Students Giving Back


Text, photos, video by Mauna Burgess

What is your passion? Many times the response people give is a blank, gaping stare. From these student profiles, you’ll meet students and staff from Leeward Community College who make it their personal mission to help others. Volunteering has more than just personal benefits: many programs and scholarships weigh applicants according to their community engagement.
“Developing a sense of civic leadership and engagement is so important,” said Summer Miles, community outreach specialist at Leeward’s Wai‘anae campus. “The good thing about community service is it connects you to your community.”

Hamajang: Mixed mashed news

By Ka Mana‘o staff

One in every three women on Earth will be abused or raped in her lifetime. That number adds up to one billion women a year. On Valentine’s Day 2013, men and women in 207 countries around the world broke out into dance through the streets to demand an end to violence against women.

Blood Bank Policies

Writer: Tyla Smith
Photographer: Austin Coen

Blood drives happen at the Leeward Community College campus three times a semester. Students line up throughout the day to donate their blood, a product that cannot be synthetically made. When a person donates blood they have the potential of saving up to three lives. The procedure for donating blood is on average an hour long with 55 minutes toward answering a questionnaire to see if your blood is acceptable and about five minutes of doing the blood transfusion. Being qualified to donate depends on a person’s lifestyle, weight and travel history. These are some of the disqualifications that prevent a person from donating blood.

Pacific Gateway Center: Facilitating Dreams

Writer Tyla Smith
Photos courtesy Pacific Gateway Center

The Pacific Gateway Center is a non-profit organization on O‘ahu that helps immigrants, low-income families and people who have been human trafficked to become self-sufficient. On average they help 1,000 walk-in clients and 200 human traffic victims each year. In 2013, they celebrated their 40th anniversary.

“Human trafficking is worldwide. To give it context it is a $32 billion business,” Terrina Wong, Pacific Gateway Center assistant director, said.

Education Building + Video

Writer: Chance Nakazato
Photographer and videographer: Mauna Burgess

The brand-new, 24,105-square foot Education Building is the first new facility on the campus of Leeward Community College since 1974. Built and designed by Urban Works, this three-story structure will be the new home of the Associate in Arts in Teaching program. Classes will be held there starting in January, nearly two years after ground was broken on the building.


Drowning the Shamrock

Writer: Tyla Smith

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” - An Irish Toast

Scholarship fair on Wednesday

Writer: Julieanne Directo

A scholarship fair will be held on Jan. 29 at Leeward Community College for students who want to find scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. The fair is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the student lounge.

Spring Events Calendar


Open House
Jan. 22 9 a.m. to noon, room AD-222

11 Unknown Heroes Save the Life of Keanan Block

Writer: Tyla Smith

On his 16th birthday this past March 19, Iolani School student Keanan Block was rushed to the hospital after collapsing from light-headedness and nausea. He suffered from internal bleeding. Over the next three weeks he was given the gift of life, receiving blood from about 11 different donors.

Digital Media Arts Club

Writer: Chance Nakazato
Photographer: Matthew Hirata

Are you looking to develop and demonstrate your artistic talent?  If so, the Digital Media Arts Club/Digital Zoo is perfect for you!  Whether your interests lie in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, photography or even regular drawing, this club serves as a hub of inspiration for students who look to share their innovative ideas and artistic prowess.

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