Author: Gavin Arucan

Former KCC LSAMP Awardee Now Works in STEM Field

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a program striving to include more diverse students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in colleges and universities around the nation. On April 1, LSAMP awarded KCC a $1.4 million grant to lead the UH Community Colleges on a mission to double the number of native Hawaiians in STEM programs. Students who are accepted into LSAMP earn resources to better help them in their STEM-related studies. LSAMP works as a springboard for aspiring science majors to get on the path to success. Micon Garvilles, who...

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Lisa Kobuke

Professor Lisa Kobuke has been teaching Japanese for 16 years at KCC, although she began teaching at UH Mānoa. Professor Kobuke first got into teaching back when she attended UH Mānoa and was required to teach Japanese in order to earn a scholarship. Her mother, who came from Japan, taught Japanese as well, so that interested Professor Kobuke as well. She loved getting her first class, but she also remembers scripting her entire lectures the night before during her early semesters of teaching.

“I just love Japanese literature and I see so much that I want to share about Japanese culture. Language is just one avenue in which I can share that,” said Professor Kobuke. “It’s more of a package. You cannot separate language, culture, and history. Everything is together. It’s my mission to share that.”

Some of her favorite Japanese literature includes “The Tale of Heike” and “Hōjōki.”

Professor Kobuke loves the KCC community. “I feel a deeper connection with the students here,” said Professor Kobuke. “I love getting to know the students, getting to joke around in class, or finding out how you’re going to use the language you’re learning.”

Professor Kobuke currently resides in Kāneʻohe because she “has to see the Koʻolaus.” In her free time she likes to read or appreciate art in museums.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ Expands and Explores Characters’ Stories

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer The ragtag group of superheroes that stole moviegoers’ hearts back in 2014 return to the big screen with an adventure that may not be as well told as its predecessor, but proves to be full of heart and laughs nonetheless. What “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” lacks in effective pacing and villains, it makes up for with strong characters and a more personal story. When a movie with as little going for it as the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” premieres to high praise by both critics and audiences, it’s difficult for the sequel to...

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KCC Student Opens Up About Her ‘Disability’

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Traveling via motorized wheelchair and standing at a mere 3-foot, 2-inches tall, Maria McClellan is no stranger to curious stares and surprised glances. McClellan, despite her short stature and rare disability, attends KCC and leads an accomplished life. “A lot of people will stare and make a few comments when they see a little person in a chair,” McClellan said. “But I prefer that someone straight up asks me a question about my disability rather than just stare at me. I’ve had people staring at me walk into a street sign because they were walking...

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Word on the Street: Tips for Surviving Finals

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer What is the best tip you have for getting through final exams? Isaiah Oyola Age: 26 Hometown: Kailua Major: Pre-Health “Drop whatever you can, like going to the beach or hanging out with friends, stuff that isn’t necessary. Unless you have a family member to take care of. Everything else isn’t really that important as getting the good grades you’ve been working all semester for. Disconnect from everything and buckle down.” Armeleen Onamwal Age: 20 Hometown: Kalihi Major: Hospitality “Get your notes ready ahead of time. Organize your notes so that you know where...

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Students Share Published Work at Journal Release Event

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Tuesday marked the release date of the Spring 2017 editions of the Lēʻahi Creative Arts Journal and the Ka Hue Anahā Journal of Academic & Research Writing. Both journals feature writing and art created by students in a wide range of classes at KCC. While the Lēʻahi Journal focuses on creative literature and works such as narrative essays and paintings, Ka Hue Anahā shares mainly research and academic papers. Jordan Umeno, the chairperson of KCC’s Board of Student Publications, which is responsible for publishing the journals, said that BOSP wanted the journals to be a “cross-curriculum...

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Manny Batinga

Manny Batinga is in his second semester of college. At the age of 19, Manny is taking classes at two UH community colleges. While he is majoring in Fire at HCC, he is taking his Japanese language requirement at KCC with Kobuke sensei.

Manny wants to major in Fire because he “wants to become a firefighter and help other people.”

Manny graduated from President William McKinley High School in 2016 where he earned a scholarship from the McKinley Foundation that aided him in attending college. In his free time, Manny enjoys weightlifting and working on his car, a 1986 Toyota Corolla.

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‘Movie Buff’ Tackles Classics For 1st Time

By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer Among family and friends I tend to establish myself as “the movie guy.” I watch a couple of movies every week, I always talk about film, I review movies for Kapiʻo, and I even work part-time at a movie theater. However, there’s a movie related secret I have that I’m almost ashamed of whenever someone finds out about it. I haven’t seen a lot of the classic films that seemingly everyone has seen. It doesn’t seem like much, but the catalog of films that I haven’t seen often surprises people I know, who...

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  • Yonik GomezYonik Gomez
    Yonik Gomez is in his first semester at KCC for his general education classes and he intends on graduating with a degree in radiology technology. "I always wanted to get into the medical field," says Yonik, but since his wife already lives the stressful life of a nurse, he'd rather "get a job that'll be relaxing." Yonik is from New York but was stationed in Kaneohe in 2012 during his time in the military. He's glad that he finished his five-year contract in the military and is now hoping to get his degree. In his spare time he likes to cook, work, and draw "anything that's in front of [him]."