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Ke Kalahea The Herald Monday, September 19, 2011

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The Student Run & Student Written Newspaper of the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College

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Letter from the editor

Ke Kalahea Campus Center Room 215 200 W. Kawili St. Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 974-7504 Fax: (808) 974-7782

Editor in Chief

Anthony Holzman-Escareno News Editor

Michael Pankowski Arts & Community Editor

Le’a Gleason Sports Editor

Anthony Holzman-Escareno Layout Designer

Veronica Hill

Advertising Manager

Alysia Salvador Rachael Thornquist Business Manager

Jessica Ho Copy Chief

Nick Conway Circulation Manager

Heather Bailey Staff Writers

Mariah Partida Edwina Leung Noelani Water Chelsea Alward Andrew Gipson Graphic Designer

Assi Broan

Mission Statement

Ke Kalahea is the student newspaper 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.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact our staff at or visit our office in Campus Center Room 215.

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi

Can you believe it has been ten years? America had to come together as one people. It’s fitting that the ten-year anniversary also marked the start of the 2011 NFL season. Players, coaches, and fans of the ultimate team game took time before every contest to commemorate those who gave their lives for our country on that dim day in American history. Sept. 11 was the beginning of a battle for the red, white, and blue. People of different cultures and backgrounds had to create a unified front in the face of terrorism. Football is a similar concept that teaches similar values. Eleven men must mold into a single unit. As a Pop Warner football coach, I see the value that this game has to our children and people in general. It teaches us to stand strong in the face of chaos, to unite in front of adversity, and to stand strong in the midst of one’s weakest moment. Vince Lombardi, whose name is etched onto the side of the game’s ultimate prize, the Super Bowl trophy,

also said, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.” Though there are many questions left unanswered and a war that is years older than it ever should have been, Sept. 11 taught us what Vince Lombardi said decades ago: work, both individually and as a team, is the solution to any problem we have. Of course, I didn’t understand the underlying lessons that football taught when I was a child and first loved the game, but as I age and watch the young men on my Peewee football team grow, I can see that football is more valuable than entertainment. It embodies the single principle that is needed for America, as well as the world at large, to save itself from selfdestruction: teamwork. I want to say rest in peace to the men and women who have given their lives for our great nation both on and during the aftermath of that fateful day.

Anthony “Trumps” Holzman-Escareno Editor-in-Chief, Ke Kalahea


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UH Hilo Experiences Construction Boom Construction and renovation projects around campus are aimed at improving the quality of education and housing the University’s expanding programs Edwina Leung Staff Writer Whether it is walking to Campus Center or driving past the construction of the new Hawaiian Language building, students, staff and faculty returning to campus this Fall are finding themselves in the midst of UH Hilo’s construction boom. Several construction projects have begun around campus to provide new and advanced technologies in different areas. These plans include a new College Campus Store that will be attached to Campus Center, a Student Services Center, a Hawaiian Language Building, and several extensive renovations to existing buildings around campus. Here is an update on the projects.

The project completion time is scheduled for July 2012, just in time for the start of Fall 2012. Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani College of Hawaiian Language Building

UH Hilo’s new College Campus Store

Photo taken by: Michael Pankowski

Photo By: Edwina Leung

After several years of planning, construction of UH Hilo’s new College Campus Store has begun near Campus Center on the lawn area facing University parking. The UH Hilo Facilities Planning and Construction website shows this new building project estimated at a cost of $3,700,000 and is funded by University of Hawai‘i Revenue Bonds. The expansion of the UH Hilo Campus Center includes a new bookstore addition encompassing over 6,000 square feet of textbook, retail, and vendor space. This will offer students more than just textbooks and school supplies. Other new merchandise, including a wider range of Vulcan logo clothing, souvenirs, computer accessories and sundry items will be available. To further welcome students into the store, there have been plans to include an area for concessions and coffee, computers with internet access, and a television that will be used to deliver University news and updates. Several coffee shop style chairs will be arranged to allow students to relax and socialize with friends between classes. The planned use of various fixtures harmonized with floor patterns and lighting will create a sense of place that enlightens and energizes the atmosphere. Designers have worked to incorporate ceiling treatments, floor patterns, and an earthtoned palette that will create an active space to entice students and visitors to shop and experience the store entirely. Isemoto Contracting Co, based in Hilo, began construction on the new facility in April 2011.

In an effort to house the University’s expanding Hawaiian Studies programs, a new College of Hawaiian Language building is being constructed on Nowelo Street near the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i. “This building promises to be both functional and extraordinarily beautiful, with profound symbolic and spiritual elements,” said Chancellor Donald Straney in a statement. “It’s a building to match the quality of the programs offered by the College of Hawaiian Language.” The new two-story facility spanning 37,000 square feet will include state-of-the-art classrooms and a Performing Arts Auditorium that can be partitioned into smaller spaces. Other amenities will include a library, a computer lab, curriculum and media resource room, tutorial, several archive and telecom conference rooms, student and faculty lounges and 30 offices. A bilingual blessing and groundbreaking was held this past February for Phase I of permanent facilities to house programs and operations for the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani College of Hawaiian Language. Construction of the college is slated for completion by the end of 2012. Student Services Building

Photo taken by: Michael Pankowski

Shortly after a blessing and groundbreaking for UH Hilo’s Student Services Center, construction

began on the existing Student Services Parking Lot and adjacent grass area towards the Performing Arts Theater. Jacobsen Construction of Salt Lake City, Utah began construction of the $15.9 million, threestory structure over the summer. The building will consolidate student services programs, admissions, counseling, testing, and registration, thus making it more convenient for students. The facility will also house many of the student success resources and programs provided at the university. The Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid Services, and the Cashier’s Office will be located on the first floor. Other services and programs that are currently scattered around campus will be moved to a single location. The Advising Center, Career Development Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services, the Women’s Center, and the new Health Promotion Program will be located on the second floor. The Offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affair and Dean of Students and other student support staff will be conveniently located on the third floor. Completion of the structure is estimated to occur in 2012. Wentworth Hall

Photo By: Edwina Leung

A construction project began after Wentworth Hall, an existing facility that was originally built in 1965, was vacated in May 2011. Academic programs such as Biology and Marine Science, as well as other departments, will be able to take advantage of the space in Wentworth Hall due to these renovations. The previous occupants of Wentworth Hall were relocated to UH Hilo’s new Science and Technology Building to opportune the renovations. This project will replace Wentworth Hall’s air conditioning system, built-in equipment, and interior finishes. Additionally, lighting and fire protection systems will be upgraded. The estimated cost of the project is $5 million; UH Project Renovate to Innovate has contributed $2.34 million to the renovation cost and the remaining balance is covered by the University’s Capital Renewal and Deferred Maintenance appropriation.



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HawCC Student Body Government and Student Life Council regroup Faculty, advisors and students form task force in order to redraft constitutions and by-laws Mariah Partida Staff Writer

On May 31, 2011, Chancellor Noreen

Bren Chance Contributing Writer

Yamane, who was then interim Chancellor of HawCC, suspended the normal functioning of the Associated Students of Hawai‘i Community College and the Student Life Council. This decision came after receiving the recommendation from James Yoshida, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Cameron Bickett, elected president of HawCC’s student body government, recalls, “In May we got a memo from the Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs claiming the former student government acted improperly and all student activities would be suspended indefinitely.” When considering how long this might go on, Bickett remembers that, “no time frame was given. In person, Yoshida was vague and said that the suspension would be for a whole year. He said reorganization was needed and bylaws need to be rewritten.” During a July 28, 2011 interview with student reporters from UH Hilo and HawCC, Chancellor Yamane said, “as soon as their charter is approved they can resume business, so it’s really up to them how much work goes into it and how fast they can do it until all the necessary prudent bodies have signed off on it.” A task force of students has been created to help get these organizations back on their feet. Both past and current members of the student government hold seats on the task force under the direction of their advisor and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Chancellor Yamane said the make up the group is important, “because they were able to identify what some of the problems might have been.” She sees this as, “a way they can continue forward. If they bring the past problems or older ideas, bring them forth, lay them out in the open.” Before the student government is reinstated, the students must revise their constitution and by-laws so that responsibilities and codes of conduct are detailed. Not all students are thrilled with the task force, however. “This term comes from the military; it is not a term I am comfortable with. We are being told not to talk to the students about what the task force is doing,” said Bickett. The suspension came as a surprise to most newly elected members of both organizations, and some felt that they were paying for the mistakes of members of previous student body governments. One student, who wished to remain

anonymous, said the suspension was “uncalled for.” Nevertheless, he said, “the constitution and by-laws are almost ready for students to vote on and approve within the next month or two.” There is hope that everything will be done by the end of the semester. The student also said that “getting the student government in a functional state” is essential if HawCC wants to achieve accreditation. According to the student body president, HawCC will be collecting an estimated $90,000 per term from students for student government and student life. “State legislature tried to access the money last year, but was unable to do so. This department has the biggest budget of any group,” said Bickett. Bickett also said that money is still being collected despite the absence of activities. Chancellor Yamane confirmed that there

were not going to be any changes to student fees while this issue was being resolved. She said, “the students will continue to pay student activity fees. It’ll be held for them in the student accounts until such time the student body is ready to become active again.” The student government makes sure Work Study students get paid on time, stipends go out on time, and students know their options regarding changing class schedules. However, students have not yet been informed of the change in the use of their money. foryour consideration: Parts of this article are informed by an individual who wished to remain anonymous. We respected that wish because of the person’s valid preoccupation with the potential for retaliation or other similar consequences. Thank you for your understanding.


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What about that tuition hike?

Chancellor Donald Straney and the UH System explain the proposed tuition increase and its context Michael Pankowski News Editor

The Sept. 6, 2011 issue of Ke Kalahea referred to UH President M.R.C. Greenwood’s acknowledgment of $86 million in budget cuts over the past two years. With economic woes continuing to be the backdrop against which major institutions explain cuts in budgets and cost increases to the constituencies they serve, the UH Board of Regents has begun to consider a dynamically simple answer to this multifarious problem. The cost of obtaining a higher education at all UH system institutions will increase beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year and finish an annual climb with the 2016-2017 school year. During a scheduled Coffee Hour sit down with local media, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney reaffirmed Greenwood’s explanation for the increases, “the tuition hike is a response to the budget cuts.” Far from being flat, the tuition hikes are specific to campus and broken down by category. At UH Hilo, for example, the first year will introduce undergraduates to a $180 increase per semester for the nonresident, full time (12+ semester hours) student

and a $120 increase per semester for the resident, full time student. Graduate students and College of Pharmacy scholars can expect increases as well. The resident and nonresident tuition hike charts offer a quick comparison of the actual dollar increase per category for the next five years according to the University of Hawai‘i website. There is more to the proposal and its details than budget cuts according to Chancellor Straney. One of the influencing factors behind the specific increase amounts is tuition and fee rate data taken from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. According to its website “WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West.” The consortium of higher education systems that

WICHE services reside in 15 states bound together by the Western Regional Education Compact. One of those services includes providing the participating state higher education institutions with analyses of policy and data including averages of tuition and fees at comparable institutions.

Aloha Students of UH Hilo 2011-2012: …..and welcome to Fall 2011 at UH Hilo! I hope everyone is settled in to their routines and looking forward to an awesome semester. As your Senator from the College of Arts & Sciences in the UHHSA Senate, I am writing to fulfill my pledge to you, our constituents, to keep you abreast of the goings on in the Senate, your Senate. For those of you who may not know, the UHHSA Senate is charged with overseeing the monies collected from every student in their student fees. This means we pull all that money into a budget and we assist student groups with funding for activities and projects that benefit the entire student body. We also sponsor special events and in general seek to enhance your experience here at UH Hilo. As such, we have a very large responsibility to you, the student body, to be judicious and careful with “your” money. As your Senator, I will do everything within my power to make sure your needs in furthering your educational goals at UH Hilo are met and responded to. During the summer I was very busy doing the work of the people in the area of HELE-ON bus matters that affect students. I meet every 2 weeks with the Director of Mass Transit to work on policy changes in terms of routes and fees for students. I strongly advocated that students do not pay to ride the bus, neither in fares or bag fees. I have requested and been granted that people with skateboards (no longer than 3 ft.) not be charged the $1 for the skateboard. I have also asked for specific size qualifications on backpacks, so students are not charged the bag fee. This has been written into the rules. I am currently working on trying to have more busses picking up and dropping off at UH Hilo so there are no more long waits. The biggest project that I have been working on during the summer is the Model APEC Conference being put on by the County of Hawai‘i in October. I have partnered with Councilwoman Brittany Smart, a UH Hilo graduate, in spearheading this project for the University. This event will feature UH Hilo as the “Springboard to The Future” as this event will be attended by high school students from across the island. The conference will take place on October 28 & 29 at the new County facility in West Hawai‘i. Various colleges and departments from UH Hilo are taking part in this, and it promises to be an exciting event. There is an informational and organizational meeting scheduled for September 27, in Campus Center Room 301 at 1:00 p.m. and Councilwoman Brittany Smart will present the plan for the conference. Please come and learn how you may be involved with the Model APEC Conference 2011. In closing, I would just like to say thank you; thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you, the student body of UH Hilo. I will do my very best not to let you down. Aloha. Your Senator, Karla K. Ahn Senator – College of Arts & Sciences UHHSA Senate

A chart brought before the Hawai‘i Board of Regents on August 25, 2011 compares the projected WICHE tuition and fee averages from 2011 through 2017 for both nonresident and resident full time students. The tuition rate increases at UH Hilo will allow nonresident, undergraduate tuition to gradually align with the WICHE average by 2017. Resident students will remain relatively on par with the average. The chart being referred to is part of the University of Hawai‘i Tuition Briefing report, and it can be found in PDF format on the UH system website. Starting with the 2011-2012 academic year for full time, nonresident students, the chart illustrates a WICHE tuition and fees average of approximately $15,000 (figure not specified on chart) with UH Hilo’s fees at $17,416 (about 116% of the western region average). The subsequent increases through the 20162017 academic year will bring UH Hilo’s tuition and fee total to $20,464 while WICHE projects an average of $19,640 in tuition and fees for that year (104% of the average). Chancellor Straney was also prepared with a description of where some of that newfound revenue will go. According to a handout provided for the attendees of the chancellor’s Coffee Hour, the amount of money available as financial aid from UH Hilo will rise. At 15% now, the percentage of tuition money slated for in-house financial aid will increase 1% per

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TUITION continued from previous page year ending on time with the tuition hike schedule. Chancellor Straney explained it as “the portion of tuition that we recycle back.” It would be hard to forget about the latest enrollment numbers when considering sources of revenue in the context of budget cuts. Fall 2011 at UH Hilo started with an unofficial count of 4,149 students taking credits at the university. The enrollment numbers are up from last year’s opening enrollment record of 4,085 students, and the 2010 number was a record high above the previous year. The Chancellor noted the increase in enrollment for this year as a positive sign of UH Hilo’s ability to absorb budget cuts. He said “belt tightening has led to efficient packaging of courses and an increase in student semester hours.” Course offering changes and the increase in student enrollment have combined to help UH Hilo counter the decrease in revenue. Chancellor Straney pointed out that “the proof is in the numbers.” UH Hilo’s part in helping the UH system mitigate budget cuts has, in one way or another, affected the stu-

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dent. The tuition increase proposal that will replace the expiring six year tuition schedule is no different, but there are still opportunities to provide the Board of Regents with input regarding the proposed tuition sched-

ule. UH Hilo will host one of the many state wide public meetings on September 28, 2011, at 3:30 pm in the Campus Center Dining Hall. Another meeting will take place at 2:00 pm

the following day on the Hawai‘i Community College campus. Exact times and locations as well as other tuition schedule documentation can be found by visiting www.hawaii. edu/offices/app/tuition.

Chartered Student Organizations Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano and Chartered Student Organization task force proactively institute spending priorities Michael Pankowski News Editor Budget cuts maintains its hold as one of the most often heard buzz phrases in the economic vocabulary of the UH System. The concern reached UH Hilo over the summer in the form of personnel and program expenditure priorities for general funds and tuition/fees. Four categories, or spending priorities, were developed by the Division of Student Affairs in an effort to help decision makers justify money spent from the general fund.

Priority #1: Compliance with external mandate or directive Anything falling under this category is spending that ensures UH Hilo or HawCC’s compliance with external regulations, E.g. Providing ADA services to meet accommodation requests. Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano quickly brought together a CSO task force comprised

ton from the Campus Center Fee Board. of student leaders. Their goals were twofold: to The organizations represented by these indidiscuss how these spending priorities would afviduals are funded by a portion of the fees that fect their paperwork and spending, and to draft enrolled students pay with their tuition. Each versions that would be appropriate for their daily organization has its own mission statement and business. form of constitution that guides conduct, but at Members of the task force were drawn from the center of them all is the pledge to enhance, in several of the Chartered Student Organizations some way, the experience and environment at UH on campus. Those who participated include: Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. Theophilus O’Neal and Bill Sabado of University Lyssa Warren-Dale helped Kusano draft iniRadio Hilo, Denyse Woo from the YouTube Chantial versions of the four categories meant to help nel, Michael Pankowski and Cedar Soberman of justify student organization spending. On Friday the Board of Media Broadcasting, Lyssa WarrenDale, Maile Bogglen and Mattson Priority #2: Ensures the health, safety, and well-being Mukai from the of participants and constituents. Student Activities Council, ShanSpending justified by this priority will support the health telle McDonald and/or safety of activity, program or service participants. and Rich Francis It will reduce the likelihood of harm or risk, and it supof the UH Hilo ports proactive risk management to limit university Student Assoliability. ciation, Anthony Holzman-Escareno and Jessica E.g. Hiring police, campus security, special duty paramedHo from Ke Ka- ics or lifeguards and purchasing event insurance or safety lahea, Le’a Glea- equipment for a special event would fall under this priority. son from Kanilehua, Haley Bufil of Hohonu, and Catherine LampCSO continued on the bottom of page 10



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“sugary pick-me-up.” He also suggests a gradual buildup in will with small exercises such as tidiness and good posture. pier-year-and.html, attorney and author of Recently, Baumeister teamed up with Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin, New York Times science columnist John said, “so often we have to force Tierney and distilled the essence of his reourselves to do something that in the search into a book called Willpower: Redisshort term we really don’t feel like covering the Greatest Human Strength. Baudoing, or to resist doing something meister and Tierney urge against attempting that we really want to do, but we to tame every bad habit at once. Instead, know isn’t going to pay off in the they recommend watching for symptoms of long-term.” She suggests, “boosting ego fatigue because at that point, people are your energy level to increase selfespecially likely to lack self-control. control.” She stresses the importance In short, Mischel’s marshmallow test of getting enough sleep and at least redefines our traditional understanding some exercise in order to get things of willpower. Having self-control does done. not necessarily mean staring down at the In 1998, psychologist Roy F. marshmallow and gritting our teeth, but Baumeister and his collaborators rather strategically allocating our attention, Photo: an experiment during or in other words, distracting ourselves. As student-academic-work which, as New York Times writer Mischel puts it, “if you’re thinking about Stephen Pinker puts it, “they discovered that the the marshmallow and how delicious it is, then Pinker. Baumeister named this effect “ego will, like a muscle, can be fatigued.” you’re going to eat it.” depletion.” Baumeister took this one step further Immediately after students engaged in tasks and showed that the ego can be invigorated by a

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that required them to control their impulses, they “showed lapses in subsequent tasks that also required exercises of willpower,” wrote

CHARTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS continued from page 8 July 22, 2011, the draft was discussed with the task force, and their input was considered for further revisions. The groups were brought together during the week before the Fall 2011 semester began, and a final version of the spending priorities was handed out. It was noted that the accepted priorities had gone before Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Loulou Hong. She agreed to endorse them after some editing to Priority #1. Because the original mandate did not pertain to the funds used by student organizations, the task force’s actions illustrated an initiative to be proactive in their demonstration of transparency and honesty in documentation and spending. The results also provided an opportunity to examine exactly what CSOs generally spend their funding on. The text boxes explain the priorities as the organization members must interpret them. They also provide a brief description of what each priority relates to in the daily operations of various CSOs. Some of this motivation to be open with the students as well as administration comes from watching measure SB 120 move to the floor of the legislature. This bill was introduced on January 21, 2011, and a portion of it dealt with converting certain University of Hawai‘i revolving funds into special funds. As the measure began circulating between the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives and Senate, UH

Hilo organizers began soliciting feedback from the Chartered Student Organizations. Ellen Kusano asked student leaders to meet and consider the value of their groups and what would be lost should they lose funding.

Even though the measure was signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie on June 12, 2011, the student organizations continue to operate with the funds that HRS 304A-2257, a designates for their operations. Nevertheless, it was

a reminder of how important it is for state funded groups to remain conscious of economic conditions. It also provided an opportunity for student leaders to apply their influence in the drafting of policies that affect all students at UH Hilo.

Priority #3: Complements and supports the UH and UH Hilo strategic mission and goals Procuring any item or service that supports the CSOs’ activities, programs and services that increase student retention and graduation by promoting engagement and involvement in campus life is justified by this priority. E.g. Supplies and services that are needed to implement a variety of programs, services, events and activities that enable CSOs to fulfill their missions to serve their constituents. This may include entertainment fees, printing and PR, prizes and promo items, sound and light equipment rental/ services, etc.

Priority #4: Provides recognition of student leadership service and involvement This spending priority helps recognize students for their promotion of leadership and service in chartered and registered student organizations, in administrative committees and task forces, and in community agencies and organizations. E.g. Stipends that are provided to volunteer leaders in recognition of additional expenses that may be incurred as a result of their service as well as conference and travel fees fall under the jurisdiction of this priority.

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Sweeten Your Day

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A sit down with brand new Sweet Cane Café Le’a Gleason A&C Editor

At first glance, Jacque Prell is unassuming and modest. With a sweet smile, kind eyes, and a gentle manner, you wouldn’t know she’s recently taken on the task of opening a café. Prell simply thinks of herself first and foremost as an organic farmer. Prell and her husband John own two farms on island, one in Onomea, and one in Kalapana. The farms follow a system of farming called Korean Natural Farming, which centers on the philosophy of restoring natural balance to the earth. “I feel that it’s so important to make the island self-sustainable, and it feels really powerful to be helping out with that,” Prell said. About two years ago, the two began selling sugar cane juice to customers in stores throughout the island. “People have loved it. They’ve expressed stuff like, ‘it’s addicting, we love it, thank you for doing

this.’ We needed a new production site and we found this space which came with a café area,” Prell admitted. Sugar cane is also known for its healing powers as a rich source of antioxidants, chlorophyll, and is low on the glycemic index, which makes it an appropriate sweetener even for some diabetes sufferers. It was the initial desire to produce more sugar cane juice that led Prell to discover a retail space behind the Lanikaula food court, which has since become the Sweet Cane Café. The café is quaint in a justenough-room kind of way, with simple décor, two small yet inviting tables, and not a whole lot of fluff to distract from the goodness and warmth served through wholesome, natural food. A simple menu boasts smoothies, juices, and slush drinks made from fresh, organic ingredients primarily grown on the farm. For a cool, refreshing, and healthy boost of energy, customers can choose from pre-set combinations,

or create their own sweet treat by choosing ingredients. Smiling behind the counter are Prell’s two daughters, Rosey and Jasmine. The business is truly a family affair. The café will stick primarily to its juice/smoothie bar format, although Prell plans to add a delicious salad of homegrown baby greens. It’s obvious by the glint in her eyes that Prell is warmed to the soul by living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. “Mainly I want to serve like how I’d like to eat, which is really healthy food,” she said.“ Eat good and you’ll feel good…and good food can be delicious.” The café will make its first debut downtown at the upcoming Ho’olaule’a block party sponsored by KWXX. Their appearance will feature a slush maker, which can literally turn any kind of juice into an icy treat. Prell plans to switch-up slush flavors, but current combinations are chocolate-mint and pineapple-

lime. The mint adds just enough kick to the chocolate, while the lime adds a zing to the sweet pineapple. One would be hard pressed to choose just one. For a comparable price to a cup of coffee, the Sweet Cane Café aims to please the body and mind with wholesome energy rejuvenation and organic ingredients, providing more long term focus than your average coffee break. This sweet spot, open from 10am to 5pm, is located within walking distance of school and is a must try for a sweet treat.

Korean Natural Farming Le’a Gleason

Farming system offers sustainable lifestyle to island residents There’s a new force rapidly overtaking Big Island communities, and it’s called Cho Global Natural Farming. This is a system of organic farming developed by Korean farmer Han-Kyu Cho, who visits the island occasionally to teach his perfected system of sustainability. Cho’s efforts have blossomed into a group called Natural Farming Hawaii, participated in and largely facilitated by gung-ho Hilo native Drake Weinert, who has the ambition to teach Natural Farming to island residents. As a young man, Weinert began to feel passionate about farming through an introspective look at the educational system. “When I graduated from high school I thought that food just comes from the store…there could have been much more influence [through education] on where life comes from and how systems interact,” he said. Convinced that there must be a better way, Weinert began to see the proverbial “system” through the eyes of an economist.

“Understanding exponential growth brought [closer to] farming,” he said, “Malthusian economics…such as when you look around and see that half the resources are gone, but you don’t have twice the

Drake Weinert amount of time, you have one sixtieth the amount of time,” Weinert explained thoughtfully. As for the educational system, Weinert feels that he received a wake up call through mentoring the Waiakea High School Robotics Club. He laments watching brilliant young people put processed food

into their bodies. “They’re eating Doritos as their main diet, and they’re supposed to be the future, but they’re killing their bodies, it’s just crazy,” Weinert said. As for Korean Natural Farming itself, Weinert, who has been certified by “master” Cho, explained that the process entails building a soil foundation with indigenous micro-organisms (IMOs) and then applying ferments to plants’ foliage as they grow. “[The] Plants are hungry so you feed them edible food, whereas other [farming] systems dump toxic chemicals on them…all natural farming ingredients are edible,” Weinert professed. So why the craze about farming? Weinert is especially concerned with providing the community a sustainable resource for food, should our supply ever come to a halt. He once met a “doomsday” believer who stocked up on dry goods. “If he’s alive it doesn’t matter if everyone else is dead [though],” Weinert pointed out. “As a commu-

nity, you don’t have to see others in a jeopardized position…that’s why I teach.” On the subject of feeding the community, Weinert presented this example: “If you plant 30 taro at the full moon, you’ll have enough food [to harvest] all the time that you won’t starve.” “[People are still] indoors eating high fructose corn syrup looking for cures for cancer, you gotta be kidding me!” Weinert posed. It’s clear that the natural farming movement is gaining momentum, picking up speed towards more community involvement, and Weinert is excited to see more participation. “It’s all about building networking community. There are a lot of efforts going on, but I’d like to see people not just go to knitting circles, but to get things done…it’s happening,” he said. For more information about Drake Weinert, Korean Natural Farming, Cho Global Natural Farming, or the movement, check out Natural Farming Hawaii online.

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Ho’oulu Ka ‘Ulu: Revitalizing Breadfruit Noelani Waters Staff Writer

Big Island Breadfruit Festival Comes to Kona

Decorated with dark, broadlobed leaves stands the ‘ulu, or “breadfruit” tree at a grand 60 plus feet tall. Its limbs reach outwards in an equally impressive distance while edible lime-green globes dangle gracefully from its expansive arms. Brought to the Hawaiian Islands around 750 AD from Polynesia, the ‘Ulu tree once acted as a vital thread in the dense fabric of the spiritual and cultural life in Hawai’i. Beyond sufficiently feeding local families with its excellent supply of complex carbohydrates in every ten pound fruit, its hearty trunk was used to craft surfboards, drums, canoes, poi boards, and furniture. Its inner bark served as tapa cloth, its young buds were utilized as an important traditional medicine for the throat and mouth. The ‘Ulu tree is now a small contributor to our lush island tapestry though it once served as a vital and plentiful food source for our ever-expanding island community.

Sadly, few of these beautiful trees remain today. But a dedicated effort remains to help preserve and revitalize this island tree. The Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Botanical Gardens will present the first annual Big Island Breadfruit Festival. Events will take place at the Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens in South Kona

on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This widely sponsored event is free and open to the public. The festival will feature a wide array of ‘ulu themed events from traditional ‘ulu poi pounding to drum carving, plant propagation, and economic opportunities. Breadfruit inspired food will be the base of these festivities, with chefs

Olelo pa‘a Faith Ogawa of Glow Hawaii and Scott Lutey, Executive Chef of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Museum demonstrating various delicious breadfruit recipes and serving samples. A local food buffet featuring breadfruit will be presented by Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program. Today, Hawai’i imports over 90 percent of its food, making it one of the most food insecure states in the entire nation. The Big Island Breadfruit Festival is an event that can take us one step closer towards island food security by bringing a heightened awareness to ‘ulu as an attractive, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food source. So while you are on your way to hike or surf in Kona this weekend, stop by the Big Island Breadfruit Festival for a delicious and enlightening time.


Breakfast of the Gods ‘Ulu and avocado, tomato salad As a companion to the upcoming First Annual Big Island Breadfruit Festival being held in South Kona on September 24th, I am offering a delicious way to prepare this versatile, indigenous fruit. ‘Ulu is a perfect alternative to potatoes and can liven up any meal. You can find fresh ‘ulu at the farmers market, but take a look around your neighborhood first as these trees are a prolific food source and readily available around Hilo. Try this steamed ‘Ulu with avocado tomato salad for a nourishing and ono start to your day! When you choose a breadfruit for this recipe you want to select one that is firm yet fully developed, a little larger than a grapefruit.

1 firm ‘ulu 1 1/2 cups water 1 Tbs. Soy sauce or tamari 1 Tbs. Coconut oil 3 Tbs. Orange juice

Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Use a good knife to slice the ‘ulu in half, carve out the very center and discard. Slice the ‘ulu into eighths. Carefully carve off the outer skin and discard, then cut the eighths into bite size pieces. Place the ‘ulu into a steam basket at the bottom of a small cooking pot. Add water to the pot, cover with lid and place over medium heat for 30 minutes or until ‘ulu is soft like a baked potato. Remove from heat and drain water from the pot as you remove the steaming basket. Combine the remaining ingredients and add to the steamed ‘ulu. Cook over medium heat for five minutes to ensure that all the ‘ulu soaks up the additional flavors. Finally, remove from heat and serve!


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*Editor’s Note: Chelsea Alward is a deep thinker and music aficionado. We are proud to present her brand new bi-weekly column.

Mumblings of a Musician Music, the best and the worst of it, arises from the desperation for a new language to speak to your soul, to find a melody that no word can contain, that sounds the way you feel, or the way you’d like to feel anyway. For the listener, music can be something entirely different than what it is to the artist. It is an artist who inspires feeling, and the listener who absorbs. This language is in and of itself an everyday kind of magic. I have been passionate about music as far back as I can remember. Through some extremely challenging times in my life, music has lulled emotion out of me that my words could not express, and running could not release. Music held the key to a locked part of my soul. Throughout my childhood I attended violin lessons and found that the only time my sister and I could peacefully coexist was when we were singing together. This history brings me to two conclusions: the first is that music (and expression as a whole) brings people across broad differences together. And the second is that music is powerful, whether played, sang, written, or simply enjoyed. If you can think of moments music is typically employed, it is everywhere. Before a game to amp you up, at Christmas to spread holiday cheer,



on your birthday to make you feel special, in wedding ceremonies to mark those last steps as single. Without music, what would those moments be? Simple words or sounds could never express or absorb that which a musical phrase can. Over the next several weeks I will be exploring genres, new releases, talking with artists, and discussing anything else musically relevant. Though there will be album reviews and artist stories, my hopes are to incorporate artists in your real-life, every day world and introduce you to them. So as I embark this semester on a journey to bring you information that is aesthetically pleasing, I do so with the hope to inspire. It may not be music, perhaps it is a thought or simply a little push to do that annoying paper you’ve been avoiding because of an artist recommendation. Or perhaps you’ll quit school and pursue a band life on the road. But regardless of where our lives go, I will leave you with one thought: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” -Plato



Just Sweet Enough

A diet to last a lifetime

When I was 20 I lived in Con-

necticut for a time, attending a moderate sized state university and living in a college dormesque apartment with two bleach blondes who didn’t believe in recycling. It was weird that I was vegetarian. It was weird that I was an alternative thinker. For solace, I’d hit up the free bus to the downtown mall where I’d stuff my face with buttery, sickeningly chemical, cardboard pretzel bites (so delicious though!) and gaze in windows of shops like Coach, wondering what the world was coming to. I had the chance at that time to visit a good friend and recent UH Hilo graduate Emma Lowrey, who was going to school in New York City and happened to be, yes, Vegan of all things! Incidentally, at the time, she’d begun to do some extensive research about the vegan lifestyle and had haphazardly met a vegan man with whom she’d fallen madly in love. Visiting New York with Emma and Eric, it was as if the world had opened up. There were vegan cafes, restaurants, support groups to join, anti-fur protests to be

Chelsea Alward Staff Writer

had, shoe stores, and even highfashion vegan culture! But the thing that was missing in this life was that I (yes the cheese-aholic) could not in fact reach for the pizza slice as big as my face, or the aforementioned buttery pretzels. While I began to embrace all the new things I could eat in this posh city, I began to receive an enlightening education about what I could not eat as well. These were astonishing facts! For example, did you know that some companies process white sugar with bone char to remove color from the raw cane sugar? Did you know that the yeast used to brew alcohol is technically an active enzyme and therefore could be considered alive, making if offlimits to strict vegans? Do you waste sleep over these issues? Of course not. But there are people who do! It’s encountering choices like this that make a sustained lifestyle of vegetarianism or veganism a difficult choice for some to make. For the girl who was not raised eating meat, it’s easy to pass the beef. But it’s almost gut-wrenchingly impossible for me to pass on the cheese without a nibble.

Le’a Gleason A&C Editor

I ran into a friend the other day who thanked me for this column, saying that it just might give her the necessary support to battle the vegetarian diet she’s been weighing. If we time travel back to New York for a brief second, I did the vegan potlucks, but then I did the famous New York, NY pizza as well. Who could pass up that infamous treat? Whatever your choice, my friends, let it be a conscious one made with intent. There are alternatives to sugar, meat, and yes, even cheese. There are alternatives to neo-conservative Connecticut-ans as I eventually found out. There is recycling, responsible consumerism, and sustainable living, but it must be your choice alone. So I came back to Hawaii, and to win this battle of self v. self, I had to learn to choose to be myself. So it’s true that factory farms produce thousands of pounds of pollution every day, but yes, it’s also true that I own leather shoes. It’s all in the choice, and every now and then these days, I take an extra second to think about it as I pass on the extra cheese.

Ke Kalahea Monday, September 19, 2011

ART 19 Photos by Veronica Hill



Class Standing: Older freshman Stance: Regular Favorite Board: A 5’6” twin fin beater Favorite Surf-Spot: Backdoor when there’s not 200 guys out When Did You Start Surfing: 7 years old What Brought You To Surfing: My dad’s been a waterman my whole life, so the credit goes to him. Scariest Moment: I hit a boulder head-on about a year ago. Separated my shoulder, knocked-out for a split-second. Fortunately there weren’t any waves out the back. I could barely breathe, let alone paddle in… Funniest Moment: Anytime I witness my friends’ eat-it. I’m sure they’d say the same. Dream Trip: Anywhere I can get barreled with my friends and not have to battle a crowd in the process. Anything Else? I’d like to start a petition to tear down most of the break-wall one of these days. There used to be as much as 13 separate peaks in Hilo bay, now there’s one, and it breaks maybe twice a year. We deserve more resources, especially ones that naturally should exist. Maybe the Marine Science department could get involved?? *Editor’s Note: Anthony Holzman-Escareno, the Editor-in-Chief at Ke Kalahea, also coaches Pop Warner football for the Wailoa Razorbacks PeeWee Division. Since UH Hilo does not have the luxury of cheering for its own football team, Ke Kalahea is adopting the Wailoa Razorbacks PeeWees as our own. This is a coach’s blurb about the Razorbacks first game.

The Wailoa Razorbacks:

The football team UH Hilo never got Anthony Holzman-Escareno Sports Editor

Honestly, there is nothing more rewarding than helping children grow as athletes, students, and human beings. This is why I coach, but I would also be lying if I said that winning was not important to the young men on our team. Learning to deal with both success and failure is an important part of competition and life. The anticipation hung in the air before our first game. How ready were we to actually take the field? Despite the obvious butterflies, the Razorbacks came out and played a tough game. Though there were times when it seemed they were scrambling to the line of scrimmage from the huddle or performing a different man’s responsibility, the team did play hard and came out on top. The 20-8 final was led by a fumble recovery in the end zone by Kaio Kon and Kaale Tiogangco’s 100-plus rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tiogangco is the team’s quarterback, free safety, primary return man, kick, and punter. This win gives Wailoa a 1-0 record. *Wailoa lost its next contest to Keaukaha 6-0.

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The “X” Factor

SPORTS 21 Andrew Gipson Sports Writer

Conditioning becomes focus for Vuls, Wilde

Conditioning is one aspect of basketball that can’t be undervalued. It has reached the time of year for the men’s basketball team to build endurance for the rigors of a collegiate basketball season. Athletic Mike Garcia believes that this year‘s squad is in better condition than any in recent memory. He said, “They look good. We’ll see how they do in the next few weeks though.” Even though the majority of the team is already putting in work for the new season, there are a few players who are either injured or have yet to turn in their insurance forms, which is keeping them from participating. Head coach Jeff Law expressed his concerns about

those who haven’t begun the conditioning program yet. “I wish I could get all my guys out here, we have a new team and new faces,

which means new chemistry.” They are rebuilding this year with the losses of some seniors, including three starters and two key bench contributors.

The “X Factor,” as he’s been called, is ready for a more different role this year. Zach Wilde is a senior who graduates in the fall, and he is looking forward to becoming the go-to guy, rescinding his role as a secondary option. After averaging the second most pointsper-game on the team last year, Wilde will be asked to be a more consistent scorer this year. He’s also looking to take on a bigger leadership role. With all the new faces this year, the men’s basketball team is working to get off to a strong start this year, and that starts with being the most conditioned team on the court at all times. This year looks promising for the new look Vulcans.

THE LEADERBOARD Men’s Soccer Points Keoki Haole - 2 Lane Lorenzo - 2

Goals Keoki Haole – 1 Lane Lorenzo – 1

Assists Phillip Sakaba - 1

Women’s Volleyball Kills (per set) Hillary Hurley - 6.10 Kirsten Sparnaaij - 3.15

Assists (per set)

Calendar 9/19 - 10/3

(Bold indicates event is in Hilo)

Men’s Soccer

Sept. 24 @ Hawai‘i Pacific University Oct. 1 vs. Grand Canyon University

Women’s Soccer

Sept. 22 @ Chaminade University Sept. 24 @ Hawai‘i Pacific University Oct. 1 vs. Grand Canyon University Oct. 3 vs. BYU-Hawai‘i

Women’s Volleyball

Sept. 23 @ Dixie State College Sept. 24 @ Dixie State College Sept. 27 @ Grand Canyon University Sept. 28 @ Grand Canyon University Sept. 30 @ California Baptist University Oct. 1 @ California Baptist University

Bryana Kilauea - 11.35 Attack Percentage Melissa Chavez - .333 Olivia Lane - .312

Service aces Kirsten Sparnaaij - 7 Hillary Hurley - 4 Patty Vine - 4

digs (per set) Patty Vine - 3.16 Hillary Hurley - 3.05

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Aulani Ka Pono / righteous messenger

UH Hilo Media Symposium

OCT. 1, 2011 9:00a - 4:00p

Campus Center Rooms 301/306 Regular $20 UH Hilo/HawCC $10

Pastries, refreshments and bento lunch included. Win a Kapoho Kine / Zipline Through Paradise Prize Package (only UH Hilo and HawCC students eligible) Registration forms available at Ke Kalahea, 200 W. Kawili Street, Campus Center Room 215.

Media Symposium includes free Sept. 30 Sunshine Law training in UCB 127 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with State Office of Information Practices Director Cheryl Kakazu Park and OIP Staff Attorney Jennifer Brooks

Sunshine Law; Libel; Journalism Fundamentals; Associated Press (AP) Style; Credentials; Blogging / New Media; iPad Workshop; Trends and Predictions in New Media Locally, Nationally and Globally; Practicing Journalism in the Age of New Media; Citizens Rights and Responsibilities; Old Media Versus New Media; Fair Use in the Age of New Media; Big Island Journalism History Mahalo nui loa to the following symposium sponsors: KTA Super Stores; Island Naturals, Hilo Coffee Mill, Kapoho Kine Adventures, Zipline Through Paradise, Castle Resorts for Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Seaside Hotels, Creative Arts Hawaii, County of Hawaii, Ke Kalahea, a student-run and student-written newspaper for UH Hilo and HawCC, UH Hilo Student Activities Council, University Radio Hilo, Board of Student Publications, Board of Media Broadcasting, Lava Shoot, UH Hilo Bookstore, Vulcan Athletics For disability accommodation, contact Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 974-7504 by Sept. 21, 2011.



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