Kaunakakai students build ukulele and ohana
Nearly 75 third and fourth graders at Kaunakakai Elementary School took a break from regular classes last week for three days. But far from slacking off, they were engaged in the learning experience of a lifetime — building their own ukulele.
“This is the coolest thing in the world,” said Lydia Clemens, mother of fourth grader Kayla. “We’re blessed to have this opportunity. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Kayla, engrossed in using sand paper to smooth the unfinished wooden surface of her instrument, said she’s looking forward to playing it.
“I can say I made it on my own,” said fellow fourth grader, Marcus, proudly.…
Stacy Helm Crivello joined Maui County Council as the Molokai representative in January. A few months into her new role, Crivello answered questions from the Dispatch about serving as a county councilmember.
How are you setting into your new job?
I am humbled to serve my home island as Molokai’s councilmember. The reality of serving on the Maui council is accepting the fact that I need to spend most of my work week on Maui. Molokai is my home, and I adjusted to this reality by commuting to Maui on Monday and returning on Friday or Saturday. The work is full time, and I appreciate the challenge and opportunity to make a difference for our island and Maui County.…
Shields’ Animal Shelter Foundation News Release
The Shields’ Animal Shelter Foundation would like to welcome you to a community forum at The Mitchell Pauole Center on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Please join us in an open discussion regarding our proposal to bring The Shields’ Animal Shelter to Molokai.
The Foundation was established in 2009 upon the passing of longtime friend of Molokai, Mrs. Kathleen Shields. A great animal lover, Mrs. Shields supported the mission of the Molokai Humane Society, and it was her dream to one day see a fully functioning animal shelter on Molokai. Mrs. Shields’ was so inclined to improve the lives of the animals on Molokai that in her will she left a small endowment for the expressed purpose of building a shelter on this island she loved so very much.…
A look at the island’s quarries
By Emily Sumners and Catherine Cluett
Rock mining isn’t one of Molokai’s more well-known industries, but it nonetheless plays an important role on the island. Molokai rock is used to pave all the island’s roads, form the cement for its buildings and sidewalks, provides gravel to repair its dirt roads and stones for its rock walls.
General contracting company Goodfellow Brothers operates one of the two currently active commercial quarry operations on Molokai. Located between Maui Electric’s Pala`au power plant and the Molokai-Naiwa Landfill, the quarry has been in operation since 1973, according to Goodfellow’s Todd Svetin.…
One of Molokai’s primary air carriers, Island Air, has made changes to their flight schedule that have raised concerns among local customers. The airline has cancelled all flights between Molokai and Maui, and as of May, will decrease flights between Molokai and Honolulu from five to three per day.
“My concern for the decrease of Island Air travel to Honolulu is for our island population,” said Molokai resident and county councilmember Stacy Crivello. “Molokai people travel to Honolulu for specialized medical needs or hospitalization that may not be provided by Molokai’s health care providers. Molokai families also utilize Island Air… to visit and care for our sick `ohana and be part of our loved one’s celebration of life.”
Les Murashige, Island Air president, said the airline is going through a transitional period with new ownership and aircraft.…
Pakolea Rehab News Release
Jobs on Molokai are scarce, and unless you open your own business or work in agriculture, the future may seem bleak to the residents of our small island. However, there is a glimmer of hope for a dedicated individual interested in the healthcare field. Pakolea Rehab is offering a unique opportunity for a Molokai resident interested in pursuing a career in healthcare as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, or COTA.
Pakolea Rehab is offering a paid position upon graduation. We are looking for dedicated, caring, and hard-working individuals willing to attend Kapi`olani Community College in Fall 2013 to complete this two-year program for an Associates Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.…
Tiki’s Coffee Shack, a new business in Kaunakakai, combines the urban coffee shop vibe with Molokai’s laid back attitude and a menu that highlights local ingredients.
Co-owners Kaua Lester and Tyrah Ka`apuni, both Molokai High School graduates and first-time business owners, opened Tiki’s on Valentine’s Day. Lester decided to go into business after he returned home from college in Oregon. He decided in order to get work on Molokai, he would open his own business.
“We noticed we didn’t have a coffee shop in town, and we wanted to offer a healthier choice for people,” Ka`apuni said.
Tiki’s features a wide selection of drinks and sandwiches, including the panini, an Italian-inspired grilled sandwich on thick bread that’s popular on other islands and the mainland.…
Molokai used to be known as “Molokai `Aina Momona,” or the abundant land, for its plentiful food supply that fed a population many times its current size. Like much of the state, Molokai now imports most of the food found in its stores and restaurants — 98 percent, in fact.
But the food served on Molokai’s dinner tables is a different story. About 40 percent of food consumed comes from subsistence sources such as hunting, fishing, gathering and home grown fruits and vegetables, according to a 2012 study conducted by Sust `aina ble Molokai.
“[The high level of subsistence] means that if disaster hits, Molokai is actually better off than other islands even though food production is less [than other islands],” said Emillia Noordhoek, executive director of Sust `aina ble Molokai.…
“Close your eyes,” began Molokai Kahupono Francis Wong.
Young and old, patient and practitioner followed suit and allowed Wong to guide them in an exercise to empty their minds and let go of their problems.
Wong explained that our emotions guide us throughout our day and it’s important to calm that emotion sometimes to prevent injury to yourself and others.
Hawaiians have long believed that thoughts and words can become a reality, manifesting in our daily lives and affecting those closest to us. Wong’s exercise was a lesson in meditation and ho`oponopono, a Hawaiian practice used to restore and maintain good relationships within a family or group.…
Each week, 4,000 copies of the Molokai Dispatch appear across the island. Free for local readers, the paper is found in island shops, businesses, organizations and schools.
It may seem that something so readily available is created with ease, but the small weekly publication first takes around 200 hours of work to write and layout on island. It then makes an impressive journey to Maui and back each week before it is distributed to the community.
Since 1900, Maui News has owned and operated its own printing press. Today, the bright red DGM Advantage II Press is the biggest and most versatile press in Hawaii, printing over 20 publications, including the Pacific Business News, Maui Weekly, Honolulu Weekly, Kauai Penny Saver, and even the Hawaiian edition of the Wall Street Journal.…