MOM Hui News Release
The MOM Hui’s 2015-2016 Ho’ola Hou Community-Based Scholarship application was released on Feb. 11, 2014.
There are six awards available in the amount is $1,103. Individuals who are seeking an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher degree in one of the following areas: Health, Environmental Studies, Sustainable/Organic Farming or Hawaiian Studies may be eligible.
The completed application and supporting documents are due on April 15.
Mahalo to the generous donation of the Molokai Environmental Protection Act and the many, many contributions from members of our Molokai community for contributing to this annual fund.
For more information email theMOMhui@gmail.com or you may pick up an application from the Molokai High School, the University of Hawaii Maui College – Molokai campus or at this year’s third annual Financial Aid Kickoff and Resource Fair on Thursday, Feb, 27 at the Molokai Education Center.…
By Lyn McNeff, CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
This year Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) celebrates 50 years of service to the people of Molokai and Maui County. MEO began in 1965 as nonprofit grass roots Community Action Agency chartered to fight poverty in Maui County.
For more than two generations MEO has been engaged in this effort through community advocacy and by providing needed services such as transportation, early childhood development, youth services, inmate reintegration back into the community, and micro loans and business development services to low-income entrepreneurs.
Continuing with efforts to expand upon our work in the community, on March 21, MEO will host our 50th anniversary fundraiser dinner “Dancing with Our Stars.” The event is at the King Kamehameha Golf Club and it promises to be an exciting night of fun as local celebrities compete before judges to win the prize of best dancers of the night.…
By Glenn I. Teves, UH CTAHR County Extension Agent
The local tradition of lei giving and receiving are an important part of local celebrations, especially May Day and graduation celebrations, bedecked with leis of all colors, shapes, and fragrances. Lei flowers, especially plumeria and its alluring fragrance remind us of bygone days, of growing up, and of special events in our lives. Plumeria is also an old favorite of hula dancers.
Plumeria, also known as Frangipani and pua melia, is native to Tropical America, and include two main species, Plumeria obtusa and acuminata that will cross to produce an array of colors, including white, yellow, pink, and red.…
Editor’s note: Makahiki is celebrated by students island-wide annually, including students from Aka`ula School. Below, reprinted with permission from Aka`ula’s newsletter, are what students had to say about the experience.
By Sydni Pawn, Sophomore
Lono I Ka Makahiki! It is the time of year when schools from all around Hawaii come together to celebrate Makahiki. Makahiki is the season when ancient Hawaiians observed harvest by holding strength and skill competitions. We play games like `ulu maika, where you roll a circular stone between two stakes. Konane is often called Hawaiian checkers. Pa Uma, is stand up arm-‐wrestling. Schools from around the state visit the sacred Makahiki grounds called Na’iwa.…
Molokai farmer Lynn DeCoite was named by Gov. Ige to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 13 seat and was sworn into office last Friday.
“I know I have a lot to learn,” said DeCoite. “I am committed to setting forth with an open mind and to do the best for District 13, the people of East Maui, Molokai and Lanai. I am thankful for this opportunity and will not take it for granted.”
DeCoite is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. Along with her husband Russell, they run the largest sweet potato farm in the state. …
There’s nothing that says “thank you” quite like putting a hand stitched quilt around the shoulders of a veteran, according to Linda DeGraw, a part-time Molokai resident and quilter.
“Quilts are such a comforting and homey kind of appreciation,” DeGraw explained. “It’s really special when you put that quilt on [a veteran] and wrap them in all the prayers, love and energy that goes into making it,” she said.
DeGraw drapes a handmade Quilt of Valor around Packard. Photo by Catherine Cluett.
A national foundation that DeGraw is part of, Quilts of Valor, makes it their mission to offer gratitude to veterans with handmade quilts.…
Only an inspection and a certificate stand between Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) and the official opening of their brand new, long-awaited center.
The center just needs approval from the Department of Wastewater, the last in a lengthy series of inspections. Members will then wait for the county to process their application for a Certificate of Occupancy, which MVCV officers said could take a few weeks.
MVCV officers stand in their newly certified kitchen. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
After nine years of construction and legal woes, the veterans said it’s the last agonizing step before the center is finished.
“It’s been a lot of hard work.…
Three nominees have been selected out of 13 applicants to replace Rep. Mele Carroll. Two of the nominees are from Molokai – Lori Buchanan and Lynn DeCoite – while the third, Lucienne de Naie, is from Huelo, Maui.
The three names have been forwarded to Gov. David Ige, who will make the final selection by April 1. Carroll, who resigned on Feb. 1 for health reasons, had held the District 13 seat, which encompasses East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini, since 2005.
Last Saturday, a 22-person committee from Molokai, Maui and Lanai convened using the University of Hawaii’s Skybridge interactive television system and interviewed the 13 applicants for the seat.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. There has been a great deal of talk recently about the movie “American Sniper,” and the true story of former Navy Seal Chris Kyle and his tragic death. There has also been much said about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the last month or two, and the difficult time that combat veterans go through when they are faced with transitioning out of the military.
I’d like to talk about PTSD and get your thoughts about it as well.…
Opinion by Rick Baptiste
Uncle Google says that Lokahi is the creative and fruitful harmony that arises out of diversity. Wow! I have to admit that this definition excites me. Why? Because, as long as I have lived on Molokai there has been ooka pila diversity. Then this is good news! We qualify to be candidates of Lokahi. We don’t have to be understood to work together for the good. Uncle Google says that whatever we give predominant focus to, we become. If we focus on the good, more will come. When situations arise, the successful see them as opportunities instead of problems. …