Letters

Molokai Mana`o

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I offer my humble mana`o in response to your invitation to “work with you” from the Dispatch article on Nov. 9. I rate the Dispatch a “9” because I realize how much effort goes into your community spirited endeavor, however, all human endeavors can be improved so a “10” would be inappropriate.   Your newspaper provides our community with news and events that we would not get other than through word of mouth.  Mahalo Dispatch for giving us more accurate information than through the “coconut wireless.

While the Dispatch attempts to offer the pros and cons of controversial issues, the minority voice is frequent, loud and clear while the silent majority occasionally and fearfully speaks in subdued and veiled messages.

Sensational Success

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The SenseSeeAble Solutions Team, winners of the FLL Project award at the Maui district meet on Nov. 12, would like to thank the following people for their support and help in achieving this accomplishment: Cathleen Shimizu- Sakamoto, Ken Gonzales, Dano & Robin Gorsich, the Davis Family, Chris and Dr. Dan McGuire, Evelyn Haase, Luke Kikukawa, Kim Sventin, Heidi Jenkins, Jenn Whitted, Criss Menasa, Edgar G. Portillo, Renny Parziale, Wilfred Beriau and Scott Smith.  We couldn”t have done it without you!  Mahalo!

Sue Forbes

Veteran’s Corner

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Veteran’s Corner

Hello my beloved veterans and people of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans’ news and upcoming events. I’d like to remind everybody that Wednesday, Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day and this year has a significant meaning. This is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese thrusting the United States into World War II. Then President Roosevelt, in a speech to the American people the day after the sneak attack, called Sunday Dec. 7, 1941 a day which will live in infamy. On this day let’s remember the more than two thousand Americans that lost their lives that day.

This next piece is about a local World War II veteran of Molokai and commander of the local VFW Post #3870. Recently, Mr. George S. Harada, a former member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team traveled with a large group of veterans to Washington D.C. with his friends and peers. At our nation’s capital there was a ceremony at Emancipation Hall where representatives of the 100th and 442nd Regimental Combat Teams along with members of the Military Intelligence Service were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner. The actual medal will be enshrined at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for all Americans to see. After the ceremony, members of the three groups were left wondering why the AJA (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) have not been so honored. The veterans of the three groups, along with the veterans from the Navajo Code Talkers and The Tuskagee Airmen who were previously so honored, may purchase a replica of the medal. However an anonymous donor, donated 500 medals to the veterans, and George was one of the veterans that received one. George, all of the residences of Molokai are exceedingly proud of you and send a big mahalo.

The local VFW Post 3870 will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at Commander George Harada’s home. If you have any questions, please call the commander at 553-5730. If you would like to volunteer to help on the new vet center, please come to the veteran’s center and see Mac Poepoe on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the center is open. I trust that everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and ate lots of turkey and ham. In our hurried lives, especially around this holiday season, please let’s not forget our troops around the world, including all the men and women who are in harm’s way, protecting our lives. We send them a big mahalo, and to the veterans and all the people of Molokai, you are truly the best and I love you all. If anyone needs any help, please give old Jesse a call at 553-3323.

Aloha Molokai Ohana

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Mahalo, for supporting our successful Purdy Ohana reunion fundraising concert.

We apologize to the fire and police department for the unexpected incident that occurred at our event.  If known, we would have not allowed such actions that caused an adverse experience to an otherwise beautiful affair.  Thanks to your quick response the episode was contained immediately.

Under the circumstance, however, we were blessed with good weather, awesome music, and wonderful camaraderie; and most importantly “no harm came to those that attended.”  Mahalo, Ke Akua for blessing us all.

Aloha Kammy & Tuddie Purdy

Linfield Wildcats Update

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Aloha, I would like to take the time to thank family, friends and the community of Molokai for supporting my daughter, Kailana Ritte-Camara, and the Lady Farmers all these years. Your support has helped Kailana to achieve her dreams. She is a freshman at Linfield College in Oregon and made it on the volleyball team and is on the first string. She has done remarkable things and I know we can all be very, very proud of her. The volleyball season has just ended and Kailana helped Linfield achieve sixth place in the Northwest conference this year. She is honorable mention on the all-league team and ranks third among all the players in the Northwest conference in kills. She also was the only player to register 20 plus killer per game with 30 blocks and 21 aces on the year.

Condo Owners Fight Back

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The island of Molokai is renowned for fighting off-island invaders in ancient times and now big businesses. Now, a group of owners on the west end are also fighting their homeowner association to keep a managed feral cat colony on the 14-acre property.

A couple of the directors of the Board of the Ke Nani Kai Association of Apartment Owners believe that cats need to be removed from the 14-acre property. They feel it is their responsibility to get rid of some of the cats at Ke Nani Kai (KNK) by trapping and relocating them to a non-existent refuge on the island. The bylaws of the association prohibit pets and animals on the property. Yet the regulations have not been enforced for 20 years.

Mahalo Molokai for Expo Success

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We would like to extend a big mahalo to the Molokai community, and everyone who participated in the 9th Annual Business & Food Expo to make it a successful event.

Thank you to Mayor Arakawa, Maui County Council Chair Danny Mateo and the Office of Economic Development for partnering with the Molokai Chamber of Commerce and ensuring this event happens each year.

Mahalo to all of our generous sponsors: Alamo Rent a Car, Monsanto Molokai and Young Brothers for their support.

Questioning Windmills

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

When a small island is up against a billion dollar energy project it is sort of like Don Quixote “tilting against windmills.” Wait, it is exactly like fighting windmills because in point of fact, it is fighting windmills. Let me get this straight. They want to build huge roads across a scarred, erosion pitted landscape dotted with sacred burial sites to pour 750-ton concrete platforms on which to erect 400-foot tall windmills. And then they will send the power by undersea cable through the reef to Oahu?

Taking Responsibility

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I want to share some thoughts about the American Safari Cruise yacht that is now coming to our island on an overnight stay about three times per month.   I first met Dan Blanchard, the owner, at the Hotel Molokai a few years back along with his assistant Amy. They asked how I felt about them coming with a yacht holding a maximum of about 30 people to our island and these patrons would have the choice of choosing tour options which included the trek to Kalaupapa by trail and air.  Of course, I was very open.

The One Percent

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

One percent served, fought, and many died so ninety-nine percent could have freedom today.  Because of that one percent who served and protected America, the wealthy one percent owns 60 percent of our economy and possibly the world.

On 11/11/11, our country and Molokai honored the veteran and military one percent with ceremony, parades, speeches, etc.  Coming from a veteran, ought not the wealthy one percent help the economy a little more so that the “have not” ninety-nine percent can have a little?