Author: Ke Kalahea

A Letter From the Editor

When will the Matrix get here?  It won’t be soon enough.  I need some sort of port that connects to my cerebrum so that I can upload information on the fly… like now.  This past week, aside from working full-time and managing a staff of 25 people, I spent about 13 hours doing math, 12 hours studying accounting, wrote three papers and read so much that my head is spinning.  I know you guys are feeling me, cause you’re in the same rickety boat! If the Matrix were here, I could upload that movie that I need to watch for my law class, study for my accounting exam, attend all of my staff and board meetings and write this article while still having time left over.  I plan on ordering pizza tonight so that I can do my online math quiz and still eat food.  I found coupons so that I can order two large pizza’s for the price of one, enabling me to have uninterrupted sustenance for days.  Shwabang!  One less aspect of life …

Snowden: Most Wanted Man in the World or National Hero?

Espionage – Who Is Considered the Enemy? By Rachel Nishikawa, Senior Staff Writer On Feb. 14, The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference in Honolulu addressed the subject of the future of the First Amendment in a surveillance society. The ACLU of Hawai’i Foundation screened the documentary “Citizenfour” followed by a live video conference with Edward Snowden and his attorney, Ben Wizner. The speakers touched on issues such as the possible future of free speech in America, and balancing government secrecy in wartime against the public’s right to know. Once an anonymous name among the other intelligence agents at Booz Allen Hamilton, a subcontractor of the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden lived a low-key life in Waipahu, O’ahu until May 2013 when he deliberately leaked confidential files about NSA surveillance programs and fled the country. According to UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, neighbors of Snowden and his girlfriend commented on the number of boxes that had piled up from top to bottom in the garage over the past few months and reported them leaving the apartment …

Women: Own Your Sexuality

By Gabriel Tebow, Arts & Community Writer Women everywhere can often-times feel disassociated from their sexuality and their vaginas. They may view sex as something more important for men and, thus, not get pleasure from it. Sex can even be painful for some women. It’s not because they are bad at sex, rather, it’s that they don’t know their own vaginas and, if this is the case, then how can their partners know what to do to pleasure them? Women can and should take control of their sex lives. The vagina is seen as taboo in media and society. We could even say that many women are almost ashamed of their vaginas, but they are amazing organs that, according to Sex and Relationship Coach Kim Anami, give women energy in life. Anami is a strong proponent of women’s empowerment through vaginal strengthening. She says on her internet site, “You can’t tune into your sexual energy and sexual pleasure if you can’t even feel your vagina.” In order to use the ‘sexual energy’ Anami is talking …

Watch For ‘Sharks’ While Surfing the Web

How Is Your Information Being Shared With the World? By Britni Schock, News Writer Rose Navalta, Graphic Designer Technology is all around us and a major part of our daily routines. The information we share across these technologies is not always something we want the public to know about, but with data and personal information getting into the wrong hands we have less control. Anyone can be at risk, with their information being used for identity theft and online security breaches. With the awareness of these security threats being brought to the attention of government officials, we are seeing some changes in privacy protection and security measures. In a statement from the Office of the Press Secretary, about new cybersecurity proposals President Obama said, “In this interconnected, digital world, there are going to be opportunities for hackers to engage in cyber assaults both in the private sector and the public sector. Now, our first order of business is making sure that we do everything to harden sites and prevent those kinds of attacks from taking …

New Cupcake Bakery Opens Its Doors

Flavors Include: Vanilla Chai Tea, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan and Nutella By Korina Leong, Senior Staff Writer Matt Arellano, Photographer Kellie Miyazu and  Rose Navalta, Graphic Designers A new cupcake bakery has recently opened in the Manono Street Marketplace called Cupcakes, BOOM! Hilo resident and owner Nikki Kekaualua explains that she is a self-taught passionate baker that felt Hilo needed, and was more than ready for, a cupcake shop. Cupcakes, BOOM! features a variety of flavors daily that gives them an advantage over other cupcake shops and the variety keeps their customers happy. Kainoa Thornton, Hawai’i Community College Culinary graduate, is the Cupcakes, BOOM! baker. Thornton reveals that Hawaii Community College’s two year program has taught him everything he needed to know in order to be successful post-graduation in the culinary world. In the culinary program, the first year consists of working in the Hawaii Community College cafeteria in all possible positions. The second year consists of working in the cafeteria and cafe developing “show order cooking” and the third year students work in the on-campus gourmet …