Calling all budding writers! The chance to sharpen your skills and gain an edge in the writing world is here. Hoʻoulu is UH Maui’s student-run online newspaper and on Monday, September 26, they will be hosting a soft meet at Open Hale from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Any student interested in earning extra income should come quickly chat and sign up! Ho’oulu is the source for media coverage of our schools – featuring milestone events, informative staff interviews, writers’ opinions and student recognition segments. Anything relevant and pertaining to the UH Maui community can be found here. There are also openings for photographers, content creators, and web developers. The opportunities are fruitful and will be discussed during the meeting. There are no prerequisites to attend this meeting.
As an aspiring writer myself, I was curious and wanted to know more about this opportunity. What other benefits, besides income, did this business offer? I was able to catch an interview with the student editor of Ho’oulu Aisha Jarnesky. By the time we were done, I completely understood Ho’oulu’s mission and beneficial appeal.
Q: What is Ho’oulu?
“Here at Ho’oulu, we are UHMC’s student-run online newspaper. Our goal is to source the information and make it known to our college. The pandemic has put a lot of things on hold, but we’re ready to come back and get going again. We have plans underway to gain reach with our UH Maui community. We have reserved space for newsletters in the library for viewing, and we are recruiting editors and staff. We want to restart things, it was hard for everyone. We want to be a vital source of information for our school and our community, we find information, interview people, take pictures, things that news crews do. Then we share all of this information with students and prospective students at UH Maui. Information about different school groups and activities, events that may be happening or new things like the Pa’ina that has just reopened. We love to showcase our staff, we love to showcase the instructors and what they do. We feature student achievements and interesting student activities. Everything about and about our school. I take instructions from our administrators on what they would like to see more or less of. So if there was anyone new who was curious about our school, our online article would give them a pretty good idea of what to expect here. School kids, we want to give you more coverage. Our goal is to drive traffic to our school and engage students more. Everything a newspaper does is what we do in our UH Maui College Community.
Q: Would you encourage all forms of writers to join Ho’oulu?
“Yes, we want all writers to come and exercise freedom of expression! Writers often advance after their time here, so we are always on the lookout for dedicated and passionate students. I’m a bit of a stalwart because I’m going to be at UH for quite a while. Even if you move on after four years here, as long as you’re on any UH campus, you can still write for us. We distributed it to all the writing classes to pass on the information to their students. We would like long term writers, some writers just come and write a few articles here and there for extra money, but we would definitely like people who would like to stay and be regular writers. We are building a strong press team. Regarding types of writers, off topic, I am also the editor of our literary journal Nā Leo, where we collect artwork and all creative pieces, including poetry, song, short story , photographers or any other medium. Even in this aspect, we encourage student participation. It’s another way to earn extra money! If you feel like you’re more of a news writer, or more of an institutional writer of sorts, then go ahead and join Ho’oulu, but if you’re more of a creative writer, then go ahead and make some creative works at Nā Leo Literary Review and also earn money.
Q: Besides the financial aspect of writing, what are the other advantages of writing with Ho’oulu?
“If you aspire to be in any field of writing in the future, this is a great opportunity to build a portfolio. For me as a publisher, I know I build a portfolio and from as of now, all my work is online, you will be published on our website and it’s great for a student to be able to say that they have published on a university platform, because it is a professional publication. Ultimately what students do at this stage of college is build a repertoire and become who they are. That sounds good, and if you want to have an edge in the writing world , it’s a great opportunity to build your repertoire.It’s certainly attractive on a resume.
Q: Do you have a final message to say?
“Yes, as a publisher, we call on all writers to give it a try. If you’re feeling a little worried or scared, this is the place where you can make mistakes, where you can try your hand at writing with little to no backlash because we’re in college. We’re here to learn and hone our skills. Everything is beyond me, if I see anything that needs fixing or changing I’ll let you know before you even do. get your work out. Come and join us, whether it’s Ho’oulu, or you want to take a more artistic path with Nā Leo Literary Review, or even both, those things will be invaluable. As for our reunion, we’d love to see everyone at Open Hale. It’s a casual meetup from 10:30am to 1:00pm, students can drop by anytime between those times. We highly encourage you to come and check it out.”
This brief interview with Aysha really encouraged me to invest more in this area. Not only to improve my resume and expand my repertoire, but also to generally improve my own writing skills and improve my chances of succeeding in my desired writing field. To all my hoapapa and fellow kānaka hakuʻōlelo, I hope this article will ignite the flame of curiosity in you to join us at this next meeting. Mahalo, a he la maikaʻi.