Kapi‘o Voices & Views

News / Spring  2015

Students, Faculty walk out in support of TMT Protestors

  • By Kent Nishimura, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

More than 60 Kapiolani Community College students and faculty participated in a walkout on April 13 to protest the planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. READ MORE …

HONOLULU, HAWAII - APRIL 13:  A protestor sits on the Great Lawn with a Hawaiian Flag during a protest of the Thirty Meter Telescope in front of the Great Lawn at Kapiolani Community College on April 13, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

HONOLULU, HAWAII – APRIL 13: A protestor sits on the Great Lawn with a Hawaiian Flag during a protest of the Thirty Meter Telescope in front of the Great Lawn at Kapiolani Community College on April 13, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Opinions / Spring 2015

Large or small, we must contribute to solutions

  • By Nathan Kanale Sadowski, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Food security, national security, health, the environment and the economy are all implicated in a future Armageddon scenario in which one turn of events could make surviving in Hawai‘i a real problem for Hawai`i’s population of 1.4 million people. Yet, even under the status quo, life in Hawai‘i is already a survival situation. READ MORE …

What happens if the ships stop coming in? (Photo: NASA. Source: NOAA.)

What happens if the ships stop coming in? (Photo: NASA. Source: NOAA.)


News / Spring 2015

Students Set Sights Beyond Earth

  • By Kent Nishimura, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Three Kapiolani Community College students who are collaborating with other students from across the University of Hawaii system on the RockSat program will have a chance to see their hard work among the stars this August. READ MORE …

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Features / Spring 2015

Student Profile: Julie Burden

  • By Jon Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Café Americano. Espresso con panna. Iced roasted chestnut macchiato. The frequent coffee drinker may be able to tell you each ingredient that goes into these caffeine-loaded coffee drinks, but how many coffee connoisseurs can tell you which countries the ingredients came from — and which farms?

KCC student Juli Burden is one such connoisseur. READ MORE …

Juli Burden (from her couchsurfing page)

Juli Burden (from her couchsurfing page)


Features / Spring 2015

Student Profile: Michelle Back

  • By Kent Nishimura, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

A mantra often recited by her high school tennis coach has helped Michelle Back focus on her journey through life.

“There are three important things in your young life,” Back said, recalling her tennis coach Kyle Hiranaga famous saying, “Your schooling – later your career – your hobby and your social life. You can only do two exceptionally well or be mediocre at all three. READ MORE …

HONOLULU, HAWAII - APRIL 03: Michelle Back sits at a table at McDonalds along Keeamoku Avenue on April 03, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

HONOLULU, HAWAII – APRIL 03: Michelle Back sits at a table at McDonalds along Keeamoku Avenue on April 03, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Features / Spring 2015

For Pixar Artist, Success began at a Community College

  • By Tyrone-Mikaele Ota, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Film sculptor Jerome Ranft has had a hand in some of the most iconic animated films in modern cinema but before he was a respected professional in Hollywood, he was a community college student with little direction. READ MORE …

Film sculptor Jerome Ranft (Photo: T-M. Ota)

Film sculptor Jerome Ranft (Photo: T-M. Ota)


Features / Spring 2015

Where to Eat, Down the Street

  • By Kent Nishimura, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

A gurgling noise cuts through the silence in class. Your cheeks turn red as you blush. That noise was you, and it was your stomach telling you that you’re hungry.

Luckily, if the samplings of the Ohi’a Cafeteria and Subway won’t satisfy your hunger, there is a cornucopia of eateries within a mile of Kapi‘olani Community College that offer a wide variety of fare from various culinary disciplines. READ MORE …

Baby Tako Plate. “It’s always for fresh and juicy. " (Photo: K. Nishimura)

Baby Tako Plate. “It’s always for fresh and juicy. ” (Photo: K. Nishimura)


Features / Spring 2015

Uber Opens Opportunities for Students

  • By Jon Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Four minutes to burn, so I explore the new app on my smartphone. A small icon of a car nudges itself closer to my location on the screen. Three minutes left and the map zooms in a bit. I find a shady spot that is better than the hot, sunny one I was just standing in. Two minutes quickly dwindle to one and I receive a text message notifying me that my ride is almost here. READ MORE …

Screen capture From uber website: https://get.uber.com/drive/

Screen capture From uber website: https://get.uber.com/drive/


News / Spring  2015

KCC to Host Historic Shakespeare Folio

  • By Jin Ho Kim, Special to Kap‘io

In Fall 2016, Kapi‘olani Community College will play host to a rare edition of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered one of the rarest and most valuable publications in the world. READ MORE …

Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the rarest and most valuable publications in the world.

Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the rarest and most valuable publications in the world.


Opinions / Spring 2015

E-Cigs Are Still Not Acceptable

  • By Jonathan Webber, Kapiʻo Staff Writer

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, may be observed in use throughout the Kapiʻolani Community College campus, despite the fact that the school has been “smoke-free” since Fall 2013. These recently developed devices are seen as a safer alternative to traditional chemical-filled, cancer-causing tobacco cigarettes. This enabling mentality needs to be amended. READ MORE …


Features / Spring 2015

Mala Turns Hands Toward the Earth

  • By Carol Martin, Kapiʻo Staff Writer

Bradley Hughes and some of his fellow Mala Maʻunuʻunu caretakers recently received T-shirts designed by a University of Hawaiʻi student and emblazoned with “Turn Your Hands Towards the Earth,” the motto of the Kapiʻolani Community College’s own sustainable garden. Mala Maʻunuʻunu, named after a particular wind that blows in the Kaimuki area, was established behind the Manele building by Nawaa Napoleon, Linguistics and Literature department chair, and Lehua Gaison Tyler, a staffer in the chancellor’s office. in 2008. READ MORE …

Bradley Hughes, Peer Mentor. Photo: KCC

Bradley Hughes, Peer Mentor. Photo: KCC


Features (Profile) / Spring 2015

New KCC reference librarian brings passion to work

  • By Nathan Kanale Sadowski, Kapiʻo Staff Writer

Wondering where to find a resource for your research paper on breakdancing? Want to find a unique way to study the sustainability of fish populations over time?  These are questions that reference librarian Kara Plamann Wagoner typically helps to answer. Read more …

Kara Plamann Wagoner, Photo: Kanale Sadowski

Kara Plamann Wagoner, Photo: Kanale Sadowski


Features / Spring 2015

Pigs, worms and fish teach respect for food in KCC culinary program

  • By Nathan Kanale Sadowski, Kapiʻo Staff Writer

KCC culinary student Santos Quesada purposefully wields a sharp, silver pocketknife as she wades into the dense green thicket.  She deftly cuts a stem here and branch there until her stiff white apron is filled with rainbow of colors—bright strawberry red contrasted with basil, arugula, monster kale, mint and lettuce green scattered amongst several varieties of red, orange and yellow tomatoes. Read more …

culinary student Santos Quesada  and  Chef David Brown. Photo: Nathan Kanale Sadowski

Culinary student Santos Quesada and Chef David Brown. Photo: Nathan Kanale Sadowski


Features / Spring 2015

Learning from History in the Footsteps of ‘Selma’

  • By Kent Nishimura , Kapiʻo Staff Writer

Chancellor Leon Richards spoke to 168 KCC students and faculty at a Consolidated Theatres’ Kahala 8 theater for a private screening of Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated historical drama “Selma.”  Growing up in rural Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Leon Richards knew the world as a significantly different place than it is today. “During this time, Alabama and the southern states, were segregated,” Richards said.  “The races were separated (and) at this time there were only two races: you were either white, or colored.  There was no in-between.” Read more …

Dr. Richards Watching "Selma"

Dr. Richards Watching “Selma” with KCC students


News / Spring 2015

KCC student “plants it forward” by building a garden open to all

  • By Kanale Sadowski, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Kapi`olani Community College student Mia Melamed recently received five planter boxes above the Service & Sustainability Learning program’s māla at Manele Building that will be used as part of the Plant It Forward initiative to allow KCC students to grow and harvest edible plants. Read more …

Kapi‘olani Community College student Mia Melamed

Kapi‘olani Community College student Mia Melamed


News / Spring 2015

Early Warnings Offer a Semester-Saving Opportunity

  • By Jonathan Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Students at risk of failing a course may receive an electronic alert prior to the withdrawal deadline to inform them about where they stand in the course and what will happen if they continue their current path. Read more …

Starfish prompt students to meet with their teachers to avoid failing grades.

Starfish prompts students to meet with their teachers to avoid failing grades.


News / Spring 2015

Touring the World Through Games, Feb. 10 to 12, at Lama Library

  • By Kent Nishimura , Kapiʻo Staff Writer

Kapiʻolani Community College students will be able to experience other cultures by playing games and sampling cuisine at the second annual International Games Week, Feb. 10 to 12 at Lama Library. Read more …

Last year, the Hawaiian game of Kōnane was featured, along with games from Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Photo: Joyce Tokuda,

Last year, the Hawaiian game of Kōnane was featured, along with games from Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Photo: Joyce Tokuda,


Editorial / Spring 2015

Tried and True Tips Make Transferring Easier

  • By Thai Luong, special to Kapi‘o

The leap from a community college to a big university like UHM can be challenging and scary, but with the appropriate knowledge and understanding, transferring can be easy. Programs like Kaʻieʻie can make it easier. Read more …

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News / Spring 2015

Lama Library Goes to Seed

  •  By Cody Ng, Kapiʻo Staff Writer

For students at Kapiʻolani Community College, Lama Library is the No. 1 on-campus resource for books, magazines, DVDs and other valuable resources. Thanks to the efforts of some innovative librarians, it is now also the go-to place for home gardeners to pick up a wide variety of fruit, vegetable, bean and flowering plant seeds. Read more …

Share Seeds Flyer

Share Seeds Flyer


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