Students learn in the real clouds — atop Mt. Ka’ala

 Rare plants like this one thrive in the wet, windy environment atop Mt. Ka'ala. The view from the top of the mountain is stunning. Honolulu CC students helped install and monitor an instrument station on Mt. Ka'ala
Honolulu CC students helped install and monitor an instrument station on Mt. Ka'ala
Some Honolulu Community College students are getting a rare opportunity to participate in a research project that takes them to the highest, wettest point on O‛ahu for their lessons.
The Ke Ana Waiʻōpua project, led by HonCC geography instructor John Delay, allows students to participate in research and conservation work atop Mount Ka‛ala.
This September, students Angelene King, Kevin Lamb, and John Allen Kahiau Miranda helped get meteorological equipment deployed and running on top of the mountain that will measure variables necessary to estimate forest canopy water balance in the natural area research at top the mountain.
Duane Sula also helped prepare the station to weather Hurricane Ana and download the first data. Students will have the opportunity to use their experiences on the mountain and the data gathered for their semester term projects. As the project develops there will be increasing opportunities for interested students to participate and visit the site including volunteer projects, Delay said.
The tropical mountain cloud forest at the summit of Mt. Ka‛ala represents a unique and sensitive haven for Hawaiian plants and animals, and provides important ecosystem services as a watershed, Delay said. Canopy trees intercept water from passing clouds (fog), providing additional moisture available for groundwater recharge.
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Tips for Spring Semester registration

classesRegistration for Spring classes is well under way.  If you haven’t signed up for classes yet, now would be a good time because many classes are already filling up.

Here’s a list of reminders from the Records Office:

2. FINANCIAL AID.  For most students, financial aid is awarded
for Fall and Spring. To see if you were awarded for spring,
check “award payment schedule” on your MyUH portal under
Financial Aid.  If you haven’t applied yet, you can still
apply for Spring 2015. For more information call 845-9116 or go to Bldg.6, 1st Floor.

3. The payment deadline is 4 p.m. Dec. 12. And HonCC now offers a payment plan:

4. The ON-LINE SCHEDULE of classes is now available:

5. If you need assistance with selecting classes, now is the best
time to meet with a Counselor for assistance. Advising is
available 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and
Fridays, but appointments are necessary.  Please check the online calendar for availability
For more information: call 847-9834, Bldg.6, 1st Floor.

6. Some programs have special requirements. Check to be sure you have met them before trying to register for classes.
If you have questions, check the Admissions Office, or  call
845-9129 to double check.

7. Check to see if there are any holds on your account that may prevent you from being eligible
to register? You can check for holds (i.e. parking tickets,
library fines, etc.) that may be on your account by logging on
to your MyUH account.

8.   If you were anticipating TRANSFER CREDITS to be applied toward
your HonCC degree this semester and have not received
confirmation in the mail, please contact the Records Office at
845-9120 to check on the status of your request.

Alumni to show fashions Nov. 19

Kini Zamora will join with 2 other HonCC graduates for a fashion show Nov. 19
Kini Zamora will join with 2 other HonCC graduates for a fashion show Nov. 19

November is Fashion Month and 3 successful alumni of Hon CC’s Fashion Department will be celebrate it with a fashion show Nov. 19 at Stage Restaurant, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.

The 3 alumni who will be celebrated are Ari South, Kini Zamora and Manuheali‘i.
In 2010, Ari South made her debut in the fashion world competing in Season 8 of Project Runway not as “Ari” but as Andy South. 3 year later, Ari returned to television being invited back for Project Runway: Allstars as the show’s first transgender contestant.
Kini Zamora is a competitor of the most recent Season 13 Project  Runway. Zamora is completed his finale  in Project Runway and has returned to Hawaii. Whether he won or not will aired on the 16th and 23rd of October.

Manuheali‘i is successfully selling her designs to the public through her  own fashion line which features modernized Hawaiian wear.

This event is open to everyone with. Tickets costs from $100 to $200. Proceed help fund  Hon CC Fashion program and fashion scholarship funds.
                                                                                              — Angelo Del Rosario

Poof: Big Hero meets Batman

comic“Big Hero 6” — an action-packed comedy adventure movie from Disney opened this weekend to great reviews and box office success.

HonCC student Angelo Del Rosario wondered what would happen though if balloon-like hero of the film met up one day with Batman to get a tattoo.

Here’s a capsule review from the film site, Rotten Tomatoes:

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Angelo del Rosario

Oregon, Alaska, D.C. legalize pot

maryjane On Tuesday, two more states voted to make the sale of marijuana legal.  You can now possess marijuana in four different states for personal use. Oregon and Alaska were added to the category of legalized marijuana without a medical need.

In Oregon, residents  approved a measure that will allow people 21 years or older to carry two ounces of marijuana and grow as much as six plants in their home. Alaska’s new law toward marijuana is similar to Oregon’s, which regulate and tax marijuana’s production.

Also, voters in the District of Columbia voted to allow people to have 2 ounces of marijuana.

Alaska had tried to pass the legalization of marijuana back in 2000 and 2004 but the measure failed. On Tuesday Alaska’s 52 percent of voters favored the legalization of pot. Alaska will regulate marijuana similar to the manner of alcohol.

Despite winning the voters for legalizing marijuana in D.C., CNN reports that some politician will try to overrule the vote in D.C. because D.C. is a district and not a state.

According to pot activists the legalization of weed in these states were considered “huge” on Tuesday, but not all were victorious. Florida voted down on the legalization of marijuana for medical reasons. Residents voted 58 percent in favor but failed to achieve the  60 percent that would have made it legal in the state.

Twenty-three other states, including Hawaii, now allow the use of medical marijuana.


Hawaii election report: Ige, Takai win

David Ige was elected Hawaii’s next governor yesterday.

Ike, a Decmocrat, beat out  Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, the Republican, 49 percent to 37 percent. Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Hawaii Independent Party candidate, was at 12 percent.

Ige, 57, will be take office. December. Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will be his lieutenant governor.

Ige, the chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, was unknown to many voters when he announced last year that he would challenge Gov. Neil Abercrombie.  but he won over voters with his steady, even-handed style.

In Hawaii’s other hotly contested race Democrat Mark Takai defeated Republican Charles Djou, 52 percent to 48 percent, to earn a spot representing urban Honolulu in the U.S. Congress.

In the other race for Congress, voters gave U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard a second term representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, covering rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.