County of Maui News Release
The inaugural “Made in Maui County” Festival will be held November 7 and 8 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced. Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 residents and visitors are anticipated to attend the event, which will showcase a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more in one location.
Planning for the first-ever festival is in full swing with vendor applications and sponsorship forms now being accepted on the event’s official website, MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com. The event is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce.…
Kualapu`u School News Release
The Kualapu`u School 5K team raced against a strong field of Oahu runners in the Honolulu 5K for Kids held on Sunday, April 27. Keahe Ross was the top finisher from Molokai finishing in 25:01 for third place in her age group. The next three Kualapu`u School runners ran the course together finishing within 23 seconds of each other. First in the pack of Kualapu`u runners was Namaka Ross finishing in a time of 28:37, good for 10th in his age division. Close on his heels came Kapili`ula Naehu in a time of 28:59, good for seventh in the girl’s 11-12s. …
Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release
We are pleased to announce that the Molokai Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Harlem Ambassadors on Tuesday May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Barn at Molokai High School. Hoops and hijinks are on their way as our very own local challengers, the Molokai All-Stars, take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a comedy basketball show the whole family will enjoy.
The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, hilarious comedy routines, music, dancing and games for the kids.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said.…
Island Insurance Foundation News Release
Principal Joe Yamamoto of Maunaloa Elementary on Molokai was named as one of the 13 finalists in the 2014 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Awards, which recognizes outstanding Hawaii public school principals for their efforts to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students. Each finalist received a $1,000 personal cash award and a Certificate of Recognition at a presentation ceremony held on March 29.
The finalists will by vying for the $25,000 (a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 towards a school project of his or her choice) grand prize award at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation dinner on May 1 in Honolulu. …
By Manuwai Peters
With interest and demand growing for Hawaiian language programs for kids entering middle school, a second Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela site will open this summer at Molokai Middle School. Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela at Molokai Middle is for students who will complete grade six, seven or eight this school year. The Hawaiian language based curricula is designed to engage and excite students in the many aspects of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule`a and Hikianalia wa`a.
Through direct instruction and inquiry, students will compare stories and traditions of the Polynesian (Maori and Tahitian) migration with primary accounts of Hawaiian migrations, genealogies, exploration, and discovery. …
Opinion by Kamana`opono M. Crabbe, Ka Pouhana, Chief Executive Officer for OHA
With the May 1 deadline to register with the Official Hawaiian Roll fast approaching, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is moving aggressively to engage its beneficiaries on Molokai in the nation-building process.
We are invigorated by those in the Hawaiian community who tell us that they are ready to begin a process aimed at creating a nation where all Native Hawaiians have an opportunity to thrive.
This nation-building process will begin and end with Native Hawaiians who, for example, believe their children are entitled to an education that allows them to be competitive in the 21st century; believe their families should have access to safe and affordable housing that strengthens communities; and believe we as a people need to become healthier by stepping it up through exercise, a balanced diet and preventive medicine.…
Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii News Release
The Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii’s (DACH) second annual benefit fundraiser, “Cheers for Molokai and Lanai High,” held on Jan. 29 outside Murphy’s Bar and Grill, raised $131,500 to benefit student athletes from both schools, and donations are still coming in.
DACH Board of Directors President Keith Amemiya said the outpouring of support from across the state was emotional and overwhelming. Of the proceeds, $85,500 went to Molokai High and $46,000 will benefit Lanai High’s athletic program.
DACH arrived at the financial allocation with the agreement of Molokai High and Lanai High athletic administrators based on the respective numbers of student-athletes served and certain donations that were earmarked by sponsors.…
Sust`ainable Molokai News Release
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and wished that more locally grown food was available? Here at Sust`ainable Molokai, we have, and we know that many of you have as well. Based on the Agricultural Needs Assessment survey that we conducted in 2012, 90 percent of those Molokai residents surveyed said that they prefer to buy local Molokai food products, and 98 percent answered, “Yes, I would eat more local food if it was available.”
In response to that demand, along with the input of our island farmers, which was also collected during our Agricultural Needs Assessment process, we are now working to establish a Molokai Food Hub.…
Three small brushfires blazed in Kalama`ula Mauka last Thursday morning, and are believed to have been intentionally set, according to the Maui Fire officials.
A juvenile male was observed in the area prior to the fires being reported, and was subsequently arrested, said Sergeant James Terry of the Molokai Police Department.
Molokai firefighters from Kaunakakai, Ho`olehua, and Pukoo were dispatched to a brush fire around 10 a.m. When Fire crews arrived on scene, they discovered three separate fires burning, stated Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Two fires were burning at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Pookela Street. These two fires merged in to one fire approximately a quarter acre in size.…
Opinion by Noonoi Selnick
The question is not whether organic produce is safe to eat. The question is why did government waffle in 2002 and allow 245 more chemicals to be used in organic crops, mostly grown as a specialty line by agribusiness corporations.
The question is — as Barbara Kingsolver, author of “Seeing Red,” put it, why are there synthetic ingredients allow in our foods? In 2005, a federal court ruled that organic food could not be made with synthetic ingredients. But agribusiness lobbyists complained, and Congress again waffled and rewrote the law. It’s now legal to use Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to developmental problems in kids, in cans of organic food!…