Author: Kayla Valera

Alan Tupou

Alan Tupou is a third-year student at KCC who will soon graduate next semester with a degree in pre-engineering. Tupou grew up in Pālolo, Oʻahu but has recently moved with his family to Kaimukī. Before attending college, Tupou was homeschooled and said that in the meantime, he would also work a lot and make money through the his family’s concrete business and would specialize in masonry.

He made his way to KCC with the help of Aunty Keolani, the head coordinator for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at KCC, and had met her through his friend who was married to her daughter. Before he transfers to the college of engineering at UH Mānoa, Tupou hopes to narrow down a field in engineering, either civil or mechanical, that he will pursue for his four-year degree. 

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KCC To Celebrate 17th International Education Week

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER In an effort to help American students understand cultures from around the world through the celebration of international traditions, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education established the International Education Week (IEW) in 2000. KCC has participated in this annual four-day event for the past 17 years alongside colleges and other institutions nationwide. This year’s IEW will be from Monday to Thursday and will take place at different locations around campus. However, even before the IEW initiative, KCC had arranged an International Festival back in 1988 that serves the same purpose as IEW...

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Word on the Street: Spirit Animal

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER What is your spirit animal and why? Kaeu Le  Age: 41 Hometown: Honolulu, Oʻahu Major: Culinary Arts “A dragon because I think that I’m quiet but when I need to speak up, I do.” Christian  Bay Age: 19 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Major: Cyber Security “A lone wolf because I’m pretty antisocial. They also like being in cold forces, and I like that too.” Nicole Yarbrough  Age: 17 Hometown: Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu Major: Environmental Engineering “A sea turtle, like a honu, because I love the water, and I love how they flow so gracefully with no worries,...

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Microbiology Professor Forges Connections With W. African School

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER Professor John Berestecky has been with KCC’s Microbiology lab and Medical Laboratory Technical (MLT) Program since its very beginning, having helped established the former in 1989 and the latter in 1976. Though in between the formation of both of these programs, Berestecky dedicated two and a half years to work in the Peace Corps from 1979 to 1982, and is still inspired to remain involved with the West African country of Liberia. Berestecky always had an interest in microbes and what made people sick, even before he knew that there was such a study that existed. During his...

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Review: ‘Stranger Things 2’ Is Robust With Fun, Retro References

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER One of the initial intrigues of the Duffer brothers’ “Stranger Things” was that it was a breath of fresh air amid today’s variety of TV shows and movies, which mostly consist of either novel or comic book recreations. Though what made fans stick around following the Netflix series’ successful first season, which premiered in July 2016, was the show’s refreshing, coming-of-age child actors whose charms bear comparisons to those played by kids in beloved films like “E.T.” or “The Goonies. With an ‘80s storyline backdrop and a sci-fi world that calls upon concepts from sources...

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Li-Anne DelaVega

Li-Anne DeLevega has worked at the KCC Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center as a PEEC II Recruitment & Retention Specialist since March 20 of this year. Her work under the PEEC II grant includes handling purchases, managing the budget, as well as recruiting students. DelaVega helps to make engineering majors aware of projects that coincide with their interests and engage in community outreach. One of the things that  DelaVega finds exciting about her job is seeing students’ passion for technology, which is something that she shares a love for as well.

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Marine Options Program Open To All Students

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER When Professor Mackenzie Manning was hired at KCC in 2009, her main goal was to implement a KCC sector of the Marine Options Program (MOP), which is a UH program that allows students, non-science and science majors alike, to learn more about the marine environment. This program, which had started at the UH Mānoa campus in 1970 and has since spread to other campuses system-wide, was only active at KCC as of 2015 with Manning leading as the Marine Options Coordinator. One of the reasons why Manning wanted to start the KCC MOP was to...

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Word on the Street: Dream Job

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER If you could do any job you want, what would be your dream job and why? Isaiah Avilla Age: 20 Hometown: Mililani, Oʻahu Major: Liberal Arts “To be an actor, either in broadway or film, because I like entertaining people and seeing them smile and enjoy the show. I also like portraying someone else because it’s fun.” Lolyn George Age: 19 Hometown:Kaimukī, Oʻahu Major: Hospitality “To work in the airline industry because I’m a traveller. Probably as a stewardess.” Brittney Hedgar Age: 18 Hometown: Kaimukī, Oʻahu Major: Hospitality “Hospitality industry, either hotel or airlines. Probably...

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  • Ujjwal GautamUjjwal Gautam
    Ujjwal Gautam, who hails from Nepal, is a first-year student at KCC. Gautam came to Hawaiʻi through a student visa but now holds a green card to the U.S. Although he is undecided of what his major will be, Gautam thinks that civil engineering is a possible career route that he'll pursue. Back in Nepal, Gautam had received a 2-year degree in Food and Science Nutrition. For now he is taking his general education courses at KCC, one of them being his ESL class, which he finds a bit difficult for him seeing as though it is his second language. Gautam enjoys sports like cricket and soccer. Along with this he has an interest in music and even plays the guitar. What Gautam has noticed about the education system in Hawaiʻi, or in the U.S. alone, is that there are some good and bad things about the way teachers teach here. He isn't used to how teachers don't thoroughly explain their lessons to students. He says that in Nepal, teachers are much more helpful than they are here. Otherwise, Gautam has enjoyed his time in Hawai'i after being here for only one year.