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Short-Term Rental Laws Modified

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

After the legalization of short-term rentals in 2012, Maui County planners say things are going well, with nine permitted properties on Molokai since then. But planners are still seeking to improve the laws that govern them.

At last week’s meeting, the Molokai Planning Commission (MoPC) reviewed the ordinance, addressed concerns and discussed issues relevant to Molokai to better implement the process. The Commission welcomed resident testimony, but there was a lack of attendance at the scheduled public hearing.

“I think today’s lack of turnout is a sign that it’s going pretty well and that the law is working,” said Staff Planner of Maui County’s Department of Planning, Gina Flammer.…

Molokai General Store Going Out of Business

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Molokai General Store News Release

Businessman David Mikami has announced the closing of Molokai General Store (301 Ala Malama Street) in Kaunakakai. The last day of business will be Saturday, August 30.

The clearance sale began Wednesday, July 9 at 9 a.m. with the entire inventory at 20 percent off as well as select items at higher discounts. Everything must go!

“We thank the Molokai community for their support of our business,” said Mikami. Molokai General Store is Molokai’s version of the old-style plantation store. The store currently sells a variety of items, including office supplies, linens, containers, fishing supplies, sporting goods, party supplies, appliances, jewelry, snacks, cleaning supplies, tools, books, clothing and toys.…

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Hikiola Goes Solar

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Hikiola Goes Solar

ProVision Solar News Release

The Hikiola Cooperative in Ho`olehua has installed a 12-kilowatt grid-connected solar array that will provide almost all of the power needed to run the coop.  First organized in 1976 as a farm supply and marketing cooperative, Hikiola shifted to making supplies available to both farmer-members and the greater community.  Paying one of the highest rates for electricity in the nation (52 cents/kilowatt-hour this month), small businesses on Molokai have more than ample incentive to go solar electric.

“We are thrilled with the installation of the PV system,” said the Coop’s long-time manager Tina Tamanaha. “The use of alternative energy is a positive step in our mission to lower the cost of supplies for our agri-business patrons.”

Marco Mangelsdorf, President of ProVision Solar, and the installer of the Net Energy Metered photovoltaic system, noted that “with the abundant sunshine on this part of the island, the system should really crank out the solar kWhs. …

Grant Event and Advertising Workshop

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

KBC News Release

What to learn how to write an effective grant that best fits your event needs? An upcoming workshop called Effective and Efficient Grant and Event Advertising Workshop will show you how. Through a partnership by Destination Molokai Visitors Bureau (DMVB) and Kuha`o Business Center (KBC), the workshop will provide attendees with a step-by-step process for grant application, what are the “must do’s” to prepare for a successful event and advertising effectively and efficiently promoting your event to the target audience. It will be held on Monday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Molokai Community Health Center Great Room.…

Distance Education at Molokai Campus

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

UHMC Molokai News Release

In addition to classes held at our Molokai campus, the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) offers a distance learning program with courses delivered through various technologies.

Online courses are taught completely online via the internet. Students access course material from their personal computers. Most online courses use Laulima, the course management and collaboration system for the University of Hawaii.  Some courses are taught for residents of the neighbor islands through Interactive Television (ITV), using classroom facilities provided by, University of Hawaii, Maui College and the University Education Centers at Molokai, Lanai, Hana and Lahaina. Students meet at the ITV receive sites to participate in classes. …

Veterans Corner

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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By Jesse Church

Aloha my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events.

The MV-22 Osprey shares its name with a bird of prey. So why is Osprey such an appropriate name? One of North America’s largest birds of prey, the osprey is a magnificent fish eating hawk, according to the National Audubon Society. Like the Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft, the osprey is often at sea. And like Marines, its presence has grown all over the world, near coastlines and other bodies of water. The term osprey derives from the Latin word ossifragus, meaning bone breaker.…

‘Santa’ Looking for Someone

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

‘Santa’ Looking for Someone

My wife and I vacationed on Molokai for the second year in a row in March and early April this year, truly paradise. When we were returning on April 3 to our home in Texas, we met a remarkable young man. He was on Ohana / Hawaiian Air flight 611 to Honolulu and on HawaiianAir 386 to Maui. I believe he was going there for medical treatment. He was teasing me about my resemblance to Santa, and some times he could be right. I would enjoy contacting him to fulfill his request, a special item he wanted Santa to bring him.…

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