Developing Business Directory

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release

Sust`aina ble Molokai is pleased to announce a second round of sign-ups for the Go Local! Molokai Business Directory.  This directory was initially published in January of this year, and was funded by First Nations Development Institute and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. We received very positive feedback, including requests for more hard copies. In response, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is sponsoring this next printing, which will be released at the Molokai Business Conference on Aug. 5 at the UH Maui Community College Molokai Campus. Each participant will receive a copy courtesy of OHA.…

Molokai Drive Inn Closes

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Molokai Drive Inn Closes


A landmark for more than 50 years, local fast food restaurant Molokai Drive Inn is closing on Wednesday, June 17. Following a legal battle between landowners Friel Enterprises and operators Molokai Services Inc. (MSI) over the amount of rent being charged for the property, the conflict was never resolved and the current lease expires on June 30. In an announcement of the closure on Facebook, MSI said it hopes to open again in a new location.

“It’s going to be sad,” said restaurant manager and 15-year employee of the Drive Inn, Annie Cariaga. “We will miss the kupuna who come here every day.…

Talking about Economic Development 

Friday, June 12th, 2015

KBC News Release

On June 18 and 19, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED) is coming to Molokai to talk story about the programs they offer, but more importantly to talk story with Molokai to see how we can better serve the island.  Each session will be approximately one hour. Come for one or come for all!

The Economic Development Talk Story event will start June 18 at the Molokai Community Health Center (Old Pau Hana Inn) Great Room with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions will continue on June 19 at the QLCC Meeting Room from 9 to 11:00 a.m.…

Community Plan Raises Issues on Land, Economy

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Molokai’s future is being weighed as a local committee reviews the island’s Community Plan update, a blueprint for the next 20 years. The plan spans 2015-2035 and establishes the goals and policies that residents envision for the island’s development. The 13-person Community Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) is in the process of reviewing the chapters and is seeking input from fellow residents on issues like community design, water usage, natural resource management and infrastructure development.

Last week, the problems facing Molokai’s economy and issues of land use, were on the hot seat, with hours of education and discussion for committee members.

For CPAC member Lori Buchanan, the planning process offers an important opportunity for community problem-solving.…

Farm Food Safety Short-Course

Friday, June 5th, 2015

KBC News Release

The Molokai Farm Food Safety Short-Course is being offered for farmers on Molokai who are interested in implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on their farms.  This is the first step in starting your Farm Food Safety Plan.  The first class, held in May was an overview of GAP.  There is still time to get in on this great opportunity for our agriculture community.

The course will run through September with one class being held per month.  Classes are held from 9 a.m. to noon  and registration is required (space is limited).  The next class will be held June 10 at the UH Maui College Farm and the topic will be Personal Hygiene — building your field hand washing station. …

Scholarships Available for Startup Weekend Maui

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

MEDB News Release

If you’re living in Hana, Lanai or Molokai, and are an entrepreneur who has an idea for a business, the Maui Economic Development Board encourages you to participate in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui scheduled on May 15-17. This is your opportunity to learn how to launch a company in just 54 hours! Limited scholarships are available.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. The event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get a startup off the ground; connect with other passionate and skilled individuals; and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform their ideas into reality.…

New Service at Business Center

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

KBC News Release

May 4-8 is Small Business Week and to celebrate the occasion we are proud to announce a new service for Molokai business owners and entrepreneurs.  Online Business Office Hours is a free, by-appointment service, developed as a partnership with the Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, to help new and existing business owners explore and transition into the world of online business.

If you are overwhelmed with your options, not sure how to start, or have questions about which social media tool, online platform, or web technology will be your best bet, then schedule a free session with web designer and online business consultant, Mark Moran, at KBC in Kaunakakai.  …

Workshop for Small Business Owners

Friday, April 10th, 2015

KBC News Release

We, as small business owners, are going to have some of “those days.” What keeps many small business people from succeeding? What are some doubts and limiting beliefs people starting out in business may face?  How “smart” do we have to be to really succeed?

To answer these questions ONABEN — Our Native American Business Network — in partnership with Kuha`o Business Center and MEO Business Development Center will offer a Small Business Workshop for Molokai Business Owners and Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, April 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the OHA/DHHL Conference Room at Kulana `Oiwi building D. …

Rebuilding a Tradition

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Rebuilding a Tradition

When Sheldon Wright builds walls, his main focus is to listen. He hefts a rock in his hands, flips it, spins it, lets it fall and hears the clack as it hits the stack of rocks in front of him. To construct walls the way Wright does—the same way ancient Hawaiians did hundreds of years ago—he has to tune into the tools of his trade.

“The rocks speak to me,” said Wright. “They tell me where they want to go.”

Wright fashions the beginnings of a dry stack wall outside Madsen’s home. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Wright is carrying on the Hawaiian tradition of dry stack masonry in which the rocks are placed in an interlocking fashion that requires no mortar, he said.…

Financial Woes May Suspend Ferry Route

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Financial Woes May Suspend Ferry Route

Photos by Catherine Cluett

In the face of falling ridership, the Lahaina Cruise Company (LCC) is planning to suspend the Molokai Ferry’s daily round trip between Molokai and Maui, pending approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), according to the company’s President and Senior Captain David Jung.

“What’s happening with the ferry right now, is that we’re hemorrhaging money because of low ridership,” said Jung. “We’re trying to come up with a solution right now, but in the meantime we [plan] to cut back one trip a day. It’s better to have reduced service than no service.”

The route, which departs from Kaunakakai Harbor at 5:15 a.m.…