Author: Kayla Valera

KCC Offers New Oceanography Lab Class

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer In the past, KCC students who were pursuing an ocean or earth science major had to wait until they transferred to UH-Mānoa in order to fulfill their credit requirement for an oceanography lab. But that changed last Fall 2016, when the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant in part to support marine science at KCC in order to cultivate a more local and diverse group of students to pursue a career in ocean or earth science. This effort includes creating a new introductory oceanography lab. The new lab class was piloted last fall as...

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Word on the Street: Saved Possession from Natural Disaster

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer In light of the natural disasters that are going on in the world, what would be one non-living possession that you would keep? Hunter Warrent Age: 26 Hometown: Eastman, GA Major: Liberal Arts   “A water filtration system . . . or maybe toilet paper.” Michael Watters  Age: 33 Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Liberal Arts “Probably a car to get around.” Ashley Silliado Age: 19 Hometown: Makiki, O’ahu Major: Liberal Arts “Food; like bottled water or canned foods.” Caitlyn Aradanas Age: 18 Hometown: Makiki, O’ahu Major: Culinary Arts   “My phone in case...

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Review: ‘It’ Revisits Childhood Nightmare, Nostalgia

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer Stephen King’s latest film adaptation to his novel “It” had been met early on with comparisons to earlier works such as the 1990s TV miniseries, which has since been a cemented as a cult classic thanks to actor Tim Curry’s menacing villain, Pennywise the Clown. But while the reboot shares the same vein as the original, the 2-hour long film, directed by Andrés Muschietti, deviates the most from the miniseries by setting the story to the ’80s instead of ’50s. As someone who has neither watched the first “It” movie nor has read the thousand-page novel, I...

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Kamōkila Renovations Still Underway

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer Talks of renovating the first floor of Kamōkila have been going on since the Spring 2016 semester and was discussed by KCC’s student committees – Board of Student Affairs (BOSA), Student Congress, Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and Board of Student Publications (BOSP). Since then, the construction done onto the first floor has finally taken place and is moving toward the efforts of creating a student/game center, media lab, and club area with the given space.  Although the completion of the renovation was projected to be sometime before the start of the Fall 2017 semester,...

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VegFest O’ahu Celebrates 2nd Year

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer VegFest Oʻahu held its second annual event this past Saturday on September 2 at the Honolulu Hale. This international festival promotes the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle by showcasing businesses and restaurants that share similar values. Comprised of 19 – primarily vegan – food vendors, 5 live music performances, 5 speakers and a number of booths and sponsors, there were many activities and food for attendees to enjoy at VegFest 2017. VegFest IMG 9468 The Naughty Vegan, located in Chinatown, promoted its vegan approach to its services, which include tattooing and piercing, as well as yoga training and...

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Word on the Street: Lottery

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer In light of the Powerball Lottery that is currently going on, what would you spend your winnings on if you hit the billion-dollar jackpot? Staci Tran  Age: 20 Hometown: Kaimukī Major: Liberal Arts “I came from a hard family situation, so I would invest in a home and help my little brothers and sisters. Family came into mind first since we live off of so little.” Jaeden Age: 20 Hometown: Moanalua Major: Art “I’d cut [the billion-dollar winnings] in half. Put half of it in what’s going on in Texas, and then spend...

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Word on the Street: Summer

By Kayla Valera | Staff Writer What did you do over summer break? Bless Angelica Dulluog Hometown: Kalihi Major: Nursing First-Year Student   Over the summer, Dulluog worked at the Maluhia Long Term Care Facility at Hala Drive in Kalihi. She has been working under the Recreational Therapy (R.T.) department for the past six months ever since she did work study there in high school. Jolito Topinio  Hometown: Kalihi Major: Health Science First-Year Student “Summer was great,” said Topinio as he recalled his trip to Orlando, Florida.  Under the Health Occupations for Students of America (HOSA), Topinio was able...

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KCC Professor Teaches Next Crop of Engineers, Scientists

BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER Professor Aaron Hanai has taught in the departments of Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics at KCC for the past six years and has since played an active role in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Committing his time to extracurricular activities such as the Hawaiʻi Calculus Academy summer program and the Engineers for a Sustainable World program, Hanai goes above and beyond to assist the future engineers and scientists, which are his students. Before teaching at KCC in 2011, Hanai had worked at the Marine Automation System Engineers (MASE) as a...

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What's the best thing about living in Hawaii?

Voices & Views

  • Julie McDonaldJulie McDonald
    Julie has been an O'ahu resident for a little more than a year since her husband began working at Pearl Harbor. The pre-nursing major has been quick to pick up island-favorite activities such as hiking, and most recently, Julie has been teaching herself how to surf. While Julie's hometown is Cleveland, Ohio, she's been happy with the transition to life in Hawaii because she's able to "avoid the snow" and long winters of the Midwest.