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

Molokai Helps World’s Largest Christmas Project

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Samaritan’s Purse News Release

This month, the Molokai Baptist Church in Ho`olehua will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual project is a favorite of many Molokai residents, families, churches and groups who help spread God’s love to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

“Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old,” said Molokai Regional Manager Becky Gross.

Molokai Baptist Church will be open for collection Nov.…

Veterans Corner

Friday, November 21st, 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. Could foam help stop troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield? A new product developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could possibly treat wounds not easily staunched by conventional methods. A polymer foam would be injected into the patient as a liquid and expand to 30 times its volume, while gently cradling the injury site and vital organs. It was shown in tests to reduce blood loss six-fold and increase survival rate at three hours post-injury to 72 percent, compared with eight percent survival rate with the control group.…

Changes Coming to the Molokai Humane Society

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Molokai Humane Society News Release

Over the last three years, the Molokai community has benefited from the veterinary service given by Dr. Stewart Morgan at the Molokai Humane Society.  We are both saddened and excited by the prospects that the coming years will bring, as Dr. Morgan moves ahead with his growing career as a veterinarian and returns to the East Coast.  Dr. Morganwill be taking on a residency position at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and will be leaving the island of Molokai at the end of this year.  We wish Dr. Morgan the best of luck in his new career, and thank him on behalf of all the animals whose lives he has touched.…

School Ho`olaulea

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Kaunakakai School News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School invites the community to its 2014 Ho`olaulea on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. on the school’s front lawn. Support Kaunakakai Elementary by purchasing some ono grindz, plants/produce, student work, participating in the game booths, or making a bid on one of the more than 50 silent auction items!

Enjoy some of your favorite local entertainers such as Moana’s Hula Halau, Mo Bettah Band, Bob Underwood and Friends, Tutu and Me Keiki, and many more. Lucky number drawings will be taking place all night long so stop by and make a donation for your chance to get in on the fun!…

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Bennett Pottery News Release

On Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bennett Pottery celebrates 40 years of making ceramics on Molokai.  Since 1974, potter Dan Bennett has been creating unique stoneware and porcelain utilitarian ware at a reasonable cost for the Molokai community.  Bennett is a founding member of the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) and teaches ceramics for University of Hawaii Maui College on site, as well as beginning and intermediate classes for adults.  He can be found at the MAC teaching three days each week.

Photo courtesy of Bennett pottery.

Aside from a wide range of pottery designed for functional use, this year features some small sculpture pieces of animals and structures as well as work from salt and raku firings.…

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

The Dispatch is starting a new series called Heroes Among Us, to honor the island’s veterans, their personal histories and contributions. Each article will feature a profile of one of Molokai’s war veterans. If you know a veteran you’d like to see featured in this series or would like to share your own story, please contact us at 552-2781 or editor@themolokaidispatch.com.

Like many American dads, Samuel Makaiwi spent Father’s Day 2005 with his son. But instead of celebrating it in an aloha shirt at the nearest breakfast joint, he spent it in uniform at a dusty U.S. Army post in Baghdad, Iraq, where both he and his son Tadd were stationed.…

Students Learn Hands-on at Future Fest

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Students Learn Hands-on at Future Fest

Normally, high school students operating backhoes on the school’s front lawn would be cause for alarm. However, last Wednesday it was all part of Molokai High School’s Future Fest, a day-long sampling of potential colleges and careers for MHS students.

According to Lisa Takata, representatives from over 12 colleges and universities from both Hawaii and the mainland attended the Fest, answering students’ questions on everything from possible majors to athletic scholarships.

Students chatted with university representatives at Future Fest. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

“Most of them talked about what they need to do to come to school,” said Tammy Fonoimoana, a financial aid counselor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. …

MHS One Step Closer to Science Labs

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MHS One Step Closer to Science Labs

Slowly but surely, Molokai High School (MHS) is making its way toward the science building of school officials’ dreams. Since MHS split from the middle school a decade ago, students have been using classrooms that lack the amenities of a standard high school science lab. Without multiple gas- and water-equipped lab stations, students often have to gather around computers or even a single table to observe experiments.

In early 2013, the DOE and school officials began designing a new science building to change all that, and last Wednesday, project planners met another project goal. The Molokai Planning Commission approved Department of Education (DOE) requests to change land and zoning designations on the area of school property where the DOE wants to build a brand new science facility.…

Molokai Honors Its Veterans

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Molokai Honors Its Veterans

A veteran listens as Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello speaks during Veteran’s Day services. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Molokai is far quieter and slower than a battlefield abroad, but for the island’s war veterans, the Friendly Isle is exactly where they want to be.

“I’m glad to be home,” said Army veteran Samuel Makaiwi, who served in Iraq.

On Nov. 11, residents and veterans gathered in Kaunakakai’s Memorial Park to honor those who dedicated their lives to defending the country. The ceremony included the singing of the national and state anthems, speeches and short musical performances.

Maui County Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello thanked the veterans and the families for their service and sacrifices.…

Judge Orders Hold on GE Enforcement

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A federal judge in Honolulu has ordered a temporary hold on enforcement of the moratorium on genetically engineered crops passed by Maui County voters on Nov. 4. Last week, Monsanto and other parties filed a lawsuit against the County of Maui, challenging the moratorium. Judge Barry Kurren granted Monsanto and other plaintiffs in the suit a temporary injunction until Dec. 5.

The county stated last week it was preparing to enforce the moratorium pending the Election Officer’s certification of election results, but the judge’s injunction will put a hold on enforcement until further court action.

Injunction is a court order for a party to do, or refrain from doing, specific acts.…