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.…
Photo contributed by Kaeo Kawaa
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.…
A tradition of Molokai entrepreneurship with aloha fostered by the late Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo is being carried on today by many local business people. Wailani Tanaka, owner of Something For Everybody, was recently honored for that spirit by being named the recipient of the special 2014 Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo Molokai Small Business Achievement Award.
Part of this year’s Mayor’s Small Business Awards, Tanaka was given the recognition on Feb. 26 as the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce honored the winners from around Maui County. Tanaka was the only recipient from Molokai, though one of three to receive nominations; others were Suzette Kahana of Kalapaki Girl Designs and Tarrah and Noa John Horner of iCandie and iCopie.…
Barnett wraps an athletes knee at the MHS trainer’s office. Photo by Catherine Cluett
Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.
The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.
“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”
Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…
Kuha`o Business Center News Release
The Mayor of Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, MEO Business Development Center, and UH Maui College- Molokai are excited to announce the 2014 Molokai Business Conference- “Taking Care of Business Molokai Style” for May 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thanks to a grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the conference will be free to all who choose to participate. An exciting line-up is planned and our presentation partners include The Maui Economic Opportunity- Business Center, Hawaii Department of Health, Business Action Center- Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, High Technology Development Corporation & INNOVATE Hawaii, Hawaii Energy, It’s Your Money, Kupu A`e, Hawaii Health Connector, Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Department of Taxation, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and American Savings Bank Merchant Services Powered by Veracity Payment Solutions.…
By Laura Peterson, Molokai Resource Teacher
The elementary schools and high school on Molokai have recently made revisions to their attendance policies. This is for a good reason. There is a clear correlation between, for example, missing school in Kindergarten and first grade, and mastering reading by the third grade. Another correlation is that attendance in the ninth grade is directly related to successful graduation and post-secondary enrollment.
Illness is the first and foremost reason students can’t go to school. It is important to keep them home when they are sick, but studies show that fewer than six percent of children miss more than 11 days due to illness. …
MCHC News Release
There’s no doubt that 2013 has been a year of growth and renewal at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC). In light of this, we would like to introduce the many new faces that you will be seeing on our campus and how they may be a resource to you.
May 2013 presented a big shift for the Molokai Community Health Center. A re-organization of existing departments and services led to the dissolution of what was once “Family Support Services” to a much larger and integrated department of medical and family services now aptly called our Health and Wellness Department.…