Month: June 2017

Hidden Gems: Moku Surf Shop

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Renting a surfboard is typically a no-fuss affair: show up, sign a waiver, pick out your preferred surfboard and hit the waves. The process is seldom time consuming and although there are many places to rent a surfboard in Waikiki, including right on the beach, the cost can often be bewildering. Renting a board on the beach in Waikīkī can often run you twenty bucks an hour (generally cheaper for kamaʻaina, however). The good news is that a place called Moku Surf Shop exists to help meet all your board sports-related needs—from surfboards...

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Review: ‘Baby Driver’ Hits the Road Grooving

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Best known for his witty writing and quirky directing style in “The Cornetto Trilogy” (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End”) and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Edgar Wright refreshes moviegoers with a stylish action film that dances along with a thrilling soundtrack. “Baby Driver” stars Ansel Elgort as the the young, shades-wearing getaway driver, Baby. Though he’s a man of few words and always has his earbuds plugged in, he’s the best at what he does. Heist after heist, Baby drives his crew to safety every time and always to the beat...

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Reflecting on an Open-Ocean Swim Race

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer My official race strategy for the 1.2 mile Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim only crystallized during the five-second countdown before the starting horn sounded off and sent a pack of swimmers, including myself, barreling diagonally across the bay from a water start near the river mouth toward the Wananapaoa Islets on the far western side. The race was the second stop of five in the annual North Shore Swim Series and attracted a little over 500 fellow competitors to the legendary Waimea Bay this past Saturday, June 24. Swimmers of various backgrounds and ages...

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Julie McDonald

Julie has been an O’ahu resident for a little more than a year since her husband began working at Pearl Harbor. The pre-nursing major has been quick to pick up island-favorite activities such as hiking, and most recently, Julie has been teaching herself how to surf.

While Julie’s hometown is Cleveland, Ohio, she’s been happy with the transition to life in Hawaii because she’s able to “avoid the snow” and long winters of the Midwest.

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Hidden Gem: Hauʻula Beach Housing

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer With summer break in full swing, a vacation is the perfect way to completely recover from the hectic school year. However, most college students don’t have the money to just get up and leave to the mainland or another country for a few weeks. As proven in some of our previous articles in the “Hidden Gem” series, there are enough unfamiliar parts of Oʻahu to explore to warrant a staycation. A weekend at an upscale hotel can be fun, but spending time in the bustling streets of Waikīkī isn’t my definition of “relaxing.” As...

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Restoring a Historic Legacy: The Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer  It has been nearly 40 years since the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium was last open to the public for swimming. Since the 1979 closure of the swim stadium and war memorial — dedicated to those from the territory of Hawai‘i that served during World War I — little has been done in terms of concrete action to either restore or tear down the nationally-recognized historic monument.  However, the ongoing conversation to refurbish and open the war memorial swim stadium for the public to enjoy, once again, has been bolstered by a new design by...

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KCC Culinary Arts Program Embraces New Restaurant, Provides New Opportunities

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer When Ronald Takahashi, the department chair of the Culinary Arts Program, was given the opportunity to operate a fully equipped restaurant in place of Nobu’s Waikīkī in the Waikīkī Parc Hotel, he immediately took the offer to develop a pop-up restaurant that would serve as an on training site for culinary and hospitability students to work in. After 3 to 4 months of working out an agreement with Halekūlani Corporation along with having to follow procurement rules through the UH System, the Culinary Arts program successfully opened the Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen in late...

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KCC Culinary Student Chef Wins King’s Hawaiian Competition

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer For aspiring dietician Christian Rae Wong, she could not have been more proud and delighted to have won the King’s Hawaiian Product Development Competition, which took place on April 21 during the Spring 2017 semester at the 220 Grille in the ʻŌhia Cafeteria. King’s Hawaiian, which is commonly known for its Hawaiian sweet rolls, hosted this competition for the first time at KCC as a way to help students in the culinary field experiment with local ingredients in order to create a product that represents Hawaiʻi. The competition required participating culinary students t0 develop an...

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  • Chingin SeletChingin Selet
    Ching In is a second-year student at KCC whose major is Liberal Arts, though hopes to eventually get into the medical program. He plans on being a nurse in the future to help people with disabilities cope with their disorders. His grandmother was the reason as to why he chose to pursue this career path since she is half-paralyzed and he wanted to gain more knowledge on how he could be of more use to her. When In isn't with his grandmother, he plays basketball in his downtime. During his senior year in high school, he was given the chance to join his school's basketball team after years of always being interested in the sport but never actually playing competitively. The opportunity presented itself when his friends told him that the team was short one player. Having gotten over the initial hump of playing for the first time, he simply "went with the flow," and it turned out that he liked it.