Our summer vacation starts now

i_love_summer_break-300x300Ka La, the student newspaper and web site of Honolulu Community College, publishes only sporadically over the summer months, while our writers and editors are taking a hard-earned rest.

Please check our website  occasionally for breaking news over the summer and plan to tune in again regularly when school resumes in late August.


The editors of The Ka La




Journalism Academy extends deadline

The deadline to apply for Honolulu Community College’s summer Journalism Academy for high school students has been extended to June 15.

The program, which will be held from July 14-25 2014, is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interesting in learning about or expanding their knowledge of journalism skills.

The emphasis will be on hands-on work guided by current and former professional journalists from Hawaii.  The curriculum includes and introduction to writing, photography, video and design. All student work will be designed to be published in a special Honolulu Community College website and the school’s student newspaper, Ka La.

The program is assembling a top-notch lineup of journalism instructors and guest speakers from the professional community, including those working at Honolulu Civil Beat, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu magazine and other publications in the state.

To apply, please check out the application under the Journalism Academy tab at the top of our home page www.thekala.net

Architects plan Kaka’ako forum

kaakaThe American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter is hosting forum this month to discuss the coming changes in Kaka’ako that could create a neighborhood where residents can live, work and play — all independent of the automobile.

The program and speakers  include:

• Kakaʻako Planning and Issues: John Whalen, founder of Plan Pacific Inc.

•  “Vision for Kakaʻako”: Anthony Ching, Executive Director of Hawaii Community Development Authority

•  Urban Coherency: “Place Making and Connectivity”: Andrew Y. K. Tang, AIA, Architect/Planner

• Other visions for Kakaʻako: Community Organizations

The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Center for Architecture near the base of Fort Street Mall in Honolulu.

The meeting is open to the public but online reservations are required www.aiahonolulu.org



Commencement exercises this Friday.

grad capUp to 320 graduates from Honolulu Community College are expected to receive their certificates and degrees at commencement exercises Friday night at the Waikiki Shell.

For visitors, gates will open at 4:45 p.m. and the procession of graduates will begin at 5:30 p.m.

School officials suggest that people planning to attend the ceremonies carpool at the event; parking will be limited because of on-going construction in the area.

For those on campus, two lei-making workshops are planned at the Native Hawaiian Center this week:

• Yarn lei, 2 p.m. Wednesday.

• ti leif lei, 2 p.m. Thursday.

Faculty profile: From Kansas to Finland to Honolulu

English lecturer April Ching: Never be afraid of a blank page.
English lecturer April Ching: Never be afraid of a blank page.

By Edlynne Harrell-Sanchez

Ka La staff writer

April Ching likes to help people. Maybe that’s why she is such a good teacher.
Ching, who grew up in Kansas and taught for a while in Finland after going there as as an exchange student in college and now helps students at Honolulu Community College.
“I’m a people person and I believe in my students,” said Ching, who teaches English 22.Ching enjoys teaching because it allows her to meet many interesting people, and it allows her to practice some of her favorite things: reading and writing.
She earned a bachelor’s while going to school in Finland, where she also taught others to read and write English.   But she decided that she needed an American degree if she wanted to come back home to teach.

So Ching came to Hawaii and came to Hawaii to escape the cold of Finalad and graduated from UH-Manoa with master’s in English and has taught at several other schools, including Hawaii Pacific University, UH-Manoa and Wayland Baptist University before coming to HonCC. Texas Christian University

Ching brings high expectations for her students, expecting them to learn to be confident in their writing.

“Never be afraid of a blank page,” Ching said.

Ching also hopes that students will remember the writing process — drafting, writing, editing, rewriting – to make their stories better.

In her spare time, Ching reads a lot: Everything but romance stories, because the stories there are “just so predictable.”

One of her favorite books is the Secret Garden.

Amber Kono, a student in Ching’s English 22 class, said she enjoys starting her day off with English and likes the journals that are part of the class, which giver her time to reflect on her own life.   S

“I’m glad that I took this class because I’m really starting to learn how to write properly.   “ She likes having her as a teacher.