Author: Ayoung Lee

Carl Wheeler

86-year-old Carl Wheeler can be found in the library as a math tutor at the study hub. Wheeler started teaching math in classrooms back in 1956; he’s taught everywhere from Mid-Pacific Institute, Punahou School, and even Kapiʻolani Community College.

He retired from teaching in the classroom in 1997 and started tutoring because he said he has time to do it, he can be of help, and he likes math. Wheeler chose his field of teaching when he was in junior high school and while he tried other things he was always coming back to teaching math in the end.

Wheeler also provides private tutoring at $60-70 an hour, though that is rare these days, or for free if it is family or friends. While private tutoring has its benefits, he prefers tutoring at KCC as there is more variety. More students come from a variety of math courses in which he can help.

“Language, what do the words mean. The meaning of words,” Wheeler said. “How it helps one understand. … I’ve long held the belief if one understands why a particular word is chosen for a concept one understands the concept better, and I stick that in my teaching all the time.”

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Dr. Nasir Gazdar

Dr. Nasir Gazdar, who is the only lecturer on the geology of the Hawaiian Islands. Despite being a lecturer for 25 years at over 70-years-old he is not a full time professor. Gazdar got his PhD from Texas but came back to the islands to teach as he finds the Hawaiian Islands to be the best ecological environment. Though he feels lucky to be able to teach classes at KCC, he also gets invited to share his knowledge and learn at other conventions and universities, sometimes on other islands such as Maui.

In addition to his classes, he does lectures on the importance of earthquake and tsunami safety once a year in the Lama library. Gazdar heralds the importance of dropping down low, taking cover under something sturdy, and holding on during earthquakes. During this special annual lecture, he also hands out pamphlets that inform you of which supplies are needed and recommended to have in case of tsunamis.

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Daniel Driskill

Daniel Driskill is a 24-year-old from ʻĀina Haina in his first semester at KCC, pursuing a career as a local reggae star. Growing up, he loved playing the ‘ukulele and never stopped. The professional career for Daniel started off as a movement of appreciation but quickly grew to be a dream come true, much like the title of his newest single “Dream Come True” which can be found on YouTube under the name Haole Boi.

While Daniel does shows in places like Sheraton in Waikīkī and Down Beat Lounge in Chinatown, he stays busy by writing, mixing, and promoting his own music and music videos. Daniel also stays busy with contract work fixing houses and training in taekwondo. While these may all be mentally and physically straining for some, Daniel is passionate about sports and finds taekwondo to be relaxing, using it as his relaxation time.

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  • Ken ImamuraKen Imamura
    Ken Imamura, a 43-year-old veteran currently living in Kapahulu, is currently in KCC for his core requirement classes. After finishing his core classes he would like to apply to Hawaiʻi Pacific University, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, or KCC's nursing school in order to pursue his dream of becoming a nurse and hopefully move onto becoming a nurse anesthetist. "I love it here, you can't beat the weather. You can't beat the temperature of the water," Imamura said. "You try go back to California and the water is cold." Imamura strives to be the cool uncle by taking his niece to the beach and local activities.