Monday Monday January Dec. 14, 3, 2012 2013 Issue 1 7
Happy New year!
The Herald THE STUDENT RUN & WRITTEN PUBLICATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I, H I L O A N D H AWA I ’ I C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E
Letter from the editor EDITOR IN CHIEF Dorothy Fukushima
BUSINESS MANAGER Karyle Saiki
NEWS EDITOR Sarah Kekauoha
ARTS & COMMUNITY EDITOR Jenna Burns
SPORTS EDITOR Keane Carlin
LAYOUT DESIGNERS Denarose Fukushima Anthony Hruza
It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s already looking to be a promising one for humanity; we did after all survive an apocalypse. This new year ushers in fresh starts and changes, which will hopefully be for our betterment. In this issue of Ke Kalahea, we have compiled articles that focus on how the state and even the nation are attempting to assimilate new practices into our laws to improve our quality of life. The Big Island has a ban on plastic bags, an EV station has popped up in Hilo and politicians are returning to the touchy issue of gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The specifics of the plastic bag ban that is being enacted this month are fleshed out in an article. Overall, I have mixed feelings about the ban. I like that we are making an island-wide effort to keep plastic out of the environment and that it is a small change that can have big effects when done in mass. And, even if it is a little silly, I also like that there are endless choices for the style, pattern and material types of the bags. On the other hand, the plastic bag has served me well as a loyal transporter of pretty much everything imaginable from lunches to laundry to rubbish. It will be hard to say goodbye to the convenience of the plastic bag and equally hard to remember to bring my reusable bags into the store for each excursion. I will probably amass a ridiculous amount of reusable bags and also pay the nominal fee for the plastic bags when I forget my own reusable bags. In the end however, I’m sure that using the reusable bags will become a habit when we’re left with no other option. Let’s hope for brighter days ahead. Dorothy Fukushima Editor in Chief
STAFF WRITERS Alexandria Agdeppa Britney Carey Joie Colobong Dennis Fukushima Elizabeth Johnson Michael Pierron
Table of Contents NEWS
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3 | News Briefs 5 | Hawaii Drives Greener 8 | Global Lens Film Series 10 | Aloha, Senator Inouye 11 | Ilagan Represents District Four 12 | Gun Control
4 | The Taro Project 6 | New Year’s Traditions Around the World 11 | Health and Wellness Program 14 | The Jazz Orchestra
Pg 6 | Letter from the Sports Editor Pg 7 | Women’s Basketball
Yuta Momoki Bryan Patterson
STAFF ADVISOR Tiffany Edwards Hunt
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Pg 19 | Rants & Raves Ke Kalahea Mission Statement Ke Kalahea is the student news publication for the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and Hawai’i Community College. We express the voice of the student body using our rights to the freedom of speech and press. The mission of Ke Kalahea is to provide coverage of news and events affecting the university and our community. We offer a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas and provide educational training and experience for students in all areas of the newspaper’s operation. Ke Kalahea operates a fiscally responsible organization, which ensures our ability to serve the university well. Through Ke Kalahea’s publication, we encourage students to take advantage of academic and personal opportunities – ones that will deepen their knowledge, enhance their experiences and broaden their perspectives.
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News Briefs 113th Congress Makes History With 20 Female Senators Although there have been almost 2,000 senators serving in Congress’ history, there were only 44 females, according to the Huffington Post. In the past, the first woman to serve in the Senate only served for 24 hours while other females in Congress followed the similarly short terms in their positions. Today there are 20 female senators. Of this, Mazie Hirano, who became the first Asian American woman in Congress, said, “Well, there need to be many more of us in here. I am going to make sure that happens.” While many see this as a huge improvement, Joe Biden said that it’s good there are 20 female senators, but they should get to the point of 51 women in the Senate. “You know why?” Biden asked, “Not because you are better or worse. Because everyone’s going to figure out there ain’t no difference, that everybody is qualified. It doesn’t have a d--- thing to do with gender.”
Others expressed a dissatisfaction with the number of women in Congress. Senator Kay Hagen, in an interview with the Huffington Post, said “We’re maybe halfway there. Now that we have 20, which is a remarkable number, and I think it’s going to cause a lot of good thoughts and good political process to have these new women in the U.S. Senate.” With all the excitement surrounding history as it’s being made, memories are also created. Senator Hirano received a special request from Senator Daniel Inouye, before his passing. He requested that Senator Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, walk Hirano down the aisle where Hirano would swear in. “That was really special,” Murray said, adding of the late Senator Inouye, “I think Danny respected the work that women do.”
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Young Woman’s Rape and Murder Causes Outrage in India The rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, India, has caused outrage in the country, according to NBC News. The woman, whose identity is being kept secret, was brutally raped while traveling on a bus on Dec. 16, and died of her injuries on Dec. 29, CNN reported. Six men have been charged in the case, according to Reuters. The woman and her male companion, who was beaten in the attack, were on their way home from a movie theater when they boarded a bus which was carrying 6 males, including the driver, Reuters reported. The woman was raped, beaten, and, along with her companion, thrown out of the moving bus, according to NBC News.
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Protesters have gathered in India to voice their outrage at the death of the young woman. According to CNN’s Mallika Kapur, there is much anger over a system that has repeatedly let the country’s women down. One woman interviewed by Kapur said, “Common people like us have come out, people who don’t normally go to protests because we feel strongly about this. We feel that we are not safe.” As reported by CNN, people are calling for justice, more protection, and better policing in the aftermath of the attack. According to Reuters, of India’s major cities, New Delhi has the most sex crimes, with a rape reported every 18 hours on average, though most sex crimes in India go unreported.
Light dimming for incandescent light bulbs For over a hundred years, the incandescent light bulb has been a cornerstone of everyday life in America. However, due to a push by the federal government, the familiar bulbs are slowly on their way out. As of January 1, 75-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured in or imported to the United States. Consumers are encouraged to switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent and light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Though cheaper than fluorescent and LED lights, incandescent light bulbs are less efficient than their newer alternatives; of the energy that an incandescent bulb uses, only
5% of it manifests itself as visible light, with the rest being converted into heat. On the other hand, while fluorescent and LED lights may be more costly, they are capable of lasting longer than incandescent bulbs and can produce comparable amounts of light while using far less energy. While the incandescent light bulb is reaching the end of its life span, some varieties will continue to be sold for another year. 40and 60-watt bulbs will continue to be produced in the U.S. until January 2014. 100-watt incandescent bulbs have already been phased out. Hilo man shot to death
wMo’oheau park. Photo courtesy of bigislandnow.com
A 32-year-old Hilo man was found shot dead in Mo‘oheau Park on Saturday, December 29. Police said the victim, who was identified by police as Faafetai Fiu, had gotten into an argument with his wife when she dropped him off along Bayfront Highway. Shortly afterwards, witnesses said Fiu may have been confronted by a man driving a silveror light-colored vehicle. Fiu’s body was found across from the
Shell gas station on Bayfront Highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Shell casings and forensic evidence were recovered from the crime scene. As of press time, Hawaii County police are still searching for the person responsible, as well as the weapon used in the shooting. Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.
UH-Hilo agriculture students put a modern spin on an ancient practice Michael Pierron | Staff writer
aro. Kalo. Colocasia esculenta. For Hawaiians, it is the center of their traditional culture and spirituality. For tourists it is often thought of as the fermented paste called poi. You must have heard of it, or maybe even eaten it without knowing exactly what it is, but what is kalo? According to Hawaiian legend, kalo is the elder brother, the ancestor of humans. Noted authority on Hawaiian language and culture, Mary Kawena Pukui described how “the first Hāloanaka, born to Wākea [widespread sky] and Ho`ohōkūkalani [daughter of papa, earth, and mate of Wākea] became the taro plant. His deceased fetus sprouted the first kalo leaves named Lau kapa lili [the quivering leaf]. His younger brother, also named Hāloa, became the ancestor of Hawaiian people [and so] Taro is the older brother and man the younger.” Kalo is a starchy vegetable that belongs to the Aracaceae family. The most commonly eaten part of the plant is the corm, the bulb-like underground portion of the stem, although the entire plant can be eaten when prepared correctly. The substantial cultivation
of kalo has been well recorded throughout the Pacific in a span over two thousand years, journeying throughout Polynesia, Melanesia, Indonesia, and Southern Asia, but here in Hawaii its roots dig deep. The fact that Hawaiian farmers cultivated more than 200 varieties of kalo in extensive irrigation systems to meet the needs of thousands of people a day illustrates the cultural significance as well as the great extent of knowledge and respect they held for their main staple food. Much more than food for many, kalo provides spiritual subsistence and a connection to cultural roots. For thousands of years Hawaiians have used the lo`i system. They are said to have been the first people to practice aquaculture, having fish living in the lo’i ecosystem. The fish provide fertilizer for the kalo in the form of their waste and in return the kalo provide homes for microorganisms that fish feed on. The ammonia contained in the fish waste is transformed through bacterial action into nitrate, which can be absorbed by plants. This ancient relationship between animals, bacteria, plants and humans remains an excellent model for sustainability. Aleysia Kaha is a senior majoring in agriculture and is president of the Ag club. For the last two years she has been working with a small group of students from UH Hilo and HawCC on a project at their Panaewa farm that integrates the existing aquaculture systems with traditional kalo cultivation. Beginning in January 2011 with Dr. Sakai`s Hydroponic 263 class and funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Aquaponic Kalo Project was designed as a means to utilize effluent waste from the aquaculture system as well as experiment with an artificial wet-land environment. The waste water from the sturgeon tank at the aquaponics facility was draining in to the ground and its nutrients were leaching into the soil, essentially being wasted. As a compromise Kaha came up with a way to use the water filled with effluent waste nutrients by diverting it into a lo`i, or flooded kalo patch to supply nutrients to wetland kalo. Another part of the project coincides with Kaipo Dye’s research on the nutrients flowing through the system. Dye is a senior who is double majoring in agroecology and chemistry and he wants to know the differences between nutrient uptake by kalo growing at opposite ends of the lo’i. He will use his research to determine what amount of fish feed provided to the sturgeons is required to support the lo`i system. “Through this project, students are given the opportunity to gain hands on experience working with aquaponics. The project is entirely student drive. We developed the concept, calculated the materials needed, and executed the design, each of us contributing plans of methodology integrated in traditional knowledge about kalo (planting space, knowledge of variety) and methodology in modern techniques (aeration, flow-through design, and nutrient measurements).” explained Kaha. ““In this process, our goal to grow kalo in a more holistic perspective, both culturally and scientifically aware, has also influenced our personal growth as Hawaiian farmers.” Through the cultivation of kalo, we are re-rooted into Hawaiian tradition where it all began. This ancient relationship between the people of Hawaii and kalo is inextricable, when kalo flourishes so does its people. It is our understanding that we take great responsibility to carry on the perpetuation of kalo farming. If you would like to learn more about the Aquaponic Kalo Project or would like to become involved, contact Aleysia Kaha at aleysia@ hawaii.edu Continued on Page. 13
Hawaii Drives Greener With Electric Charging Stations Hawaii races to the top in the nation for electric vehicle charging stations Sarah Kekauoha | News Editor According to Pacific Business News, Hawaii leads the nation by installing more than 200 new electric vehicle charging stations. These stations are located in 80 public locations, making at least one charging station available for every 5,500 residents. The stations vary in location types, from shopping centers and hotels to GreenCar Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu. The price for these stations was $2.6 million from federal stimulus funding. With one of these stations located at the Walmart in Hilo, owners of electric vehicles, also known as EV, can sign up with Better Place. Better Place helps the EV owners access and use the stations located throughout the islands. EV owners benefit by using one of the 130 charge spots, operated by Better Place, which have two charge points. With two car points, two cars are able to take a charge at the same time while another plus is that the EV owners don’t have to pay for these services. Approximately 90% of Hawaii’s energy needs are supplied by oil imports, says an article by TreeHugger. This ranges at around $7 billion annually and a third of this goes to transportation use. In an article by CNET, the director of Better Place, Brian Goldstein, said, “Our multi-island network is another step toward making sustainable transportation a reality in Hawaii and moves us toward achieving the state’s goal to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels by at least 70 percent by 2030.” With the excitement surrounding the installation of the charging stations, Better Place
hopes to encourage others to follow in the example Hawaii has set. “We are now the leader in charging stations per person,” said Goldstein in an article by the Pacific Business News, “and this will create a market for the nation’s EV structure in a fastchanging market that continues to develop rapidly around the country.” Following Hawaii, and just as competitive, Oregon has charging stations available for every 10,000 residents. In an article by Solar Energy USA, it compares the prices of an electric car versus a gas car. “It costs $3.89 for 1 gallon of gas in a 40 MPG car compared to $1.50 to drive 40 miles in our Chevy Volt ($2.39 dollar savings every 40 miles).” The article argues why a person would pay a more for a regular car when there are options to buy a more expensive car and reap the savings later. In the picture from Seeking Alpha, the comparisons of electric and regular gasoline cars make a point that electric cars could be more beneficial to people and the environment. Whether or not people decide to go electric with their cars, self-sustainability and clean energy lie at the front of the governor’s priorities. At Hawaii.gov, Governor Neil Abercrombie stated, “Our island environment is not only the basis for our quality of life, it is also the lifeblood of our economy. We look at environmental issues with future generations in mind, and as we explore Hawaii’s boundless, clean energy potential, we trust they will benefit from our stewardship.”
Graphic courtesy of Seeking Alpha. Charts courtesy of Solar Energy USA.
Letter from the Sports Editor We made it to another year and by a Vulcan’s beard there will be sports played in 2013. The men and women’s basketball teams are midway through a tough season and they both are looking to improve their 2-9 and 4-5 respective records. Men and women’s golf continue onward with their long seasons, both having played their previous tourneys at the end of October. Their next batch of tournaments starts back up in February. Softball and baseball are mere weeks from opening day. As always, there will be storylines to follow throughout each team’s season. Head coach Jeff Law and the men’s basketball team will try to string some wins together and turn what seems like a lost season (2-9 overall, 0-3 in conference) into something positive. On Dec. 31 senior forward Michael Melonas was named the Pacific West Conference player of the week. Junior Big Island-product Kamie Imai looks to continue her recent barrage of scoring and to add some victories to the playoff-hopeful Lady Vuls basketball resume. Back-to-back victories have been tough to come by for both Vulcan basketball squads, but neither team has given up the fight with two more months left in the season. When the first pitch is thrown on Feb. 7 at Wong Stadium, it will mark the last opening day for veteran manager Joey Estrella in a Vulcan uniform. Estrella, who will be entering his 37th season as the Vulcan’s
manager, has always been known for giving back to the community, and this past year his baseball team were named the 2012 Special Olympics East Hawaii’s Outstanding Organization. Estrella has managed over 1500 games in his long career as a Vulcan and looks to end his career on a high note. All the while our Ke Kalahea staff will be doing our best to cover the athletes and the games they play. For the time being, I will be sweating it out alone in my cluttered office, trying to cover our athletic Vulcans. Yes, unfortunately we haven’t had any sports writers join our team for over a semester now and I can only hope that there are more sports readers than sports writers on campus. Until we can forge another sports writer from the depths of Mauna Kea, I will be striving my very best to give all the sports on campus the coverage they deserve. If there is a sports-related article you wish to be covered, then do not hesitate to contact me. I climb a ladder to get to my office so there isn’t a door exactly, but my door is always open, so to say. Don’t forget that Ke Kalahea works for you. Sincerely supporting your sports, Keane Carlin Sports Editor
New Year’s Celebrations Around the World Jenna Burns | Arts and Community Editor Nainoa Kalaukoa | Graphic Artist While many Americans celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1 by watching the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square and setting off fireworks, several people throughout the world celebrate the New Year at different times. The Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10 in 2013, while the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah usually occurs in the beginning of September. Buddhists in Thailand celebrate New Years in April with a water festival called “Songkran”. This festival takes place from April 13-15 and consists of parades featuring the Buddha. Many countries also celebrate the traditional New Year on Jan. 1 in unique ways. The following examples are just a glance at these methods of celebration around the world. Maybe you could try incorporating a tradition from another culture into your own New Year’s celebrations! Scotland: In Scotland, the New Year’s celebration is called “Night of the Candle”. Scottish people prepare for the coming year by cleaning their houses and purifying them with rituals such as burning juniper branches. The tradition of the “First Footer” says that whomever the first person is to set foot into your home on New Year’s Day decides the luck of the family for the coming year. South America: In the Andean countries in South America, a straw doll (or a “muñeco” in Spanish) is burned on New Year’s Eve at midnight to signify getting rid of regrets from the previous year in order to start the New Year fresh. Korea: The Korean New Year’s festivities are called “Solnal” or “Seollal” (설날) and are held on the Lunar New Year, which is on the same day as the Chinese celebrate the New Year as well. This day falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Many people leave the city to go home and be with their families on this day. In the morning, people pay respect to their deceased ancestors. The children also pay
respect to their elders, and in turn, receive money. Many people play traditional games afterward and eat foods like dumpling soup. Spain and Portugal: On New Year’s Eve, people eat 12 grapes at midnight (one grape for every time the clock chimes). This tradition began in the twentieth century when there was a very large harvest of grapes, and the King of Spain needed to do something with the excess grapes. Germany: In Germany, the New Year or “Neujahr” is celebrated with parties, fireworks, and church bells ringing. There is also a tradition that involves dropping melted lead into cold water, and analyzing the shape that the lead takes. The shape of the lead in the water foretells what the New Year will bring. For example, if the lead takes the shape of a ring, it might signify marriage. Greece: St. Basil’s Day is celebrated on Jan. 1 in Greece. St. Basil was one the forefathers of the Greek Orthodox Church, and is remembered for his generosity to the poor. He is believed to have died on Jan. 1, and so the Greek people honor him on this day. Many gifts are given in respect for St. Basil’s kindness, as it was said that he gave many gifts to children. There are many traditional foods served on New Years in Greece, but the most important dish is “Vassilopitta” or St. Basil’s cake, which has a gold coin inside the cake. The first piece of cake goes to St. Basil, and the second piece is for the house. From there, the oldest family members are served until the youngest person present is served a piece of cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be lucky in the New Year. Japan: On New Year’s Eve, Buddhist temples ring bells 108 times to rid people of their 108 sins (a Buddhist belief). People eat foods that can keep without refrigeration, because before modern refrigeration existed, stores would close on New Year’s. Other foods like mochi and sushi
are eaten as well. Envelopes called “pochibukuro” are given to children containing money. “Hatsuhinode” is the first sunrise of the year. Before sunrise on January 1, people often drive to the coast or the mountains so they can see the first sunrise of the New Year. Resources http://suite101.com/article/new-yearseve-traditions-around-the-worlda183858#ixzz2GBquWzHF http://www.theholidayspot.com/newyear/around_ the_world.htm#C7bIEriDoQVAdWPY.99 http://sarahinsouthkorea.blogspot.com/2011/01/ korean-new-year-seolnal.html http://www.fathertimes.net/ http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/ holidayrecipes/a/New-Years-Celebrations-InSouth-America.htm
Bouncing Back Lady Vuls basketball team looks to get above .500 Keane Carlin | Sports Editor
he Vulcan women’s basketball team had been working hard at practice over the break and to come back with a 73-58 win at home against Notre Dame De Namur felt good for the team and senior Shannon Rousseau. “We’ve had a hard week of practices so it just felt good, it was a good win to have after the break,” Rousseau remarked after the 15-point conference game triumph. As with most squads, the team has been gelling and working together better as the season has progressed. “We’re a better unit; we’re sharing the ball better and finding the open players instead of taking quick shots. We are more organized and comfortable with each other,” Rousseau stated. Coming from a Junior College in Colorado after her sophomore year was a challenge, one that was completely unexpected as she had never imagined playing basketball for a university in Hawaii. Rousseau also said that it was tough “learning with a whole new group of girls.” Since Vulcan athletics rely on recruiting transfers who are usually entering their last two seasons of eligibility, it usually takes some time for the team to start running on all cylinders. The team understands that and Rousseau thinks that everyone has been working hard to be successful. “I really want to get to the tournament, that’s our biggest goal and we want to be successful. I really don’t want to end on a bad note,” Rousseau said adding a slight giggle. Much of the team’s success is in the hands of senior point guards Jameia McDuffie and Kirsten Shimizu. In the win against NDNU, McDuffie only had one turnover, and Shimizu had zero turnovers. By minimizing mistakes, the offense worked smoothly and Shimizu thinks this is because of increased focus by the team and tough practices ran by head coach David Kaneshiro. “Coach has been on us about our effort and energy. When we play well, we all play well, but when we play bad, we kind of don’t really
know how to get ourselves out of that. I think we are getting better at that and getting a lot more supportive. We just need to try to be mentally stronger as well as physically stronger.” Shimizu went on to sum up what this group of Vulcans has to make it a special season: “what I like about our team is that we get it done with what we got. We don’t have the tallest player, the most athletic players, but we all work hard. It would be nice to have a lot more fans, but we play for ourselves, we play for each other and we play for our coaching staff.”
Senior point guard Kirsten Shimizu slashes towards the basket. Photo Couresy of Rick Ogata.
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Through the Eyes of Others Global Lens Film Series offers students a glimpse of life across the sea Joie Colobong | Staff Writer UH Hilo’s Global Lens Film Series offers an exciting and diverse lineup of quality films from around the world for the spring 2013 semester. Introduced last fall, the Global Lens Film Series is a monthly international film series sponsored by the International Student Services and Intercultural Education office that brings the best of foreign cinema to the UH Hilo community. The aim of the series is to “promote intercultural understanding through the medium of cinema and to expose audiences to new voices from relatively unfamiliar parts of the world”. This semester, a different foreign film will be screened every month from January to April. This month’s offering is “Nothing More (Nada+)”, which will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. a Spanish-language comedy-drama film hailing from Cuba. The film, which served as Cuba’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards, delves into the harsh realities
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of life in Cuba and the political and social tyrannies under which the people of Cuba of are subject to every day. Other upcoming films include “Whisky”, a Spanish-language film from Uruguay, “The Kite,” an Arabic-language film from Lebanon, and “Cinema, Aspirins & Vultures”, a Portuguese- and German-language film hailing from Brazil. James “Jim” Mellon, the Director of International Student Services and Intercultural Education at UH Hilo, offered a generous dose of insight in an e-mail exchange on how the film series was developed, where the films in the series come from, what people attending the film screenings can expect to see, and what he hopes people will gain from watching the films. When asked where the idea to start the Global Lens Film Series came from, Mellon wrote of a need to establish more events and activities on campus that would promote intercultural learning and understanding among members of the UH Hilo community. He noted that in spite of the cultural diversity of UH Hilo’s student body, the potential for intercultural learning between students remains largely unexploited. “Although UH Hilo is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the U.S. and enrolls a relatively large percentage of students from other countries, we have not leveraged this rich diversity in systematic ways to enhance intercultural learning among students,” Mellon wrote. “It doesn’t just magically happen. There are not enough structured programs and activities that are designed to foster meaningful and substantive intercultural competence. That need exists, especially given that the current UH Hilo Strategic Plan calls for the University to ‘promote multicultural fluency through learning, training, research, and exchange opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to develop awareness and knowledge of self and of others, and skills for effective interaction, communication, leadership, and organizational change.’”
Photo Courtesy of UH.Hawaii.edu
One way to fulfill that need, according to Mellon, was to establish an international film series at UH Hilo. Mellon wrote of the transcendental, universal power that the medium of film has to speak to audiences across cultural boundaries. “One of the most effective means of seeing the world through the eyes of others is through narrative feature film,” Mellon wrote. “Film is one of the most powerful, accessible, and effective media at communicating the range and diversity of the world’s cultures. It can be used to promote cross-cultural understanding and engage students in intercultural learning, especially for those who cannot physically “cross borders” through a study abroad program due to finances, work, or family obligations.” In attempting to foster intercultural understanding within the UH Hilo community, Mellon acknowledges the need for people of differing cultural backgrounds to establish a solid platform upon which they can relate to each other. “The challenge,” Mellon wrote, “is to find a ‘common ground,’ especially with those whose cultures and traditions are not our own, and extend beyond the reach of geography, history and languages. It’s not easy to achieve, but [it] requires that we see the world through the eyes of others and share in their daily experience. What matters most to people in China, or Africa, or the Middle East? How do they resolve conflicts? How do they deal with suffering and loss?” The films for the Global Lens Film Series come to UH Hilo from an organization called the Global Film Initiative, whose mission, Mellon says, is to “promote both the production of authentic and accessible stories created in the developing world (through grants to filmmakers) and their distribution throughout schools in the U.S.”. According to Mellon, the Global Film Initiative donates a portion of the funds that pay for the films to filmmakers around the world to help them create films. “Many of the filmmakers are from parts of the world where they don’t have the resources to create feature films, or they want to create a film about a controversial topic and face challenges raising funds, so GFI directly supports their work (and, in turn, by patronizing GFI, UH Hilo is also supporting such filmmakers and their work),” Mellon wrote. The films, along with the public screening rights, were purchased through a grant from the University of Hawaii Diversity and Equity Initiative. Mellon acknowledges that due to the global reach and sheer dominance of American media, Americans – young Americans, in particular – lack a profound understanding of things people who live beyond the Atlantic and Pacific deal with every day. While billions of people outside the United States are showered with American films, music, television series and news reports – and consequently, an in-depth look at American culture – on a daily basis, Americans are not exposed to global cultures and issues to the same extent. When asked what people could expect to see at the film screenings, Mellon responded enthusiastically with “Great films! Films that you wouldn’t normally see or hear about … Films that are provocative, sometimes controversial, thought-provoking. Stories that make you realize how different some cultures are, but at the same time, also make you realize the universality of the human experience. ”
Mellon hopes that people who attend the film screenings will leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures. “We want to develop an awareness of global human rights and social justice issues as well,” Mellon wrote. The Global Lens Film Series is slated to continue into the 2013-14 academic year, for which Mellon promises a greater emphasis on human rights and social justice. All screenings will be held at 7:00 p.m. on their respective dates in Campus Campus Center Room 307. Admission for all screenings is free. For more information, including more details on the films featured in the series, visit hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/international.
Aloha Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye passes away at the age of 88 Dennis Fukushima | Staff Writer
n Dec. 17, 2012 Senator Daniel Inouye died at the age of 88. According to The Washington Post, Inouye was a decorated World War II (WWII) veteran and the longest serving senator in the nation. The Washington Post states that he died of respiratory complications, and that his last word was “aloha”. USA Today reported that President Obama said “In Washington, he worked to strengthen our military, forge bipartisan consensus, and hold those of us in government accountable to the people we were elected to serve. But it was his incredible bravery during World War II…that made Danny not just a colleague and a mentor, but someone revered by all of us lucky enough to know him.” Inouye had been working in congress since statehood was achieved, but his work for Hawaii started much earlier. In USA Today, it says that Inouye was a volunteer for Hawaii’s Red Cross when Pearl Harbor was bombed during WWII. He dropped out of school to serve for the 442nd Regimental combat team in Europe. USA Today goes on to say that Inouye showed true heroism in 1945 during a battle in Italy. While lobbing grenades against enemies, his right arm was nearly severed by a grenade launcher. With his left hand, he pried the grenade out of his dismembered hand and threw it at the enemy. More than fifty years later, Inouye was given the Medal of Honor by former President Bill Clinton, the highest award for bravery. USA reports that Clinton stated “Rarely has a nation been so well-served by a people it ill-treated.” On Dec. 21, 2012 Inouye had a brief service in the Washington National Cathedral; it was followed by a farewell to Inouye on the Big Island on Dec. 27, 2012. The Hawaii Tribune Herald says that over 500 people attended service at the AfookChinen civic. To commemorate the late senator, Hawaii Tribune Herald states that Mayor Billy Kenoi plans to rename Saddle Road “Daniel K. Inouye Highway”, as Inouye secured funding for the road, which elicited applause from the audience. To replace Inouye in Senate, Democrats chose Mazie Hirono and Brian Shatz as final nominations. Though Inouye wanted Mazie Hirono as his successor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie chose Shatz to replace Inouye, much to the dismay of Inouye’s office the Huffington Post reports. Perhaps President Obama sums it up best when he said we lost “a true American hero”.
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Above:Senator Inouye’s Casket in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo Courtesy of trbimg.com. Right: Inouye in his service days. Photo Courtesy of nnwwiim.org
Former HawCC Student Elected to Hawai‘i County Council Greggor Ilagan becomes voice for District 4 Britney Carey | Staff Writer Greggor Ilagan, a former Hawai‘i Community College student who was elected to the Hawai‘i County Council this past November, spent a year and a half at HawCC as an accounting major before making a successful run for public office. Ilagan represents Hawai‘i County District 4, which includes Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Makai of Pāhoa Town, Nanawale Estates, Leilani Estates, Pohoiki, and Kapoho. Born in the Philippines, Ilagan moved to Hawai‘i at age 7. After graduating from Waiākea High School in 2004, Ilagan joined the Air National Guard, and was transferred to Toledo, Ohio. When his enlistment ended, he decided to pursue a college education and enrolled at HawCC. He was inspired to run for the County Council as a response to federal partisan bickering and through debates and discussions he witnessed in his college classes. “I just wanted to get involved and step up and make a difference,” he said. Being a young college student without a large network of contributors, Ilagan says he was able to run because of the public funding for elections supplied through the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund. The main source for these funds, according to the Hawai‘i Campaign Spending Commission, are donations by Hawai‘i taxpayers. In order to be awarded these funds, a candidate must gather signatures of 200 registered voters residing in the district that the candidate is seeking office. A $5 contribution must also be collected from each voter. According to Ilagan, the hard part was getting the $5 contributions in the form of check or money order as required by the Commission. “It was one of the biggest hurdles we had to face,” he said. Upon the completion of the requirements for public funding, Ilagan received $16,320 to put towards his campaign. Ilagan is currently working to create a bus route through Hawaiian Paradise Park to serve the area’s 12,000 residents. The councilman has also been working to bring workshops on energy conservation and financial literacy to his district.
Ilagan. Photo courtesy of kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com Although Ilagan took time off from his studies to campaign, he is hoping to take a Tagalog language class this Spring to relearn his first language. When asked how he likes his new job, Ilagan responded with, “It’s awesome! It’s been an exciting time.” To contact Councilman Ilagan, you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, call him at (808) 965-2712, or check out his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greggorilagan.
Aisha-Rae Kobayashi, Student Health and Wellness Programs (SHWP) Please join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/UhHiloStudentHealthWellnessPrograms It’s the start of 2013, the time to start planning those New Year’s resolutions. A new year helps us reflect on our hopes for change as well as growth, and we often use that to make new goals for ourselves. However according to a January 2013 article in Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions because they often fall short due to being too general, vague, and unrealistic, but there is also the fact that a lot of effort and discipline need to go hand-in-hand with those goals. The following is a list of tips to create a successful resolution and action for your wellness or healthy living goals. Goals: As college students, we have a lot to balance so we need to consider what component of our wellness we want to work on. Choose an aspect of your life that you want to focus a little extra time on; it can be your physical, spiritual, social, or even your intellectual being. The last thing we want to do is to complicate our lives, so the goal should be manageable. Try to have a detailed resolution so you can have a specific focus on where your efforts should be placed. Also an important thing to note is you should have realistic expectations surrounding your goal. Some people set themselves up for failure because their resolution is unreasonable and too broad. Implementation: Resolutions are not meant to be a short-term change; they are intended to have a lasting, possibly lifelong effect. One of the most effective things you can do to be successful is to focus on the means rather than the end. In goal achievement it is more important to focus on how you’re going to get there rather than just the when and where you want to be. It is not about the destination; it’s how you’re going to get there. By focusing on the how, you create more self-awareness, and by placing the right efforts in meeting your desired goal, you will start changing your habits. However you need to put in the effort and have the drive and desire; it’s often said “you have to want to change.” Example: A common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, and just the characterization of your goal may set you up to be ineffective. Instead of losing weight, you may want to instead characterize it as eating healthier and exercising. From there you can create a detailed goal description such as going for a run twice a week and eating fruits and vegetables instead of those high-calorie processed snacks. You also want it to be a gradual transition so you don’t overwhelm yourself. For example, you could start by doing walks, followed by power-walks, then runs, and replace your unhealthy snacks one at a time. Occasionally do a self-check, to see if you’re making progress. In order to know whether you are making progress toward your goals, identify how you will measure progress. For example, how will you measure improvements in health? You could use body weight or how your clothes are fitting, or you could count the number of healthy vs. unhealthy snacks you eat each week. Thanks to technology nowadays there are a lot of apps that offer support in helping you stay on track, such as Couch to 5k or Diet and food tracker. With effort, discipline, and consistency you may see your resolution last longer than just 2013, as your plan turns into a long-term lifestyle change. Last reminder; don’t just change because a new year is coming up but change for your own personal growth. No matter what resolutions or goals you make, they ultimately start with you. Student Health & Wellness Programs wishes you all a very successful 2013, and always remember that we are here to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.
A memorial set up for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Photo courtesy of sott.net.
Gun Control: what are YOU for?
UH Hilo students voice their opinions on gun control Dennis Fukushima | Staff Writer
ith the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 26 students and staff members dead, gun related laws are getting a lot of attention. Gun control is a very delicate topic that leaves America divided: some feel that it’s a direct violation of the Second Amendment, while others feel that it’s necessary to end horrific shootings such as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine. Though Hawaii is far removed from the mainland, there is potential for a deadly shooting. The mentality of “it can’t happen here” is definitely problematic because it’s very possible to have mass killings on the island. In 1999, the state’s worst shooting occurred on Oahu. The Star Bulletin, dated Nov. 2 1999 reports that Bryan Useyugi murdered seven Xerox employees. He was the registered owner of 17 guns which included the handgun used in the shooting spree. Just a few weeks ago a man was murdered on Bay Front, and in an unrelated incident, two police officers were injured in a shooting in Down Town Hilo. In addition to gun control, mental illness has also been an issue brought to light due to mass shootings. On Wed. Jan. 9, 2013, the Hawaii Tribune Herald released the article “Mental illness and murder”. The article, written by Steve Kalas, describes working with people affected by mental illnesses and just how hard it is to deal with it. Kalas says that “(in reference to patients being hospitalized) most such hospitalizations are brief and provide little hope for the long term.” The article also includes a link to a compelling piece titled “I am Adam Lanza’s mother”, written by Liza Long. Her experiences detail dealing with her child who has a mental disorder, and the lack of available options for treatment.
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Ke Kalahea was interested in hearing opinions from students on campus on gun control. Please note that these opinions do not reflect the views of Ke Kalahea staff members. “[I think that gun control laws] should be stricter and include mental health checks.” -Eleanor Brown: Marine Science and Linguistics major, sophomore “I believe that guns don’t kill people, people kill people…I think that more extensive background searches, and mental health reviews must be done before someone is allowed to purchase a gun.” -Jordan Kurokawa: Marine Biology major, sophomore “Mass shootings like Virginia Tech, Columbine and Sandy Hook are a combination of mental illnesses and bad illnesses, not because of guns of violence portrayed in the media. If movies made people killers, me and millions of people would mow down crowds in a heartbeat. I do believe that gun shows should be stopped, however, and that assault weapons should not be sold to civilians.” -Name withheld due to the delicate subject matter “I think the real problem here is the lack of treatment options available for the mentally ill people. Mental illness isn’t taken seriously and is just too low of a priority.” -Name withheld due to the delicate subject matter
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Project was designed as a means to utilize effluent waste from the aquaculture system as well as experiment with an artificial wet-land environment. The waste water from the sturgeon tank at the aquaponics facility was draining in to the ground and its nutrients were leaching into the soil, essentially being wasted. As a compromise Kaha came up with a way to use the water filled with effluent waste nutrients by diverting it into a lo`i, or flooded kalo patch to supply nutrients to wetland kalo. Another part of the project coincides with Kaipo Dye’s research on the nutrients flowing through the system. Dye is a senior who is double majoring in agroecology and chemistry and he wants to know the differences between nutrient uptake by kalo growing at opposite ends of the lo’i. He will use his research to determine what amount of fish feed provided to the sturgeons is required to support the lo`i system. “Through this project, students are given the opportunity to gain hands on experience working with aquaponics. The project is entirely student drive. We developed the concept, calculated the materials needed, and executed the design, each of us contributing plans of methodology integrated in traditional knowledge about kalo (planting space, knowledge of variety) and methodology in modern techniques (aeration, flowthrough design, and nutrient measurements).” explained Kaha. ““In this process, our goal to grow kalo in a more holistic perspective, both culturally and scientifically aware, has also influenced our personal growth as Hawaiian farmers.” Through the cultivation of kalo, we are re-rooted into Hawaiian tradition where it all began. This ancient relationship between the people of Hawaii and kalo is inextricable, when kalo flourishes so does its people. It is our understanding that we take great responsibility to carry on the perpetuation of kalo farming. If you would like to learn more about the Aquaponic Kalo Project or would like to become involved, contact Aleysia Kaha at email@example.com
County of Hawai‘i To Ban Use of Plastic Checkout Bags
Businesses have option to make bags available for purchase for 1 year
produce, grains, nuts, cereal, rice, flour, and candy. Other exclusions are plastic bags used for small retail items such as jewelry, beads, and hardware items, as eginning Jan. 17, 2013, businesses in Hawai‘i County will no longer well as bags used to protect garments after dry cleaning or laundering. The law be able to provide free plastic checkout bags to their customers. Plastic does not allow for the use of biodegradable or compostable plastic checkout Bag Reduction Ordinance 12-1 amends the Chapter 14, Hawai‘i bags. County Code 1983 (2005 Edition, as amended) relating to the reduction of According to the draft rules, businesses in violation of the new law may be plastic bag use. The ordinance has been adopted in an effort to reduce the fined $250 per day following a second notice of violation. A third notice of use of plastic bags and to encourage consumers to use more environmentally violation may result in a $500 per day fine, with subsequent notices resulting in friendly alternatives, such as reusable shopping bags. a $1,000 per day fine. The ordinance recognizes that although plastic bags are convenient, Target’s Hilo location will be making plastic checkout bags available they can result in numerous detrimental effects to the environment. According for purchase for $0.05 after Jan. 17, store manager Scott Hayes said. “We to the ordinance, plastic bags introduce unsafe chemicals into the environment decided to go with the extension of offering plastic to our guests for the whole upon degradation, contribute to unsightly litter, can cause the death of marine year. The goal is to encourage our guests to use a recyclable bag,” he said. and pasture animals, and are an obstacle for the County’s landfill diversion Target will also be giving a $0.05 credit for every reusable bag a customer uses goals. when checking out. KTA will also be selling plastic bags while supplies last, According to the DEM’s Rules Relating to Plastic Bag Reduction, according to Administrative Assistant Debbie Arita. “Because of the way that while businesses are now prohibited from providing single-use plastic bags to the law is written our stores will be selling out of the plastic bags and when we customers at no charge, they may make the bags available for purchase until run out then that’s it,” she said. According to a store employee, Safeway has Jan. 17, 2014, one year after the effective date of the ordinance. Businesses already begun phasing out the bags, and will be sending any leftovers to other may also make available reusable bags or plastic bags, provided that any bags stores in counties still using plastic bags. They will be providing free paper made from plastic are washable, specifically made for multiple re-use, and are bags, and reusable ones for $1.99. A request for information made to Wal-Mart at least 3.0 mils thick. was not immediately returned. The ordinance, introduced in 2011 by Kohala Councilman Pete Hoffman, was approved by the Hawai‘i County Council and Mayor Billy For more information on the plastic bag ban, you may visit http://www. Kenoi on Jan. 17, 2012. According to the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald, Hoffman, hawaiizerowaste.org/reuse/plastic-bag-reduction-ordinance/#.UN4PvG_LTEU has tried to pass bills regulating the use of plastic bags in the past, and was or call the Department of Environmental Management at (808) 961-8083. quoted as saying, “This is the first step in order to get some control over the plastic in our environment by promulgating rules already adopted by literally thousands of municipalities in the United States and entire countries in Europe.” Public hearings regarding the ban were held in December in both East and West Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald reported. According to a letter distributed to local business by the Department of Environmental Management, exceptions to the rule include plastic bags lacking handles used for the protection of raw meats, frozen foods, deli foods,
Britney Carey | Staff Writer
Cat fight. While walking back from STB one day, I saw one of my favorite university cats strolling along the grass. Like nearly all of the cats taht call our school their home, this one was adorably fat. He was a grey and black tiger- striped cat that I had named Greg. “Hello Greg,” I greeted, only to have my cheerful smile fall. Greg was attacked by a malicious, and equally fat, grey cat, with yet another fat, black and white cat joining the fray. Panda, a beautiful, fluffy calico, was running toward Greg with the intent to aid him. (I know this because I often see Greg and Panda lounging around together) They scattered when I shrieked at them to stop. Jackass grey cat, Stop picking on Greg!!
flesh and blood but I do not feel human. Seriously, UHH can hire someone to be the Director of Health and Wellness but they can’t hire more doctors or APRNs so that we don’t have to wait forever. Don’t get me wrong the staff at the medical office is wonderful, but another staff member and a bigger facility might be a little more worth spending your fundings on UHH!!!!! It’s called getting somewhere in life, not just being worldly, because some of us don’t just sit at home and feed off mommy and daddy, and growing up and resolving conflicts, not just “drama,” young boy. Even your parents have done it. Grow up.
Bring back the word search and crossword puzzles!
UHH should have a daycare. Several professors are all like “No kids allowed in class” and I know of people who miss class because they don’t have a sitter. UHH should have a day care so we can drop our keiki off when we need to go to class. Like some of those gyms in the mainland that have daycare-ish services so moms can work on their fitness.
If you can’t find the time to brush your teeth for the 8:00 morning class, SIGN UP FOR THE 9:30! stank breath ruins everyone’s day
To all students: remember to never EVER forget to smile. You never know when your smile can make someone else’s day :)
To the guy who works at the Uh-hilo financal aid office with the cutest dimple and a diamond earing on the left ear, You are so cute! Your smile brightens up my day! No joke
The Student Life Center should get a hydration station cause the amount of people that utilize the facility in ratio to the 3 water fountains is obviously ridiculous... Just saying
Congratulations to the 2012 fall graduates!!! Special shout out to the ISA (international students association) president! You did it and great job! Best of luck on your next journey :)
As much as it rains in Hilo, you’d think they’d make a covered walk way between the Life Center for students and the classes. Cause after I go to the gym I don’t want to get soaked or have to hold an umbrella, so I just skip class and hang around the lobby of SLC. LOL
To the group on third floor in campus center playing cards, shut it.
To all of the attractive people at our school...damn your fly but it’s a shame your personality is like a fly all over sh**. To the people who work in the library: while you feel justified to kick students out of the library while they’re eating, don’t forget who pays your salary and that it is scientifically proven that people learn better and retain more while chewing. To the person who wrote in the last school paper about students in the library being loud and inconsiderate, it is a free country! Heres some advice, next time you have a problem you should confront it. People can’t read minds you know. the vajayjay is a self cleaning organ fool. whatchu talking about pussy stank, pussy tart when yo balls aint exactly fresh. if pussy stank, it’s a warning, stay away. basic sex ed. As a Japanese student whose has a culture that is tied to Buddhism. I take offence with the new religious playground that some of our instructor’s our taking us to. I’m a Buddhist who understands the value of separation of religion and education. The University is opening the door where some students will start demanding that Buddhist Priest/Mullahs/Goddesses and more will need to make chants before certain classes because it’s part of the Culture or History of the class. I understand the agenda that some have, but please do not use Religion to indoctrinate. If the fight is right it can be won without Religion. I have a fear 100 years from now that our education system here in Hawaii will become like the Muslim Countries where the main focus is about Religious Culture not Education.
Compliments to the girl who is beautiful named SPARKLES! =) To the Aspiring Doctors of Hilo: keep up the good work! You’ve been doing a great job this semester :) Really People...Grumbling and Yelling at the staff at the nurse’s office is not gonna make them move any faster or solve your problem. Be patient and stop yelling at them, its irritating when I’m trying to study out here. To Rants and Raves - submitted a post a week or so ago about andrew and pancakes. Decided against it. Please don’t publish it (or this, for that matter). Thanks. It’s called getting somewhere in life, not just being worldly, because some of us don’t just sit at home and feed off mommy and daddy, and growing up and resolving conflicts, not just “drama,” young boy. Even your parents have done it. Grow up. Kowabunga! The orientation crew this spring semester was amazing. I am so glad that I was a part of it. I think the DJ that did the music was cute too. :D “Dear Lifeguards, All the men are extremely sexy and should keep not wearing their shirts so I have something to watch when I’m lounging across the pool. Thanks”
I want to go to the special hell. I hear they have cookies there. Emory, Harvard, UCSF, Yale, and Penn State all have this in common. During the last week of lectures and finals week they have puppies on campus from local shelters for stressed out students to go visit. This seems like a great way to relieve some stress. Imagine instead of spending 20 more minutes stressing over a test, you could visit a puppy and have a smile on your face. Bring us puppies! I LOVE HAWAII!! My life is a joke. I feel as if that I do not exist. I feel as if I am invisible to everyone around me as if they ignore me. And the ones that I do know; just want to get something from me.I am
DISCLAIMER!!! The Rants & Raves allow students to express their opinions anonymously and appear AS IS. They do NOT represent the views or feelings of Ke Kalahea.
UH H i l o J a z z O r c h e s t r a Rhythm and Blues Revue
A review on the concert “Rhythm and Blues Revue” by the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Elizabeth Johnson | Staff Writer
ight before the end of the Fall 2012 semester, the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra performed at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. They put on a show of songs that featured “The Blues Brothers” as well as a variety of artists and genres. The show opened with the band called “Pathology” performing a few songs they had composed together. It was followed by the first half of the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra performing a variety of songs. An intermission followed and the second half introduced the “Blues Brothers” theme, and was spiced up with an addition of actors, actresses, dancers, costumes, and singers. At the end of the show, the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra surprised the audience with an unplanned musical number and the audience members were invited to stand up and dance or jump up onto the front of the stage to dance freely and to have fun! It was a very unforgettable night for both the performers and all those in the audience. Amongst those who attended the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra concert were two UH Hilo students who were willing to comment on the event. One of the two students, Gabe Tebow, a Linguistics Major, said that he had heard about the event from his friend, Lauren Bauers, who performed as a trumpeter in the orchestra. When asked what he was expecting from it, or what he didn’t expect, he said, “I didn’t expect the show to sell out. I also wasn’t expecting to go on stage and dance!” After the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra concert ended, conductor Trever Veilleux surprised the audience with an unplanned song “Sweet Home Chicago.” As the orchestra played and performed the unplanned musical number, choreographer Dori Yamada and her dancers and singers gathered into the audience to dance and pull up random audience attendees onto the stage to dance! Gabe was one of the lucky ones who got pulled up onto the stage to dance. Sharing his opinion on the overall performance, Gabe said, “I loved the theme. I think the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra should stick to the theme idea. It was a great performance overall!” UH Hilo student Carrie Soo Hoo, a Marine Science Major, said she had heard about the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra concert through her friends. In response to being asked about her expectations she said, “I expected it to be good because I had been to previous performances. What I didn’t expect was so much audience participation! I loved the performance over all though and I think the theme idea brought it all together.” Also willing to comment and answer a few questions on the overall performance was Jazz Orchestra conductor Trever Veilleux himself, as well as dance choreographer Dori Yamada. The first question addressed to Veilleux and Yamada was, “How did you feel about the concert overall? The results, the orchestra, the audience, and the show being sold out?” Veilleux said, “The concert was amazing--truly one of the best shows I have ever been a part of. The commitment and dedication shown by the musicians, singers and dancers was inspiring. Not to mention the great stage crew. Everybody put so much effort into making the show great, and the audience responded in kind. It was the first time we sold out at the Performing Arts Center and the crowd was incredible! They showed so much love for the performers with their cheers, claps, yells; they sung along, gave us a standing ovation, and by the end they were dancing in the aisles and on the stage with us. Truly an incredible night!” Yamada said, “I am super pleased with the results of the show. The fact that it was sold out and that the audience was into the show from the get-go and cheering loudly and dancing in the aisles was testimony in and of itself of the great time being had by all. I thought that the band sounded amazing and that having such a vocal and supportive audience only helped to fuel the performances and to take it to the next level. I am also proud of
my dancers and the singers for really bringing that extra element and helping to create a true show experience that went beyond any music or singing or dancing alone. It was the magical combination of those elements and the joy and exuberance with which they were delivered that really made the performance.” The second question asked to Veilleux and Yamada was, “What was the most memorable moment that night of the performance?” Yamada responded, “Everything was memorable. I loved seeing the audience up and dancing and feeling the joy in the room. I mean, the room felt electric! But for me, the best moment of the night came after the show, in seeing Trever, who always works so hard on these shows, literally glowing with joy—that was the best feeling ever!” With humor, Veilleux responded, “Tough question—there are so many! It may have been when Justin Chittams surprised me by coming out in a wig and fringed vest to perform “What is Hip”.” The next question asked of Veilleux and Yamada was, “Do you hope to incorporate dancers and singers into the concert again?” Veilleux exclaimed, “I hope so!” Yamada expressed herself and said, “I look at any opportunity to grow in a different way as something I’d be willing to explore. What really drives me is the idea of helping others accomplish things that they might not be able to do alone. I truly love helping others, and doing it in a creative medium is especially rewarding. And yes, I would be down for working with Trever again. This was definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had with a show!” To Veilleux, the question was asked, “Do you plan to stick to a theme for the next orchestra concert?” He replied, “the “Blues Brothers” theme was so much fun and also gave the audience something to latch onto. We always play such a wide variety of music that it can be difficult to advertise or explain the show to people. Having a theme helps that situation and I think it helped us to sell out the show. If we can come up with a theme that fits in with the band and makes sense musically, then yeah, we might try that again.” In an attempt to get a sneak peek of the next UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra concert at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, the last question addressed to Veilleux was, “Any previews to the next Jazz Orchestra concert to look forward to?” He said, “We have some ideas, but nothing is concrete yet. We’ll be sure to put on another great show in the spring…but you’ll have to wait to find out what we’ll be doing.” As we await in anticipation for the upcoming UH Hilo Jazz orchestra concert, be sure to stick around for Spring 2013 to attend the next unforgettable event ever performed by the UH Hilo Jazz orchestra! Photography by Roger Johnson
Published on Jan 14, 2013