Author: Chris Takahashi

New Michael Mina Restaurant Concept Draws A Following

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer  Last Thursday, when O’ahu resident Steve Yim stopped by the soft opening of The Street, A Michael Mina Social House, in Honolulu, it was at the warm invitation of his friend and restaurant owner, Ken Tominaga. While living in northern California years back, Yim used to drive over an hour, and often with friends, to dine at Tominaga’s Zagat-rated Hāna Japanese Restaurant in Rohnert Park. Visiting Tominaga’s newest restaurant, called The Ramen Bar, is now a much more practical commute for Yim to experience the chef’s take on traditional Japanese cuisine. The Ramen...

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Dalton Smith

Dalton Smith was born in New Orleans and moved to O’ahu before starting high school. The first-year KCC student (undeclared Liberal Arts) was encouraged to pursue a college degree by his family and work colleagues. Though he has not declared a specialization just yet, he particularly enjoyed the world history class he took this past fall semester. Dalton has been taking a wide breadth of courses—ranging from math to english—that will help him channel his interests to a specific major at KCC and beyond. He’d like to eventually transfer to UH Manoa after receiving his associate’s degree from KCC.

After school-related responsibilities are met, you’ll likely find Dalton in the ocean surfing, hanging out with friends, or hiking many of the trails that O’ahu has to offer.

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Free Speech: It’s Controversial Yet Crucial

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer  Gov. Jerry Brown of California recently weighed in on the free speech debate (fiasco, really) that has embroiled students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, during the last few months. Brown said in a podcast interview with political strategist David Axelrod over the weekend that UC Berkeley officials should “man up” to allow controversial individuals to speak on campus.   Brown articulately teased out an argument more tasteful than just the “man up” comment during his interview with Axelrod, all in the defense of free speech. The argument put forth by the...

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Graduation Ceremony Lets Students ‘Finally Exhale’

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer More than 430 students received associate degrees and certificates of achievement during the 2017 KCC Commencement Ceremony that took place this past Friday, May 12 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. In keeping with tradition, the ceremony opened with a Hawaiian ‘Oli entitled “A Chant to Set Sail,” led by Native Hawaiian KCC graduates and current students. This was followed by musical performances by KCC music students Chisaki Yamahata and Nicola Missing. Yamahata sang “Hawai‘i Pono’i” while Missing sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Interim Chancellor Louise Pagotto captured the excitement of KCC now-graduates in her opening...

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Word on the Street: Summer Plans

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer “What are your plans for summer?” Sinjin Bradley  Age: 19 Hometown: Waimānalo Major: Natural Resources “Working. I work full-time ocean safety (beach lifeguard). Possibly some surf trips too, if I get the time off.” Brittney Maduli  Age: 19 Hometown: Kalihi Major: Biology “My plans for summer is to go to the beach, and to the gym, and to work (at Sam’s Club).” Kimberly Mendoza  Age: 19 Hometown: Kalihi Major: Nursing “My plans for summer break is to hang out with my friends, go to work, and hopefully party a lot.” Haner Zhong  Age:...

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KCC Farmers’ Market: ‘What do you like best?’

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer The KCC farmers’ market held weekly on Saturday morning has been described by Honolulu Magazine as the “granddaddy of Oʻahu’s farmers’ market.” Running from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the market’s emphasis on local produce and freshly prepared island specialties draws a big crowd of visitors and residents alike. Though the market has become popular in recent years (read: it can be difficult to find a parking spot), the KCC farmers’ market continues to delight those that return weekly, or even those visiting for the first time. Below are some responses from market...

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Best Off-Campus Study Spots

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer It’s finals time and that means KCC’s Lama Library should be more crowded than usual, at least in theory. For those looking to escape the crowds and still keep levels of productivity high, look no further than this list of off-campus study spots in close proximity to campus. Coffee Talk, 3601 Waiʻalae Ave. Located on the corner of Wai‘alae Ave. and 12th Avenue in Kaimuki, Coffee Talk will satisfy the needs of any caffeine-deprived student. The place offers a considerable selection of lattes (hot or iced) and also serves breakfast all day. The...

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Corie Kuia

Corie Kuia graduated from Kalani High School where she played both basketball and volleyball. Now taking classes at KCC, she hopes to continue her studies in the field of kinesiology at UH Manoa and eventually work in athletic training. Corie decided she wanted to pursue this career track because it combines her passion for sports and helping those with sporting-related injuries. This upcoming summer, Corie will be working at the Summer Fun camp that is being held at Paki park. In her free time, you’ll find her playing pickup basketball or hanging with friends.

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Voices & Views

  • Joshua OrimotoJoshua Orimoto
    Joshua Orimoto is in his third year at KCC and an early admit at UH Mānoa through it's Air Force ROTC program. Majoring in Liberal Arts, Orimoto chose the Air Force because his grandfather was once in it, and for the financial benefits that he can use toward college tuition. During his free time, Orimoto enjoys flying drones to make videos.