Community

General news which affects the Molokai community in one way or another.

Ho`olaule`a Keeps it Cool

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Ho`olaule`a Keeps it Cool

Parents, faculty and community members of Kaunakakai Elementary worked hard last Saturday to raise money to keep students cool in their classrooms. Proceeds from the event will go toward school-related needs, including air conditioning, according to Jenn Whitted, the school’s Parent Community Network Center Facilitator.

Hundreds of Molokai residents came to munch on chicken hekka plates and baked goods, while hula and Tahitian dancers and local bands provided live entertainment under clear skies. A bouncy house and dart and ball tossing games kept the kids energized. Meanwhile, the adults got a chance to win prizes from drawings and bid on items in a silent auction that included Maui hotel stays.…

Deal Off for Tante’s and Hotel

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Tante’s Island Cuisine’s contract with Hotel Molokai has been called off. Tante’s owner Tante Urban and Hotel Molokai Manger Micheal Drew both confirmed the Maui-based company will no longer be responsible for management of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, though neither would give a reason. Both called it a “mutual agreement.”

Tante’s at Hotel Molokai had been operating the bar and offering a small grill menu while the hotel’s kitchen is being rebuilt after a fire destroyed it two years ago.

Management deal or not, Drew said kitchen construction is still on schedule to be completed in early 2015.

“We hope to open doors to the public on or before Valentine’s Day,” Drew confirmed.…

Community Plan Moving Forward

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Community Plan Moving Forward

County planners and Molokai residents are gearing up to form a blueprint for the island through 2035. After many delays, the Community Plan update process is underway, poised to kick off in full force in the New Year.

The first Molokai Community Plan was adopted in 1984 and was updated last in 2001. The community plan guides much of the large-scale decision-making for the next 20 years. It includes complete descriptions of existing conditions on the island as well as goals, policies and actions, including land use designations, details on future development, projected effects of that development and infrastructure improvements. The plan also outlines implementation actions for those goals.…

Molokai Vendors Take Maui Trade Show by Storm

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Molokai Vendors Take Maui Trade Show by Storm

Kanemitsu’s Bakery at the Festival. Photo courtesy of the County of Maui.

The owners of 12 Molokai businesses came home from Maui earlier this month with new customers, sales leads, county-wide fans and a great experience. They attended the first-ever Made in Maui County Festival, an event that showcased locally made products from more than 130 vendors at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

The positive response to the festival astounded everyone.

Jennifer Hawkins, small business advocate at Molokai’s Kuha`o Business Center, said about 8,000 attendees were anticipated at the event. Yet despite pouring rain throughout the day, more than 9,000 people came.…

Molokai Helps World’s Largest Christmas Project

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Samaritan’s Purse News Release

This month, the Molokai Baptist Church in Ho`olehua will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual project is a favorite of many Molokai residents, families, churches and groups who help spread God’s love to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

“Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old,” said Molokai Regional Manager Becky Gross.

Molokai Baptist Church will be open for collection Nov.…

Veterans Corner

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Could foam help stop troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield? A new product developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could possibly treat wounds not easily staunched by conventional methods. A polymer foam would be injected into the patient as a liquid and expand to 30 times its volume, while gently cradling the injury site and vital organs. It was shown in tests to reduce blood loss six-fold and increase survival rate at three hours post-injury to 72 percent, compared with eight percent survival rate with the control group.…

Changes Coming to the Molokai Humane Society

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Molokai Humane Society News Release

Over the last three years, the Molokai community has benefited from the veterinary service given by Dr. Stewart Morgan at the Molokai Humane Society.  We are both saddened and excited by the prospects that the coming years will bring, as Dr. Morgan moves ahead with his growing career as a veterinarian and returns to the East Coast.  Dr. Morganwill be taking on a residency position at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and will be leaving the island of Molokai at the end of this year.  We wish Dr. Morgan the best of luck in his new career, and thank him on behalf of all the animals whose lives he has touched.…

School Ho`olaulea

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Kaunakakai School News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School invites the community to its 2014 Ho`olaulea on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. on the school’s front lawn. Support Kaunakakai Elementary by purchasing some ono grindz, plants/produce, student work, participating in the game booths, or making a bid on one of the more than 50 silent auction items!

Enjoy some of your favorite local entertainers such as Moana’s Hula Halau, Mo Bettah Band, Bob Underwood and Friends, Tutu and Me Keiki, and many more. Lucky number drawings will be taking place all night long so stop by and make a donation for your chance to get in on the fun!…

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Bennett Pottery News Release

On Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bennett Pottery celebrates 40 years of making ceramics on Molokai.  Since 1974, potter Dan Bennett has been creating unique stoneware and porcelain utilitarian ware at a reasonable cost for the Molokai community.  Bennett is a founding member of the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) and teaches ceramics for University of Hawaii Maui College on site, as well as beginning and intermediate classes for adults.  He can be found at the MAC teaching three days each week.

Photo courtesy of Bennett pottery.

Aside from a wide range of pottery designed for functional use, this year features some small sculpture pieces of animals and structures as well as work from salt and raku firings.…

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

The Dispatch is starting a new series called Heroes Among Us, to honor the island’s veterans, their personal histories and contributions. Each article will feature a profile of one of Molokai’s war veterans. If you know a veteran you’d like to see featured in this series or would like to share your own story, please contact us at 552-2781 or editor@themolokaidispatch.com.

Like many American dads, Samuel Makaiwi spent Father’s Day 2005 with his son. But instead of celebrating it in an aloha shirt at the nearest breakfast joint, he spent it in uniform at a dusty U.S. Army post in Baghdad, Iraq, where both he and his son Tadd were stationed.…