Author: Lexus Yamashiro

PTK Addresses Need for Feminine Hygiene Products

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer When it comes to facing spontaneous menstruation moments and embarrassing leaks, females hope to find some type of feminine hygiene product within a bathroom to resolve these issues in the case that they forget one at home. For second-year student Jennifer Millikin, she understands this frustration that women face and recognizes the position that females are often put in when products are not available. “You don’t think twice about ‘Oh my gosh, there’s no toilet paper in this stall,’ but … imagine if we would be like “Oh my gosh, there’s no feminine...

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Keopuʻu Napolean-Ahn

Keopuʻu Napolean-Ahn is wrapping up her first-year of taking prerequisite courses at KCC. The 18-year-old has goals of becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and is hoping to fulfill this by getting into the Long Term Care Nurse Aide (CNA) and Practical Nursing (PRCN) program, which Napolean-Ahn said are considered the lowest programs to begin with on the nursing career ladder.

Napolean-Ahn’s decision in attending KCC was due to financial barriers and because of her belief that starting at a community college first rather than a university would result in more one-on-one support from those on campus. Napolean-Ahn does plan on transferring to UH Mānoa in the future and will determine if she will continue to pursue her nursing goals dependant upon how her experience turns out in the CNA and PRCN programs at KCC.

With some finals already handed out by professors on campus, Napolean-Ahn said that her finals so far are going well. She was delighted to see that she passed her finals for her Math 103, English 98 and English 100 class; she is now waiting to see her final grade for her History class.

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Interim Chancellor to Host ILO Talk Story Event

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer Students, faculty, and staff members of KCC will have the opportunity to weigh in and listen to several different viewpoints toward the campus’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). On Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Olonā 201, interim chancellor Louise Pagotto invites those of the KCC campus to attend her ILO Talk Story event where discussion on whether to endorse two ILOs should be integrated into course curriculums. ILOs are learning outcomes expected to all be met by students of an entire college institution by the time they complete any program of study....

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Word on the Street: Conversation with a Famous Person

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer If you could have a conversation with any famous person in the world, who would it be with and why? What would you want to talk about? Jaeeun Kim  Age: 20 Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea Major: Liberal Arts “I would say, right now, Kendrick Lamar because … first of all, I love music; I’m into making some. Listening to his album just gives me so much inspiration, like influences. I guess I would like to take some influences from him if I get the chance to meet him.” Juan Doria  Age: 35 Hometown:...

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Ana White

Ana White is a third-year student majoring in Pastry Arts. White’s decision in making Pastry Arts her major resulted from an experience that she had while on a trip to Chicago three years ago. While spending the Thanksgiving weekend with a few friends in Chicago, she decided to go Black Friday shopping with them primarily to buy desserts for her family. White impulsively bought chocolate covered almonds during her shopping spree but was unsure who she would give it to later on.

Eventually, White and her friends stumbled upon a homeless man after they left the dessert shop. Feeling terrible for not having any money to give, White then remembered the chocolate covered almonds that she had bought, handing it to the homeless man as a gift. While her friends gave him money, he asked them to pass on his gratitude to White and that chocolate covered almonds were her favorite.

“That just made me, like, want to work with pastries because I was actually considering either going into culinary or something as I saw as more practical, so I almost didn’t come here for pastry arts,” White said. “After that [experience], that solidified my decision and I’m going to graduate [in Fall 2018].”

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Octavia Boozier

Octavia Boozier is a first-year student looking to get into the Physical Therapy Assistance (PTA) program at KCC. In 2008, she received a bachelor’s degree at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH. Following this, Boozier enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA for three years. It was through the Army that she met her husband, who is currently stationed on Oʻahu as Boozier attends school.

Boozier’s decision of her major was influenced by her time spent in the military. As a former Army medic, Boozier was constantly surrounded by doctors and enjoyed living a healthy lifestyle. Boozier is hopeful that she will be able to get into the PTA program to become a physical therapy assistant in the near future.

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Word on the Street: Store Discount

By Lexus Yamashiro | Staff Writer If you got a 75 percent discount at one store for life, what store would you shop at and why? Jessica Collier  Age: 27 Hometown: Santalina, CA Major: Physical Therapy “I would say Macy’s. They have everything for your home, and it’s 75 percent off so it’s affordable.” Elijah Lundell  Age: 16 Hometown: Undecided Major: Honolulu, HI “I’d probably say … somewhere like Costco because just having discount on food items that I need would be nice.” Gigi Evans  Age: 21 Hometown: Volcano, HI Major: Nursing (UH Hilo) “Target, because I can get food...

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All I want for Christmas ...

Voices & Views

  • Kristina ChowKristina Chow
    Kristina Chow is a first-year student majoring in Liberal Arts. Having recently graduated from Kalani High School, the 18-year-old decided that attending KCC would be an easier transition from high school into college rather than starting at a university. In the future, Chow said that she does plan on attending UH Mānoa to pursue a bachelor's degree in Secondary Language Studies. Upon completing her degree, Chow is hoping that she will get accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, an opportunity that would allow her to teach in Japan. Outside of school, Chow works a construction job that involves having to check fire pumps and high rises, which she expressed is a job that not many people her age or gender will typically do. "I get to ... track all of the different data that comes out of the fire pump that goes up into the sprinklers so that it can control the fire," Chow said. "It's a really good experience though."