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

Upcoming Veterans Events

Friday, October 9th, 2015

MVCV News Release

Our Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) are looking forward to Tuesday, Oct. 13, when our Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C., will be coming to our center from 9:30 to 11 a.m., to inform our veterans and discuss any concerns. Clay Park, who is a board member of the Governor’s Veterans Committee and founder of the Uncles and Aunties Program, will also be here to provide VA updates and assist with any VA issues.

On the same day, Yvonne Geesey, health promotion disease prevention program manager with Department of Veterans Affairs, will be at our center from 8 a.m.…

Molokai Island Energy Project Update

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Princeton Energy News Release

Aloha! Princeton Energy Group and Half Moon Ventures want to express our gratitude to the Molokai community for welcoming us once again with great hospitality and warmth this past May. It was wonderful to visit with old friends, as well as develop new relationships on the island, as we continue to work together as partners on the Molokai Island Energy Project (formerly known as Ikehu Molokai). We held extensive community meetings throughout the island and received valuable feedback from residents. We continue to believe that the Molokai Island Energy Project will be accomplished by a long-term collaboration between community groups, residents, and the planning team.…

Upcoming 100K Bike Race in January

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Upcoming 100K Bike Race in January

Kualapu`u School News Release

Photo courtesy Kualapuu School.

Kualapu`u School invites all local cycling enthusiasts to start getting ready for this year’s Molokai Metric events. Two races are planned this year. In addition to the 100K ride, race organizers are staging an Uphill Prelim on the Kalae Highway. The Uphill Prelim is five miles in length climbing from Holomua Junction to Kalaupapa Lookout. This event opens the Martin Luther King weekend of activities. The Uphill race begins Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. from the Surf Shack. Afterwards, riders will be taking a group ride to preview a 12-mile section of the following day’s Molokai Metric course.…

Grief Support Group

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Hospice Hawaii Molokai News Release

When a person experiences the death of a loved one, their life is forever changed and the journey can be an emotional roller coaster. Knowledge about grief can help a person understand the emotions and know what is normal grief and mourning. A grief support group through Hospice Hawaii Molokai is for anyone in the Molokai community who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

The new closed support group begins Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and every Wednesday for 12 weeks at the Hospice Hawaii office (next to Dave’s ice cream).…

Child Abuse Prevention Scenarios

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Consuelo Foundation Molokai News Release

Though Molokai is a small community, we’re not immune from child abuse. Education is an important step in prevention. Parents, don’t be afraid to talk to your children about staying safe and healthy. Here is an activity to do with your children ages 5 to 10, but it can be discussed at any age.

Talk about grown-ups they trust. Have your child think of several trusted grown-ups, they are comfortable talking to. Along with your child, identify and draw pictures of three grown-ups who will help if they have a problem. It is important to make sure to communicate with these adults about their role as a trusted person.…

Veterans Corner

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. I want to remind everybody about a town hall meeting with Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is a member of the Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs, on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. here at the Veterans Center. This is your chance to talk to a person who can get your thoughts and ideas to Washington. Also on the same day, our veterans clinic will conduct an immunization clinic at the Veterans Center before and after the town hall meeting, from 8 a.m.…

Fuel for Thought: Molokai’s Gas Prices

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Fuel for Thought: Molokai’s Gas Prices

Molokai’s gas prices are dropping–but still hover well above Hawaii’s average. Photos by Colleen Uechi.

Recently, many Hawaii residents have been breathing a sigh of relief at the gas pump. Across the state and the country, prices have dropped more than a dollar over the past year and are continuing to fall.

A year ago, gas prices in Hawaii averaged $4.21 cents a gallon, according to price-tracking website Prices are now at $2.89. The average throughout the U.S. is even cheaper, as prices have tumbled from $3.34 to $2.29 a gallon within the last year.

On Molokai, prices are also declining, but the overall rates are more than a dollar more expensive than rates on neighboring islands.…

Celebrating a Queen’s Love of Kalo

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Celebrating a Queen’s Love of Kalo

Young enthusiasts show off their harvest. All photos courtesy of Harmonee Williams.

At last month’s Taro Field Day, Molokai residents celebrated cultural and agricultural traditions, harvested their own kalo to grown in their backyards, and participated in a prestigious cooking contest honoring a queen’s commitment to taro.

The annual event offers community members a chance to learn about and be a part of efforts to preserve dozens of historic taro species, as well as taste test poi and kulolo made from varieties grown here on Molokai at the UH Maui Community College Farm in Ho`olehua. Attendees could also venture into the field after receiving a labelled map to select and harvest plants of their favorite varieties.…

Rubbish Pick-Up Delayed on Molokai

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

Wednesday’s road-side rubbish pick-up on Molokai was delayed this week due to emergency repairs on the truck. The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that all County of Maui refuse routes on Molokai were canceled on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 and will instead be picked up Thursday or Friday.

The unplanned delay was due to emergency repairs to the island’s primary rear loader truck while the backup truck was also undergoing repair.

The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience, and would like to inform the community that a replacement truck that had previously been budgeted and ordered is expected to arrive within the next month to provide for improved sustainable service to the Molokai community.…

Action-Packed Weekend for Farmers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Molokai’s volleyball team traveled to Seabury last Friday with a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who watched their team put on a strong defensive showing before the Farmers fell to the league leaders.

“Basically our defense was on it,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “Our back row was digging balls and at least making it playable, being on their toes and ready to dig anything.”

However, Rawlins credited the “well-rounded” Spartans, who beat Molokai 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 on Friday and 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 on Saturday.

After Friday’s loss, Rawlins said they tried to switch things up and place Molokai’s Sehja Pedro across from Seabury’s best outside hitter, which helped in several instances.…