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

Molokai’s Own Named Statewide Educator of the Year

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Molokai’s Own Named Statewide Educator of the Year

Every day, Molokai teachers nurture our students in the classroom, spend hours of their own time preparing lessons and assisting youth in afterschool programs, and carry the weight of ensuring the success of the future generation. One Molokai educator was recognized in particular this year for doing it all with grace, and going above and beyond her job description. Molokai Middle School (MMS) Hawaiian Language Immersion teacher `Iolani Kuoha received the Hawaii Association of Middle Schools Educator of the Year award last weekend – and she said she accepted the honor on behalf of her fellow teachers.

“I represent not only myself but all the teachers,” she said.…

Students Rock College and Career Readiness

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ric Ornellas

This coming Thursday, Oct. 30, 14 Molokai High School students want to thank their many donors and community members who helped the students make a recent life-changing trip to the East Coast. The students will share their New York City experiences in college and career readiness at the MHS Library at 6 p.m. They will recount surviving rush-hour subways and negotiating crowded NYC sidewalks with thousands of pedestrians.  They will also highlight their visit to Yale University and bonding with current Yale students.

The students will talk and share photos and videos of visits to the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, the 9/11 Memorial, Chinatown, the NYC Public Library, Columbia University, Barnard College, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York University, Central Park, ABC Studios, Barclay Investment Bank, Citibank, Grand Central Station, Little Italy, and the West Village.…

Kiora! MMS Benefit Event with Darren Benitez

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Kiora! MMS Benefit Event with Darren Benitez

MMS News Release

The Hawaiian Language Immersion program at Molokai Middle School, `O Hina i ka Malama, is having a benefit concert and dinner on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Molokai Community Health Center (Old Pau Hana Inn) at 5 p.m., under the banyan tree.  Dinner tickets are $50 per person and our VIP tables are $1000.  We have a great lineup of entertainment starring our own Middle Schools students of `O Hina i ka Malama, Na Pua Ho`oheno, and guest artist Darren Benitez and friends.

Darren Benitez. Photo courtesy of Molokai Middle School.

Proceeds of the benefit concert and dinner, along with a silent auction that night will support our students to travel to Aotearoa, New Zealand. …

Molokai Fitness: Behavior Change

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Why do we create habits? If something feels good, then most likely we will do it again and again, even if it is not really doing us good. But our body starts automatically doing it, without thinking about it. Our body takes control over our mind.

And why then is it so hard when we try to break our habits? Because a change, or a new habit, feels uncomfortable, unfamiliar. We are trying to change ourselves without changing the way we think. We can’t change the way we feel, or what we do, if we don’t first change the way we think.…

Divas Bring Glitz and Glam

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Divas Bring Glitz and Glam

On the Saturday before Halloween at Paddlers’ Inn, seven local drag queens got the chance to break out their fanciest dresses and craziest dance moves for Molokai’s fourth annual Halloqueen celebration.

“The girls bring a very eclectic and vibrant energy,” said show attendee Leslee Florea, who sported pink cat ears and a long tail as part of the audience costume contest. “Their passion for what they do is endless and fabulous.”

Molokai diva Betty. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

The show included a runway-style strut through the bar, lip syncing performances and elaborate dances to popular songs from such artists as Beyonce and Nicki Minaj.…

Child & Family Service Celebrates New Office

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Child & Family Service Celebrates New Office

When Child & Family Service (CFS) first arrived on Molokai in 2008, staff members worked with families in a one-room building in Kualapu`u, according to Nicole Hokoana, CFS’s Director of Maui County Programs. Six years later, CFS has a new, seven-room office on Kaunakakai’s main street, a fresh location for Hawaii’s oldest human service nonprofit.

“We’re all here because we have one thing in common: we love our children,” said Kahu Jimmy Duvauchelle, who came to help bless the new location last Friday. “We wanna give them nothing but the best.”

CFS, which helps families through serious issues that include domestic violence and sexual assault, went from the small building in Kualapu`u to a location next to Hometown Goods on Kaunakakai’s main street.…

Protecting and Managing Your Place

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Aha o Molokai and Malama Mo`omomi News Release

Hawaiians always had strict rules and regulations when it came to harvesting from the shoreline and ocean. The Kapu System was set up to protect the natural resources from misuse and to insure that the future generations had the same resources for them to survive.

Molokai’s shorelines, especially west Molokai, are dotted with fishing Ko`a and Ku`ula shrines.  The fisherman’s first catch was placed on these ahu to honor the gods of the ocean, family aumakua, and the great teacher of fishing, conservation and sharing… Ku`ula Kai.

Molokai is in the process of applying for a State Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) designation, which will help to protect Mo`omomi’s ocean and shoreline resources.  …

Medical Directives and Financial Powers of Attorney: Why Do I Need These?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Community Contributed

By Maria Sullivan, Attorney

Many of us have an aunty who suffered a stroke, then spent months in the hospital before she passed away.  Not only was it difficult for Aunty, but also for her family.  One of the many decisions that had to be made was about Aunty’s health care, because she couldn’t communicate who she wanted to carry out her medical wishes. Doctors spoke to the family and asked them to consider filing a Guardianship Court case, and the Court would determine who would make decisions for Aunty.  But if Aunty had signed an Advance Health Care Directive and Medical Power of Attorney (generally referred to as a Medical Directive), the decision making and entire medical process would have been easier for Aunty and for the family.…

Veterans Corner

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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. The Marine Corps mascot is an English bulldog. Why? According to legend and probably not true, the “devil dog” nickname was given to Marines by Germans during the Battle of Belleau Woods during WWI. Even so, Marines seized on the nickname. When a cartoonist drew a helmeted German dachshund being chased by a bulldog wearing a Marine helmet, the Marines adopted the image for recruiting posters. Then in 1922, Brig. Gen. Smedley D. Butler enlisted an English bulldog under the name Pvt.…

Maunaloa and Kilohana Schools Among Best in State

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Maunaloa and Kilohana Schools Among Best in State

Molokai has one of the smallest populations in the state, but that population is home to two of Hawaii’s best public elementary schools, according to a state-wide school performance program.

Based on scores from the 2013-14 school year, Maunaloa and Kilohana ranked within the top five percent of Hawaii public schools in the DOE’s Strive HI program, which reviews school performance through the four categories of achievement, student growth, readiness and gap rates. On Oct. 16, the Department of Education (DOE) recognized both schools with two $15,000 checks.

Maunaloa Elementary students and faculty pose with their freshly awarded check, along with DOE officials Lindsay Ball and Jessica Worchel (with leis).…