Author: Lexus Yamashiro

KCC Alumnus Inspires Community Through Beatboxing, Motivational Speaking

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer When 18-year-old KCC undergraduate Jason Tom had to complete his final project for a career-related elective course during the Spring 2002 semester, he applied his artistic skills into creating a comic book that would illustrate where he would be in 10 years. Whether it was the dream of becoming a mathematics professor to pursuing beatboxing, playing professional soccer or even doing professional judo, the now 34-year-old is content with what he’s become and shares his passion for beatboxing with members of the community and beyond. Growing up, Tom was illiterate in school having spoken Chinese...

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Kapilialoha Kidder

Kapilialoha Kidder is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Liberal Arts. From Waimānalo, the 19-year-old plans to transfer to the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business for the Spring 2018 semester, however, is undecided in what she will major in then.

Kidder was formerly a Lunalilo Scholar for the 2015-2016 school year, which led her to become a Lunalilo Peer Mentor in Fall 2016. She also became a Hoʻokele Peer Mentor in Spring 2016 and can be found working in the First-Year Experience (FYE) office in ʻIliahi.

Being a part of the Lunalilo community has made Kidder realize that she enjoys making an impact in students’ lives, especially for those who are beginning their first year of college. Already aware of the fear and many questions that incoming freshmen have, Kidder said that having the ability to help others as a peer mentor is what makes her enjoy being at KCC, along with the student life and friends that she has made over the past three years.

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KCC Service-Learning Educates Students, Promotes Sustainability

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer During the Fall 2015 semester, Kim Gill enrolled in classes at KCC to pursue a nursing degree after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012. At the time, the then 24-year-old was taking prerequisites in health sciences. Of those classes, Gill attended a Zoology 141 course, which she discovered that she could do a service-learning project for extra credit through her professor. Students who are interested in doing service-learning can only do so if they are enrolled in a sustainability designated course. Though she...

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Hidden Gem: Win-Spuntino

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer Before shoppers head into Foodland in the Market City Shopping Center on Kapiʻolani Blvd., they will notice that just above the Thai Issan Cuisine restaurant rests a small white sign that displays Win-Spuntino Italian Café. Just up a narrow staircase that leads to the cozy restaurant, customers will be enthralled with homemade Italian meals cooked by Chinese owners and brothers, Ken and Tony Lau. Having opened since July 1, 2014, Win-Spuntino has made three years as a family business. With experience from working in Italian restaurants beforehand, Ken and Tony decided to open...

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Library Renovations to Expand Study Hub, More Tutoring Services

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer Since May 15, 2017, the second floor of the Lama Library has been closed for renovations. After a proposal made in 2014 by Susan Kazama, the Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Krista Hiser, chair of the Languages, Linguistics, and Literature (LLL) department, was presented to the Student Success Council, a plan has been put into place to expand tutoring and learning services for KCC students. The new learning center on the second floor will be about three times the space of the first floor Study Hub. Having met the University of Hawaiʻi Community...

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KCC Culinary Arts Program Embraces New Restaurant, Provides New Opportunities

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer When Ronald Takahashi, the department chair of the Culinary Arts Program, was given the opportunity to operate a fully equipped restaurant in place of Nobu’s Waikīkī in the Waikīkī Parc Hotel, he immediately took the offer to develop a pop-up restaurant that would serve as an on training site for culinary and hospitability students to work in. After 3 to 4 months of working out an agreement with Halekūlani Corporation along with having to follow procurement rules through the UH System, the Culinary Arts program successfully opened the Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen in late...

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KCC Culinary Student Chef Wins King’s Hawaiian Competition

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer For aspiring dietician Christian Rae Wong, she could not have been more proud and delighted to have won the King’s Hawaiian Product Development Competition, which took place on April 21 during the Spring 2017 semester at the 220 Grille in the ʻŌhia Cafeteria. King’s Hawaiian, which is commonly known for its Hawaiian sweet rolls, hosted this competition for the first time at KCC as a way to help students in the culinary field experiment with local ingredients in order to create a product that represents Hawaiʻi. The competition required participating culinary students t0 develop an...

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Alisha Kahele-Manners

Alisha Kahele-Manners is a second-year student majoring in nursing attending the University of Rhode Island and taking summer school courses at KCC. Kahele-Manners drew inspiration to take up this field of study from visits to her pediatrician, who she shared is a loving and caring doctor in which she was able to build a connection with. Although she is only attending KCC for summer courses, she said that she enjoys the environment of the campus and how small the classes are. “You can see the professors … they make it easy to go and see them,” Kahele-Manners said. “They provide...

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  • Ginessa Taa GapasinGinessa Taa Gapasin
    Ginessa Taa Gapasin is a second-year student at KCC who plans to major in nursing. While she attended Moanalua High School, she picked up paddle boarding as a side hobby. Originally she planned on coming to KCC solely for its paramedics program. She changed her focus instead to nursing because she figured that nursing will be an easier job even though it's harder to get into, whereas being in the EMT is easy, but the work would be harder. On her free time she likes to go to the beach. For paddle boarding she likes to go to Pōka‘ī Bay, for hanging out, Kailua beach.