Senior: Keola Turro


Aloha, my name is Keola Turro. A retired Army medic, I returned to Waipiʻo, Oʻahu so he could pursue an education in media.  During his time stationed in Germany, I found a passion for photography as he traveled throughout Europe.  Most found my style to be very unconventional; I was often found climbing onto ledges or laying on the ground in the middle of large crowds.  My vision was always beyond what others saw, and I wanted to share it with the world.

Upon being honorably discharged from the service, I enrolled at Leeward Community College and began my newest journey in the Digital Media Production program, while earning a spot in their honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Consequent to my graduation from Leeward Community College, I was accepted into the Creative Media degree program at the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu. While enrolling in this program I discovered they offered a degree with a second concentration in Hawaiian Pacific Studies and decided to undertake this path.  During my time at West Oʻahu, I discovered that my passion for photography had grown to include a passion for creative writing.  Soon I was taking courses in screenplay writing and body copy. Although challenging, my newly found appreciation for words began to abrogate the feelings he once had for photography. With my time at West Oʻahu coming to an end I will graduate with a Bachelor in Creative Media with a concentration in Communication and New Technologies, and a bachelor in Hawaiian Pacific Studies, while earning a spot in the National Society of Leadership and Success. Moving forward I am considering pursuing a Master’s degree in Communications at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and looking at the possibility of joining the Writers Guild of America West.

If there is one artist tool I would be or choose, it is an etymological dictionary.  The passions I have developed for words over these past years continues to grow.  I recognize the importance of words and the role they play in our everyday lives.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne



Title: Ha‘i Waha

Question: When learning to speak a second language what are the different approaches to take, and what kind of environments and mediums can be used to better facilitate the learning process?

Background: When learning to speak a second language what are the different approaches to take, and what kind of environments and mediums can be used to better facilitate the learning process? The research conducted for this project involves different environments (models) and different mediums to aid in the learning of a second language (L2). This study seeks to find what type of environment best accommodates the furtherance of learning to speak and write in a second language. Examples will be used from studies involving methods of L2 learning of non-disclosed languages, however, the main focus will be on the ability to learn ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language). This paper explores various models i.e. an immersion environment (IM), studying abroad (SA), and the more traditional classroom or at-home setting (AH). These models coupled with mediums like traditional games, sports, modern multi-player video game platforms, and other modern-day technologies will be used to examine what might work best to further the spread of ʻŌlelo throughout the archipelago of Hawaiʻi and across all of its generations. These models are traditional ways to share and exchange knowledge. For this project, a podcast will be developed to see if it can serve a similar function. This platform will be constructed from square one, meaning that all elements will be original, need to be designed, assembled, and put in their place. Podcasts have become a foundation for modern-day communication throughout the world. After a vigilant search, no podcast could be found that supported the Hawaiian community. This project is meant to fill that niche.



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