Author: Chris Takahashi

Tom Petty: The Soundtrack to My Life

By Chris Takahashi | Contributing Writer When word broke that Tom Petty passed away two weeks ago, on the heels of the Las Vegas tragedy from the night prior, that Monday really morphed into a “rock” of a day. I’m personally referencing the first lines from the opening track of Petty’s “She’s the One” album that goes, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” It’s a dichotomous pairing of statements that is about as poignant as it gets in summarizing any one lifetime. That was the beautiful thing about Petty’s lyrics. He spoke the truth without wasting his...

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Proceeds from Jack Johnson Concerts Support Local Nonprofit

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Musician Jack Johnson returned to Oʻahu this past weekend ahead of an upcoming album release in September for what Natalie McKinney described as a “great homecoming” and a “tremendous opportunity for us to raise some funds for the organization (Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation).” McKinney is the executive director for the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation, an environmental education nonprofit that Johnson started in 2003 with his wife, Kim. Jack Johnson performed with special guests Paula Fuga, Jake Shimabukuro, Zach Gill, among others, during the benefit concerts held this past Friday and Saturday evening at the Waikīkī Shell....

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Hidden Gem: Tio’s Tamales

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Tio’s Tamales serves up southwestern style cuisine, from tamales to chimichangas, to a loyal and growing customer base from a homely brick and mortar shop on Nu‘uanu Avenue close to downtown. It is the namesake tamales, served with a side of rice and beans, that are a popular dish served at the restaurant. For those that have never tried a tamale before, owner/chef Ray Mascareñas uses an analogy that fits particularly well in Hawaii. His stripped-down definition of tamales is to think of a dumpling, but with corn flour instead, and filled on...

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Republican Plan to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ Falls Short

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer  Last Friday, as Congress readied itself for its August recess, an important vote took place concerning the Republican-championed healthcare bill to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare.” Playing spoiler to the desires of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump was none other than Senator John McCain. The senator from Arizona cast a critical “no” vote that effectively stymied efforts for what many Republicans have referred to as a “skinny repeal” of the ACA. Hours before the vote, Trump tweeted the following, “Go Republican Senators,...

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Despite Overall Enrollment Decline at UH Mānoa, Freshmen Numbers Up

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer At the UH Board of Regents meeting held on June 1, 2017, UH Mānoa President David Lassner addressed the regents by citing dipping enrollment figures. He said in his remarks, “I will say that in facing a zero percent tuition increase in the next fiscal year, coupled with declining enrollment, and, at UH Mānoa enrollment has declined for five straight years and more worrisome is that it has declined at an accelerating rate in each of those five years [sic].” The decline in enrollment at UH Mānoa mirrors a trend seen across the...

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Kitty Hino

Kitty Hino is in her third year of working at UH Mānoa in the field of education. She also wears another, yet similar, hat by coordinating leadership programs for high school-aged youth from Japan through the Lokahi Foundation, where she also works.

Hino holds a certificate in legal studies from KCC and has even spent time as a program coordinator at the Honda International Center. When time permits, you’ll find Hino in the ocean. She’s passionate about night diving — her favorite spot is off the coast of Kāhala — and bodyboarding “Walls” in Waikiki.

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Summer School: HCC Edition

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer It’s a Monday morning just a couple weeks back and I’m making my way to Honolulu Community College (HCC) for a summer school course. Being entirely unfamiliar with that campus, I consulted a campus map the evening prior to find my classroom and to scout out the parking situation. From the pocket-sized screen of my cellphone, parking looked to be about a two-minute walk from my classroom building. Easy enough, right? Well, in reality, the parking lot is in fact just under a two-minute walk from my classroom, but it was not where...

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A Gift for Language, Culture Combine to Distinguish KCC Professor

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer Dr. Carl Hefner, a professor of anthropology and chair of the KCC Social Sciences Department, is continually appreciative of the educational opportunities that were presented to him in his youth. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology as a UH Mānoa student, Hefner then was excited to receive a doctoral graduate student scholarship from the East-West Center covering all expenses, and an opportunity to work with professional research projects around the world.  Today, Hefner presides on the executive board for the alumni chapter of the East-West Center. Mindful of the financial support that encouraged...

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  • Lahela KauihanaLahela Kauihana
    Lahela Kauihana is a first-year student at KCC and intends to major in Travel and Tourism. She’s worked in the tourism industry for a number of years, and currently is a reservationist and customer service specialist for the Maitai Catamaran which is operated by the Sheraton in Waikiki. The Maitai Catamaran docks at Waikiki Yacht Club next to Gray’s Beach. Lahela began to immerse herself in Japanese culture and language in 2011 while working in Waikiki, and more study of the language, coupled with a degree in Travel and Tourism will hopefully enable her to move overseas for work and future career opportunities. Growing up in large, multi-generational family in Waimanalo, Lahela at one point counted up to 30 family members living on a single property with a few different homes onsite. While she is invariably busy with full-time work and classes (most free time is dedicated to her studies), she maintains a strong work ethic and drive to succeed because of her family. Says Lahela, “it’s my nieces and nephews. The kids in my family drive me.” Her emoji-themed backpack was given to her by her nieces and nephews for her birthday, and came complete with with school supplies for her first semester at KCC.