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Monday February 11, 2013 Issue 3

Art 394 The Herald

Digital Photography Explored



Letter from the editor EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dorothy Fukushima NEWS EDITOR Sarah Kekauoha ARTS & COMMUNITY EDITOR Jenna Burns SPORTS EDITOR Keane Carlin LAYOUT DESIGNERS Denarose Fukushima Anthony Hruza STAFF WRITERS Britney Carey Joie Colobong Dennis Fukushima Elizabeth Johnson Maria Karin Walczuk WEBMASTER Alya Azman AD MANAGER Heather Bailey CIRCULATION MANAGER Meghann Decker GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Avery Berido Nainoa Kalaukoa PHOTOGRAPHERS Yuta Momoki STAFF ADVISOR Tiffany Edwards Hunt


This issue of Ke Kalahea is like a slice of life. Its topics range from fun activities that students can enjoy to serious budgetary considerations. There were a couple of events that were unique and interesting that UH Hilo students and community members were able to enjoy. It’s important to remember to take a break from the academic grind and take advantage of all the activities and performances available on campus. The musical duo Ema and Eosh performed “Chanting for Koholā” at Campus Center, in honor of the whales that regularly visit Okinawan waters. Their Feb. 1 concert was the first conducted outside of Japan. They are wrapping up their tour in Kaua‘i before returning to Japan. For those of us who missed out on their enchanting renditions, we will have another opportunity to hear their beautiful work next year, as they plan to come back to Hawai‘i. The much anticipated “A Diamond and the Rough,” directed by Rich Gomez (a music senior), was an exhilarating experience that showcased a slew of students in various musical venues. We take part in the celebration of Black History Month at UH Hilo through various showings of documentaries and movies around campus. These events are sponsored by several different groups such as Zulu Nation Hawai‘i and Aloha Nigeria. Finally, we continue the possibility of increasing student fees, how it will affect our pocket books and our impact our services. It’s a complex issue to balance, similar to our attempts to juggle academics and social activities. It’s a part of growing up. As we get older, we have to make decisions about what we want and what we’re willing to pay for these desires. We are following this proposal closely and will inform our readers about the outcome. Enjoy your slice of life. Dorothy Fukushima Editor in Chief

Table of Contents NEWS Pg 3 | News Briefs Pg 12 | Black History Month Pg 13 | The Alex Conference Pg 14 | The Studen Fee Increase Pg 15 | UH Hilo Bookstore’s Grand Opening Pg 17 | Ho’opili Hou

Arts and Community Pg 4 | Japanese Duo’s Whale Song Pg 5 | The Diamond and the Rough Review Pg 6 | Bach to Broadway Pg 7 | 25 Things to do this Valentine’s Day Pg 8 | Hilo Guild Pg 8 | Student Health and Wellness Pg 9 | Ocean Day Pg 10 | Art 394 Feature Pg 16 | Chinese New Year Sports Pg 13 | Interview with Kirsty Imai

Graphic by Nainoa Kalaukoa.

Entertainment Pg 19 | Rants & Raves Cover photo courtesy of Nicolette Paige

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News Briefs 15-year old Chicago teen shot after performing at Obama’s inauguration On Jan. 22, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school sophomore attending King College Prep School, was shot in a park close to President Obama’s family home. After completing a final exam, Pendleton and a few of her friends ran for shelter from a rainstorm. According to the New York Times, Pendleton’s best friend, Klyn Jones, saw a man jumping the fence at the park. He started shooting and Pendleton was shot in her back while a 16-year old male classmate was shot in his leg. Police reported that the gunman ran into a car and sped away. Jones noted that as they waited for the ambulance to arrive, a friend cradled Pendleton’s head as Jones held her hand. Her friends thought Pendleton would survive the shot, but when they arrived at the hospital, they received the news that Pendleton didn’t make it. A majorette, volleyball player, and Latin enthusiast, Pendleton had just performed in Washington D.C. for President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. Jay Carney, the Whitehouse spokesman, noted that the President and the First Lady’s prayers are with the Pendleton family and that “And as the president said, we will never be able to eradicate every act of evil in this country but if we can save even one child’s life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to the scourge of gun violence.” The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel said “We have a responsibility to see a stop to this and all of Hadiya Pendleton on her trip to us are responsible.” Washington, from US News

Big Island lawmakers propose using fuel tax funds for private roads

Blaer Bjarkardottir, left, pictured with her mother. Courtesy Anna Andersen AP

Icelandic youth fights to use her name

For the third time in three years, Big Island lawmakers are attempting to allow Hawaii County to use funds from the local fuel tax to pave and maintain private roads. The original proposal, introduced in 2010, was declined when legal questions arose over the use of public funds for privately-owned infrastructure. Rep. Faye Hanohano introduced a bill in 2011 to grant the county the legal standing it needed. It came close to passing but was denied after being amended by the state Senate and failed to gain support over the past year. Hanohano has since reintroduced the bill with support from Puna/Ka‘u Sen. Russell Ruderman. Supporters of the legislation say the county should help the subdivisions because the roads are open to the public. However, some remain concerned that even if the legislation does pass, there may not be enough money to go around, considering the vast networks of roads in the Puna area that are in need of maintenance and the great expenses required. Many roads in subdivisions such as Hawaiian Paradise Park and Orchidlands Estates are either unpaved or in need of repaving, which has long been a problem in these communities as neighborhood associations have had much difficulty raising the funds to maintain them. Lawmakers hope the latest bill will be passed in order for these communities to secure the funds needed to allow for the roads to be improved.

A 15-year-old girl has successfully petitioned Iceland’s Reykjavik District Court to legally use the name she was given as an infant. According to the Icelandic Review Online, Blaer Bjarkardottir had been known officially as “Stulka,” or “Girl,” until the Jan. 31 ruling. Her own name, which means “breeze” in Icelandic was not on the list of names approved by the government, NBC News reported. “Blaer is a perfectly Icelandic name,” the girl’s mother, Bjork Eidsdottir, told the Associated Press. “It seems like a basic human right to be able to name your child what you want, especially if it doesn’t harm your child in any way.” According to the Icelandic Review Online, the Naming Committee had previously ruled that the name Blaer is appropriate only for males, despite the fact that Halldor Laxness, a Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author, used it for a female character in one of his novels. Only one other woman in the island nation has been legally allowed to use the name, reported the Icelandic Review Online. In Iceland, names must be adaptable to Icelandic spelling and language conventions, must not cause embarrassment for the child, and must be gender appropriate, according to the governmentmanaged website There are about 100 females listed as “stulka” in the National Registry, with nearly the same number of males listed as “drengur,” or “boy,” the Icelandic Review online stated. “I am very happy... Finally, I’ll have the name ‘Blaer’ in my passport,” the young woman was reported as saying.

Green sea turtle dies after boat strike A Green Sea Turtle was fatally struck off of Waikiki beach. Reports say that beach goers noticed the injured turtle in the water and tried to guide it to shore. Unfortunately, the turtle broke away and swam off. A little while later officials spotted the wounded animal off of Kaiser beach, where they were successful in coaxing the animal to shore to tend to its wounds. When NOAA officials arrived, they noted that the turtle was alive but severely injured. The animal had a deep gash that ran across its shell, revealing parts of its intestines. reports that a NOAA official stated the animal died while being taken to a care facility. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are listed as a threatened species and are under protection of state and federal law. It is illegal to harm or harass the turtles in any way. If you witness an injured turtle, call (808) 9835730.


CHANTING FOR KOHOLĀ Japanese duo performs songs inspired by migrating whales Photographs by Anthony Hruza

Britney Carey | Staff Writer


tudents and the public were treated to a unique experience on Feb. 1. “Chanting for Koholā,” a live concert featuring Japanese musicians Ema and Esoh, was held at Campus Center and featured distinct and poignant numbers. The twohour affair included guest musicians, impromptu hula, and songs inspired by the ocean’s largest mammals. The event was sponsored by the Hawai‘i Community College Japan Club with the aim of fostering a sense of community between Japan and Hawai‘i, according to club president Yoshie Uehara. Mana Yuimi Koike, who hosted the night’s event, met the musical duo in Japan when the three performed at Shinto shrines together. She explained that Ema had visualized that she would share her music through travel, much like humpback whales do as they move from the frigid waters of Alaska to warmer climates like those found in Hawai‘i or near islands off the south east coast of Japan. Described as taking a neo-Asian approach to music, the pair, also known as Yurai (“original” or “source”) uses traditional instruments from around the world in the making of their non-traditional music. Ema, who was dressed in relaxed linen slacks and a blue long-sleeved over shirt, played the erhu, an instrument she described as a Chinese two-stringed fiddle, and provided vocals for several songs. Her voice, a product of pure tones and remarkable control, coupled with unexpected melodies, effortlessly captured the haunting echoes of whale song. Where the vocals ended, the erhu picked up, continuing the illusion. Close your eyes and you’d swear you were in the middle of the sea. With many talents of his own, Esoh provided the music’s foundation, adding depth and structure with the keyboard, Turkish doumbek, assorted flutes, and even a didgeridoo. Occasionally, Esoh, too, channeled his inner whale, emulating the sound through his various instruments. The second of seven songs played by the group was a unique rendition of the classic, “Amazing Grace.” Singing in ancient Celtic, Ema managed to transform the song from a traditional religious hymn to a conduit of universally shared emotions, transcending linguistic and cultural barriers. The same was successfully achieved with the night’s other songs, most of which were sung in Japanese. Paying homage to local culture, Ema and Esoh also performed “Nami” (“Waves”), a song featuring verses in the Hawaiian language. Expanding on what provided the inspiration for their music, Ema explained that she had been asked by the Zamami community of Okinawa to write a song for the whales that frequent the area in winter. This song led to others, as well as to Ema’s desire to follow the whales on their journey to Hawai‘i. Although the two have been playing together for over 20 years, Friday’s performance was the first for Ema and Esoh outside of Japan. The pair will spend a week on the Big Island, before visiting Kaua‘i, and plan to return to the Hawaiian Islands sometime next year. In the meantime, check out their music on iTunes, YouTube, or Facebook. To learn more about the Japan Club, visit their Facebook page or contact


A Review on ‘The Diamond and the A Concert by Rich Gomez


Jenna Burns | Arts and Community Editor On Feb. 2, I attended “The Diamond and the Rough”- a musical triumph composed by Rich Gomez. The theme of the show centered on the fact that Gomez served several years of jail time. Once he was free, he discovered himself a new man and reconnected with his old love for music. He used the time he spent in jail to compose his symphony entitled “The Distant Drummer”. And during this performance, he saw his vision fulfilled in grandiose form. Rich opened the show by saying that the performance would be like “a religious experience”. It proved to be just this, as the show continued to build until it reached its crescendo. By intermission, I was already amazed that the show had cost me only $5 to attend as a UH Hilo student- I would have easily paid a lot more to see this amazing concert! The first piece was a jazzy solo on piano by Bobby Gomez. Afterwards, soprano Sakura Hioki performed an opera piece entitled “Musetta’s Waltz”, composed by Giacomo Puccini. She wore a glittering emerald dress and used graceful hand gestures along with her pure voice to take listeners to another world. Gomez about to be “executed.” All photos courtesy of Kelsey Ito. Proceeding this stunning opera performance, Gomez pointed out that “There are a few hundred here Proceeding Rich’s amazing symphony, Trever Veillux’s “UH Hilo Jazz [in the audience] tonight, and we’ve got eight billion people outside.” This Ensemble” performed two songs dedicated to Gomez’ mother and father, brought the audience members back to reality with the sobering fact that we respectively- “Samba De Orfeu” by Johnny Mathis, and “Watermelon Man” are not alone in this world. by Herbie Hancock. Gomez finished the show in a grand way with these We weren’t left reflecting for long, because the next thing we knew, the curtains on the stage opened up, revealing a huge blue diamond sculpture. encore pieces. The music featured throughout the show highlighted Gomez’s Made of metal rods and blue lights, it was hung from the ceiling so that it unique taste in music, as well as some of the best classic songs around. could spin and move freely. Once the audience had enough time to appreciate Among the instruments throughout the show, the most notable ones were this beautiful art statement, Rich walked over to his keyboard and began to the wind chimes and the use of a live singing bird in a cage. The entire show play. His keyboard was set up with dry ice so that whenever he played a note, smoke poured out from the keyboard. Then “The Mutherlode Rock and Good truly did have a religious feel, transporting its audience to another era. Gomez certainly achieved what he set out to do- give his audience an unforgettable Times Band”, headed by Rich Gomez, performed a cover of Pink Floyd’s night of entertainment. I can’t wait until his next show! song “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond”. This song highlighted a stellar performance by saxophonist Payton Meyer. He proved to be a crowd favorite by the end of the night for his spine-tingling solo capabilities. Then the band performed a cover of “We Gotta Get Out of this Place” by the Animals. Gomez did a dramatic re-enactment of his real-life arrest with two actors playing police officers tying him up to an electric chair. This proved to be a great visual statement. Nainoa Kalaukoa, a freshman and art major at UH Hilo, really enjoyed the song and skit, saying that it was one of his favorites because of how well it was sung and performed visually. Tyler Hirokawa had a bass solo in the song, and he looked like he was having a lot of fun as the audience cheered him on. Nearing the end of the first half of the show, “The Mutherlode Rock and Good Times Band” played a cover of the Beatles song “I’ve Got a Feeling”. Then, the last song before intermission performed was another classic Pink Floyd song called “The Great Gig in the Sky”. This was an awe-inspiring moment, leaving us entirely on the edge of our seats while we Above: “The Mutherlode Rock and Good Times Band” performing. waited through intermission. Below: The lit up Diamond. During the second half of the show, the “Blue Diamond Symphony Orchestra” performed, composed of mostly UH students, and was headed by Rich Gomez and Chris Tomich. While Rich played piano, the orchestra members sat without moving a muscle. It was as if they had become a photo of a scene, rather than the scene itself. Gomez’s fingers sped over the keys with agility like lightning bolts. Then the orchestra performed “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel. This was a very moving moment in the show. Then the “Blue Diamond Heavenly Angelic Choir” came out and accompanied Rich in singing “A Religious Man (I am, I am)” by Mister Loco. Rich Gomez sang wonderfully and emphatically, and the choir added to the drama and mystique of the song. After this, Gomez received a standing ovation, and said, “Heck- we can play another tune.”


Nothing But Treble presents “Bach to Broadway”- the Classical Concert on Steroids

A review on the concert “Bach to Broadway” starring soprano vocalist Amy Horst and pianist Dorothy Williams Elizabeth Johnson | Staff Writer On Saturday Jan. 26 at the First United Protestant Church, soprano vocalist Amy Horst and piano/organ accompanist Dorothy Williams performed a classical concert. The concert lasted two hours and consisted of two acts divided by an intermission. In the first act, Horst opened the concert with Bach’s concerto “Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen,” accompanied by Williams on the organ and featured trumpeter Paul Arceo. For the remainder of the concert, Horst sang while Williams accompanied her on the piano. Following the opening song in the first act was a series of pieces such as “Summer of 1915,” “C,” and more pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Poulenc, and a few other classical composers. After intermission, the second half of the show opened with a piano solo performed by Williams. Following her opening solo, Horst and Williams took it away with many temporary songs from Broadway such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and a few more. After the concert ended, Horst and Williams surprised the audience with an encore piece of “Over the Rainbow,” which then brought the concert to its end. Amy Horst is a trained vocalist in classical music. While most think classical music is limited to opera, it actually isn’t, because classical music is all about the technique. Explained Horst, “Most of my training came in the form of how to sing classical technique. It’s a whole technique where you can sing in a large auditorium and be heard over a whole orchestra is necessary without a microphone. You can then apply that technique to songs and opera and more.” Horst is currently a member of the UH Hilo Performing Arts faculty department and is on a contract to work as the Director of Choral Activities. In addition to this, she works full-time as a singer and a voice teacher. Horst said, “It’s a great balance to solo singing. It’s a good combination to sing, conduct. Sing, conduct. Sing, conduct—I love it!” For the concert, Williams accompanied Horst on the piano. Horst explained that she had met Williams two years ago. When Horst was the choral director of the Puna Men’s Chorus, she had made a plan to take her children to visit her father in Minneapolis and to sing. However, she was in need of an accompanist in Minneapolis, and she knew no one. A member of the Puna Men’s Chorus had moved from Minneapolis to the Big Island and suggested to Horst that she talk to a choir director he knew. When Horst did this, she was immediately recommended to Williams, and they met and contacted through email. It was helpful for Horst to know that Williams’s background in piano playing was classical music, which was also the root of Horst’s voice training. For her, it was her chance to learn, play, and perform with an experienced pianist. When Amy arrived in Minneapolis, they did a one-hour rehearsal before a final concert together in which Amy sang and Williams accompanied. After the concert, they decided that since they worked so well together, they would perform together more. Hence, Williams arrived in Hilo and together they performed another concert.

Horst enjoys doing one-woman shows and it has been a few months since she has performed one. With Williams, she found herself challenging herself musically to sing really hard classical pieces—something she had always wanted to do but considered hard. Due to Williams’s experience, the duo was able to put on a classical concert. In addition to performing classical pieces, they included Broadway hits that most in the audience could join in singing. Together they felt inspired to start the concert with Bach and transition into Broadway because they wanted to target audiences who were interested in both themes and it was the most literal way to present the songs for the concert. About the overall performance of the concert, Horst said, “I felt positive about the overall performance. Williams also felt positive. In fact, we felt so positive about it that we felt to schedule two more concerts! We can’t schedule it too soon since it involves one or the other of us traveling. We’ll do one in June in Minneapolis at Williams’s church, and then we’ll do another one in January here in Hilo. It wasn’t that we were just happy with it—it was that we wanted to do more! It was that kind of happy! And we had a really great audience reception that was right there with us the whole way through. If I stopped for a breath, it was like the audience was right there breathing with me. It was amazing!” For Horst, the most memorable moment of the concert happened when she performed a French song entitled “C.” She said, “It was a song about the devastation of World War 1 in France. That was it. Nobody really understood the words—or there may have been French speakers there. But there was context to the song and they had the text in front of them if they wanted to read it. But there was a point in the song where I was talking about France being abandoned all of a sudden, which is kind of what happened essentially both in WWI and WWII. And that was where I said the word ‘abandoned’ and that was one of those places where I stopped and everyone was just dead still. It was like they knew exactly what I was singing and that was really memorable to me.” To see Horst perform again, expect to hear her sing a soprano solo on March 16-17 in the “UH Hilo Mozart Requiem Concert.” She also hopes to sing in “Vaudville” on April 26-28 at the Palace Theater to help raise money for plywood materials in order to build an actual stage in the Palace Theater. On July 6, Don Boyd will accompany Horst in a concert in Hilo called “How to be a Diva Without Really Trying”. To find out more, you can talk to Amy at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department Music Portable building while she is teaching and conducting UH Hilo students, or you can visit her website at

Amy Horst (vocalist), Dorothy Williams (pianist), and Elizabeth Johnson (page turner). Photos courtesy of Roger Johnson.


25 Ways to Spend this Valentine’s Day Jenna Burns | Arts and Community Editor Avery Berido | Graphic Artist Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I know that many of us have romantic partners, and that many of us are single this February. Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine’s Day should first and foremost be a day of love. This means- all the love that you have inside of you has the opportunity to come out on this day! Don’t be afraid to express your love for your family, your pet, your friends, love interest or crush, your teachers, or even your boss. (Especially your boss- everyone likes pay raises, right?) All joking aside, Valentine’s Day is truly the day when you can spread the love. All the corny gestures of affection that you normally wouldn’t do are perfectly acceptable on Valentine’s Day. I want to see people hugging and exchanging friendly love everywhere on campus on Valentine’s Day! Let’s exhibit some true aloha, guys. Here are 25 ideas that you can try if you haven’t decided what to do for Valentine’s Day yet. Some of them might seem corny, but remember- it’s the day to let your corniness loose! And for all you single people out there, don’t fretI’ve got you covered. There are several ideas on the list that you can do with friends or family, or even by yourself. So without further ado, we will start with Valentine’s Idea Number 1: 1. Make handmade cards or give little candies to all of your friends, like you used to when you were a kid. Break out the glitter, construction paper, Elmer’s glue, and scissors! 2. With your romantic partner, write a cheesy love poem (or comedic) to one another together, and then read them out loud to each other. This should prove to be pretty funny! 3. If you are single (and a girl), spend Valentine’s Day with your celebrity crush- watch your favorite Johnny Depp movie, or reminisce and listen to your favorite boy band’s entire first album! 4. Decorate your room with red streamers to give it a festive atmosphere! Or for the more romantic and non-klutzy type of people out there, light some candles. 5. Play a classic game like twister, hide and seek, or any fun card game (poker, anyone?). These games will guarantee more fun than the standard Monopoly! Or give an old familiar game a new twist by switching it up and adding random, silly rules. 6. One thing is guaranteed on Valentine’s Day: everywhere you go will be swarming with couples. It can be fun to guess which ones will have lasting relationships, and where the couples will end up ten years in the future. This is also a good distraction from their often rather gross displays of public affection. 7. Give yourself a few hours to treat yourself: a nice shower or bath, delicious smelling body lotion, and a pedicure for the girls! Men, if you want to earn points with your girlfriend (or boyfriend), give them a massage to complete their spa session. 8. As everyone knows, the real meaning of Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Be sure to stock up! You could even make chocolate fondue for dipping strawberries and marshmallows to share with some friends. 9. Valentine’s Day is as good a time as any for… Video game night! There have been a bunch of great new games released recently- you could treat yourself to a new game and a fun night of playing games competitively with your friends or even your date! You could also play some classic old games like Super Mario on Nintendo 64. 10. Go to the beach or pool for an early evening or nighttime swim. With a lover, swimming under the stars can be very sensual and, you guessed it, romantic. If you are feeling really daring, go skinny-dipping at a secluded spot with your friends! 11. Try to avoid the main restaurants, because they will be very busy and packed with couples. Stay at home and cook a fun meal with your partner, family, or friends! For all the people out there who don’t like to cook, try your hand at a simple cooking task like pizza. If you want to surprise your

significant other, make the pizza heart shaped! There are lots of other cute heart-shaped foods you can make as well. Get creative with your cookingpretend you are on Master Chef and have a cooking tournament. 12. During school or work, hand out small chocolates, candies, or yummy flavored gum. It will brighten your fellow students’ and co-workers’ days! It’s also a great opportunity to talk to that cute girl or boy you’ve been eyeing for a while. 13. Take this time to update your music library and make a playlistand it only has to include cheesy, romantic love songs if you want it to. Make sure to include all the songs from when you were young! Do you remember classic Green Day, Linkin Park, Jesse McCartney, N*Sync, and Britney Spears songs? Reminiscing on some of these songs will bring back lots of fun memories, especially if you play the songs with friends. This might inspire an impromptu karaoke session. And if you will be spending time with your partner, include some tango or salsa music in your playlist, and attempt some salsa dance moves like you guys are on Dancing with the Stars! 14. Hang out in the library; it can be surprisingly romantic. Ride the elevator, hide inbetween the books; find a corner just for you and your lover. Pretend to read books together. If one of you talks, shush the other. Rent a DVD that neither of you has seen- whether it turns out to be great or terrible, it’ll be a fun surprise for you both! 15. Clean your house or room. with your lover! If you two do it together, it will get done much faster. Plus, you can “accidentally” spray Febreeze on your boyfriend, or drip water all over your girlfriend’s head! And once you guys have cleaned up the space (and each other after all the craziness), having a clean space will feel so refreshing and romantic. 16. Play a fun game of truth or dare with your friends or romantic interest. This is a great way to get to know people! If you need help thinking of questions, download a truth or dare app on your phone. Some of their answers may shock you, and others will get conversations going. 17. Do a clothes swap with your friends to get some brand new clothes and update your look. Trade clothes with your romantic partner. Laugh together as your boyfriend tries on your mini skirt, or your girlfriend tries on your baggy jeans! 18. Get an extra large ice cream cone at Baskin Robbins. Split it with your date, or keep it all to yourself and inwardly smirk as everyone gives you jealous stares. Be sure to walk around in a very public place like the mall with your ice cream. Revel in the superiority that comes with eating ice cream. 19. Instead of watching another romantic comedy this Valentine’s Day, try watching a movie that isn’t a cheesy love story- try a thriller! This will have you and your date in each other’s arms in no time. 20. Go to McDonald’s or your favorite fast food restaurant and dress in the most fancy formal clothes you own. People might stare, but you and your date or you and all of your friends will have a great time! 21. Hawaii is filled with colorful flowers. You can go for a walk nearly anywhere around town and gather some flowers to make a bouquet for a friend, family member, or girlfriend. 22. Rent a hotel room with your lover or a bunch of your friends for one night. Let your upscale side come out, and walk around the hotel like you own the place. 23. Treat yourself to something you wouldn’t normally, like a maple bacon donut, onion rings, or a chocolate shake. Think about the treat you haven’t had in the longest time that you are craving, and go for it! 24. Go see a movie. Don’t worry if you’re single- it can be fun to go with your single friends or even by yourself. Seeing a movie without friends interrupting it and making jokes during the movie can be nice! 25. Take a walk in the park, around town, or on the beautiful campus of UHH. Or better yet, make it a fun and romantic bike ride. If you don’t have a bike, opt for a skateboard or rollerblades. Just remember not to skateboard on campus!


Hilo Guild of Games RISO Magic Tournament Weekend Elizabeth Johnson | Staff Writer Christopher Vizzone | Photographer On Jan. 26-27 at Hawaii TechWorks, the Hilo Guild of Games Registered Independent Student Organization, or RISO (also in connection with TGOG Radio; a weekly radio URH aka University Radio Hilo) hosted the “Magic Tournament Weekend.” The Official Wizards Play Network retailer assisted in the event as well. The event was attended by 160 people, all eager to play the collectable card game called “Magic: The Gathering.” Christopher Vizzone (President of TGOG) and Stephan Classen (Treasurer of TGOG) were able to explain and share more about the event. The Hilo Guild of Games RISO (TGOG) was formed in the year 2011. A few UH Hilo students with similar interest in card gaming decided to start up a RISO club at UH Hilo. It hosted weekly events on UH Hilo campus called “Magic Tournaments” and invites those interested in card gaming to participate. Currently, these weekly events are hosted by a card shop in Hilo called “Toys4U” and is a well-liked gathering place that meets the needs of the card gamers. For the “Magic Tournament Weekend,” the Hilo Guild of Games RISO (TGOG) wanted to host a two day event for gamers of the card game “Magic: The Gathering.” According to the online site Wizards of the Coast (, “Magic: The Gathering” was the first trading card game invented and was created by Richard Garfield in 1993. It is a strategic game for two players or more using their own deck of cards to battle against each other. This deck of cards represents the way players design their uses of weapons and spells for combat against any opposing player. Players are only allowed to use a minimal selection of cards from their decks to play and duel against each other. Each player plays the role of a “planeswalker” or a wizard who fights against other player “planeswalker” for the cards they want. There really is no final winner—the game continues on and on to combating more player opponents because every game is never the same. The “Magic Tournament Weekend” consisted of four different events divided evenly into two days. On Saturday, the largest single tournament was held and 50 players let loose their card gaming skills. By the afternoon on Consent is Sexy Aisha-Rae Kobayashi Student Health and Wellness Programs (SHWP) The shelves at the stores are filled with stuffed animals, sweets, romantic cards, and heart shaped balloons. Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day rolls near, but it’s important to remember that there is a difference between love and sexual assault. Consent needs to be clear where, Yes means Yes. Consent is essentially the agreement between two people to engage in sex or any sort of sexual activity. To make sure that consent is established, both partners need to be fully aware and sober. When people are intoxicated with alcohol or other substances, their judgment is compromised, and they are less likely to make a conscious, deliberate decision. Also both partners must make the decision themselves without coercion; they are able to change their mind at any time and that needs to be respected. Partners should clearly communicate with each other about their willingness. Giving consent means that it is clear to both parties that permission was given. All in all, both parties need to be open, clear, honest, and respectful about their intentions and desires. Having full consent is what will make things “sexy”. When there is no consent, the action is called sexual assault, which is a very serious personal, social, and legal problem. Often it is seen as a quiet issue since, according to the American Association of University Women, 95% of attacks

Sunday, twenty-three two-man teams participated in card gaming in order to try their chance at fame, glory, and prizes. Because “Magic: The Gathering” is a twenty-year old game, the Hilo Guild of Games RISO felt that the event would be a big turnout. Due to previous issues with space, the club sought to host the event at the Hawaii TechWorks building. To their surprise, their expectations for a big turnout were surpassed. “It was a huge turnout of 160 players!”said TGOG treasurer Stephen Classen. “We tried a new location--off campus for once--which was a little different for us. But I think it worked out well. It was industrial. We decorated the place. The players seemed relatively happy... not too hot over the sweltering weekend that we had... And the parking situation was actually a lot easier. People drive from all over the island to play in this event so it was a lot easier.” “The weekend was a real triumph! Gamers flooded the building on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the new expansion set to the nearly twentyyear old game. Along with the tournament organizers, we agree and hope that this will bring in even more players,” said Chris Vizzone. In order to find out more about the Hilo Guild of Games RISO (TGOG) or to join, or to attend any upcoming events, contact Presidedent of TGOG, Christopher Vizzone, at, or Treasurer of TGOG, Stephan Classen, at Students attending UH Hilo are welcome to create their own club. A RISO club must be a group with at least six students and must pass registration and document application in order to be accepted and held on campus. When a RISO club is approved, it is then welcome to invite others on campus to join and associate with.

go unreported. However, research has shown that college students experience dating violence at increased rates. The facts below from New York University’s “National Statistics on Sexual Violence on College Campuses” represent some of the alarming statistics on sexual assaults: The facts: One in 4 college-aged women report experiences that meet the legal definitions of rape or attempted rape. One in 5 college women are raped during their college years. 80-90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by individuals known to the survivor. These statistics need to be changed and we all can work together to make that happen! UH Hilo’s efforts to address sexual assault begin with the UH Hilo Student Sexual Assault Policy, which is clear and detailed, and can be found at UHHSexualAssaultPolicy-Jan2013.pdf. The policy is aimed at ensuring the safety of students, offering support to victims and survivors, reducing and eradicating incidents of sexual violence, as well as making it clear that any acts of sexual assault will not be condoned or tolerated. UH Hilo’s Student Health and Wellness Program’s Men of Strength organization is comprised of male students, faculty, and staff whose mission is ending violence on campus and the community, especially violence towards females. This unique group is dedicated to decreasing violence by promoting both awareness of abuse and the idea that perpetrating abuse is an

act of weakness. Upcoming Events: Be on the lookout, as Student Health and Wellness Program’s Men of Strength will be tabling at Campus Center Plaza on 2/11, 2/13, and 2/14. They will be promoting their “Stand Strong” campaign, which encourages individuals to pledge to take a stand against violence. Student Health and Wellness Programs will be providing information regarding local services for sexual assault, so please stop by to learn more. On 2/11,Men of Strength will screen the film “Invisible War” at Campus Center 306 from 5-8 p.m..Come join in watching this 2012 documentary and Sundance Film Festival winner about the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. “Women’s Center will be putting on “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 14. Be on the lookout as they will be tabling at Campus Center Plaza from 10-2pm. on Monday through Thursday promoting this campaign aimed at ending violence towards women. You may buy tickets for the show at their table or by stopping by the Women’s Center in Campus Center Room 312.” References “National Statistics about Sexual Violence on College Campuses.” NYU Student Health Center Health Promotion & Wellness Services Health Topics. N.p., 2000. Web. Please join us on Facebook: UhHiloStudentHealthWellnessPrograms


UH Hilo Hosts “Ocean Day Hawai’i Mālama Kanaloa Festival”

Maria Karin Walczuk | Staff Writer Yuta Momoki | Photographer Any time is the perfect time to honor the unique, exquisite environment that we call Hawaii, whether it includes snorkeling in nearby tide pools, cleaning local beaches, or pausing to watch the local green sea turtles gasp for air. The Big Island itself continuously displays parades of beauty to be cherished and appreciated. Fortunately we have the ideal occasion to gather collectively and share admiration for this remarkable island. Soon we can celebrate our island’s official “Ocean Day” on Saturday Feb. 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilo Bayfront Beach Park. The Ocean Day’s humble beginnings date back to 2007, when this annual event was hosted by our own UHH’s Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). This free public festival in Hilo’s Bayfront Beach Park encourages the community to attend and learn more about ongoing marine and coastal research, technological advancements, and career opportunities. Leading researchers will share and commemorate Hawaii’s marine life, with a grand variety of displays and amusing activities that everyone can participate in. Largely created as a family and kama’aina event to develop meaning and care for our home of Hawaii, the day will be intertwined with entertaining play activities ranging from traditional “Makahiki” games to marine critter touch tanks, poi-pounding and even masks and puppet making. Yet beyond this plethora of fun, noteworthy professionals and various organizations will be available for networking, such as the UH Hilo Marine Science department and Hawaii IMUA III EPSCoR researchers. Some exemplary presentations to consider visiting will be speakers from: the Honolulu Zoo presenting research on whale sharks, the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund analyzing mystery marine debris, and the Marine Mammal Response Network, explaining how to get involved as community members to protect monk seals. Raising awareness of marine and coastal issues while advocating sustainability, are some of the goals that this Ocean Day is hoping to inspire for the community. Answers will be shared regarding how we impact the ocean and what conservation efforts can be made to preserve our marine environment.

Previously held at the local Pacific Aquaculture and Resources Center in Keaukaha, this festival has expanded to the heart of Hilo with more booths and community members involved each year. An expected circulation of 2,200 people is predicted during the course of the day, according to Ho`oululahui Erika Perry, Education Program Specialist for PIPES. Perry says, “The Ocean Day Festival is an opportunity to connect science and community through marine conservation efforts, sustainability resources and creation of stewardships.” The organization of PIPES itself is for local youth who are passionate about natural resources and how it connects holistically to life. This program also provides internship opportunities and promotes awareness and knowledge through the environmental workforce, to bridge partners and support leaders within our community. The Ocean Day represents a wonderful occasion, and Perry notes, “We want to highlight volunteer opportunities about various organizations involved with the environment and resource management.” With its yearly expansion, it’s evident that we can only continue to expect great things from this treasure of a festival. So join, dive deep into the knowledge of what our home offers, and expect to be mesmerized by the truly unique life and potential we have. A shuttle will be running all day from the Old Gym at UHH to catch a ride to the event. For more information or if you would be interested in volunteering, contact Ho`oululahui Erika Perry at or Amelie Sterling at, 808-933-0707.


Ar t 394: Special Topics: Digital Photography

Tony Wears Obey by Ellis Brian Kawase

Indulgence by Nicolette Paige

Faces of Dental Hygiene #4 by Monique Ortiz Pirate by Willyann Quanan The main intent of this course is to help students think creatively & experiment with new approaches to making art through photography. I aim to create room for failure & play, while urging students to find their own passion in the medium. Like any artistic endeavor, some ideas take time to flesh out, & some ideas initially make you somewhat uncomfortable. But through the process of making, remaking, critiquing, etc.. I want students to develop their own process for critically addressing their practice- something that they will carry well beyond this classroom. There are two important rules to the class that I ask to make this possible: Do your work. Love this class.


P ro p o s e d b y K e v i n D i m i n y a t z , t h e s y l l a b u s w a s re v i s e d a n d t h e c l a s s i s c u r re n t l y t a u g h t b y B r i t t e n Tr a u g h b e r. B a s e d o n 7 c h a p t e r s f ro m C h a r l o t t e C o t t o n ’s “ T h e P h o t o g r a p h a s C o n t e m p o r a r y A r t ” ( e x a m p l e : A s s i g n m e n t 1 : I s t h i s A r t ? C re a t i n g s o m e t h i n g s o l e l y f o r t h e s a k e o f t h e p h o t o g r a p h )

Steve by Whiteeagle Arai Untitled by Kris Sumaoang

Untitled by Erynn Tanimoto

Ohe & Tuhi by Kauila Kealiikanakaoleohaililani Britten Traughber is a graduate of Bennington College & Illinois State University (MFA in Photography) who has taught performance art, social documentary, film & digital photography at ISU, Millikin University & now UH Hilo. Her own work varies from persona & performance to rural documentary, to commercial & studio celints. You can see more of her work at Photography is her #1 passion, followed closely by teaching. She’s thrilled to be back in a classroom with the dedicated students of Art 394.


UH Hilo celebrates Black History Month Minority Access and Achievement Program plans series of films Joie Colobong | Staff Writer February is Black History Month in the United States. It is an annual celebration of African Americans and their contributions to American history and culture. Black History Month allows African Americans to reflect upon their heritage and encourages all people to consider and value the many ways in which African Americans have contributed to our country’s history. Black History Month in the United States traces its origins to 1926, when African American historian Carter Goodwin Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History declared the second week of February “Negro History Week” in acknowledgment of the importance of black history to the fabric of American society. After being warmly received in its inaugural year, Negro History Week grew in popularity over the next fifty years as more areas across the United States came to acknowledge it. In 1976, Black History Week was formally recognized by the federal government and expanded to become Black History Month. This year, UH Hilo’s Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP) has organized a series of events in order to generate awareness and foster an appreciation and understanding of African American history among the UH Hilo community throughout February. The celebration will begin with a screening of the 1974 film “Space is the Place”, featuring the

UH Hilo’s 2013 Black History Month Flyer. influential late jazz musician, poet and philosopher Sun Ra, at 6:00 p.m. in UCB 301 on Friday, Feb. 8. Based in part on Ra’s lectures at the University of California, Berkeley during his brief time as artist-in-residence there in the early 1970s, “Space is the Place” includes an eclectic mix of jazz performances and commentary by Ra on various topics, ranging from his views of the youth of the 1970s to his spiritual beliefs. Guests can expect an appearance by Hilo resident and actor Ray Johnson, who also stars in “Space”. Johnson will introduce the film and speak of his life experiences and his journey as an artist, which has taken him across the United States from Harlem to San Francisco to Hilo. Johnson will also present an experimental short film from 1976 titled “Players” and lead a discussion on African Americans and their contributions to the art of cinema. This event will be sponsored by Zulu Nation Hawaii, the local chapter of international hip hop awareness group Zulu Nation. Zulu Nation Hawaii will also sponsor a presentation of the criticallyacclaimed 2008 documentary “This is the Life”, at 6:00 p.m. in UCB 127 the following Friday, Feb. 15. “This is the Life” was directed by Ava DuVernay and chronicles the development of Los Angeles’ alternative hip hop scene during the 1990s. Members of Zulu Nation Hawaii will conduct a series of demonstrations and lectures on the history of hip hop and its influence on the cultural landscape of the world. Lastly, Aloha Nigeria and the Divine Mercy Family Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Hilo, will present a documentary on UH Hilo alumnus Steve Martin’s recent trip to Nigeria at 6:00 p.m. in UCB 301 on Friday, Feb. 22. Martin, along with several current UH Hilo students, embarked on a three-week trip to Nigeria to help displaced victims of the 2012 Nigerian floods, which have been ongoing since last July. The documentary will also feature Martin’s work with the students of Eti-Osa Community High School in Lagos, Nigeria, which included introducing them to sports and other activities. All of these events will include open question-and-answer sessions, encouraging UH Hilo community members to ask questions and engage in dialogue about the issues and themes on display. For more information, you may e-mail Ginger Hamilton, director of the MAAP, at, or call the MAAP offices at 933-3412.


Are you doing it right?

ALEX aims to steer students in the right direction post graduation Britney Carey | Staff Writer The Office of Applied Learning Experiences will be hosting two events this month that will help students prepare for life after graduation. Part of a three part program designed to encourage professional development in students, a workshop focusing on interviewing skills is scheduled for Feb. 21, with the ALEX Internship Fair coming just a week later on Feb. 28. ALEX seeks to increase the number of quality applied learning experiences available to students at UH Hilo. Applied learning experiences take on many forms, including community based projects, classes, applied research, internships, service learning, and even creative activities like dance or art. The aim, says program director Dr. Tom DeWitt, is “to grow those opportunities and make light of what’s being done so that there’s a culture at this university that supports it.” Although the driving question behind the events is one that many may find humorous, it’s something students should consider seriously. “Are you doing it right?” ask DeWitt and his team of interns as they make their way across campus visiting classes and handing out fliers. “What we’re trying to do is to get students to think about internships not only as an applied learning experience, but as a pathway to a full time position,” he says. The interviewing skills workshop, while facilitated by ALEX, is tailored around the participating recruiters who help students understand how to interview successfully. Among the recruiters participating in this month’s clinic are State Farm Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the AXA Financial. Students can expect to see between 50 and 60 organizations recruiting at the internship fair. As employers apply to be a part of the event, ALEX staff post the details of the available positions on both the program’s Facebook and website, which boasts a page dedicated solely to internship listings. The last fair, held in November, was attended by 39 employer organizations looking to hire students for a variety of positions. Although the list of recruiters may at first seem to appeal only to business or accounting majors, DeWitt encourages all students to attend, regardless of their majors. He hopes that students will “think creatively about where they can take what they have and apply it to the employers that are there.” Many employers are looking for applicants who are great communicators, team players, strong leaders, and have excellent critical thinking skills. “If a student has that then regardless of what their major is,

they should be there,” DeWitt adds. The first step towards getting an internship through ALEX is the resume writing workshop, which was held Feb. 7. Students who missed the event, but would still like to attend the upcoming workshop and fair are encouraged to view the UH Hilo Resume Writing Guide, available online and at the Career Center. Generic resumes just don’t cut it anymore, according to DeWitt. Instead, Job seekers must match their resumes to the position they are applying for, DeWitt. Courtesy UH Hilo identifying those skills or key words that reflect College of Business and what the employer is seeking. “You’ve got to Economics. integrate that into the design of your resume based on your experiences and we help students to identify what those experiences are.” To date, 15 UH Hilo students have been placed in credit bearing internships through the program. In such cases, ALEX works with each student and employer to identify the learning objectives for the experience. Mentorship training is provided for employers, and students submit online updates on what they are doing and how they are advancing their learning objectives. Currently, ALEX is working to create strategic partnerships with organizations and businesses in the community, which will lead to more internship opportunities for students. An applied learning summit has also been planned for April, and will focus on research as well as community based projects and service learning experiences. In addition, Fall 2013 will see the launch of a new mentorship program from ALEX. Recruiting has already begun, and interested students are encouraged to visit the ALEX webpage for more details. Gone are the days when students had jobs waiting for them on the other side of graduation. “You have to be aggressive, you have to take the bull by the horns and make opportunities happen for you,” stresses DeWitt. For more information on ALEX or any of the opportunities listed here, become a fan of theirs on Facebook, visit, or check out the new issue of “Stall Talk,” the program’s bi-weekly newsletter in a bathroom stall near you.

Interview with Senior Guard Kirsty Imai Keane Carlin | Sports Editor Kelly Leong | Photographer Keane Carlin: What emotions ran thru your head when you knew your sister was going to be your teammate (again)? Kirsty Imai: It was bittersweet feeling knowing that i would have the chance to play with her again. It was a blessing in disguise especially knowing that this was my last hoorah. KC: Is there a psychic connection between you two on the court? Is there ever a time you aren’t on the same page? KI: I think growing up on the same team as sisters it’s a natural instinct to have a connection. There are many times where we aren’t on the same page, but we just work through it just as we would with any of our teammates. KC: Do you try and outdo your sister on the court? Do you think it helps your game at all? KI: I think that I go the hardest on her because I like to push her. It’s probably just my older sibling instinct. KC: The team is on fire right now (having won six of last seven games), what have you been excelling at that has made the team so tough? KI: As a team, we all have the same goal to win. There are good and bad days and we just try to take each day at a time and keep improving. KC: To be even better, what does the team still have to work on? KI: I think that knowing that we can always be better is the first step. We work on different things every day to get us where we hope to be. KC: What does Coach have the team work hardest on? KI: Mental toughness!

Kirsty Imai drives to the basket in a recent game. KC: Which game do you look forward to most? Which home game? KI: Every game is just as important as any other. There is a lot of great competition and no one can be taken lightly. It’s anyone’s game on any given day. KC: Which team do you despise in the conference? Who is your rival? Which team gets you the most amped up for a game? KI: We get amped up for every game. Jameia McDuffie (teammate) always gets us fired up! KC: What should the fans know about you and the team? KI: Our team is very close knit just as if we were all sisters. We will definitely miss each other once everyone moves back home after graduation. Oh yeah... And we secretly believe that we would make great track star runners due to all the conditioning we’ve had to endure these past months (laughs).


The Student Fee Increase Proposals Continue UH Hilo’s CSOs hold a town meeting to raise students’ awareness of the proposed student fee increase Sarah Kekauoha | News Editor On Jan. 29, the CSO (Campus Student Organization) leaders of UH Hilo met twice during the day to hold a town meeting, which invites students to come and learn about what’s going on. The CSOs held one at midday at Campus Center Plaza and another in the evening at Campus Center 301. Though the turnout came out to be a handful of students, the representatives for each CSO made sure to explain why UH Hilo should increase its student fees over a period of five-years. Maile Boggeln, the Business Manager of the SAC (Student Activities Club), conducted the meeting along with Miki’ala Akiona, the Executive Chair of the SAC. The purpose of raising student fees, Boggeln said is “to help us meet the goals that we’ve set. We’ve set high standards and we can’t reach the standards because we don’t have the funding.” She noted that many of the CSOs cut programming or staffing in order to host larger events on campus. To be specific, the SAC office is currently short three members and in order to conserve funds for the bigger events, the staffing will stay low until funds become available. The increase makes the funding possible. Boggeln wanted to make sure the students know the funds will be used appropriately. “Every dollar a student spends goes back to them in programs, events, the newspaper,” she said. “Everything we do here is for them.” She wanted students to know that, “It’s not like the increase in fees goes to the admin[istration] cost. But it really does come back to the students.” Other student organizations, such as UHHSA, University of Hawaii Hilo Student Association, offer scholarships and Boggeln said that the scholarships are “a great opportunity for the students. Because UHHSA will have that funding, they can do the scholarships.” The fees also fund clubs, or RISOs, Registered Independent Student Organizations. Boggeln explained that if clubs plan on putting on events, they have the option to request funding for their event. “The more events we put on, the better the vibe on campus,” she said. “It’s really a part of college experience to go to events, socialize, and meet people.” Students should also note that UH Hilo has a fully functional audio visual program, called the Lava Shoot. Boggeln said students can watch the commercials and advertisements for events that occur on campus. The Lava Shoot videotapes all the campus events and posts them on YouTube. Other student fees go to the publications of Hohonu and Kanilehua, opportunies for students to get published in fiction, art, or non-fiction. “It’s a way for students to get published and put that in their resume,” Boggeln said. “It’s important for those opportunities to be available.” When asked after the process started, Boggeln said it started in late September of last year. “We looked at our budget and calculated where we needed funding,” she said. Everyone, from the CSOs to their advisors and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, had to approve and agree on the numbers. The numbers were still in the rough draft but the CSOs provided students attending the town hall with a copy. However, they have asked Ke Kalahea not to print the fee increase schedule because it is still in its draft form. The next step from here includes the Board of Regents approving the fee increase, which the CSOs will present on Feb 21. When asking other CSO student leaders what they plan on doing with the money for their specific organizations, there were a variety of answers. Miki’ala Akiona, the SAC Executive Chair, said that the SAC puts on an end of the year concert but this past year they had to cancel it due to lack of funds. She said they hope to increase the concerts and other

events for students. Boggeln added that they want to put on more educational awareness events along with dances, like Prom. Joe Thorpe, chair of the BoMB, Board of Media Broadcasting, said they would like to get an FM station. They also want to do more of the Lava Shoots. He noted that, “We could use a lot more money than we’re asking for. With HawCC out, we’re supposed to raise the funds and have more money dedicated to Lava Shoot but I don’t know if we’ll be able to do that.” But he said BoMB will use whatever funds they have to get the FM going and running as it should. “In New York,” he said, “everyone listens to the college radio,” implying Hilo residents to do the same. Matt Kalahiki, chair of the Board of Student Publications (BOSP), said that because UH Hilo loses HawCC funds, the university loses a chunk of money they would have for publications. “And that’s a reason why we’re going for an increase,” he said. “There’s also a lot of RISOs and CSOs and we sponsor money for them. By the fourth year of the increase, we’ll be back at full capacity as we are now.” He also said that if UH Hilo goes for an increase, he holds high expectations for the work the university produces. “We want to make sure what we make is high quality and high standard,” he said. He also encouraged students to participate and raise their voices about the student fee increase. “Students are allowed to go to each CSO that is funded by them and ask them what they’re spending their money on,” he said. “They have every right to know how we do things. If students want to ask questions, they’re always welcome. Our agendas, budgets—everything is open for them to know.” Boggeln echoed this by saying, “I want to encourage students to come and talk to us because everything we do is for the students. It’s important they know we’re not trying to look against them we’re trying to do more for them. If they have any questions or comments, we want them to come visit us because we really do want to know their opinion.” Students can get in contact with the CSOs by emailing uhhsac@ or visiting their office at Campus Center Room 301.


UH Hilo Bookstore Grand Opening Dennis Fukushima | Staff Writer

The UH Hilo Bookstore celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 30, 2013. The ceremony began with a brief introduction of the key people involved in the development of the new bookstore, including Hilo Bookstore manager Jason Tanaka and UHH Chancellor Donald Straney. “[It took] many years of planning, many years of dreaming, and many hours of hard work to make this a reality.” Straney said proudly, addressing the crowded entrance of the bookstore. The project cost about $4 million, and had been in development well before Straney became Chancellor of UHH. Tanaka introduced Kekoa Harman from Ka Haka ‹Ula O Ke›elikolani after Straney’s introduction. Harman blessed the opening with a Hawaiian chant, which he translated for all present at the event. The chant was the same chant one would recite to bless a new house. With the blessing was finished, Tanaka had Straney untie the Maile at the bookstore’s entrance, allowing students, faculty and the public enter the new building. Once inside, attendees enjoyed light pupus, along with live entertainment by Lito Arkangel, a UH alumni. A long line was quickly formed for students to try their luck for raffle prizes which included discounted store items, earphones and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. There was also a 20% discount on certain items throughout the store. When asked whether sales increased with the new layout of the bookstore, Tanaka said: “Sales have definitely increased; there’s a lot more foot traffic. So yes, I think the new layout is effective.” Indeed, the old bookstore was cramped with long lines that wrapped around the shelves, making it difficult for students to determine where the line started. The new layout makes remedied this issue. Tanaka also commented on relaxed policies the bookstore has, such as students being able to carry their bags around the store. “It’s really great that we can carry our bags around now.” A student who wished to be anonymous said. “I didn’t like having to leave my bag in those small cubby holes or on the ground if there wasn’t any room left. It’s nice that they trust the students enough to let us walk around with our backpacks” As to why we needed a new bookstore, the answer was obvious to Straney. “Have you been to the old bookstore?” He laughed. “We needed enough space for students on both campuses, something modern.” Straney commented that it was to resemble bookstores like Borders, where students can lounge around and drink coffee, while enjoying the free wifi the school offers. “The new bookstore is really fantastic, spacious and stylish! Something our school can be proud of!” Rachel Nussbaum, a junior majoring in English said. So if you haven’t been to the new bookstore yet, come on down and give it a try. With its comfortable chairs and free wifi, it’s definitely not something you want to miss out on.

The untying of the Maile. All photos courtesy of UH Hilo’ Bookstore.

Above: the celebration in full swing. Below: UH Hilo’s Bookstore Staff.


Chinese New Year Blooms in 2013 Maria Karin Walczuk | Staff Writer Yuta Momoki | Photographer Avery Berido | Graphic Designer Spring, springs and is soon to be sprung, as we mark the celebration of the Chinese New Year, a holiday blossoming across our global horizons. Sunday Feb. 10 marks the beginning of this internationally recognized Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar New Year. In China, various traditions color this most special time of year: loved ones gather for feasts honoring one’s family and ancestors, tributes are paid to divine deities, red cut-outs adorn the interiors of homes on doors and windows, and potted flowers are well-kept in hopes of blooming on New Year’s day itself. According to study abroad student Qi Zhang, from Beijing, China, “The most meaningful tradition to me is that I can go back home and have a good time with my parents, enjoying the free and relaxing atmosphere... to end a whole year’s hard work and have a good rest.” In Chinese culture, the year 2013 celebrates the water or black snake, which associates beauty and wisdom to the slithering, serene creatures. In the Western view, the snake is more often than not deemed an evil, dangerous creaturecold-blooded and ruthless. However, the sacredness and symbolic representations of all animal signs in the Chinese zodiac have great depth and significance. The predications can be connected to the animal with immense detail, featuring both positive and negative traits. Each year the Chinese zodiac sign changes, indicating how the time ahead can manifest accordingly. In regards to 2013, ancient Chinese wisdom believes a snake is a good omen in the house, because it signifies that your family will not starve. The Chinese New Year interestingly follows the solar calendar. Indeed, our celestial skies show that with the start of the Chinese New Year, the New Moon is within its first stage. The Chinese New Year festivities will reach their fruition alongside the waxing Full Moon. The Full Moon will rise in our night sky, commencing the Lantern Festival and the conclusion of the New Year celebrations. On this 15 day of the Chinese New Year, the heavenly lanterns will illuminate the night sky, providing not only a beautiful display of light, but also symbolizing the passing of time and wishes for good fortune ahead. Customs and traditions vary from region to region within Asia’s second largest country, but most people will spend money on decorations, presents, food delicacies and even clothing. Fully embracing this New Year celebration shows that there is precious importance to the year to come, new beginnings, and energy. From cleaning and purifying one’s household and sweeping away evil spirits, to the importance of how to display the lucky color red with all its fiery attributes. Culturally, the Chinese New Year even encourages the potential of the human spirit, by healing and reconciling the past. A multitude of wishes and strong hopes can be made, with humble and considerate attention; all these intentions encourage the fullest

prosperity for the year ahead. Our association with New Years recognizes various traditions far and wide. Perhaps soon there can be a pause from incessant studying, where you may be suddenly and swiftly inspired to dress head to toe in red, or simply make the time to be with your loved ones. Yet, do take the time to celebrate, however that may be for you, by pondering thoughts of how 2013 will bloom ahead on your horizons.


Ho’opili Hou 2013

My experience at the annual student conference Keane Carlin | Sports Editor Leomi Bergknut | Photographer On Jan. 24t, 30 members of various CSO’s including myself headed to Maui for a three-night, four day conference. Ho’opili Hou is an annual conference that hosts state-wide college students and advisors for a time to meet like-minded people. Student government leaders, activity leaders and even random sports editors (me) were invited. All in all, 160 people were in attendance to learn, laugh, and appreciate. When boarding the airplane for Maui, I had no idea what was going to happen. I knew that there would be educational things going on and I knew that I would meet some new people, but I didn’t know what the goals of the trip would be. I had heard rumors that last year at the conference in Kauai, somebody was arrested for public intoxication and photos of keg and pakalolo-parties surfaced on Facebook (please An extremely flattering photo of the UH Hilo group. note that no UH Hilo students were involved). Was it to be that type of conference? “We all held hands in a large circle second choice, which was to help tend to a plot Our first full day was to be spent around the kalo patch while the of wet-land Kalo. The third group was labeled working on a service project. I heard that last overseers of the land did a ceremony intensive and it was said to be tough work that year they did zip-lining and obstacle courses. The for the planting of the Kalo that would revolve around several things (fishpond, second day would be a day that we could attend included a series of Hawaiian chants.” kalo patches, landscaping). Being a narcissistic student and advisor presentations that would male, I took on the intensive group. I figured, how facilitate our learning on a variety of subjects. I intensive could it be? tended to the land before we came to help. We all ended up going to four, hour-long presentations Let me tell you brothers and sisters, held hands in a large circle around the kalo patch that day. One was done by the UH Hilo Mediation it was one tough half-day of work. We had the while the overseers of the land did a ceremony Center’s Catherine Lampton and was centered largest group and we accomplished a tremendous for the planting of the kalo that included a series around living a more positive life through good amount of work in the short time we were there. of Hawaiian chants. Then the young man I had communication skills. Another presentation was Folks from the community had shown up to help met earlier gave a moving, impromptu speech. done by BYUH students and it centered on having too and there was over 70 people in all. One of He stressed that we must find more connection better time management skills. I am currently the Uncles who had been working on restoring with the land and to stop worrying about material writing this past my deadline, you know how it the land informed us of what the land meant to things. You could see dedication in his eyes goes. After attending the presentations we would him and his Ohana. He then told us what we as they welled up with tears while he spoke then have a celebration dinner, with everyone in were going to do that day. He was stern, focused passionately. attendance there to eat, laugh and be merry. and to the point. The land was on a river that Through that short day, I learned that all From the moment we arrived to the connected to the ocean where ancient Hawaiians it takes is a common goal. We all wanted to work conference and stepped into the hotel lobby to lived and where they had fishponds, kalo patches hard that day. We all wanted to get something get our name-tags, I could tell that the smiling and other food growing. Over time the river was done that was positive for the community. Sure, faces that filled the room were going to make this blocked up and a private developer was pushing we ended the day dirty, scratched and bleeding. trip special. There was a warmth in the room, an to buy the land. After 10 years of battling But that feeling of accomplishment was so strong, openness with everyone that you met. Everyone the developer, the locals won and that I would have done the work five-times over. wanted to be your friend. Everyone got the county to purchase the There was a feeling of mutual appreciation: the wanted to know where you were from. ‘aina that rightfully belonged to locals appreciated us coming together and working Everyone wanted a hug. Everyone the people of Hawaii. They hard, but I think we all appreciated such an was social and there was more started clearing the land by opportunity to make a difference and to feel that energy in that room than there hand back in September and connection with the land. I personally appreciated would ever be in a crowded our mighty group of likethose that had fought that private developer, for coffee shop. Our advisors kept minded individuals helped if they hadn’t, a piece of history would have been stressing to us that first night pile all they had cleared in lost forever. that we should seek connections four months into a giant I appreciated the opportunity to meet on this trip. I thought that they Matson container. It took such genuine people at the conference. Sure, I meant with fellow students, I us around four hours. don’t remember everyone’s name or story, but had no idea that we could have I talked story with I will always remember everyone’s attitude and made a different connection. a younger man, who kept kindness. In those brief four days on Maui, I The first night we Fernando Banos tends to taro. telling me how much he learned that through communication and a positive signed up for what project we appreciated our hard work. attitude, we can create a beautiful tomorrow. would like to work on the following After we had worked and Through connecting with the land, its people and day. There were three choices: the before lunch, this young man I ideas, I can say that the trip made me a better first choice was to help prepare, plant had spoken to earlier, turned out to person. and harvest a patch of kalo. This variety of be one of the original five people who had PS: Nobody got arrested this time. kalo was dry-land type, which differed from the


Humpback Whales Galore

Take advantage of the season to watch these graceful giants as they swim along the coast of Hawaii Dennis Fukushima | Staff Writer Yuta Momoki | Photographer


awaii is home to a number of unique species, from the Hawaiian Hawk to the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the state fish. While viewing these animals takes some effort, you can view them all year long, unlike some of the marine mammals that come to Hawaii. The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrates every year to Hawaii to mate, give birth, and nurse their young in the warm, tropical waters. About 10,000 Humpbacks come to Hawaii from Alaska each year, though the entire North Pacific population is estimated to be about 20,000. They feed in the summer and fall on krill in the cold Alaskan waters. The whales start to arrive to the islands in November, and stay until May; however, their numbers peak from January to mid March. Prime viewing spots for these cetaceans include the scenic point right out of Hilo, and at Onekahakaha Beach Park, according to Dr. Jason Turner and Dr. Jennifer Turner, professors from the UHH marine science department. To get the most from your land-based experience, the Turners suggest you bring binoculars and high speed digital cameras on a clear, sunny day. Higher up views are the best, such as cliff sides around the island. You can also view Humpback whales from boats, too, though there are regulations you much follow in order to do so. To watch Humpback whales, you must be at least 100 yards away from the creature. It does not matter if you’re on a canoe or an actual whale watching vessel: keep your distance! If you decide to go on an official whale watching tour, go out with a reputable program. Research the various programs offered and make sure that these rules are posted somewhere on their site. Similar rules apply for other marine mammals and reptiles of Hawaii. For wild dolphins and Monk seals, there is a minimum distance of 50 yards to keep when you see them. For turtles, it’s 15 feet. When Monk Seals and turtle haul up on the beach to rest, don’t disturb them. Sometimes the area the Monk Seal is resting on will be roped off. This is to protect both the seal and the people on the beach, as they might become aggressive. If you encounter wild dolphins, seals or turtles in the water, do not approach them. If they swim up to you, don’t touch or pursue them. Let them pass you, and slowly leave the area they are occupying. It is illegal to harass any marine mammal or turtle, as they are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Please note that it is also dangerous for you to engage in any activity with wild animals.

Adult female and calf surface to catch their breath. Do not sign up for programs that offer to swim with wild dolphins. When they come close to shore, they are resting and caring for their young. Dumping boatloads of people where the dolphins are resting cuts into their recovery time, which is potentially harmful for the pod. If any cetacean approaches you while you’re on a vessel, slow down and stop. Boat strikes can critically hurt the animal, and if injured enough, the animal might strand. If you encounter a stranded cetacean, call the NOAA Marine Mammal Response Network’s hotline ((888) 256-9840)and report it. Do not approach the animal. Remember to properly dispose your fishing gear and trash when at the beach or viewing these animals. Fishing gear can cause entanglement, which may cause small marine mammals and reptiles to drown or large whales to have deep gashes or other injuries. Keep these tips in mind when you’re watching the marine life of Hawaii. It’s a privilege to see these creatures. If we want future generations to enjoy them, we need to do our part in conservation efforts. For more information on Humpback whales, visit http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa. gov/involved/ocwelcome.html. For information concerning conservation of marine life check out

Ke Kalahea is looking to fill the following positions: Sports Writer Arts & Community Writer Copy Chief Photographers Layout Designer Anyone interested may pick up an application from Campus Center Room 215.

19 you’re a man eater, make me work hard, make me spend hard, Make me want all of your love. is anyone interested in performing a spanish dance piece this semester? just curious... To those whining about the lack of babysitting services @UH, if you can’t find your own babysitter, then you shouldn’t be school. UH is an institution of learning for adults; not a babysitting service. To those who bring their babies to class, leave them at home. They are distracting to those who are here to learn. It s also very rude. much mahalos to whoever turned in my red flash drive i forgot on the scanning computer in the library (i think?, fuck i dont know i lost the damn thing)!!! you a fricken life saver! to the previous rant about day care at school.... are you kidding me? how about you work on your time management skills and figure this shit out! there are hundreds of other parents that are full time students who manage this, why cant you? get with the program or invest in some birthcontrol. bad enough my tax dollars provide you with food stamps and fafsa, now u want uncle sam to babysit for you too? whats it gonna be like one of thoses so called “free” programs that just makes them rase tuition? there are day cares all over hilo why do you need one here at school girl every time I finally get over you. feelings comes right back after seeing you. nothing wrong with waiting till marriage for sex. :) Congrats, you proved that you can read two paragraphs at a time. Now how ‘bout you quit your whining and do something PROACTIVE. And yeah, that is a crack at your bad skin. Burn. The writer of the “Django: Unchained” needs to work on her MLA format, yo~ WHERE THE F*%^ IS MY TRUCK! RAWHR! screamin p.j is so fly, i wish he was my guy to everyone on campus. spread aloha. happy valentines. ;) Chichi Totoy Ingrid. We love you. Happy Valentines. Watch out for the purple lady. We love you Sigrid Mae Dingle

Totoy Chichi Sato!!! Housing seriously? Can you please get your S**T together & start enforcing the quiet hours? I go to sleep late (like 1-2AM) & there’s still so much people talking/ laughing/yelling out loud! Last year the rules were more enforced, I am very disappointed! I love the SLC!!! I agree completely with the girl who said “the men & women lifeguards at the SLC should keep their clothes on”. If you are a very good, hard working & really driven person with what you do then that’s way more attractive then just having a hot bod. Take advantage of all that UH Hilo has to offer! Don’t worry be happy...!!! You know what Ke Kalahea? You’re doing just fine. Just remember, “haters gonna hate,” don’t let them bring you down. Not like they’re doing anything but whining (with vulgarity and bad grammar) anyway. We should all be SUPPORTING and HELPING our fellow students, not trying to make them feel rotten. idek hOW the coffee cart gets aNY tips whatsoever they’re so rUDE talking 2 each other while i’m still trying 2 complete my oRDER OMFG NOT KEWL To the people smoking outside of the UHH library. Please put your cigarette butts out when you are done smoking. If we can see where the smoke is coming from, we can move away. But if we have to look for the still-lit cigarette, it becomes very troublesome for us that are affected by the smoke and studying outside after library hours. We study by the library after hours because there are outlets there. Also, please do not leave the cigarette butts on the ground. We found a bunch of them in the dirt and around chairs. Also, Please smoke away from the “no smoking” sign. And finally, please throw your cigarette butts in the trash can. Please be courteous to the rest of us that are affected. Thank you very much. you ask me if you’re beautiful, will my answer do you justice? no, because your face is upon my heart. alas, I am truthful. Loving you is the hard part. what is special in holding hands, what is there in

looking at each other? ah but your love is sung about by the bands oh how you set my heart on fire, a flutter. “ “if eyes are the windows to the soul, what does the blind man see? if voices tell how you feel, what does the deaf man hear? and what does the mute man say? i do not need sight, i do not need hearing, i do not need words, all i have is this feeling and it is enough. you have beautiful eyes, for even if you cannot see, i see you, and i will see for you. i only ask that you hear me, and hear for me. remember that day you asked for a pencil, i gave you pen because i wanted you to write a chapter about you and me write into my life and never be able to erase the ink. KTA punishes its loyal customers with high prices and unnecessary costs and seriously every time I go to downtown KTA after 7 30 it’s always closed, and now they’re charging 5 cents for a plastic bag instead of offering free paper bags like sack n save does. Sack n save even gives you 5 cents off for bringing your re-useable bag. Sack n save also has maikai points which can get you 200 miles or a deal of the week. for two stores with roughly the same prices I’d say sack n save offers the best deal. so keep shopping at KTA if you like but next time I go grocery shopping sack n save is my first choice. PS sack n save has bomb a$$ poke bowls

Major STINK EYE for the stupid taggers around campus. Been noticing more tagging on walls and in men’s bathrooms. Show respect! The campus belongs to all of us, not just you! This ain’t the mainland! Let’s keep our campus beautiful! What’s up with professors who don’t hand out teacher assessments at the end of the semesters? Just because you are the the head of a department doesn’t mean you can’t improve. And please include the portion where students can write feedback. It seems like some of you are a afraid to hear what we really think. Fellow students, please quit the chatter once instruction begins! Some of you are so disrespectful and impede others from learning. Be considerate! Mahalo in advance... Why do the landscape people have to use soooo much Round-Up? You see them spraying everywhere around campus, even near our organic garden areas. Before chemicals people weeded, now out of laziness they spray poisons everywhere! Round up is mad by Monsanto, the same company responsible for GMO’s in our food. Let’s not support this and make our campus a truly green campus! Rants and Raves” if people can’t edit themselves then you should do it for them! What’s up with using foul language? This isn’t high school, grow up! A college publication should represent us with class and not pander to the basest qualities of a few angry students. And students, learn to express yourselves decently! No need to use foul language, it only shows your ignorance and lack of respect. Why don’t guys want to make a move anymore? :(

Valentine’s is coming up!!!!!!!!! Please make a straight line, men, and I’ll only accept flowers that were breathed on from the gods of heaven and grown from the garden of Eden lol kthnx c: words need not be spoken only looks convey the feeling and touch for love awoken. it is for my soul, a healing.

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Graphic by Avery Berido.

Issue 3, Spring 2013  

Issue 3, Spring 2013