Letters

Letter: SB2785 Passes the Senate

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By Cheryl Corbiell

Mahalo to all those who testified in opposition to Senate Bill 2785, a bill which, according to legislators, provides a framework for Big Wind. Legislatures commented about all your calls, letters, visits and emails – we got their attention.

The bill passed at the very last minute, with acknowledgements of our concerns. The senate floor discussion on SB2785 centered on opposition from Lanai and Molokai. Senators Hee, Chun Oakland and Slom voted “no”, and we congratulate and thank them for having courage to say NO. Ten senators voted “with reservations,” which means that a majority of the Senate had problems with this bill.…

Letters: Taking a Stand for Halawa

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In response to Halawa camping rules published by Pu’u O Hoku Ranch in the April 4, 2012 issue of The Molokai Dispatch, we, Naki ohana, strongly disagree to the camping stipulations set. As a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) aboriginal of this archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands, we have inheritance rights and are descendants of this ahapua`a of Halawa. As a Hawaiian, you have a right of access to undeveloped Federal, State, and private lands throughout the State of Hawaii for traditional spiritual, cultural, and subsistence purposes.

Under the Constitution Article XII Section 7, Traditional & Customary Rights, the state shall protect all rights, customarily and traditionally exercised for subsistence, cultural and religious purposes and possessed by ahupua`a tenants who are descendants of the native Hawaiians living here prior to 1778.…

Letters: Jaywalking on Molokai

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Recently the Molokai Police cited warning tickets for jaywalking in Kaunakakai town. Why? The Police Department had a public meeting on Molokai recently and some locals (not malahini) complained about people walking across the roads in town–not using the crosswalk–and it might cause an accident. Police must act on public complaints. I’m sure they could be doing more important things on Molokai (family abuse and illegal drugs, etc.)

Molokai has a history of being patient while a person slowly walks across the road or stops in the middle of the road in town to talk story for a minute or two.…

Letters: Golf Tournament

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

On behalf of the “Heart of Aloha” Church Ohana, we would like to thank all 14 teams that participated in our First Annual Building Fund Golf Tournament on March 31 at the Ironwoods Golf Course. The day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day despite a few sprinkles the day before. A big mahalo also to the following that contributed towards prizes, service and support: Friendly Market, Molokai Drugs, Rawlins Chevron, Hotel Molokai, Take’s, Cocoa Cola Co, Pepsi Co, Mokulele Airlines, Maunaloa General Store, Darryl Rego, Capt. Clay Ching, Dr. Dana Takashima , Lynn and Russell Decoite, Chris Chang, Yvonne Friel , Pat Mostovich, Pro Am Golf Shop and many others that we may have forgotten (forgive us).…

Letters: Losing Big

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Letters: Losing Big

Congratulations to all the men and women who have worked so hard over the last three months in the weight loss challenge. If you’re willing to change, we are willing to help, building a better life for your ohana one day at a time. We would also like to thank all of you who have given us the chance to get to know you and your ohana. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

Kaunakakai
1, Kehau Puaa 19.2 lbs = 11.085 % of body weight
2. Andrew Arce 23.4 lbs = 9.353 %
3. Kuulei Arce 11.4 lbs = 6.182 %

Maunaloa
1.…

Letter: Good News on the Wind Front

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Good news for Molokai Ranch may be good news for us all!

Many of you remember early last year when Molokai Ranch CEO Peter Nicholas held a series of informational meetings, where he explained that Governor Abercrombie’s threat of eminent domain — condemning private land for public use — had forced the Ranch to lease 11,000 acres to Pattern Energy for the construction of 90 giant wind turbines.

Two weeks ago, members of I Aloha Molokai (IAM) were invited to meet with former Castle & Cook Resorts Lanai land development director Mr. Clay Rumboa, who is now the new Ranch general manager.…

Bicycles? No Sked Um!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Community Contributed

Opinion by Christopher Carey

When was the last time you thought about bicycles? Was it watching Carlo riding down from Kaunakakai Wharf, or a vague memory of keiki days?

Many of us dismiss bicycles as childhood relics, but gasoline prices continue to soar in Hawaii. Rather than casting stink-eye at Molokai Chevron as we pass, perhaps it’s time to do something more constructive about a real economic crisis that only continues to worsen each month.

Recently, three college students drove an old London taxi 32,500 miles around the world in about 14 months. Buying gasoline in a number of countries highlighted the fact that the United States has the cheapest gas in the world.…

Letter: Why Hawaii Needs Molokai

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Ask people to share their opinion about Molokai and you’ll likely to hear a range of responses as vast and diverse as the Pacific itself. Some have chastised the island and its small population for their rejection of modernization and development. Some have lauded them for it.

I will say now that I find Molokai the most wonderful place in the world.

And all of Hawaii needs it. We need Molokai to stay Molokai.

The purity and rugged honesty of Molokai surely once existed everywhere in Hawaii. It now survives only in rare kipuka, or small pockets of biocultural sanctuaries, throughout the islands.…

Horses and Cattle Killed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Sometime last Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, four of my horses and seven cattle were killed in Kalae. I filed a police report and they took pictures. If anyone has any information on who killed my animals, please call the police department at 553-5355. 

Rick French

A Hui Hou, Molokai

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

My internship at the Dispatch is over and, with a heavy heart, I am on to the next. You are an extraordinary community of people leading exemplary lives. Mahalo for sharing them with me, and for teaching me so very much during my time here.

What have I learned in six short months? Far too much, and far too nuanced and complex, to fit in the columns of a newspaper, for sure. But most of it has to do with listening, respect, community and aloha.