Hilo offers summer internships

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is currently conducting open recruitment for its 2010 summer program. Undergraduate students of Native Hawaiian ancestry, other kamaʻaina, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students are eligible for paid summer environmental internships statewide.

Online applications are now being accepted via the PIPES website, http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/uhintern/ and are due by Friday, February 12, 2010. For more information, please contact Ulu Ching at moanac@hawaii.edu or Noelani Puniwai at npuniwai@hawaii.edu or call (808) 933-0705.

Snapshot of an HCC class

People at Honolulu Community College come from all over the world, and they plan to many different things when they graduate.

In just one English 100 class, for instance, you can find a very interesting variety of people from Hawaii, the Mainland and even overseas. They range in age from 18 to 32, and just about everyone has an interesting career planned.

The students come from many places.  Locally, students have lived in places like Wahiawa, Ewa Beach, Kailua, Nanakuli, Kalihi, and The Big Island. We also have students from Ohio, New York, California and even China.

They have a lot of different interests beyond the classroom and work.   Some just like to chill out listening to music, watching TV, or playing video games. Others like to be more active, playing soccer, volleyball and other sports or getting out into the water on a surfboard or bodyboard.

You might be surprised to know that almost a quarter of our class (five people) is interested in being firefighters some day. Others want to go into marketing, cosmetology, nursing, architectural drafting or the music industry. Some are still trying to figure out what they want to be.

So that’s why I love HCC.  It might seem like a simple required English writing class, but you never know what kind of interesting people you are going to meet in it.

Craft sale at Kalihi-Palama library

The Kalihi-Palama library will host a Craft Element and Book Sale on Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day.

The sale will feature new and gently-used rubberstamps, scrapbook paper, beads, stickers, dies, yarn, handmade items, and more sold by community individuals. The Friends of Kalihi-Palama Public Library will offer a variety of used books and magazines at bargain prices.

Sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash only.  For more information, call 832-3466.

New students get a tour of HCC campus

Students attending the first day of new student orientation on Wednesday got to learn about everything from financial aid to student government.

More than 60 students and guests attended the session, which included briefings on campus activities, student government and media, and financial aid opportunities.

Then everyone got to take a walking tour of the campus, where they were introduced to important places like the library and cashier’s office. They also got to ponder some of the campus mysteries, including why there is no Building 1 and why the elevators don’t stop at every floor in Building 7.

Leaving the library and headed for the next stop on the tour.
Leaving the library and headed for the next stop on the tour.
Information sessions included a talk on how to apply for financial aid.
Information sessions included a talk on how to apply for financial aid.
The early morning rain stopped just before the first tour began
The early morning rain stopped just before the first tour began