Author Archives: Emily Sumners

Program Supports Student Advancement

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Program Supports Student Advancement

Ke Kukui Mohala News Release

In our opio lies Molokai’s greatest potential.  By providing pathways to helping them realize their vision of success, we are investing in their individual future and in our community.

With this vision at heart, UH Maui College, Molokai, the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, the Educational Opportunity Center and the Interval House of Molokai partnered to initiate a program called Ke Kukui Mohala.

The main goal of the program is to support families in the process of preparing Molokai High School seniors to successfully achieve their post-secondary goals and objectives.

The first cohort started in October 2012 with student and parent participants attending a series of workshops focused on preparing for and transitioning to higher education. …

Farmers — File Better Taxes Next Year

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

Risk Management Hawaii is bringing back Michael Holl to give an updated lesson for farmers and ranchers about business taxes. This workshop is specifically designed to enable Hawaii farmers to lower their tax liabilities through a better understanding of business deductions. The workshop also covers tax preparation and recordkeeping to minimize taxes and chances of an audit, business entities for your farm, how employment laws and independent contractor requirements affect your business, how to obtain relief from certain federal penalties, and special provisions in the tax code regarding farm income.

President of Tax Services of Hawaii and Michael Holl and Associates, Michael is a renowned speaker who has presented numerous tax workshops on taxes on behalf of the IRS, for the SBA Women’s Business Center, the National Association of Tax Preparers, UH, KCC, and various non-profits and foundations.…

Scholars Showcase Skills

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Scholars Showcase Skills

Molokai’s intellectual all-stars claimed the spotlight as they competed in the trivia show “It’s Academic Hawaii.” With a director, live audience and a hair and makeup crew, the Molokai High School (MHS) team got in front of the camera to show the state their brain power.

MHS teacher Lisa Takata took students Alex Gilliand, Michael Kikukawa, Cara Connoly and Robert Onofrio to Oahu April 19, where KFVE Hawaii News Now crews filmed their competition against Mililani High School and Sacred Hearts Academy at Dave and Busters. Their episode will air on KFVE June 24 at 7 p.m.  Until then, it’s under wraps if the MHS team will make it to the semifinals.…

Fire Truck Awaits Kalaupapa Home

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Fire Truck Awaits Kalaupapa Home

 

Three years ago, a fire truck was earmarked for Kalaupapa’s airport. But it still has not arrived on the settlement’s annual barge.  Instead, it sits unused, waiting for a proper garage that will protect the $300,000 truck from the elements and salt spray.

“If there’s not a garage for it, the fire truck will disintegrate in a year,” said Benton Ho, facilities engineer for the state Department of Transportation Airports Division. The Kalaupapa airport needs fire enforcement to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements now that flights to the peninsula regularly carry nine passengers, Ho said.

“We have been overflying by the FAA for several years now,” He said.…

Register for Molokai Relay for Life

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Register for Molokai Relay for Life

 

Molokai Relay for Life News Release

It’s time to rally for the relay! Molokai Relay for Life will be held this year on Friday, August 9 at the Baseball Park from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please come out and help support Molokai’s relay, proceeds from which help support research to find a cure and assist so many of Molokai’s cancer patients in the fight.

If you are a club, sports team, business, organization, group of friends/ colleagues or family who would like to participate and put a team together, register now to get the best spot at the event.…

Seeking Info on Molokai Vietnam Soldiers

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Community Contributed

By Janna Hoehn

Five years ago, my husband and I — residents of Maui — made our first trip to Washington D.C. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone killed in Vietnam, I wanted an etching. I approached the wall and choose a name: Gregory John Crossman, an MIA.

When I returned home, I decided to research Gregory and try to find his family to send them the etching and hoping they could share a photo of him.…

Thanks for the Memory 2

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Thanks for the Memory 2

Community Contributed

By Dara Lukonen, Aka`ula School

For six decades, Bob Hope brought the USO’s famous “touch of home” and a string of smiles to millions of GIs. Bob Hope is remembered from generation to generation for the wonderful memories he and his Hollywood “band of gypsies” gave to U.S. troops through the years.

Aka`ula School continued this tradition last week with its econd USO-tribute show, “Thanks for the Memory 2,” performed entirely by Aka`ula students. One singer felt “the performances lacked energy during Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, but performers were pumped up and ready to go for Wednesday’s dinner theater.”

Joining Bob Hope on stage were comedians Abbott and Costello with a new take on “Who’s on First?” and two other routines, and the cast of “I Love Lucy” and their famous Chocolate Factory sketch.…

Leading the Charge Off Grid: Organization runs on solar and wind

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Leading the Charge Off Grid: Organization runs on solar and wind

Molokai’s first smart-grid electric system is now powering nonprofit Ka Honua Momona (KHM). The Ali`i fishpond’s new office is a milestone for the organization and the island, demonstrating how rural development can utilize wind and solar energy to create electricity.

The system is off-grid, meaning KHM provides all of their own power. With the help of eight large batteries, the nonprofit organization can remain completely independent from Maui Electric even during extended windless and overcast periods. It is also a smart system, prioritizing essential appliances and automatically switching to a backup generator when all else fails.

Molokai engineer Bruce Yamashita oversaw design of the project.…

Big Week for Youth Paddler

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Big Week for Youth Paddler

Community Contributed

By Clare Seeger Mawae

The first part of May has been quite the week for the 10-year-old paddler Alex Mawae. He found out just days prior to the Maui to Molokai race in April that the ruling majority would not let him race due to his age. One week later he was given the green light to paddle Ka`iwi channel in the OC2 relay division on May 5. Ka`iwi was not the typical downwind run for 2013 and it was the worst conditions in the history of the race with 20 mph southwest winds. Due to conditions, his team was among 20 boats that were told to paddle to Hawaii Kai and not to the finish at Magic Island.…

Learn About Land Preservation Incentives

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Community Contributed

By Jean Brokish, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council

The public is invited to attend a workshop exploring strategies and financial incentives to preserve and care for Hawaii’s agricultural lands on Thursday May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the OHA conference room in Kaunakakai.

The Molokai Land Trust has been working with partners from around the state to bring this workshop to Molokai.

“This workshop will be of interest to landowners and people dedicated to caring for Molokai’s agricultural lands,” said Butch Haase, executive director for the land trust.

The morning session includes an overview of land preservation tools, including conservation easements and Important Ag Lands designation, and information on a variety of available funding sources. …