Month: November 2016

Paulo Nikkososa

Paulo Nikkososa is a first-year student at KCC. This year is his first semester since his three year gap from school, his major being Liberal Arts. His mode of transportation to and from school being his bike.

“[I started cycling] about a year ago. It wasn’t really much of a passion at first, it was kind of a decision in life where I was like I need to either get a car or I cycle. Then I weighed out the pros and cons and cycling was more environmentally friendly and it’s more friendly for my body, so I chose cycling. And, the more and more I cycled, it got me out a bit more and I got into racing. I ride about 30 miles a day, from Kalihi to here. I started this just about a year ago with this specific type of cycling, which is track. But you know, I’ve always had a love for bikes since I was young.”

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Dream Christmas Wish List for KCC

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER  In a bid to increase public perception through higher rankings and the like, many private colleges aim to attract more students by offering state-of-the-art amenities that practically transform the campus into a country club. The rationale is that a more appealing campus will draw more students; in turn this may translate to higher enrollment and increased long-term revenue for the school. According to Bloomberg Business, High Point University in North Carolina, a private four-year college, features a movie theater (snacks and drinks are complimentary) and outdoor hot tubs on campus. Critics say these...

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Lauhala Picnic with the Hoʻokele Peer Mentors

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer The Hoʻokele Peer Mentors will be hosting a Lauhala Picnic on Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn. This event will be a campus wide cookout/BBQ where students, faculty, staff, and administrators will have the opportunity to engage with one another through this informal event. Lauhala Picnic was created by the Hoʻokele Peer Mentors to achieve their goal of promoting engagement amongst those who reside with KCC. This event also helps to promote good physical and mental health as stress relief through lawn games, chat, and food. Lawn games that...

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Kona Dias

Kona Dias is a second year student at KCC who is studying to major in either Politics, Economics, or Astronomy. Those subjects fascinate him the most. Dias first found interest in Economics when the Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy in 2008.

“I am tired going through booms and busts,” said Dias. “What I mean by that is I am tired of artificially low interest rates and central planning.”

In his free time, Dias practices one of his countless hobbies including boxing, tennis, basketball, sprinting, soccer, and reading. Dias has no plans of going Black Friday shopping because he is not a “materialistic type of person.” Instead, Dias plans to study hard to raise his grades and prepare for the upcoming finals.

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Robert Young

Robert Young is a first-year professor at KCC. He teaches Math 75x to students. To most of his students, he is known as “Kumu”. When he is not teaching, he is studying neuroscience at the center of disabilities for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Prior to teaching at KCC, Kumu Robert worked at Ānuenue and helped develop the math program there. He also currently works to develop 8th-grade mathematics curriculum for Native Hawaiians.

Young likes to spend his time working at the Institute For Human Services (IHS), a homeless shelter for families and children in Kalihi. There he runs an after-school science and math program.

“I think I like learning about the world more, math is just a means to do it,” said Kumu Robert.

He explains that math is a universal concept that can apply to anything. Kumu Robert prefers to not focus on one thing but instead likes to study many things including neuroscience and physics. Math gives him the tools to understand the world.

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Review: Disney Delivers With Impressive ‘Moana’

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Spring-boarding off the critically acclaimed hit “Zootopia,” Disney Animation Studios brings Polynesian culture and Broadway-esque musical numbers to the big screen with the long awaited “Moana.” The animated film depicts the adventures of the titular young girl, Moana, as she travels across the vast ocean to find the mythical demigod, Māui, in order to save her island. “Moana” was one of the most hyped for movies here in the islands since natives were going to be able to see their culture and traditions portrayed by such a popular studio like Disney. The iconic studio made...

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Learning to Surf: An Unofficial ‘how to’ Guide

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER  Surfing is practically synonymous with the culture of Hawaiʻi. After all, Hawai‘i is arguably the birthplace of the sport, and a royal sport to boot in which kings and queens shared gently rolling waves at places like Waikīkī on wooden plank boards made from koa trees. Duke Kahanamoku, whose statue is enshrined at Waikīkī Beach, became the modern-day ambassador of surfing, introducing the sport to places like California and Australia. Surfing took off globally in the 20th century, and the surf industry is now collectively a multi-billion dollar industry. Professional surfers can make...

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Word On the Street: Thanksgiving

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER What are you thankful for and what are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Kayli Ching Age: 19 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Oʻahu Major: Biology Second-year student “I’m very thankful for my family. I am going to drive out to Salt Lake and visit my grandmother. We’re gonna have a really big turkey, a lot of my family goes out to my grandma’s house, so a lot of us will be there. It’ll be nice seeing everyone. I haven’t seen some of my cousins in almost a year so that’ll be great. We get...

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  • Manny BatingaManny Batinga
    Manny Batinga is in his second semester of college. At the age of 19, Manny is taking classes at two UH community colleges. While he is majoring in Fire at HCC, he is taking his Japanese language requirement at KCC with Kobuke sensei. Manny wants to major in Fire because he "wants to become a firefighter and help other people." Manny graduated from President William McKinley High School in 2016 where he earned a scholarship from the McKinley Foundation that aided him in attending college. In his free time, Manny enjoys weightlifting and working on his car, a 1986 Toyota Corolla.