May 12, 2010

Traffic Congestion Relief for Honolulu – Elevated vs. Light Rail

by Daniel Tiedge

Using Vancouver, British Columbia as their model, a city which already has had an elevated all automatic advanced rapid transit in service for over 20-years, the City & County of Honolulu, is currently in the final planning stages of building a 20-mile automated rapid transit elevated railway from Honolulu out to the west Oahu town of Kapolei. The main goal of this large-scale public works project is to reduce traffic congestion by creating a vital alternative to
driving. In addition, building of the rail-line is supposed to create thousands of new jobs, mainly in the construction industry. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

Furlough Fridays: An Educational Hindrance

by Jennifer Song

Furlough Fridays have only recently been implemented in Hawaii, but I believe it is already having a negative impact on the success of the students. Furloughs have been viewed as an aid to help close the state’s budget deficit. The state has defined a furlough “as the placement of an employee temporarily and involuntarily in a non-pay and non-duty status for a limited number of work days per month” (State of Hawaii Furlough Plan). However, this means that Hawaii’s students will spend less time in the classrooms, which will severely hinder their overall education and future. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

Dreams Do Come True

by Mariah Siemion

Advertisers have become so inventive that they have found nearly every way possible to appeal to consumers. Take women’s popular fashion magazines for example. A large portion of these magazines are solely designed to make women feel the need to buy a certain product. But everyone knows that each individual is unique, so marketers utilize very different strategies for different consumers. I found two ads from popular women’s fashion magazines to use as examples. The first was taken from Allure of August 2009 (08429). The second was found in Glamour of February 2010 (08437). These ads, advertising cologne and perfume, attracted me in different ways. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

End the SATs

by Maya Scimeca

You’re a freshman in high school. Let’s say you have high aims and you want to go to Cornell after you graduate. You’ve been playing violin for six years now and you’re pretty good at swimming as well. Once you get into the swing of high school you start to join clubs, tutor special needs children, and work diligently on homework each night. You are thriving as a well rounded student until junior year rolls around. You take the SAT and end up with a score of 1350 – below average. How do you feel? Continue reading

May 12, 2010

From The Nipple of Eve

by Ben Ritchie

I am Eve’s Mennonite, hand-crafted, mahogany coffee table. I complete Eve; without me, there would be no stability in her life. I provide a place for Eve to rest everything from her morning cup of coffee, to the weight of the world on her shoulders, as she places her burdened feet upon my spine. Although many may see me as a simple piece of wood, I am artistry and mastery at work, filling the void of her living room floor like the hole in her heart prior to purchasing me.
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May 12, 2010

Too Quick to Judge

by Alexia Rickard

Everyone has stereotypes. Stereotypes have been defining people and their behavior for centuries and I am starting to wonder if it will ever end. I guess I never realized how judgmental I was until I stepped into the world of mental illness. I have an uncle who has problems and my parents would tell me his brain is sick and that’s why he acts the way he does. I never fully understood that. I just thought he was an alcoholic who needed to get his act together and because of that I grew misconceptions of him that made me not like him. I wanted to understand his illness so the summer before my senior year in high school, I decided I wanted to do a mentorship in the field of psychology. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

No Rail System

by Ed Nakata

Hawai’i is a beautiful place to live, where people wake up in the morning and smell the fresh open air and hear the tumbling waves crashing as they come right to the shore. The beautiful scenery of the mountains and oceans is breath taking. Imagine that picture; now picture it with a big rail system in it. It may look nice but how would you like to wake up in the morning to the sound of a rail transit system going whspwhspwshpwshpwhsp, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, sthhhhhhhhhhh? How would you like to see the nice clear blue oceans and in front of it, a rail transit going super fast? Continue reading

May 12, 2010

Into Big Red

by Liza Bartman

I can’t remember a time when the ocean wasn’t a big part of my life. I had basically grown up in the ocean, always feeling safe and at home whenever I was playing in its waves. In my mind, we walked hand by hand. She protected me and loved me. She was always awake, always watching. I spent summer after summer by its side, happy as could be without a care in the world, watching on as the sun painted my hair and kissed my skin. As a child, the lifeguards warned me to be careful of the tides, the strong waves, and the jellys, but to me those warning were pointless; I didn’t see any reason to be afraid of the ocean. The bigger the waves were the more fun I had. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

Finding Zach

by Ashley M. Hawks

There I was, sitting in the courtyard of a whole new world called high school. I was in a trance. It wasn’t a sort of longing or desirous stare but more of an observational one. She looked so happy and confident. She was most definitely the center of attention, and she knew it. My sister, a sophomore and a year older than myself, was the prettiest girl in the whole school. With her tiny figure, beautiful long blonde hair and an exceptionally delightful personality, it was hard not to love her. She and her posse of the popular kids would gather around “The Tree,” at the center of the school courtyard everyday at break time. Continue reading

May 12, 2010

I don’t Speak Japanese

by WonKyoung Kim

The last day of the year, December 31, is the busiest day for the Tanaka of Tokyo restaurant where I work as a hostess. Reservations get packed from the opening time till late at night. My wise manager Mr. Screen scheduled me to work on the last day of the year! I could have been having dinner with my family, playing fireworks with friends, or drinking Champaign with my boyfriend. But how fortunate I am! I was dragged to work. Continue reading