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January 30, 2014

Ke Alaka i Volume 106: Issue 3



Biggest in a decade: Monster waves troll the shore 6

Find your fortune: Horoscopes for Chinese New Year 10

Hall of Famers: PCC honors Hawaii’s newest inductees 14

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January 30, 2014 • Volume 106: Issue 3 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


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Photo of the week: Student Kaash Carlson enjoys the view of the Moku’lua Islands from the Lanikai Pillbox hike. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

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[page 6-7] Biggest waves in a decade hit the shores of Oahu

[page 10-12] What is your horoscope telling you this year?

[page 14-15] Football Hall of Famers honored at Polynesian Cultural Center

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2014’s Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 30 but the Chinese Club has already hosted a dance party to kick off the celebrations. Check out your Chinese zodiac horoscopes for this year. Graphic by Makenzie Head.

Justin Yamzon looks to drive in BYUH’s 112-107 victory over the Academy of Art on Jan 25. Photo courtesy of BYUH Sports Information






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Come support the Lady Seasider’s basketball team as they take on Azusa Pacific University at 5 p.m. in the CAC. Following the women’s game, the men’s basketball team will take on Azusa Pacific at 7:30 p.m. Free admission for students and $5 admission for everyone else. A blood drive will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Aloha Center Ballroom on the window side. One blood draw can save 3 lives. If interested call (808) 8484770 to schedule an appointment. 2010 Academy Award’s Best Picture nominee, “Inception” will be playing for free in the McKay Building Little Theater starting at 7 p.m. Food and drink are allowed.




the week in


“What’s important is that the two parties have sat in the same room over the past several days to discuss critical issues. And this process is ongoing. And I would expect quite a few ups and downs along the way. But it is the only way to end the conflict in Syria. It has to be ended through a negotiated political settlement.” -Said White House spokesman, Jay Carney, of the Syria peace talks.

“They’re an unbelievable, record-setting offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback. That’s as tough a game as you can get in the Super Bowl. The No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense. It doesn’t happen like this too often.” -Said Cornerback Richard Sherman of the upcom-

ing Superbowl matchup between Peyton Manning’s Broncos and his Seattle Seahawks.

NOTE WORTHY news headlines

Hundreds wait to buy marijuana in Denver, Colo., after the state legalized pot. Obama’s comments have been controversial during the legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states. Photos courtesy of AP

President Obama speaks out on marijuana President Barack Obama raised eyebrows with some comments made regarding marijuana in an article published Jan. 19 by Dan Remnick of New Yorker magazine. When asked about the nation’s increased acceptance of marijuana, Obama said, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol. “ Twenty states, including the District of Columbia, have instituted laws that legalize marijuana in some form. Colorado and Washington are the only states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The state of Hawaii has not legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, but the use of medical marijuana is legal. Ally McDaniel, a freshman in graphic design from California, said, “Even though there are medical uses for it, I do not think the ‘benefits’ of increased marijuana outweigh the potential damage it can cause to society.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance, alongside heroin, ecstasy, and LSD. A Schedule 1 drug is considered by the DEA as “the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence.” In addition to his previous comment, Obama said marijuana is less damaging than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” McDaniel said, “We don’t always hear about instances of someone killing somene else in a stoned rage, but that doesn’t mean that pot is less harmful.” The Drug-Free America Foundation gave a hasty reply, found on the blog section of the organization’s website “His laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the President will not give clear guidance on this important issue.” -E MILY HALLS JANUARY 30, 2014



Super Bowl XLVIII: Frozen Stalemate Denver’s No. 1 offense meets Seattle’s No. 1 defense in the Big Apple


or just the second time in the past 20 years, the No. 1 seeds from each conference are scheduled to face each other in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. At the end of the regular season, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks sat atop the National Football League with both teams winning their respective conferences with 13-3 records. After polling 200 BYU-Hawaii students, 52 percent predicted the Seahawks will take home the Super Bowl trophy while 48 percent said it will be the Broncos. The Broncos are confident and believe they are prepared to execute. Wes Welker, who had 10 touchdown catches this season says in a Reuters article, “You really can’t take it for granted. You really just want to make the most of it, but have fun with it, and at the same time understand we’re here on a business trip and ready to play this game.” The Broncos are led by 16-year veteran and four-time league MVP Peyton Manning, who set the single-season record for touchdown passes with 55 this season. As a team, the Broncos had the best offense in the league, amassing 606 points, also an NFL record. “We put a lot of hard work in all season and it pays dividends,” says Manning in a SportsXchange article. The Broncos and their high-powered offense produced the first team in history to have four receivers with at least 10 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Shaun Phillips and his 10 sacks led the Broncos while 15-yearveteran Champ Bailey battled injuries to lead the secondary. While the Broncos boast the best offense in the NFL, the Seahawks have the strongest defense. Seattle led the league with the fewest yards allowed per game (273.6), fewest total points allowed (231), and most takeaways (39). Head coach Pete Caroll is confident in his teams’ ability and says in an story, “It’s been a process in preparing to be a championship team. We’re young, but I think our team mentality is strong. They have a mature perspective.” All-pro corner Richard Sherman, who grabbed eight interceptions on the season, leads the stingy Seattle defense alongside fellow secondary and Pro Bowl selections Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who has more career wins than any other quarterback through the first two seasons of his career, leads the offense. “All year, our focus has been to do everything we can to prepare properly. Now we’re here, and we believe we were meant to be here,” says Wilson in the same article. Marshawn Lynch is also a key piece to the Seattle offensive having rushed for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. In route to the Lombardi trophy showdown, the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots. This

will be the Broncos seventh trip to the Super Bowl, their last appearance and victory coming after the 1998 season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in tight defensive games in order to reach their second Super Bowl in franchise history. Their last appearance was following the 2005 season where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cold weather is expected to be an important factor in the game. The Weather Channel predicts the high to be 38 degrees and the low to be 24 degrees. When asked about the weather, Manning replied, “I feel it was helpful to play in that stadium this season.” The Broncos beat the New York Giants at MetLife stadium in Week Two; however, the temperature was not nearly as cold. Weather depending, the Super Bowl game will be played on Feb. 2, with a Hawaii kickoff time of 1:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Romney docu-Mitt-ary hits Sundance ‘Mitt’ changes public’s mind about Romney, his family, and Mormonism


ast week the Sundance Film Festival hosted the new Mitt Romney documentary that gives viewers an exclusive look into the two presidential campaigns by Mitt Romney and his family. “[One] thing I need to tell you about the Romneys is that they are polite to a fault. They are extremely gracious people,” said the director of “Mitt,” Greg Whitely, to US News. “So as the couple of them that came up to me and wished me congratulations, I’m not sure I can tag that as an indication of whether they liked the film or not. I just don’t know.” The documentary was produced by Netflix and released on Friday, Jan. 24. The documentary features footage shot over the course of six years by Whitley, including intimate moments in the Romney home from as far back as 2006. The film portrays Romney as a family man and narrows the gap between the public’s perception of “Robot Romney” and who he really is, according to the New York Daily News. “I think it will be helpful for people to see what Mormons are all about,” said Taylor Bramwell, a junior majoring in EXS from Kailua. “A lot of people have questions because he was a very popular candidate for the presidency, so I think it will be good for people to see more about his personal life. A lot of what they see is skewed.” Whitley, after showing friends various cuts of the film, found that the candid scenes he captured surprised and shocked those who viewed Romney the way the media portrayed him. “These were people who mostly were pretty disposed to not like Mitt Romney, and then when they would see this footage they were surprised,” Whitley told US News on Jan. 23. “There was a gulf between how he was publicly digested and the footage that I got. I think that’s probably the secret sauce to the movie I made.” Romney was aware of his weaknesses as a Republican candidate, but knew it would ultimately give him an identity he would be proud to represent for the rest of his life. “When this is over, I will have built a brand name,” said Romney, as quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “7 Things We Learned from the Mitt Romney Sundance Doc” by Logan Hill. “Everyone will know what I stand for,” said Romney. Chelsea Owens, a senior majoring in EXS, agreed, saying, “I hadn’t actually heard about it, but it would probably be an interesting movie and good to see a more in depth perspective.”

I will have built a brand name... Everyone will know what I stand for.

-Mitt Romney


After two failed presidential campaigns, Mitt Romney is still an important political figure and leader in the LDS Church. Photo courtesy of

JANUARY 30, 2014






ahu’s bright and sunny skies turned grey Tuesday afternoon on Jan. 21 as a massive 40-plus-foot swell hit Oahu’s North Shore. Beaches known as great places to swim and snorkel transformed into a raging mess of frothing water. Wednesday morning woke to helicopters flying low across the sky and police cars patrolling Kamehameha Highway as the swell revealed its itself for the first time. The power of the swell created walls of water that drew locals and tourists alike to watch the once-in-a-decade phenomenon. It was the first time in years that this or any other unruly swell made the buoys send data in estimating the swell to be 31-feet high with a 17-second gap. Generally a swell of this size will have a much longer lull in between sets, but the small 17-second spreading from one 30-plus-foot wave to the other made a memorable experience for those who saw it. Marty Almberg, a local surfer from Honolulu, drove up to witness firsthand the size of the swell. Looking out at the ocean from the bluff at Waimea Bay, Almberg said although it was not the biggest waves he had seen it was the first time that he witnessed the lifeguards “shut down the parking lot in five years.” As the waves grew bigger, the risks and hazards for pedestrians increased. Some waves surged over Kamehameha Highway

at Rock Piles Beach leaving sand and debris across the road. To prevent people going into the water, authorities stretched yellow caution tape across all beach accesses. It was at Sharks Cove that drew most of the public’s attention as the waves beat on the rocks, shooting water more than 40 feet high. Brock Sine, a junior, studying communications, from Utah, said, “Sharks Cove was pretty cool, and the waves were big over there.” Pedestrians and drivers watched the waves that resulted in major traffic jams up and down Kamehameha Highway. Daniel Maneha, a sophomore in business management from Hawaii, said the waves made everyone drive slow. “It was pretty crazy,” Maneha said, “Waimea was pretty big and tons of people were watching the waves explode off the rocks.” No serious damage has been reported from the gusts of wind or the size of the waves, nor were there any serious rescues as people heeded the signs and caution tape put up by local authorities to stay out of the water. - JEFF FAC ER

Above: Waimea Bay is hit hard by the biggest swell in a decade. Right: Students made there way up to the North Shore to see the monster waves. Photos by Monica Rubalcava JANUARY 30, 2014



International peace building opening social inspires others to act


s the newest major on campus, the international peace building program continues to draw students and community members to be part of its mission. The International Peace Building opening social, held on Jan. 24, offered workshops highlighting the unique aspects of the program. Focusing on the words of David O. McKay, “From this school will go men and women whose influence will be felt for good toward the establishment of peace internationally.” The program aims to improve and build the divine potential of BYU–Hawaii students to influence peace in their homes and communities as well as throughout the world, said organizers. One workshop was an overview of the Arbinger Institute, which helped others to learn how to become successful by focusing on the success of others. Junior, Ashley



Kempler from Utah, attended the opening social and said, “I love the peace building major and the Arbinger Institute because of the great feeling I get when I help people and how I always come home from class so happy.” Those who attended the workshop on mediation said they were able to learn about alternative problem solving skills and job opportunities for mediators. Senior Aaron Raj from Fiji, said, “Students are able to practice mediation with different projects throughout the community.” A video highlighting examples of students being peace builders and working on projects of their own was also viewed as a segment of one workshop. Peace building junior Jaden McCarrey, said, “It was moving to be reminded that this opportunity to attend this school is both a privilege and a promise

to the Lord to be committed to something bigger than us all.” Organizers of the event made an effort to invite students of all majors and community members to get involved. “This university was created with the purpose of building peace internationally. Every one affiliated with this university has the right to know how to do that,” said Destiny Fishetau, a senior from California. Following the workshops, Dr. Chad Ford addressed the students and invited them to get involved in the program and take peacebuilding courses offered on campus. Students have the option to choose peace building as a major, an emphasis, or to complete a certificate. For more information on the program and service projects, students can visit the Center for Peace in the McKay foyer. - GRE G E RICKSON

Tenor’s Voice Resonates Senior Walker performs his last concert at BYU-Hawaii


he stage of the McKay auditorium was spotless except for a lone piano on the night of Thursday, Oct. 23, prior to the voice recital of Matthew Walker. Supporters of the singer slowly trickled into the auditorium and took a seat before Walker and his accompanist, Stacy McCarrey, emerged to start the performance. He began by performing Shubert’s “Ave Maria” in his clear tenor voice. The auditorium echoed with melody as the piano delicately accompanied Walker with beautiful notes. Walker maintained a calm presence on stage as he sang fifteen numbers flawlessly. The musical renditions included multiple languages and musical theater pieces. After his performance, Walker remarked, “I’m not comfortable on stage but I’m glad you thought so. I get really nervous, as I’m sure a lot of people do. You start off very nervous and then all the sudden the butterflies start to go away and you get used to it. Like, ‘okay cool,’ lets just get through it now.” The hearty applause at the end of the night helped Walker walk confidently off the stage. Supporters waited to speak to Mathew after his perfor-

mance, so they could praise his talent and showmanship. Doug Bush, a junior from California, studying business said, “He has an impeccable vibrato and beautiful tambour in his voice. He is the man that men want to be.” Walker said that he would have never gotten to this point of praise unless it were for his supportive parents and also his voice teacher, Michael Belnap. Belnap was proud of Walker’s performance and said, “To get to the center of his voice and find the beauty and warmth of his sound has been a great accomplishment.” The night’s event would not have been possible if Walker had not worked hard on his talent. He said the biggest thing he has learned from attending BYU-Hawaii has been discipline and hard work. He also said, “In any area you don’t want to work someone who doesn’t know how to sit down, work hard and get the job done, so music, like any other degree, this program really gave me a solid amount of discipline for my art.” - LAURE N STE IMLE

Matthew Walker performs in the McKay Auditorium for his senior recital. Photo by Ni Shipeng JANUARY 30, 2014


This year is a year of leadership for the horse, so your authority may in-

2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918


Your Horoscope


Each year professional feng shui Master Paul Ng analyzes how the Chinese zodiac and tells people how their birth sign will affect them in 2014. Friday, Jan. 31 is the first day of Chinese New Year. “Chinese horoscopes are based on the birth years of individuals,” explained Ng, who is based in Toronto and gives personal life readings. Feng shui and the Chinese zodiac both have roots in the I Ching, the ancient Chinese text that helps people determine lucky dates, among other predictions.


2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921

This is gearing up to be a big year for roosters. There are many opportunities for your work or business, but your personal relationships might be volatile. Rely on your friends for help. You do better outside an office than inside one in jobs like police work, the law and politics. Be careful with your money this year. There’s a lot of love headed your way, but watch out for fights in your relationships. Take a step before continuing to argue or they could end. Small accidents could be an issue for you, and pay attention to your heart and lungs.

2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920

It’s important for the monkey to spread itself around in order to gain success this year, either traveling or moving. Industries that are good for the monkey to work in, include sales and marketing, law, education, travel and the financial world — things based around movement. Money is looking good for monkeys with the potential for promotions and investments reaping rewards. If you’re single, this won’t be a great year for you, but those who are married can feel confident in the endurance of their union. Be careful of accidents such as from driving.

2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919

This is a connecting year for you. Take advantage of your good relationships with other people. Those who work in cars, analysis, public relations, entertainment, surgery and police work should expect to do well this year. Expect stability, with a slight increase in money this year. Simplify your investment portfolio. You’ll be quite beloved this year, so watch out for love triangles. If you’re married, make sure to demonstrate love toward your spouse. You are healthier this year than last but be careful of small accidents. Drive carefully and take your time when working.

This should be a lucky year for dogs. Everything from work and investments to relationships are on the upswing. Work within your natural creativity in the arts, music, architecture or writing. Even the stage is great for you. Use instincts, rather than logic, when making investments. It will help keep your money stable. Consider proposing if you haven’t already, and if you are married, demonstrate more love toward your spouse. Be humble when interacting with others. Enjoy your good health, but watch out for overeating.

2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922

Get ready for a great year. You’ll make friends, have breakthroughs in business and be surrounded by help. However, this all will need some effort at the beginning. Great industries for you include metaphysics, religion, public relations, human resources, media and politics. Money will be stable for you this year but don’t invest in speculative markets. There won’t be anything exciting but nothing bad here either as your relationships stay flat but stable. You will feel much better than last year, and even if you get sick, you’ll recover quickly.

2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923

zodiac predictionS

This should be a good year for dragons, as horses and dragons together have great energy. Health and wealth abound. You would do well in travel or trading businesses. Invest based on your intuition. It does not look like a particularly romantic year for dragons. You have a general tendency to get into accidents, but other than that, you’ll be very health.

2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

crease. But the impulsive behavior of the horse can lead to recklessness, so stay away from the stock market. Don’t expect to make a lot money and value the income you have. There won’t be a lot of excitement in your love life. Watch your health this year. You’ll get tired and can catch bugs easily. Make exercise and rest a priority. The ox is in conflict with the horse, which could mean arguments with other people this year. The ox is a sign of authority, potentially signifying promotions. Good environments include politics, the army or police work. But watch out for enemies. Don’t expect a lot of money, but your income is proportional to your authority level. There isn’t a lot of romance expected for you this year. Be patient with the people in your life. Your health is fine, watch out for small accidents.

The rat is in opposition this year, so this could mean losing some money this year. However, the rat sign is generally lucky, which can help keep you out of trouble. Show business is great for you, including things like pageants and the arts. Hold to the old saying, “If you are not greedy, you will not lose money.” Be quiet and patient this year, as otherwise, many of your relationships will consist of arguing. Areas of the body to watch for include the lungs, kidney and waist. Get lots of exercise and rest.

Celebrating a traditional Chinese New Year involves fireworks, food and fun

2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925

2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924

This will be a year of romance and controversy, with lots of happiness everywhere for rabbits. Just be careful about your non-romantic relationships with others. Entertainment, speaking and sales roles all suit you — mental work is better for you than physical. This year, the more you work, the more you make. Romantic entanglements await but watch out for love triangles. There’s a mild concern about sharp objects.

Last year was a year of conflict for the snake so this year is a money year. Businesses that are good for you include finance and the stock market. Entertainment can also work for you. Bring in the dollars! Both your regular and speculative incomes are looking good. Think about marriage, if you haven’t already. And be sure to express love toward your spouse if you’re already hitched. Keep your immune system boosted; you’ll be prone to the flu.

2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, will occur this year on Friday, Jan. 31. It is one of the largest and universally recognized Asian holidays and celebrated diversely all over the world. The most recognizable symbols of Chinese New Year are the Chinese zodiac signs, brightly colored lanterns, and dragon processions that accompany the celebration. A prominent blog,, containing information on different Chinese New Year traditions says, “Xin Nian Kuai le! Gong xi Fa cai! Chun Jie Kuai le! Gung Hay Fay Choy! Every community has different ways of... [cont. on pg. 12]

This should be a good year for tigers. It could bring luck, joy, romance, spirituality and learning opportunities. You do well in businesses that have to do with blood, such as surgery and the army, as well as teaching and philosophy. If you are self-employed, expand your business. This should be a year of stability for your money. Romance is in the stars. If the opportunity is there, consider marriage. Watch out for sharp objects and be careful of accidents and bleeding.

2010, 1998, 1986, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927 1938, 1926

celebrating. In America many Chinese families are known to celebrate on the nearest weekend, being sure to clean the house, decorate with red, share a meal together, and perhaps wear traditional clothes.” Eric Teng, freshman in business from China and vice president of the Chinese club said, “My personal experience of the Chinese New Year is to have a reunion, to have unity, to spread love, and the best wish and hope for the next year. We Chinese people are willing to show our best part to all nations.” With the intention of recognizing similarities between traditions, states, “Different parts of China have very different traditions. The following are the most typical traditions: New Year’s Eve dinner, fireworks, shou sui, red packets, New Year markets, Small Year, cleaning, and decoration.” According to the site, “shou sui” is an effort by families to stay awake at night through the fireworks, effectively avoiding the “Year,” or beast who means harm. The beast is afraid of the color red, loud noises, and fire, hence the fireworks, red packets, and red lanterns traditional for the New Year celebration. President of the Chinese Chapter Chao Gu, a sophomore in business from China, shared his thoughts on the new year when he said, “In my mind, the Chinese New Year is the biggest holy day in China. I always stay with my family and eat dumplings. We watch ‘Chun Wan,’ which is the new year TV show in China, and play with fireworks together.” Gu also added that people prefer to stay home over going to work on this holiday. There is variation and yet widespread unity, as the holy day is celebrated nationwide by a country only slightly smaller than the United States, as well as many other places outside mainland China.

The Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout the world as the Year of the Horse begins. Photos by AP

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Federico Clausen, a freshman from Colombia, are two more players that we expect great things from.” Coach Owan’s players share his excitement for the upcoming 2014 season. “I’m stoked that we will be playing a bunch of tournaments and it will be a much more competitive schedule than ith spring just around the corner, it’s time for the start in years past,” said senior captain Mike Klem, a marketing major of the 2014 BYU-Hawaii Men’s gold season. The men are from Texas. The Seasiders are scheduled to take on inter-state rival coming off of a 5th place finish in last years Conference ChampionUH-Hilo in a couple of meets, as well as going to the Cal Baptist Inship and are optimistic about the 2014 season. “Expectations are vitational in California. “We have the talent to be great, we just have always high each season. Our goal is to finish in the top five of the to realize our potential,” said freshman Bowen Prestwich, a business conference,” said Men’s Golf Coach Robert Owan. After struggling management major from Wyoming, “This year, with only five eligible in the fall season, the Seasiders are ready to prove itself this spring. “The team is really working on their short game this year, this aspect guys, everybody has to be on their ‘A’ game.” The Seasiders will start their season off with a Tri Match of the game is very important in being able to lower your scores.” against inter-state rivals Chaminade and UH-Hilo Feb. 4 and 5 at The Seasiders were sad to see a few of their players drop out of the program during the fall but Coach Owan remains confident in Turtle Bay. the remaining players. “Returning sophomore Mike Klem should be a - M ATTHE W ROBE RTS big part in leading the team this year,” said Coach Owan, “Matthew Jensen, who returned from his two-year LDS mission last year, and


JANUARY 30, 2014


PCC welcomes seven hall-of-famers at a press conference held in Hale Aloha. Photos by Hailey Gardiner

Pros inducted in first wave of Polynesian Football Hall of Fame PCC partners with Hall of Fame to honor legendary Polynesian players



press conference was held at the Polynesian Cultural Center to announce that the Hall of Fame would be held at the PCC and open to the public early next year. “Today is a special day for the Polynesian culture,” said Chairman of the Polynesian Hall of Fame Jesse Sapolu. The four-time Super Bowl champion and San Francisco 49er All-pro continued, “It was important for all of us that our home would be reflective of our culture and the people of Polynesia.” Sapolu and former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Ma’a Tanuvasa founded the Hall of Fame six months ago. The first class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame welcomed Kurt Gouveia, Olin Kreutz, Ken Niumatalolo, Kevin Mawae, Junior Seau, Jack Thompson, and Herman Wedemeyer. On being selected, Naval Academy head football coach and Laie native Ken Niumatalolo said, “I was very surprised and humbled.” Following the press conference the Hall of Fame inductees and board of directors answered questions, shared stories, and signed autographs. Vai Sikahema, who won a national championship with BYU in 1984 and is a member of the board of directors, KE ALAKA‘I

said, “This community has a special connection to Polynesian football and I am proud that this is the place for the Hall of Fame.” Alongside Sikahema, other members of the board of directors include current

“The Polynesian Cultural Center is here to preserve the cultures and arts of the Polynesian people. There is no better place for the hall of fame, and we are very proud to have it here.”

historic partnership by saying, “The Polynesian Cultural Center is here to preserve the cultures and arts of the Polynesian people. There is no better place for the hall of fame, and we are very proud to have it here.” The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will be located near the newly remodeled IMAX theater at the PCC. The players’ memorabilia will be showcased alongside historic events in Polynesian football history. -GRE G E RICKSON

- Logo Apelu, Vice President of operations at the PCC all-pro safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, current Southern Methodist University head coach and former University of Hawaii head coach June Jones, and former BYU and Philadelphia Eagles football player Reno Mahe. Vice President of Operations at the PCC, Logo Apelu, commented on the

From left to right, Jack Thompson, Kevin Mawae, and Reno Mahe are at the PCC press conference.


Raised in Waianae, Gouveia led his high school team to three consecutive state titles and was named Player of the Year (Offense & Defense), the first player in Hawai’i’s history to do so. Gouveia played linebacker at Brigham Young University and was part of the 1984 National Championship team. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers, winning two Super Bowls with the Redskins (1987, 1991).


After being recruited as an all state and SuperPrep All-American center from St. Louis High School, Kreutz was a Morris Trophy winner and Consensus All-American in 1997 at the University of Washington. He played 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears (1998-2010), and the New Orleans Saints (2011). Kreutz went to six Pro Bowls (2001-2006) and was voted to the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team.


Mawae was a 2nd round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft after a standout career at Louisiana State University. He played 16 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997), the New York Jets (1998-2005), and the Tennessee Titans (2006-2009). He went to Eight Pro Bowls and was a member of the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team. Mawae was the first Polynesian to serve as NFLPA President.


Seau was a unanimous first team all-American Linebacker at the University of Southern California before being selected as the 5th player in the 1990 NFL draft. Seau played 20 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005), and New England Patriots (2006-2009). He was named to 12 Pro Bowls (1991-2002), AFC Player of the Year (1994), and had his number 55 jersey retired by the Chargers. Seau died on May 2, 2012. His children represented him at the ceremony.


The “Throwin Samoan” had a historic career as quarterback at Washington State University in which he was named First team, Second team, or Honorable Mention All-American three times. Thompson played six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984) after being selected 3rd overall in the 1979 NFL Draft. He is the highest selected Polynesian player in NFL history. His number 14 was retired by WSU.


Wedemeyer played halfback at Saint Mary’s College where he finished fourth in the 1945 Heisman Trophy voting. He was the first Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979. Wedemeyer later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in the television series Hawaii Five-O. He passed away on January 25, 1999.


After starring in football and basketball at Radford High School in Honolulu, Niumatalolo started as quarterback for the University of Hawaii. Now as the current head football coach for the United States Naval Academy (2007-present) and has a regular season record of 42-26, with five bowl game appearances. He is the first person of Samoan ancestry to be named a collegiate head coach and has the most wins by any Polynesian FBS Head Coach in history. Niumatalolo was born May 8, 1965 in Laie, HI and served a two-year mission for the LDS church. JANUARY 30, 2014


THINGS TO DO Laie Falls Crouching Lion Waimea Falls



rom high-ridged drop offs to trails in the jungle, Oahu offers a variety of different hikes for people of all skill levels. Within Oahu’s 247-square-mile surface, hikes of different varieties, combinations, and levels cover the island. Laie Falls- Just in Laie’s backyard, a hike through the jungle and into the mountains emerges. The hike is generally on a dirt trail with pine trees on all sides, and ends with a fresh-water waterfall. The hike generally takes two or more hours up and the same time back. It is a more difficult hike as the first half is a steep trail into the mountains, but it is nice with its close proximity to the BYUH campus. Elise Kemp, a freshman studying pre-professional biology from Washington, said, “It’s a long hike, and the waterfall is not that impressive, but the views you get can be pretty cool.”  Maunawili Falls- Southeast from Laie is Maunawili Falls. A hike through the jungle, Maunawili takes about 45 minutes to the falls and 45 minutes back (1 mile each way). The end of the hike is a pool of water with three cliff jumps of 15, 30, and 45 feet. “Maunawili’s is one of my favorite hikes,” said Caleb Earnshaw, a sophomore studying business marketing from New Hampshire. Earnshaw continued, “You can cross through streams and rivers, climb trees, and jump off a waterfall at the end. It’s a great place for a mouthwatering romantic get away with a special someone.”  16



Diamond Head

Diamond Head- Located near Waikiki, Diamond Head is a hike into an ancient volcano crater. It is a steep 0.8 mile hike from the base of the crater to its crest (1.5-2 hours total). Once on top, the view shows the stretches of beach from Koko Head to Wai’anae. Hikers will also be able to see WWII bunkers, and at times during the winter, passing Humpback whales. (Keep in mind it is $1 per pedestrian or $5 per car) Crouching Lions- Overlooking Kahana Bay (20 minutes from the BYUH campus), Crouching Lions hikes up and across the ridge of a mountain, a 4-6 hour hike full circle. Park your car on the south side of Kahana Bay, and hike up into the mountain through the forest until you find the trail head. Once on the trail the hike is very steep and at times nerve racking as hikers travel across a ridge with drop offs on either side, but the views get better the higher hikers go. Alex Krohnfeldt, a junior, studying EXS, from California, said, “It’s an awesome hike. It’s pretty hard, but worth it.” Krohnfeldt also said, “The views you get are incredible and you can see all the different reefs surrounding the island. It’s a cool hike. Everyone should do it.” However, hikers afraid of heights should not attempt this hike. Waimea Falls- One of the easier hikes, Waimea Falls goes into the valley that opens up to Waimea Bay on the North Shore. On the paved road trail, hikers are surrounded by lush green plants and vegetation on all sides. Signs indicating specific plants line the path as it approaches the waterfall.  This is more of a family hike versus a rugged adventure and is 1.5 miles round trip. The hike costs $10 with a Kama’aina ticket, available by showing a student I.D. -J E FF FACE R

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