Month: August 2017

Meio University Signs 1st Agreement with Community College

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer On Wednesday, students and faculty members of KCC and Meio University watched as President Natsunori Yamazato, executive director Toi Nakayama of the Center for International Exchange, chair Joe Overton of the Honda International Center, and interim vice chancellor Susan Kazama of Academic Affairs sign an agreement for Meio University’s International Academic Exchange Program to send its students to KCC to study. According to Yamazato, the exchange program made between KCC and Meio University will go into effect immediately. Located in Nago in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan, Meio University continues to reach out...

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Word on the Street: Lottery

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer In light of the Powerball Lottery that is currently going on, what would you spend your winnings on if you hit the billion-dollar jackpot? Staci Tran  Age: 20 Hometown: Kaimukī Major: Liberal Arts “I came from a hard family situation, so I would invest in a home and help my little brothers and sisters. Family came into mind first since we live off of so little.” Jaeden Age: 20 Hometown: Moanalua Major: Art “I’d cut [the billion-dollar winnings] in half. Put half of it in what’s going on in Texas, and then spend...

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Tevin Reiger

Tevin Reiger is a first-year student attending KCC majoring in Business. Reiger chose to attend KCC because of its convenient location and closeness to home, and also because he felt that starting off at a community college rather than a university was ideal.

When he earns his business degree, Reiger, who is openly gay, hopes to open up a restaurant similar to Hooters that would be made comfortable for anyone of the gay community. He explained that at night, the restaurant would turn into a nightclub setting that would host drag shows and more.

“Another business that I kind of want to open is a place where gay teens, and just teens in general who are under the age of 18 or 18 and under, can go have fun and be themselves but in a safe environment,” Reiger said.

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KCC’s Dean of Arts and Sciences Keeps Hawaiian Culture Alive

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer At the age of 17, Nāwa’a Napolean took off three months after graduating from high school and traveled to the islands of Rarotonga (the Cook Islands), Fiji, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand. Although he was unsure of what his overall purpose was for his travels, he knew that he wanted to learn more about what occurred on the islands of Polynesia and Melanesia. His travels did not play a role in his decision of attending college and what he would study, but rather because his mother insisted that he...

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Word on the Street: Summer

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer What did you do over summer break? Bless Angelica Dulluog Hometown: Kalihi Major: Nursing First-Year Student   Over the summer, Dulluog worked at the Maluhia Long Term Care Facility at Hala Drive in Kalihi. She has been working under the Recreational Therapy (R.T.) department for the past six months ever since she did work study there in high school. Jolito Topinio  Hometown: Kalihi Major: Health Science First-Year Student “Summer was great,” said Topinio as he recalled his trip to Orlando, Florida.  Under the Health Occupations for Students of America (HOSA), Topinio was able...

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Top 10 Features of KCC for Students to Take Advantage Of

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer On a community college campus, students typically tend to attend their classes for the day and leave immediately after. Faculty, staff members, and even students of the Chartered Student Organizations (CSOs) have been working to figure out new ways to encourage students to stay on campus and take advantage of what the campus has to offer. However, even if more lounges were to be created or if new computers were to be installed into the Lama Library, there are already several features that KCC has and continues to provide for students on campus. Below...

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Hidden Gems of Kauaʻi

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Despite all being in the same state, each Hawaiian island has its own culture. It’s easy to feel like a tourist in your own state when traveling from Oʻahu to any of the outer islands. Kauaʻi, compared to Oʻahu, is a lot more laid back and has its own set of local obsessions. As someone whoh ha spent many summers in the rural west side of Kauaʻi, I have a fairly good grasp on the more obscure, local aspects of the island. Here are just a few of the hidden gems that one...

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Three Part New Student Orientations Eases Students Transition to College

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer It will mark four years since KCC began its mandatory three-part new student orientations (NSO). Coordinated annually by LaVaché Scanlan, the First-Year Experience (FYE) coordinator, NSO’s have taken place for incoming college freshmen for the purpose of preparing them for their transition to college and to provide guidance with registration, campus resources, and more. NSO was made mandatory in 2007 in which high school graduates were assigned a day and time to come to KCC for a College 101 lecture and to register for classes. Held over 10 sessions where 100 students were assigned to...

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  • James SprayJames 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."