By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer With Spring Break starting, it’s the perfect time for exhausted, bored students to explore the beautiful island of Oʻahu. Since most KCC students live close to campus in town, the west side of of the island is generally untouched by KCC students, and that’s no surprise. My hour and a half long commute back home to Waipahu through traffic is daunting, so most “townies” don’t care to make the long drive to the west side. Not to mention, the west side is known for being unsafe compared to the populated streets of Honolulu....Read More
Month: March 2017
Hiromi Kijo is a first-year student attending KCC, majoring in hospitality. Originally from Okinawa, Kijo said that she sees Hawaiʻi as a place similar to her hometown.
“Tourism industry is so big in Hawaiʻi, so that’s what I choose to come here, Hawaiʻi, to study hospitality,” Kijo said.
Kijo said that it was her high school teacher in Haebaru, Japan, who influenced her to attend KCC for hospitality. She has known how to speak English for two years now, and is still trying to learn and understand English everyday. Kijo said she plans to go back to Okinawa to get a job after she finishes at KCC. Her dream is to be able to reach out to other countries from Okinawa through the tourism industry.Read More
By Chaz Au | Staff Writer What are your plans for spring break? Jesse Manapat Age: 26 Hometown: Los Angeles, California Occupation: Maida Kamber Center receptionist “I don’t get the entire week off only Monday. So my plans for spring break are to work and go to the beach”. Jesse said he plans on going to Sherwoods beach in Waimanalo”. Sharon Fowler Age: 56 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai’i Occupation: Counselor “I don’t get the week off so I plan on working and going to see Kong: Skull Island and Logan in a theatre that has reclining chairs and air condition”. Shannon...Read More
By Chaz Au | Staff Writer Why did you come to KCC? Hye-Jeong Choi Age: 19 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea Major: ESOL According to Hye-Jeong Choi, she chose to come to Hawai’i to study, but was not able to choose what school she studied at. After KCC, Choi wants to go to UH and study to become a hotel manager. Currently at KCC, she is in the ESOL program. Choi said she enjoys it at KCC and says our campus is beautiful. Choi had not visited Hawai’i prior to enrolling at KCC. Julie Jung Age: 19 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea...Read More
By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer In connection to this year’s International Festival theme “Courage,” 2016 Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award winner Kimo Armitage and KCC professor Lisa Linn Kanae shared their literary works of courage during the Writers and Courage: A Literary Reading event in the Lama Library alcove on Tuesday. Kanae is the KCC chairperson of the Languages, Linguistics, and Literature (LLL) department. She along with Armitage originally started as co-editors for the ʻŌiwi journal 20 years ago. Kanae’s first book, “Sista Tongue,” was published in 2003, and her latest book, “Islands Linked by Ocean,” was published in...Read More
By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Maile Murphy, a 22-year-old culinary and patisserie student from Pacific Grove, Calif., speaks glowingly of her mentors in the culinary department. “The teachers are really passionate, and you can tell that impacts how they teach,” she said. Perhaps, though, some of her teachers are unaware of the high-charged passion that the first-year culinary student dedicates toward progressive politics here in Hawaiʻi. Murphy is the current co-chair of the social justice committee in the student-led political organizing group, Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA). YPDA originally began as a “Students for Bernie Sanders” advocacy group...Read More
BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER New KCC club Planned Parenthood Generation Action is supported by the nationwide organization, Planned Parenthood. The club is notified by the Hawaiʻi chapter of Planned Parenthood of any events that it partakes in, but otherwise plans to be more effective to KCC’s student body by raising awareness to reproductive rights as well as general sex health issues. Augustine Luc is the president of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action and has founded it just last semester. Luc has been advocating for women’s reproductive rights through Planned Parenthood since high school here in Oʻahu, where she got involved with this...Read More
By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer From March 20-23, KCC will be hosting its 29th annual International Festival. Students, faculty, staff, and the community will get to experience the various cultures of the world through performances by student clubs, prominent guests, and KCC professors themselves. The International Festival is a signature event throughout the UH System. The college will be collaborating with UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences (UHM-CSS). Guest speakers and representatives from UHM-CSS will have presentations throughout the week. Along with musical performances, presentations, and films that will be shown throughout the week, the ʻŌhiʻa cafeteria will be a featuring...Read More
- Aster SarteAster Sarte will be a KCC student in the Fall 2017 semester, returning to school after a nearly 10-year hiatus. Aster was born in the Philippines but moved to Madrid, Spain before he was a teenager. Though he spent much of his youth in Madrid, Aster is a die-hard Barcelona futbol fan, all despite having grown up next to Real Madrid’s stadium and hearing the roar of those fans during home games. At age 19, Aster moved again - this time west to California where he studied filmmaking in college. After spending time working in film, Aster surprised his friends (and maybe himself) when he decided to join the armed forces. He saw combat overseas, returning to California and filmmaking after his tour of duty. Now, living on O’ahu, Aster will be taking a variety of classes in the realm of sustainability. He has taken a permaculture and design course outside of KCC and wants to increase his knowledge base in that field. On switching from his former role in the armed forces to working with plants and harvesting crops, Aster laughed candidly, “part of it is healing, too. In a way, because of course, all the damage that I’ve done in the military. [War] is the total opposite.”