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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.…

Students Learn Hands-on at Future Fest

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Students Learn Hands-on at Future Fest

Normally, high school students operating backhoes on the school’s front lawn would be cause for alarm. However, last Wednesday it was all part of Molokai High School’s Future Fest, a day-long sampling of potential colleges and careers for MHS students.

According to Lisa Takata, representatives from over 12 colleges and universities from both Hawaii and the mainland attended the Fest, answering students’ questions on everything from possible majors to athletic scholarships.

Students chatted with university representatives at Future Fest. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

“Most of them talked about what they need to do to come to school,” said Tammy Fonoimoana, a financial aid counselor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. …

MHS One Step Closer to Science Labs

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MHS One Step Closer to Science Labs

Slowly but surely, Molokai High School (MHS) is making its way toward the science building of school officials’ dreams. Since MHS split from the middle school a decade ago, students have been using classrooms that lack the amenities of a standard high school science lab. Without multiple gas- and water-equipped lab stations, students often have to gather around computers or even a single table to observe experiments.

In early 2013, the DOE and school officials began designing a new science building to change all that, and last Wednesday, project planners met another project goal. The Molokai Planning Commission approved Department of Education (DOE) requests to change land and zoning designations on the area of school property where the DOE wants to build a brand new science facility.…

Molokai Honors Its Veterans

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Molokai Honors Its Veterans

A veteran listens as Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello speaks during Veteran’s Day services. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Molokai is far quieter and slower than a battlefield abroad, but for the island’s war veterans, the Friendly Isle is exactly where they want to be.

“I’m glad to be home,” said Army veteran Samuel Makaiwi, who served in Iraq.

On Nov. 11, residents and veterans gathered in Kaunakakai’s Memorial Park to honor those who dedicated their lives to defending the country. The ceremony included the singing of the national and state anthems, speeches and short musical performances.

Maui County Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello thanked the veterans and the families for their service and sacrifices.…

Judge Orders Hold on GE Enforcement

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A federal judge in Honolulu has ordered a temporary hold on enforcement of the moratorium on genetically engineered crops passed by Maui County voters on Nov. 4. Last week, Monsanto and other parties filed a lawsuit against the County of Maui, challenging the moratorium. Judge Barry Kurren granted Monsanto and other plaintiffs in the suit a temporary injunction until Dec. 5.

The county stated last week it was preparing to enforce the moratorium pending the Election Officer’s certification of election results, but the judge’s injunction will put a hold on enforcement until further court action.

Injunction is a court order for a party to do, or refrain from doing, specific acts.…

Molokai Girl at Work

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Molokai Girl at Work

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Cassandra Poepoe of the U.S. Navy, from Molokai, monitors a new arresting gear wire as it is raised from the hangar bay to the flight deck in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released…

Veterans Corner

Friday, November 14th, 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.

If you’ve been downrange, you’re familiar with “HESCOs,” the dirt-filled barriers used to fortify bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. So why do they carry this name? HESCOs are an invention of British businessman Jimi Heselden, whose HESCO Bastion has produced the barriers since the early 1990s, according to the company’s website. Heselden invented the containers to combat coastal erosion, but they’ve since been adopted by militaries around the globe. The actual name of the product is Concertainer Unit but the name never stuck.…

Two days in Manhattan, with Molokai

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Two days in Manhattan, with Molokai

Community Contributed

By Simon Mendes

MHS students with Simon Mendes, family and friends in New York. Photo courtesy of Simon Mendes.

Sunday, Oct. 5 was a day that had been on my mind since returning to the Big Apple after living on Molokai for a year. It was the day I would get to reunite with Molokai, when a group of 10th and 11th grade students and four wonderful chaperons visited New York City. When I first laid eyes on the students, I was shocked at how well they fit in, they had so flawlessly adapted to urban fashion—tight jeans, fancy shoes—they looked like New Yorkers yet!…

Molokai, the Friendly Isle

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

A nickname for Molokai that proclaims the aloha spirit is “The Friendly Isle,” a nickname that is well known and documented.   I am reminded of this on a window display near the entrance of a local store, “We practice the Aloha Spirit.”   On Molokai, we practice the art of being friendly to one another.   I am certain that many visitors, as well as everyone who resides on Molokai, can tell me a “Friendly Isle” story.  I remember someone telling me that when he first moved to Molokai, his car was blessed with a flat tire. …

Up A Tree in Kalaupapa

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

We had enjoyed a simple lunch of chicken, potato, and mixed vegetables topped off by a strawberry in chocolate pudding dessert created by my brother priest, Father Pankras Kareng SS.CC. from Indonesia. Sometime later, I noticed that that he had disappeared. Concerned that he might have wandered off and gotten into some kind of mischief, I went outside and looked around but he was nowhere in sight.

Then I walked to the rear of the house and called out, “Are you up there?” Immediately a voice came from the direction of the avocado tree which called back, “Yes I am!” Sure enough, when I approached the tree, I sensed some movement at the very top of the tree and there he was like a mountain lion snatching some large avocados.…