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Creative works needed
Special to Kalamalama by Anil Patel

Special to Kalamalama by Anil Patel Hanging on to a short story or a poem that you feel should be published but you don’t know how to go about it? Does the writer in you want to get noticed, but doesn’t know how?

Well, here’s your chance. Students in ENG 3801, a writing class, are working this semester on a literary magazine that will publish a variety of pieces by HPU students.

Submissions to the magazine will undergo a process of several readings followed by written feedbacks that will suggest possible changes--and reasons for them--that the writer may want to consider.

The magazine is open to any kind of genre- essays, short stories or poetry- HPU is known for its student diversity to any language, from Afrikaans to Zulu. However, since the editors must be able to read submissions in a common language, those in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Students may submit as many pieces as they wish, but submissions should not exceed 10 pages.

Students should submit a typed copy of the piece(s), together with a title, authors name, major, and contact information , to the Faculty Support Center at LB-402 addressed to Dr. Catherine Sustana, Student Literary Magazine. The deadline is October 18, 2002.

Poetry contest seeks entries
by Kalamalama staff writer

HPU is currently seeking entries for the Third Annual James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. The award recognizes a Hawai‘i writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems. The winner receives a $500 cash award and his or her work is featured in Hawai‘i Pacific Review, the HPU annual literary magazine.

To participate, send three poems with a 100-line limit, with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, and names of poems on a cover page (please no name on other pages), and a five-line biography to the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 1060 Bishop Street, Ste. 402, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

Participants must be a current resident of Hawai‘i. Submissions need to be postmarked by December 1, 2002. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced in January 2003 and an award will be given at the Ko‘olau Writing Workshops on March 1, 2003.

The winner will also be asked to share his or her poetry and writing experience with HPU students and faculty during the spring semester. The awardee’s name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque to be displayed at HPU. For more information, contact Patrice Wilson at 544-1108 or

The James J. Vaughan Award for Poetry is named after HPU alumnus James M. Vaughan who established a fund to enhance the literature and poetry programs at HPU.


Bernie O. Poetry Show comes to HPU
by Allen Artiss, staff writer

Many HPU students know Bernard Ostrowski, and some have even taken his Introduction to Psychology class. Ostrowski has taught psychology at HPU for 19 years, and he owns and directs Psychology For Everyday Life, a consulting firm here in Honolulu.

Ostrowski is also one of HPU’s publishing poets, and he recently published a set of six booklets of poems, entitled A Bernie O. Poetry Show. Not wanting any interference with his creative process, Ostrowski started his own publishing company to produce these books. Each booklet has a major theme either generally significant—“The Human Condition”—or personal to Ostrowski—“Sweet Sam,” which is about his love for his former wife.

Book III focuses on jazz, Book IV is about Hawai‘i, Book V is about humor, and Book VI is about sex. Ostrowski said that Book II, “Sweet Sam,” has the most meaning for him because of the deep emotions he still has for his ex-wife, for whom the poems are written.

Ostrowski’s poems are all relatively short, and they all rhyme. What is particularly interesting about Ostrowski’s poems is that they all have a unique “jazz feel”, stemming from Ostrowki’s love for jazz, and his reverence for jazz legends Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday.

Ostrowski is also a songwriter and record producer, and has already put out his own jazz album, which features local jazz artists like Azure McCall and Tennyson Stephens. Ostrowski’s poetry—as his practice and teaching of psychology—show his firm beliefs in being “optimistic but not naïve.”

Ostrowski said his main goal was to “ try to be idealistic about a less-than-ideal world, and to generate respect for individual differences.”


Absentee Voting
by Dava Della, assoc. editor S & E

Voters can avoid the political circus surrounding an election by casting an absentee ballot. Absentee voting is a way for those unable to vote at the polls on Election Day. Absentee voting has been in Hawai‘i since the 1980s, but only in recent years has it become popular. Absentee ballots exist primarily for active and busy citizens, including those leaving town for business or recreational purposes.

The state Office of Elections is happy to see absentee voting increase, because that means more people are voting. Their main concern is to provide people with the most “accessible, convenient, and secure election services” (

Registration and absentee voting is done in two ways: either by mail or in person.

The Office of Elections and the Association of Clerks & Election Officials of Hawai‘i introduced the first ever registration-by-mail procedure, known more commonly today as the WikiWiki Voter Registration.

Hawai‘i was the first state to implement this voting procedure in the 1980s. Absentee voting has been around since the 70s. Applications for mail-in ballots can be found at Satellite City Halls, U.S. Post Offices, all public libraries and state agencies. They can also be found in the front section of your local Verizon phone book or the 2002 Paradise Pages.

Mail ballots must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 by the City & County Clerk in the area in which you are legally registered to vote.

Absentee mail and in-person ballots are identical to the ballots you would normally fill out at a polling place on the actual date of election.

To submit an absentee vote before the general election, walk-in polling places will be set up at City & County Clerk offices across the state from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voters are asked to bring proper identification, such as a Hawai‘i driver’s license or state I.D.



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