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THE HOOT U N I V E R S I T Y O F H A W A I ‘ I – W E S T O‘ A H U January/February 2016

West O‘ahu Regional Mall to Open in 2016


January/February 2016

THE HOOT 9 1-1001 Fa rri n gt on Hw y · K a p o l e i , H I 9 6 7 0 7


Michael O’Meally






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`Olena Victor Austin Wandasan Jesica Yee Erica Kristina Carlos


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EDITOR’S NOTE MICHAEL O’MEALLY Welcome back to school! As we ease into the semester, take advantage of the first few weeks of class while you can because once the ball gets rolling, there’s no turning back. Good luck! “New year, new me” has been the motto for many of us over the years. Although New Year’s resolutions are seldom followed, it’s the thought that counts, right? This year, my New Year resolution is probably to join a gym (how cliché, I know). That was also my New Year’s resolution last year and the year before that. It’ll happen eventually. Three editions ago, The Hoot made a commitment to produce a total of eight editions. We stand by that commitment and will strive to share information with the campus. Thank you to all of those who continue to follow us and I would like to welcome our new readers.

As we step into 2016, The Hoot and UHWO’s Creative Media team has worked diligently to provide the university’s first-ever newspaper stands, in hopes to create a stronger presence on campus. We have a lot in store for the rest of the school year! What are you looking forward to in 2016? Let The Hoot know! Send us a letter (250 words or less) to and your letter could be published in the next issue! Have a great semester!


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‘Ulu‘Ulu Archive Housing Don Ho Collection BY ERICA KRISTINA CARLOS

The University of Hawai‘i

— West O’ahu ‘Ulu‘ulu Archive is the new home to the complete collection of films, videos and personal memorabilia of late entertainer Don Ho. The Donald Tai Loy Ho Trust selected the ‘Ulu‘ulu Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawa‘i to archive more than 150 boxes of mixedmedia material, according to UH News. Thousands of reels will be digitized so that the collection will be available for streaming online. Physical materials will be kept in the specialized humiditycontrolled vault at UHWO. “I think the Donald Tai Loy Ho Trustees selected ‘Ulu‘ulu and UHWO as the repository for the Don Ho audiovisual collection for several reasons,” said ‘Ulu‘ulu head archivist Janel Quirante. “Throughout his decades-long

career, Ho was synonymous with Hawai‘i and so I think the trustees really wanted his collection to remain in Hawai‘i and to be cared for in an archive in this state. Secondly, his collection consists mainly of films, videotapes and audio recordings, and the trustees knew that they wanted to work with an archive that has experience in preserving, cataloging and digitizing this kind of media,” Quirante said. ‘Ulu‘ulu meets all of this criteria and “we’re honored that the Trustees chose us and UHWO as caretakers of his collection,” Quirante said. The Hawaiian singing sensation was born in Kaka‘ako and raised in Kane‘ohe. He was a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Ho is best known as a Waikiki showroom fixture as well as his most famous hit song, “Tiny

Bubbles.” He was the star of his own show and made guest appearances on popular television shows such as “The Brady Bunch,” “Sanford and Son,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and many more.

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January/February 2016

UH-West O‘ahu Working Toward Finding Developer for University District BY ERICA KRISTINA CARLOS

University of Hawai‘i — West O‘ahu continues to

Wong-Nakamura said that the next step in the process review Request for Qualifications from developers is to finalize the Request for Proposal document, which vying to build on the campus’ 168 acres known as the they plan to complete soon. “University District.” A total of seven applications were submitted to the university in November and of those, three will be selected. ADVERTISE UHWO plans to lease the land to a developer, generating HERE income for the school. The mixed-use University District could include housing, parks, schools, and recreational and sport facilities. Lease proceeds could Advertising Inquiries help fund future campus facilities and additions to the Businesses/Organizations university’s academic programs. “We continue to vet all RFQ submissions and plan Student Clubs/Organizations to undertake further due diligence by interviewing the entities that have best addressed the RFQ criteria,” Kathy Wong-Nakamura, UHWO Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration, said in an email. “We will then identify the shortlist for the Request for Proposals issuance.”


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West O‘ahu Regional Mall to Open in 2016 Ka Makana Ali‘i Projected to Create 3,000 Jobs BY ERICA KRISTINA CARLOS

This year, West-siders can look forward to the first phase

opening of the shopping mall Ka Makana Ali‘i-The Center for West O‘ahu. The center will feature more than 150 new shops and restaurants, a movie theater, two hotels and LEED-certified office space for residents and visitors. “DeBartolo Development believes the location - close to UHWO and thousands of homes - will be a key factor in making Ka Makana Ali‘i a gathering place for the entire region,” said Rich Hartline, DeBartolo’s vice president for development. The project is expected to generate more than $1 billion in revenue over the life of the 65-year lease agreement between the DeBartolo Development and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). The income is expected to help finance the construction of new homes for beneficiaries, as well as programs and resources that benefit Native Hawaiian interests statewide, Hartline said. “As grand opening of Ka Makana Ali‘i gets closer, DeBartolo Development will be holding a job fair in partnership with many of the more than 150 retail, dining and entertainment tenants at the center,” Hartline said. “Students from UHWO

will be encouraged to attend and more information will be provided as details are finalized.” Specific promotions and internship opportunities will be determined by each of the more than 150 tenants at Ka Makana Ali‘i, Hartline said. Thalia Lawrence, a junior at UHWO, said, “I like the idea of a mall on the West side, because right now every huge mall like Ala Moana is either in town or on Windward side. A mall on the West side will be very convenient for those who are located on this side of the island. I hope this mall will bring more job opportunities to not only the community, but to the students at UHWO as well.” Ka Makana Ali‘i will create an estimated 3,000 jobs during construction and 6,500 permanent full-time jobs once the center is completed, Hartline said. “Downsides to this new development are probably traffic and construction,” Lawrence said. Shops that have committed to the project include Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, 24 Hour Fitness, California Pizza Kitchen, Auntie Anne’s, Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Consolidated Theatres, and Hawai‘i’s first Hampton Inn & Suites.

Photo credit: Rich Hartline, DeBartolo Vice President of Development


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More Writing Intensive Courses Needed at UHWO BY MICHAEL O’MEALLY As more students are admitted to University of Hawai‘i ﹘ West O‘ahu, faculty members are addressing the need for more writing-intensive classes, a UH systemwide Focus Requirement. Dr. David Odhiambo, Chair of the UHWO Faculty Senate Committee on Writing Intensive Courses, said in spring 2016, 29 WI courses are being offered, which is up from 22 in fall 2015. “I expect we’ll see gradual increases in this number as our student body of approximately 2,700 students grows” he said. All students at UHWO are required to take a minimum of three upper-division WI courses upon graduation, one of which is a student’s Senior Project or Senior Practicum. In order to enroll in a WI class, the student must be currently enrolled or have already completed English 200 or an equivalent course. Stephanie Rivera, UHWO graduate, said, “I have had one major issue that most other students have had with writing intensive courses: trying to get into them,” she continued, “I had to make a number of different game plans in order to ensure

that I would graduate on time, just in case I would not be able to get into a WI course for the semester.” Some students struggle to enroll in WI courses that pertain to their major, which is an issue the Writing Committee is working to improve, Odhiambo said. Communication between faculty and students is an important factor in shaping the future of WI courses at UHWO, he said. The process of a class becoming a WI course takes time as professors are required to submit forms and undertake orientations with a representative of the Writing Committee. Applications are reviewed six to eight weeks before the course should appear on the schedule of courses for the following semester, Odhiambo said. Any approved course will remain a WI course for three years and requires renewal upon expiration. If the same course by the same professor receives approval, an additional five years is granted. Senior Project and Senior Practicum courses remain permanent. “I think UHWO is doing the best that they can do with their WI courses but with the

influx enrollment, I can see how they may be having difficulties opening up more courses,” Rivera said. In a recent survey on WI courses conducted by the Humanities Division, half of the respondents thought there were enough WI courses offered, about 39 percent said there aren’t enough and 10.7 percent believe there are too many. Rivera said, “I believe that faculty should be more willing to teach writing intensive courses because writing holds importance in all disciplines and divisions.” Odhiambo stated, “Faculty welcome student feedback on the kinds of additional classes they’d like to see offered, so I encourage any student with concerns about WI courses to communicate them to their professors. We are listening.” Additionally, Dr. Odhiambo can be contacted at with concerns. Those concerns will be passed on to the Writing Committee, which will then look for ways to address them.

Robbery of Tokai Student Prompts Security Alert at UHWO Two Males Assault Student, Steal Cell Phone BY ‘OLENA VICTOR Following the late-night robbery of a Hawaii Tokai International College student last month, University of Hawai‘i ﹘ West O‘ahu officials are asking students and staff to take precautions such as traveling in pairs, especially at night. UH West O‘ahu received a report that a HTIC student was assaulted about 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 2 by two Caucasian males, one about 5 feet 10 inches tall and the other 5 feet 1 inch, on the sidewalk between the UHWO parking lot and the Tokai parking lot. The student had just gotten off the bus at the UHWO stop. The two males got off the bus as well and asked the student for directions to Pearl City. When the student used his smartphone to look up directions, one male grabbed him from

behind and attempted to take his phone while the other male took his purse. A report was filed with the Honolulu Police Department. UHWO Environmental Health Safety Coordinator Tavia Oshiro said the identities of the two assailants are still unknown. UHWO Campus Security said it is committed to ensuring a safe and secure campus environment. The campus security building is located in the Maintenance/Mechanical Building. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and officers can be reached at 808-689-2911. A full list of UHWO‘s reported on-campus crimes can be found on the Annual Security Report, which can be accessed online at www.

Safety Tips: • • • •

Students and/or faculty should travel in pairs or groups, particularly at night when walking to and in the parking lot. If you plan to stay on campus late at night, try to park under the parking lot lamps or near the lit areas of the parking lot. Ask for a safety escort from campus security to the parking lot. Dial 2911 from any campus phone or dial 689-2911 from a mobile phone. Be familiar with the location of the emergency call boxes throughout the UHWO campus. When activated, the caller will be connected to campus security.


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UHWO Hires New VC for Administration BY MICHAEL O’MEALLY Interim Chancellor Doris Ching announced that Kevin Ishida will become University of Hawaii ﹘ West O’ahu’s Vice Chancellor for Administration. Upon approval, Ishida will begin at UHWO on Feb. 1. As VCA, Ishida will serve as UHWO’s chief administrative and financial officer and his office will be located at the university’s rented office space in the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands building. Ishida will oversee leadership in planning, developing, implementing and monitoring the campus’ budget, human resources and employee relations, capital improvement projects, information technology and computing services, government relations, facilities management, security, parking, auxiliary services and environmental health and safety for UHWO. Ishida, a UH Manoa graduate, will be moving to UHWO from Windward Community College, where he worked as the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Prior to working at WCC, Ishida worked at the Manoa campus where he served as a leader for many fiscal and administrative roles such as the chief administrator officer for the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, as well as chief fiscal officer for the Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute, extramural funds at UH Manoa’s College of Engineering and the assistant fiscal officer for UH Manoa’s summer session. “We’re excited to have him come on board as we prepare our campus for expansion amidst our ever-increasing enrollment,” Interim Chancellor Doris Ching said in an email.

$25,000 Awarded to UHWO Facilities Management Program BY MICHAEL O’MEALLY The University of Hawai‘i ﹘ West O‘ahu received a $25,000 award from the Ingersoll Rand Charitable Foundation to support the Facilities Management program. The funding will play a major role in certifying facility managers through the International Facilities Managers Association. According to UH News, two facilities management concentrations will be offered at UHWO, one in the business administration division and the second as a transfer pathway option for transfer students from community colleges that would like to continue their academic journey. “Commercial buildings are complex facilities. To a hospital, corporation or education system, the actual building itself is a critical asset for them to achieve its mission. The technical skills required to manage these buildings are changing as technology evolves and people’s

expectations around energy efficiency and indoor comfort increase,” said Scott Lagana, Hawai‘i business leader for Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, told UH News. Students in the facilities management program will study a wide spectrum of building operations such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning system designs, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), operational budget planning and personnel management. Sherry Proper, UHWO Director of Strategic Initiatives, said the school will run a pilot program in May 2016 using International Facilities Management Association Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP) curriculum that will lead to professional IFMA SFP certification. “We are extremely grateful to the Trane and Ingersoll Rand Corporations for this generous support of our facilities management initiatives,” Proper said.

Distance Learning Tech Tip: Laulima has several communication tools that may be available depending on what your instructor prefers to use. Here are two of the major tools that you may come across in your courses: The Discussion Board tool acts as an open forum for your classmates and your instructor. It’s a great place to post questions that can be answered by anyone in the course. This can be very helpful as a study resource – if you have a question, others might have the same one! When you post under Discussions, keep in mind that these messages are contained within the Laulima system. This means that messages may be lost after the completion of the course. We suggest using Mailtool for most of your communications through Laulima. Messages sent through Mailtool will be sent to your email account. This is different from the Discussions tool, since it is linked to an email service outside of Laulima. This ensures that there will be a record of these messages in your email account after the completion of the course. Mailtool is a great way to send important information to all members of the course, or even just to contact your instructor directly!


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Fashion Trends: January 2016


Out with the old, in with the new! New styles will be appearing all over the fashion universe, which means it’s time to refresh your wardrobe. The first step is to rid your closet of the unused sweaters, dusty shoes and runaway-buttoned shirts. Everyone has that one shirt we’ve had for over a year that does nothing but hang at the end of the closet. Yes, you may have used it for about three months because it was love at first sight, but like most things in life, it (literally) fades. It’s time to let go. If you don’t use it, lose it. The same rule applies to the oversized top you bought because it was the last one in stock: let it go. The problem with shoes is that no one ever knows how many pairs they own. Even if you do know how many pairs you own, the next question would be, “How many pairs do you use?” The never-ending war between “I want” and “I need” will always haunt us. Just remember to count how many you already have (work shoes count too), and do not forget to count the pair you are already wearing. After the closet has been cleansed, the shopping can commence. You have already analyzed what your closet is missing, so you will be able to know the difference between “want” and “need.”

GQ Magazine has taken note that people are more conscious of the functionality of their clothes and accessories. More consumers want to know where their clothes were made and the quality of the material. Why is the jacket $70? What does it do? How many pockets does it have? Is the jacket climate-controlled? What is it made of? These are questions that more people have been asking. Fashion icons Dev Hynes and Jill Wenger told GQ that they want to know how something functions by just looking at it. Comfort is a major factor in today’s fast-paced world, so having clothes with universal functions is a priority. Once you’ve got the clothing, don’t forget to buy new accessories. Sunglasses and watches complete any outfit. Accent your clothes with the right watch or necklace, and don’t forget that sunglasses should complement your face and outfit, not distract. For instance, square frames generally look good on everyone, so start trying on a few pairs to find the perfect fit. Your revamped closet is now ready to be organized! Closets shouldn’t just function as storage — they should be used to present your clothes. DIY shoe displays and mini-shelves make a world of difference. You will be able to create your own personal boutique and bring excitement back into your wardrobe!

Hot Eats: HI Cravings If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, HI Cravings in Kapolei is your next Instagram post.

Only about a seven-minute drive from UHWO, HI Cravings, commonly known as @JessDaBestAcaiBowls on social media, offers a variety of tasty treats that include the popular original acai blend, acai sorbet, pitaya and gelato. HI Cravings is located inside the Beautiville Salon next to the Kapolei Chinese Restaurant at 525 Farrington Highway. The menu includes Pitaya, a Nicaraguan Dragon Fruit Blend; Acai, a Brazilian Acai Berry and Fruit Blend; Mauka, which blends fruits and greens; and Acai Sorbet, which combines Sambazon Acai and mixed berry sorbetto. Prices start at $8.50 for a mini bowl with one blend, $10.50 for two blends and $11.50 for three blends. Top your bowl of deliciousness with a variety mix of unique add-ons, such as li hing mui, taro ice cream, kiawe honey, and


stuffed strawberry. On a recent trip to HI Cravings, a mini acai bowl with additional add-ons of chocolate syrup and three pieces of cookie dough satisfied my sweet tooth. Even though it was a mini, it was more than enough since the fruits were stacked high. As customers enjoy their bowl, they can admire the work of local artists on the walls that not only serve as decoration, but are also for sale. Prices for the art pieces start at $20. If you don’t have the time to relax and dine in, no worries! HI Cravings accepts takeout orders to grab and enjoy on the go, perfect for a student’s busy schedule. Follow HI Cravings on Instagram and check for pop-up sites around the island and store hours at or call 808-5619386.

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TV SERIES REVIEW BY JESICA YEE Everyone has a past. Everyone was once young. Although the story of how your parents met each other is their very own. “How I Met Your Mother” is a slice of life, romantic and hilarious sitcom that was first aired on CBS in the late summer of 2005 and ended their series in the spring of 2014. Creators, Cater Bays and Craig Thomas, were just two college graduates who wrote the series based on their lives in New York City. They originally were going to write for The New Yorker, but a bit of luck and opportunity led them to a field they never thought they’d enter, entertainment. According to theCHIVE, the series made approximately a total of $225,000 per episode. Bays stated in an interview with E! Entertainment Television that the writing of the sitcom “just sort of happened naturally.” The plotlines begin with Ted Mosby, who plays Josh Radnor, a 27-year-old architect, in the year 2030 who tells his two children a long-winded story about his four best friends that leads up to the meeting of

their mother back in 2005. When Ted’s best friend from Wesleyan College, lawyer Marshall Eriksen, played by Jason Segel, and Lily Aldrin, played by Alyson Hannigan, got engaged after nine years of dating, Ted is pressured to find the love of his life. Along Ted’s journey, he is accompanied by Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris. Barney, the trickster of the group, ventures through the city and attempts to meet women in the strangest, most creative ways. One woman in particular is Robin Scherbatsky, played by Cobie


Smulders, an aspiring news anchor among the group of friends. The series is perfect for romantics and those who love adventure with lighthearted comedy. Each episode offers a new hilarious story to keep fans hooked and viewers tend to connect with each one of the character’s unique personality. The characters are relatable, fun to be around, and complement each other. Although the series has already ended, the full show is available on Netflix and I recommend watching the series with friends.








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January/February 2016

Welcome back, students! We’re looking forward to seeing you all in the library this semester. Please stop by the reference desk if you have any questions ﹘ we’re here to help! Research and Writing Workshops This semester we will be hosting a series of workshops with tips and tricks for academic research. These workshops will be every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Library Computer Lab (B-233). The workshop topics for February will be • 2/3/16 – Hawaii/Pacific Research • 2/10/16 – Integrating Sources • 2/17/16 – Choosing a Research Topic • 2/24/16 – Google Fu Check the library website for more information about the upcoming workshops ( Library Coffee Hour We’re moving our popular Coffee Hour this semester to Wednesdays. Stop by the library between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays for coffee, hot tea and light snacks.

New Databases Over Winter Break, we added three new research databases to our library website: • Sage Stats — Statistical database provides more than 200,000 government and non-government datasets, covering popular topics of research interest for U.S. states, counties, cities, metropolitan areas and ZIP codes. • Statistical Abstract of the United States — Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States. • Kanopy Streaming Video — An online video collection covering topics such as the arts, health, engineering, science and education. Includes documentaries, films, interviews and other short video series. For more information on using these and other research databases, please ask a librarian at the reference desk.


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CAMPUS VOICES What is your New Year’s Resolution? Compiled By Austin Wandasan

“Do more charitable work.” —​Aubrey Olstead, Psychology,

“Take more risks.” —​Aaron Bautista, Liberal Arts,

“Watch less TV and become an engineer.” —​Travis Mokiao, Engineering,


“Produce my first animation.” —Adriene Labrador, Creative Media,



“Maintain a positive attitude, eat healthier, and graduate on time.” —Laura McDowell, Management,



“Have more fun than last year.” —​Brionne Tapia, Business and

Marketing, Junior


Need Money? Fund your Future series Every Friday from January 22 - February 26 : 11:00am - 2:00pm This event is for anyone interested in gathering resources and obtaining assistance with scholarship applications, gathering advice on tax preparation, or FAFSA 01/22/2016

How to Craft Your Scholarship Essay


Getting a Great Letter of Recommendation


Work on Na Ho’okama Application w/ KSBE


Work on Your FAFSA Application


Work on Your UH Systems Scholarship


Advice and Resources for Tax Prep

Location: Inside of the No’eau Center UHWO Library: Second Floor 91-1001 Farrington Highway Kapolei, HI 96707 Each week will feature special guest speakers and experts to assist you along the way!

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