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

Veterans Corner

Friday, February 20th, 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. On Friday, Feb. 20, Sergeant Major Ronald Green will become the top enlisted man in the Marine Corps. Commandant General Joseph Dunford has chosen Sgt. Maj. Green to be the 18th Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps. I join with Marines around the world in congratulating him and wishing him the best in his new job.

In a recent copy of the Marine Times, they reported a problem at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI of overmedication of patients and prescription practices.…

Suicide Prevention Tip of the Month

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By SPAM Youth

A person who is thinking of suicide may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want it. Most people don’t want to die, harm themselves or others, they just want to stop hurting! Remember the hardest step to take is to ask for help.  If you or someone you know is hurting themselves, go get help.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

This message is brought to you by the Youth of Suicide Preventers Around Molokai (SPAM). We are a youth led group sponsored by Hawaii’s Caring Community Initiative under the Molokai Community Health Center.…

Soup’ R Bowl

Friday, February 20th, 2015

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) announces its fifth annual Soup’ R Bowl fundraising event, a fundraiser for the arts and art education on Molokai.

The MAC signature annual fundraising event is quickly coming up on March 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. Join us for an evening of delicious soups, artisan bread, fresh island green salad, a full lineup of live entertainment, a silent auction featuring a variety of art from local artists, and the many local artists, themselves, who make this event possible with their creative work!

The event will be featured once again at the historic location of Molokai’s old Pau Hana Inn site, now the Molokai Community Health Center. …

Ho`ola Hou Community-Based Scholarship

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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.…

MEO Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

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.…

Hula Girl’s Flower

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Hula Girl’s Flower

Community Contributed

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.…

Lono I Ka Makahiki

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

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.

Na`iwa

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.…

Lynn DeCoite Appointed District 13 Rep

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lynn DeCoite Appointed District 13 Rep

Lynn DeCoite

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. …

Hand Sewn Mahalo

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Hand Sewn Mahalo

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.…

Vet Center Awaits Final Inspection

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Vet Center Awaits Final Inspection

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.…