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Kalamalama is the only full time student operation on the HPU campus. The newspaper is an HPU "instructionally related activity" meaning it is both part of an academic curriculum and a business environment. In this educational role, the newspaper provides the chance for all HPU students to apply skills acquired in the classroom in a professional newspaper, skills that they will successfully apply to any organization in their future endeavors. In the business role, the newspaper is organized and managed as a business. It has revenues, expenses, and customers. It provides a working laboratory for all HPU students.
History: Kalamalama means “bright light” in Hawaiian. “Ka” means “the” and “Lama” means “Light.” It also means “the beacon of light in the darkness,” and “the torch.”
Hawaii Pacific University opened as Hawaii Pacific College in 1965, and four years later the school began a weekly newsletter called the “Midnight Oil,” which evolved into the “Menehune,” and later into “Ka-Lamalama” which became the school’s newspaper in 1969.
In 1984, Kalamalama was defunct because there was no support for the paper. In 1986, it was resurrected, and in 1987 it folded again for the same reasons. In 1993, under the guidance of Dr. Larry LeDoux, Kalamalama was again resurrected. Dr. LeDoux who holds a B.A. degree in Journalism and Communications, created a journalism program where the newspaper could train potential journalists.
Kalamalama is located at 1154 Fort Street Mall, Suite 312 on the Hawaii Pacific University Downtown Campus. The paper has a circulation of 9,000, which gets distributed between the two campuses of Hawaii Pacific University, as well as to an extensive mailing list. The mailing list consists of high schools and colleges on Oahu and the neighbor islands, all Hawaii news media, and prominent local business and community leaders. In addition to being sent locally and statewide, Kalamalama is also sent to all high schools and colleges nationwide, as well as to all news media and national businesses.
Kalamalama Hawaii Pacific University Student Newspaper
Student Editor
Associate Editor

Jenny Lundahl

Yonie K. Espiritu
Web Editor

Bo Johan Astrom
Business Manager

Jaclyn Fasken - (808) 544-9379
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Associate Editor

April Tashiro

Hsiao Wei "Wendy" Peng
Etcetera Editor

April Tashiro
Lifestyles editor

Jayme Haitsuka
News Editor

Shannon Stollenmaier
Opinion Editor

April Tashiro
People & Places Editor
Associate editor

Yuki Ohashi

Jaclyn Fasken
Science & Environment Editor

Yonie K. Espiritu
Sports Editor

Chuck Cordill
Student Life Editor

Shannon Stollenmaier
Assignment Editor

Agge Sjöbom
Copy Editor
Faculty Editor
Judy LeDoux
Larry LeDoux
Staff Writers
Contributing Writers

Mbacham Abegesah
Dava Della
Mohammed Faisal
Melissa McCracken
Brian Mercy
Kim Robson
Crystal Silva
April Tashiro

Tony Chang
Dr. ReNel Davis
David Raymond
Melinda Soerjoko
Joanne Tachibana
Dr. Carol Winter-Moorhead


Vanessa Beckett
Rick Bernico
Frellie Campos
Yonie K. Espiritu
Mohammed Faisa
Jaclynn Fasken
Jayme Haitsuka
Larry LeDoux
Katie Pebley
Katja Silvera

Kalamalama is published 12 times a year and is available free at all Hawaii Pacific University campuses. Opinions expressed herein are the writers’, not those of Kalamalama staff, the Associated Students of Hawaii Pacific University, the faculty, the University, or its Board of Trustees. Advertising is subject to acceptance by Kalamalama, which reserves the right to reject any ad copy. Kalamalama does not assume financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising unless an error materially affects the ad’s meaning, as determined by the business manager. Liability of Kalamalama shall not exceed the cost of the advertisement in which the error occurred, and credit will be given for the first incorrect insertion only. Make-goods must be called in to the business manager within seven working days of issue. Copyright January 13, 2003.

Submission Requirements

Kalamalama invites submissions by all members of the Hawaii Pacific University community. Feature articles may be on any subject and should follow the guidelines indicated below. The opinions section welcomes forums and letters to the editor. Forum articles are designated for the expression of opinions which, to be communicated effectively, require substantial space. Letters to the editor are more brief statements. All opinions expressed are solely those of the writers and are not necessarily shared by Kalamalama or university staff, students, faculty, or adminisration.

Kalamalama will not print obscenity, pornography, or bad reasoning. Timeliness, clarity of thought, factual accuracy, and interest to the University community are major factors in selecting material for publication. Articles contributions must include the writer’s name and telephone number. Material may be e-mailed to or it may be submitted in person or by mail, typed, double-spaced, or on 3.5” floppy disc.

News articles should not exceed 400 words. Feature or Forum articles should not exceed 1,000 words. Letters should not exceed 300 words. All material becomes the property of Kalamalama.

Sources of factual material should be included, as should telephone numbers of individuals quoted. All claims of fact are subject to verification.

Kalamalama cannot acknowledge or return manuscripts but will retain these for 30 days after publication in the Newsroom (room 314, 1154 Fort St.) for pickup.

Kalamalama reserves the right to reject letters or articles without explanation and to edit those accepted as necessary for copy fit, grammar, reasoning, or style.

Kalamalama, the HPU student newspaper 1154 Fort Street, Suite 312, Honolulu, HI 96813 Telephone: (808) 544-9379,
Articles due: 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3
Ad space reservations: 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3
Advertising materials: 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10
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