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

Molokai Metric and Rainbow Ride

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School invites all local cycling enthusiasts to come out and ride the Molokai Metric.  This first annual event features three course distances; 100K for the fanatical few, 60K for those who want to take on a challenge, and 25K for those who’d prefer a shorter spin.  All ride distances will begin at 7 a.m. from Hotel Molokai on Sunday, Jan. 18 (MLK weekend).  Ride courses will flow east along the Kamehameha Highway past Kamalo (the first turn around point) to Morris Point (the second turn around point) and then back to the Hotel.  From the Hotel, the 100K will make a second loop around Coffee’s of Hawaii and the Airport. …

Christmas in Kalaupapa

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis, Kalaupapa

It was some minutes after 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. We had just celebrated our first Christmas Mass in company with our sisters and brothers from our neighboring Congregational Church. Led by members of the St. John Vianney Choir visiting from Kailua, we sang the Hawaiian Doxology after the Blessing, then ended our Mass with a rousing chorus of “Go Tell It on the Mountain That Jesus Christ is Born.” Now it was time to gather in our parish hall, which is said to be part of St. Damien’s original Kalaupapa town church.…

The Molokai Business Model

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

How local retail stores are staying afloat in a small market

On a typical day, you can cruise through Kaunakakai’s main street in less than a minute. With three compact blocks of stores and eateries, owners must do business with a special delicacy. As the local retail industry grows, they’re navigating new challenges of unexpected competition but are mining their talents and aloha spirit to survive.

In Molokai’s economy, many customers “live paycheck to paycheck,” explained Michelle Hiro, who opened Molokai Cellular in 2008. Business owners said the key to co-existing in a compact, slower-paced setting is respecting each other’s corners of the market.…

Family Revives Salon in Maunaloa

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Family Revives Salon in Maunaloa

Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Growing up, Leilani Kadowaki was bewildered by beauty salons. In her hometown of Maunaloa, there was a salon called Sheer Delight, and when people went in and emerged with new hairstyles, it puzzled her.

“[I said,] ‘What are you guys doing in there, getting your hair all permed up in those curly things? The lady looks scary,’” Kadowaki remembers with a laugh.

More than 20 years later, hairstyling is one of her passions, and she and her family are bringing the beauty business back to her hometown. Michelle and Raymond Hiro, Kadowaki’s aunt and uncle, helped her open a salon on 100 Maunaloa Highway, in the same spot as the salon of her childhood, which was converted into a Molokai Ranch security office and later went unused for more than a decade, according to Raymond.…

Grand Re-Opening at Mitchell Pau`ole Center Tuesday

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

County of Maui News Release

A blessing and grand re-opening of the Mitchell Pau`ole Center will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Kaunakakai, the County Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the facility, located at 90 Ainoa Street.

The Mitchell Pau`ole Center was closed for improvements earlier this year, to bring the facility into compliance with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible design, with changes including ADA parking and access to center, signage, restrooms, drinking fountain, door hardware, counter and accessible sidewalks and seating by bleachers.

The facility also underwent an expansion, building repairs and upgrades, including a new 2,826 sq.…

Veterans Corner

Wednesday, December 24th, 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. The veterans here on Molokai have begun to receive the new VA Choice Card. If you have not gotten it, you will get in the next few weeks. Approximately three months ago, the U.S. Congress and the President signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. What this temporary program does is allow veterans the choice to receive care outside of VA when they qualify, or when wait times for VA health care exceed the standards set by law.…

Excellence in Spelling

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

Throughout the month of November, students at Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) prepared to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Each student grades two through six was given a Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Guide with 100 spelling words to practice for their classroom Spelling Bees. The top two winners from each second through sixth grade classroom then advanced to our School Spelling Bee Championship that was held Tuesday, Nov. 25 in our school cafeteria.

Congratulations to the 22 Classroom Spelling Bee Champions who participated in our School competition: Grade 2: Daviano Ortiz, Kaye Marie Alvarez, Kaia Yamashita, Enzo Kansana; Grade 3: Aiko Kanemitsu, Katelynn Whitted, Kielyn Guzman, Navaehstiny Valdez Luafalemana-Kalauli; Grade 4: Sapphire Puaa-Mae, Lau Asuncion, Kealo Mahina, Meredith Go; Grade 5: KC Alvarez, Akone Manaba, Paige Fukuoka, Kristen Santiago; Grade 6: Dylan Coelho-Kelekolio, Kai`ina Afelin, Reese Raguindin, Kayla Clemens; Spelling Club Reps: Owen Svetin, Teruko Asano.…

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

On Friday, Dec. 12, Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) held its annual Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child event.  This event is held on campus in the evening and is an opportunity for Kaunakakai School students to come and experience a night of fun and holiday cheer while their parents have free time to enjoy themselves and strengthen their relationships!

We had more than 115 children participate in the event this year where they made Recycled-Paper pencil holders to give as Christmas gifts to their parents, created Origami star Christmas decorations, decorated delicious holiday-themed cupcakes, ate dinner and watched a movie.…

Arrest Made for May Murder

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

A Molokai man has been indicted for murder following the death of 20-year-old Molokai resident Koshari Waits in May, according to police. Jeffery Kalani Davis, 39, was arrested two weeks ago on charges of second-degree murder and several firearm violations, following a grand jury indictment.

On the morning of May 20, Waits’ body was found lying on a dirt road along Kamehameha Highway in Mapulehu, spotted by a moped driver. Police reported a suspicious head injury, later saying he suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

On May 23, Davis was arrested in connection with the murder investigation, but was released the following day.…

Hunters Discuss Safety Concerns

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

When the Dispatch published a story earlier this month about a bullet being shot through a west end home, Molokai kupuna and hunter Yama Kaholoaa was concerned for the safety of Molokai residents and called the island’s hunters together.

“[This] is not to make rules and regulations… but to be responsible and teach our children and grandchildren about safety,” Kaholoaa told the group that responded to his request to meet.

The west end homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Dispatch a bullet had been shot at night through his house at the north end of Papohaku Beach. Being a hunter himself, he said while the incident left him and his wife shaken up, he did not want to press charges but instead hoped the dangerous mishap would raise awareness of hunting safety.…