by Chance Nakazato
illustrations by Lily Chan and Matthew McAngus

Hoping to improve his inking capabilities and adopt healthier drawing habits, Utah-based illustrator Jake Parker established InkTober, a month-long ink-based drawing challenge that to this day, thousands of artists participate in annually.


Otaku Are Out, Kawaii Kon Is Here


Writer and photographer: Tyla Smith


It’s that time of year again when the otaku of Hawaii creep out of their natural habitats to meet at the Hawaii Convention Center and celebrate all things anime as Kawaii Kon kicks off what looks like is going to be another successful year.

10 years and going for Kawaii Kon

By Jasmine Bautista

Hawaii’s very own anime convention, Kawaii Kon, will once again be hosted at the Hawaii Convention Center this Friday through Sunday. It’s a yearly three-day spring event that brings awareness and appreciation to Japanese animation.


Sugar Lip Scrub

Use this scrub as an exfoliant and moisturizer for your lips!
You will need:
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp honey
½ tsp olive oil
A small container

Courage and Strength

Writer and photographer: Leimaile Guerrero

The Honolulu Museum of Arts has put together the remarkable “Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served” exhibit. The exhibition showcases United States military veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Exhibition showcases student artwork

Writer: Leimaile Guerrero
Photos courtesy of Eric Lizardo and Cynthia Dodd

The student art exhibit entitled "Winter Studio Art Exhibition" is now open at the Foyer Art Gallery on campus. The exhibit
showcases various student artists from Alan Leitner’s beginning and intermediate painting classes. The gallery is located downstairs from the admissions office and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The exhibit is an opportunity to let our Leeward CC community know what is going on in our painting program," says professor Leitner. "We have some very talented students who work very hard, and giving them the opportunity of showing their work and experiencing an art opening is part of the painting process. I am proud of their accomplishments and feel fortunate to have been able to work with them.”

There are several paintings on display ranging in art styles such still life paintings and abstract art. It is the perfect opportunity for students to share their delight in art and for others to take in and enjoy the talent of our student body.

The art exhibit will be on through Dec. 7, so stop in and check it out.

Exhibit showcases tattoo's art, history

Writer and photographer: Leimaile Guerrero

The art of ink on a skin canvas has taken the stage, front and center at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s (formerly known as the Honolulu Academy of Art) “Tattoo Honolulu” exhibit. Ten prominent tattoo artists from various backgrounds and cultures share their art, history, inspirations, and mentors.

How Pinteresting!

Writer: Missy Trippett
Pinterest is a social networking site where users can share or “pin” images that interest and inspire from around the Internet.
Developed in 2009 and launched to Beta in 2010, Pinterest has reached the 10-million member mark faster than any other social media site and is still being noted as the fastest growing social networking site.

Waianae Art

Mailing tubes can appear rather boring and gray.

Shaun Castro: Creating art with a message

Shaun Castro

Writer: Leimaile Guerrero
Photographer: Joel Gaspar


Shaun Castro is an artist with a purpose. A former Leeward student, Castro believes that art should carry a meaning that is special to the artist. His projects are meant to “provoke and challenge people to love others”.

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