Author: Gavin Arucan

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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Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer With July 4th, the United States of America’s Independence Day, nearly upon us, many are undoubtedly wondering where to go to view the main event of every Independence Day, fireworks. Luckily, there are several official fireworks displays planned all over the island from Waikīkī to the North Shore. Here are all the places on Oʻahu one can go to admire colorful explosions lighting up the night sky on Tuesday, July 4. Ala Moana Shopping Center 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 From July 1st to July 4th, Ala Moana is hosting its...

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Review: ‘Baby Driver’ Hits the Road Grooving

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Best known for his witty writing and quirky directing style in “The Cornetto Trilogy” (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End”) and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Edgar Wright refreshes moviegoers with a stylish action film that dances along with a thrilling soundtrack. “Baby Driver” stars Ansel Elgort as the the young, shades-wearing getaway driver, Baby. Though he’s a man of few words and always has his earbuds plugged in, he’s the best at what he does. Heist after heist, Baby drives his crew to safety every time and always to the beat...

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Hidden Gem: Hauʻula Beach Housing

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer With summer break in full swing, a vacation is the perfect way to completely recover from the hectic school year. However, most college students don’t have the money to just get up and leave to the mainland or another country for a few weeks. As proven in some of our previous articles in the “Hidden Gem” series, there are enough unfamiliar parts of Oʻahu to explore to warrant a staycation. A weekend at an upscale hotel can be fun, but spending time in the bustling streets of Waikīkī isn’t my definition of “relaxing.” As...

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Hidden Gem: “Pray for Sets” Beach

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Blink and you’ll miss “Pray for Sets” Beach on your drive up the Wai‘anae coast. The gorgeous west side beach is the second to last beach before Kaʻena Point and is not visible from Farrington Highway. “Pray for Sets” Beach is miles from any urban development, so it’s the perfect spot to soak in the true beauty of Oʻahu. On one side is the pristine ocean, free from any pollution and murkiness commonly found at Waikīkī or Kailua beaches, and on the other side is the Waiʻanae mountain range, providing a vibrant backdrop....

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  • Kona DiasKona Dias
    Kona Dias is a second year student at KCC who is studying to major in either Politics, Economics, or Astronomy. Those subjects fascinate him the most. Dias first found interest in Economics when the Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy in 2008. "I am tired going through booms and busts," said Dias. "What I mean by that is I am tired of artificially low interest rates and central planning." In his free time, Dias practices one of his countless hobbies including boxing, tennis, basketball, sprinting, soccer, and reading. Dias has no plans of going Black Friday shopping because he is not a "materialistic type of person." Instead, Dias plans to study hard to raise his grades and prepare for the upcoming finals.