Spring 2017: January 17th Issue 1

Letter from the Editor In Chief

Aloha Mai Kakou

Welcome to the first issue of Ke Kalahea for 2017! Just as we have done in years’ past, we look forward to providing the UH Hilo community with relevant news, commentary, and more.

With 2016 in the rearview mirror, this year promises to be full of potential for young and old alike. Indeed, for some, the stakes for 2017 are higher than ever. This includes new students at UH Hilo, who are just beginning this chapter of their trek on a far-flung island – some with their families thousands of miles away. I know this feeling all too well, so let me be the first to welcome you into our UH ‘ohana.

With new adventures in mind, of course, it’s important to remember not to lose sight of what’s most important: the beautiful gift of life, and how we should do everything in our power to preserve it, and enjoy it to the fullest. That’s why Gina, one of our writers, decided to attend an event on campus where Gerald Kosaki – a prominent figure within the Hawaiʻi Fire Department – offered a variety of information on what travelers can do to maximize their fun, and minimize their risks.

Keeping with the theme, Ke Kalahea’s news editor, Nick, provides much-needed insight on a question that continually nags at college students and their families – just how safe is the campus?

Yet as our writer Lexi discovers, perhaps certain parts of campus are less “safe” than others. Soccer players like Lexi have long decried the state of their playing fields, which have recently come under fire after one player suffered a torn ACL out on the field. Many questions are raised about the soccer fields, and I’m sure UH administrators would agree that student safety is to be taken seriously. Only time will tell if appropriate measures are taken to prevent any further incidents.

In the near future, Ke Kalahea will provide our readers with coverage of other important matters – from local events like Ho‘olaule‘a, to national stories like those involving the incoming Trump administration.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or leads on a story you would like to see covered in Ke Kalahea, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office is located in Campus Center, Rm. 202-A. We can also be reached by phone at (808) 932-7372, or by email at uhhkk@hawaii.edu.

Mahalo Nui,

Brian Wild

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