Author: Kayla Valera

KCC’s Competitive Nursing Program Challenges Students

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER Before the end of the spring and fall semesters, KCC students who have applied for one of the six nursing programs expect a letter to see whether or not they have been admitted into at least one of the exclusive programs. These programs include the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program, the Practical Nursing Program (PRCN), the Associate’s in Science Degree – which leads to the Registered Nurse (RN) License, Adult Resident Care Home (ARCH) Program (for nurses who want to open up their own care home), the Surgical Technology Program, and the Long-Term Care Nurse...

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Chipotle Mexican Grill To Expand In Hawaiʻi

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER Over the past year, many mainland-based chain restaurants have laid claim over Hawaiʻi with their sprinkling of stores opening up across the island, including Johnny Rockets, Applebee’s, and Five Guys. Some companies like Dunkin’ Donuts are even setting up shop as we speak. However, it is the food franchise, Chipotle Mexican Grill that the Pacific Business News states as a potential incomer to the islands’ food market. “We do not talk about plans for specific locations or markets beyond what we have under lease and where construction is scheduled,” Chris Arnold, communications director for Chipotle,...

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What’s Next For KCC Students?

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer While summer offers some much needed relief for post-final exam week, KCC students should look ahead toward events that are happening in tandem with summer break. Besides worrying about when semester grades will be released – which the KCC’s 2017 Academic Calendar states that grades are due online by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 – students should also keep an eye out for the following 2017 terms, Summer and Fall, and  the important dates and information that come with it. For those who have registered for KCC summer classes, registration for classes is split for...

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5 Newest Counselors Help Students

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER These past two semesters saw the addition of five new counselors in the TRIO, Disability Student Services Office and Student-Parent Program departments at KCC. In the TRIO Student Support Services program, both Kristy Yoshikawa and Dyan Kaneshiro came to KCC in the fall Semester – Yoshikawa in August, Kaneshiro in October – to aid the 206 students who make up the entire TRIO SSS program. As a first-year counselor with TRIO (which aids students with disabilities, low income, or are first-generation college students), Yoshikawa caters to the incoming students to KCC. She helps these students with academic advising...

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Brennan Duan

Brennan Duan is a first-year student at KCC who is striving towards a degree in Liberal Arts. At the same time, Duan says that he wants to do something science related in the future such as botany. On his free time Duan likes to read manga and play video games. One of the games that he enjoys playing is Rune Factory 4 on his Nintendo 3DS. He claims that he has played video games as early as 1999, since he was one-years old. Of the earlier games that he played, Super Smash Bros was one of his...

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Word on the Street: Song for the Semester

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER What song best describes your semester so far?   Eri Tochikawa Age: 24 Hometown: Nagoya, Japan Major: Marketing “Something fun. . . like “22” by Taylor Swift.”   Karen Kosaka Age:19 Hometown: Kobe, Japan Major: Liberal Arts “Maybe “Love Soul” by Rickie G.” Lauren Valenciano Age: 18 Hometown: ʻEleʻele, Kauaʻi Major: Liberal Arts “”Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots.” Jhanine Batac Age: 19 Hometown: Honolulu, Oʻahu Major: Liberal Arts “”Still Got Time” by Zayn Malik.” Jessica Manibog Age: 22 Hometown: Waipahu, Oʻahu Major: Medical Lab Technician (M.L.T.) “Probably “Glow” by Drake and Kanye, since...

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Hawaiian Historical Society to Celebrate 125 Years

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer Since its establishment in 1892, the Hawaiian Historical Society, also known as Ahahui Hoʻopaʻa Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi, has served as an organization that preserves and promotes all things pertinent to Hawaiʻi’s history through the archiving of invaluable documents. What has set the H.H.S. apart from other preceding institutions is the concentration on all of Hawaiʻi’s history, including the early Polynesian settlers of Hawaiʻi. “A lot of people think that it’s Hawaiian history only, and of course that’s a major part of it, but it is Hawaiʻi’s history that they collect and preserve,” said Shari Tamashiro,...

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Starbucks Entices with New Unicorn Frappucino

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER Most college students already find Starbucks magical with its great range of caffeine, free wifi, and cozy study locations. However, as of Wednesday, April 19, until Sunday, April 23, Starbucks will be upping the ante with their newest promotion, the Unicorn Frappucino. The (hardly) nutritional facts of the drink itself can be found on the official Starbucks website. But in terms of decoding this mythical drink, its ingredients are as follows: ice, milk, crème frappucino syrup, whip cream, mango syrup, blue drizzle, pink powder, and sour blue powder. For rainbow-loving vegans who would like to get in on...

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What are your summer plans?

Voices & Views

  • Corie KuiaCorie 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.