Month: December 2016

2016 Was the Worst

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer 2016 is coming to a close, much to everyone’s relief. This year has been a horror show from the first few weeks of January to the last couple of grueling days of December. Hundreds died in mass shootings and terrorist attacks; dozens of celebrities passed away; and elections went wrong in many countries. 2016 was just a constant flow of horribleness as tragic event after tragic event rolled by. Let’s look back at some of the worst events of this terrible year and be glad that it’s over. January 10: ‘Space Oddity’ Singer and...

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Ranking the Movies of 2016

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer 2016 has become known as one of the worst years in recent history for celebrity deaths, terrorism, disasters, and even movies. It is true that many of the most hyped for films of 2016, such as “Batman v Superman” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” however there have actually be many spectacular films this year that may have flown under the radar of many moviegoers. Below I have compiled a list ranking the worst of 2016’s films to the greatest of this year’s films; most of which many people haven’t seen. Of course, I haven’t...

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Word on the Street: New Year’s Resolutions

The staff writers of Kapiʻo News weighs in with their new year’s resolutions. Lexus Yamashiro “With the new year approaching, I definitely want to establish efficient time management so that I won’t have to stay up late every night doing homework. I have a bad habit of procrastinating and not prioritizing my time, so I would want to start over and keep myself more focused. Also, I want to somehow start getting into the habit of working out; college has me stress eating and I’ve noticed a bit more fluff on me. I just hope that the new year...

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Billabong Pipeline Masters: Unlikely Upsets Make for Wild Finish

BY CHRIS TAKAHASHI | STAFF WRITER When Michel Bourez of Tahiti upset local favorite John John Florence in the quarterfinals of the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the floodgates opened for Bourez to make his push to the top of the podium. Clinching victory in the final event of the World Surf League (WSL) season, Bourez posted scores in the excellent range consistently throughout the competition, besting contest heavyweights such as Florence, Jordy Smith, and seven-time Pipeline Masters champion Kelly Slater. It was the first Pipeline Masters win for the 30 year-old surfer from Tahiti and...

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Review: ‘Rogue One’ Boasts Greatest ‘Star Wars’ Action

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer At long last “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” brings us a look into the opening crawl of “Star Wars” as we witness just exactly how the Rebellion got its hands on the Empire’s Death Star plans. Unlike last years “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” is an anthology film, not a proper episode in the 39-year-old series. It is a standalone film that fills in the gap between “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and the original “Star Wars.” While “Star Wars” was a prominent source of entertainment during...

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Review: ‘La La Land’ Urges Dreamers to Take Action

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer “La La Land” is a delightful callback to the 1950s musical movie genre. From the retro film studio logos to the toe-tapping, old fashioned musical numbers, “La La Land” exudes ’50s movie culture. In fact, I thought that the movie was set in the ’50s until Emma Stone’s character pulled out an iPhone. The film is even shot on film, giving it a gritty feel that most digital films lack. “La La Land” is directed by the 31-year-old Damien Chazelle, who is best known for “Whiplash,” and is also making the rounds for many...

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Word on the Street: Winter Break

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer What are you looking forward to over the winter break? Nicole Lee  Age: 19 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Major: Nursing “Working… [laughs] I have no money. [I work] in a nursing home.” Micah Lovingfoss  Age: 20 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Major: Undecided “Well I surf, so over at the North Shore is like a lot of waves right now. So, I can’t wait till I don’t have to study more and I can go out and surf stress free.” Nisa Saulekaleka  Age: 21 Hometown: Sacramento, CA Major: Liberal Arts “Getting drunk… spending Christmas Eve with my...

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Review: ‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Moon’ Flips Series Traditions

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” are the newest generation from the long line of popular Nintendo games. Following Pokémon’s trend of basing each game’s region on real world locations, “Pokémon Sun” and “Moon” take place in the Alola region, which is heavily inspired by the Hawaiian islands. Like all of the other main Pokémon titles, “Pokémon Sun” and “Moon” has the player traversing the region, catching a diverse cast of creatures, and using them to battle other Pokémon trainers. However, because 2016 is Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, “Pokémon Sun” and “Moon” remove many gameplay aspects that have been in the games...

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  • Ujjwal GautamUjjwal Gautam
    Ujjwal Gautam, who hails from Nepal, is a first-year student at KCC. Gautam came to Hawaiʻi through a student visa but now holds a green card to the U.S. Although he is undecided of what his major will be, Gautam thinks that civil engineering is a possible career route that he'll pursue. Back in Nepal, Gautam had received a 2-year degree in Food and Science Nutrition. For now he is taking his general education courses at KCC, one of them being his ESL class, which he finds a bit difficult for him seeing as though it is his second language. Gautam enjoys sports like cricket and soccer. Along with this he has an interest in music and even plays the guitar. What Gautam has noticed about the education system in Hawaiʻi, or in the U.S. alone, is that there are some good and bad things about the way teachers teach here. He isn't used to how teachers don't thoroughly explain their lessons to students. He says that in Nepal, teachers are much more helpful than they are here. Otherwise, Gautam has enjoyed his time in Hawai'i after being here for only one year.