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Sharing the Goodness

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

This Saturday, November 14, 2009 the Molokai Chamber of Commerce presents the 7th Annual Food & Business Expo. Pu Ke Pono Maika’i (Sharing the Goodness), is an exciting event that brings much needed economic stimulus to our island. 

Our new location this year, the Mitchell Pauole Center in the heart of Kaunakakai town, will allow guests to easily flow from the ever popular early Saturday morning Open Market, to the Food & Business Expo which begins at 11:00 a.m.  Historically this event has attracted both island residents and on-island visitors, as well as those who come to Molokai just for this occasion.  Last year we hosted over 1000 people, and with our new location we expect many more. 

Care about Cancer

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

American Cancer Society News Release

The American Cancer Society has recently trained four new Patient Services volunteers to assist cancer patients on Molokai.  

Suzette Kahana, a licensed cosmetologist from Kaunakakai, is the “Look Good…Feel Better” program instructor who will help women undergoing cancer treatment with makeup, skin care, hairstyling tips with wigs and other accessories.   “Look Good…Feel Better” classes will be offered at Molokai General Hospital.   Reservations for future classes can be made by calling the Kukui Ahi office at 553-3607 or contacting the American Cancer Society at 553-5154.

Hundreds Stand for Water

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

?” he wondered out loud.

Santiago’s mother, Loretta, has been paying Molokai Ranch for water since they arrived on the island. She said there have never been any jumps in price like the proposed rates. Last summer, she was paying less than $30 a month for water. If the PUC approves of the new increase, she will be paying over $100 a month. For Santiago, and many other seniors, those increases will seriously affect the fixed budget she lives on.

Many others across the island were also pulling for PUC to step up and deny the increase.

“The PUC should not cave in again to the Ranch,” said Kaluakoi resident Bill Vogt. “All of this is punitive because of La’au point not going through.”

He said he would like to eventually see another company purchase the water company. Vogt’s rates could climb as high as $480 a month if the rates are approved.

Many residents who don’t pay the Ranch’s water rates also showed up Saturday to protest, showing support for their fellow community members.

“I would just like to see the Ranch do what is right for the residents of Molokai. If they can’t afford to do that, then just give it to the county,” said Perry Buchaltar, a Maunaloa resident who entertained his fellow protestors with a harmonica.

Sound Harbor

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

National Parks wants your input on Kalaupapa pier repairs.

Press Release

Molokai gets two barges a week, but Kalaupapa, on the island’s North shore, gets only one a year – and even that is getting iffy due to outdated pier structures. With upcoming repairs scheduled, the National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental effects of improvements to the dock structures at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

The pier is approximately 50 years old, exposure to seawater and wave impact has caused extensive cracks in the concrete structure. The pier and associated structures such as the bulkhead and breakwater are failing structurally. The proposed project would stabilize and repair the failing bulkhead wall and toe structure located adjacent to the pier.

Sound Harbor

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

National Parks wants your input on Kalaupapa pier repairs.

Press Release

Molokai gets two barges a week, but Kalaupapa, on the island’s North shore, gets only one a year – and even that is getting iffy due to outdated pier structures. With upcoming repairs scheduled, the National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental effects of improvements to the dock structures at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

The pier is approximately 50 years old, exposure to seawater and wave impact has caused extensive cracks in the concrete structure. The pier and associated structures such as the bulkhead and breakwater are failing structurally. The proposed project would stabilize and repair the failing bulkhead wall and toe structure located adjacent to the pier.

Bill for Condemnation of Molokai Ranch

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Yesterday, Representative Mele Carroll introduced House Bill 1295, authorizing condemnation of Molokai Ranch. Below is the full text of the Bill.


Report Title:
Eminent Domain; Molokai Ranch

Description:
Directs governor to acquire Molokai Ranch from GuocoLeisure Ltd.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H.B. NO. 1295
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009
STATE OF HAWAII

A BILL FOR AN ACT

RELATING TO LAND ACQUISITION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:


SECTION 1. The legislature notes that on April 5, 2008, Molokai Properties Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based GuocoLeisure Limited, terminated all normal operations of its various holdings and businesses on the island of Molokai, including the Molokai Lodge, Kaupoa Beach Village, Kaluakoi Golf Course, Maunaloa Town Cinemas, Maunaloa gas station, and its cattle operations, resulting in the loss of one hundred twenty jobs on the island that already has the highest unemployment rate in the State. Further, Molokai Ranch indicated that it was also denying access to most of its landholdings, that comprise approximately one-third of the entire island of Molokai, to the public who used those lands for purposes of gathering, hunting, and fishing, thereby supporting the type of subsistence lifestyle that many residents of Molokai have, by necessity, come to rely on to survive.
The legislature further notes that the Molokai Properties Limited landholding contain numerous wahi pana, places of historical and cultural value, including heiau and ceremonial sites, ancient taro loi, and loko ia, ancient Hawaiian fishponds.
In the recent past, there have been a number of private entities that have expressed an interest in acquiring all or parts of Molokai Properties Limited landholdings, estimated to be worth $200,000,000. Alternate energy producer, UPC Wind Company, has pledged $50,000,000 to purchase land and rights to establish a wind farm capable of generating electrical energy from the winds at the west end of the island.
The legislature therefore declares that it is in the public interest to meet the needs of the entire Molokai community and to protect and preserve Hawaii's historic and cultural heritage, to acquire private lands currently owned by Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd., and their successors in interest, for preservation, by purchasing those lands, exercising the State's power of eminent domain to acquire those lands or, by negotiations, participating in a cooperative agreement with other interested parties to acquire those lands.
The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds and to authorize the governor to acquire all of the landholdings of Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd. on the island of Molokai by exercising the State's power of eminent domain or, by negotiations, entering into a cooperative agreement with other interested parties to acquire the property.
SECTION 2. The governor shall immediately initiate negotiations with Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd., and their successors in interest, to acquire all properties held by Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd. on the island of Molokai. The financing of the acquisition may be by one or more of the following means:
(1) Appropriations made by the legislature from the general fund or any special funds;
(2) General obligation bonds authorized by the legislature;
(3) Exchange of public lands, to the extent authorized by law;
(4) Federal funds;
(5) Private funds, financing, or donations; or
(6) Any other means of financing the governor may negotiate.
SECTION 3. If the governor finds that it is not feasible for the State to acquire sole interest of the property identified in section 2 of this Act, the governor shall seek out and, if possible, enter into a cooperative agreement or agreements with private or other public entities interested in preserving the identified property for the purpose of cooperatively acquiring the property.
SECTION 4. The governor shall submit a report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2010 regarding the governor's efforts to acquire the aforementioned lands and the governor's recommendations for financing the purchase of the property.
SECTION 5. If an agreement to acquire the property by negotiation is not reached within a reasonable time, as determined by the governor, the governor shall exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire the property. For purposes of this Act, condemnation of the property shall not be subject to legislative disapproval.
SECTION 6. There is appropriated out of the special land and development fund the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2009-2010 for the purchase of all the landholdings of Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd. on the island of Molokai, as identified in this Act or to commence the condemnation process of those lands.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 7. The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2009-2010 for the purchase of all the property owned by Molokai Properties Limited and GuocoLeisure Ltd. on the island of Molokai, as identified in this Act.
SECTION 8. The appropriation made for the land acquisition authorized by this Act shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal biennium for which the appropriation is made; provided that all moneys from the appropriation unencumbered as of June 30, 2010, shall lapse as of that date.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2009.

Bill for Condemnation of Molokai Ranch

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Yesterday, Representative Mele Carroll introduced House Bill 1295, authorizing condemnation of Molokai Ranch. Below is the full text of the Bill.


Report Title:
Eminent Domain; Molokai Ranch
 
Description:
Directs governor to acquire Molokai Ranch from GuocoLeisure Ltd.
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H.B. NO.    1295
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009         
STATE OF HAWAII         
          
A BILL FOR AN ACT

RELATING TO LAND ACQUISITION.
 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
 

SECTION 1.  The legislature notes that on April 5, 2008, Molokai Properties Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based GuocoLeisure Limited, terminated all normal operations of its various holdings and businesses on the island of Molokai, including the Molokai Lodge, Kaupoa Beach Village, Kaluakoi Golf Course, Maunaloa Town Cinemas, Maunaloa gas station, and its cattle operations, resulting in the loss of one hundred twenty jobs on the island that already has the highest unemployment rate in the State.  Further, Molokai Ranch indicated that it was also denying access to most of its landholdings, that comprise approximately one-third of the entire island of Molokai, to the public who used those lands for purposes of gathering, hunting, and fishing, thereby supporting the type of subsistence lifestyle that many residents of Molokai have, by necessity, come to rely on to survive.

Molokai, a Model of Inspiration

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I vacationed at Kaluakoi three times in the recent past. For me, Molokai has been a remarkable discovery — one of the last "real" places left on this planet, populated by charming, "real" people. 

I'm sure you know that Kaluakoi has become a cause célebre, which has been written up three times in the NY Times alone in the past year. To many readers, it is the story of David & Goliath, or the little man versus the corporate giant.

I believe it is enormously courageous and inspiring what the Molokai people have done. I hope they hold fast, because a lot of people everywhere are looking to them as a model of what it means to choose honor and the preservation of your identity in the face of inducements and threats from the forces of corporate evil.  

The Beauty of Molokai Remains

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Mahalo to your beautiful island and people. We enjoyed all of your smiles, kind guidance and knowledge, and patience for our many silly haole questions during our visit.

Molokai was very gracious, something I would like to take home and practice in our Ohana. We learned the spirit of many things: Ha, Ohana, Aloha, Mahalo, Keiki, and Kupuna.

We learned the story of Mau, the great Master Navigator, and Nainoa Thompson, his sailing student, at the Kulani Oiwi. Thank you to the families that helped put on this presentation and the delicious treats of poi and sweet potato you made. I was amazed and inspired by his great story- and your kindness of family.

Library Announcements

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

TE VAKA:

In collaboration with ‘O Hina I ka Malama Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, TE VAKA, (the canoe), an award-winning New Zealand rock group, will perform Polynesian and World Beat music and dance on Wednesday, October 22 from 4:00-6:30 pm on the Molokai Public Library front lawn.

This FREE concert is sponsored by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Air Pacific, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Cole Family Foundation and the Molokai Public Library.

FREE Movie @ your library:

Molokai Public Library is licensed to show movies produced by popular Hollywood studios. The first will be shown on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm at Molokai Public Library.