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Parents say Laie Elementary Christmas production is energetic Page 7 Marriott Foundation funds BYUH Hospitality and Tourism Center


DECEMBER 17, 2015 • Volume 113: Issue 5 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


E m i ly H a lls

Le e A n n Lambe r t




Jare d R o be r ts

Rachel Reed

A ly ssa T royan e k

Matthew Roberts

Samo n e Yu e n

Eric Hachenberger

Kevin Brown

Leiani Brown Megan Church


Brittanie Vorwaller

Ke lsie C arlso n

Alex Maldonado

Lexie A ran cibia

Alyssa Olsen

A u stin En ge man n

Taylor Polson

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C amro n Sto ck f o rd

S a m o n e Yue n

Jo sh u a Maso n

H e c t o r Pe r i q uin

D o ro thy C h iu

ART DIRECTOR H e c t o r Pe r i q uin

ART & GRAPHICS A n dre a Marsh all Macke n zie McLe o d Yu k imi Kish i

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ON THE COVER: The Three Kings sing on the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Christmas canoe ride. Photo by Stop Khemthorn



ABOUT US The Ke Alaka‘i began publishing the first year the university was started and has continued printing for 60 years. The name in Hawaiian means “the leader.” It began as a monthly newsletter, evolved into a weekly newspaper and is now a weekly news magazine along with a website,YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. Today a staff of more than 30 students works to provide information for the campus ohana and community.



Kahuku Superette’s poke draws visitors from far and wide


Hospitality and Tourism Center will have scholarships and internships



Laie Elementary students perform at campus Christmas tree lighting event

Beatboxing students say they practice a lot but perform just as a hobby


PCC to have snow day on Dec. 19 as part of its 12 Days of Christmas program


Student family starts Polynesian designed tie business


Men’s basketball team wins; women lose


Ke Alaka‘i alumnus wins national award for video on cross-country a cappella group




DECEMBER 17, 2015




Christmas Tree Lighting brings community together B Y M E GAN CHUR CH

he BYU-Hawaii annual Christmas tree lighting, held this year on Dec. 9, brought the community together with performances by students of Laie Elementary School full of the Christmas spirit. “The kids are so full of talent and are ready to share it at any given moment,” said Lanett Ho Ching, Laie Elementary School music teacher. Ho Ching added, “They’re such enthusiastic children.” The Christmas tree lighting program was titled “What Christmas Means to Me.” Between performances from the children, videos of students explaining what Christmas meant to them were shown on the Cannon Activities Center screen. The answers ranged from Christ and family to joy over presents and visits from Santa. The background behind the risers on the floor of the CAC where some students stood to sing was covered with the artwork of the children, each piece being a drawn depiction of the theme. All of the grades from pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade, as well as the teachers, performed a Christmas song and dance they had been working on since October. Ho Ching said they worked on the program primarily in music class, which they attend for a half an hour every week. Along with the video clips, the screen updated the audience on where Santa was as he came to Hawaii. The idea was that Santa was coming to Laie for the Christmas tree lighting, following the sound of the singing. The more the children sang, the closer Santa came. Most of the students had similar reactions to performing. Thomas Strain, a fourth grader at Laie Elementary, said, “I was kind of

scared, but once I started performing, it was easy.” Madison Lecour, a Laie Elementary second grader, stated she also felt a mix between nervousness and excitement. Regardless, the parents were fond of the program. Rebecca Strain, the mother of Thomas Strain, talked about how Laie Elementary’s productions compares to other school’s programs. She said, “It’s always great watching performances with Laie Elementary because there’s so much animation. We’ve had a lot of other elementary school experiences, and they’re mellower. This is always very exciting because there’s a lot of involvement.” Following the program, children and their parents were invited to the Aloha Center Ballroom where there were craft and bake sales, pictures with Santa, a “Despicable Me” minion, a nativity scene, and a movie. Families were also encouraged to take a look through the BYUH Bookstore for discounted merchandise. Amanda Tice, the mother of fourth and second grade students at Laie Elementary, said she has attended the program for the past four years. She has seen it change over the years, and said, “This year was better because we could hear the kids singing more. It seemed as though the background singing was off, so you could actually hear their voices.” Tice continued, “Almost all of the kids were participating this year instead of just a few dancing in the front.” Tice expressed her thanks to BYUH for working with Laie Elementary to help make evenings like the Christmas tree lighting celebration possible.

Children from Laie Elementary School sing and dance to Christmas songs in the CAC during the annual Christmas tree lighting program. Photos by Stop Khemthorn

DECEMBER 17, 2015


Kahuku Superette provides island treasure with onolicous poke B Y TAYLO R P O LS O N

The poke at Kahuku Superette is made with fresh fish every day. Surfer Magazine rated the store No. 1 for it’s poke. Photos by Austin Engemann and Hector Periquin



Rated the No. 1 favorite food of the North option. Lee said, “If I eat poke, I’ll eat tuna Shore by Surfer Magazine, Kahuku Superette’s [poke] first.” poke–pronounced po kay–has become an The species of fish used affects both island specialty for both locals and tourists price and taste. Lee said the Superette uses of all nationalities. both Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna. “Yellowfin is Located across the street from okay. The Bigeye gets a little bit rounder.” Lee Kahuku High School, this world-renowned con- said roundness yields more poke as it is diced venience store offers a wide variety of food and just behind the store counter into small cubes. variations of poke. The Kahuku Superette was In the islands, both Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna also included in’s list of the North are commonly referred to as ‘ahi. Shore’s best-eating establishments. Despite Kahuku Superette’s reputa Harmon Lee, the husband of the Sution and fame, some people prefer poke properette's owner, said the store’s fame has spread duced at other venues. Berit Gatoloai, a senior mostly “through word of mouth,” and he said majoring in graphic design from Germany, said, Japanese tour buses make time to stop so tour- “I prefer Foodland’s poke. The [poke] in Hauula ists have a chance to try local food. Lee added, is amazing, too!” “One guy made a video, too. He just filmed with Upon considering what distinguishes his camera and put it on the Internet.” good poke from the average or bad, Lee said, “I Poke is a fish salad similar to Latin don’t know. It all depends on who makes it, and American ceviche or Japanese sashimi. the quality of the fish.” According to, an online Hawaiian Kahuku Superette’s poke was praised dictionary, poke is a verb meaning “to slice” or by Inoka Kahawaii, a senior from Laie majoring “to cut crosswise into pieces.” Poke is typically in interdisciplinary studies, who said of it, “Ono comprised of cubed raw fish. dat one. Broke da mout.” Store-bought poke is a hybrid of Poke is most often sold by the pound. Hawaiian and East Asian cuisine. Poke concocPrices are subject to fluctuation, as tuna is in tions usually include soy sauce, sesame oil and high demand throughout the Pacific and becomseeds, and occasionally include wasabi, kimchi, ing increasingly scarce. According to the New seaweed, green onions and chili peppers. Every York Times, “Global seafood consumption has order almost always has a generous foundation increased consistently to the point where we of steamed white rice and a pair of chopsticks. now remove more wild fish and shellfish from The most popular seafood used in the oceans every year than the weight of the poke is ‘ahi, which is the Hawaiian word for human population of China.” Due to the ocean’s tuna. Other varieties include octopus, salmon, dwindling supply of tuna, the price of poke is and shellfish. Beets can also be used as a vegan likely to rise.

New Hospitality and Tourism Center to enhance students learning experience B Y L E I AN I B RO W N

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation agreed to aid the funding and establishment of a new Hospitality and Tourism Center at BYU-Hawaii, announced University Relations on Dec. 3. The plan has been years in the making, according to the newly named executive director of the center, Professor David Preece. “It’s really been a long process from start to finish,” said Preece, who is the chair and assistant professor of the Department of Business Management. “And it’s not finished, but it’s at the end of the planning stage. Now we’re at implementation.” Preece cited three strategic goals of the center: academic enhancement, program expansion, and industry engagement. He said he expects curriculum adjustments will be implemented by Fall 2016 to add “depth, breadth, and flexibility for students to tailor their pursuits to their career.” Richard Marriott, a former PCC board member, helped get funding from the Marriott Foundation to add features to the center’s offerings. According to Preece, these include lecture series, expansion of internship opportunities, a Marriott Scholars program, and an advisory council of about 12 leaders from various industries.

range of career opportunities for students, but there was a need to [...] make changes in the way the program was structured,” said Preece. “It needed to be a free-standing entity.” Established in 1998, the HTM program fluctuated in its number of students, said Preece, until about eight years ago when it was put under the Business Management Department and has remained stable at roughly 125 students. One of those students, Dylan MiyaPreece cited three strategic saki, a sophomore from Utah, said he chose his major because he enjoys working with people. goals as the plans begin to “I love to see people happy and enjoying thembe carried out: selves and HTM gives me so many chances to 1. Academic enhancement do that in the future,” said Miyasaki. “What I have heard so far about the new center is that 2. Program expansion it will be a great, new resource for all of the 3. Industry engagement students studying HTM…[which] is a big major here and is really important for Hawaii and its are offered, but instructors who teach could future. With the new center, we should have come from various academic departments. more opportunities to be better prepared for “The global tourism industry is one of future careers.” the largest in the world, and it’s even bigger in Although much needs to be done over the university’s primary target area, Asia-Pacific, the next 12 months, Preece said he’s ready and which means a lot of jobs for students because excited to see it all roll out. “I’m most excited the industry is growing fast there. Those associ- at the prospects for our students to have a ated with the program always felt that it had better learning experience here and be better a great growth potential and provided a wide prepared for a great career in the industry.” “We want to take full advantage of the new hotel next door in the form of a three credit course,” said Preece, “where students get to go to the hotel or the PCC and observe as well as do things with their sales and marketing teams.” According to Preece, a new building will not be constructed, but the new center will operate similar to the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship in which courses

DECEMBER 17, 2015


Keanu Lee Chip Sao started beatboxing at 14, but said he has cut back on his performances despite invitations from Waikiki. Photo by Stop Khemthorn

A talent for beat

Keanu Lee Chip Sao and others discuss their shared hobby of beatboxing B Y E RI C H ACH E N B E RGE R



“When you develop one talent, you automatically develop others. We have talents everywhere, but what is the best combination for you?” - Keanu Lee Chip Sao Keanu Lee Chip Sao, a junior majoring in computer science from Tahiti, found his niche for making beats during a bed-ridden surgery recovery. Soon after, Sao was receiving widespread praise from various sponsors for his newfound talent. Beatboxing, the practice of making drum and machine-like beats with the mouth, lips, teeth, tongue and voice, has long been acknowledged as a musical art form, reported While practicing for a Tae kwon do competition at the age of 14, Sao cut his foot on glass, which resulted in an abscess. The following surgery confined him to bed for a month. “I didn’t want to waste my time,” he remembered. After finishing all his homework, he decided to learn how to sing. “It was one of my life goals, but it was hard lying down.” On YouTube, he discovered professional beatboxing and immediately fell in love with it. “I practiced every day for six hours. After a month, I impressed people so I wanted to learn more. My first performance was two months later on a stage in front of everyone. After that I had sponsors and managers calling me to do shows,” explained Sao. Fellow beatboxer Joshua Beijerling, a freshman majoring in graphic design from Washington, said, “I don’t think most people learn it from videos on YouTube

but just happen to pick it up. I was just making sounds with my mouth and eventually it turned into what people would call beatboxing.” He talked about the difficulties of beatboxing well. “It’s not for everyone.You need a certain control over your mouth and lips to be able to do it. It is hard to learn and you need to practice a lot.” Beijerling said, “People like beatboxing because they don’t usually hear this out of a person’s mouth. It is pretty unexpected.You are making sounds with your mouth that normally machines make.” Beatboxing is also a talent of Jeff Mellor, a freshman majoring in biomedical science from Washington. Mellor said, “I am not a pro, but I can beatbox. It started out of having lots of extra time. Beatboxing was something to pass time. I would always be whistling or beatboxing around the house and practicing different beats. On my mission, whenever I would ride my bike around, I would keep the beat to what I was peddling.” Doing something in an artistic field so long came with challenges that led both Sao and Mellor to keep their talents at a hobby level. After two years of performances and concerts, Sao abruptly decided to stop. “I didn’t want to do it for money,” he said. He said he focused on developing his program-

ming skills instead. However, he maintained his beatboxing ability during his mission in Madagascar. Sao explained how the rigors of being a full-time musician can negatively affect his life. “Right now I am getting calls from musicians in Honolulu inviting me to perform in Waikiki and some other places around the island. The only problem is as an artist it’s very time demanding and you need to be healthy all the time physically,” he said. “From time to time, I am glad to perform for little local performances, and I don’t do it for money.” Music always has been a big dream for Mellor, but keeping it as a hobby, which he said is more realistic, is also what keeps him happy. “If it was just solely a career, it would lose its meaning to me. The biggest challenge is competition. There are so many people who are good at the arts.” Sao concluded, “ You have to develop your own skills. Everyone is different. Find out what your purpose here on Earth is. Why weren’t you born earlier in the world?” Sao said he believes God wants you to hone skills and talents. “You have to discover your mission, by looking at your natural skills and talents, passions and your patriarchal blessing. When you develop one talent, you automatically develop others. We have talents everywhere, but what is the best combination for you?”

DECEMBER 17, 2015


PCC celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas A Nativity canoe ride, lights, live music, and Santa photos bring holiday spirit B Y A LEX MA LDONAD O


he Polynesian Cultural Center is celebrating 12 Days of Christmas with winterthemed events and free concerts by Hawaiian artists in the Hukilau Marketplace Dec.10-23. “We’ve seen the decorations change over the years, and this year has just the right amount. It seems this year, it’s more centered towards Christ and his birth rather than little elves dancing with Santa. I really like that,” said Emily Wolthuis from Laie who regularly volunteers at the PCC. According to Pane Meatoga, marketing manager for Asia at the PCC, this year’s Christmas festivities will include a vibrantly decorated Hukilau Marketplace, pictures with Santa, a Christmas-themed canoe ride, a train ride for children and parents around the center, free live entertainment in the marketplace on specific nights, and a free winter wonderland with real snow. The snow day will only be available on Saturday, Dec. 19 and will be set up in a



large designated area of the PCC parking lot for visitors to make snowmen, have snowball fights, and do anything else their hearts desire, explained Meatoga. One of the biggest attractions the PCC hopes visitors will make time for is the newly decorated canoe ride featuring a live nativity with Hawaiian and traditional renditions of Christmas carols, and “lots and lots and lots of lights,” said Meatoga. Stuart Wolthuis, a BYU-Hawaii computer science professor, said, “I loved how peaceful and quiet the boat ride was. It was very relaxing and a nice way to escape the hustle and bustle of the commercialism that most people associate with the Christmas holiday. My favorite part was feeling the spirit of Christmas which represents our Savior in the beautiful music shared with us from our friends who are musicians at PCC.” The canoe rides begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:45 p.m.

Tickets for the ride can be picked up for free by visitors who display any Pepsi product. Pepsi is the main sponsor for the 12 nights of Christmas event, explained Meatoga. The PCC has also scheduled several free musical performances for the 12 Days of Christmas including shows by The Makaha Sons: The Legacy Continues, Natalie Ai Kamauu, and more. On Friday, Dec. 11, the Hukilau Marketplace enjoyed the contemporary Hawaiian stylings of Weldon Kekauoha, a local musician and 2013 Grammy nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Kekauoha began his performance under the gazebo in the marketplace at 6:15 p.m. where he performed several Hawaiian renditions of Christmas carols both classic and contemporary. During his show, Kekauoha involved the audience directly by playing songs suggested by attendees and several women came

2013 Grammy nominee, Weldon Kekauoha, played contemporary Hawaiian music for community members and visitors at the PCC for the 12 days of Christmas events. Halau O Kekela danced .Photos by Stop Khemthorn

up to hula under the gazebo with him during a couple of his songs. “[The PCC is] kind of moving with the times to keep people’s attention without getting too crazy. It sort of felt like I was walking through downtown Disney,” said Kekauoha. “The Hukilau Marketplace is a nice little sidestep from the deep cultural things already at the PCC. They’ve been great at trying to be innovative this Christmas season… I was just happy to be a part of it. I love Christmas.” Donna Fernandez, who is visiting from Arizona, said she loved how peaceful and relaxing Kekauoha’s show was, mentioning how “you just don’t get to enjoy this kind of stuff on the United States mainland.” To close his concert, Kekauoha played “The 12 Days of Christmas in Polynesia,” a version of the song that replaces the 12 gifts with items associated with Polynesian culture. The same song served as inspiration for a scavenger hunt the PCC organized

throughout the Marketplace where visitors are ‘sit down with Santa’ photos. We’ve created given a slip of paper at the information desk this beautiful backdrop with a plantation style and need to find all 12 items listed in order to house on the beach with [Santa wearing] swim win prizes ranging from carved wooden neckshorts so it’s like he’s on vacation. We’re really laces, key chains, lanyards, dolls, and more. hoping people come out and take some pic All the prizes are provided by tures with [him].” Goo’s Plantation Store in the Marketplace, One final way the PCC is celebrating according to Saralyn Lopez, the manager of the Christmas season is by holding a friendly Marketplace operations. Christmas tree decorating contest on Instagram. The items to find are: One mynah The PCC has Christmas trees submitbird in a papaya tree, two coconuts, three dried ted by Armstrong Produce, the Laie branch of squid, four flower leis, five big fat pigs, six hula, American Savings Bank, the PCC Digital Comseven shrimps swimming, eight ukuleles, nine merce Department, Pepsi, the Hukilau Marketpounds of poi, 10 bottles of soda, 11 missionar- place Department, the PCC Retail Department, ies, and 12 televisions. and the PCC Special Events Department. In addition to lights, music, and the In order to see which tree reigns scavenger hunt, PCC patrons can get their supreme, Meatoga said the PCC is asking picture taken with Santa Claus in the market everyone to visit the Instagram page “Hukilausquare next to the gazebo. marketplace” to vote for their favorite tree by Lopez said, “I’m really looking “liking” its photo. forward to our Santa photos taking off. It’s the first time in a long time we’re doing true DECEMBER 17, 2015


Tying it together Hale coordinators start Kie Fashion, a Polynesian influenced company B Y DAN N A O SU M O


ith hopes of integrating Polynesian culture and western fashion, Tuitakau Funaki, a senior accounting and business management major from Tonga, and Amanda Funaki, his wife from California, have created Kie Fashion, a growing tie business. Tuitakau said the business started in June, and purchases were only available through their website. However, about a week ago, the BYU-Hawaii Bookstore has started selling the Funakis’ products, and they are hoping to expand their market to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Amanda shared, “We had been thinking of the idea for a while now. We wanted to bring in Tui’s culture.” She explained he has Tongan and Fijian heritage in him and he had served his mission in Samoa, all of which influenced the designs. Tuitakau said, “Our ties don’t just focus on one specific island. We make sure that everyone is represented. We’ve made designs for Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, the Maori and Fijians.” Amanda added, “If you look at a lot of Polynesia, they have a lot of tattoos, and so we took some of the tattoos that they’ve had that are important to their culture and we just put our twist on it. We combined designs from different cultures and made it our own.”



Tuitakau explained they pick the color and the Polynesian design as a way to emphasize Polynesia. “The designs are for authentic people who want to be recognized when they walk through a crowd,” said Tuitakau. “We both design the ties. There are nights when we wake up at night and we say, ‘Got an idea!’ and then we draw it.” Nhil Banda, a communications senior from the Philippines, who modeled for Kie Fashion’s online catalog, said, “When Tui approached me, he said aside from just selling ties they actually wanted to sell the Polynesian art, the culture itself. And so I think that’s what makes it special. They’re not just selling clothes or apparel. They want to share their culture and that’s wonderful. His designs are very handpicked just like the images. It will make you feel like it’s an authentic tie from the island.” According to Tuitakau, the ties in the Bookstore now are their first and second editions and they are made of either polyester or polyester twill. The third and fourth editions are in the process of manufacturing and customers can expect them to be high-end silk ties with Polynesian designs. He shared, “we are also going more into Polynesian-designed leggings. We start with ties, and then we’ll branch out. Leggings should start somewhere in January or February next year.”

Despite the busy schedule of a being parents, employees and for Tuitakau, a student, much of the success and creative process of the business is a team effort. “I am in charge of financial and supply chain issues, and my wife is my partner and takes care of the marketing and operating side of things,” said Tuitakau. Tuitakau emphasizes that students should have hope. He said if students have ideas, right now is the time to do it because there is really nothing to lose. Students can be successful outside the classroom. “Follow your dreams. When people say no, don’t believe them. If you really love it, do it. There’s a way,” he said. Amanda added, “It’s scary to do that first step. We were having our baby at the time, and we had this idea and wondered could we really do it? Most of the people we talked to said we should wait until after we’re done with school or that someone already has done this thing. But we loved what we had in mind and we just went for it and gave it all.” Information about their business can be found on their website,

The creators of Kie Fashion, Tuitakau and Amanda Funaki, pictured with their child, plan to expand their Polynesian influenced apparel to not only ties but also leggings. Photos by Stop Khemthorn

DECEMBER 17, 2015


BYUH scores 100 points in first conference win B Y MAT T HEW RO BE RT S

The BYU-Hawaii men’s basketball team used a big second half to beat interstate rival University of Hawaii-Hilo, 100-78. Both teams shot very well, scoring a combined 28 3-pointers. Seasider Justin Yamzon was red hot throughout the night finishing with a career high 23 points on 8-12 shooting, including 5-6 from the 3-point line. “Everyone played great tonight. I just happened to have open looks and the shots were falling for me,” said Yamzon, a junior exercise and sports science major from Las Vegas, Nev. Both Ian Harward and Scott Friel recorded double-doubles to help the Seasiders start conference play with a win. Both teams came out firing as they traded baskets back and forth. Neither team could separate themselves well into the first half as the Seasiders maintained a slight 1-point edge. Yamzon and substitute BJ Ford started to catch fire from the 3-point line going 8-8 in the first half, 4-4 respectively. After a pair of 3-pointers by Ford and Yamzon, the Seasiders were up by 8. Ford finished the night with a career high 17 points. “They were all just spot up shots. The guys were doing a great job of driving and dishing it out to me, and I was able to hit the open look,” said Ford, a senior in EXS from Payson, Utah.



Hilo responded with some sharpshooting of its own led by Russell Jordan, who went 3-3 from 3-point line. Hilo would hit 10 three pointers in the first half, along with 59 percent shooting from the field. Yamzon continued to have the hot-hand hitting his fifth 3-pointer to start the second half for the Seasiders. The Seasiders began to pound it into Harward inside, as he scored a pair of baskets to put the Seasiders up by 10. “Coach talked to us at half time and said we needed to push the ball inside more and that would make the rest of the floor more open for us,” said senior Harward, a business and supply chain major from Orem, Utah. Cory Lange hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stop an 8-1 run by Hilo that had cut the Seasiders lead to 4. Vulcans were charged with a flagrant foul as Lange was fouled hard on a fast break lay-up. After going 1-2 from the free throw line, Harward scored on the proceeding inbounds play. Friel led a scoring drive to push the Seasiders lead to 11. The Seasiders dominated the final 5 minutes of the game as they continued to build on their lead. With the Seasiders up 97-78 and the crowd chanting for ice cream, Ford hit his fifth 3-pointer to put the Seasiders at 100 and give the fans their ice cream. The win not only starts the Seasiders off to a 1-0 conference start, but it gives them a 1-0 start to a three-game home stand were they will face all the Hawaii schools. Next the Seasiders will play visiting Hawaii Pacific on Dec. 16 and the Chaminade on Dec. 19. Seasider Justin Yamzon rushes the ball during the home game against UH-Hilo. Photo taken on Dec. 12 by Austin Engemann

Lady Seasider’s look forward despite loss B Y M AT T HEW ROBE RT S

A cold night of shooting plagued the BYU-Hawaii women’s basketball team as it lost to visiting University Hawaii-Hilo, 72-61. Despite out rebounding Hilo 59-37, poor shooting prevented the Lady Seasiders from capitalizing on the extra chances. The team struggled the entire night, shooting 29 percent from the field and 18 percent from the 3-point line. Jiashan Cui had another big game off of the bench for the Lady Seasiders, leading the team in scoring with 18 points. The Lady Seasiders used an 8-1 run in the first quarter to erase an early deficit and grab a 11-4 lead. Celeste Claw hit a 3-pointer with time expiring to put the Lady Seasiders up 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. Hilo battled back in the second quarter with an 6-0 run that gave it the 25-20 lead. With the Lady Seasiders struggling to score, Claw hit a long 3-pointer after a jumper by Cui to bring the Lady Seasiders back even, 25-25. The Lady Seasiders would score another basket to go ahead 27-25 at the break. Hilo came out firing in the third quarter hitting back-toback 3-pointers to take the lead 40-34. After a time-out, Cui hit a much needed 3-pointer to bring the Lady Seasiders to within 4. The Lady Seasiders continued to struggle from the 3-point line as Hilo maintained its lead throughout the third quarter. Hilo’s Kim Schmelz had a great game offensively, hitting a number of big shots to keep the Lady Seasiders from making a run. Schmelz finished the night with a game-high 19 points. A bright spot for the Lady Seasiders came in the fourth quarter. Mata Tonga came off the bench and provided a boost for the Lady Seasiders with hard defense and rebounding. Tonga finished the game with 11 rebounds, 8 of the being offensive. “I knew our team needed some energy, and I was just doing my best to help out,” said Tonga, a junior elementary education major from Laie. Unable to mount any comeback, the Lady Seasiders saw the game slip past them as Hilo went on an 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter to give Hilo the 15-point lead. BYUH would cut the lead to single digits but would not come any closer as they lost 72-61. “I felt like we were not together offensively and did not capitalize on our shots when we had to,” said Claw, a senior exercise and sports science major from Page, Arizona. The Lady Seasiders will look to shake off this early disappointment and rebound as they face both Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade this week at home. “We need to improve on our mental toughness on every single game and play hard defense,” said Ciu, a senior business major from Beijing, China. The games will be at the Cannon Activities Center Dec. 16 and 19. The Lady Seasiders are currently 0-1 in conference and 3-3 overall.

BEFORE GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM… A VISIT WILL COST MORE THAN YOU THINK, AND, IT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY! Emergency Room Care is just what it says; it is a room that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to care for health care emergencies. An emergency is defined as care that is required for a sudden and unexpected onset of a condition requiring immediate medical or surgical intervention to preserve life. Examples include: Severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, convulsions, acute asthma attack, or a temperature higher than 104 degrees. Emergency Room physicians are specifically trained to treat and care for these types of emergencies. An Emergency Room visit does not mean “better care.” Guaranteed though, it does mean “high cost care.” Often, multiple tests and procedures are done that can be very expensive. This information has been prepared to help you understand the cost of your health care so you can make an informed decision when to go to the Student Health Center or the Emergency Room. For most of your health care concerns, the Health Center on campus is the most appropriate and affordable place to go. If you require a specialist, they will refer you to a provider who has agreed to provide services at discounted rates. Unless you have been there before, you may not realize how expensive an emergency room visit is. Students often say, “Why did the Emergency Room cost so much?” “If I had known it would cost that much, I would not have gone.” The following represents typical charges: • • •

Health Center Visit: $10.00 (procedures, labs, x-rays are extra, at discounted rates) Visits outside of the Health Center: $25.00 PLUS 20% of charges ($50 minimum) Emergency Room visit: $50.00 PLUS 20% of charges ($250 minimum)

If you have a true emergency, please use the emergency room, but be prepared to pay the cost. If you are not sure it is an emergency, go to the Health Center first. If the Health Center is closed, call the after hour medical advice line at 675-3911 (the information is posted on the front door of the Health Center). A nurse will return your call promptly and assist you in assessing your condition. This may save you the expense of an unnecessary visit to the Emergency Room. DECEMBER 17, 2015



After hearing that he won Jeff Collins is a graduate from the national competition, Collins BYU-Hawaii who won 2015 Multimedia Story of the Year Award by said he was really surprised because he knew there were some big colthe Associated Collegiate Press in leges with great news programs that October. His winning video was entered this competition. “When I about BYUH’s cross-country runheard I won, it was a great honor. I ners who formed a singing group owe all my success to Sister Lamcalled the Lilikoi Boyz. bert and the Ke Alaka‘i,” said Collins. Collins’ friend and Now that Collins is co-worker at the Ke Alaka‘i, Reid graduated from BYUH, he is using Crickmore, told him about this a his degree to do marketing for a cappella group of cross-country runners. “As he was telling me this, trampoline business. “I still get to do a lot of video work, which is really I started imagining how awesome what I love doing. It’s neat to think it would be to cover this story that my experience from working through a video,” said Collins. at BYU-Hawaii was just as relevant Collins knew a couple and useful in the workplace as the of the cross-country runners classes I took.” and knew they had a great sense The video “Lilikoi Boyz of humor. He said, “Instead of Cross Country Team Music Group” making this story a serious one, can be watched on YouTube on the I decided to make it more of a Ke Alaka‘i News channel. ‘mockumentary’ style. Basically a comical parody of a documentary. Collins uses his past experiences The runners’ humor fit the to market for a trampoline style perfectly.” company in California. Although it was fun, Photo courtesy Collins said the hardest part about of Jeff Collins the video was the sound. “They like to sing in the locker room, which is all covered in tile. With all of them singing, the echoes of the team bounced off the walls. It was way too loud for the camera microphones.” He said it took a long time in postproduction to fix the audio. Collins said with enthusiasm, “The video is a presentation of the runners who are faced with a lot of hard work as they try to balance school and sports, but they still find ways to laugh and have fun.” Being inspired by the runners, Collins said one lesson he learned from doing this video was, “Whatever our challenges might be, we need to remember to make time for fun.”



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