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Balancing safety and the right to learn Campus admin responds to Ben Davis controversy by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


ooperative. Intelligent. Talented. Sweet. Those are all words any teacher might use to describe a student in their class. They also happen to be adjectives that some have used to describe Benjamin Davis, the controversial student and patient from the Hawaii State Hospital (HSH) who has been on campus since October. Davis, who at age 19 attacked and stabbed two men at Koko Head Crater on Feb. 1, 2009, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Feb. 25, 2010, after mental health experts concluded he was suffering from schizophrenia and could not control or understand his actions at the time. Davis participated in a noncredit class accompanied by an escort from October through to the spring semester. “We don’t prequalify anyone’s enrollment. When they


apply, they’re accepted,” said Ardis Eschenberg, vice chancellor for student affairs. “Once someone enrolls we never ask, do you have a mental health illness. We don’t do criminal background checks on our students. “Lots and lots of students have gotten second chances here and gone on to do phenomenal things,” she added. Most people, including WCC’s campus administra-

tors, didn’t find out about his circumstances until the media broke the story in July, when he petitioned to take credit classes this fall. “We were as astonished as anybody when the story hit the media,” says WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra. Davis got permission from the court, under Judge Richard Perkins, to allow him to enroll in credit classes on campus. Davis is allowed out of HSH

one-half hour before and after the designated class time, for roughly four hours a day, two days a week. Due to doctor-patient confidentiality laws, the hospital was not required to inform the school of Davis’ situation. When the campus administration found out that he was enrolling, “We wanted to better understand the situation and make sure that we provided adequate support for both this student, and then all of our students on the campus,” said Eschenberg. The judge did not require him to be escorted, but due to the public outcry and for overall peace of mind, both HSH and WCC are providing an escort to be with Davis when he is on campus. Davis remains in contact with HSH throughout the day when he is attending classes, and when he goes back he is subject to search. In addition to Davis being escorted while on campus, during the first week of classes an off-duty police officer was hired and additional staff have been contracted from a security firm. That’s not so much for

Davis as it is a replacement for the security personnel who are accompanying him. “The additional personnel are to make sure your cars don’t get ripped off while we’re watching this other case,” Dykstra said. “I want my students to know that they’re okay coming to campus,” said Eschenberg. “Once any student enrolls here, he or she is part of our ‘ohana, and we want to provide the support that we would to a family member, to every student. We had to think of this one person, the people in his class and then the whole campus. We wanted to keep this positive for everyone.” The decision of the courts has not gone unnoticed in the community, with many fearing for the safety of students, including the safety of Davis. Dykstra partly blames this on the media, saying he feels “disappointed” in how the story was covered. “The way they’ve presented the story almost invites people to disrespect professional judgment,” he said. Indeed, there was a lengthy process involved before Davis was allowed to attend SEE CONTROVERSY PAGE 2

Welcome to Hale La‘akea: the Hall of Enlightenment I

by Kelly Montgomery Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s been 10 years in the making — more so for some — but the dream of a new library for WCC has finally become a reality. Aug. 29 marked the official grand opening of the college’s new $22.5 milllion Library Learning Commons. UH President M.R.C. Greenwood said it wasn’t “just an opening of a wonderful new building, but an opening of the hearts of students all over the state.” The new three-story building is built with open, flexible spaces to provide a more modern learning environment. Students have access to media labs, computing services, the Ka Piko center, a Hawaiian collection and yes — even a coffee shop. Designed by Architects Hawaii, it is the first “green” library in the UH system and

has been called a “model of sustainability” with the goal of obtaining a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. Many of those in attendance at the grand opening ceremony were instrumental in the campaign to gain support for the new library. “The students who came before built this building. Without their work and guidance, it wouldn’t be here,” said UHCC Vice President John Morton. Or as Sen. Jill Tokuda expressed it, “Generations of hearts and minds invested so much time and energy, love and passion, which made this possible.” Clarke Bright and the Royal Hawaiian Band started off the ceremony, followed by hula performances and an oli. Dedication speeches by UH officials and legislators, along with students, came next. ASUH-WCC senator Kayleen Sur enthusiastically de-


UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and head librarian Nancy Heu at the entrance of the new library during the blessing by Rev. David Kaupu.

scribed the building as “three floors of greatness” and former student Mikki O’Phelan praised the new handicap accessibility.

There was even a gift presented to the college by Dr. Hirini Moko Mead from WCC’s sister college in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

In a moment of historic significance, the culmination was a blessing from Rev. David Kaupu, who also blessed the birth of the campus 40 years ago. After the maile lei was untied, everyone gathered on the bottom floor for the time capsule dedication. Lunch and entertainment wrapped up the event. For many, this was the conclusion to a long process started over a decade ago. The original library was in a 90-year-old dilapidated building. As Rep. Ken Ito described it, “The books were white with mildew, the walls were stained, and fungus was growing.” A change was needed. It took years of lobbying, hearings, petitions and daily trips to the Capitol, but the funds were finally granted to build the new Library Learning Commons. see library page 12


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Your vote makes all the difference I

by Eric Levine Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

n the 2008 presidential election, Hawai‘i had a disappointing voter turnout of 48.8 percent. This was with Hawai‘i’s own Barack Obama on the ballot, so you would expect the voter turnout to be better than normal, but voters still didn’t go to the polls. “It’s curious because when Hawai‘i first became a state in 1959, for the first 10 to 20 years or so Hawai‘i had one of the highest voter registration rates and the highest voting rates in the country,” says Roy Fujimoto, WCC political science professor. “Over the years it’s plummeted to a point where it’s one of the worst, if not the worst.” What’s even worse about this is how underrepresented students are in the electorate. Fujimoto says senior citizens are represented fairly well, but it’s also very important for students to take part in the electoral process. But why

aren’t students voting? The most common excuses are “I’m too busy” or “It doesn’t matter if I vote or not.” But those concerned with getting more people to the polls say individual participation can make a difference. “It absolutely matters— in fact that’s all that matters,” says Pamela DaGrossa, Service-Learning coordinator and a WCC anthropology instructor. “If Florida’s vote had gone a little bit different back with George Bush we would’ve had a different president and different policies, so that came down to a really small number, and ultimately came down to judges (a court decision),” she said. It seems the very people who don’t vote are the ones who complain about the results of an election. “People complain about the weather too. You can’t do much about the weather; however, you can do something about what happens in politics,” says Fujimoto.

“Living in a democracy and having a successful democracy takes work on the part of every citizen in it,” says DaGrossa. Fujimoto adds that it’s you who has to defend your vested interests and well-being. Keep in mind that you are not voting for a person, but for the issues that person represents. Both DaGrossa and Fujimoto agree that some of the best places to find information are online. You just have to take the time to find it and research it. Fujimoto suggests democracynow.org and charlierose.com as good sources to get educated about the next election. He emphasized the importance of participating, and making educated voting decisions in the future. “If you truly believe that we have a representative democracy and it’s incumbent on its citizens to participate, pay attention and take part. That’s one of your basic civic duties.”

IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW: General Election: Nov. 6, 2012 Deadline to register to vote: Oct. 8, 2012 Go to: http://hawaii.gov/elections Fill out the form and mail it in. You can also register at the nearest Satellite City Hall.

Office of Elections: 453-VOTE

Renovation comes to the WCC Imaginarium by Susan Bascuk Ka ‘Ohana Writer


CC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium will reopen Oct. 26 after a $200,000 renovation — just in time for its popular “Haunted Village” Halloween event. Not only have they upgraded the system, but 17 seats are being added to the facility. The Imaginarium has been equipped with a new fulldome digital system to enhance the experience. The $200,000 upgrade includes, new carpet, an expanded digital system and a new interactive button system. The new digital fulldome technology allows audiences

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A family gazes in wonder at the stars projected in the Imaginarium.

to experience adventures in a true 360-degree environment. With this upgrade, viewers can feel as if they are im-

mersed in the scene, and the 3D feature makes everything more exciting. Imaginarium manager

Hawaii State Hospital controversy classes on campus. His team of three psychiatrists were in 100 percent agreement that he was ready to attend classes. The judge then had the case reviewed by an independent team of psychiatrists, who also agreed with the decision that he was ready. “You’ve got three psychiatrists working for the state hospital and three who don’t, all of whom say he’s made sufficient progress in his treatment and who think this is the next step. And so for people to say, well, three and a half years is not enough time are playing into this whole idea that he hasn’t

had enough punishment,” said Dykstra. Mental illness is recognized as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Due to being diagnosed with his illness, Davis was found not guilty of any crime. Davis is the only HSH patient who is enrolled at WCC at this time, though he is certainly not the first in history. Since the mid-’80s, the school has records for 45 patients, including Davis, who have enrolled, though only five ended up receiving credit for classes. While there was concern at

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first about what the situation’s effect would have on enrollment, and there were a number of worried parents phoning in, the school has not seen a drop in numbers. “We have the highest head count enrollment that we’ve ever had in history. That’s part of a trend for six years now,” Dykstra noted. When asked if there is a long-term plan for patients to be enrolled at WCC, Dykstra said, “It’s very much on a case-bycase basis. It depends on what their treatment team is capable of doing. They don’t want to set them up for failure.”

Mary Beth Laychak earned her bachelor’s degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University. Soon after, she received her master’s degree from University of San Diego. She also worked with the CanadaFrance-Hawai‘i telescope on Mauna Kea for more than seven years. “We want to inspire people that it’s more than just looking up at the stars.” says Laychak. “The reason we put ‘imaginarium’ in there is to really inspire people to use their imaginations.” She explains that with the new system, they are able to project the

entire night sky, but can also simulate things such as going to the North Pole, the South Pole and even flying to different planets including Mars and Saturn. Along with the new features, the renovation also includes new shows, opening in the spring. Until the new shows start, they will continue to play popular shows such as “Stargazing”, “Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky”, “Tales of the Mayan Skies” and most popular with the children, “The Magic Tree House.” For details, call 235-7433 or check their Facebook page @WCCimaginarium.

Mental health counselor available Through partnership with UH Manoa, WCC has a new mental health counselor, Dan McAdlinden, on campus twice a week to help with student mental health needs. His hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Appointments can be made by calling counseling and academic advising at 235-7413.

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Manjari Fergusson STAFF REPORTERS

Maria Harr Eric Levine Zacha-Rya Luning Hannah Marquez Kelly Montgomery Greer Waiolama


Megan Laurance Jovon Lauriano Susan Bascuk photographer

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

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Windward Ho‘olaule‘a set for Oct. 6 by Manjari Fergusson Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


he Windward Ho’olaule’a, WCC’s biggest event of the year, is coming to campus Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Get ready to kick back and enjoy sounds from some of the most popular Hawaiian musicians today, along with plenty of food, games and fun. This is the twelfth year for the free “homegrown celebration,” co-sponsored by the Kaneohe Business Group and WCC. This year’s event is extra special because it coincides with the 40th anniversary of ka ‘ohana staff the college. Dancers from Halau Hula O Kawaili‘ula impress the crowd on the Great Lawn during last year’s Ho‘olaule‘a. Visitors to the campus There’s plenty to do and Mahi, Martin Pahinui and during Ho‘olaule‘a are encour- munity events on the Windaged to tour the brand-new ward side,” said event chair see at the celebration, including George Kuo, Halau Hula O Library Learning Commons. and long-time KBG member Hawaiian music, crafts, keiki Kawaili’ula, and other WindThey can also view a traveling Ed Kemp. “We’re very grate- games, a trade show, a garage ward halau. Other attractions include photo exhibit celebrating 75 ful for the tremendous com- sale and a silent auction. The entertainment head- demonstrations of woodcarvyears of the Hawaiian Room munity support. It’s a way at the Lexington Hotel in New to highlight the talent and liners include Grammy award ing, la‘au lapa‘au (medicinal York City. businesses of the Windward winner John Cruz and Na herbs) and fiber arts; free blood “The Ho’olaule’a has be- side as well as the educational Hōkū Hanohano winner Te- pressure readings by the sturesa Bright, along with Aaron dents in the Certified Nurse’s come one of the biggest com- opportunities at WCC.”

Aide program; and a student ceramics sale and raku firing. Other WCC clubs and programs will feature face painting, an orchid sale, pet advice from vet tech students, and booths from PACES, MOP, Service-Learning and Career/ Community Education. Also open to visitors will be Gallery ‘Iolani’s “Confluence 3” exhibit, which showcases student work from the art classes on campus, including ceramics, color theory, design, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, screen printing and sculpture. Cast members from the Palikū Theatre production, “Broadway @Palikū: 10 Years of Bright Lights,” will perform on the outdoor stage. Every year proceeds from the Ho’olaule’a help fund scholarships for WCC students. Twenty-three students received funding of $1,000 each from last year’s event to support their pursuit of a college degree. For details, visit windward.hawaii.edu/hoolaulea/.

John Cruz to headline ‘Homegrown Celebration’ by Hannah Carroll Ka ‘Ohana Writer


any of his family members agree that John Cruz was destined to be a star. His brother Guy Cruz said with a big smile, “We knew Johnny was going to rule the stage because when we were young, he always was the star of our talent shows.” Cruz will be the closing act at t he Windward Ho‘olaule‘a Saturday, Oct. 6 on campus, and will cap the day-long entertainment on the outdoor stage. The local boy from Palolo public housing at age 46 is a Grammy award-winning recording artist who performs frequently with popular musician Jack Johnson and former WCC student a nd Na Hōkū Ha noha no award winner Paula Fuga. “Growing up, our house was like the teen center of the community where everyone gathered to play music, sing, and hang out. We all would put on a show for the neighborhood,” he added with a chuckle. “Island Style,” one of his most famous hits on the album “Acoustic Soul,” is a song on President Barack Obama’s iPod. So how does it feel to have the president of the United States as a fan? “Pretty awesome; he’s a pretty cool guy,” Cruz said.

Cruz performed at a fundraiser for Obama when he was running for office, at the inauguration in Washington D.C., and when the president visited Hawai’i in November 2011. But for all his fame, Cruz said he still enjoys his flipflops and casual “island style.” The whole Cruz family is talented, starting with his dad, country western singer Ernie Cruz, Sr. — a musician who made his mark in Hawai’i as the “Waimea Cowboy.” However, John the most influential person in his life was his grandmother, Maria Lono Kaʻahanui Suganuma, who wrote and sang church lyrics. She died several years ago at the age of 98. Cruz said, “My grandmother was a very sweet lady, and she is the grandma I talk about in ʻIsland Style’.” He sings the words to his song: “We go grandma’s house on the weekend clean yard, cause if we no go, grandma gottah work ha(r)d.” A c a d e m i c a l l y, C r u z proved himself and earned a full scholarship to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to study music, dance, and acting. He left for the East Coast in 1983. But he still had to scrape by to make ends meet. At times he said, “I spent nights in the subways playing music to get a bite to eat and a pack

of cigarettes. I played at the clubs in Greenwich Village and in the pubs of Martha’s Vineyard.” While John was living on the East Coast, his older brother Ernie would send different music that he was working on for a new album to get his brother’s opinion. Eventually, Ernie talked John into coming back to Hawaiʻi to help produce an album. That’s when the group, ʻKa‘au Crater Boys’ wa s formed with musicians Troy Fernandez, Ernie Cruz Jr., and John Cruz. After Ernie’s album was done, Cruz decided he wanted to do an album with his own label, Lilikoi Records. The album was a success, and in 1997 he won Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist at the Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards. The album sold over 100,000 copies. In 2005, Cruz won a Grammy Award for the song, ʻJo Bo’s Night,” a slack key number. Then in 2008 he again won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year for his Album “One Of These Days.” His most recent accomplishment was his rendition of “Hiʻilawe” on an album that listed famous musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimmy Cliff and others. With a big smile, he said,

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Grammy award winner John Cruz will perform at the Ho‘olaule‘a.

“What made this gig exciting was Bob Dylan. Having him on the same album was something that I always wanted.” The album is the soundtrack for the television series, “Hawaii Five-O.” But for all his fame, Cruz hasn’t forgotten his roots. He dedicates his time to two projects for teachers and kids: “Guitars in the Classroom” and “ʻUkuleles in the Classroom.” Cruz shows teachers in

California how to play guitar when he’s on tour on the West Coast. The ‘ukulele project is sponsored by Sprint. It provides children with ʻukuleles, and who are then taught by Cruz. “The best thing about this project is working with the kids. They always look so excited,” he added. That’s what “island style” is all about.


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‘Wonder Blunder’ questions continue T

by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

wo months and a missing $200,000 later, students and community members are still wondering if the Stevie Wonder benefit concert scam could have been prevented. “How could this have happened?” asked WCC student Meagan Kelly. “Don’t they have people checking on whether something is legitimate?” Those questions of accountability and responsibility will be the focus of a special legislative committee chaired by Sen. Donna Kim that will meet later this month in response to concerns raised by the handling of the debacle. On Aug. 22, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, held a press conference at WCC to release a detailed “Fact finders” report to the public. The redacted report outlines the chronology of who was involved and when decisions were made concerning the concert. As Greenwood admitted at the press conference, “We all make mistakes. We hope we can learn from our mistakes.” However, some have also criticized the handling of events involving the UH athletics director Jim Donovan, who threatened to sue the university after being placed on temporary leave while the investigation was being conducted. Subsequently, Donovan has been assigned to a new position with UHManoa public relations and a $211,200-ayear salary. The following is a summary based on the “Factfinders” report, submitted by the law firm of Cades Schutte, based on interviews, emails and other documents.

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UH President M.R.C. Greenwood during her Aug. 22 press conference at WCC.

The idea for a Stevie Wonder concert was proposed on March 27 by Richard Sheriff, manager of the UH Stan Sheriff Center and approved by Jim Donovan. The concert appeared to be an opportunity to raise funds for the UH Athletics Department. The department has often been in the red. In 2011, the total deficit was almost $2.3 million. The Stevie Wonder event was seen as a way to give the Athletics Department the boost it needed. By April 3, promoter Bob Peyton booked the concert with an agency called Epic Talent, who claimed to have Wonder as one of its clients. Apparently, Epic Talent had never been used before by UH and their legitimacy wasn’t thoroughly investigated. On April 16, 2012, the draft of an agreement, called the Engagement Memorandum, laid out the booking fees. The final draft of this contract

was not signed until June 25 by Carl Clapp, athletic director for administrative services. According to the report, Donovan passed the responsibility of overseeing the benefit concert to the UH Legal Counsel office and Richard Sheriff on May 10 before he left for vacation and business trips. Donovan asserts that he was out of the state when the concert contract was signed. His attorney also maintains that Donovan “was not aware that the UH fiscal office had approved release of the money.” Several people named in the report from the UH offices of business operations, financial management and athletic facilities and events were involved in approving the $200,000 deposit to an account in Florida. However, on July 9 Stevie Wonder’s agents in California contacted UH President Greenwood in confusion, declaring they didn’t know about any contract with UH. By July 10, Donovan saw a copy of the Engagement Memorandum for the first time. He did not know who had drafted the document. The copy of the document that Donovan saw on July 10 was not signed and he never saw a signed copy. That day UH held a press conference and announced that the concert was cancelled. The day after, both Sheriff and Donovan were put on paid leave until the end of the investigation. According to Greenwood, Donovan’s contract was ending in spring 2013, and the paid leave just expedited the process of ending his contract. It was not supposed to indicate any guilt on his part, and Greenwood reiterated that the timing was just a

“coincidence.” However, Donovan felt slandered, as much of the public’s opinion turned against him.

Donovan responded to the negative publicity by sending a letter to Tom Apple, UHM chancellor, on July 16. Donovan asked that UH reinstate him with a job by July 19 or he would pursue legal action, accusing UH of scapegoating him during the whole scandal. By Aug, 11 Apple replied and created the new managerial position if Donovan would “hold harmless the University of Hawai’i…from any and all past and present claims or causes of action of any kind that you have or may have related to your employment with the University.” The report concludes that UH was a victim of fraud, a “… difficult episode for us all,” as Greenwood stated in the press conference at WCC. The fate of the missing $200,000 has been referred to federal law enforcement, according to a UH press release. “We are cooperating with the federal authorities in every possible way,” Greenwood said. “We understand everyone wants to know where the money went and so do we.”

Intramurals: More than meets the eye by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ports at WCC? Starting this month, there will be a new intramural sports program on campus that will run through the end of the school year. The activities include a new game called “punt, pass and kick,” as well as some of the more classic sports such as volleyball, kickball, flag football, softball, dodge ball, soccer and basketball. Rules for each sport are located at www.windward. hawaii.edu/intramurals. None of this would’ve been possible if it weren’t for career counselor Ryan Perreira, whose motivation stemmed from something much more complex. Last September, he volunteered to co-chair the WCC Domestic Violence Awareness Committee. The committee was part of a five-year effort to promote a sexual violence

prevention program (SVPP) throughout all of the UH campuses. What Perreira didn’t see was participation from men. “Women were the only ones actively participating in all our events,” he said. “Most men don’t see it as a problem because they are not offenders or they are too embarrassed to admit that they need help,” he continued. “Most of us are bystanders by definition. We know what is going on, yet we hesitate to assist.” He said that bystanders have a lot of power and that he attended a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training session to learn how to teach others to become more involved. Perreira said, “I decided that I needed to think of something that will attract men to participate. I thought of sports. Most men like playing sports or watching sports. I decided that I could encourage men to

participate in sexual violence prevention by tying in sports in some way.” This idea was unique and no other campus thought of this approach to involve men. He was able to secure enough funds to start this intramurals program from the SVPP committee. There are two ways to participate: You must either watch a short PSA video or attend a brief workshop that focuses on sexual or domestic violence. Only then will you be able to Ryan Perreira attain the proper waiver form WCC intramural sport program participants get ready for action! required to play in any of the sports. “This is how I’m tying in sports, men, awareness and prevention,” said Perreira. Sept. 19 and 26 - Punt, Pass, and Kick on the Great Lawn, 11:30 am “We’ll see how it works this coming semester. Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 - Volleyball at the Hawaii State Hospital Gym, 3 pm Hopefully, we can engage more men (and women) and Nov. 17 and 18 - Kickball on the Great Lawn, 9 am make them more aware of the Dec.1 and 2 - Flag Football on the Great Lawn, 9 am severe problems going on with sexual violence.”

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Something’s brewing at The Hub by Megan Laurance Ka ‘Ohana Writer


tarbucks has some competition in town. Island Brew ’s ‘The Hub’ is WCC’s new coffee shop, offering everything from their own line of locally roasted coffees to ice cold bubble drinks and a variety of fresh food for a quick bite to eat. The Hub is located on the main floor of the new Library Learning Commons, near the Palikū Theatre. Many students on campus have already taken a liking to the new shop. “It’s good. I like it a lot,” said current student Corey Lewis. Most students like the variety and how convenient The Hub is. “I don’t have to walk all the way to the cafeteria for my coffee now,” said Logan Mortensen. All drinks are under $5,

ranging from coffee/espresso and frappe/blended to cold or hot teas. Their fresh food items consist of baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, chips and other goodies. Anyone can make suggestions for menu items. “We’re always open to considering students’ suggestions and recommendations,” said co-owners Kimberly Yamahara and Andrea Macabeo. “We apologize that there is currently limited seating, but there will be more, both inside and outside. We’re still waiting for the furniture to arrive,” they explained. Be sure to have cash as they do not accept debit or credit cards. Also, ask for a “punch card.” When you purchase a total of 10 drinks, the next one is free. The Hub has been wellreceived by students, faculty

and staff, with a number of returning customers. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Island Brew takes pride in what they have to offer, serving quality products and providing catering services since 2005. They have two other locations at Honolulu Community College and at the Hawaiian Chip Company factory outlet. Many students have been wondering what else The Hub has planned. “We’ll have different specials throughout the school year,” said the owners. “Students can also look for special drinks around the holidays.” If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the grand opening specials, it’s not too late. The offer is good until Sept. 30.

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Andrea Macabeo and Kimberly Yamahara at The Hub’s grand opening.

If you see something, say something! Special parking stalls near the front of campus designated for ‘green’ hybrid vehicles and those who carpool.

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More spaces for going ‘green’ C

by Jovon Lauriano Ka ‘Ohana Writer

an’t find parking? Frustrated that you can’t get to class on time because you couldn’t find a stall? You may see handicap and energy efficient parking available and wonder why they created so many of those stalls. Parking at WCC has become a headache for many students who have class from 10 a.m. to noon. Although parking is always available on campus, it may not be where you prefer to park. The new parking lot across from Hale Mana‘opono offers 12 handicap, 10 faculty and staff, five carpool and five “Green Car” stalls. It is the only parking lot on campus with stalls

specifically for carpooling and energy efficient vehicles. It is hoped this new parking lot will increase the number of “Green Cars” being used, along with the number of students who carpool. This would save stalls for other students who are unable to do so. Overflow parking on the lawn is only opened if needed and in the future will most likely not be turned into an actual parking lot. According to Rick Murray, WCC’s safety and security manager, “The overflow parking is really what we call our Great Lawn. The Great Lawn is an area where we have many activities like the Ho’olaule’a, which is coming up Oct. 6. The Great Lawn is the center of our campus,

and we don’t want to turn the center of our campus into a parking lot.” Wit h WCC’s h igh enrollment of students, parking can become more of a hassle. To avoid frustration, it is suggested that students try to arrive early, catch the bus, or carpool with friends. Students are asked to drive and park with aloha and be cautious when roads are wet. For more information, go to http://windward.hawaii. edu/Parking/. If you drive an energy efficient vehicle visit http://windward.hawaii. edu/Parking/Energy_Efficient.php to find out how to get your Green Car Permit. For any questions or concerns, contact Rick Murray at 235-7343.


by Jovon Lauriano Ka ‘Ohana Writer

ust as we all know to call 911 for emergencies, if you are on campus you can call Campus Security at 235-7355, or ext. 355. It is suggested that everyone remember 355 as they would 911 and put the campus security number into your phone so that the number will be with you at all times. We have three main security staff on campus: one security manager, one security officer and one security guard from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. One security officer is always on campus 24/7. Because there are thousands of students and only a few security personnel, WCC safety and security manager Rick Murray said students should be more aware of what is going on around campus. If you see something that you feel should be reported or have a question or concern, you should call Campus Security.

“Security can only help if someone alerts us to a problem,” said Murray. “This semester there has not been one report of someone’s car getting hit or something being stolen. This means that we really don’t know if anything is going on. “Security is only as good as you make it. If you have a concern about something…it has to be reported.” In the event of a lifethreatening situation, Murray advised students to call both 911 and 235-7355 so police and emergency vehicles can be directed to your specific location on campus. WCC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students and wants to insure that the campus remains safe, he maintained. For more information you can visit http://windward. hawaii.edu/Security/ or call Murray at 235-7343, email him at ramurray@hawaii.edu or visit the Security Office in Hale Alaka‘i Room 125.

Look for the next Ka ‘Ohana on Oct. 15

“We’re very proud to have been part of WCC, and we want the community to be proud of the college, too... It’s given us a chance for an education we wouldn’t have had otherwise.”


— Nani Mench, member of WCC’s first graduating class

or students today, it’s hard to imagine NOT having a Windward Community College — a UH campus on this side of the island. But 40 years ago, that was the reality until the college opened on Sept. 18, 1972. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, WCC will celebrate its anniversary on campus as the UH system’s youngest community college — 40 years of helping students like Nani Mench who believed in the dream of providing a college education for anyone who wants it. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the mall in front of the new library, there will be Birthday Bash with a Chinese buffet lunch from ASUH-WCC, a birthday cake, intramural sports, music from the ’70s, a photo guessing game and a ’70s dress-up contest (with prizes). “We’ve come so far and become such a strong component of the Windward side,” said marketing director Bonnie Beatson. “We want to celebrate our commitment to changing lives and serving the community.” Over the years, WCC has built a reputation for quality and an impressive list of alumni. But graduates say there’s also a special feeling of support about the place that sets it apart from other campuses. “The spirit of Windward is hard to describe,” said graduate Chris Niemczyk. “You feel everyone on campus is pulling for you, to help you learn.” Today the college is on the verge of a new era — with the dedication of its 21st century Library Learning Commons and a sense of excitement about the future. “The new library and the anniversary celebration give us a chance to look forward and look back at how far we’ve come,” said WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra.


he pioneers had their covered wagons. WCC’s first students, faculty and staff had their hoses and mops. When the college opened in 1972 in five former Hawai‘i State Hospital buildings, everyone had to pitch in to get ready for the first day of class. “We didn’t mind helping to clean,” said one freshman. “We thought it was an honor to be the first students at a new college.” The idea of a small, low-cost campus of the UH system close to home and open to people of all ages sounded almost too good to be true. Some 525 people enrolled that first semester — and WCC has kept growing ever since. Today, the college serves more than 2,700 students in liberal arts and career programs and several hundred more in non-credit classes and college prep and job training programs. Here are a few memories from some of WCC’s original founding faculty, a few of whom are still with the college today:

“Things weren’t easy at first. We washed test tubes in the bathroom sinks and a lot of the equipment had to be borrowed or made. The founding faculty had to be versatile. But it was a young, new and exciting place to be.” — Hiroshi Kato, former dean of instruction

“I was so busy working six days a week from 7 a.m. until midnight that first year, I didn’t even have time for a haircut. We did everything since we had no janitors. But seeing the students made it worth all the work . . . Windward will always be a part of me.” — Keiji Kukino, retired director of administrative services


wenty-eight students. That was the size of WCC’s first graduating class. Who were those few who took a chance on a brand new college when it opened on Sept. 18, 1972? And where did their lives take them after Windward? Here are two stories from some grateful graduates.

Nani Mench – Ceramic tile designer

“The college was so small the provost’s wife made all the cookies for the opening day reception. We were so new to teaching. WCC is still a relatively young campus. We expect that teachers will put themselves out for students. The students respond to that.” — Jean Shibuya, English professor

“ We were a very young faculty in 1972, and many of us were new to teaching. We became very much a family in those early years. Many of our students were Vietnam War vets, and older than I was. There was a shared sense of adventure on the part of both students and teachers. It was exhausting, exciting, fun, challenging. I am so glad I had this opportunity to grow up with a new college.” — Janice Nuckols, history professor

“In 1972, it was quite primitive, but also one of the most exciting things in my career. It isn’t often you get to start a college . . . The concern of faculty for students is very special on this campus. That has always been the spirit of Windward.” — Jacquie Maly, professor emeritus, psychology and biology

“When we first opened, we had boards propped on bricks for library shelves and about 1,500 books. Today we have a 21st-century Library Learning Commons and an on-line computer system to help students do research.”

— Catherine Wilson, first WCC librarian

Nani (Mench) Pogline spoke at WCC’s first graduation ceremony about how much the college had meant to her. Today, she’s a successful custom ceramic tile designer on the Big Island, living her dream of making a career from her art. After graduating from WCC in 1974, Mench went on to earn her bachelor of fine arts degree in California, but said she always knew she wanted to come back to the islands. “ I found out if you can create functional art, you might be able to make a living at it,” she said. “It’s so good to be in Hawai‘i because we have a cultural heritage of perpetuating hands-on, traditional crafts. “I think the value of fine arts is coming back, too. There’s something real and solid in working with your hands that people can appreciate.” Mench started her business, Moonroad Pottery, in 1991 with her pieces now hanging in galleries, private homes and at the Hawaii Botanical Garden just outside Hilo. But she reminisces about her time as a student — a Castle grad born and raised in Kahalu‘u who used to ride her bike to school. She had tried UH-Manoa, but said it felt too big and impersonal. “Windward was wonderful,” she said. “The campus was peaceful, and it was really so doable and close to home. The world was much simpler then.”

Leslie Barton – IBM software engineer

WCC grad Leslie Barton played on the college’s first intramural girls’ basketball team. “I was the worst one — but we actually beat UH-Manoa that year.” Barton recently paid a visit to campus and said, “I was so impressed with the changes. When I started in 1972, we didn’t have all the fancy equipment. In fact, we had to help the college get ready to open. “But the thing about Windward that’s the same is the people. The teachers made learning fun. They knew who you were. The college was so new and they were willing to try innovative things.” Barton, a Kailua High School graduate, said she almost didn’t go to college until a friend talked her into trying WCC. Today, she is a senior software engineer for IBM in Walla Walla, Washington. Her job involves troubleshooting and “debugging” programs because she learned she was a good problem-solver. “Then we explain to the software guys where it went wrong in code and they have to correct the problem,” she added. Barton’s advice to students is to stay open to possibilities and figure out where your talents lie. She’s worked for IBM for 31 years in New York, Los Angeles and a few places in between. But she said she’ll always remember WCC for the start it gave her back in 1972.


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A night of ‘Broadway@Paliku’ A

by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

fter more than a decade of productions at Palikū Theatre, acclaimed director Ron Bright is back with “Broadway@Palikū: 10 Years of Bright Lights,” a revue of all the past Broadway shows done at Palikū and those Bright would like to do in the future. There will only be two weekends of performances, with the show opening Saturday, Sept. 28 and closing Sunday, Oct. 7. “Broadway@Palikū” boasts the talents of not only local stars, but Broadway veterans too. Mary Gutzi, who played Grizabella in “Cats,” will reprise her role, and also sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.” Born in the Philippines but raised in Hawai‘i, local star Kristian Lei will perform “A New Life” from “Jekyll and Hyde.” Holowach has wanted Lei, who was cast as the lead in a German production of “Miss Saigon,” to perform

at Palikū for years. Closer to home, Jade Stice, the daughter of retired WCC professor Gary Stice and a former student of Bright’s at Castle High School, was in the first cast of “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. Stice will sing “Rose’s Turn” from “Gypsy” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita.” The show will start as all Paliku shows start, with Tom Holowach walking on stage. Instead of playing his usual role of theatre manager, Holowach will be the Master of Ceremonies from “Cabaret,” reprising his role from the first time “Cabaret” was done at Palikū. After songs from varied shows, ranging from “The Wiz” to “Oklahoma!” 24/VII Danceforce crew will take the stage with numbers from “Chicago” and “Hairspray.” Fifteen minutes will be spent on songs from the last 11 years — only a quarter of the show— then the cast moves on to shows Bright hopes to do, without, Holowach assures, the MC just calling “Next!” The Palikū crew has done revues before, with snippets of the past and

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Kimee Balimero (center) teaches routine to Jessica Cruz (left) and Nicky Enos (far right).

hopes for the future mixed together. Then they went on to actually stage some of those productions. Holowach recalls talking to some of the cast in the revue and telling them “There’s no plot!” and that they now have “the opportunity to do all the songs they’ve been wanting to do without all that dialogue in the way.”

He adds, “Community theatre is held hostage by who shows up for auditions. You hope the right person shows up.” Usually this is true, but rehearsal schedules for revues are not as intense, allowing for busier performers, like Broadway stars, to fit a revue into their schedule.

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by Maria Harr Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s a bustle of activity in WCC’s Gallery ‘Iolani as the crew prepares for “Confluence 3,” an exhibition of student artwork, Sept. 21 through Oct. 17. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first day. More than 160 works will be displayed, chosen by individual professors from diverse art forms ranging from ceramics, color theory, design, drawing, photography and painting to printmaking/screen printing and sculpture. Wood carvings from the Hawaiian Studies class vie for attention, among large paintings and colorful screen-printed designs. All the while the gallery director Toni Martin works with her student staff to orchestrate the placement of pieces. There is no theme, and the artwork is not sectioned off based upon which class they originated from. Everything is set up where it can look the best and provide the keenest effect for its audience. During the installation process, the gallery has dozens of pieces carefully laid out on the floor, protected

by sheets of plastic-like fabric beneath them. Martin puts the pieces next to each other on the floor to decide what fits together before she hangs them on the wall, going over such minute details as the size of the pedestal a sculpture should sit on. One of the student gallery employees, Elizabeth Peters, helps move pieces about the room, as they plan the exhibit’s design. “It called out to me because of the shape of the leaves,” Peters says, explaining her suggestion for the placement of a painting. Both women nod and look harder, finding similar curvature in the work next to it. Before she leaves for the day, Martin arranges pieces as part of an entryway design to capture visitors’ attention. “If I get the entrance done, I feel like I’ve gotten started.” Martin says, talking as she works to hang two paintings and a carving right in front of the doors. “To me, this just catches the eye.” An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on opening day. The gallery will be open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday but closed Saturdays. It will be open Oct. 6, during Ho‘olaule‘a, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

At this point, the staff is especially f you’ve got a knack for any kind of writing or art and want to see your interested in finding more poetry and work published, you just might have a art entries. Current WCC students, faculty chance with Rain Bird, WCC’s awardmembers, staff or recent Writing Rewinning literary and art journal. “I put it on my resume that I had treat attendees may submit entries. Generally a stor y pub a ny for m of l i she d,” s a id writing, such WCC st udent as stories, poTravis Kotrady, ems or essays “a nd whe n I is accepted. went for an inStudents may terview the boss also submit art asked me about pieces, suc h it and he seemed a s pa i nt i ngs, i mp r e s s e d. I d raw i ngs or ended up getphotographs. ting the job.” Entry forms Robert Barcan be found in clay, faculty adthe WCC bookvisor to the Rain store, outside Bird, says this ‘Ākoakoa 236 or isn’t unusual, at the library. and that a record For this year’s of publication alKa ‘Ohana Staff issue, written ways looks good on a resume. Rain Bird staff (Clockwise from left): Alaura Du submissions “It says you Puis, Robert Barclay, Anthony Davis, Desi Poteet, must be turned have the ability Glen O’Hanlon, Taylor Hall, and Rachel Naluai in by Oct. 5 and to communicate take a break from deciding what gets published a r t pieces by in the LOVE issue for a group photo. Oct. 31. with others, and Rain Bird was started in 1980 by that you can write competently. These are job skills that many employers will Lillian Cunningham, who currently runs the school’s Writing Retreats, value.” Other than helping in the job mar- a gathering for creative writing and ket, being a published writer is just critique. After 20 years, she retired from Rain Bird, and passed on the job plain cool. “I was so excited,” says Taylor Hall. to Barclay. The magazine is set to be pub“It was gratifying to think other people thought highly enough of my story to lished in May and will be distributed in the library and bookstore. publish it.” It will also be distributed at the Hall is now a member of the Rain Bird staff, which is currently in the pro- annual Rain Bird launch party, which cess of selecting work for the upcoming has turned into the campusʻ can’t-miss party of the year. LOVE issue.


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Kaneohe Business Group rewards students by Hannah Marquez Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ast semester Matthew Maneha worked four j o b s wh i l e at t e n ding three courses at WCC. Thanks to the Windward Ho’olau le’a sc hola r sh ip, this semester he can pursue his degree in mathematics working only two jobs. When Erilyn Nakagawa received her letter of acceptance she felt like, “I was winning a contest, a prize, an awesome and totally unexpected gift.” Twenty-three students were awarded $1,000 each, to help them towards a college degree. Every year, Kaneohe Business Group joins forces with the college to sponsor

the Windward Ho’olaule’a. For people like Maneha, college is a way to lessen the struggle to survive. “I know choke stories of people getting degrees not related to their job, but it helped them to get the job. Just getting a degree in something really helps,” he added. Nakagawa also loves Windward “I wish I never had to leave. It’s really hard to fail here. If you are struggling, they are willing to help you. ” Maneha’s advice is to simply “soak it all up; enj o y y o u r t i m e h e r e .” For more details on the Windward Ho‘olaule‘a scholarships, contact WCC’s financial aid office at 235-7449 or go to hawaii.edu/financial_aid.

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Eight of the scholarship winners were acknowledged at a Kaneohe Business Group luncheon.

The scholarship recipients for this year include: Cameryce Alvarado, Channon Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Ronda Armstrong, Corina Brooks,

Nicol Cheek, Jaron Chong, Brynne Hew-Len, Shawna Kailieha, Johnaca Kipapa, Michael Leary, Matthew Maneha, Hannah Marquez, Erilyn Nak-

agawa, Kapiolani Nee, Tammy Pratt, Christine Rombawa, Raquiel Santos, Emily Valdez, Leona Victoria, Ashley Wong, Jenifer Young, Tori Marin.

Welcome Back, WCC


ore than 350 students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the ASUH-WCC Welcome Back event Aug. 29, right after the new library dedication. Serg’s of Waimanalo prepared and served heaping plates of enchiladas, rice and beans. Music and entertainment was provided by DJ Gusty Gus, Happen Hylie and Smooth Sutherland from

atop the balcony of the Palikū Theatre. The winner of the spring 2013 tuition waiver (up to 12 credits) was Ihilani Gutierrez. Vendors from a variety of community and campus organizations also were available to provide information and assistance for WCC students. They ranged from HMSA Leslie Opulauoho and the UH Federal Credit (from left): ASUH-WCC President Asa Yamashita, tuition waiverwinner Ihilani Gutierrez, and Chancellor Union to UH-West O‘ahu and Doug Dykstra, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Ardis Eschenberg, outreach and recruitment specialist Gus the UH College of Education. Cobb-Adams, First-Year Experience educational assistants Hylie Santos and Scott Sutherland.

Campus award winners by Zacha-Rya Luning Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

Steven Chigawa Chancellor’s Award

Dr. Floyd McCoy Excellence in Teaching Award

Through his countless efforts, financial aid officer Steven Chigawa has significantly increased the number of WCC awardees over the years. The college now provides more than half of its eligible students with financial aid. The selection committee described Chigawa as “an advocate for the students, guiding them through the rules and regulations that are part of the financial aid application.”

Dr. Floyd McCoy, a professor in geology and oceanography, has been called “a master teacher with a distinguished research career.” Not only has he inspired a generation of WCC students, but he has also been internationally recognized for his research in Greece where he pioneered the field of geoarchaeology. His work has been featured on NOVA, the BBC, National Geographic and the History Channel.

Common Book Project “Big Happiness”


Jacquie Maly Volunteer Service Award Retired WCC professor Jacquie Maly is actually anything but “retired.” According to the nominating committee, “Her devotion and aloha for WCC is far-reaching.” Her activities include over 10 years of volunteer work at the Imaginarium, the Aerospace Exploration Lab and Palikū Theatre. Maly also coordinates Ho’opili, WCC’s organization for retired faculty and staff and provides “catering” services to support WCC events.

ark Panek, the author of “Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior,” which was chosen as WCC’s Common Book for 2012-2013, will be on campus Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in Akoakoa 105 to talk about his work. “The goal of the [Common Book] program is to engage the college and community in a sustained discussion of a single book and can include a variety of perspectives,” explained Brian Richardson, who is WCC’s Dean of Academic Affairs. “Big Happiness” is the biography of Percy Kipapa, a retired sumo wrestler and resident of Waikāne Valley, who was murdered in 2005. Panek, an English professor from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, was a good friend of Kipapa. “Big Happiness” connects Kipapa’s life to many of the issues facing Hawai‘i. The book describes Kipapa’s triumphs and failures, his struggles with “ice” and a community that overlooked its drug problem too long. For a copy of “Big Happiness” check at your local UH bookstore or buy it online at http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu. It is also available at the WCC library as a two-week checkout.


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iCAN says, ‘You can at WCC!’ by Greer Waiolama Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


CC has launched a free and fast-track career and workforce certificate program to help people pursue non-credit certification for careers in green energy, sustainable agriculture and health care. It can also be the first step for anyone who wants to enroll in WCC certificate programs on the credit side of campus. People like Chanel Kaui, a new iCAN student, knew that to raise a family nowadays, you have to go beyond a high school diploma. Eight years ago at age 16, Kaui stopped attending Castle High School to stay home with her baby. She explained she needed to put her life on hold to be a full-time mother and wife. After sending her youngest daughter to school this year, she felt it was time to further her education but didn’t know how or where to begin. That’s when she heard about iCAN.

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New iCAN student Chanel Kaui (left) talks with program coordinator Roya Dennis about her classes.

“I need more education to better myself and to get a career to help my husband to support our family. I don’t want to bust butt for minimum wage—iCAN is perfect for me,” said Kaui. She believes one should enjoy what they are doing, find fulfillment in helping others to succeed and, of course, get paid for it.

If this sounds like you or you know of someone who’s been out of school for awhile and feeling stuck—iCAN is designed for you. Open enrollment for fall started Aug. 28, but there are seats available for late registration until Oct. 1. This fall, classes run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

with evening classes offered from 5 to 8 p.m. The spring session starts Jan. 22. It’s as easy as dropping in, getting a free consultation and taking the COMPASS placement test to know where you can begin your pathway. iCAN students can explore career options, build their skills, obtain the Certificate of

Professional Development and test for the National Career Readiness Certificate, which is recognized in 40 states. To set an appointment or find out more, Roya Dennis, iCAN program coordinator and instructor, can be reached at 235-7381. Applicants can also call counseling coordinator Sharon Tsunoda at 235-7329. Dennis is very excited and proud of students like Kaui for taking the first step into the program. “This is another pathway to educate our workforce and help them get the skills and training to get back to work. WCC is very supportive in offering different pathways and programs such as this.” How is all this possible? “iCAN started through the pilot efforts of Ready, Set, Grow–Hawai‘i, which got its start through the Hawaii Community Foundation,” said Dennis. “iCAN has become even larger with new government funding through the C3T grant in coalition with many other community partners.”

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A bon dance on campus will help celebrate WCC’s 40th anniversary.

First bon dance set for Sept. 22


he college will host its first-ever bon dance on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4:30 to 9 p.m., with great food and bon dance instruction for first-timers. The traditional Okinawan festival will take place at the entrance to the new Hale La‘akea Library Learning Commons. The festival will honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed on and promote peace for the future.

Bon Dance Schedule 4–5:30 p.m. – Bon Dance lessons and Bon Dance history and explanations. Hanafuda lecture and lessons (sets for sale). Gallery ‘Iolani and medicinal garden tours. 5 p.m. – Food booths open: Fresh corn, chicken and beef barbeque sticks, saimin, baked goods, andagi, chicken nishime, shoyu pork, stew, garlic chicken plates and chili. 5:45 p.m. – Welcome by Chancellor Doug Dykstra. Reflection – Keiji “Kuki” Kukino 6–9 p.m. – Bon Odori begins–Dancing around the Yagura. Kaneohe Sukiyaki Bon Dance Group. Ewa Fukushima Bon Dance Group. Young Okinawans of Hawaii. YOH Shishi Mai (Lion Dance) Lanakila & Jikoen Bon Dance Group .

Contact Dorene Niibu at 235-7402 or dniibu@hawaii.edu.

t the dedication of the new Library Learning Commons, a towering arrangement of kukui and other plants greeted visitors as they walked through the doors. The display was a labor of love created by WCC student Kimo Adams, who traces his family lineage in Kāne‘ohe back eight generations. Adams is descended from William Henry (yes, the road of the same name), who was the first deputy and high sheriff of Kāne‘ohe. Adams said he offered to create the arrangement partly to express his gratitude to the college and to librarian Nancy Heu for the time he spent over the years in the old library. “The kukui symbolizes the “light of knowledge” and the ti leaf and other plants represent different types of strength,” he said. Adams explai ned h is family was gifted with the William Henry Road property by King Kamehameha II , where they raise puakenikeni and other plants. Through his family business, Adams has provided floral arrangements for large events such as the Na Hōkū

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Hawaiian Studies student Kimo Adams with his labor of love, created especially for the grand opening of WCC’s Library Learning Commons.

Hanohano Hawaiian music awards and other ceremonies. Adams is back at WCC after a break of several years, to work toward the new associate degree in Hawaiian Studies. He said he first enrolled at Windward in the 1980s but left to work in the tourism industry.

In 2007, he decided to return to Windward, taking a class at a time while maintaining the family lei and flower business. His goal now? “To write a book about our family and our kuleana,” he replies. “I want to share some of the family history before it’s lost.”

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Mental health patients in campus classes? I feel like I’m in the middle of an argument. It’s good that the patients can receive an education, but it’s also bad because some patients can be dangerous because of their mental state. —Kevin Kawaguchi

Already you have “normal” people shooting up theaters and killing at random so I’m not particularly worried about the people who are aware and in treatment for whatever might be afflicting them. —Jesse Rowell I think everyone has a right to go to school. I happen to love this campus and believe mental health patients would greatly benefit from attending classes at Windward Community College. —Tri Kekai Le I feel as their “neighbor” we should be accepting and understanding of their needs and welcome them here to our school. Having an opportunity to interact with individuals with mental health issues can help to reduce the fear and stigma associated with such illnesses. —Sara Alimoot

As it is possible that some may be violent or disruptive to other students’ learning, the decision on a patient being allowed to attend WCC would need to be made on a case by case basis. Also a probation period should be used to determine if the patient should be allowed to continue to attend WCC. —Gavin Nall

There are millions of people who are already attending classes that should probably be mental health patients, but haven’t been tested or diagnosed with any problems. If anyone can test into their classes and get the money for it, they should be given the opportunity to go to school. —Malia Medeiros Safety must continue to be the primary focus in any learning institution. Without students having their primary needs for a safe learning environment met, everything else the campus does is futile. All people have a right to education, but that right should never come at the expense of others. —Margaret “Jackie” Jackson First, if these patients are “well enough” to get a college education, I

feel they should have been well enough to stand trial instead of being acquitted because of their mental health. If it wasn’t for the news, I wouldn’t have known that I would be going to school with an attempted murderer. WCC and Hawaii State Hospital should have made it a priority to let students know. What scared me more is that the guy almost was allowed to be on campus without supervision. —Ashleigh Sadetani The (phrase) “mental health” is associated with the idea of crazy people. Not all people who have a mental health issue are crazy. Taking classes should not be a problem as long as they do not disrupt class time. —Alanna Davis I believe that having mental health patients on campus is a fantastic opportunity for all students. For the patient it is a great opportunity to study at an established institution. As for the rest of the students, being exposed to mental health patients will hopefully help those students to show compassion to their classmates and appreciate them, no matter who they are. —David Morimoto

It concerns me that mental health patients are allowed to take classes on campus because it compromises the safety of everybody on campus. I am not against mental health patients seeking education, in fact, I very much promote that, but online classes or classes held at the facility would be the better option. I don’t think it is fair for students to come to class and feel unsettled by their classmates. As a student, I would just be waiting “for something to happen.” That sort of tense energy is not conducive to learning. —Robin Hansen I believe that this is a case by case question. If patients of the mental health hospital are deemed functional by their doctors, they should have equal learning opportunities. This is a good opportunity for students to reach out to the community and share in a different learning environment. Taking classes with other students could very well be a healthy step for patients. —Shanae Newman Bottom line is preparation is the key to integration and ultimately tolerance, but there are no guarantees. —Caro Willson

Thoughts on mental illness by Ann Lemke, WCC disability counselor


t has long amazed me that those of us who have disabilities are regarded as having either “good” disabilities or “bad” disabilities and “real” disabilities or “contrived” disabilities. Since the huge majority of disabilities are actually “hidden” in that they are not obvious to the observer, there is much room for stigma, fear, ridicule, disdain, and superstition. Hidden disabilities include certain chronic medical conditions, neurological disabilities such as epilepsy, varying degrees of sensory impairments, and a wide range of conditions affecting or originating in the brain. These can impact everything from attention, perception, memory, processing and retrieving information, comfort within oneself (anxiety, depression, etc), orientation to external reality, relationships with peers and family, and relationships with strangers and authority figures. Whether a disability is hidden or obvious, it is defined as a disability because it is significant enough to impair a major life activity. Some of the major life activities that come to mind are seeing, hearing, speaking, reading, caring for oneself, ability to learn, and, yes, the ability to get along with others in one’s family, school, workplace and community. Therefore, impairments or weaknesses in some area of functioning do not always rise to the level of being called disabilities, and many court battles are fought concerning how much a condition actually does impact a person’s voluntary ability to function adequately in given situations. Nationally, there has been a huge increase in the number of persons claiming mental health disabilities who attend colleges and universities, and even people who don’t consider themselves to have mental illnesses report increasingly high rates of depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. I doubt that anything I have said here will change anyone’s mind regarding our present situation on campus. I should point out that certain kinds of serious mental illnesses seem to become apparent when the individual is a young adult. Imagine how frightening it must be to realize that you have intrusive thoughts, halucinations, voices, or that you simply lose your ability to cope with the demands of daily life. As a college community, I hope we can work to create a climate of respect, safety, and tolerance for differences that will include many of our neighbors, family members, and community members with mental health challenges.

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Hawai‘i Pacific University

September 2012


The opening celebration of Hale La‘akea (Continued from page 1) After almost two and a half years of construction and what Jeff Hunt, construction liaison, refers to as the “smoothest running project of them all,” the dream has become a reality. Sen. Jill Tokuda likened the process to giving birth to a child. “At times it was long and painful but in the end, we did it. Our baby’s all grown up,” she said. The new library has large common areas on each of its three floors, which connect to an atrium lined with a wall of windows. This provides natural lighting for most of the library. Recycled wood from the deconstruction of the old building was used in benches and the main circulation desk. The first floor features a magazine lounge, computer classroom, study areas, media instruction and computing services. It also houses the time capsule in the stairwell. The second floor, or main floor, has computers for student use, writing and speech labs, tutoring rooms, printing services and The Hub coffee shop. Finally, the third floor consists of a staff workroom, conference rooms, books (of course) and an improved Hawaiian collection where patrons and students can now browse freely. New additions to the Hawaiian collection were donated at the ceremony by Dr. Hirini Moko Mead, some of which are out of print. He also presented Chancellor Doug Dykstra with a waka huia, a valuable Maori heritage item. As Mead stood in front of the new LLC, he said he was most happy to see that we “made a path and set the root to Hawaiian knowledge.” Head librarian Nancy Heu said the new library’s name, Hale La‘akea, or Hall of Enlightenment, is full of meaning. “(It’s) a glorious new building filled with sunshine from many windows, knowledge and staff to guide students, and special energy.” She welcomes everyone to “visit, study and learn” there. “This building is a dream come true,” said Chancellor Dykstra. “It provides so much and attracts public attention to all we have to offer.” (Clockwise from top left): 1) The grand opening celebration for Windward’s new Library Learning Commons. 2) WCC student Jeanine Keohokalole performs ”The Lofty Guardians of Ko’olauloa” by Kalani Meinecke. 3) Former and current legislators Tommy Waters, Rep. Ken Ito, and Mike McCartney. 4) Sen. Jill Tokuda speaks during the opening ceremony. 5) The circulation desk offers guidance to students using the new library. 6) A student peers through the porthole of the time capsule. 7) ASUHWCC senator Kayleen Sur talks about the new library. 8) Chancellor Doug Dykstra hands head librarian Nancy Heu a gift donated to the library by Dr. Hirini Moko Mead. 9) Former student Mikki O’Phelan tells about her experience with the old library.


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