Ask Aunty

Aloha everyone, Aunty here! This semester has flown by so quickly! Hopefully everyone is geared up and ready for finals coming up next week. As Brian said in his opening letter, this is the last issue of Ke Kalahea until next semester. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered yet, please send them to I will do my best to answer during the summer on Facebook at Ke Kalahea, on Instagram @kekalahea, or on Twitter @kekalaheanews. Good luck on finals, have a great summer and hope to hear from everyone soon!

Q. Aunty, I’ve been having problems with mean girls. How do you keep a healthy boundary with other females as a female? -V

A. You have a couple options. You can ignore them, easy enough to do sometimes. Or, you can kill them with kindness - this shows them that you refuse to be torn down, which could either make them give up or try even harder, so be careful.

Or you could play right along with their attitude, so to speak. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a complete diva. Rather, it would just be a firm way to remind them that they aren’t some badass “Queen Bitch,” and that they should step off their high horse because they aren’t any better than anyone else.

But, as Kermit says, that’s none of my business…

Q. What is the best and the worst thing to do in Hilo? -Anonymous

A. The best thing to do would be to hit up the various mom-and-pop food places in town, the food is soooo ono. Another thing is visiting the different beach areas, there’s a few beaches in town that turtles frequent. The worst things to do is be stuck in traffic, and getting caught unprepared in the rain.

Q. How many people work on the newspaper? -Anonymous

A. Funny you should ask! Every semester, the size of our staff fluctuates. We usually start with a ‘skeleton crew’ of about 7 or 8 at the beginning of the school year, which can double or even triple. The entire staff helps with putting the newspaper together, from the meeting where writers pitch stories to the morning we get the next batch of issues to deliver.

And since you brought it up, Ke Kalahea is currently looking to hire for 2017-2018! We are looking for writers, editors, layout designers, graphic artists, photographers, advertising managers, webmasters, and more! If you are curious about any of the positions, feel free to stop by Ke Kalahea’s office, or shoot us an email, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

In order to qualify for a position with us, you must have at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, must be no less than a part time student (taking at least 6 credits) at UH Hilo. Applications can be found in Campus Center Room 210, or downloaded at the BoSP website (PDF)