Author: Gavin Arucan

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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KCC’s Interim Chancellor Works to Move KCC Forward

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Most KCC students have, at the very least, heard the name Louise Pagotto mentioned around campus. How could they not? She is the current Interim Chancellor of the community college, after all. However, one might wonder what that position might entail. “The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the institution,” said Pagotto. “There are duties and responsibilities that fall to the Chancellor for making final decisions about operations on the campus.” The President of the University of Hawaiʻi, David Lassner, is the chief executive officer for the entire UH system, but when...

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Seeing Kauaʻi Through Different Eyes

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer I’ve been visiting Kauaʻi almost every summer for longer than I am capable of remembering. It’s the Hawaiian island that my Japanese side of the family came from, so family reunions are common there. Over time, I’ve grown to consider Kauaʻi my second home, and yet, until recently, I had not seen most of the island. My great-great-grandparents arrived on Kauaʻi over a century ago and found work and a home at the Gay & Robinson sugarcane plantation known as Pākalā Village. The quaint little town now serves as a tightly-knit community for...

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Review: ‘Valerian’ Bursts With Creativity

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is another space-based visual spectacle from Luc Besson, who is also known for “The Fifth Element.” The film is adapted from the highly influential sci-fi comic series, “Valérian and Laureline.” The French comic, which premiered in 1967, predates even the likes of “Star Wars” and played a significant part in shaping the science fiction genre into what it is today. Despite this, I, and many other Americans, had not heard of the comic series until the movie was well through its promotional campaign, so I...

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My Life as a Driver

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer When you live in Kunia and attend college over 20 miles away in Kaimukī, the ability to drive is a necessity. Having my mother drop me off several miles past her workplace or taking the 2-hour-long ride on the bus is simply out of the question. Therefore, since I’ve turned 18 in early 2016 and received my driver’s license and car, I’ve been making the hour-long commute to and from KCC through traffic every school day. It’s not just the drive to school that racks up my miles either. Since I attended high school in...

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Hidden Gem: ‘Rap’s Hawaii’

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer In our previous “Hidden Gems,” my fellow Kapiʻo writers and I have been highlighting the best lesser-known places on Hawaiʻi. These places are cherished in the hearts and memories of the surrounding community, creating a sense of honesty and friendliness. However, a gem doesn’t necessarily have to be a place. Sometimes a single person can shape Hawaiʻi’s community and culture in the same way. For this “Hidden Gem,” I will be spotlighting the local comedian, Rap Reiplinger, who was taken from us far too early, and his television special that cemented itself in modern...

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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is Delightful With Enthusiastic Hero, Not Quite Spectacular

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters with Tom Holland reprising his role as web-slinging hero from “Captain America: Civil War.” This incarnation of Spider-Man is younger, less experienced, and brighter than ever before as he finally has the chance to live among the interconnected world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). “Homecoming” skips the overdone Spider-Man origin story and picks up a couple of months after the events of “Civil War,” with high school sophomore, Peter Parker stopping petty crimes within New York City. Peter desperately wants to get back into action with the...

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Why Working at a Movie Theater is Actually Great

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Like most college students and Hawaiʻi residents, I have a couple of part time jobs to bring in some money in between classes. One of my jobs, of course, is a writer for Kapi’o News, but the other is an employee of ʻŌlino by Consolidated Theatres. Funnily enough, I was hired at both jobs at almost the same time, around nine months ago. At the time, ʻŌlino was about to have its grand opening at Ka Makana Aliʻi in Kapolei as one of Hawaiʻi’s few “luxury movie theaters.” After my job interview, I remember curiously searching the...

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Voices & Views

  • 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.