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Political races down to the wire T

by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

uesday, Nov. 6 is Election Day. With the presidential, mayoral and senate races being so close, before you hit the poll it’s important to know whom you’re voting for—and against. Ka ‘Ohana talked with two political commentators —Jerry Burris and Richard Borreca — about their views and predictions for the upcoming elections. Although much of this year’s election coverage involves the presidency, the mayoral race between Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano is generating its own heat. There’s a good reason for this: rail. According to Burris and Borreca, the Federal Transit Authority is delaying a decision on federal funding for the $5.3 billion project until after the election. Caldwell is a supporter of the Honolulu’s rail transit project, whereas Cayetano is not. He supports a bus rapid transit system. As Borreca explained it, “Those voting for Cayetano are (rejecting) $1.55 billion for Hawai‘i. I suspect people will get cold feet about this.” As for the presidential race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, both Borreca and Burris predict Obama will emerge as the winner. Borreca said Obama will prevail nationally by about 3 percentage points, if he wins Ohio and Pennsylvania. That being said, both political analysts brought up often overlooked concerns regarding the outcome. Burris mentioned that more people pay attention during presidential elections, resulting in a higher voter turnout at the local level. This affects other races

as well as people tend to pick a presidential candidate they want, then vote according to that party. “Obama is so overwhelmingly popular in Hawai‘i so it will help Mazie Hirono (in her race for Senate against Linda Lingle),” Burris added. Borreca agreed that Hirono will benefit saying, “The forces are behind Hirono–unions, big businesses, established politicians. Lingle has a problem, not in her own capacity, but being tied to Romney and Palin. The national Republican Party hurts her.” Another consideration in presidential elections involves future Supreme Court appointments. Borreca stressed “the key thing” that matters is who is in the Supreme Court. Many of the issues voted on by them, which include abortion, the death penalty, women’s and workers’ rights, can be swayed by 2 to 3 votes. The next president chooses two or three justices to replace those retiring, which means voting for Romney puts more conservative justices on the Supreme Court. Voting for Obama means more liberals. Borreca said, “It’s critical to think about how you feel and which candidate would (reflect) what you want.” Choosing a candidate is easier said than done. How does one know whom to trust? Of course, there are debates held prior to elections to highlight the candidates’ stances on different issues. But how effective are they? “The debates are very important,” said Burris, “but something has to happen. Most people use these segments to judge their candidate and see if their perception of them is accurate.” Borreca added that the debates only matter if someone blows it by being unable to answer a question or “saying something stupid.” Overall, SEE POLITICAL RACES PAGE 3

Mitt Romney (R)

Barack Obama (D)

Ben Cayetano

Kirk Caldwell

Linda Lingle (R)

Mazie Hirono (D)

Accreditation team to evaluate WCC I

by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

n what will be probably the most important visit Windward Community College receives all year, a team of 12 accreditation officers will be on campus Oct. 15-18 to make sure the campus meets the standards required to be an accredited school. What does that mean exactly? In order for students to receive that shiny diploma they worked so hard for and

have it actually mean something, the school has to meet certain standards laid out by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Every six years a selfevaluation is done by the school to determine whether those standards are being met. That report is reviewed by the accreditation committee, who then come and visit the school. “We report on ourselves,

how we think we’re doing and where we think we need to do some planning for the future and make some changes,” said WCC chancellor Doug Dykstra. “They read the report and then they come to confirm that our report is accurate and that where we say things are going well, there’s documentation that indeed things are going well. If not, they give their recommendations on what could be improved.” Being affirmed by the

ACCJC assures that the college is certified by the federal government as an appropriate college for receiving and distributing financial aid to students. Also, employers or other colleges and educational institutions will know that graduates’ credentials are legitimate. “I can almost say it will never happen that a campus doesn’t get recommendations because the idea here is that you’re part of a culture of continuous improvement, and

there are always things that can be done better. Even if you’re meeting the standards there are always things that can be improved upon, ” said Dykstra. While the team is here, they will be having two open forums which students, staff, faculty and members of the public are welcome to attend. The first will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 105. The next SEE ACCREDITATION PAGE 3


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Controversial video sparks outrage I

by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

slam: For some, the word invokes images of terrorists, violence and 9/11. This year on Sept. 11, a controversial video “Innocence of Muslims” was released, sparking protests in the Muslim community worldwide. That same day, a bombing in Libya killed four Americans. It was described by White House press secretary Jay Carney as the work of terrorists and an “opportunistic attack.” Demonstrations among Muslims in Egypt, Libya, and some European countries broke out because they said the video insulted Muhammad and his teachings. Even Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who condemned the anti-Islam film, said in a CNN interview, “We also believe that this must be resolved in a humane atmosphere . . . We do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed, for any reason, anywhere in the world.” The question remains, what does Islam stand for? What does the Islamic faith really teach and why do our nation and Islam continue to clash? Ja mes Fra n kel, a UH Mānoa associate professor who specializes in Islam, explained that Christianity and Islam share many aspects.


A scene from the 14-minute trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which was released on Sept. 11, 2012.

“The similarities include the fact that they are both monotheistic and both of Abrahamic tradition,” said Frankel. This means Islam and Christianity both trace their roots to Abraham of the Jewish scriptures. Both worship one God and strive to attain salvation. Both also view God as the creator of the world who made “people with a particular purpose.” However, Frankel notes that there are distinct differences. Christianity is approximately 600 years older than Islam, making Islam the newest of the Abrahamic faiths. The biggest difference is in their views of salvation. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is also God and paid the

sacrifice for the world’s sins. “Islam believes everyone is responsible for only our own sins. There is no need for a vicarious atonement or sacrifice. Muslims can be directly forgiven by God,” said Frankel. Muslims “reject the idea that God could be in a human form.” They do not see Muhammad as divine, but as a human prophet. Both religions had violent pasts. Christians had their share of violence during the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and Protestant Reformation. As Frankel said, “Every religion has the potential to sanction violence or endorse peace and nonviolence . . . The Quran has been used by people to interpret very different types of believers. It has

a past in violence but also in pacifism based on the same source, the same Quran.” Both the Quran and the Bible have been misquoted to encourage any desired action. A passage of the Quran that is often quoted in support of terrorist activities is 2:191 which says, “And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you.” However, the preceding verse allows for a less violent interpretation. I t reads, “Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.” Frankel said, “As for the terms ‘transgress’ and ‘trans-

gressor,’ they refer to the idea of going beyond what justice calls for or permits – to overdo it. “Some people interpret the passage to also mean that Muslims should never be the aggressors in a conflict, never engage in unprovoked aggression.” Frankel pointed out that the video “Innocence of Muslims” is offensive on many different levels. In Islamic teaching, the portrayal of Muhammad is often looked upon as idolatry and is to be avoided. The representation of Muhammad as a human actor was offensive in itself, Frankel said. “The image is so crude a nd demea n i ng , on one hand, it’s just disrespectful to have the image, plus the fact that the particular depictions of the prophet were so demeaning,” he explained. “The video was made to make a statement, and the timing of its release was not a coincidence.” Ignorance is a big part of the clash between different religions. Frankel believes that education is always the solution to ignorance and hopes we can all understand Islam a little bit more, and for Muslims to learn more about the Western world. “Take my class. I’m joking, but I think that’s my solution to the problem,” he said. “Getting educated always is the solution to ignorance.”

The most important quality in a presidential candidate? Empathy – without empathy, how can the U.S. president relate to the melting pot that makes up the USA? If the president cannot see the world through my eyes, then how can he/she understand me, and better yet, help me? —Robin Hansen The most important quality I look for is brutal honesty. I’m so tired of hearing euphemisms about the state of our country. . . I’d rather have a president who says our country sucks, why it sucks, and how he’s going to make it suck less. -—Von Kaanaana The most important quality I look for in a candidate is change – change for the better. Some may say we can only go up from where we stand now. In my view, the next president is just picking up the slack from the previous president. Have things really improved in the U.S.? —Cherae Lurbe

The most important thing is that he/she is more interested in the needs of this country than their own self-interests. Self-interests. . . caused the U.S. to be split into two groups that can’t agree on much. I would love to see someone who is not bashing their competitor and who lives a moral life as an example of a good citizen and person. —Caro Willson

I look for a candidate who is looking out for future generations. There are many people who focus on what is happening now and only fix that. Sometimes leaders push off the problem and the younger generation has to face it when they are leaders. . . . We have reached the end where they cannot put a band-aid on problems anymore. —Alanna Davis

I would like a president that is not endorsed by multinational exploitative companies. I realize no candidate is ever completely true to their word, but I would choose the lesser of two evils. I would much rather vote for Obama than Romney. Obama is up to date with our current global situation. Romney is in a delusional state completely unaware and oblivious to the needs of people who are not like him. —John Kirby

The quality I look for in a candidate is honesty. Honesty in what you say, in what you do Be honest to those who elected you. Answer our questions and don’t side-step. —Jay Tansley I think it’s too difficult to find qualities in presidential candidates. Most of them will say things people want to hear, to get into office. Instead of qualities, I look at what the candidates have done in their political career. —Jason Kang

The most important quality I look for in a candidate is honesty and integrity along with compassion towards the people. So many politicians make false promises during their campaign and once elected, they fail to follow through on their promises. He/she should also be compassionate towards citizens of all classes. There is so much poverty and homelessness in America that should be taken care of. —Christine Rombawa

I believe the presidential candidates are given to us as an “illusion” that we have a choice. The Democratic and Republican parties are essentially the same, dominated and controlled by business and special interest groups. I look at candidates who aren’t raising millions of dollars from lobbyists, and who aren’t getting much exposure in the media. There is a reason for this; special interest groups do not want to see these candidates elected. —Jessica Crawford

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New vet tech program at WCC I

by Skyler Lucas Ka ‘Ohana Writer

f you love animals and have dreamed of pursuing a career working with them, the chance to do so in Hawai‘i just got a lot easier. WCC now offers the first veterinary technician associate degree in the state — an expansion of the current oneyear certificate of achievement in veterinary assisting. I n s t r uc t or Sa m a nt h a Craddock explained that beginning with the certificate was a helpful way for WCC to see how many students were actually interested, along with surveying the job market and veterinarian clinics in the community. In previous years with the certificate, 75 percent of students in the program were hired right after graduation. The WCC program helps ensure that veterinary staff are well-trained. Job market statistics show veterinary technicians are in high demand, even in a sluggish economy. Craddock explained how there just

aren’t enough schools that offer veterinary training for the number of jobs available. “I cou ld go basica l ly anywhere and be hired as a licensed technician fairly quickly,” said Craddock. It is required that students take the first year certificate training. After completing that, they enter an interview process in the spring semester to apply for the second year. Acceptance for the Associate in Science degree is based on students’ GPA and letters of recommendation. The hope is that by next year the program will be a fully accredited degree. Plans are under way for the program’s new building to open on campus by fall 2013. The facility will be located behind Hale ‘Imiloa and will have everything from dog and cat rooms to radiology and a treatment facility. This will allow animals to be brought on campus so students can receive a lot of hands-on experience. O‘ahu’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the school


The vet technology students at WCC can get a lot of hands-on experience during the two-year program.

are working together to benefit both student and animals. Students and professors perform procedures such as spaying, neutering and dental procedures. Not only will animals become more adoptable, but students benefit from hands-

Meet Dr. John Kaya by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


CC’s new two-year associate degree in veterinary technology — an expansion of the veterinary assisting certificate — is more hands-on in the second year, as students work directly with animals during internships. That’s according to the director of the new program, Dr. John Kaya, a self-described animal lover who has 13 years of experience in Hawai‘i as a practicing veterinarian. When students enter the technician program, he said, “They do things like take xrays, do anesthetic procedures, dental cleanings on animals, monitor patients that are undergoing surgery and take care of them post-operatively. It’s a lot more hands on.” The majority of veterinary technicians working in Hawai’i do not have degrees and were trained on the job, he explained. There are about 200 vet tech programs on the mainland, but this is the first one in Hawai’i. The degree “prepares students so when they finally graduate they know what they’re doing and they can immediately jump into a clinic and start working,” said Kaya.


Vet tech director Dr. John Kaya.

“If you want to be a veterinarian, this could be a good way to start your journey. I’ve known many vet technicians who have gone on to become vets. Their years of experience and their comfort level with animals is what really gets them into veterinary school, along with good grades.” Kaya himself has had an interesting journey. He loves children and debated becoming a pediatrician or a vet, although his original degree was in education. He worked as an elementary school teacher before returning to school to become a veterinarian. “I decided instead of seeing kids when they’re sick

or seeing them when they’re getting their shots, which they hate, why not see them in the clinic with their favorite pet?” said Kaya. He treats not only dogs and cats, but also a whole range of birds and animals, including rabbits, chinchillas, turtles, penguins, flamingos and goats, just to name a few. “One of the most rewarding things is helping a pregnant dog or cat give birth,” he said. “You start out wit h a mother in distress, you go in and help her give birth or give her a c-section, and they’re a happy family. It’s the best feeling.” Kaya will be teaching, as well as running the program and making sure all the parts involved are taken care of. He also plans to keep working as a vet one day a week at the VCA University Animal Hospital. “Just being a vet, every week something crazy happens. It’s a fun business,” said Kaya, who writes an animal column twice a month for MidWeek. The program is looking to be accredited next spring and is also planning to offer distance learning in the near future.

on experience. Students are required to complete 240 clinic hours for the program. This program allows veterinary clinics to focus more on the animals rather than worry if who they’ve hired knows how to do their job or not.

“Our goal is to change clinics from training their own employees to giving the veterinarians in Hawai‘i qualified employees,” said Craddock. For more i n for mation on the degree contact vettech@hawaii.edu.

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if they don’t stumble, the debates are not very effective, he said. “It’s a high stakes game because (the candidates’) only goal is to not mess up.” Some voters look at character, others focus on the issues. However, Borreca maintained it’s all about character. “You have to believe the person you’re voting for is someone you like,” he said. “They cannot sell himself or herself to you unless you’re prepared to like them.” “People want to vote for someone they like,” agreed Burris, “but they also question stances on certain issues. There are different ways to vote for people; you can’t pick just one thing. That’s why politics is an art, not a science.”

one will be in the same room on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. These forums are an opportunity for anyone to ask questions and address concerns about programs the school offers. The accreditation team will be wearing name tags and students may see members walking around on campus, eating in the cafeteria or coffee shop and having meetings in the new Library Learning Commons conference rooms. There is also the possibility that they will sit in on classes or try to talk to students around campus. The last day the team is here, Oct. 18, they will hold an exit interview (although no one gets interviewed) where the entire team will gather and the team leader will give their commendations and recommendations. The team leader then “submits the recommendations and commendations and the report to the accrediting organization. In the January meeting they make the decision as to the status of Windward as far as accreditation,” said Jan Lubin, accreditation liason officer. She added, “When you see these guys, just be friendly. They may stop you in the library or on the Great Lawn as you’re walking, or they might walk with you to class and ask questions. Just show your ‘ohana and the aloha spirit!”


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Get credit through service-learning by Eric Levine Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ast spring, WCC students Robert Fread and Ashley Nakihei spent several Saturdays as volunteers in a new “Exploring Windward” program. They helped teach STEMbased lessons (science, technology, engineering and math) to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Besides the gratitude they received from the students, Fread and Nakihei also earned service-learning credits in their WCC courses and some practical teaching experience. “Exploring Windward” returns this fall for five consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 20 to Nov. 17. “It’s a wonderful program,” said Pamela DaGrossa, service-learning coordinator and WCC anthropology instructor. Not only does it benefit students who par-


Ashley Nakihei helps a student in the Exploring Windward program.

ticipate, but it also benefits the community in preparing the younger generation for the future at no cost. “These are additional programs for kids and hopefully, it will guide those kids toward careers.” Service-learning is the application of course learning in ways that benefit the community.

So what does that mean for students? “You can go do a servicelearning project and volunteer in the community and demonstrate your learning in a different way,” said DaGrossa. In many classes at WCC, service-learning can be an alternative assignment. For example, in Matthew O’Neil’s Sociology 251 class, 20 hours

of service can be used in place of a 10-page paper. When service-learning is proposed in this manner, it’s easy to convince students to do it. “Ideally, in the alternative assignments, you’re still getting to practice and learn the same things. You’re just doing it in a different way,” said DaGrossa, “so you have a little control of how you learn and how you demonstrate the learning.” There are other reasons to do service-learning besides avoiding a 10-page paper. According to DaGrossa, service-learning is a way to get experience in your field, and possibly even employment. If you show proficiency in what you do during your volunteer work, you may get offered a job on the spot, or after you get your degree. There are a variety of t ypes of service-learning positions available, such as education, science, health and

technology. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate that officially documents their community service. This is especially useful for resumes as you can actually prove your community service, whereas the majority of other people won’t have anything official. Lastly, service-learning can show how what you’re learning in class is pertinent to the real world. “That ’s what ser vicelearning makes obvious — the ‘Why does this matter?’ of any course,” said DaGrossa. “If a teacher can’t tell me how you apply what you’re doing here to real life, if I can’t find a place out there where a student can use this, then you really have to rethink your curriculum.” For more information, contact DaGrossa at 236-9225 or e-mail her at dagrossa@ hawaii.edu. You can also stop by her office at Na‘auao 130.

Life in the fast lane by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff


aybe you heard about it on the news: “Baby born on H-1 freeway during rush hour.” For WCC’s student services secretary Christine Akiona, the story was more than a headline. That was her new grandson, Noah Ryder (in honor of his CR-V delivery room) who arrived on Sept. 5 at 7:15 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 5.7 ounces. The family gathered at WCC recently to recount their harrowing experience. “We left home in Kapolei at around 6:45 a.m., but just before

Kunia we hit a wall of cars,” said Noah’s mom, Monica. Older daughter Jessica, 12, was in the back seat of the minivan, getting the whole adventure on video. Husband Albert continued, “We called for a police escort, but just after Manager’s Drive, I had to pull over and they had to stop four lanes of traffic.” At this point, Monica can be heard on the video screaming, “The baby’s coming!” Albert, who was in serious denial while trying to navigate through the gridlock, yells back, “No he’s not!” But Noah Ryder had his own ideas and decided he

couldn’t wait to make his grand entrance into the world. Albert recalled, “I turned to her, but he was halfway out already so I caught him. We wrapped him in a clean towel, then met up with the ambulance stuck in traffic about a half-mile up.” Mea nwh ile, Gra ndma Christine and the Akionas’ older son, Albert IV, had no clue about the family drama until “text messages started flying back and forth,” she recalled. “The funny part (or maybe not) was that they went to the hospital the night before because Monica was having contractions,” said Christine.


The Akionas with their newest addition to the family—Noah Ryder.

“She told them she was pretty much ready, that it was going to be soon. They wouldn’t listen to her and sent her home

at 1:30 a.m. A few hours later they were back on the road to the hospital. And the rest is history!”

Where to now? A typical college student question by Alex Serrano Ka ‘Ohana Writer


hen deciding to transfer colleges, do you know the steps to follow? Do you know if you meet the requirements? Have you decided what you want to major in? These are just some of the many questions transferring students think about when their two-year WCC adventure is up. College transfers can be a bit tricky if you try to just figure it out on your own. According to counselor Patti Chong, one of the many helpful college advisors on campus, following the graduation

checklist for WCC is “just like following a guide for making a paper airplane.” Everything you need to know is right on the step-by-step graduation checklist. Chong emphasizes, “You must have a plan.” For new students attending WCC, if you already know what you want to major in, then take classes on campus that will transfer so that you don’t do what she calls “backpedaling.” Backpedaling means taking classes that get you to your A.A. but doesn’t build on your major, wherever you decide to transfer. “In some cases students actually do double the work,”

she adds. For students who are just about ready to get their associate in arts degree, whether you transfer or not, she says there are a few things you need to have completed beforehand. You need to meet with your academic counselor, and if you don’t have one, make an appointment. Prior to the meeting, you should have an idea of what you want to major in so they can look at your classes and give you the best guidance. If you meet all of the requirements, then they begin the process of doing the paperwork for your associate’s degree. After that, you pay your $15

graduation fee and are given the option to attend the graduation ceremony if you want. If you’re transferring to any of the “sister schools,” as Chong calls it, in the UH system, you can let your advisor know and he or she can set you up with your auto admissions. This automatically admits you into another UH system campus without filling out an application or paying any fees —provided you’ve completed your 60 credits for your A.A and have at least a 2.0 GPA. If the requirements are met, students should get a notification in their myUH for the fall semester by Sept. 15 or Oct. 15.

For the spring semester, students will be notified by Feb. 15 or March 15. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help from any of your counselors. Just give the office a call at 235-7413 for an appointment.

WCC Spring 2013 Registration • Nov. 5 - Online registration starts • Nov. 5 - Counselor appointments are available (Transfer and credit checks only) • Nov. 13 - Registration appointments with counselors

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Perpetuating a legacy of healing by Greer Waiolama Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


s Kumu Krista Steinfeld opens the classroom doors in Hale ‘Imiloa, she makes sure there’s an open seat in front for “spiritual guests.” This science classroom filled with charts, plastic human anatomy and an eye flusher is hardly a traditional setting for an intimate and spiritual practice like lā‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian medicinal herbs). But under Steinfeld’s guidance, the room soon transforms into a peaceful place. Steinfeld writes the “tot” for the day spelled exactly the way her recently deceased Kumu Levon Ohai used to spell ”thought” on the chalkboards of UH Mānoa Hawaiian Studies building. “Lā‘au has no enemies,” she writes. “The herbs don’t care if you’re good or bad. They work for you the same as others.” Then she’ll write, “Pule —anyone sick?” And the important work of spiritual healing begins as she writes the names of everyone’s loved ones and especially difficult ones on the board for prayers. Lā’au heals at all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You might t h in k t hat you’re just going to learn about the healing plants, make some juices called formulas and do a lot of pule (praying). Well, it’s more than that. Lā’au will heal you first before you can think


Kumu Krista Steinfeld (left) with students preparing injury poultices for broken bones, sprains and swelling.

about healing others. Steinfield is on a mission to give back the wisdom and knowledge systems of the Hawaiian culture to the community. “To much is given, much is expected,” a quote that has evolved over the years for her, has taken on new meaning. “I’ve been given so much more than a great education at Punahou, Occidental College (Los Angeles), and UH Mānoa,” she explains, about learning from her mentors outside the classroom. Although she says she can never pay back all the blessings she has been given throughout her life, she wants to pay it forward by continuing to perpetuate the legacy of her beloved kumu. Steinfeld was on her way

to what she thought would be a law degree when she happened to take Ohai’s class out of general interest. “You donʻt have the heart for law,” were the words of her kumu that changed everything. The story goes that when Peter Kalawaia Moore did a survey to expand the Hawaiian Studies program at Windward, lā’au lapa’au was the first on the list. Ohai at the time was already stretched thin with teaching, flying back and forth to his home on Kaua‘i and treating patients. He told Moore to talk to Steinfeld. From then on, Steinfeld has held to her kumu’s high standards in passing on his family’s practices and tradi-

New Hawaiian Studies A.A. F

by Greer Waiolama Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

or the first time this fall, WCC is offering an associate degree in Hawaiian Studies — building on the academic subject certificate the college already offers. Coordinator Peter Kalawaia Moore said, “If you’re going to get an A.A. from this college…why not get an A.A. in Hawaiian Studies? It’s advantageous if you’re going to stay in Hawai‘i’s job market.” As part of his efforts to expand the Hawaiian Studies program, Moore surveyed the campus to find out what the students wanted to learn in this field. Lā’au lapa’au (Hawaiian medicinal herbs), genealogy, and carving were among the most popular requests and many students said they were

seriously interested in obtaining an A.A. in Hawaiian Studies, according to Moore. The requirements cover those for a basic A.A. degree but include 14 required credits in HWST 107, 270, HAW 101 & 102 and 12 elective credits from an array of courses. During the past few years, Moore teamed up with assistant professors Kelikokauaikekai (Liko) Ho and Kalani Meinecke to plan a new Hawaiian Studies building now under construction. The plans also include 11 new HWST classes, a new māla (plantation) in the back of Hale ‘A‘o, a revitalized carving program and much more to support this new AA degree. Moore said heʻs planning a gala party to celebrate the new Hawaiian Studies associate degree by the end of

the semester and then hana hou (again) when the new Hawaiian Studies building is finished. In the Fall 2011, WCC and KCC (Kapiolani Community College) were challenged by the Council of Chief Academic Officers to help all seven UH community colleges offer associate degrees in Hawaiian Studies. Miraculously, things fell into place and now all campuses are offering similar Hawaiian Studies two-year degrees. According to Moore, “A lot of people told me that I was out of my mind, that thereʻd never be another A.A. here”. “But with the initiative (involving) all seven UH community colleges, since we have the largest Native Hawaiian student body, it made sense to offer it here.”

tions. Ohai learned from his kupuna (grandfather) who would take him up into the mountains to identify and know the healing properties of the plants through knowledge, prayer, and fasting. This was the traditional style of learning; it was not learned in the classrooms or through books or exams. “To have Hawaiian elders who have been practicing lā’au sitting in my class is a strange and interesting experience,” says Steinfeld. “It’s one of those oddities of teaching Hawaiian Studies in the college setting…all kupuna including my HWST 107 classes have been very kind and gracious and very good to me.” Yet she says, “There’s an

obvious sense that I’m not the teacher; they are still teaching me by example. ‘A’ohe pau ka ‘ike I ka hālau ho’okahi. (All knowledge is not learned in one school.) The Ohai ‘ohana has kept alive the Hawaiian medicinal practice and adopted plants and integrated wisdom along the way to make lā‘au lapa‘au a holistic practice. “WCC is in a unique position to share the Hawaiian systems of knowledge and return it to the community to whom it belongs,” she says. “I want my students to take seriously the wisdom and knowledge of the kupuna and to learn it very well. It’s our kuleana. It’s such a blessing.” Steinfeld teaches her students how to make poultices, teas, tinctures, infusions, and instructs on fasting, cleansing, and lifestyle changes. Steinfeld has been practicing lā’au for over 10 years. She’s treated all kinds of common and not-so-common illnesses. “When you do lā’au and you’re working with people with potentially fatal illnesses — even when they come to you and you’re their last hope — they may not want to do a lā’au program because it’s not as simple as with western doctors,” she explains. There’s more personal accountability and responsibility, and it takes strict discipline. “Most people, especially at that point in the struggle with illness, don’t have the energy or mindset for that.”

WCC eWaste drop-off Oct. 27


f you have old cell phones or any electronic products you don’t need anymore, you can dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. The University of Hawai‘i will have an eWaste drop site in the Hale ‘Akoakoa parking lot Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. To protect against identity theft, be sure to erase all personal information before dropping off your eWaste. Check this link to find electronics products that will be accepted. www.hawaii.edu/ewaste/eWasteItemsList2012.pdf

Want to study in Korea? O ct. 20 is the deadline to apply for a Freeman Foundation scholarship for students interested in studying in Korea in 2013. The program is open to any UH community college student with no more than a college-level 101 in the Korean language. Students enroll at Kapiolani CC for 12 credits of language study, then study abroad. Go www.kcc.hawaii.edu/ object/freeman.html.

All Hallows’ Eve Night of terror becomes night of fun T

here may be a few of you wondering, “Why are there vampire-costumed children, scary movies and candy on Hallow-

een?” According to history.com, the answer dates back to the ancient Celts who celebrated their new year on Nov. 1, when winter would begin, and food would be scarce. The Celts believed that the night before the new year, Oct. 31, ghosts would cross over into our world to cause trouble. The festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) began as a way for the Celts to protect themselves from the ghosts. During Samhain, it was said the presence of spirits made it easier for the Celtic priests, called Druids, to predict the future. The Druids would light large, sacred bonfires, which the townsfolk would gather around dressed in animal heads and skins, the first “Halloween” costumes. They would sacrifice animals and crops to Celtic deities, throwing them into the fire.

At the end of the celebration, to protect themselves in winter, the Celts would return to their homes with fire from the sacred bonfire to re-light their hearthfires. When Christianity found a foothold with the Celtic people, they began to supplant old Celtic holidays and traditions with their own. On Nov. 2, right after All Saints Day and Samhain, they created All Souls Day, a celebration to honor the dead. They went about it in much the same way, with bonfires and costumes, though by now they would dress as saints, angels and devils, rather than in animal skins. The name Halloween came about from the changing of several words over time, all leading back to All Saints Day. The Middle English word for All Saints Day, Alholowmesse, became All-hollows, and the night before became known as All-hollows Eve. From there it was simplified to Halloween.

White-knuckled at ‘Haunted Lagoon’ T

he Laie Lady is back at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s “Haunted Lagoon”canoe rides Oct. 5-31 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with rides beginning at 6:30 p.m. From Oct. 22 the rides will be available every day except Sundays. Prospective riders should plan for long lines by buying tickets online and showing up early. On opening night attendees waited for more than three hours to get to the canoes. “Fast Pass” tickets are also available, which greatly reduce wait time. Concessions are available for hungry patrons, with

simple foods like burgers, hot dogs and musubi. Once inside, it’s time for the first haunted house, which is a dazzle of confusing bright colors, black lights, and spooky 3D images. Patrons will receive a pair of 3D glasses, so be sure to put them on before entering. This is the first of two haunted houses within the center, but after exiting another line awaits attendees, so be sure to take your time. The second haunted house is much shorter, but comes complete with a whirling tunnel that makes your senses spin.

Oct. 15-31 Aloha Tower Marketplace 6 p.m. - Closing (11 p.m. – 1 a.m.) General Admission: $13/Fastpass: $20 “Hawaii’s Premier Haunt 2012! We will make you Scream thru 29 Scare filled rooms of terror. Awesome special FX, & if you’re looking to be terrified this Halloween then you won’t want to miss this! “The evolution of fear” begins here! “ www.scarehawaii.com

Kids World Mall-o-Ween

Oct. 31 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Windward Mall “Go store-to-store instead of door-to-door. Families and keiki can take part in the popular Safe Trick-or-Treat at participating mall merchants.”

Haunted Lagoon

Oct. 15-31 Canoe Rides: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Everyday except Sunday from Oct. 22-31 Rides start at 6:30 p.m. Keiki rides are available until 7:30 p.m. “Take the ride of your afterlife. Embark on a frightening canoe ride and see the Laie Lady with her band of spooky characters—including the arrival of her vengeful husband. Kama’aina Annual Pass holders get a free canoe ride every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Beat the crowds and book online now before we sell out. Don’t miss Hawaii’s favorite Halloween ride. Less scary keiki rides are also available for the faint of heart.” www.hauntedlagoon.com

Night of the Living Dead, The Zombie Apocalypse Haunted Attraction

Oct. 19-31 660 Ala Moana Blvd. (Auahi Center) 7 p.m. - Closing (11 p.m. - 1 a.m.) General Admission: $13/Fast Pass: $20 $10 Limited Presale Tickets at UH Campus Center. www.scream808.com

Nightmare Circus

Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25-31 The Dole Cannery 7 - 11:30 p.m. General Admission: $13/Fast Pass: $20 $10 Limited Presale Tickets at UH Campus Center. www.hauntedhousehawaii.com

Treats and Tails Twilight Tours

Oct. 26-27 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Honolulu Zoo Trick-or-Treat stations, costume contest, walking tour. Cost: $20 for adults, $16 for ages 3-12 www.honoluluzoo.org/education-programs/twilight-tours

about saying hello. The Laie Lady makes an appearance several times, even as a child when you enter her nightmare and see the giant monsters that haunt her dreams in several story sequences of the ride. The use of the tunnels and dark water makes for a terrifying ride that had riders screaming through most of it. Go to www.hauntedlagoon. com for more information and the online special price of $13.95 for residents, children and adults. At the door, the price is $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children.

The sixth sense:

Frightful festivities for ghouls big and small Terror at the Tower

Send the bravest of your group to the outside of the canoe (or vice versa, depending), and prepare to get wet. There is no place on the canoe to avoid getting wet, so be sure to cover all electronics. The Center offers ponchos for $3, but it would be best to leave non-waterfproof articles in the car. The first of many tunnels leads you out of the safety of waiting in line and into the crazed mind of the Laie Lady and the horrifying creatures who live there. Beware the ghouls in the lagoon as you glide through. There are many, and they are not shy

YMCA Camp Erdman Fall-o-ween Family Camp

Oct. 26-28 69-385 Farrington Highway $95 for “bring your own tent.” $130 per person, shared cabin. $1,120 for family cabin. Includes activities and meals. Call 637-4615 http://www.ymcahonolulu.org/camp_erdman/programs/family_camp/FALL-O-WEEN

Fangtastic Fest Halloween Block Party Oct. 28 Ward Warehouse and Ward Centre Noon - 4 p.m. www.wardcenters.com

Haunted Plantation

Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 Hawaii’s Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu Street 7 - 11 p.m. $15 Admission/$20 Fastpass Warning: This event is not for children under 13 years of age, women who are pregnant, or people with heart conditions. (Children under 16 must have adult supervision) www.hauntedplantation.com

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 27 5 - 8 p.m. Hawaii Kai Towne Center “Island keiki and their families –including pets— are invited to Hawaii Kai Towne Center for a safe, fun night of trick-or-treating and activities, including a pet costume contest and keiki costume contest, open to the first 50 contestants to register at the event. Registration opens at 4 p.m. Exciting prizes to the winners will be provided by participating merchants.Stick around for in-store trick-ortreating, with goodies being handed out by select merchants.” www.hawaiikaitownecenter.com/event/halloween-spooktacular

A gift or a curse ? by Laura Wheeler, Ka ‘Ohana Writer


he front door creaks opens… the sound of footsteps in the hall grows louder. You go to look and see no one. A picture frame falls off the shelf as you enter the bedroom and a voice cries out of nowhere, “Help me.” That was the first of many supernatural experiences for Jastine Kaawa. “Wherever I go I hear or see things that are not normal to be experiencing,” she says. To block out the voices, she says, “I have to sleep with a pillow over my head and music playing in order for me to sleep at night.” At age 20, Jastine has already experienced death. She now lives with the ability to communicate with those who have also passed but never returned. Jastine was always a tomboy, a healthy child growing up on the Big Island and active in sports. But her life changed drastically after a blow to the back of the head during a 2008 summer basketball game. “I started getting headaches weeks after the incident and getting sick to my stomach soon after. I finally told my mom after a while,” she says. Doctors at Hilo Medical Center told Jastine that she had in fact developed a brain condition known as hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus can occur during a disease or, in this case, an injury. This condition develops when a blow to the head causes water to build pressure on the brain surface, which can cause brain damage. Jastine was scheduled for immediate surgery to relieve the pressure. But during the surgery something happened that would change her life forever. In a bright, cold room with nurses and doctors dressed in scrubs, she remembers staring at the plain white tile floor as the doctor talked with her to keep her awake and alert. But before the surgery could finish, an unexplained complication occurred. “I remember holding my mom’s hand while talking to the doctor about school. Then I heard a loud, high-pitched sound,” she explains. “Before I know it the room goes pitch black and I see a small light grow brighter. In the light I see my grandfather, and a sense of happiness comes over me. I cannot hear what he is saying, but he then waves goodbye. The room grows dark again and before I know it, I see myself lying on the table, flipped over on my back.” Jastine says she lay dead on that hospital table for 4 ½ minutes. Doctors tried their best to revive her, but before they did, she already experienced the afterlife and an out-of body experience. Not long after the incident, Jastine went back to being her active self

but something changed. She started experiencing the supernatural. After her first experience during that winter break, many occurrences soon followed and have continued frequently to this present day. It was clear to Jastine that she had developed the sixth sense after her experience with death. She explains, “At first, I thought I was going crazy until one of my friends experienced an event with me at her house with objects being moved around.” Jastine says she saw a figure of a young child; however, her friend could not see the child. “Many of those who have passed do not know why or how it happened, many of them want answers and some try to come to me to help them. They are stuck between life and death; it’s very sad,” she says. “There are bad spirits out there as well. I had this one spirit that wouldn’t leave me alone. I didn’t see him, but I could hear and feel him there with me. He would hide my stuff and scare me.” Although some people may think that having the sixth sense is a gift, Jastine considers it a curse. “It’s had a negative impact on my sleep and social life. I’m constantly paranoid. I would not wish this on my worst enemy,” she says. “When people find out about what I can do, they are curious and ask me questions like, ‘Is anyone in the room with us right now?’ or ‘Do they ever watch you shower?’ I brush it off but it really annoys me,” says Jastine. When asked if she would pursue or help the spirits in any way, Jastine says she didn’t wish to pursue any type of “ghost whispering” or medium work. She still experiences the supernatural and tries her best to drown out the noise and events with music and being active outside. Jastine has other plans for her life and isn’t going to let this “curse” get in the way of her doing so. She currently lives in Waimanalo and attends Honolulu Community College on her way to a degree in architecture. “I moved here to O‘ahu for a better future and to escape, but I realize this will continue to haunt me for the rest of my life. It’s best for me to just try and ignore it,” says Jastine.


arts & entertainment October 2012

Ka ‘Ohana


Local poets perform at library I

Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

will be your ringleader,” proclaimed Jocelyn Ng, a young poet from Youth Speaks Hawai‘i. She strode down WCC’s library stairway, captivating the audience who attended the “Out Loud in the Library” event on Sept. 13. Ni ne d i f fer e nt p o e t s stepped up to the microphone that night and expressed their thoughts on life in a variety of ways, including singing, snapping, clapping and chanting. Janine Oshiro, English professor at WCC and an award-winning poet herself, started “Out Loud in the Library” two years ago after a conversation with head librarian Nancy Heu. “I was talking to Nancy and she said she thought it would be great to have literature read aloud here in the library,” said Oshiro. In the poem “Rain,” Brandy Nalani McDougall and Craig Santos Perez included the audience by asking them to create water noises through-


(From the top) Craig Santos Perez, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Sterling Higa, Daren Kamali, Jocelyn Ng, Serena Simmons and David Keali’i presented original poetry, filling the library with a variety of expressions.

out their presentation. McDougall and Perez are co-founders of Ala Press, dedicated to publishing indigenous Pacific literature. They are also co-creators of the Undercurrent amplified poetry album. McDougall is a UH-Manoa assistant professor of indigenous studies and Perez is an assistant professor in English. They performed pieces of poetry duets that centered

on local food with titles like “Spam’s Carbon Footprint” and “Shoplifting Vienna Sausage.” Daren Kamali from New Zealand, the author of “Tales, Poems, and Songs from the Underwater World” and recipient of the 2012 Pacific Writer in Residence at UH Manoa, chanted in his native tongue in his poem “Journeys.” He brought the audience to the shore of his island home

and left listeners with this unifying thought: “Don’t forget your history, unfolding the mystery… .We are the children of the Pacific.” Three young teens from Youth Speaks Hawai‘i enchanted the room with their eloquence and passionate speeches. Jocelyn Ng, Sterling Higa, and Serena Simmons all are champions of slam poetry competitions and performed

their own original pieces. Their topics ranged from sexual identity to growing up in a multicultural family to expressing a crush for a girl on Facebook. “We are death-defying clowns, trying to find ourselves in costumes in society. Sexuality comes in a uniform,” explained Ng with outstretched arms. With a smile Higa said, “ If life was like Facebook I would make you a fan page so I could like you.” While she shrugged her shoulders, Simmons said, “I wish on broken stars. Because those bright ones give off too much light.” Oshiro said that many people believe poet r y is “stuffy or it has to rhyme, but don’t know really that you can create an amazing world in poetry.” S i m m o n s e x pl a i n e d , “What keeps me writing, as cheesy as it sounds, is that I have to. It’s the only way to clearly express myself.” Jennifer Young, a WCC student who attended for the first time, said, “It’s good to just go and experience it.”

Tom Klobe: A tribute to the man and his work I

by Ka ‘Ohana News Staff

n some people’s lives, a teacher may appear who has a profound effect on them. Not just in the classroom, but as a life force, sharing a view of the world that can change a person forever. For many in Hawai‘i, that teacher has been Tom Klobe, retired art professor and director of the UH-Manoa Art Gallery. His legion of admirers includes WCC Gallery ‘Iolani director Toni Martin, who has planned the next exhibit, Oct. 28 – Nov. 25 to honor him and his new book, “Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design.” On first meeting Klobe, you may wonder how such a powerhouse of a man could be packed into such a slight, wiry frame. Then he starts to talk rapidly, eyes shining — about his life’s work and about his former students who have gone on to careers at major museums across the country. Before you know it, you may be looking at an art exhibit in a whole new way or decide that you want to make this your life’s work, too. A reception and book signing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the gallery from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be the first autograph session in Hawai‘i for a book

Acclaimed gallery director Tom Klobe will be honored in the next Gallery ‘Iolani exhibit and will autograph copies of his new book Oct. 28.

that was more than six years in the making — a compendium of Klobe’s philosophy and approach to designing exhibits that capture the imagination and attention of whole communities. It has been hailed by the American Alliance of Museums as a long-needed text in the field of art exhibition design and a premier book in its field. “Tom has helped to change the way people look at museums and art in Hawai‘i,” said Martin. “He’s influenced so many students and brought his energy to so many galleries — here and worldwide.” Klobe has hand-picked the works to be featured in the WCC exhibit. They include photographs, drawings and paintings from the two years he spent as

a young Peace Corps worker in Iran as well as light and Plexiglas works he produced after he returned to Hawai‘i and California. “Those years I spent in Iran doing community development work remained a key influence throughout my life,” said Klobe. “Two of the most memorable exhibits I worked on in Hawai‘i — at the Maui Arts and Culture Center and at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i — were special because they involved the community. “The Maui exhibit was based around inclusiveness of different ethnic groups,” said Klobe. “During interviews we asked people if they had objects that embodied what they wanted to pass on to the next

generation. Some had very simple things that had deep meaning. I remember there were a lot of tears.” Klobe’s affinity for the islands reveals itself in the perspective he brings to his work. In an earlier newspaper interview on his retirement, Klobe said simply, “I love Hawai‘i. I love what this place stands for — the multicultural aspect, the fact that people are more accepting of one another here.” As for his approach to de-

signing an exhibition, he said, first you have to have respect for the art being displayed, but it is the people who are most important — those working on the exhibition and those who come to see it. “You have to be a leader, instilling a sense of excitement to make it all come together,” Klobe said, adding, “It helps to have bubbling enthusiasm.” As his former students and colleagues will attest, Tom Klobe has all that and more.

October 2012


Ka ‘Ohana



On the red carpet with ‘Hawai‘i Five-O’


by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

t’s not every day there’s a red carpet premiere in Hawai‘i with all the glitz and glam of Hollywood. That’s why I had to take advantage of the Sunset on the Beach premiere of “Hawaii Five-0” and try my luck at meeting Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim and the rest of the cast. I arrived at Queen’s Beach on Kalakaua Sept. 23, right before the stars. People were everywhere, spilling onto the sidewalk and down to the water’s edge. “We’ve been here since 5:30 this morning!” I heard over and over again. It got tense a few times with people arguing over who had been there the longest and therefore deserved to be closer. “We’ve been here all day because we love the show,” said Daisy Farraway, a mainland visitor who timed her vacation to coincide with the premiere. “I’m a huge fan of Alex O’Loughlin! I came because I wanted to see if I could meet him. I don’t even watch the show, but I’ve seen some of his movies and I’m

in love,” said Pali White, a very enthusiastic local resident. I ended up next to a man who flew over from Atlanta with his mom, just so he could give her a trip away from home and meet her favorite actor, Daniel Dae Kim. It was surprising to me how many people came to Hawai‘i especially to see the “Five-0” stars! Masi Oka was the first celeb to hit the red carpet, followed by newest cast member Michelle Borth, who was stunning in her green, low V-neck dress and gold heels. She came right over to where I was standing, signed a few autographs and very graciously thanked the fans for coming. Soon after, Steve McGarrett aka Alex O’Loughlin made his debut to huge cheers and mass hysteria from the females present. He also came over within five feet of where I was standing to placate the crowd, who wouldn’t stop screaming his name. “I’ll be back,” he promised, before returning to his interviews. Unfortunately, he didn’t return, but I was happy getting as close to him as we did! Daniel Dae Kim was the last cast


Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’loughlin came right over to fans for autographs and pictures.

member to appear; unfortunately, Scott Caan and Grace Park were unable to attend. Daniel had the biggest smile on his face as he came right over to us and signed autographs. T-shirts were flying through the air for him to sign as I frantically looked for something, anything, and my friend got her wallet autographed. “I’ve got their DNA on this shirt,” exclaimed a fan breathlessly, who got all the main cast members present to sign her “Hawai Five-0” T-shirt. Who knew

‘Feral Fowl of the Ko‘olau’ at HIFF by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ou see and hear them every day on campus — on the roads, in the parking lots, under your car, on top of your car. To some, they’re just a nuisance. However, to Kate Zane, these chickens have a much deeper meaning. So much so that it is the topic of her original 10-minute video “Feral Fowl of the Ko‘olau.” This tale is about the loss of a childhood pet chicken whose owner, as an adult, attempts to track the habits of feral chickens in Windward O‘ahu. The video will be showcased in the 32nd annual Hawaii International Film Festival as part of the Kupuna Lens Film Program. Kupuna Lens, co-presented by the HIFF and ‘Olelo Community Media, is a oneof-a-kind pilot program for Hawai‘i’s senior community to preserve local history and culture by educating seniors in film production. The goal, after completing the 12-week workshop, is for participants to would create a short video to be shown during the upcoming film festival. “I’ve always been really interested in filmmaking,” said Zane. “I wanted to tell my personal stories and I don’t have any descendants, so I thought this might be a good way to do things. It also fulfills a certain

creative bent that I have.” When Zane was younger, she said she was t r ic k e d by her fa m i ly into eat ing her own pet rooster for din ner one night. Since t hat t raumatic event, she has never owned another one as a pet. Zane conducted interviews with several WCC faculty about the chickens on campus and got mixed reviews. They included Pam DaGrossa, MJ Lewis, Ross Langston, Paul Nash and Dean Brian Richardson — each with a story to tell. “People had very different opinions of where chickens stood in the chain of being,” said Zane. “Some people thought they were very intelligent and could be taught to do tricks and should be respected. Others thought they were really low on the chain and that’s why we could eat them.” Zane added that the film’s music was composed by WCC’s Renee Arakaki, who has been teaching the digital music production courses. The video, along with nine others from her classmates, will be screened as part of the Kupuna Lens showcase on Sun-

A “Curse” comes to the stage “


Kate Zane (above) and as a child with her pet rooster, Katarina— the inspiration for her film.

day, Oct. 20 at noon the Regal Dole Cannery movie theatre. The Hawaii International Film Festival runs Oct. 11Nov. 1. Tickets for general public: $12. Students, children, military and seniors: $10. HIFF Ohana members and groups of 10 or more: $8. For more info, contact info@hiff.org.

people went so crazy for this show? Afterwards, there was some musical and hula entertainment, followed by remarks from Mayor Peter Carlisle, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the president of CBS, Nina Tassler. O’Loughlin told the Star Advertiser of the new season, “We have a lot of issues. There’s a lot of stuff for all the characters to deal with on a personal and emotional level.” I, for one, will be watching every episode.


by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

he Cu rse of A s a t i r a ,” a portrayal of a society in the midst of major upheaval, will play for one weekend only at Palikū Theatre — a produc t ion of WCC teacher Nick Logue and his theatre class students. Showtimes are Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 20 at 2 and 7:30 p..m.; and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for all shows. Call the Palikū Box Office at (808) 235-7310 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase tickets. Wr it t e n by Trojan Pony Theatre Company and directed by Logue, “The Cu rse of Asatira” has WCC OURRAN MAKANELUA students in both Sarah Makanai and Micah Kaimana the cast and crew. Ramos star in the “Curse of Asatira.” Students take on responsibilities of assistant director, fight captain, publicist and set designer. In the play, rebels lead by a woman who has seen more injustice than she can stand, rally against an oppressive religious leader who came to power in the wake of Asatira’s curse 200 years ago, and is reluctant to relinquish it.


October 2012

Ka ‘Ohana


First campus bon dance draws crowd by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


n Sept. 22, the mall in front of the new library was filled with happi coat-wearing dancers and an array of food tents for the firstever WCC Bon Dance. A yagura, the traditional wooden tower used as a bandstand, stood in the middle of the driveway as several hundred people joined in the festivities. Other visitors camped out on the lawn with folding chairs and mats to watch the growing circle of dancers. John Kaya, new director of WCC’s veterinary technician program, danced with his children, Jada and Jake. All three were dressed up for the event. “We’re loving it,” he said. “It’s such a nice event, and so many people from the community came out here.” Not only the community and faculty turned out, but students made an appearance as well. Emi Nomura, who usually goes to bon dances in Hilo, said she thinks it’s good that WCC is “getting more cultural.” With Ho’olaule’a and this

new bon dance, the campus could become a significant hotspot for cultural events. Nomura says she would return if WCC hosted another bon dance. The new library had even more activities to offer. Several tables featured local and Japanese-themed items for sale. Oriental-patterned tote bags, shave ice, happi coats, handsewn children’s toys and hanafuda playing cards were lined up against the walls, making use of the library’s wide walkway. English teacher Janine Oshiro, Ben Moffat and Deacon Hansen sold “Hawaiian style” hanafuda sets created by Helena Nakano of Hanafuda Hawaii. Inside the library, tables were set up for players, who had paid a fee that benefits WCC’s Advancement Fund, to learn the ins and outs of the Japanese card game. Bon dances are a timehonored part of Japanese Obon festivals, where Buddhists honor the spirits of the dead. The dances done around the yagura differ depending on region, but most consist of in-sync hand


A crowd of dancers form a circle around the purple yagura in the center of WCC’s first-ever bon dance.

movements while circling the yagura. Hawai‘i even has its own regional dance and song, created by disenfranchised Japanese plantation workers about their anger at getting paid so little. Doreen Niibu, the bon dance coordinator, thinks the event was very successful. She said she received many positive comments on the beautiful

campus and friendly staff from the community. Some told her they lived in Kane‘ohe but had never been up to the campus until the dance, which was what Niibu had hoped would happen. She said it’s possible the college will hold another one next year, but she hopes to get sponsors next time. The weather had been per-

fect for the majority of the bon dance, but right at the end, while Chancellor Doug Dykstra was making his closing statement, it began to sprinkle. Attendees quickly started gathering their belongings, but the rain stopped soon after it started. Niibu told Dykstra, “Our ancestors are really happy, they’re smiling.”

October 2012


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Which issues or problems affecting Windward O‘ahu are most important to you in this year’s elections? Why? The biggest issue I see is that many folks on the Windward side are usually against O‘ahu’s rail project. The Windward side is a large number of votes. If they vote for Cayetano and against the rail, O‘ahu’s traffic and future may be at risk. I think people need to realize that Hawai‘i needs more alternative ways of transportation. Especially when most of Hawai‘i residents live on O‘ahu and the fact that O‘ahu’s population is increasing. —Jason Kang Because I’m not too involved with my community, I might be a part of the problem. Ignorance can hurt more on a grand scale if the majority of people don’t know. —Jeremy Judson This may sound silly, but the terrible roads and lack of proper repair have constantly caused me grief. Another problem, which the entire island suffers from, is the education of students. I feel like very little time and attention is paid to education. And I think it’s a shame that children (our future adults) are not receiving proper upbringing! —Janine Nagle Federal student financial aid, if the government cuts the funding by any percentage, I’ll rally for impeachment. The world can do without sports. Cut the UH football team’s funding and save funding for student financial aid. —Von Kaanaana This election the most important issue is the well-being of our beautiful Windward O‘ahu. Taking care of our roads, schools, and people and

also regulating commercial activity in Kailua. —Sara Alimoot This year, just like every year, the homeless of O’ahu are of great concern to me. Not because I am tired of looking at them or because I think they are dangerous, but because they need help. I would like every homeless person to have a roof over their head, but I also believe that the help should not need to come from the government but instead from the private sector. —David Morimoto I believe one of the main issues for the people of the Windward side is rail. I am from Hawai‘i Kai, and similar to Kāne‘ohe, Kailua, etc., rail is not going to come to us, but people fear that we are still obligated to pay for it. Personally, I believe in rail. It will create jobs for the next several years by building it alone. People without cars on the west side now have a reliable source of transportation. Theoretically, it will take hundreds of cars off the road, thus diminishing the chances of car accidents. If we want to succeed and grow as a state, we need to make changes and I believe rail will help us do just that. —Josh Young I am interested in sustainable living and local food production. I have volunteered at local fishponds built by Native Hawaiians, which were restored. I have volunteered time at local lo’i kalo (taro farms) on the Windward side as well. I understand that the population in Hawai‘i prior to western contact was estimated at 400,00 to 1,000,000. Hawaiians under-

stood how to utilize their resources to not create unnecessary waste. They did not hoard. There were no cans and packaged foods or refrigerators. Food was harvested daily. You hunted only what you needed. Hawaiians were completely self-sustaining. I understand that 90 percent of our food comes in on ships by companies like Matson. I think it’s important to support the agricultural lands, farmers and ahupua‘a way of life and to focus on whole food production in case there’s ever an emergency. —Tri Kekai Le One issue that immediately comes to mind is the rail project. I am opposed to rail for many reasons. First of all, I would not benefit from it and yet would be paying for it through taxes. Secondly, I am not convinced that this new rail system would reduce traffic as hoped. And this leads me to conclude that it would not be worth the immense amount of funding that it requires. —Shanae Newman Homelesness seems like an issue here on the Windward side. Everyday, I see so many men, women, and children wandering the streets or sleeping in their vehicles. I’m sure there must be a solution. Drugs and crime is also an issue everywhere, but I’ve noticed that

the Windward side is infested with drugs. The other day, I saw someone sticking a needle in their arm as children walked by. —Allan Vierra I think the plans for students and student debt is the most important [issue] to us here. Obama wants a plan that allows students who get low-paying jobs out of college to have smaller monthly payments, and that student debt payments would reflect the economic climates that former students face. —Alyssa Vetter Some people just don’t want to vote. Many people vote, but each year the voting percentage drops by 5-10 percent, which is a pretty big amount. Too many people work or they can’t find time in their busy schedules to go vote. —Tiare Friel

Candidates Forum Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6-9 pm in Hale ‘Akoakoa 105 This event proudly sponsored by Family Community Leadership and WCC.

October 2012


Windward Ho‘olaule‘a 2012 T

he Kaneohe Business Group and WCC joined forces for “a homegrown celebration” Oct. 6 that drew thousands of friends and families to the campus. The festival featured daylong activities for people of all ages and helped raise scholarship funds for WCC students.













(Clockwise from top left): 1) Award-winning musician John Cruz jams for the crowd. 2) The dancers of Halau Hula O Napunaheleonapua have become a Ho‘olaule‘a tradition. 3) Kane‘ohe’s own Teresa Bright, a former WCC student, takes to the stage. 4) Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle (with microphone) presents a $5,000 City and County grant check to WCC chancellor Doug Dykstra, Kaneohe Business Group president Ned Busch, and Ho‘olaule‘a chair Ed Kemp. 5) The Kahalu‘u ‘Ukulele Band opened the day’s festivities. 6) A budding scientist at the Le Jardin Academy booth, one of the five flagship sponsors for the event. 7) Summery Botelho-Jamorabon and Kawaluve KamakeaOhelo flash their best smiles for Psi Beta, a national honor society for psychology students. 8) WCC financial aid officers Steven Chigawa and Dayna Isa and First-Year Experience educational assistants Hylie Santos and Scott Sutherland serve up Puerto Rican food.