Community

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

Molokai Getaway Package

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 Makani Kai News Release

Hotel Molokai, in conjunction with Makani Kai Air and Molokai Car Rental is now offering an “Escape to Molokai” combination package. The package includes two nights’ stay at the Hotel Molokai, round trip airfare for two to Molokai from either Honolulu or Kahului, and a two-day car rental from Molokai Car Rental, all for $489, taxes and fees included.

“This combination package makes travel to our island affordable,” said Michael Drew, General Manager of Hotel Molokai. “We’re happy to do what we can to encourage Hawaii residents to come to Molokai and enjoy the open spaces and unspoiled environment.”

Although the package will be available from both Oahu and Maui, Makani Kai Air will not commence service between Molokai and Kahului until Monday, June 1.…

Veterans Announcements

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

MVCV News Release

At the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) Board of Directors meeting on May 13, it was decided to open the Veterans Center five days a week, Monday through Friday, instead of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So two more watch commanders are needed for Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Duties are answering the phone, and questions, greeting visitors, and being a goodwill ambassador. The certified kitchen at the Veterans Center is now open for business. Call Allen at 553-8387.

A reminder that there will be a VA workshop at the Veterans Center on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m.…

Ikehu Molokai Meetings

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Ikehu Molokai News Release

The Ikehu Molokai planning team is excited to be returning to Molokai and hope that you can attend an Ikehu Molokai renewable energy project community meeting. Community meetings are scheduled for the week of May 24.  The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 23, 3 to 4 p.m. Manae Goods & Grindz (at the picnic table), informal discussion Tuesday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m. Kilohana Community Center Wednesday, May 27, 6 to 8 p.m. Maunaloa Community Center Thursday, May 28, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Kalanianaole Hall Friday, May 29, 11 a.m.…

Scholarship Luncheon

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Scholarship Luncheon

Photo courtesy of UHMCM.

UHMCM News Release

On Thursday, May 7, students and staff at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) gathered at a scholarship awards luncheon.  The luncheon was held in honor of 17 students enrolled at the Molokai campus who all display great potential for academic and career success.

The number of scholarships distributed to Molokai students far exceeded any previous academic year.  More than $12,000 in funding to support these students education was awarded to these very deserving individuals who Molokai can be proud of.

Please join us in congratulating these students and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. …

Veterans Corner

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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. Another Memorial Day will very soon be upon us. When the average American hears the words Memorial Day, they think, “oh great, a three-day weekend to camp or go to the beach or relax around the house.” The average American is apathetic to the meaning of Memorial Day, and their children see this and act accordingly.

If you ask a member or veteran of the U.S. military, you will get a totally different answer. “This is the day that we pay homage to the nation’s men and women who willingly gave their last full measure of devotion so we could live as free Americans and enjoy all the liberties of freedom.” If you look in Webster’s dictionary for their definition, it is “the last Monday in May that is a national holiday in the U.S.…

Fire Task Force

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Molokai Fire Task Force held their quarterly meeting at Kaunakakai Fire Station on May 7. The meeting was attended by all of the major participants including The County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, The Nature Conservancy, the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Forestry and Wildlife, the Maui County Police Department, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the Molokai/Lanai Soil and Water Conservation District, Kawela Plantation,  Molokai Ranch and also community members.

The Task Force wants to remind the public that we are moving into wildfire season and it is now time and it is always time to take precautions by clearing overgrown brush and by making a defensible space around your home.…

Two Islands, One Goal

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Two Islands, One Goal

Hanohano Naehu (far left, in yellow) gives the Rapa Nui visitors a tour of the spring bordering the fishpond. Photo by Clare Mawae.

On a bright and breezy Thursday morning, two men from different parts of the world knelt over a pile of freshly netted weke. One was a Molokai born-and-raised fishpond keeper, the other, a Spanish-speaking Rapa Nui fisherman, each knowing just a few words of the other’s native tongue. Under a shady tree, they pulled out knife and fork and began scraping translucent scales from the fish in the same methodical style. Neither could say very much to each other, but they spoke the common language of men whose livelihoods revolve around fish.…

Veterans Corner

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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. I hope everyone has been following the news with all these police killings. I’m sure that everybody knows about Baltimore, MD in the last two weeks, and Ferguson, MO before that, and I’m sure you remember about the happenings in the “Big Apple,” New York City. What in the world is going on in this country, when you can’t even trust the police, who in the U.S. are billed as “America’s finest”?

When I was growing up, the police would walk a “beat,” not drive around in a car, and you could talk to the police offering walking a beat, ask him questions and get to know him.…

Celebrating STEM Day

Friday, May 15th, 2015

MMS News Release

Molokai Middle School’s STEM programs and STEM Robotics programs are proud to announce the first annual 2015 STEM Day at MMS on Saturday, May 23 at the Molokai High/Middle School Campus Cafeteria.

This event will showcase STEM-related programs, classes, teams, and groups from Molokai Middle including STEM, STEMWorks, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, VEX IQ, Engineering in the Middle, and Jr. Engineering Expo, as well as other STEM-related programs on island.  There will displays, exhibits, and demonstrations, as well as the showcasing of our Molokai students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

This event will also feature Molokai’s first ever island-wide VEX IQ Robotics tournament featuring 419W Roadrunn3rs from Maunaloa Elementary, 96757 Kualapuu Comets from Kualapuu Elementary, 334M Mana’e Masters, 334B Beast from the East, and 334S Mana’e Style from Kilohana Elementary, and 1 V-Ger1 from Aka`ula Middle, as well as 19 teams from Molokai Middle’s STEM seventh and eighth grade programs.…

Study Alternatives for New Electric Utility Model

Friday, May 15th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today it has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to study the options available for a new electric utility model.

The $30,000 analysis is in response to the County’s concerns about the looming NextEra/Hawaiian Electric Industries merger before the Public Utilities Commission, and how it may affect area residents and businesses. The study will look at alternative forms of ownership and the alternative utility business models for Maui County’s electric utility company.

“We must look at our options, but to do that and have a constructive conversation about the matter we need more information,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa.…