Taking evening classes has its advantages

lampostHaving trouble scheduling classes for next semester?

Consider an evening class. Classes that start at 5:30 p.m. or later are considered evening classes at WCC.

There are different reasons why students opt for evening classes. They might work 9 to 5 or have children or parents to take care of during the day. Some students say that night classes are just more interesting because of the different mix of students.

“There is a mixture of ages, and the class is diverse, which makes it exciting,” WCC student Cathy Ikeda explains. “We came from different areas, different backgrounds and different experiences, but we are willing to tough it out together.”

Like many students, Ikeda works full-time during the day. She said she now can fulfill part of her “bucket list” by completing Hawaiian 101, 102, 201 and 202 in the evenings. She believes the culture lives on in the language, saying of her Hawaiian 101 class, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.: “‘Ōlelo noʻeau: I ka ʻōlelo no ke ola, i ka ʻōlelo nō ka make (In the language is life. In the language is death.).”

Stephanie Liborio also takes Hawaiian 101 in the evening and says it helps her with her job doing Hawaiian cultural research.

Euel-Ray Kamauu decided to take a night class instead of going home after work. He too is taking Hawaiian 101 and says, “I love the Hawaiian language, and I want to be fluent.”

Kumu Brian Faria likes teaching during the evening. He feels that students make an effort to be there and care about using their time more wisely. He says it gives him a good feeling knowing that students will go home and expose the rest of their family to the Hawaiian language.

He quoted renowned Hawaiian practitioner and kumu hula Edith Kanaka‘ole by saying, “Teach family to talk Hawaiian.”

WCC offers 21 evening classes next semester such as ACC 202-Intro to Managerial Accounting, ART 104D-Intro to Printmaking/Screenprinting, ENG 100-Composition, MATH 205-Calculus I, POLS 180-Intro to Hawaiian Politics and SW 200-WI-The Field of Social Work. Hawaiian 102 and 202 will be offered on campus and also at Waimanalo Elementary School.

For a complete list of evening classes for next semester go to the WCC website. Under the “Programs of Study” menu, click on “Class Availability.” From the drop down menu, “Choose a List of Classes,” select, “Evening Classes.”

by Wayne Ricks, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter