Pu`alikoa o Ka`uhane Michael Kukulu`o`kalani Ritte was born on Nov. 24, 2011 at Molokai General Hospital to mother Christina K. Bethke. Weighing 8 lbs. and 3 oz., he was also welcomed by grandmother Albion Bethke of Ho`olehua. His first Hawaiian name translates to “Warrior of the spirit” and Kukulu`o`kalani means “Builder of the heavens.”
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Pi`ikea Kahakuonawailani Kealaonaona Ranis was born on Oct. 18, 2011 at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital to proud parents Glenna Kealaonaona Maikui and Noland Kaehuhuliliokekaiwaioluhoohenonakahakaiolanai Ranis of Makiki, Oahu. She shares her birthday with her mother and Uncle Kapono Acasio. Weighing 8 lbs. 4.8 oz, Pi`ikea was also welcomed by Rachelle Maikui and Jesse Acasio of Ho’olehua and Wendell and Jonie Sarme of Lanai. Her Hawaiian name translates to “To become a great protector/guardian of the heavenly waters” and “fragrant path.”
Wrapping up his six-week talk story sessions around the state, U.S. senator hopeful Ed Case visited Molokai last Friday to meet with community members and hear from his constituents.
Case is running for the seat currently held since 1990 by Senator Daniel Akaka, a fellow Democrat who has said he will not seek reelection. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, another Democrat, has also announced her candidacy for the seat.
Prior to meeting local residents at Kulana O`iwi and touring the island Friday, Case sat down with the Dispatch sat down to discuss politics and local issues.
A former member of the House of Representatives from 2002 to ’06, Case said he traveled to Molokai a few times a year to stay up to date on island concerns.
The winter sports season is upon us, and Molokai High School (MHS) teams are gearing up for another exciting round of Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) play. So get out your green gear, read up on the basketball teams’ outlooks this season and keep it nearby for when The Dispatch previews paddling, wrestling and swimming next week.
The MHS boys’ basketball team earned a runner-up finish in the MIL last year – and this season, they want to go even farther.
“Our goals are to win the MIL championship and represent Div. II MIL in the state tournament, and if all goes well, to win the state championship,” said assistant coach Rick Schonely.
Vincent Van Gogh had his “Starry Night,” and Landon Pawn-Kalilikane has his, too.
The Molokai High School (MHS) senior has been working on his adaptation of the iconic painting for the past week, perfecting the swirling blue skies and peaceful landscape during teacher Perry Buchalter’s art class. But while Van Gogh completed his piece in the south of France in 1889, Pawn-Kalilikane said his will be the modern Hawaiian interpretation: Instead of a dark tower-like structure, Pawn-Kalilikane will paint a palm tree; instead of a small European village, a coastal beach scene.
Richard Schuman, owner of air service provider Makani Kai, confirmed last week his company will begin providing lower-cost flights in and out of Kalaupapa later this month. The flights are possible thanks to a federal Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy awarded to his company by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
Schuman said one-way flights between Kalaupapa and Honolulu will be $125 plus applicable taxes, averaging less than $140 total. One-way flights between Kalaupapa and Ho`olehua will be $65 plus taxes, he said, averaging less than $75 total.
The Safari Explorer passenger yacht did not dock last weekend as scheduled after more than 300 community members attended a public meeting last Wednesday night. Residents spoke both for and against the yacht’s Molokai stop, but enough voiced concerns, according to American Safari Cruises (ASC) owner Dan Blanchard, that he postponed the docking until the company could talk to more community members.
“We are committed to further dialogue and will respectfully work with leaders in the community,” Blanchard said in a statement Thursday.
Column by Jesse Church
Hello my beloved veterans and people of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans’ news and upcoming events. Retired Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, loved by Marines for his bombastic role as the salty drill instructor in the 1987 movie “Full Metal Jacket,” has never been afraid to tell you what’s on his mind. Just last year he tried to get the Dept. of the Navy renamed to the Dept. of the Navy and Marine Corps, but failed. Now, he has a new message for the “losers” in Washington who want to save money by slashing the military, “Hands off!” He said to the Marine Corps on Sept. 28, “I’m going to tell you something right up front. Don’t cut anything until you cut this damn foreign aid.” He went on to say eroding the military should not happen until the nation has cut the fat in less critical areas. “You want to take millions away from our military, but you continue to send billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries that hate our guts. Explain that to me,” he said citing Pakistan as an example. Ermey also advocated cutting expensive civilian contractors who are employed everywhere from the base gate to the mess hall.
For years the Navy and Northrop Gruman have worked on precise navigation technology that will make it possible to land an unmanned, persistent low-observable aircraft on a moving carrier and refuel the drone from a tanker in flight. This year, the program stepped much closer to reality. The X-47B flew for the first time in February. In July, an F/A-18 D Hornet equipped with an early version of the autonomous guidance software designed for the drone successfully landed on a carrier without a pilot on the stick and throttle. Although the primary goal of the unmanned combat air system demonstration aircraft program is to launch and land the aircraft on the carrier, officials must accomplish much more. Upon touchdown, crews must clear the drone from runway within 45 seconds, no easy feat, so other aircraft can land.
A Lt. Commander made the first takeoff from an official aircraft carrier Oct. 17, 1922, launching his biplane from the decks of the Langley. Twelve years earlier, Eugene Ely was the first to take off from a ship. Langley had been re-commissioned as the Navy’s first aircraft carrier just six months earlier after the service aviation, according to Naval History and Heritage Command. Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Griffin wasn’t the first pilot to take off from a ship and Langley was not the first ship with a flight deck installed. But Griffin’s flight in Vought VE-75F was momentous for the Navy because it introduced the era of the aircraft carrier. A number of milestones happened over the next month on Langley. Nine days after Griffin’s flight, Lt. Cmdr. Godfrey Chevalier made the first landing on an aircraft carrier. On Nov. 18, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting became the first aviator catapulted from a carrier deck.
I’d like to remind everyone that the local VFW Post #3870 will have its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 13 at the home of Cmdr. George Harada (call 553-5730 with questions). This holiday season let’s not forget out military personnel stationed in harm’s way. To the veterans and people of Molokai, you are all very special and I love you all. If anyone has any news or needs any help, give old Jesse a call at 553-3323.
Community Contributed by By Kalei “Pumpkin” Moss
For the past few months, four Molokai First LEGO League (FLL) teams have been working hard to prepare for the regional competition that was held on Maui the first two weekends in November. This year the theme of the FLL competition was “Food Factor,” in which each team was given the task to design and operate a LEGO MINDSTORM robot and to research and create a solution to a problem that dealt with food safety. Each team dedicated hundreds of afterschool hours through the 21st Century Grant, to brainstorm ideas for their robot and their research project, and some teams even choreographed routines to present their ideas to the regional FLL judges in an original way.
The “Molokai Blizzard Boys” team is based out of Kaunakakai Elementary School but is comprised of students from grades five through eight. Led by their team coach Kawika Gonzales, they researched the problem of industrial freezers malfunctioning during non-store hours and causing food spoilage. Their solution to the problem was to create a wireless sensor that transmits temperature information to an app on an iPhone, iPad or smartphone. Their idea is so innovative they even have a possible investor that may want to patent the product. They presented their research to the judges by doing magic tricks and were awarded the best robot design. They will be moving on to the state competition held in Oahu in December.
The “Molokai Oompa Loompas” team is based out of Molokai Middle School and is made up of girls grades six through nine. Led by Meg Fox, they researched the problem of people consuming meat that is undercooked or raw and may become sick because of it. Their solution to the problem was a “pressurator” which uses pressure to crush any living things’ DNA, including germs, leaving uncooked meat germ free and safe to eat, but the meat is not distorted in any way. The “Molokai Oompa Loopmas” presented their research to the judges through a song and dance routine that was based on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” complete with costumes. They won the Maui Tournament Championship Award, meaning they were the overall winners of the regional competition, and they will be moving on to the state competition on Oahu in December.
Congratulations and good luck to the teams that will be moving on to the state competition in December. We are proud of all the teams and the hard work they have done to prepare for this year’s regional competition. If you would like your child to participate in a 21st Century Grant funded FLL class or if you would like more information you can contact Joshua Adachi at Kaunakakai Elementary School at 553-1730. Should you have difficulty getting in touch with Mr. Adachi, please contact Sandra Czajkowski at 658-0609. Look for part 2 of the “Food Factor” article, in which we will highlight the Kualapu`u Elementary School and girls Kaunakakai Elementary School teams.
Column by Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool