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General news which affects the Molokai community in one way or another.

12 Days Adrift: The Story of Ron Ingraham

Monday, December 15th, 2014

12 Days Adrift: The Story of Ron Ingraham

Ron Ingraham aboard the Malia at Kaunakakai Harbor after his rescue. Photo by Catherine Cluett

What began as a routine fishing trip to Lanai on Thanksgiving Day turned into a 12-day battle of survival at sea for Molokai’s Ron Ingraham. While his friends planned his funeral and authorities gave up the search, Ingraham lived on fish he caught, bailed all night while 20-foot waves crashed over his boat, and — having nearly given up all hope — “jerry-rigged” his water-sodden radio for one final signal for help that led to his rescue and a reunion with his estranged son.

Sixty-seven-year-old Ingraham wasn’t expecting a mishap at sea, but his lifestyle prepared him for it.…

Glowing Good Cheer

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Glowing Good Cheer

Rosie Adolpho played Disney character Elsa in the Frozen-themed float created by the Latter-day Saints Church. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

When night fell last Saturday, Kaunakakai came alive. Residents welcomed in the holidays with a dazzling array of lights and entertainment in the island’s Annual Christmas Light Parade and Ho`olaule`a.

“We just do this for the community, for the kids,” said Kelvin Keanini, who marched with the Frozen-themed float created by the Molokai Latter-day Saints Youth. “… Everybody stepped up their production with the floats.”

According to organizers, 25 groups participated in the parade. County Mayor Alan Arakawa traveled from Maui to serve as the grand marshal.…

New DOE Position for MHS Grad

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

New DOE Position for MHS Grad

Gisele Wong. Photo courtesy of Castle-Kahuku Complex.

A Molokai High graduate has been named to a new position for Oahu’s Castle-Kahuku Complex Area schools. Gisele Wong, a long-time educator raised on Molokai, is now working as the Title 1 linker to ensure that the 16-school complex meets federal requirements.

Title 1 is part of the federal government’s commitment to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and other students by providing school funding based on high numbers of students from low-income families.

Daughter of Mark Ortogero and the late Linda Adachi Kahookano, Wong was born on Oahu and moved to Molokai when she was 15; most of her extended family still lives on the Friendly Isle

“I owe a lot of where I am as an educator and a lifelong learner to a handful of MHIS teachers, who believed that anything is possible,” said Wong, a mother of five.…

Running the Rainbow

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Running the Rainbow

Participants send colored powders skyward at the start of the Turkey Rainbow Run/Walk. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Covered in powdery colors of the rainbow, more than 300 participants of all ages laughed their way through the five-kilometer Turkey Rainbow Run/Walk at Kualapu`u School last Saturday morning. Participants of the first-ever Rainbow Run let out a cheer and filled the air with a palette of powders as the event kicked off, while a natural bow arched fittingly overhead.

“I’ve never seen this many people run a 5K race and be happy about it!” said Marshall Joy, a Kualapu`u School teacher. “It’s great to see all the smiles.”

Ty McComas, Registered Nurse at Na Pu`uwai, helped spearhead the event with the assistance of fellow Na Pu`uwai staff member Komela Horner.…

Heroes Among Us: John “Longie” Dudoit

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Heroes Among Us: John “Longie” Dudoit

Forty years after he left the Army, Vietnam veteran John “Longie” Dudoit can rattle off his military identification number without hesitation.

“RA67190651,” he says, swiftly and surely.

Because even though are some memories Dudoit would like to forget as a veteran of one of the most controversial wars in American history, these memories, like his military number, are seared into his mind.

It was the photographs that first drew Dudoit into the Vietnam conflict. Wanting to know if the war pictures he’d seen were true, he joined the Army fresh out of Molokai High School and was deployed to Vietnam in 1968.…

Bullet Shot Through Molokai Home

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Bullet Shot Through Molokai Home

A west Molokai couple woke up to an alarming surprise last month, when a bullet was shot into their home during the night. The homeowners, who live at the north end of Papohaku Beach, said they are not looking for an arrest, but want to share a message of hunting safety.

“I think it’s great if someone wants to get meat for their family,” said the homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous. “I’m not anti-gun. I grew up in rural Montana and went to my first hunter safety class when I was six years old. One of the first things we learned is to be aware of your background – know where your bullet is going to go.”

About midnight on Monday, Nov.…

Kupu A`e: From Garage to Storefront

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kupu A`e: From Garage to Storefront

Sisters and business partners Leimana Ritte-Camara, left, and Kala`e Tangonan, right, silkscreen a tie in the studio behind their new shop. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Sitting in her brand-new work studio, local business owner and artist Kala`e Tangonan talks about the Hawaiian mamo. The long-beaked bird, which ali`i prized for its feathers, went extinct more than 100 years ago, a fact that both saddens and inspires Tangonan.

“I thought, ‘I’m gonna make me a mamo,’” Tangonan said, gazing at a line of hanging pareos freshly silkscreened with her hand-drawn mamo. “People can wear him and he can come back alive.”

The desire to weave cultural heritage into art is reflected in the motto of the new business that Tangonan shares with her younger sister Leimana Ritte-Camara and friend Miki`ala Pescaia.…

Ho`olaule`a Keeps it Cool

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Ho`olaule`a Keeps it Cool

Parents, faculty and community members of Kaunakakai Elementary worked hard last Saturday to raise money to keep students cool in their classrooms. Proceeds from the event will go toward school-related needs, including air conditioning, according to Jenn Whitted, the school’s Parent Community Network Center Facilitator.

Hundreds of Molokai residents came to munch on chicken hekka plates and baked goods, while hula and Tahitian dancers and local bands provided live entertainment under clear skies. A bouncy house and dart and ball tossing games kept the kids energized. Meanwhile, the adults got a chance to win prizes from drawings and bid on items in a silent auction that included Maui hotel stays.…

Deal Off for Tante’s and Hotel

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Tante’s Island Cuisine’s contract with Hotel Molokai has been called off. Tante’s owner Tante Urban and Hotel Molokai Manger Micheal Drew both confirmed the Maui-based company will no longer be responsible for management of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, though neither would give a reason. Both called it a “mutual agreement.”

Tante’s at Hotel Molokai had been operating the bar and offering a small grill menu while the hotel’s kitchen is being rebuilt after a fire destroyed it two years ago.

Management deal or not, Drew said kitchen construction is still on schedule to be completed in early 2015.

“We hope to open doors to the public on or before Valentine’s Day,” Drew confirmed.…

Community Plan Moving Forward

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Community Plan Moving Forward

County planners and Molokai residents are gearing up to form a blueprint for the island through 2035. After many delays, the Community Plan update process is underway, poised to kick off in full force in the New Year.

The first Molokai Community Plan was adopted in 1984 and was updated last in 2001. The community plan guides much of the large-scale decision-making for the next 20 years. It includes complete descriptions of existing conditions on the island as well as goals, policies and actions, including land use designations, details on future development, projected effects of that development and infrastructure improvements. The plan also outlines implementation actions for those goals.…