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hopeless. I lived on the idea that I made so many bad choices there was really no hope for me.” Then, Lee’s son, Jacob, was born and turned his life around. Lee wanted to become the father he never had. “I feel like I would have been a hypocrite if . . . all those tears that I shed wanting that father and now I’m a father and I give up on my son. I knew in my head, in my heart, I couldn’t give up on my son.” From that day onward, Lee has been fighting the downward spiral of addiction. He is currently working at a chocolate factory run by River of Life, a ministry that provides a myriad of resources for those with lower income. Having been homeless three times over his lifetime, Lee is grateful for the

home he and Jacob now share in River of Life’s men’s house. “My son is the first kid to live in the house,” he said. “They are trying a new thing for single fathers because, in reality, there are a lot more places for single mothers to go for sobriety. . . It’s a safe place for my son and it’s a good environment to get my life back on track.” Lee still struggles with his past, but his love for his son spurs him on. “Right now. . . I have two months of sobriety. . . I’m doing it though. I’m just taking it one day at a time. My son is kind of like my anchor. He’s one of the big reasons why I try to stay sober to do good in my life.” Phelone does not consider herself “homeless.” She insists, “I’m not homeless; I choose to live this way, away from

people. I need my peace and silence to be a writer. “ Phelone came to Hawai‘i nine years ago, having grown up in Washington state. Her unconventional lifestyle caused many of her past employers to question her work ethic. Once in Washington, she said she held a job at Mervyn’s while she lived in an abandoned bank across the street. “When Mervyn’s let me go, I felt I was their top person. I won all their prizes, their 15 percent coupons, and I bought all their clothing. One day when it snowed, they traced my foot steps and told me I had to leave.” After the incident she felt uncomfortable in Washington and longed for a fresh start. “I stayed there for work for four to five months and got a ticket here [O‘ahu] . . . [I arrived] on Oct. 28, 2003. I’ve been here ever since. I’m writing children’s stories and I’ve already written one, my masterpiece ‘Octopus and Other Genuine Gems’.” Phelone views herself not as a social outcast but as “. . . someone who is distinctly unique, individualistic, and idealistic and [someone who] wants to keep my freedom.” To her, home is where the heart is. She is not “homeless,” but an individual who chose a life of freedom without a home. Homelessness means something different to everyone. But like it or not, it exists all around us. It is a world that brings up images of dirty tents and shopping carts. Homelessness is considered by some a nuisance, an inconvenience. Lee thinks that the “untouchable” label for the homeless is unfair. “People complain about the homeless but it’s kinda like somebody who doesn’t vote but complains about the person in office. If you don’t do anything about it, don’t complain about it,” he said. “I think that they (the homeless) should be viewed in a different way. They need help and where is that help going to come from?”

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The second shot heard ‘round the world

New and infrequent WCC classes for Spring ‘13

A recipe for thankfulness

Surfing the Nations: Shining a light

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban Oct. 9

See listings for 21 classes offered next semester

Get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Ka ‘Ohana style

Surfers combine travel, surfing and humanitarianism


by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

tall 35-year-old-man wearing a T-shirt, khaki shorts and an apron makes chocolates at a soup kitchen in Chinatown. A 60-year-old woman sporting a jacket, a pink shirt and sport pants takes a nap at a Kāne‘ohe bus stop. Lane Lee and Jacqueline Phelone have two completely different stories connected by one common thread: a life without a home. Homelessness touches many lives in our state. Starting with the big picture, a state study on homelessness in 2011 recorded an increase of 2.1 percent from 2010-2011 on O‘ahu of unsheltered chronically homeless individuals. From Kāneʻohe to Kahuku, the number of unsheltered homeless individuals grew from 91 in 2010 to 143 in 2011. These are not just numbers on a page. Each number represents a unique story. Lee and Phelone both have struggled with finding a stable roof over their heads, but are not letting the label of “homeless” bring them down. Lee is a single father of his 8-yearold son, Jacob. His own father was absent from most of his life, driving Lee to become a loving father to Jacob. Lee’s hands rested on his knees as he described his difficult past. “My mom was a single parent and we bounced around a lot. I didn’t really grow up in a specific area. . . she always struggled trying to give me a good life,” he explained. When he reached the age of 15, Lee became addicted to weed and alcohol. Drugs started to control his life. Lee admitted, “My drug use increased to different drugs, harder drugs, more drugs, then alcohol throughout my late teens to mid-twenties.” Eventually he found himself using crystal meth and dealing drugs just to keep up with the cravings. The drug addiction was so debilitating, he said he gave up on himself. “I came to a point where I felt like I was

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A life without a home


In a Waikiki public park, a man sleeps beside his belongings stashed in a shopping cart.


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The second shot heard ‘round the world by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ut rage has spread around the world over the Taliban attack on a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was a determined advocate for girls’ education. Malala Yousafzai was shot Oct. 9 by a gunman while riding a bus home from school. She reportedly ducked when she saw the assassin point his gun at her, causing the bullet to graze her brain and most likely saving her life. She was flown to a hospital in Birmingham, England where she is recovering slowly, although the long-term effects of her injury are still unknown. The group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan took responsibility for the attack, claiming they attempted the assassination because Malala was promoting “Western thinking.” She originally gained fame when she wrote a diary-like blog at the age of 11 about her life under the rule of Taliban militants who took over the Swat district where she lived. The blog was published through the BBC. She spoke of the marketplaces being shut down, curfews being set in

place and going to school without her uniform while hiding her books under her shawl so no one would know she was a student. She and her peers were severely disappointed when their principal did not announce when they would need

or might kidnap us. They were barbarians, they could do anything,” Yousufzai wrote. According to Dr. James Frankel, an associate professor in UH Mānoa’s religion department, Tehrik-i-Taliban, or TTP, is one of numerous offshoot groups of the original Afghani-

“They [the Taliban] are not a religious sect, per se, but an extremist militant political movement that invokes religion as the foundation of its principles,” Frankel said. A word that is frequently used in connection with the Taliban and their actions

to return from a school break. It had never happened before, and Yousafzai assumed it was because of the Taliban edict that girls’ schools must close. After they were routed by the Pakistani military, Yousafzai recalled her horror to BBC news. “We [female students] were afraid the Taliban might throw acid on our faces

stan Taliban — ethnic Pashtun militants who were opposed to the Soviet-backed communist regime of the 1990s. From 1996-2001 the Taliban ruled the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan. The Taliban’s particular religious views are an amalgamation of fundamentalist interpretations of Islam and Pashtun tribal traditions.

against women is Sharia, also known as Islamic law. However, Frankel says it’s better translated as the “Sacred Law of Islam,” being the sum total of God’s (Allah in Arabic) judgment. In Islam, he explained, God judges every human action according to a divine standard of lawful and unlawful. “Sharia

is not a legal code; there is no book called ‘The Sharia’ to which Muslims refer for specific rulings,” he added. Contrary to most claims, Islam encourages education for all Muslims, he explained. The Prophet Muhammad said that “the pursuit of knowledge is incumbent on male and female believers.” After claiming responsibility for the shooting, a spokesman for TTP justified the attack on Yousafzai, which was opposite to Islamic laws against killing women and children. “It’s a clear command of Shariah that any female that by any means plays (a) role in war against mujahideen should be killed,” according to a TTP statement, the Daily Telegraph reported. The TTP also used the Quran to support its actions, referring to a passage where a child is killed by a person with divine foreknowledge whose foresight shows the child growing up to be a tyrant. “Unless the gunmen and those who support his crime can make a similar claim to be able to see into Malala’s future, the scriptural citation is unfitting and taken out of context,” Frankel said.

Which issues should be focused on in 2012-2013?

There are numerous issues that should concern all of us, such as the continued lack of accountability for the financial crimes on Wall Street, which have ruined the national and global economy, our disastrous foreign policy, and the unprecedented legislation being enacted at the executive branch, which is making a mockery of our rights and due process. Focusing on the latter, President Obama and the Department of Justice are staunch supporters of the N.D.A.A. (National Defense Authorization Act) which in part allows for U.S. citizens to be detained indefinitely by the U.S. military without charge or trial. This law has a chilling effect on the freedom of the press and other constitutionally protected actions and should raise serious concerns about the direction our country is headed. – Robert Fread I believe tax breaks for the wealthy should be done away with, but also that taxes should be scaled to income. It makes no sense to tax the same amount for someone making $3,000 per month as someone who is making upwards of $50,000

per month. I also believe fixing public education should be a primary concern. It’s shameful when public schools have to be sponsored by big corporations (fast food/ soda) just to be able to afford basic supplies and books. I also feel that we should pull out the troops from overseas and bring them back to the U.S. They are not there to be paid mercenaries for the companies that are vying for control of whatever resources the location may have. – Jesse Rowell

Environ mental issues should be a primary concern for action. More steps should be taken to ensure that alternative energy and eco-friendly products are a priority. With all the turmoil over oil and fossil fuels,

it makes sense to break away and to start building something more reliable. – Robin Hanson

I would definitely say that the state of our econo economy is a high priority. As a student, it is hard to justify tak taking out a loan for my edu education if I am not sure I will have a job after I complete my degree. –Shanae Newman I believe, regardless of who wins the presidency this year, we should be concerned about health insurance, Social Security, education and resources. The list can go on and on – but I do believe health insurance is a big issue. –Cherae Lurbe A primary concern for action should be the economy. I think there are a lot of is-

sues that can be tackled in the pursuit of fixing the economy. Some issues that should be looked at are energy independence, equality amongst all human beings, residency in the U.S., our international relations and our interests in Syria and Iran. –Scott Pierce

Regardless of who wins the election, the greatest issue for our nation is the economy. The unemployment rate must go down, and government spending must go down. Another key issue is our international military involvement. I believe the U.S. needs to stop trying to be the “world police.” Pull out and focus on the issues at home. –David Morimoto

I believe alternative energy is of primary concern that requires action because the planet, as a whole, can’t depend on fossil fuels for energy forever. [...]Besides, the planet has taken enough of a beating due to man’s industrialization. It’s time to advance to clean energy to get our planet healthy again. –James Wolcott The number one issue in the presidential election is the economy. Gas prices are astronomical, unemployment is high and our national debt has skyrocketed under Bush and Obama. I want a president who can revitalize our economy and tackle our nation’s growing debt. –Jack Groom

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A sampling of spring 2013 WCC courses F rom astronomy to ancient tattoo artistry — WCC’s spring 2013 schedule of new or infrequently offered courses has something for everyone. Here’s a listing with some inspired blurbs from the teachers of the classes: AG 152: Orchid Culture (3 credits)

taught can be adapted to many fields, including motion picture/theatre set design and prop production, industrial design and product development, architectural embellishment and the culinary arts. Give a unique boost to your employability in the creative fields with practical knowledge and skills. We’ll work hard and get a little dirty and make some cool stuff!

A required course for both Ethnopharmacognosy and Plant Biotechnology tracks of the Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech. It includes hands-on learning of orchid identification, growing, fertilizing, pest control, hybridizing, and tissue culture.

ASTR 181: Introduction to Stellar Astronomy (3 credits)

Prereq’s: none Instructor: Dr. Inge White Tues/Thurs 1-2:15 pm

ART 116: Introduction to Three-Dimensional Composition (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Bryce Meyers Tues/Thurs 2:30-5 pm

A fun and exciting introduction to the materials and methods of sculpture. Learn about sculptural composition and design while exploring the major processes of creating three-dimensional art. Each project focuses on a different medium and introduces the tools and techniques used by the sculptor in the studio. Work with clay, plaster, wood, metals, paper, found objects and more. ART 251: Mold Making for Ceramics & Sculpture (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Bryce Meyers Mon/Wed 10:30 am-12:30 pm

This brand new course– available only at WCC —will cover how to design and fabricate molds you make yourself. These techniques can be used in any of the three-dimensional areas of art, including ceramics, sculpting the figure and portraits, metal casting and glassblowing. In addition to being indispensable techniques for the studio artist, the processes

Prereq’s: none Instructor: Mary Beth Laychak Tues/Thurs 2:30-3:45 pm

The birth, evolution, and death of stars; galaxies and origin of universe. BIOL 101: Biology & Society (4 credits) Prereq’s: Credit for MATH 25 or higher or equivalent preparation. Eligibility for placement in ENG 100 or instructor consent Instructor: Michelle Smith Wed/Fri 1-2:15 pm and Fri 2:30-5:15 pm

Come satisfy your curiosity about the world around you. In Biology and Society you will learn why Darwin’s ideas on the theory of evolution were considered dangerous and about its relevance in today’s society. We will also address other issues such as biodiversity in Hawai’i, impacts from global climate change, stem cell use in treating disease and the value provided by genetically modified crops. Lab included. BIOL 200: Coral Reefs (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Michelle Smith Tues/Thurs 1-2:15 pm Lab: Thurs 2:30-5:15 pm

Considered rainforests of the ocean, corals are biologically diverse communities and one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are home to a rich array of fish and invertebrates, but are under threat from climate change, land-based pollution, overfishing, recreational overuse, and invasive species.


Students can learn about the universe through WCC astronomy courses.

BOT 205: Ethnobotanical Pharmacognosy (4 credits)

Prereq’s: Micro 140 or BOT 101 or instructor consent Instructor: Dr. Inge White Mon/Wed 10 am-12: 30 pm

A capstone course for the Ethnopharmacognosy track of the Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech. Students perform pharmaceutical/nutraceutical research and prepare plant-based products such as medicinal soaps, lotions, tablets, chewing gum and wine. ENG 18/19: Accelerated Learning Program (6 credits) Prereq’s: Placement into ENG 18 or higher; or grade of “C” or better in ENG 08, or instructor consent Instructor: Janine Oshiro Mon thru Thurs 8:30-9:45 am

Accelerate your reading and writing! Build your academic career on a strong foundation of reading and writing skills. Speak to a counselor (call 235-2413 for an appointment) or ask Janine (jhoshiro@hawaii. edu) about whether ENG 18/19 is right for you. ENG 21/22: Accelerated Learning Program (6 credits) Prereq’s: Placement into ENG 21 and 97B or 19 or higher, or grade of “C” or better in ENG 97A and ENG 97B or ENG 18 and ENG 19, or consent of instructor. Instructor: Lance Uyeda Mon/Wed 10-11:15 am

Accelerate your reading and writing! Build your academic career on a strong foundation of reading and writing skills. Speak to a counselor (call 235-2413 for an appointment) or ask Lance (lkuyeda@hawaii.rr.com) about whether ENG 21/22 is right for you. ENG 204A: (WI) Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (3 credits) Prereq’s: Grade of “C” or better in ENG 100 or instructor consent Instructor: Lance Uyeda Tues/Thurs 11:30 am-12:45 pm

This course is designed for students interested in writing fiction, who by the end of the semester will have read some famous (and not-so-famous) short stories by established authors, written a lot of original prose, and composed a number of critical responses to selected readings (both student- and established-authorproduced). Students must speak up in class, read their writing out loud, and be amenable to friendly, productive criticism from their colleagues and instructor.

A brand new course, HWST 273, Tattoo Tradition of Polynesia, is being offered to students this spring — a first in the UH system.

ENG 271: (WI) Introduction to Literature: Poetry (3 credits) Prereq’s: Grade of “C” or better in ENG 100 or instructor consent Instructor: Janine Oshiro Mon/Wed 1-2:15 pm

Are you afraid of poetry? Do you think all poetry has to rhyme? Truthfully, the best poetry might scare you--just a little. And full rhyme is only one of many sound patterns in poetry. In this course, we will explore poetic forms--from haiku to sonnet to villanelle. Students will read and analyze published work and write their own original poems. Expect to write a total of 16 pages of revised analytical and reflective essays and 10 pages of original poetry. GG 101: Introduction to Geology (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Floyd W. McCoy Tues/Thurs 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Erupt ions and supereruptions! Tsunamis and megatsunamis! Landslides and Giant landslides! Earthquakes and the “Big One”! These are all parts of the physical life of this planet. The geological sciences are the foundation for studying, understanding, then mitigating for, these events. They are beautiful, fascinating, intriguing, stunning, as well as an opening into the antiquity of this planet and its past as much as its future. Come for the ride in class. You’ll never look back except to see how the past predicts the future. GG 212: Geology Field Course (Maui) (1 credit) Prereq’s: Credit for or registration in GG 101, GG 103 or consent of instructor Instructor: Floyd W. McCoy

Five days of everywhere on the island with two lab exercises in the field during spring break. HWST 222: Ma‘awe No‘eau: Hawaiian Fiber Art (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Lufi Luteru Mon/Wed 1-3:30 pm

This is a Hawaiian cultural fiber arts project class. This class involves the development of three to four introductory fiber arts projects using hala, kapa, cordage, and ‘ie‘ie-like fibers. Students will learn how to procure the materials needed to complete various fiber arts projects including learningrelated protocol and methods for gathering, and the type of environments in which specific materials grow and can be gathered. Students will learn the cultural knowledge important to the pieces created. HWST 273: Tattoo Tradition of Polynesia (3 credits) Prereq’s: none Instructor: Tricia Allen Tues/Thurs 11:30 am-12:45 pm

This is a brand new course, the first of its kind in Hawai‘i. If you are interested in tattoo, this course is for you! Tattooist, author, and historian Tricia Allen shares her extensive research on the practice of tattooing in early historic times as well as contemporary issues. ICS 113: Database Fundamentals (3 credits) Prereq’s: ICS 100 or 101; placement in MATH 24 or higher Instructor: Vanessa Cole

Online course examines file organization and the use of computer databases. Did you know that the Worldwide Web is a database of Web Pages? Or that your iPhone contacts is another database? This online course will help you sort out your data by using a database. SEE SPRING CLASSES


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 begin


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Accreditation team discloses findings by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


n accreditation team has commended WCC for several areas of excellence but also said the college needs to improve its approaches to assessment and planning. Those were among the preliminary findings of last month’s visit by an Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accreditation team. WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra praised the involvement of students, faculty and staff as the college awaits a draft of the team’s report. Dykstra will have 10 days to review it for errors of fact. The draft will then be finalized and sent to the ACCJC, which meets in January. They will review the recommendations and communicate with the college.


Dr. Cynthia Azari (second from the right) and the accreditation team.

Depending on what they decide, WCC will know what needs improvement. “This will mean we’ll have work to do in the future, and the Commission will let us know the timeline for doing the work on the recommendations,” said Dykstra. “It could be one year, two years or at most three years before we need to report on our work.” During the Oct. 18 “exit

interview,” team leader Dr. Cynthia Azari announced the preliminary commendations and recommendations after their three-day visit. “We held many on campus meetings, with individuals and with groups. We held two open forums, and yesterday’s was the best attended I’ve ever seen,” Azari said. “The room was filled with mostly students; it was really great to hear from students.”

In addition to six commendations that will be a formal part of their report, they also informed Chancellor Dykstra that WCC will receive seven recommendations. The commendations include: • The college articulated a clear mission of the institution and identified a commitment to educational excellence. • They also noted the emphasis on supporting needs of Native Hawaiians. • WCC’s efforts in financial aid outreach and improving efficiencies in financial aid “have resulted in comprehensive assistance for students.” • The grounds and facilities were also recognized. “The general overall appearance of the campus provides an environment that is conducive to student learning,” said Azari. • The pride of the cam-

pus, the Library Learning Commons, where many of the team meetings were held, was also commended. Of the recommendations, the team noted: “The assessment of student learning outcomes should be included in the faculty evaluation process.” They felt that “A comprehensive staffing plan should be developed, as well as a professional development plan for the entire college.” The college governance, decision-making structures and planning processes should be regularly evaluated and the results of those evaluations “should be communicated across the college and they should be used for continuous and ongoing improvement.” “I appreciate your climate of caring for all your students,” said Azari as the meeting was adjourned.

WCC offers new agripharmatech certificate by Logan Mortensen Ka ‘Ohana Writer


nyone can put a seed in a pot and grow it, but what if you could grow a plant that you helped create? Dr. Ingelia White, who teaches botany and microbiology at Windward Community College, is making this and more possible with the new Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech. The certificate has two tracks, Plant Biotechnology and Ethnopharmacognosy. Each track requires 30 to 32 credits with a unique capstone class. The certificate can be completed in two to three semesters. “The Board of Regents approved the certificate on May 17, 2012,” said Dr. White, “and by next May’s commencement, we hope to have 12 graduates.” The Plant Biotechnology track deals with improving and developing plant production to supply the world’s need for healthier and nutritious food crops and novel ornamentals. Ethnopharmacognosy’s track studies pharmaceutical and nutraceutical values of plants and creating products from them. Dr. White published an Ethnopharmacognosy series of books based on pharmacognostical studies, bioproductmaking and food pharmacy done by her students. Proceeds from the book

sales and WCC Advancement Fund have helped to support students’ travel to scientific conferences. In fact, Dr. White’s student, Nyan Stillwell, presented his research in a poster session in Ecuador, Nov. 1 – 3 at the Fourth Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids. He was the only undergraduate presenter at the international conference, usually attended by only doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Dr. White presented her own research and stayed on for a few days to do field research in the jungle. Other students who have attended conferences included Christopher Akatsuka, who went to the 20th World Orchid Conference in Singapore in 2011 and Donna Kuehu, who was at a conference at the University of Wisconsin this past June. “By participating in undergraduate research and giving presentations at scientific conferences, students improve their communication and research skills, as well as build academic connections with their research counterparts around the world,” said Dr. White. Agripharmatech graduates learn skills preparing t hem for employment i n various plant science fields. They’re able to identify plants, propagate or cultivate and maintain plants in vitro (in glass) and conduct plant bio-

tech and pharmacognosy research. Aaron Tui, a WCC student who is taking both tracks, said, “The possibility of going deeper into plant science and rehabilitating native Hawaiian plants inspired me to take these two tracks.” He plans to transfer to UH Mānoa after earning these certificates. After completing the certificate, students can become entrepreneurs or transfer to bachelor of science degree programs in agribiotech and bioscience-related fields. If one enjoys plants and nature, the program offers a pathway to a growing 21st century field.


Dr. Inge White and student Nyan Stillwell in the biotech lab on campus, preparing to present their research at a scientific conference in Ecuador.

International Week event D

uring WCC’s International Education Week 2012, an event celebrating diverse cultures will take place in Hale Pālanakila from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Masters of tea ceremony, flower arrangement and calligraphy will demonstrate their expertise and knowledge in these rarely experienced traditional Japanese art forms. International foods from diverse cultures such as Maori, Chinese, Italian, American, and various Pacific islands will be served by Dr. Inge White and her students from the Botany Club. White says her students will “show their talents and

creativity utilizing plants in their cooking.” Schedule: • 12:30 p.m. in the Pālanakila Lobby–Tea Ceremony display by Master Keiko Hatano. Food by Dr. Inge White. International Language Desk: Hawaiian, Japanese, and Spanish. • 1 p.m.–Flower arrangement class by Master Karen Kirk in Pālanakila 202. • 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–Calligraphy class by Master Yoshiko Morimoto in Pālanakila 210 • 2:30 p.m. –“Study the Chinese Language” video shown by Dr. Christine Lu in Pālanakila 212, with promotional materials and Chinese snacks.

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WCC students refuse to be abused by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ne in four. 25 percent. According to national statistics, “One out of every four women will be a victim of domestic violence.” That’s 421 out of the 1,684 female students at Windward Community College. On Oct. 25, six WCC classes made their voices heard in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students from Psychology 100, Hawaiian History 107, Speech 151 and IS 103 waved signs along Kahekili Highway to raise awareness of the harsh reality of domestic abuse. They also posted 421 blue flags in front of Hale Alaka‘i as a visual symbol of the potential victims. KuPono, WCC’s Hawaiian club, has been fighting domestic violence for years. Club advisor and counselor Winston Kong said, “We feel


Students wave signs to spread domestic violence awareness behind flags representing potential victims.

responsible to the Hawaiians in the community. We are just one club, but we hope to extinguish domestic violence on the windward side for all people. We are working hard to make that a reality.” Last year the UH Women’s Center gave WCC a grant of

$30,000 to promote awareness of domestic violence. Colleges are where relationships start, where young people often meet their significant other. Jennifer Barnett, program coordinator of the Sexual Violence Prevention Project at UH, said, “Many times students

come to us when they are having difficulty managing their academics because they are or have been involved in a relationship that included violence. They stop attending classes or fail out of school.” WCC offers a variety of services to assist those experi-

encing domestic violence. All of the counselors’ rooms in Hale ‘Ākoakoa are considered “safe spaces.” There, a student in an abusive situation can get resources, use a telephone or find a reference for housing and counseling. Domestic violence is something that can be stopped, but the people in and around unhealthy relationships must fight it. Barnett reminded everyone, “It can start in small ways. Don’t laugh at jokes that degrade women, don’t use hurtful language, be an example by showing respect in all of your relationships, speak up and say it’s not okay that you treat (a person) that way.” For more information on fighting domestic violence, contact vice chancellor Ardis Eschenberg at ardise@hawaii. edu, or counselors Kate Zane at zanek@hawaii.edu, and Ryan Perriera at rperreir@hawaii. edu.

Don’t wait until it’s too late by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


rue or false? • Violence is a natural part of human nature, particularly for men and boys. • Abusive people are mentally ill. • Drugs and alcohol cause the violence. • The victim must have done something to provoke such a violent response. • If a woman is being abused by her partner, she is free to leave. These are some of the common myths associated with domestic violence, according to Jennifer Barnett, a member of the PAU Violence Against Women Program and the Women’s Center at UH Mānoa. A common definition for domestic violence is “a learned

pattern of violent behaviors and coercive tactics that intend to control the thoughts, beliefs, and conduct of one intimate partner by another.” With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WCC decided to host an event in an attempt to inform college students about domestic violence. Even though college is a time to meet new people and explore new relationships, Barnett cautioned, “The college population is at greater risk with females between the ages of 16 to 24 having the highest rates of relationship violence.” The focal point of the event was the showing of a video done by the Women’s Community Correctional Facility called “Love is Blind,” followed by a PowerPoint presentation and a Q&A session.

2013 Spring Classes ICS 203: Digital Image Editing (3 credits) Prereq’s: intermediate computing skills recommended. Instructor: Yuki Horikiri (classroom) and Jon Marquardt (online)

Taught both online and, for the first time, face-to-face at WCC. This course uses Photoshop software and introduces the terminology, tools, features and techniques of digital image editing, photo retouching, and color correction of images. ICS 197: Web Applications (3 credits) Prereq’s: ICS 107 or instructor approval

The video portrayed reenactments of relationships plagued by domestic violence and the effect it had on the children in those relationships. Essentially, it’s about the lives of two different couples in abusive relationships, one with a daughter and the other with a son. The children end up dating later in life. The son became an abusive person himself and showed it in his new relationship. However, the daughter, who had also grown up in an abusive home, knew this was wrong but felt there was nothing she could do. The video ends with the daughter coming home to her parents’ house one day, only to find a murder-suicide scene in which the father had shot and killed the mother and younger son before taking his own life.


Instructor: David Maxson Online course

Ever wanted to build a web application? Curious about how Google Docs or other interactive sites work? If so, taking this class will introduce you to the technology used to build a web application. Learn how to leverage the power of JavaScript to create an interactive web site, how to use the HTML5 canvas to draw directly on the web page, how to optimize your web site for different devices such as a computer, smartphone, and tablet and how to use local storage to store data from one session to another.


(From left): The Domestic Violence Prevention Committee: Leslie Opulauoho, Loke Kenolio, Kate Zane, Jennifer Barnett and Winston Kong.

The cycle of domestic violence can be prevented if victims reach out. Barnett suggests talking to someone and seeking help, whether it’s from a support group or a friend or family

IS 260: Polynesian Voyaging and Stewardship (3 credits) Prereq’s: IS 160 or instructor consent Instructors: Joe Ciotti, Floyd McCoy, and Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner Mon/Wed 2:30-3:45 pm

Basics of voyaging and the impact of human explorers on the environment with emphasis on Kane‘ohe Bay. Blends the traditions of Polynesian culture with modern science. IS 260L: Polynesian Voyaging and Stewardship Lab (1 credit) Prereq’s: IS 260 or instructor consent; pass water skills test. Instructor: Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner Fri 1-3:45 pm

member. If you’re in an abusive relationship yourself or you know someone who needs help, contact the Domestic Violence Action Center at 531-3771.

Basics of sailing on WCC’s four- and six-man canoes. Labs held at Kualoa Beach Park. PHRM 203: Pharmacology (3 credits) Prereq’s: Anatomy and physiology; general chemistry strongly recommended Instructor: Allison Beale Online and Tues/Thurs 10-11:15am

Designed for students aspiring to medical professions. Unlike some other online pharmacology courses, this will not be reading PDF’s of Powerpoints — far from it! We will be using Pearson’s “MyNursingLab,” an e-text book, and other new materials including short podcasts of lecture material.

T h a r o n f k e f p ulness i c e R A

Cook ing Hawa iia n-Style


1 heaping cup of family time 5 tbsp of generosity A pinch of history 2 dashes of humor A sampling of delicious dishes

Directions Mix together, bake with love until golden brown and it’s ready to serve. Thankfulness is best served warm, plus it tastes better when shared. Ka ‘Ohana’s staff has put together a few ideas, not only for the holiday, but for anytime of the year to celebrate a spirit of gratitude.



Kokua Kalihi Valley: The place to be I

by Greer Waiolama Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

f you need a place to gather medicinal herbs for lā‘au, do community service scholarship hours or simply work the land, Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV ) wants you. Every third Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers make their way up the narrow valley road of Kalihi Street for fun while working, learning, and meeting new people. Ho‘oulu ‘Āina is an umbrella organization under the Kōkua K Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services that provides health and nutrition services to its community and beyond. People from all over the island and even exchange students arrive to experience the direct correlation between the health of the land and the health of the people through laulima (many helping hands).


A team of volunteers works in a lettuce patch at Kokua Kalihi Valley.

Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and mosquito repellent and rain gear if needed. There are four programs to choose from in deciding what to do for the day. 1) Hoa ‘āina: Grants com-

munity access to provide a welcoming and quiet place for you in Kalihi’s natural environment. Mahi‘āina: � Enriches com Enriches 2) Mahi‘āina: �nriches comcom��munity food production and provides you an opportunity to work in the kitchen to prepare

the luncheon for the day. 3) Koa ‘āina: Native reforestation helps to restore the forest’s environment by removing aggressive introduced species with the forest’s native species of plants and large trees to create a balance once again. 4) Lohe āina, wahi pana and mo‘olelo: Restores and revitalizes the ancient sites like the ‘auwai irrigation systems while learning the stories of the valley’s history. KKV has a place for you, so bring as many volunteers as you can—even keiki and kupuna—to share what the valley has to offer in return for your time and work. When you get there, simply sign in to register. For more information visit their website, www.hoouluaina.org. Kōkua Kalihi Valley, Ho‘oulu ‘Āina is located at 3659 Kalihi Street. Call (808) 841�7504 or email aina@kkv.net.


Food Drive

n overstuffed stomach is a simple pleasure commonly enjoyed on Thanksgiving day. But with the economic downturn, many cannot afford that luxury. According to the Hawaii Foodbank, 183,500 individuals — more than 14 percent of the state’s population — are receiving emergency food assistance through its network. To give back to the community, ASUH-WCC is sponsoring a food drive from Nov. 5 until Nov. 15. Please join in sharing with the less fortunate. The drop-off centers are located at the ASUH office in ‘Ākoakoa 203 and the Student Activity Center (SAC) in ‘Ākoakoa 232. Canned goods will be exchanged for tickets for a raffle. ASUHWCC hours: Mon.-Thurs., noon-2:30 p.m. SAC: Tues-Thurs, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

– Hannah Marquez, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

hanks giving : To some, a holida y h igh lighte d by family feasting, but to WCC’s KuPono Club, it’s a time for giving to the less fortunate. The annua l Imu Turkey Cookout, led by the KuPono Club and adviso r Winst on Kong, will take place on Nov. 21, the day before Thank sgiving. It will be set up in the back of the Hale ‘Iolani building, across the road from Hale Pālanakila. The traditional imu, which essentially is an underground steam cooker, is constr ucted by digging a round pit into the ground, 2 to 4 feet deep, with sloping sides. The diame ter and depth of the pit will depend on the amount of food being cooked. Hot rocks are then placed at the bottom of the pit, followed by green plant materials such as ti leaves and banana leaves for moisture. The food is placed on top of that, and then covered with materials such as old lauhala mats or worn tapa cloth.

The extra dirt from the pit is then used to cover everything to preven t any steam from escaping. The usual cooking time is six to eight hours, depending on the size and what you are cooking. “My students learn how to cook the old tradit ional way, and they learn how to serve their commu nity, which is what I think college is all about,” said Kong. “College teaches you food for thought, and we teach you food for stoma ch, of which you will probably need both.” After the turkeys are taken out of the imu on Thanksgiving Day, they will be delivered by the KuPono Club to variou s churches, shelters and homeless locations throughout Kāne‘ohe, Kailua and Waimānalo. These include places such as the Hale Ola Windward Spouse Abuse Shelte r and the St. Georg e Church. None of t h is would be possible without the generous turkey donations by The Royal Order of Kamehameha. “We are very grateful for their help over the past few years,” said Kong.


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Surfing the Nations: Shining a light by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Writer


ost of the headlines from the Middle East involve military attacks, political upheaval and violence. Some say the situation in the region is hopeless. But one group of surfers thinks differently. Surfing the Nations began in 1997 with founder Tom Bauer’s vision to combine travel, surfing and humanitarian work. “(The group) originally started with a desire to go after waves and a life that is different because it is marked by serving people everywhere,” he says. His goal is to change the stereotype that accompanies the surf culture of drugs and partying and promote “giving back” using a love for surfing. “We believe surfers have a unique call on their lives: to GO! To get out of their comfort zone and use their thirst for adventure to bring them to places in desperate need of hope and change,” says the STN website. Robert McDaniel is leading STN’s sixth team to the Middle East this month and recalls being in Egypt on a previous trip at a place called Garbage City in Cairo, known as the worst slum in Egypt. “The tour guide didn’t want to stop,” he said. “He couldn’t


Surfing the Nations members trek across Israel, Egypt and Jordan to donate their time to communities.

get it through his head that we wanted to stop there and be in that area and hang out. “When he finally let us get out and talk to the people living in Garbage City, we got to communicate to them through our actions, ‘You’re not worthless, you’re not unloved. We don’t think or act like we’re better than you and you matter to us.’ “You could see how much it affected not only the people

themselves, but also our tour guide.” Those at STN share those sentiments not only with people all over the world, but also right here in Hawai‘i. STN operates out of Wahiawā and their property includes what used to be an old neighborhood bar, a former porn shop, an old convenience and liquor store and a former strip bar. Their goal to repurpose

these places illustrates their beliefs that nothing—and no one—is beyond hope or redemption. STN has one of the largest food distribution sites on O‘ahu and provides aid to the needy, disabled, homeless and working poor. The team of surfers and humanitarians works with atrisk youth in their after-school programs and runs a surf club

in Wai‘anae that teaches surfing, swimming, and leadership skills to youth from the surrounding shelters. They are currently collecting donations of food, clothing, surfboards and surf-related items to take with them to the Middle East this November. If you’d like to volunteer, donate to STN, or find out more information, you can go to surfingthenations.com. On their website are applications to volunteer for different aspects of their organization, announcements for fun events you can get involved with, and opportunities so you can make a difference in the islands and on the other side of the world. STN first visited Egypt, Israel and Jordan in 2002 when Bauer led a team with the belief that there had to be surf somewhere and even some surfers they could connect with. They immersed themselves in the community and began hosting surf contests for locals along the Mediterranean Sea, providing clothes and toys for local orphanages and serving at homes for disabled children. Bauer says, “We go to these kinds of places to leave a positive impact in areas that have not seen much positivity— where can a light shine the brightest but in the darkest of rooms?”

Phi Theta Kappa induction Nov. 15 Polynesian tattoo tour


he WCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international scholastic honor society for community college students, will welcome new members at an induction ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in Hale ‘Ākoakoa. That’s just the latest in a full calendar of activities for the college’s Alpha Lambda

chapter. To join PTK, students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and must have earned 12 credits at WCC. The g roup c u lt ivate s scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service, and is one of over 1,100 chapters worldwide. It offers members recog-

A Christmas Fantasy

If you’re looking for a special holiday gift, be sure to check out A Christmas Fantasy, an art and craft sale at Gallery ‘Iolani, which will run from Thursday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On sale will be prints, paintings, photographs, fiber and wearable art, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, greeting cards, Christmas decorations and more. The annual sale is a fundraiser to support programs and events at the gallery.

Christmas Pottery Sale

For smoking hot pots fresh from the kilns of WCC’s ceramics studio, don’t forget the popular sale Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just follow the arrows to Pālanakila 216 where you’ll find plates, mugs, vases, bowls and art pieces to beautify any room and please your pocketbook. The artists keep part of the proceeds and the rest goes to support the ceramics program.

nition for academic achievement, leadership opportunities, preference in acceptance to four-year colleges as well as scholarships and grants designated for PTL members. At a recent 2012 Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference at LCC, former governor George Ariyoshi reflected on the past 50 years and his perception of the next 50 years for Hawai‘i. He told the members, “Every perception is an opportunity and every opportunity can have a positive outcome. Make the most of yourself, your family and your community.” On March 2, 2013, WCC will host the PTK Regional Conference with the theme of “Culture of Competition.” “To prepare for this event, the chapter will be gathering together to plan the meeting and practice cultural protocol and songs,” explained president Jeanine Keohokalole. For more details on the organization, contact advisor Lance Uyeda at 236-9229 or Keohokalole at jlk7@hawaii. edu.


n Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tricia Allen, a tattooist and anthropologist, will give an illustrated overview of the art and its historical practice in Polynesia.. Her presentation will be in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 103-105. Allen’s travels to document the revival of the art include Samoa, Tonga, the Society Islands, Aotearoa, the Marquesas, Rapa Nui and Hawai‘i. She has also tattooed more than 10,000 individuals herself.

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Life and death of Percy Kipapa by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


WCC crowd listened intently in the new library as Mark Panek spoke about his late friend, Percy Kipapa. “Over 1,000 people were at his funeral,” he said. “How could someone like that be killed?” Kipapa was a Kahalu‘u boy who climbed the ranks to become a revered sumo wrestler in Japan. Then an injury cut short his promising career. In 1998, he returned home to a life that led to his being stabbed to death just seven years later. To find the answers, Panek decided to write Kipapa’s story that became the book, “Big Happiness,” and spoke last month on campus as part of WCC’s Common Book series. “It was very personal the way he could describe the environment and make you feel as though you were there at the time,” noted a student who attended the talk. “It was powerful. Overwhelmingly real.” In order to tell his friend’s story, Panek couldn’t avoid the issues that surrounded Percy and all of Hawai‘i— from development and land use issues to government failures concerning the

ice epidemic. “It’s a biography at heart, but he effectively tied in so many different issues and historical events,” said WCC student Heather Nicholls. “(He) spoke of problems I’m already familiar with while introducing past events I may never have known about.” Hawai‘i’s meth problem has been a struggle for over 30 years. Panek’s contention is that the drug problem persists today, but not enough is being done to address it. Many people link addiction to choice, but as Panek puts it, “No one chooses to have their teeth fall out. No one chooses to refinance the house. It’s not a choice; it’s how addiction works.” Panek maintains that people have been unwilling to admit how serious the drug problem is on the Windward side. Even when the Legislature came through with a bill to grant funding for a treatment plan, certain aspects of the government still held back. Governor at the time, Linda Lingle, vetoed the bill. When it passed without her signature, she then refused to release the funds until months later, as a “onetime only” occurrence. He relates his meeting with Andy Anderson, former CEO of Hina Mau-

ka, a treatment and rehab center. When Panek asked Anderson how much difference the funding could really have made, Anderson “broke into tears.” He said the hardest part was for people to admit they had a problem and make that step to seek help. Anderson cried because he had to turn people away since there wasn’t enough help to go around. At the end of his speech, an audience member asked what his biggest regret was in writing “Big Happiness?” “My one regret is that I didn’t try to get in touch with Lingle herself—even if the response was ‘no comment’.” The book got its title from Percy Kipapa’s sumo name, Daiki, or “Big Happiness.” This is the image of Kipapa that Panek wants to paint for the reader. From Percy’s struggles in Hawai‘i to his successes in Japan, Panek does just that. “I find it amazing how he is able to make that connection between a single person and the larger injustices to society,” noted WCC English instructor Janine Oshiro. “He spoke about his friend with passion while expressing vulnerability. The rhetorical purpose


Mark Panek shares his friend’s story at WCC.

and storytelling really showed this person’s life.”

The price of ice: hitting rock bottom to get high I

by Kristin Hughes Ka ‘Ohana Writer

magine a sickeningly sweet euphoria that gives you the most amazing feeling, more intense than anything you’ve ever experienced. Now imagine resorting to crime and violence to maintain that feeling, alienating your family and friends because they want nothing to do with you. This is your new life; welcome to meth addiction. “When I was 12, I started using pot, but I was 15 when I started using meth,” says Eric, a former meth user and now a student in Honolulu Community College’s Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) degree program. “It was supposed to be a one-time deal – just a group of friends – and I decided to smoke. We didn’t know we were throwing our lives away. How could we? We were just kids,” he said. Children as young as 12 have been treated for meth abuse, and babies have been born with meth addiction due to their mother’s drug use while pregnant. The Hawaii Meth Project has found that 54 percent of Hawai‘i teens and 67 percent of young adults in Hawai‘i are at great risk to take meth once or twice. In fact, you probably


According to Hawaii Meth Project, 54 percent of teens and 67 percent of young adults in Hawai‘i are at great risk to take meth once or twice.

know or have met someone who has used meth. “I tried to quit when I was 17,” recalled Eric. “By then I hated who I had become. I sold everything I owned, I had broken into cars and I even stole from my mom, but I wouldn’t become clean for years.” Asked what being on meth was like and why he couldn’t just walk away, Eric looked down for a minute, then answered, “I guess it’s like being in love, but not a beautiful kind of love. It’s an abusive relationship that you can’t get out of – one that you don’t want to get out of. “I did steal, but I never got violent. But I know people that did. I seriously thought I was

going to die a few times.” It’s hard to recognize the effects of drugs in the community, especially in Hawai‘i where drugs are not just in the ghetto but well-hidden in “family friendly” neighborhoods like Kahalu’u. “I’ve heard all the stories, including the ones where addicts go and buy drugs under the big tree,” said Jasmine P., a cashier at the Hygienic Store on Kamehameha Highway. “There’s definitely a huge amount of drugs on the eastside compared to Salt Lake where I live.” Although meth and the accompanying endorphins can give you energy, focus and a brilliant high, it can also rot

your teeth and trigger psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia and severe weight loss. “I was super lucky; I never really had physical problems,” said Eric. “The worse thing I ever got was ukus, but only because I was homeless and living on the beach.” Eric may have been lucky, but others have not. Tom Hughes, a City and County paramedic for Hawai‘i since the ’80s and the supervisor for the Kāne‘ohe station, explains that meth changes who you are — not just physically but mentally as well. “Meth is the cause of numerous medical emergencies and definitely some of the most tragic,” Hughes explained. “Ice can mess with you by destroying your judgment and rational thinking. “One of the most devastating cases I have been on was a young man about 20. He decided to drive his car 100 mph down Kam Highway with his 10-month-old son in the back seat after a fight with his girlfriend. Sadly, both died in the violent crash that followed. “Another time a mother beat her child with a baseball bat and broke his jaw. I couldn’t believe that someone could do that to their child, but she obviously wasn’t herself.” Eric emphasized the importance of professional, early

intervention. Methproject.org advises talking to an expert, confronting the abuser while they are sober, listening to why they might have started drugs and finding ways to be supportive without condoning their drug abuse. “I’ve been arrested almost 20 times, and the only reason I’m better is because I went to rehab for 10 months after being in jail for three and a half months,” said Eric. “Being away from everything and everyone really helped me become normal. Rehab encouraged me to get a job and get my life back on track. It made me realize that I wanted to live a ‘normal’ life, not the one clouded by drugs.” The best form of prevention is often education and awareness. According to the 2011 Hawaii Meth Use and Attitudes Survey, 41 percent of Hawai‘i teens do not see great risk in trying meth once or twice, despite outreach presentations in schools. To learn more, visit hawaii.methproject.org. “I wish I knew how bad meth, or any drug, really was before I got caught up in them,” said Eric. “You know the meth posters and videos? They should make them for all drugs — alcohol too. It’s too easy to throw your life away. We’ve only got one; we need to make it count.”


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‘AgCurious’ about commercial farming? by Greer Waiolama Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


oFarm Hawai‘i expected 70 people at its first “Ag-Curious” open house Oct. 11, but surprisingly, 90 participants showed up and registered for this new agriculture training program. Professor Dave Ringuette from WCC agriculture department intends to close the gap of farming by opening up resources to help future farmers meet the increasing demand to “buy local” since the state is 85 to 90 percent dependent on imported food supply. However, due to the extent of work, commitment and expectations of this intense program as well as land availability, only 12 participants can be trained at a time. This unique program is

designed to give potential participants the experience, skills, and resources vital to establish a profitable commercial farm. The phases include: • AgExposure: Gives participants hands-on experience by working actively for four hours on a different farm once a week for five weeks. • AgSchool: Starts January at WCC with their small unit of land for three months, then moves to a larger unit in Waimānalo for six months while furthering their farming techniques and business management. • AgIncubator: A final phase like “sending your students off to college,“ said Ringuette. Now on their own, they will write a business plan for their own private land and hone all their techniques learned along the way.

• AgBusiness: Is incorporated throughout the schooling process, with record-keeping and monitoring profit and loss. Includes open markets on campus for participants to harvest their crops and sell their produce in March 2013. According to Ringuette, “People can grow good crops and enjoy doing so, but it takes business management to turn it into a sustainable profit.” Hence the involvement of Steven Chiang, director of Agribusiness Incubator Progam at UH Mānoa and the support of the C3T Hawai‘i grant. For those interested in becoming future farmers, there will be another open house session in July 2013. Contac t R i ng uet te at ringuett@hawaii.edu or call 236-9265.


Dave Ringuette is a WCC professor and a Waiahole Valley farmer.

New Sunday Farmers Market at Windward Mall by Jaimee-Linn Shaw Ka ‘Ohana Writer



WCC student Jaimee-Linn Shaw and her mom, Toni, at Windward Mall’s popular Farmers Market.

and EBT program. The Senior Voucher Program issues certificates to the elderly, especially those in senior housing,




“‘Nalo Farms prides itself on quality on a chef’s level, and there are a number of local chefs who shop the market every Wednesday,” she said. For the farmers, it is a chance for them to sell the fruits of their labor. When a farmer resells to a wholesaler, they make as little as 20 cents on a dollar. When they sell their own products, they can keep that additional 80 cents, and for many of the families who farm that will make a big difference. The market also provides a chance for the farmers to interact with each other and the customers, with the ability to share ideas for new crops and products. Gady said two plans in the works for the market are the Senior Voucher Program


She mentioned that market-goers say they find things at the market they haven’t eaten or seen since they were a kid, like some of the fruits and preserves. Ne a rly 4 ,0 0 0 p e o pl e pass through the market on Wednesdays and the hope is that the Sunday market will gain its own popularity. The grand opening held Sept. 2 featured farmer-chef demos at center stage, using products from the market to demonstrate how to create a healthy, fresh meal from items right in the market and the mall. A benefit of the indoor market is the products stay cool in the air conditioning and the area is well lit. Wit h a big name like ‘Nalo Farms attached to the operation, it keeps the market true to its roots, said Gady.

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ink, spiky dragon fruit, rows of lilikoi, mango and guava, fresh-baked bread, mouth-watering local salts and seasonings… You can find all this and more at the Farmers Market at Windward Mall by ‘Nalo Farms. If you’re familiar with the market, you already know it’s available every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Now shoppers can also find the Farmers Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Macy’s wing of the mall. “The new Sunday market was added to allow the community more access to some of Hawaiʻi’s finest produce and products,” said Wendy Gady, coordinator of the market. Natasha Peato of Waipahu visited the market on its second Sunday. “I couldn’t believe how much they had to offer and how welcoming the vendors were. Most offered to share samples of their products and even let my kids try some new things too.” Peato liked the Sunday market because she could bring her family out since Wednesday was a school night. Gady said the markets have become the neighborhood gathering place. “Families meet up here and have a chance to reconnect with each other. We also see a lot more people trying to buy local foods,” said Gady.

and allows them to redeem the vouchers for items at any of the farmers markets who participate in the program. When a vendor receives a voucher, they give no change back to the customer, then will mail in the collected vouchers and are issued a check from the program administrator. The EBT pr og ra m i s Hawaii’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card. It would allow those who receive food benefits to use their card to purchase fresh produce and food-producing plants at the farmers market. Other local markets have adopted these programs after receiving grants, and Gady hopes to have these programs in place by next year. To find out more about upcoming events and new products, go to www.windwardmall.com.

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What is your solution for O’ahu’s traffic problems? H ig her t a xe s on ga s ($12.50/gallon) and fewer people would drive. Forcing people to carpool or use the public transit system. The rich would continue to drive and you could use the revenue from gasoline taxes to build a free mass transit system for everyone. Problem solved! –A.J. Montgomery My solution to O‘ahu’s traffic problem would be a massive revision to TheBus system. Rail is a start but the rail systems need to be placed carefully so they can be easily serviced by short-range local buses and have sufficient room for “park and ride” services as well. Also, businesses need to be established at these hubs to encourage their use. For example, coffee shops, convenience stores, movie theaters... anything your everyday commuter stops for on their way to work. Once you get them out of their car, they are more likely to take TheBus. –Gavin Nall My solution for O‘ahu’s traffic problem is to make the necessary changes to the city bus that would actually attract

riders instead of discouraging them. The current system is flawed and raises serious questions of competency concerning the people making decisions. If drivers and residents were confident that TheBus would be consistently on time, clean and safe, I think it is fair to say that a massive increase in usage would be inevitable, which in turn, would have a tangible impact on both traffic and the massive fuel consumption by our state. –Robert Fread I do not own a car, and I live on the windward side towards North Shore. I rely on TheBus as my only means of transportation, which I was fine with until cuts were made to my route, as well as other windward routes. Instead of coming every half hour, the buses began running only once an hour and were always packed — completely full (no standing room even) by the time we reached Kāne‘ohe. They implemented the articulated hybrid buses to handle the new load, except the roads are rough and the hybrid buses don’t handle the

curves of the road well, which means the bus can be up to 45 minutes late. Many of O‘ahu’s people rely on the bus and none of us support the cuts made. I am not in favor of the rail. I see it as a black hole sucking up money that could be used to perfect the transit services and roads we already have that are being absolutely and purposefully ignored. –Jesse Rowell I believe in rail! Even with TheBus system, I still feel we need a bigger means of transportation like most big cities. This will create jobs and lessen the ever-growing traffic. –Cheryl Miram I don’t drive and I don’t know much about traffic, but a simple solution seems to be public transportation. This island is not very large and having a car is somewhat ex-

pensive and unnecessary. If we all just took the plenty of city buses available, we’d not only ease traffic flow, we’d also help stop pollution. –Jamie Turk The traffic problem stems from Hawai‘i being populated so much that it cannot support all the space some people need or want. We are also behind on technology. The current plan is for a rail system that’s not even current. We need to have something that will actually work. I believe it’s a good idea to have a rail system, only if it’s current and has access throughout the whole island. Imagine how much (traffic) we would reduce if we make it so public. –Alanna Davis Rail. It must be put into action and we must start building immediately. There is no other way because of how overpopu-

lated Hawai‘i is. The rail is safe with federal funding as well. Why not use the money the federal government is offering? The rail will employ many workers for (construction) and boost the economy. It is the best plan for traffic by far. TheBus system Cayetano wants to do is stupid. Not federally funded and not as efficient as rail. –Lawson Kurosu I don’t think there is one solution, but a combination of solutions. The main problem is that we live in a compact, highly populated area and for the most part, everyone is trying to go the same place. All the proposed solutions have not worked so far. I think it will have to be more highway lanes, rail, and an improved, more efficient bus system all working together. And maybe something that hasn’t been thought of yet. –Hope Rayman

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Students check into ‘Last Resort’ I

by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

f you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to appear on a hot new TV series, some former WCC students can tell you. Chris Chabriel and Ally Irving have appeared on “Last Resort,” the submarine drama that airs on ABC Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Starring Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman and Daisy Betts, the show is about a Navy crew that receives orders to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. When Captain Marcus Chaplain (Braugher) requests confirmation of these orders, he is promptly relieved of his command. After his second in command (Speedman) also questions the order, the vessel is fired upon by another U.S. submarine. Two missile strikes by other U.S. forces then hit Pakistan. As they have now become enemies of their own country, the crew lands on the island St. Marina (a fictional island in the Indian Ocean) and work to find a way to prove they were set up and are innocent so they can go back home. Chabriel is a local Kailua resident and WCC graduate who landed a part as a recurring villager. “The village is very crucial to the whole storyline,” Chabriel said. “They

The ‘Last Resort’ cast (from left): Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts and Tani Tumrenjak.

are always filming in the town and the villagers are always in the background.” After being approached on the street by a casting director, Chabriel said he has enjoyed the experience so much that he wants to seriously pursue acting, and maybe even return to WCC to take acting classes. Mainly filmed in Kualoa, the show requires aspiring actors to have relatively open schedules.

“You don’t know exactly what days until they call you. There’s three days’ notice before you work,” said Chabriel. Ally Irving actually had a camera close-up in the episode that aired Oct. 25, in which she played a socialite who had a relationship with one of the actors. “Hawai‘i is a great place to get acting experience,” Irving said, especially with UH Mānoa’s Academy of Creative Media where students need actors for

the films they’re producing and network TV series such as “Last Resort” and “Hawai‘i Five-O.” Irving also recommended getting involved with WCC’s Film Club and drama productions to learn what it takes to succeed in the highly competitive world of film and television. If you’re interested in working as an extra on “Last Resort,” there are a few ways you can apply. Go to the casting director’s website, http://rachelsuttoncasting.com, and fill out a registration form. “Last Resort” has a Facebook page specifically for casting extras, where they post casting calls regularly. You can also turn in your information by going directly to Diamond Head Studios. What’s the pay? As a non-union actor, it’s $68 for eight hours. Even if they only use you for one hour, you will still get the eight-hour rate. Once any actor becomes unionized the pay goes up, potentially $150 or more for eight hours. “The cast and crew are all working towards a common goal. Everyone is really warm to each other. They are all working together. It’s definitely a big family,” said Chabriel. “If you can make yourself a part of that family, so much the better.”

Far left: former WCC student Ally Irving on the ‘Last Resort’ episode that aired Oct. 25. Left: WCC graduate Chris Chabriel, in slippers, on the episode that aired Oct. 11.

A ‘Hippie’ Halloween I

t was groov y on campus Oct. 31 as faculty and staff got into the ’70s Halloween spirit. Here are a few photos in case you missed being part of the scene. You can a l so c hec k t he photo gallery at kaohanaonline. org.



(Clockwise from left): 1) That’s Steven Chigawa as the host of the Dating Game with three eager contestants. 2) Academic Affairs gets funky. 3) History teacher Naiad Wong as a Marie Antoinette look-alike. 4) Language Arts sings their version of “I Will Survive.” 5) WCC’s Business Office goes tie-dye.




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