What is Ka Lā?

Ka Lā is Hawaiian for “The Sun.” As in, enlightening. As in enlightening our readers. We aim to inform, educate, and entertain, as well. A noble cause.

Through a paper and website, Ka Lā is the official news outlet of the Student Media Board of Honolulu Community College. It is lovingly cared for by some crazy but dedicated, bright, intelligent students who have nothing better to do between classes.

The website strives to publish news of the campus and other bits its readers may be interested in. The newspaper (printed on real paper – wow) is published once a month during the Fall and Spring semesters, 800 copies a month. The website is updated every two weeks, and hosts stories, photos and video published in the paper, along with some bits that are exclusive to the website only (that’s why you should add the website to your home screen and check back periodically).

The website is hosted on WordPress, using the Poseidon theme version 4.9. The newspaper is laid out using Adobe InDesign on an iMac. Images are edited using Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 on a Mac Powerbook G4. Video is edited on Mac G5 using Adobe Premiere Pro. Coffee is brewed on a Keuring, 1 cup at a time.

While the paper and website are funded by student fees, we buy our own saimin and supply our own bottled water.

And if you get real curious, contact the Student Media Board office at 845-9213 or email us at hcckala@gmail.com if you want to know more about us. Or stop by the newsroom and say hello, and we’ll tell you what you want to know. The coffee’s free, btw.

Student Media Board officers

Chairperson: Angelina Peralta

Ka Lā Editor-in-Chief: Editor-? We have no editor. The news crew is small enough that we don’t need an Editor-in-Chief to tell us how to run the newsroom (we got a bunch of smart guys in here).

But we do have a Publications Director: Eddie Meza

Newsroom Advisor: Michael Leidemann (leideman@hawaii.edu)

President of the United States of America: Donald J. Trump

Staff: JonZ is one of our photographers. Alfred Meza shoots video and photos. Larry L. Medina is NOT the “Editor-in-Chief,” never was (we need to make this clear), but he does edit everything, and yells at us when deadlines aren’t met. Fredrene is allowed to yell back at Larry, since she worked on the Windard CC newspaper for a couple years, so they speak the same language.

Ka Lā invites letters/comments/critiques; ideas for articles; upcoming events; and advertising. We hardly refuse any submissions, but we reserve the right to edit them if we decide to publish.

Ka Lā accepts anonymous submissions, comments, and the like. Really, we do. We understand that in this day and age of insecurity, you’d want to remain anonymous. If it brings a chuckle to our newsroom, all the better. If it’s threatening, then we’ll just call the FBI, who will then subpoena our servers and track down the IP address from where you sent your submission, where they will arrest you and YOU become our next news story.

If you’d like to write or photograph for us, please drop us a line. We need all the help we can get.

Student writers are responsible for content, which does not necessarily reflect the opinion of HonCC faculty or staff. We stand by our stories and photos – we got a 40+ year veteran newsman as an advisor, so nobody’s worried.

We will love you forever if you added yourself to our mailing list, so we can send you periodic news updates. And on Valentine’s Day, we’ll send you roses.

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