Author Archives: Jessica Ahles

Celebrating Kuhio

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Celebrating Kuhio

The 4H Clover Lopers sold popcorn, cotton candy, and other items at the event for their future trip to Maui. Photos by Jessica Ahles

The Lanikeha Community Center transformed into a hearty birthday celebration as local vendors, music and entertainment attracted homesteaders and non-homesteaders alike to celebrate the man who led the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Act and the island where his efforts were first put into practice.

“Without the land, who are we?” said Colette Machado, Molokai chairperson of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). “We would be homeless if we didn’t have a land base or homestead. That’s how significant Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole was.”

Next in line for the throne when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1894, Kuhio was elected as Hawaii’s congressional delegate, advocating for Hawaiian Homes and rehabilitating his people.…

Celebrating 75 Years for Molokai High School

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MHS 75th Anniversary Committee News Release

It’s hard to believe Molokai High School (MHS) has been educating young minds for 75 years. MHS has transformed through the years — our kupuna remember raising swine and growing crops. Today still known as the Farmers, MHS continues to perpetuate its long standing motto.

In commemorating this wonderful achievement of 75 years, MHS will be celebrating its anniversary starting May 22-26 on campus the grounds. We’re creating a family fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy.

Registration on campus will be Thursday, May 22 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. Friday May 23 is also the commencement exercise of the graduating class of 2014, gymnasium doors to open at 4 p.m, to be followed by a ho`olaulea starting at 6 p.m.…

Three-Year Business Training Continues

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

ONABEN News Release

Our Native American Business Network returns to work with the Kuha`o Business Center and Native entrepreneurs as a part of their thee-year program to provide entrepreneurial training to the community on Molokai. Trainings are made possible by a grant provided by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and allows a local organization, Kuha`o Business Center, to partner with the Portland-based, national nonprofit to work with area citizens on business development initiatives three times per year. ONABEN is returning April 8 and 9, providing small business training April 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center.…

Molokai Battles Back Against Cancer

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Relay for Life Molokai News Release

Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Molokai gets underway with teams of residents gathering on August 8 at 6 p.m.

Relay for Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at the Kaunakakai Ball Park with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the evening.  Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay, sporting chili plates/bowls, popcorn, glow sticks, and many more. …

Kalaupapa: Wearing Of the Green

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

March 17 dawned like any other day here in Kalaupapa. It was just another work day for the National Park personnel, whose workday begins at 6 a.m. For us whose day begins in church, it meant an early rising at 5 a.m. and the celebration of Mass at 5:45. Yet it was a little different for this Irish-born lad. It was the feast day of my patron saint and so I wore a loud shirt with Happy St Patrick’s Day splashed all over the front in vivid green. True to my heritage, I was wearing the green.…

Duo Dishes Out Aloha

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Duo Dishes Out Aloha

Siblings Kama Hoe and Tammy Smith consider themselves the news kids on the block, entering the Molokai community as general managers of Paddlers Inn, bringing over 30 years of food service experience with them. Photo by Jessica Ahles

If you’ve tasted a difference at Paddlers Inn lately, it’s probably thanks to sibling team, Tammy Smith and Kama Hoe, welcomed into the Paddlers family as of September 2013. Working as general managers, they are dedicated to not only improving the total dining experience, but also creating job security and supporting the community while they’re at it.

Before their parents, Herbert and Julia Hoe, left Oahu 20 years ago to start retired life on Molokai, they had instilled the importance of hard work, family and community into their children.…

Molokai’s Champion of Change

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Molokai’s Champion of Change

Photo contributed by Kupu

Jon Brito calls the summer he decided to take a break from pursuing his Bachelor’s degree a defining moment in his life. That was when he solidified his passion for conservation and natural resource management — a passion that’s now landed him a national honor. The 24-year-old from Molokai has been selected as one of the White House’s Champions of Change that recognizes those around the country who engage the next generation of conservation stewards — and one of only two youth leaders to be awarded.

“Jon’s commitment to the environment and his selfless mission to protect Hawai’i’s precious land and culture is inspiring,” said U.S.…

Molokai Fitness: Benefits of Exercise

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

If you’ve seen my previous articles, then hopefully you started to drink more water. Last time, we talked about being aware of your breathing. Now it’s time for exercise!

Everyone knows how important exercise is, and what benefits it will bring you. So why do we so often choose to wait until we have to lose weight before starting exercise? Or why do we choose to go to the doctor and have to take pills? Why wait until it comes to this?

When you are exercising regularly, you can actually prevent many illnesses. And you will feel much better, think more positive thoughts, sleep better, feel stronger, and have more energy.…

Low Chill Temperate Fruits

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Low Chill Temperate Fruits

Photo contributed by Glenn Teves

Community Contributed

By By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH CTAHR

Low-chill fruits are temperate fruit varieties developed for warmer conditions, such as parts of Florida and California, but many will set fruit even in the cooler parts of Hawaii. Varieties requiring 100 to 200 chill hours are the best bet in Hoolehua, while others up to 300 chill hours may fruit in Kalae and Maunaloa.

Breeders in Israel have developed low-chill apples, including Anna, a variety resembling Red Delicious. Dorsett Golden, resembling Golden Delicious, is from a seedling found in the Bahamas. A recent University of Florida development is the TropicSweet apple.…

Hawaii Meth Project Teen Advisory Council

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Hawaii Meth Project News Release

The Hawaii Meth Project, a nonprofit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state, is seeking applications for its Teen Advisory Council for the 2014-2015 school year.

During their terms, Teen Advisory Council members will have the opportunity to lead and facilitate outreach in their schools and communities across the state. They will be charged with raising awareness about the importance of methamphetamine prevention, especially among Hawaii’s youth.

All high school students entering grades nine through 12 for the upcoming school year and attending public, private, and home schools statewide are encouraged to apply for one of 20 available positions on the council.…