DNLR News Release
Department of Land and Natural Resources is holding a community meeting regarding the security perimeter at the Kauanakakai Wharf to accommodate American Safari Cruises visits to Molokai. The meeting is on Monday, Jan. 30 at Mitchell Pauole Center at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will address the experience last weekend and respond to the community. Reduced security to accommodate fishermen and canoe paddlers and lessen the inconvenience to the community will be discussed. All are invited.
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DNLR News Release
Coast Guard News Release
The crews of the US Coast Guard cutters Kiska, a 110-foot island class patrol
cutter stationed in Hilo, and the Ahi, an 87-foot patrol cutter stationed in Honolulu are scheduled to participate in Ka Molokai Makahiki games this weekend . The cutters will be open for tours to Molokai residents on Saturday morning and afternoon starting at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Please meet at the ferry enclosure for each escorted tour and learn more
about the Coast Guard Ohana in Hawaii. Additionally, the 45-foot Response
Boat Medium and its crew from US Coast Guard Station Maui in Maalea also
expect to be here and participate in the games.
As Makani Kai Air Charter’s nine-seat plane shook in unusually strong winds last Tuesday, Father Ambrose Sanar of St. Francis Church in Kalaupapa asked for blessings on the company’s aircraft and its future flights to the settlement. Residents beamed with joy, held each others’ hands and hugged officials in gratitude.
The blessing was an opportunity to celebrate Makani Kai’s service to the peninsula, which officially began on Dec. 10. The company was awarded federal funding to provide regular service to Kalaupapa, allowing it to offer flights at a fraction of the cost of the $500 round trip fare on Pacific Wings.
“The most important thing [Makani Kai] gives us is freedom, which we didn’t have for a long time” said Department of Health Kalaupapa Administrator Mark Miller.
Makani Kai owner Richard Schuman described the celebration as a “special day.”
“It was the community’s effort that made this possible, I’m just an instrument… I’m proud to be a part of this community,” he said.
A representative of Sen. Dan Inouye said Inouye heard about the air service problem from patients when he visited the settlement in 2010. “It was because of the patients we have the change we have today,” he added.
Patient resident Ivy Kahilihiwa said she feels more relaxed now that she can leave the settlement more easily. “You cannot do nothing, you gotta pay the price,” she said of the previous air service. “It wasn’t right.”
Miller said in a 10-day period starting Dec. 10 when Makani Kai began service to Kalaupapa, the company flew 201 people into or out of the settlement. During the same period from Dec. 10 to Dec. 20 two years ago, Pacific Wings served only 40 people.
UH CTAHR News Release
Calling all Molokai beekeepers – it’s time to bee proactive! Bee responsible! Bee informed! And bee a part of the plan to control small hive beetles on Molokai.
Nearly 50 U.S. Coast Guard personnel, as well as dozens of county, state and federal law enforcement guarded a security zone around Kaunakakai Harbor for the return of American Safari Cruises’ yacht Safari Explorer last Saturday. Armed members of the San Francisco-based Maritime Safety and Security Team, specializing in anti-terrorism, manned Zodiacs, while officials also patrolled by jet-ski and on foot. In equivalent numbers, Molokai residents held signs protesting not only the yacht, but also the security measures – which many community members said made them feel like terrorists.
Caption by Catherine Cluett, photo ©PF Bentley/PFPix.com
Molokai hosted its first Alternative Energy Festival last weekend, organized by I Aloha Molokai, a community group that opposes industrial wind turbines on the island. The festival featured panel discussions on the state’s proposed Big Wind project, alternatives to that plan, workshops on topics from how to dry food to how to finance a small photovoltaic system, entertainment by acclaimed musicians such as Amy Hanaiali`i, and a youth poster contest. Above, musicians from the group Molokai Drums gave a debut performance to open the festival.
Kalaupapa residents have a lot to celebrate at their airport this month. With air service into the peninsula now provided by Makani Kai Air Charters at a fraction of what residents were charged by Pacific Wings last year, patients and staff are now “traveling in large numbers,” according to Mark Miller, Department of Health (DOH) Kalaupapa administrator.
“It has changed the character of the community knowing we can come and go,” he said.
Makani Kai is providing regular twice-daily round trips from Honolulu and three round trips daily to topside Molokai – a service made affordable thanks to a federal subsidy awarded to the carrier in December.
Governor’s News Release
Humane Society News Release
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust announced new efforts to support the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement’s work to combat poaching and designated wildlife-related crimes by sponsoring a toll-free, confidential reward tip line, 1-855-DLNR-TIP.