Shirley Rawlins, left, and daughter Lori-Lei Crivello, right, accepted the awards for Rawlins Chevron. Photo by Catherine Cluett.
At an elegant dinner event overlooking panoramic views of Maui last Thursday, Rawlins Chevron was honored among Maui County businesses as the Exceptional Small Business of the Year in the 11 to 35 employees category.
With eight other nominated businesses from Maui in that category at the 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, the multi-generational family service station with 20 employees in Kaunakakai took top honors. They were one of two Molokai businesses represented as nominees at the event.
“We’re blessed to do what we do in the community each and every day in our community,” said Lori-Lei Crivello after accepting the award.…
A man described as “at the pinnacle” of methamphetamine distribution on Molokai was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison last week. On Feb. 23, 35-year-old Jon Hans Kaapuni, Jr., also known as “Hanzy Boy,” was taken into custody following the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.
In September, Kaapuni, Jr. pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. At last week’s hearing, U.S. District Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said evidence showed Kaapuni, Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving at least five members.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Applying for financial aid can be a daunting process, said Kelley Dudoit of the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM). That’s why the college is trying to make the process as personable as possible. Last Friday, representatives from 28 different organizations gathered at UHMCM to help students discover available financial aid both on and off island.
“A lot of times students are wary or scared about applying for financial aid,” said Dudoit, Institutional Support at UHMCM. “So we thought that if we brought faces to Molokai … that maybe that would make [students] a little more comfortable with the whole financial aid process.”
UHMCM’s third annual Financial Aid Kick-off was geared toward current and prospective students, including high school seniors as well as adults.…
MHS students collected the most awards of any school at the fair. Photo courtesy of Momi Afelin.
At Molokai High, young scientists are doing groundbreaking studies to solve problems in their own backyards.
One group of students is turning invasive seaweed on the island into a profitable resource. Another is researching the destructive effect mangroves will have on Molokai’s coastline, finding that the trees have invaded over 60 percent of the island’s fishponds. These two projects won top honors at the Maui County Science Fair, and were chosen to represent Molokai and Maui County at the international level competition this spring.…
Na Pu`uwai News Release
On Wednesday, March 11, Na Pu`uwai Senior Enrichment Center Adult Day Care (ADC) will be sponsoring a workshop for family Caregivers and paraprofessional Nurse Aides who do in-home and respite care focusing on dementia and the effect of this disease on their loved ones. Dr. Michael Cheang, University of Hawaii Gerontologist, and Ms. Daria Gray, a speech-language therapist based in Oregon, will be discussing dementia and effective tools to help cope with this disease and how to support their loved ones who are afflicted with dementia.
Join us at Kulana `Oiwi in the old Alu Like Room. …
By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
They were waiting for me in the clearing at the foot of the Kalaupapa trail when I drove up in my Paddy Wagon. It had taken these young people and their adult adviser a casual hour and a half to hike from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa. It was obvious that this quintet of teens and their adviser, Mr. Edgar Alvarez, from St. Damien Parish in Kaunakakai were excited about their visit to our unique settlement, the land of Saints Damien and Marianne.
Shortly thereafter back at the parish house, I learned that a couple of the girls were members of the Farmers’ Basketball team who represented Molokai High School so honorably on the court in recent weeks.…
Consuelo Foundation Molokai News Release
One out of four girls, and one out of five boys are sexually abused. Research suggests primary prevention education can increase your child’s ability to self-protect, report, and seek help..
In partnership with the Hawaii Sexual Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), Consuelo Foundation’s Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathway (MCAPP) currently offers a series of lessons at a few Molokai schools on personal safety, respecting boundaries, recognizing unsafe situations and getting help.
Call us at 660-2619 for more information about primary prevention education for your child.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. What is the VA Telehealth program? Telehealth is the use of electronic information to support long-distance health care. Technologies can include videoconferencing, the Internet, and wireless communications to share health information with care providers.
The VA’s program is called the Coordination Home TeleHealth Services for veterans including those with chronic health problems, homebound veterans, veterans who need assisted living services and veterans with mental health conditions. Benefits of this program include prevention or reduction of completions from chronic health conditions, assistance in managing your health and making health decisions, and daily monitoring of your health condition by a registered nurse care coordinator trained in the use of home telehealth technology.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Last week, residents and visitors at the Molokai Community Health Center got a sneak peek of the talents to come in this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival.
Moana’s Hula Halau, which was invited to participate in the storied hula festival in Hilo this year, held their annual dinner show last Saturday night. Dancers from keiki to kupuna entertained a crowd of hundreds in a fundraiser for festival-bound halau members. It’s been more than 10 years since the halau has performed at the festival.
“To be asked to come again is a privilege for us because we have a lot of new girls and [it’s] a good experience for them,” said halau Kumu Hula Valerie Dudoit-Temahaga.…
House of Representatives News Release
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former state House Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll. She passed at 3:50 am on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 with her family at her side. At this time services are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Carroll was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to begin her sixth term, representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is a true canoe district that includes East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho`olawe and Molokini.
“It is a very sad day for the House,” said Speaker Joseph M. Souki. …