In an effort to streamline the permitting process, create more consistency and improve preventative maintenance for facilities, the county Department of Parks and Recreation will be revamping its procedures in the coming months. From parks and public facilities to leagues and community sports, Parks and Rec is instrumental in running many activities, services and events on Molokai. If you’re in the market to book an event or organize a league, you may notice some changes in the process — all with the goal of making it simpler, quicker and more consistent.
Brianne Savage, deputy director of the department, explained the changes to Molokai residents last week.…
ONABEN News Release
A free, two-day workshop will teach business concepts for anyone starting up or running a small business. Held by RedWind and ONABEN hosted by Kuha`o Business Center, this small business development workshop will be provided in Kaunakakai at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) on Monday, April 7 and the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center (QLCC) at Kulana Oiwi on Tuesday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This workshop, one of 15 RedWind will hold this year, will cover business concepts indispensable for anyone starting up or running a small business. Instructors will also identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls.…
By Kainoa Pali
The Molokai High Social Studies Department hosted its fifth National History Day Fair. School-wide judging took place on February 26, along with the Molokai Middle School. The judging panel comprised of professors and experts within their respective fields who were chosen based on students’ topics . Students were interviewed for their understanding of historical content, project criteria, as well as relevance to this year’s theme, “Rights and Responsibility in History.” All students showcased their research analysis through various project formats such as paper, website, performance, documentary, and exhibit.
This is the first year where Molokai High will be represented in all five categories at the State National History Day competition on April 12 on Oahu.…
Governor’s News Release
Molokai Community Health Center will receive $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced last week.
Identified by the state Legislature, this grant will complete phase II of the Center’s capital improvement project that includes renovation of structures, an addition of a central deck, repaving the parking lot, installing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant walkways, as well as irrigation and landscaping at its Oceanside Center in Kaunakakai.
“The Molokai Community Health Center serves approximately 3,000 of the island’s 7,200 total residents, which is more than 40 percent of its population.” Abercrombie said. “This project will expand and improve access to quality health care on the Friendly Isle.”
The nonprofit Molokai Community Health Center is the only federally qualified health center on the island of Molokai.…
Maui Electric News Release
Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections throughout Molokai on Wednesday, March 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Dates and location routes are subject to change due to weather. Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service for the Maui County community.
For questions or concerns, the public can contact Maui Electric at 1-877-871-8461 (toll free).…
Na Kamali`i Hoaloha News Release
Na Kamali`i Hoaloha, a small preschool for children ages 3 and 4, is located in Kalamaula at Kalaiakamanu Hou Church. In September, 2013, Na Kamali`i Hoaloha earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Kathy Bennett, director of Na Kamali`i Hoaloha. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.…
By Erin Raguindin, Kaunakakai School Counselor
Kaunakakai Elementary School has had a Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS) program since 2002. This program promotes positive behavior by teaching school-wide expectations and rewarding students for following those expectations. At Kaunakakai School, students are expected to show Kuleana (Responsibility), Laulima (Working Together), and Ho`ihi (Respect) in all settings and are given a pono point if they are “caught being good.”
Once a month, students can redeem their pono points for items that are bought or donated. If you are looking to clean out your house and want to donate new or used items, you may bring them to the Kaunakakai School Office. …
Maui County News Release
A Molokai community meeting organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) this week will include a presentation on the department’s proposed permitting and scheduling improvements for the use of County facilities. Parks officials also hope to gather input from individuals and organizations regarding improvement ideas for a stronger working relationship and partnership with DPR.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20. The meeting had originally been scheduled earlier in the week. It will begin at 5 p.m. at Coffees of Hawaii, located in Kualapu`u.
Special event coordinators, tournament organizers and officials of adult sports organizations who utilize DPR facilities for their events on Molokai are encouraged to attend.…
Hawaii Invasive Species Council News Release
During Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness week that started on Monday, March 3, Molokai U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Chevalier “Chevy” Levasa was recognized as the Maui Nui MVP for 2014. State representatives and senators presented a variety of awards to those who lead the fight against invasive species, including 2013 Community Hero, 2013 Hottest Hotline Report to 643-PEST, 2013 Business Leader, Greatest Hit of 2013 and MVPS’s from each county in the state. Declaring that “invasive species pose the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s health, environment, economy, and people” Governor Neil Abercrombie praised the award recipients for their dedication to protecting Hawaii.…
By Kaeo Kawaa
After starting a robotics program on a trial basis this year, students of Molokai Middle School (MMS) have swept the competition, placing first and third in the state. That qualifies them to compete in the 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship VEX IQ Challenge Division in California next month as well as the International VEX Summer Games in Honolulu.
“Making it to the World Tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said MMS boys team member Ilima Ka’awa-Richardson. “Since we started at the bottom, this makes things so much sweeter!”
In Hawaii’s inaugural year of VEX IQ Robotics, students use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to maneuver their robots to score points.…