Month: April 2017

Brennan Duan

Brennan Duan is a first-year student at KCC who is striving towards a degree in Liberal Arts. At the same time, Duan says that he wants to do something science related in the future such as botany. On his free time Duan likes to read manga and play video games. One of the games that he enjoys playing is Rune Factory 4 on his Nintendo 3DS. He claims that he has played video games as early as 1999, since he was one-years old. Of the earlier games that he played, Super Smash Bros was one of his favorites.

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Aspiring Aerospace Engineer Gets Opportunity with NASA

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer For second-year KCC student Leiolani Malagon-Leon, science has been her top subject of interest. Although she remembers not being the best at this particular subject in school, she improved in it over time and has made it one of her top goals to one day work for NASA as an aerospace engineer. This June, she will be attending a four-day on-site event at the Ames Research Center, where she will get to work alongside NASA engineers, scientists and others to do rover simulations, plan Mars missions, and more. “I like anything that has to do with space...

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Student Congress to Install Charging Devices on Campus

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer  This February, Student Congress passed a resolution to install two electronic device charging stations on campus. The charging stations will be centrally located in both the Lama Library and the first floor of the ʻIliahi building, otherwise known as the Kamōkila floor. The charging stations are expected to be installed sometime this calendar year. The idea for the installation of charging stations was borne out of conversations with students at Board of Student Activities (BOSA) Snack and Chat events. Tasi Yanger, current president of KCC’s Student Congress, furthered the conversation by authoring a...

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Word on the Street: Song for the Semester

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER What song best describes your semester so far?   Eri Tochikawa Age: 24 Hometown: Nagoya, Japan Major: Marketing “Something fun. . . like “22” by Taylor Swift.”   Karen Kosaka Age:19 Hometown: Kobe, Japan Major: Liberal Arts “Maybe “Love Soul” by Rickie G.” Lauren Valenciano Age: 18 Hometown: ʻEleʻele, Kauaʻi Major: Liberal Arts “”Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots.” Jhanine Batac Age: 19 Hometown: Honolulu, Oʻahu Major: Liberal Arts “”Still Got Time” by Zayn Malik.” Jessica Manibog Age: 22 Hometown: Waipahu, Oʻahu Major: Medical Lab Technician (M.L.T.) “Probably “Glow” by Drake and Kanye, since...

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Students Share Published Work at Journal Release Event

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Tuesday marked the release date of the Spring 2017 editions of the Lēʻahi Creative Arts Journal and the Ka Hue Anahā Journal of Academic & Research Writing. Both journals feature writing and art created by students in a wide range of classes at KCC. While the Lēʻahi Journal focuses on creative literature and works such as narrative essays and paintings, Ka Hue Anahā shares mainly research and academic papers. Jordan Umeno, the chairperson of KCC’s Board of Student Publications, which is responsible for publishing the journals, said that BOSP wanted the journals to be a “cross-curriculum...

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Hawaiian Historical Society to Celebrate 125 Years

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer Since its establishment in 1892, the Hawaiian Historical Society, also known as Ahahui Hoʻopaʻa Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi, has served as an organization that preserves and promotes all things pertinent to Hawaiʻi’s history through the archiving of invaluable documents. What has set the H.H.S. apart from other preceding institutions is the concentration on all of Hawaiʻi’s history, including the early Polynesian settlers of Hawaiʻi. “A lot of people think that it’s Hawaiian history only, and of course that’s a major part of it, but it is Hawaiʻi’s history that they collect and preserve,” said Shari Tamashiro,...

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Why I March: Honolulu March for Science

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Over 1,000 people were estimated to have attended the Honolulu March for Science on Saturday. Check out what a few participants had to say in response to the question, “Why do you march for science?” Xerxes Tata “(The) first thing is to raise the awareness of science because science does wonderful things. “ Koun Choi “I think it’s very important to have a scientific mind.” Brian Crow  “I have diabetes and a hundred years ago, if it weren’t for science, I’d be dead. So that’s why I march for science.” John Russell  “The...

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James Spray

James Spray is a second-year student ready to graduate from KCC this May. Majoring in Liberal Arts, Spray is looking to attend Arizona State University (ASU) to major in Technical Theatre. He said that going into the theater tech field while at ASU would be like having a job as a carpenter, where he would learn set design and drafting, which connects to his interest of building and creating products. Spray hopes to also play volleyball while at ASU.

Spray shared that his major originally was Kinesiology, however, after taking a theater class at KCC, he was convinced to get back into his passion for theater, recalling memories of fun times he had while taking theater classes for three years in high school. He has been working at the Kennedy Theatre and Chaminade University’s theater departments as a project assistant.

Being that Spray will be graduating this semester, he said that he will miss the professors and counselors the most because of how supportive and helpful they have been. Spray said that his teacher for an Introduction to Health and Wellness class that he took during his first semester at KCC was the most influential teacher that he has had.

“The way he ran the classroom was so different. We were going outside to learn stuff, we were exercising,” Spray said. “He was very knowledgeable, of course, and he shared a lot of his stories which really kind of connects the teacher to the student which is really nice.”

Spray said that the biggest obstacle that he’s faced while in school was finding that drive to stay focused, especially when there are only a few weeks of the semester left.

“I’m slowly going down in classes, and [I’m thinking] ‘I just want this to be over’, but in the back of my head I’m like ‘I need to pass these classes’,” Spray said. “So I would say finding drive in your lazy moments and finding motivation.”

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  • Kana MampukuKana Mampuku
    In her first-year attending KCC, 28-year-old Kana Mampuku moved from Osaka, Japan to Hawaiʻi to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts. Mampuku decided to move to Hawaiʻi hoping to learn English and become more familiarized with the food industry.  In the future, Mampuku strives to start her own business that will allow her to teach cooking classes around the world.  As Mampuku works to accomplish her goals, she enjoys the atmosphere of KCC and Hawaiʻi, expressing her love for the nice temperatures and good people.