Month: October 2016

Top 10 DIY Costume Ideas

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer Halloween is here, and that means crazy last-minute shopping sprees for costume ideas. Many people will probably look at Party City or other well-known shopping places to purchase a Halloween costume, but for some money can be an issue. Thankfully, there is an alternative to dressing up on Halloween: DIY costumes. These types of costumes have saved the lives of many people when they’re looking forward to dressing up during this spooky time of the year. Especially for college students who may not be able to afford a costume from the store, they’ll...

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KCC Wins SACNAS Award for the 4th Year

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer The KCC STEM program, as of Oct. 15, can now claim five first-place winners of the SACNAS awards for the fourth year in a row. The convention of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (or SACNAS) showcases STEM-related projects done by indigenous students, undergraduate or graduate, and professionals. This year marked the 24th annual conference, proving to be the biggest one with more than 3,800 people who attended. Of these multicultural attendees, Hawaiʻi’s  own SACNAS chapter, ʻIlima, made its mark on the SACNAS Native American Pow Wow. Most Oʻahu colleges are...

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Islam Talk Concludes KCC’s Diversity Month

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER  On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Dr. Abdul-Karim Khan, professor of history at Leeward Community College, gave a presentation in the Lama Library alcove on diversity in Islam.   “These days, it [Islamic diversity] sounds like an oxymoron. Unfortunately, diversity is taken as division in Islam,” said Khan, who was born into a Muslim family in Peshawar, Pakistan, as he opened his hour-long talk. Khan interpreted seminal verses from the Quran (sometimes spelled Koran) and provided extensive background knowledge on the breadth of the religion across the globe. His stated goal was to provide “evidence for diversity” and...

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New Ka Makana Aliʻi Mall Opens in West Oʻahu

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Ka Makana Aliʻi, a new mall located in Kapolei, opened more than 40 of its stores and restaurants for its grand opening on Friday, October 21. The mall greeted customers and Kapolei residents with a Hawaiian blessing, hula performances, and a late-night fireworks show along with its brand new retailers. Despite having more than 100 stores open or soon to open, this 1.4 million square-foot mall is only the first phase of the West O‘ahu mall. One of the first stores to open was Kapolei’s first Macy’s. Many other clothing retailers opened on Friday including...

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Christopher Brooks

Christopher Brooks is a second year student at KCC from Hawai‘i Kai. He plans to get his B.A. and then transfer to an aviation school in either Arizona or Nevada. On his 15th birthday he flew a plane for the first time (before he first drove a car) through the Moore Air Flight instruction school. His interest with flying started as far back as when he’d watch planes go by in the designated telephone section of the Honolulu airport, which he described as “enthralling.”

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Best Study Spots Around Campus

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER  At this point in the semester, time set aside for studying is sacred. You may be putting in the hours, but are you effective with your time? Maybe it’s time to find a new place to study. Below is a compilation of the best and most well-known study spots around campus. Lama Library It may be an obvious pick for such a list, yet it is a great place to crank out work. The first floor is evidently more social than the second floor and friendly toward group study. It is also computer-friendly...

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KCC STEM Program Awarded NSF Grants

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER  The KCC STEM Program has not existed formally for very long – just over a decade – but the specialized programs offered are robust with student research opportunities made available by a dedicated faculty. Earlier this fall, the STEM Program was the recipient of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaling $4 million. KCC faculty members Robert Moeng and Amy Patz Yamashiro authored the proposal to receive a successive round of NSF funding for KCC’s successful S-STEM program, which stands for “scholarships in STEM.” The most recently awarded S-STEM funding totals $1 million....

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Bayanihan Club Celebrates Filipino-American History Month

By Nakoa Nunies| Staff Writer In 1992 Dr. Fred Cordova and his wife Dr. Dorothy Cordova first introduced October as Filipino-American History Month, according to The Filipino American National Society (FANS). It wasn’t until November 2009, that the United States House of Senate and House of Representatives officially recognized October as Filipino-American History Month. Since then countless colleges, universities, museums, and community groups had sought out to commemorate Filipino-American heritage, culture, and values. The KCC Bayanihan Club, also known as the Filipino Club, has celebrated its heritage by organizing nine events throughout October. Previously, the club has hosted a Filipino Book Curriculum...

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  • Alisha Kahele-MannersAlisha Kahele-Manners
    Alisha Kahele-Manners is a second-year student majoring in nursing attending the University of Rhode Island and taking summer school courses at KCC. Kahele-Manners drew inspiration to take up this field of study from visits to her pediatrician, who she shared is a loving and caring doctor in which she was able to build a connection with. Although she is only attending KCC for summer courses, she said that she enjoys the environment of the campus and how small the classes are. "You can see the professors ... they make it easy to go and see them," Kahele-Manners said. "They provide a lot of resources to help you learn here." Kahele-Manners plays soccer during her free time, which is a sport that she developed a passion for during her time at Kamehameha Schools. She made the varsity team during her freshman year, and now, after being recruited to play for college, enjoys it even more, especially since it helps her to pay for tuition.