2016/5/4 12:33:26

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On April 18, 2016 I had the privilege of running the 120th Boston Marathon - the oldest known annual marathon in the world. It was an unforgettable experience that I had been dreaming of for several years. I am now a member of the coveted “Boston” club.

Last year I decided to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I needed to run 26.2 miles (42 km) in less than three hours and forty five minutes. This was a big goal, but I did it! I was then eligible to apply to enter the Boston Marathon. After eagerly waiting for about a month, I finally found out that I had been accepted. And my journey to Boston began.

After months of training and preparation, the day finally arrived. It started out spectacularly. The weather was perfect, and I was filled with excitement. I put my “Hawaii” running shirt on and headed for the bus that would take me to the race start. About 45 minutes later, I arrived at the athletes village where thousands of runners were nervously warming up and stretching. I made my way through the crowd and walked to the famous “Hawaii Hale,” a house right in front of the start line where all the runners from Hawaii meet before the race. Before I knew it, it was time for me to enter my corral. As I stood there amongst the crowd of runners, the anticipation began to build. I couldn’t wait to start. Over the next 26.2 miles, I was endlessly cheered by the 500,000 spectators that were lining the course. It was magical! I think I heard “Go Hawaii” about a million times. Those cheers pushed me up over every hill all the way to the finish line. As I ran towards the finish line, I said a silent prayer for the spectators that were killed and injured in the 2013 bombing. Two of the survivors completed the marathon this year running with prosthetic legs. How inspirational!

I learned so much about the history of the Marathon and the city. I learned that this year was the 50th year of women in the Boston Marathon. The first woman ever to complete the Boston marathon, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb, had to hide in the bushes and jump onto the course because women were banned. The following year, the race director attempted to drag the second woman to run the marathon, Kathrine Switzer, off the course. Fortunately, Kathrine’s boyfriend, who was running with her, tackled him, and she was able to finish the marathon. I had no idea that women had struggled so much for the chance to simply participate. I am thankful to those pioneers who fought for women’s rights and paved the way for women runners today.

Boston has been the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston, but it will always hold a special place for me as the place where I could continue the tradition of women achieving their goals.

Rose Paradise
Associate Professor
Hawaii Tokai International College

2016/4/29 16:13:39

A group of students who study Japanese at Kapolei High School visited the HTIC campus on April 19, 2016, and joined our Japanese class. Some Japanese students joined the class that day as well. After some interactive class activities, the students were given a Japanese tea ceremony demonstration and enjoyed drinking green tea and eating sweets. [Click photos to enlarge]

2016/4/28 16:28:41

HTIC welcomed a group of 14 Waipahu High School students and two teachers to campus on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The students joined one of Minori Murata's classes and enjoyed participating in class activities together -- followed by a delicious sushi lunch. [Click photos to enlarge]

2015/12/29 14:28:01

On December 28, 2015, HTIC welcomed five recent graduates to our Kapolei campus. From left to right, Kento Amano and Ena Hasegawa now attend Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mai Hagihara now attends UH Manoa, and Toi Baba and Daiki Yamaguchi now attend Stony Brook University in New York. Also pictured are Front Desk Services Manager Asa Asasaki and OSS Director Yukari Kunisue.

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2015/12/11 9:06:00

The ʻUluʻulu Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi at UH West Oʻahu recently digitized archival video footage of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye speaking to Hawaiʻi residents in Japanese. A complete translation of the video “Senate Recording Studios 1963” was not fully accessible to non-Japanese-speaking researchers until now. Through a collaboration with instructor Kristy Ringor and her History 281 students at neighboring Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC), the ʻUluʻulu Archive now has a translation of the speech.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the ʻUluʻulu Archive hosted a presentation where HTIC students presented findings from their translation work and provided context about Senator Inouye’s life at the time of the film. They discussed differences between the English and Japanese language versions of the speech and the reasons for those differences. The discussion addressed Inouye’s life; nuances of language focusing on the use of English and Japanese; and historical events including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, mentioned by Inouye in the “Senate Recording Studios 1963” broadcast.

This free event was held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 10-11 a.m. in the UHWO Library ʻUluʻulu Archive Exhibition Space.

Image courtesy of 'Ulu'ulu Henry K. Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi

[This original news story is found on the UHWO web: http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/ekamakanihou/?p=2149.]

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