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

Kaunakakai Swill Bids

Friday, August 8th, 2014

KES News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) is accepting swill bids for this school year (2014-2015). The bidding period is from Aug. 1 to Aug. 22, 2014 to be submitted by 3 p.m. Bidding application forms can be picked up at the school’s front office between 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.

The bidding period will cover Sept. 2, 2014 through June 3, 2015. If you have any questions, please call KES at 553-1730.…

Keiki Surf Meet Results

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai News Release

Mahalo Molokai for all the donations and aloha for the Molokai Keiki o Ke Kai. A special mahalo to Na Kama Kai, who provided 20 plus free boards for our keiki. A big mahalo to Monsanto and all the families that came out to support our event. Thank you Friendly Isle United Fund for financing the surf meet annually and finally a mahalo to Queen Likiuokalani Children Center for they contributed this year. All our aloha to all the financial donors and the parents and community members who came out to be a part of this year’s events.…

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit  

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit   

“The Haircut.” Longtime Kalaupapa resident Kenso Seki (left) cuts the hair of John Cambra with Herbert Hayase looking on in this photo by Wayne Levin taken in 1986.

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

“A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future,” a photo exhibit sponsored by Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa, will open with a blessing on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at historic Paschoal Hall in Kalaupapa. The free exhibit, hosted by Kalaupapa National Historical Park, will be available for viewing on days to be determined through Sept. 12.

The exhibit features nearly 100 historical and contemporary photos of the residents of Kalaupapa and their family members along with scenes from Kalaupapa.…

Electric Co. Proposes Demand Response Program

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hawaiian Electric News Release

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing a portfolio of programs to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled generation and relieving stress on the electric grid.

The programs are outlined in the utilities’ Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently.

The plan lays out new and enhanced “demand response” programs for residential, commercial, industrial and water pumping customers. Under the programs, customers receive financial incentives for shifting energy use to certain times of the day or voluntarily allowing the output of certain appliances or equipment to be adjusted if necessary to help maintain reliable service for our island grids.…

Molokai Youth to Attend Global Leadership Summit

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Molokai Youth to Attend Global Leadership Summit

Ignite a Life Foundation News Release

Youths from throughout Maui County had the privilege of attending the Global Youth Leadership Summit July 19-25.  This prestigious international conference is hosted by the Anthony Robbins Foundation and is held at University of California San Diego campus. The group is part of the Hawaii Leaders Core (HLC) whose mission is to “empower youth for a brighter tomorrow.”

Two students from Molokai were among the 38 youth to attend the summit. They were Royden Abafo from Aka`ula School and Patience Nakihei from Molokai High School.

HLC members traveling to the Leadership Conference will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other youths in a five-day program that provides participants ages 14 to 17 with an environment designed to boost them into leadership roles that will change their lives and communities.…

Obituary: Mike Hiroshi Misaki

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Obituary: Mike Hiroshi Misaki

Mike Hiroshi Misaki, 89, passed away on July 29, 2014. He was born on Aug. 24, 1924 in Kaunakakai, Molokai. He was the owner of Misaki’s Inc.

In 1945, he served in the Army for two years in the Philippines. Upon returning, he decided to attend the National School for Meat Cutting in Toledo, Ohio and later resumed working at Misaki’s. He was an active member of Kalaiakamanu Hou Church and was the general chairman for the building committee that built the Sunday school and parsonage in 1965. He also served as a deacon.

He was married for 63 years and is survived by his wife, Diana, his children, Kevin, Gil and Lorri, and his grandchildren, Kristen, Kory and Kekumu.…

Molokai Export Seminar   

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

At our first ever Molokai Export Seminar on Friday Aug. 15, John Holman, Pacific Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, will be offering advice about how you can export your product to the ever-expanding worldwide market. We invite you to come and bring a guest to the free seminar, which will be held at Paddlers Inn at 11:30 a.m.

This program will cover an overview of export process; selling: domestic vs. international; preparing yourself to sell internationally; shipping, logistics and documentation; and developing an international growth strategy.

Why sell internationally? …

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Photo courtesy Margaret Blount.

Community Contributed

By Margaret Blount

Margaret Blount, Social Worker for the Department of Education, received her Doctorate degree in Education from Argosy University in Honolulu.  Flanked by her two children, Henry Blount and Brandi Ballard Corpuz (pictured), she proudly represented the island of Molokai at the convention center ceremony in Oahu on June 21.  Margaret, an avid leader in the fight against high school dropouts, wrote her dissertation on the Molokai dropout problem specifically.

According to Margaret, her graduation was more than remarkable because just as she was finalizing the details of her dissertation, which she had been researching for six years already, she found out she had breast cancer. …

Singing Praises

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Singing Praises

Photo by Cameron Hiro.

Daniel and Esther Lehmann led worship in song during this year’s Praise Concert, held at Kaunakakai ball field on Saturday, July 19.

In its fifth year on Molokai, the event brought about 800 attendees for a line-up of award-winning musicians and worship leaders. The free concert also offered complimentary food, games and giveaways. Organized by local churches, the event was followed on Sunday by the Celebration of Hope service.

According to Cameron Hiro, the event’s success is due to keeping in alignment with the Molokai Summer Praise Concert Vision and Mission to glorify God through the ministry of music and testimony by working together to build intimate relationships with the local community.…

The Canadians Are Coming

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Team Sports Travel News Release

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Molokai Farmers football squad will be playing a scrimmage/game versus a Canadian High School team, who will be visiting the island starting on Sunday, Aug. 17.  The team is from Holy Trinity Academy, in the town of Okotoks, Alberta.  The school traditionally plays Canadian 12-man rules, but for this game the squad will play 8-man rules.    While on Molokai, the athletes and staff will be attending a Mass and working with the Catholic parish on a community service project Monday afternoon, led by Father Petrie.

The school’s purpose for the trip is just not athletics but to connect with the St.…