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Health Insurance & the Self Proclaimed Doctor December 18, 2009

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I am Doctor

I didn’t realize how many college students didn’t have health insurance until a friend of mine told me his story.

So, Cairo took a trip with a couple of his buddies to Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. He ventured a tad too close and inhaled large amounts of gaseous sulfur. Later in the day, his chest began to get extremely sore so he remedied it by taking Advil. Well, his buddies wanted to get drunk (typical party guys) and so Cairo joined the fun. He took his Advil with the alcohol (sure, not the smartest thing, and he admits it). Eventually, his stomach started getting sore, so not only was he having lung problems his stomach got messed up too. It’s hard not to feel bad for him. His doctors are now experimenting on him testing out different ways to cure him. I think he had to drink this mocha flavored colon cleanser. Aww, my poor buddy.

I also have a strange need to diagnose myself before seeking professional help, because who would know more about what’s going on than me? Often, I find it’s good to look up what’s wrong, but as for treatment, well, I’ll leave that for the professionals.

But, on a more serious note, here’s a link to the UH Student Medical Insurance Plan.

( Pfft, wordpress won’t let me give you a link. Grrr, to them. Grrr.

To qualify for the student health insurance plans endorsed by UH, undergraduates must have a minimum of 6 credits during the fall or spring semesters and 3 credits during the summer sessions.
Students not taking classes during the summer may still qualify for coverage if they were enrolled in the previous spring semester and are registered for the following fall semester.


Book Buy Backs!!!

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Yay! It’s time again!

The HCC Bookstore is buying back books! Now you can sell those books that have been tormenting you all semester and get some glorious MOOLAH!!!!

I often have separation anxiety when I sell back my books. I tend to be more sentimental than the average person. You see… we’ve slept together, stood in the rain, had coffee at Starbucks, dang thing made me cry sometimes too. If that isn’t a loving relationship I have no idea what is. I almost feel guilty handing it over for something as common as cash. But, then again I do get some bonus bucks.

BONUS BUCKS! Ever heard of a BONUS BUCK? They’re coupons worth $1 at any UH System Book Store. You may use them toward new and old textbooks. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use them to buy a Starbucks Mocha >_<

So will I trade back my books? Well, let’s just say, I’ll always miss your infinite knowledge and the good times! I’ll be completely inconsolable…*5 minutes later*…wait what were we talking about?

Drop by the HCC Bookstore to trade in your books for cash!


Makahiki Games-a-go-go!!!! December 14, 2009

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The Makahiki games. Bringing our heritage from the past to now. This is the time of Lono, a time of tranquility, peace, and over all good cheer. ‘Ulu maika (rolling stone disks), ‘o‘o ihe (spear throwing) and moa pahe‘e (dart sliding) are games that encourage camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and friendly rivalry.

As the instructions were uttered and the games took off. Many of the students gathered around, some touching the equipment for the first time while others feeling the familiarity. Cheers and groans came in spurts as students successfully threw their moa pahe‘e’s through the posts and groans as they missed.

These games were used to train young boys in the art of warfare.

The ‘Ulu maika was used to demonstrate a boys strength and accuracy depending on the distance they would have to throw the stones. (interesting fact: the longest field for ‘Ulu maika is 500ft long found on the Island of Moloka’i).

‘O’o ihe: taught a young warrior hand-to-hand combat. It helped to develop skills in food gathering and is proving to be extremely difficult to master. (Kamehameha I had 6 spears thrown at him, 3 he caught, 2 he parried, and the last he was able to escape by a hair!)

Moa Pahe’e: is similar to the ‘Ulu maika, but it is much more difficult to maneuver through posts because the path is unpredictable. A person must be skillful and familiar with their equipment to successfully throw it through the posts.

The past was rekindled by the students and teachers of the future. May our culture and our people continue strong and move forward.


Life’s Windmill Kick Lemonade December 12, 2009

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Let’s face it, life has one hell of a Windmill Kick.

Students find themselves coping with the “real world” and “oh I forgot” quizzes. You are not alone my friends. Life is a cruel and unforgiving bi– *cough* giraffe. It is difficult for even the most studious of students and everyone in academia knows it. We are faced with the inevitable funeral, breakup, grave yard shift, and I-broke-my-hip-trying-to-hop-the-fence-even-though-I-was-REALLY-drunk-at-the-time. It just happens. Acknowledge the crud, accept the crud, and move the crud on.

But sometimes it’s just not so easy. Sometimes life can bog us down and keep us there. It is okay. Everyone knows it’s difficult even your professors, bosses, and friends. It’s easy to forget about why you’re in school when life makes you ask “why???”

I know that life is hard. I know it can hurt. I know it can drain every fiber of your being. To quote Rocky Balboa 2006, not 1976 Rocky, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.” Always liked that quote. But, yeah, sometimes we lose sight of our goals and you don’t feel like getting out of bed or doing that paper or going to that class.

It’s good to take a deep breath, smile even though you don’t feel like it, laugh until you feel like crying, and remember life happens, don’t let it get you down. Don’t run from the problem, take it head on. There is so much more for you to do than laze about in bed all day. Keep your mind fresh, learn something new everyday, do what you need to do, and only then can you really feel good inside. Because you didn’t let life beat you to a pulp, in fact, life gave you lemons and you threw one hell of an upper-cut.


All My Life Been Po’…Until Now December 2, 2009

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Been feeling kinda bummed lately is it because my pocket consists of lint, air, and $1.49 in coins? No, I’m bummed because I’m short $0.08 of the $1.57(incld. tax) needed for a Polish hot dog at Costco. How did I get this way? I think the splurge on a $5 venti Caramel Frappuccino from the HUB and the $10 in library late fees really add up. Am I saying it’s their fault for over pricing and having extremely steep late fees…no. Yeah, it really isn’t their fault, but a lack of financial planning on my part.

Having graduated from high school in 2006 you would think that I would be able to manage my own expenses. But, I think I’m having the same amount of trouble budgeting as other students. Having had a job since I was 14 I’ve learned that having money means you can have fun. If ever I wanted something I’d either work for it myself or beg my parents and hope that they would buy it for me…eventually. As a kid my hugest choice was  whether to wear pink socks or red socks with my blinking pink sandals from Payless. But, when I went to college and turned 18 I applied for my first credit card. It was a Gold MasterCard from Sears with a max of $10,000. I found that I could have anything and everything I wanted. If there was something I wanted; I charged. Now, it was 3 credit cards and $3000 in charges later that I realized I was in a financial bind. Not only that, but the financial office wasn’t going to fund my tuition because I screwed up last semester. I had banked everything, books, tuition, and living expenses on financial aid.

Now, not only am I paying for everything out of pocket I am trying to pay credit cards with no money. That’s when I pulled myself to the side and gave myself a stern talking to. I knew that I needed a plan. Something I have only done once before. I pulled up my Excel template and started making cut backs. I saw that I was spending $253.16/month more than I was making. I took a breath and realized a lot of my spending came from eating out at expensive places, and a lot were miscellaneous (i.e. buying whatever I wanted and not needing any of it).

So what was my plan of action?

1) Map out expenses (rent, car insurance, registration, tuition…)

2) How much money do I make? ($___.__ haha not gonna tell you!)

3) Where is my money going, and what can I do about it?

If you can’t cut anything the only alternatives are:

1) Get another job [X]

2) Apply for a ton of scholarships [X]

3) Consolidate your bills and take out a personal loan with low interest.[ ]

4) Work with a financial adviser [ ]

Personally, I’ve done 2 of the 4, but I’m still working on the others. I’m currently at $1500 in credit charges and 2 credit cards.

During the economic crisis of 2009 I can say that I survived and lived to blog the hell out of it!


The NHC Saved My Academic Life!

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I came to HCC Fall of ’08, for a semester I really didn’t know how the campus worked. I came from Windward Community College and the differences between campuses certainly kicked me in the face.

I didn’t know where the computer labs were on campus, and I didn’t know where a lot of the student service programs were located. Majority of the time I spent studying in the library spending $0.10/page.

A friend that I met on the Mall walked me past a booth with a poster that read “THE NATIVE HAWAII CENTER.” The people were friendly, but I just thought “it’s just another club” and walked past. Days went by and she would tell me that she would be in the computer lab in building 7 4th floor. I didn’t think too much about it and met her there.

I remember saying “Oh my gosh, a ghetto computer lab…” when I first walked into the room. I didn’t register for an HCC ID because I didn’t realize I needed one. When I attended WCC everything was basically at the students fingertips. I realized HCC was going to make me work for my education.

I was looking through the on-campus jobs and noticed that there was a position for a Computer Lab Monitor for $9.45/hr. Not having any job or anything to lose I applied for a position that was not qualified for.

I met with Jonathan Wong and we talked. Right off the back I was being shown around the entire Native Hawaiian Center and introduced to all the program coordinators. I met with Leon Florendo the Native Hawaiian Students Counselor and coordinator of the First Year Experience. I learned about Po’ Ina Nalu and immediately became a member. The coordinator Kaiulani Akamine and Kristy Ringor whipped out forms and were ready to go. I met Keala Chock the director of the MELE program. All of these great programs took up less than half the 4th floor of building 7.

By working there I was introduced to the various workshops on Financial Aid, FAFSA, Native Hawaiian Scholarships, and Technology Workshops and tutoring to boot. Everything a student could possibly have in order to succeed as a student at HCC.

In the middle of a desert a hidden Oasis existed. When there was no hope, the Native Hawaiian Center throws you the Cruise Ship, 5 star suite, and the open buffet.