Author: Chris Takahashi

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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Honolulu Zoo’s ‘Wildest Show in Town’ Popular With Families, Locals

By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer The Honolulu Zoo Society (HZS) continues to attract an enthusiastic following for its annual summertime concert series, now celebrating 32 years of music performances at the stage lawn of the Honolulu Zoo. The event, held each Wednesday evening during the summer months, features ‘ukulele maestro Roy Sakuma as emcee and a distinguished lineup of local musicians that will perform weekly through August 16. David Earles, Executive Director of the HZS, said that one unique aspect of the concert series is the wide appeal of live music in an intimate setting. “People (are) coming...

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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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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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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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Little Hands Hawaiʻi Offers Local, Organic Sunscreen

By Chris Takahashi| Staff Writer  The main attraction for visitors to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve — a coral reef home to many species of marine life — is at risk due to a dual threat of increasing ocean temperatures and coral bleaching. The coral bleaching seen at Hanauma Bay and other reefs across the state is likely attributable to the use of oxybenzone, a chemical commonly found in many sunscreens on the market today.   Kapahulu resident Michael Koenigs, who worked for a snorkeling concession at Hanauma Bay years ago, remembered vividly, “even back then, I could see a film...

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  • Xavier HerreraXavier Herrera
    Xavier Herrera is from Kapolei, Oʻahu and is in his first semester at KCC with a major in physics. What interests Herrera most about physics is how abstract it is and that nothing is congruent. He originally received an Associate's degree in Physics but now, at the age of 27, he works behind a cubicle as a Network Engineer at Ford Island. Herrera moved to Oʻahu at the age of 13 in 2003 when his father was stationed to work here in the military. Being part Mexican and Cuban, he says that the quality he likes most about Hawaiʻi is how it's so welcoming here and how the people aren't prejudice of race as they are in the mainland.