Author Archives: Megan Stephenson

Film Fest in Jeopardy

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

With this year’s Maui County budget recently solidified and funds spread thin, the arts may have been left hanging. A popular event for the past seven years, the Molokai Film Festival is one of the programs in jeopardy. The festival brought in hundreds of residents and visitors, and screened independent, often locally-made films. However, due to budget cuts, organizers do not have enough funding to hold this festival this fall.

“There’s not another Hawaiian free festival like ours,” said co-founder Ken Martinez Burgmaier, news director and producer of Maui Today TV.

Small Farms Get Support

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release

Small farms and agri-business are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by their Small Business Innovation Grant Program. The department, in collaboration with the local University of Hawaii (UH) Ag program, will be hosting an informational meeting June 27 at 9 a.m., at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs conference room at Kulana `Oiwi. Dr. Suresh Sivapathasun will be the guest speaker.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the USDA makes competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if successful.

Education Fund Benefits Molokai Students

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Community Contributed

By Barbara Haliniak

As a board member of the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), I would like to spotlight the significance of the Ke Alahele Education Fund to Molokai. To date, MEDB has awarded over $90,000 to our schools and educational projects to help educators, students and special programs expand skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

This is an excellent avenue to fund Molokai schools and student projects, especially during this time with the DOE budget cuts.

Big Wind: Corporate Plan or Planning by the People

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Big Wind: Corporate Plan or Planning by the People

Community Contributed

Opinion by Artice Swingle
 
Looking at the map of the proposed undersea cable route, consider the following:

Both Oahu cable sites are on military bases. Why? Because these are the only sites approved for this type of cable.

What will happen when the cable is laid from Ilio Point and along the south shore of Molokai?
Destruction of breeding grounds for native animals and plants, ancient fish ponds and our reef. How do we know this? We have on Molokai an elder who has worked on undersea cables in Hawaii and throughout the world. Cables are laid on the sea floor unless there is an obstruction. Then an attempt is made to dig through the obstruction, or in the case of a reef, dynamite is used to blow a hole through it, endangering the whole reef system.

What about the cable to Lanai from Kaunakakai? The cable lies in the channel where whales come seasonally to breed and birth their young.  For this reason these waters are protected as part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.


Our reef system is so important because it is one of the very few living reef systems in the world. Most reef systems have been fragmented and destroyed in the names of progress. Witness the reefs surrounding Oahu!

What is the potential for military involvement on the affected sites? On Kauai, expansion of the base has resulted in chain link fencing cordoning off former agricultural land, ocean access for fishing and sacred cultural sites. Fencing off Ilio and not allowing fishing access, as well as fencing significant areas of the south and west sides of Molokai, will result in loss of fishing and hunting rights – very important food sources. Local residents are reeling from the proposed disqualification of 450 families from medical insurance coverage, severe unemployment, and lack of paying jobs. Loss of hunting and fishing rights will greatly impact those who are already at a level of subsistence living as well as jeopardize our local economy.

Pattern Energy is a firm from California that was requested by Peter Nicholas of Molokai Properties (Guoco Corporation) to construct an industrial wind factory built on Guoco-held land. A representative of Pattern Energy has said they will make $40-$60 million from government tax rebates on Molokai.

What are the potential impacts on our island from expansion of our harbor, construction of an industrial wind factory, the secrecy surrounding the facts, and impact of the undersea cable on Molokai and neighbor islands?

Let our voices be heard.  Go to IAlohaMolokai.com for more information about the undersea cable bill, SB367, the industrial windmill factory, and the contact information for our senator and representative.

To Tell the Truth or Not

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Be careful with modern technology today.  If you “tweet,” someone might want to peek.  If you tell a story on Facebook, it becomes everyone’s open or space book.  Lesson – don’t “weiner” around with “tweedle lee dee.” 

Keep Mental Health Services Open

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I have worked with clients that utilize the mental health department through work that I have done, both in my employment and with people in the community.  For your government leaders, please look closely at what will be affected should this facility, the drop-in center or clubhouse, close.  Sometimes the fast fixes would cost more than having the mental health department remain open, be it with same or less staffing but have the resources here for our population on Molokai.  We are already limited and isolated as it is, don’t let us be more so.

Corazon O Harris, LPN, Pharmacy Specialist

Ka Hula Piko Success

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


On behalf of Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and Halau Hula O Molokai, we would like to say mahalo to the many visitors from around the world and most of all to the many family, friends and kupuna from Molokai for coming to enjoy the food, crafts and entertainment and for helping to make Ka Hula Piko a success this year.

Veteran’s Corner

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Community Contributed

Column by Jesse Church

Hello veterans, old Jesse here with all the veterans’ news and upcoming events. The 2011 Creative Arts Competition was held in Honolulu the week of March 13-18. The competition is open to disabled veterans from the state of Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. One of the entrants was Army veteran and Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans member John G. Torres. John’s entry was a painting which he calls Chinese Lion Dance, and was awarded first place. John deserves a big mahalo for a job very well done; congratulations John, your fellow veterans and the people of Molokai are very proud of you, keep up the good work.

State Prescription Assistance Discontinued

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Department of Human Services News Release

The State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP), which subsidizes the co-payment for Medicare prescriptions for low-income seniors, will be discontinued due to a lack of funding, announced the program’s administrator, the Department of Human Services (DHS). This change, effective July 1, 2011, will affect 43,500 eligible Hawaii residents enrolled in the program.

Keiki Surf Kicks Off Summer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Keiki Surf Kicks Off Summer

Community Contributed

By Peter Angelsea
       
E komo mai! The first surf meet of the Summer Surf Series had 28 keiki surfers ages two to 13. They surfed their way through the day with a nice rising tide which brought perfect little knee-high sets. The weather was light trade winds, with the sun shining and the rain to cool us all off in between sets. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of this event brought to you by Ko Molokai Keiki `O Ke Kai and Friendly Isle United Fund.
Great surfing tricks were displayed by the youngsters: switch-foot, the coffin and even a standing-lotus. Many of the rides went all the way to the beach. Friends and parents enjoyed longboarding with the kids at the end of the meet.
This all couldn’t have happened without the help of the community at-large. Every year the ohana of Waialua opens up their neighborhood for the pure enjoyment of the keiki surfers and their ohana. And every year keiki surfers, friends, family and volunteers enjoy the nice beach, grassy area and fun-sized surf to practice on. We all want to thank everyone involved for the continued support of Ko Molokai Keiki `O Ke Kai Surf Meet!
The next surf meet will be on June 25 and it’s not too late to join the fun. Children who were age 12 or younger as of January 1, 2011 can participate (if you turned 13 after Jan. 1, 2011 you can still join). The last meet, with potluck pa`ina and awards ceremony afterwards, will be held July 9. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the meets begin at 10 a.m. Call 558-8110 for more info. We hope to see all you keiki surfers there!


Below are the first meet’s point standings:
       
6 & Under               
Kailani Bicoy         1000   
Kristen Oswald           860
Khloe Bicoy          200   
Waiikaika                200   
Matthew McGuire     200
Donovan Bicoy          200           
       
7&8       
Keeya Bicoy           1000   
Slater Oswald          860
Kamalani Adolpho    730
Alex Mawae          670   
Jonny Lopez-Agliam    610       
Tylea Cuello           610   
Beverly Ludgate          555       
       
9&10
Kelsey-Lee Bicoy            1000
Kanalu Lopez-Agliam      860   
Waiohinu Cuello            730
Kaeo Waits                   670   
Rafael Adolpho             610   
Elkan Bishaw             583
Kaydence-Lee Oswald      555   
Marlina Pupuhi-Kamai  555
Ioana Ludgate            555   
Josie Mawae            488   
Michelle McGuire      488   
   
11&12       
Decker Bicoy          1000
Noah Archuleta    860   
Lelia Cuello         730   
Barbara Ludgate      670