Kapi‘o Voices & Views

News / Fall  2015

KCC Walks a Mile

  • By Elizabeth Samoa, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

This October, about 60 male students, faculty and staff from Kapi‘olani Community College took off their comfortable shoes and donned pumps, sandals and other female footwear to help raise awareness of violence against women. READ MORE …

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Opinion / Fall  2015

Koa Gallery Is KCC’s Hidden Treasure

  • By Mohammad Salameh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Within the confines of our voluptuous KCC campus, nestled in a shady crook of the Koa building, lies a hidden treasure of sorts: the small, yet neatly structured gallery Koa Gallery, which for the last 35 years has hosted important works from some of the most significant artists in Hawai‘i. READ MORE …

Student Nicki Ralar assists gallery director, David Behlke arranging art at Koa Gallery. Photo Koa Gallery Blogspot

Student Nicki Ralar assists gallery director, David Behlke (left), set up for an art show at Koa Gallery. Photo: Koa Gallery Blogspot


News / Fall  2015

New Study Hub Brings Together Tutoring Services

  • By Alex Ortal, Kapi’o Staff Writer

This fall, tutoring services formerly offered at the Kahikoluamea Center combined with the Aloha Writers Kiosk to form the Study Hub, a centralized resource that provides free math and English tutoring to Kapi‘olani Community College students. READ MORE …

David Uedoi (right) working with a student writer

David Uedoi (right) working with a student writer


News / Fall  2015

Techie Treats Highlight Haunted Hack Night

  • By Noaem Herrera, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Kapi‘olani Community College STEM students broke out a most intriguing bag of high-tech treats for last month’s first annual Haunted Hack Night at the STEM Center. The event was hosted by the KCC chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World in conjunction with HICapacity, a Hawai‘i-based tech collective. READ MORE …

Organizer Jessica Grazziotin showed off a pair of “Storm Shades,” an X-Men-inspired pair of 3D-printed sunglasses with dazzling light displays run by an Arduino Pro Mini controller and a 3.7v lipo battery.

Organizer Jessica Grazziotin showed off a pair of “Storm Shades,” an X-Men-inspired pair of 3D-printed sunglasses with dazzling light displays run by an Arduino Pro Mini controller and a 3.7v lipo battery.

3-D-printed quadcopter drone built by engineering lecturer Justin Carland

3-D-printed quadcopter drone built by engineering lecturer Justin Carland


News / Fall  2015

Community Invited to ‘Experience Kapi‘olani’

  • By Diana Dinh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Kapi‘olani Community College is inviting the public to explore the campus and all of its unique offerings this Friday, Nov. 6, at the first annual “Your Kapi‘olani Experience” open house showcase. READ MORE …

Visitors will start their journey at the Star Compass in front of Ohi‘a, where they will receive a event passport, which will contain synopses of features and activities at each destination. Visitors are then free to explore the various hosted sites at their leisure.

Visitors will start their journey at the Star Compass in front of Ohi‘a, where they will receive a event passport, which will contain synopses of features and activities at each destination. Visitors are then free to explore the various hosted sites at their leisure.


News / Fall  2015

UHCC Marketing Team Recognized

  • By Diana Dinh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Working together to find a creative and engaging way to communicate the open access to education represented by the University of Hawai‘s community colleges, Kapi‘olani Community College community relations director Louise Yamamoto and her UHCC counterparts earned even more recognition than expected for their home campuses. READ MORE …

UHCC Marketing Team. KCC's Louise Yamamoto is second from the right in the front row. Photo: honoluluccblog.com

UHCC Marketing Team. KCC’s Louise Yamamoto is second from the right in the front row. Photo: honoluluccblog.com


News / Fall  2015

UHM Rises Three Spots in National Ranking

  • By Sara Leiva,  Kapi‘o Staff Writer

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa ranked 161 out of 1,376 U.S. colleges included in the latest U.S. News Best Colleges list. UHM’s ranking is three spots higher than the previous year. READ MORE  …

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News / Fall  2015

Updated UH Policy Targets Sex Discrimination, Violence

  • By Elizabeth Samoa, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

This semester, the University of Hawai‘i system updated its policy on sex discrimination and gender-based violence, bringing new processes, procedures and resources to Kapi‘olani Community College, via Title IX, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), and new Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator Brenda Ivelisse. 

The new policy more clearly and fully defines the types of behavior prohibited throughout the UH system, expands resources devoted to dealing with sex discrimination and gender-based violence, and creates ways for students, faculty and staff to comfortably and confidentially report incidents or seek help. READ MORE …

Brenda Ivelisse, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator

Brenda Ivelisse, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator


News / Fall  2015

Culinary Institute to Expand Student Opportunities

  • By Mohammad Salameh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Kapi‘olani Community College’s culinary program has long been one of the school’s most prominent and successful offerings. In the not-so-distant future, this program could be a stepping stone to even bigger and better academic opportunities in the culinary field, with the groundbreaking ceremony for KCC’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific. READ MORE …

From left, Chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, Conrad Nonaka, CIP Directior and UHCC Vice President John Morton at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: Pacific Business News

From left to right, Chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi; Conrad Nonaka, CIP Director; and UHCC Vice President John Morton at the groundbreaking ceremony for KCC’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Photo: Pacific Business News


Profile / Fall  2015

Student Profile: Chasity Akim

  • By Seluvaia Sika, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

With three children at home and a challenging course load at school, Kapi‘olani Community College student Chasity Akim leads a life full of complications yet her approach to handling it all is remarkably simple. For Akim, 34, everything boils down to faith, family and a better future. Akim was born and raised in Waimanalo and attended St. Partick School and Maryknoll School before graduating from McKinley High School. READ MORE …

Chaity Akim

Chasity Akim


News / Fall  2015

Students, Teachers Seek Ways to Cope with Textbook Costs

  • By Dustin Telefoni, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

When a Castle High School teacher attended Kapi‘olani Community College more than 20 years ago, the textbooks required for her culinary courses cost a whopping $60. “At the time, $60 was kind of expenses, but books never reached $100,” Miura said. This semester, the three textbooks required for CULN 120 (Fundamentals of Cookery) cost a combined $208.80 when purchased new at the KCC Bookstore. The optional text sells for an additional $38.90. READ MORE …

KCC Bookstore

KCC Bookstore


News / Fall  2015

KCC Parking Crunch Is an Uncomfortable Reality

  • By Noaem Herrera, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

The fact of Kapi‘olani Community College’s parking shortage is well known to anyone who has visited the campus during peak weekday hours. “I come to school really early to find a spot and waste a lot of gas circling around,” said first-year student Meghan Rego. “I always end up having to park in residential areas or at the Cannon Club.” READ MORE …

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News / Fall  2015

Tuition Increases Continue at Slower Rate

  • By Alex Ortal, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Kapio‘lani Community College students learned this semester that a reduction of an increase is still an increase.

Last May, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved a proposal from UH president David Lassner to reduce scheduled 7 percent tuition increases for undergraduate students this year and next year.

The move reduced the scheduled increase from 7 percent to 5 percent for the UH system’s seven community colleges. The difference for KCC resident students taking a full 12-credit load? Twenty-four dollars. READ MORE …

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News / Fall  2015

Student Father Finds the Right Balance

  • By Diana Dinh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

As a full-time student at Kapi‘olani Community College, 26-year-old Kenny Jeffrey is always pressed for time. Still, he always makes sure to balance his commitment to doing well in school with his devotion to his 2-year-old son. READ MORE …

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Fatherhood


Profile / Fall  2015

Brandon Higa, KCC’s multitalented grants specialist

  • By Mohammad Salameh, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Something is wrong. Something is definitely wrong. Kapi‘olani Community College student “Tristan” looks past the toaster with its charred remains of once-edible bread peering out of the top, and confirms that his laptop is plugged in. Well, the cord seems to be plugged in to the side of the computer, at least. Maybe he just did not push the power button hard enough. Tristan tries to turn on his laptop a second time. No success. READ MORE …

Brandon Higa, KCC's multitalented grants specialist

Brandon Higa, KCC’s multitalented grants specialist


Special Report: Smartphones / Feature / Fall  2015

Smartphones Adapt to Learning Styles

  • By Jonathan Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

As college students continue to explore the ways in which smartphones can enhance their absorption of course material, they are increasingly turning to applications that cater to their particular learning style. READ MORE …

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Special ReportSmartphones / Feature / Fall  2015

Smartphone to the Rescue: A day in the life of the tech-savvy student

  • By Jonathan Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Something is wrong. Something is definitely wrong. Kapi‘olani Community College student “Tristan” looks past the toaster with its charred remains of once-edible bread peering out of the top, and confirms that his laptop is plugged in. Well, the cord seems to be plugged in to the side of the computer, at least. Maybe he just did not push the power button hard enough. Tristan tries to turn on his laptop a second time. No success. READ MORE …

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Special ReportSmartphones / Feature / Fall  2015

Ode to My Apps

  • By Jonathan Webber, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Each morning I grab it, removed from the charger.

A convenient size, I would not want it larger.

Through constant use, I’m a smartphone whiz.

What a wonderful tool made for school that it is.

READ MORE …

Ode to Apps

Ode to Apps. Photo by Jonathan Webber


Special Report: Smartphones /Opinion / Fall  2015

Good Phone, Bad Phone

  • By Victor Jube, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

As a busy student, the first thing I do when I get to class is reach into my pocket and whip out my iPhone to take a quick relaxing stroll through. I am guilty of this easy distraction, but without my smartphone I also would not be able to access Laulima and check assignment deadlines and recent gradebook updates. READ MORE …

Good Phones, Bad Phones

Good Phones, Bad Phones


Special Report: Graduation Initiatives at KCC/ Feature / Fall  2015

Agree to Degree: Student success initiatives and funding driving push for graduation at UH community colleges

  • By Kent Nishimura, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

Since 2010, there has been a steady increase in both enrollment and the awarding of degrees and certificates within the University of Hawaii community college system. In the 2014-15 academic year, Kapiolani Community College alone awarded 2,200 degrees to students (446 participated in commencement exercises at the Hawai‘i Convention Center). Over the next decade those numbers are only expected to continue to increase. READ MORE …

KCC Commencement 2015. Photo by Melissa, Office of Student Activities

KCC Commencement 2015. Photo by Melissa, Office of Student Activities


Special Report: Graduation Initiatives at KCC / Feature / Fall  2015

TRIO aims to help: Federally funded program supports first-generation students

  • By Carol Martin, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

A self-described “mature woman approaching half a century,” Kristina Fox enrolled at Kapi‘olani Community College a year ago seeking to earn a degree in business management with a focus on the construction industry. Fox had a particular desire to improve her written communication skills by taking college-level writing courses. Fox is one of more than 200 KCC students who benefit from the federally funded TRIO program, which assists those who are low income (as defined by federal guidelines), disabled and/or first-generation college students attain a college degree.

Through TRIO, Fox found ample support in making the adjustment to college. “TRIO staff helped edit my (writing) work and math, helped me fill out scholarship applications, learn computer skills, research papers,” she said.  READ MORE …

Students studying in TRIO Office: Shanette Naumu , Veronica Henderson-Davis, and Christine Natividad. Photo by TRIO student Meihui He.

Students studying in TRIO Office: Shanette Naumu , Veronica Henderson-Davis, and Christine Natividad. Photo by TRIO student Meihui He.


Special Report: Graduation Initiatives at KCC / Feature / Fall  2015

It Takes a Village: KCC support services help non-traditional, low-income, and at-risk students beat the odds

  • By SueAnne Juskowich, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

In support of this statewide graduation campaign, Kapi‘olani Community College offers a number of support services for nontraditional, low-income, and other at-risk students. Some of these include the Bridge to Hope program, Lunalilo Scholars Project, Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, and the Kapo‘oloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success.

Bridge to Hope is a UH system program operated in conjunction with the state Department of Human Services, and KCC’s Single Parents and Displaced Homemaker Program Coordinator Cathy Wehrman. READ MORE …

Cathy Wehrman, Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers (SPDH) Program, with retired faculty member Jill Abbott, who created a scholarship to help single-parent students. Photo: UH Foundation

Cathy Wehrman, Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers (SPDH) Program, with retired faculty member Jill Abbott, who created a scholarship to help single-parent students. Photo from “Celebrating the Strength of Single Parents,” UH Foundation Newsletter.


Special Report: Graduation Initiatives at KCC / News / Fall  2015

A Life Raft for Students: SOS workshops share tips on how to succeed in college

  • By Fortune Delaney-McClung, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

While the pressure to graduate on time may seem daunting at times, Kapiolani Community College offers many different ways to help a student succeed in college. Secret of Success (SOS) workshops are held in the library, Maida Kamber Center, Kahikoluamea Imiloa Studio, and Financial Aids Mini Lab throughout the semester. These free workshops allow students to learn about a wide range of practical topics from some of the top instructor around campus. READ MORE …

Students congregate in Lama Library, here SOS workshops are held. Photo by Kent Nishimura

Students congregate in Lama Library, where SOS workshops are held. Photo by Kent Nishimura


Special Report: Graduation Initiatives at KCC / Opinion / Fall  2015

Frazzled: Are initiatives like 15 to Finish Necessary?

  • By SueAnne Juskowich, Kapi‘o Staff Writer

In an effort to improve on-time graduation rates and increase the percentage of adults with college degrees, the 15 to Finish initiative encourages both incoming freshmen and currently enrolled students to complete 15 credits per semester in pursuit of a two- or four-year degree. …

Their ambition is laudable, yes, but can you imagine the stress these students face? Is it any wonder that these same cohorts are also the most likely to drop out? We really should not be pushing them to take on more.

Supporters of 15 to Finish claim that taking 15 credits leads to better grades, but how can that be true for these already frazzled students?  READ MORE …

15 to Finish Website

15 to Finish Website


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