuckles, and use knife to create skin folds.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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Make small U-shape indentation on one end of cookie to create a “nail bed”. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Berry Scary Martini
Spooky Spiced Shrimp
1 cup ice 1 ounce black vodka 2 ounces cherry juice
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1 large garlic clove, grated 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, (about 2 lemons) 2 teaspoons tandoori-masala seasoning 1 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 teaspoon chili powder 3/4 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil 48 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left intact
1) Combine ice, vodka and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker. 2) Shake vigorously. 3) Pour into a martini glass. 4) Thread raspberries and blueberries onto cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately!
1) Whisk together all ingredients except shrimp, in a large nonreactive bowl. Add shrimp; stir to coat. Cover; refrigerate, and marinate, toss shrimp occasionally, 2 to 3 hours. 2) Heat large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook shrimp, turning once, until pink and cooked,. Transfer to a plate.
The 1974 movie came out based on true events. It is 1973, and a group of young adults are driving to Dallas to see a concert. They come across a small town called Travis County and pick up a woman who tells them to turn around. They don’t turn around, so the woman pulls out a gun and shoots herself. They decide to visit the Sheriff’s house where his psychotic family threatens them. The Sheriff sends out a terrifying man with a demented face and a chainsaw to kill.
Scream Just one year after Sydney Prescott’s mother was murdered, a mysterious serial killer murders several of her peers. Gail Weathers, a tabloid reporter, and Deputy Dwight Riley investigate the case. They suspect that the killer is the same person who killed Sydney’s mother. The killer is after Sydney, but no one knows who the killer is. Everyone is a suspect.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger murdered several children with razor blade gloves. He was burned alive in a boiler room by angry parents of the children. Several years latter, the children whose parents killed Freddy Krueger, start having nightmares about him. It is Freddy’s ghost that is haunting them. The only way to survive is to stay awake. The teenagers decide to find a way to stop him if they ever want to sleep again.
Pet Semetary This 1989 movie is based on a Stephen King novel. After a family’s cat gets ran-over, their neighbor shows them a pet cemetery where they can burry the cat. Shortly after, the cat returns. The family believes it is the same cat, but find out it is evil. A couple of days latter the family’s son is killed, and the father buries him in the pet cemetery, hoping his son will come back to life. He does comes back to life, but as a completely different person.
Community News O c t o b e r 2 011
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Without the Haunted Village, Where will you go? Compiled by Arrion Kong Ka ‘Ohana Writer
“I will dress up and trick or treat in the Kailua neighborhood.” — Daniel Shinsato “I’ll dress up and stay home so I can scare all the kids that come to our house.” — Logan Yonehiro “I’ll stay home so I can scare all the kids that knock on our door.” “I’m going PCC and take my cousins trick-ortreating. I will dress up to blend in my cousin’s costume.” — Ikaika Low “I’ll dress up and take my siblings trick-or-treating – but my costume is a secret! Then, I’ll hit a party or walk around Waikiki.” — Kristin Hughes “I’m going to get candy at Windward Mall.” — Teone Farley-Mahoe “I’m going to try to go to Haunted Plantation and Haunted Lagoon.” — Uta Rainalter
Trick or treat at Windward Mall with participating merchants. October 31, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hau nted L a goon Ca noe R ide at Polynesian Cultural Center Rides from 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday through October 22 October 24 - 31 Daily except Sunday Kama’aina tickets: Adult $19.95 Child $14.95 Fast pass: Adult $35 Child $30 Visitor tickets: Adult $25 Child $20
Hawaii’s Haunted Plantation at Dole Plantation Village $10 General admission $15 Fast pass October 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31 Tours 7 – 11:30 p.m. Adult supervision required for children under age 16
“I’m taking my cousin trick-or-treating in the Windard area.” — Kamalei Ah New
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October & November
Ka ‘Ohana Sunday
24 Last Day 25 to Withdraw 31
ASUH presents Mid-Month Munhies
With “W” grade, make-up incomplete grade or change to: Library: Free workshop CR/NC or Audit Option “Google it! Tattoo Traditions of Hawai‘i Unleash the power” 12-:30 - 2 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hale La‘akea Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101/103
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hale ‘Ākoakoa “Phantom of the Opera” Wear “ASUH” green band for a treat! runs until October 23 Palikū Transfer Workshop Hawaii Pacific University 12:40- 1:20 p.m., Hale Pālanakila 102
Transfer Workshop UH Hilo 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale Pālanakila 102
Tattoo Traditions of the Marquesas 12-:30 - 2 p.m., a ‘Ohana Available Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101/103
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Reserved Seats SOLD OUT 40 temporary seats for sale at each performance starting one hour before show time
Writing Retreat with Lillian Cunningham
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 107/109
Gallery ‘Iolani “UaLanipili Cloudburst” Opening reception 4 - 7 p.m. Runs through November 22
ASUH - Costume Contest “Nightmare on Kee‘ahala Road” Register at Hale Pālanakila 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Spring 2012 Registration Begins
Library: Free workshop “Finding articles” 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hale La‘akea Stargazing 7 p.m., Imaginarium
Transfer Workshop UH Mānoa College of Education 12:40-1:20 p.m., Hale Pālanakila 102
How have you been affected by domestic violence? I never thought about domestic violence until a year ago. I was in a relationship with a guy, for a bit over a year, when it became reality for me. We were having an argument and out of nowhere he headbutted me. I was shocked, hurt and very confused that someone who says he loves me was able to physically hurt me. He repeatedly apologized, and in time I forgave him, and we continued our relationship. Over time, I guess he got comfortable; he started to push me around and hit me. Eventually, we had a bad fight, and he beat me up. I finally got away from him with a black eye and bumps on my head. I didn’t want to tell my parents or anyone because I didn’t want anyone to think lowly of me. I guess I thought lowly of myself. The reality is, it hurts much more mentally than it does physically. I’ll never let it happen again. —Kirra Perlow If (my family is) mad at each other, we just yell or walk away from the problem. My cousin in Hilo always does stupid things and gets into drunken fights with her boyfriend. She got married three times because she always fought with her exes. —Alaka’i Hopkins
Gallery ‘Iolani “UaLanipili Cloudburst” opens Friday Oct. 24 with a special reception at Gallery ‘Iolani located next to Palikū Theatre. The exhibit shows art by WCC Art and Hawaiian Studies faculty featuring works by Jonathan Busse, Norman Graffam, Mark Hamasaki, Snowden Hodges, Lufi Luteru, Antoinette Martin, Rob Molyneux, Bryce Myers and Jordan Souza. The show runs through Nov. 21. This year, the gallery also celebrates its 20th anniversary. For more information call 236-9155, or visit www. gallery.wcc.hawaii.edu. Gallery hours: Mon.– Fri. & Sunday, 1–5 p.m., Mon. and Tues. evenings 6–8 p.m. Gallery is closed November 11.
I have been largely unaffected by domestic violence. I am so grateful for that fact, but at the same time, it is inescapable because it is going on in the lives of people all around me and the effects of it come out in their lives and interaction daily. I desperately want to be able to be there for those who are hurting because of it, to be a safe person they can come to and share their issues with. —Akela Newman Working in family law, I have seen the effects of domestic violence on people, the fear, confusion and utter helplessness written on their faces. I remember a client who was at court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on her husband. While she was standing outside the court building, her husband walked up to her, stabbed her to death, and flung the TRO paper work on her body. —Leah Joseph I consider myself lucky when it comes to domestic violence. I went to private school, so I didn’t see much abuse, or it was well kept behind closed doors. I later switched to public school, where domestic violence was blatant in everyday life. I saw the abuse my friends went through, but had little power or voice to do much about it for fear of what the abuser might do. Violence is a vicious cycle. —Nicole Ariyoshi
Who can? You can!
I personally have never been affected by domestic violence. But my friend has been in a relationship with a man who was very emotionally and physically abusive. I saw how demeaning and scary it was to be around him. I saw fear in her eyes every time the phone rang. I saw how she had no say in anything. As the years went by, I saw forgiveness take place in their
relationship. —Danielle Crenshaw I am and have been affected by domestic violence through family members and friends. Whether it is caused by substance abuse or human emotions, it is like tentacles on an octopus—It spreads out and affects every loved one of the victims as well as the abuser. —Kinau McKeague
End Domestic Violence DVAM Save the dates! Candlelight Vigil When: October 27 5-7 p.m. Where: McCoy Pavilion Follow us on twitter: @DVAMHawaii Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/ dvamhawaii Read our Blog: dvamhawaii. wordpress.com Email: dvamhawaii@ gmail.com
O c t o b e r 2 011
Art & Entertainment
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Spooky stories that will blow your mind Jenny Webster’s English 100 students wrote scary stories for Ka ‘Ohana.
Eyes At Anahola Beach by Charmaine Hopkinson
by Raymond Katada
since I’ve been It looks cold outside. It’s been a long time matter. I that for th warm the or outside and felt the cold again. am begin ning to doub t if I’ll ever feel it dreary estate I’ve been trapped in this dark, damp and ing, and creak s floor the g, leakin where I can hear the roof ! thing a feel can’t I but , the rats squeaking so much as People come to visit, but they’ve not even some time, no for way that uttered a “Hello” for me. It’s been It seem ed girl. little a was there , today one notices me. But ers to dagg like felt as thoug h she could see me. Her stare me. familiar about I know she can see me! Some thing is so bega n to walk in my her. When the others lef t the room, she What ’s happencold! direc tion. As she approached… I felt And then she ht. thoug I me?” ing here? “Can she really see the eyes and in me d looke She me! of front stopped, dead in uttered but one word…“Daddy?”
raged against their tent. They were snuggled in their sleeping bags safely inside. Ty, my brother, said an eerie sense of being watched woke him up. “I sat up in a daze, glanced at my watch and took a quick scan of the tent. Nothing, everyone’s asleep?...” Ty questioned himself. Feeling a little unsure, he returned to his pillow and tried to go back to sleep. As he lay there he began to feel extremely hot. “Why am I so hot when it’s so cold?” he thought to himself. His sense of uneasiness continued. Suddenly, he sprang up! Peering at him were the white eyes of fifteen black demon creatures. They had human legs and hands, and wings! “I think I was in a state of shock. I just sat paralyzed unable to respond as I watched them, like a sea of hell. It took all my power and faith to say the
by Tiana Tokunaga
It was the last day of the week, and I was so tired from working early in the morning and going to school in the evening that I was looking forward to taking a catnap. It was around seven when I set my alarm for nine o’clock and closed my eyes to go to sleep. I found myself having a bad dream. It was about a man, six feet tall with deep, dark, empty eyes. He was holding a knife and coming after me! Of course, that woke me up. I was terrified, and it didn’t help that I was home alone, in a house in the country, with few neighbors. I tried to shake it off with a deep breath. I glanced at the clock above the television and saw his reflection! He was holding the knife above me ready to swing! I turned quickly and no one was there. After calming myself, I removed the television from my room. Since that time, I’ve never put it back!
My brother and his family were camping at Anahola Beach Park on the island of Kauai. It was a chilly night and the whirling winds
by Heidi Hanawhine-Hines T he baby’s constant screams had my skin crawling, and goose bumps the size of quarters developing along my arms. What was happening to my baby? What was she suffering from that had her writhing in agony? Night after night I watched helplessly as my child squirmed and thrashed in her crib. My husband and I talked about it, and he told me to consult with his grandmother as she might have some insight as to what was happening. T he very next day I spoke with his grandma, and she said that we should have a Hawaiian priest come and bless our residence. T he priest came to our home and blessed our house; he then went to the room where my baby slept. He concluded that my child’s crib was in the direct path of the Night Marchers, ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors, and we needed to immediately move her bed to a different part of her room. I then moved my daughters crib five feet to the right. She has since slept safe and sound.
Lords prayer. With a vengeance, as I said the words, the demonic creatures were obliterated to smithereens!” blurtecd Ty. The next morning Ty went for a blessing. He was told things like this could happen again, and that he should re-establish his relationship with Jesus Christ. And he did!
The Baby Powder Ghost
by Danielle Mackey
bama tel l a story The fol ks around Mt. Hebron, Ala a happy fam ily drivabout a baby ghost. There was n something caused the ing down the roa d one day whe , to swerve and lose father, who was driving the car ge! control. The car went over a brid , but their young baby Luckily, he and his wif e survived ents would visit the spot was kill ed. The hea rtbroken par the anniversary of the where they lost their chil d on passed awa y. accident every yea r until they ed they would pour It’s said when the parents visit ir car, and ghostly baby baby powder on the roof of the it’s a myth? footprints would appear. Think the brid ge where the I thought so until I drove to car and immediatel y accident happened. I parked my eliness. I got out and I got this weird fee ling of lon of my car. I prom ise poured baby powder on the roof n you leave… you; you’l l believe in ghosts whe
O c t o b e r 2 011
Art & Entertainment
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Old Pali Road
by Christina Dinnan
When I was younge r, my Mom had to work out in town stay late at throug hout th e we ek days. So we would have to drive down th e Pa li High way in th e middle of th e dark nig ht. My mom and I wo uld force ourselves to stay awake while we were zoom ing down th e narr ow twists and turns of th e Pa li. Both my mom and I could clearly see, on th e bridge that used to be th e Pa li, a young girl dressed in old-fas hioned church cloth es and a peculiar, stern old ma n stan ding with her. I could tell that th e lit tle girl did not wa nt to be th ere. It was like th ey were both pe ering st ra ig ht into my eyes! My mom and I were shocke d, and looked at each ot her in disbe lie f. We could hard ly believe what we saw. La ter on in th e we ek, my mom was ta lking to her co -worker about th e mysterious lit tle girl and th e peculiar old ma n. Sh e sa id that th ey didn’t look like th ey belonged th ere. Th at ’s wh en her co -w orker told her that a few decades ag o; a lit tle girl was raped, and murdered by an older ma n that was a fa mily friend and is sa id that th eir it spirits ha unt old Pa li road. To this day, I re fu se to look up at th while driving down at bridge th e Pa li.
A Night in Cinque Terra
by Bosen Aipolani
In 2001, my friend and I needed vacation, so we went to Europe. We took the train to a city called Cinque Terra along the west coast of northern Italy. This city had the most beautif ul beach we had ever seen. One night after dinner, we decided to go to bed early. That night I got so cold I couldn’t move. When I opened my eyes, I started to scream because I could see a head floating right in front of my face. I felt so scared and helpless. I cried for help, and as I looked over at my friend I saw a body standin g over her bed. I screamed till she woke up. She said I looked posses sed. We ran into the owners of Hotel Margherita, and they told us that before 1000AD the Italian Riviera was under the domination of pirates , slave traders and marauders. I believe that those pirates visited me that night. Needless to say we left the city with no intention to return. Till this day I still feel spooked.
by Bodi Garcia
I work as a tank clean Sea Life Park. T hat night, I got my chlorine rigerreafor traction tank at Whaler’s Cove.dy and drained the atalgae in the tank when I thought I I started washing the me from one of the windows in the seen someone watching When I looked there was nothingbo. at. work until I heard a screeching so I continued my above. T he sound was getting so und coming to me from and look up but again there was noloud it made me stop repeatedly, so I assumed it was the thing. T his happened albatross. I was closing drain valves and turn fill the tank when I heard the scree ing the water on to it was to the side of me. When I ching again, but now a baby falling into the tank! I ran turned to look I seen over and there was nothing. I talked to the old ma t trained me and told him what happened. He told men tha no t tealeaf on my rig and everything to worry and to tie a would be all right.
The new kid
by Justin Lee
w me to play at the After school my mom would allo Kyle.. park with my friends, Kurt and myself; Kurt, Kyle had One day, I was at the park by ging around when I saw a already left. I was just han He was riding a bike with a kid that I’d never seen before. was chipping off the frame. missing handgrip and the paint What’s your name?” I yelled out, “Hey, you’re cool! ly replied, “Noah, I live The boy road over to me and soft old house across the street. over there.” He pointed to an we were having so much We’d play everyday. One day, was gonna be late! Noah fun I lost track of time. I so I’d make it on time. suggested I ride his bike home at the park, but he The next day, I waited for him bike to his house. never showed. So I rode Noah’s ds and vines. Chills The old place was thick with wee way to the front door. I ran through me as I made my but no answer. So, I left knocked and I called for him, nt porch and went home. his bike at the steps of the fro place had been Later, my mom told me Noah’s ething happened to the little abandoned for years, since som boy who lived there. the missing handgrip and Till this day, Noah’s bike, with ains just as I left it, so now no paint on the frame, rem many years ago.
o by David Morimot
e haunted ghost stories of th e th d ar he d ha John Whittaker ild. hen he was a ch Carter mansion w adult now, was afternoon, John an mn tu au e lat a of In the cool e bolted straight rtled her and sh sta g hin et som n he walking his dog w place. for the old Carter . He took a deep llowed her yelping fo d an r he r te John ran af fully went up the d door and care pe ar w old e th en breath, pushed op irs. creaky, broken sta oom, he could the , at the first bedr ase irc sta e th of p At the to the threshold the Just as he passed . er rn co r fa e dog huddled in th and the door ward the ceiling to d te up er ts ee bed sh chairs, books, and d him! slammed shut behin d, he rushed netheless determine no t bu d, ifie rr te Shocked and r the door! g and charged fo do his up ed ch , snat or through the room to the bedroom do he made his way , re itu rn fu ing fly Dodging the his shoulder! with the might of en op it d ste bla and old Mr. when the ghost of ps ste e th n w do He tried to run n the stairs. dog tumbling dow e th d an him , sending Carter tripped him e chandelier. e floor beneath th th on ud th a They landed with broke! And of the chandelier ain ch e th to, Just as they came and his dog. ushed helpless John cr d an n w do came the massive fixture
Mahalo to Webster and her students for this selection of spooktacular stories. —Ka ‘Ohana Staff
O c t o b e r 2 011
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ore than ten thousand people from across the island visited this year’s Ho‘olaule‘a Oct. 1 on the campus’ Great Lawn to learn more about Hawaiian culture while enjoying food and entertainment representing Oahu’s multicultural society.
Dedicated fans set up chairs, soaked up some sun, and enjoyed the family oriented event.
(above) Students from the Vet Assisting Program demonstrated a checkup procedure. (below) Michael Ricafort waved aloha while riding the merry go around.
Counselor Winston Kong sold imu-steamed peanuts.
Halau Hula O Kawaili‘ula dancer
Visitors saw woodcarving first hand.
(above) Hawaii Loa was one of several bands entertaining the audience at Ho’olaule‘a. (left) The keiki of Kahulu’u ‘Ukulele band strumming a song.
Keiki and adult enjoyed making Hawaiian lei.
Fire dancer blazing away.
The young ladies of Halau Hula ‘O Napunaheleonapua showed the crowd their dancing skills.
Student newspaper fall 2011