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

Two From Molokai Among Rep Nominees

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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.…

Veterans Corner

Thursday, February 12th, 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. 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.…

Living Lokahi

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Community Contributed

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. …

Molokai Income Tax Service Has Moved

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Uluwehi Sai

Molokai Income Tax Service opened for its third year on Jan. 23 next to Big Daddy’s. Just look for the red door. I am pleased to provide our Molokai families with accurate, dependable, and trustworthy service. I have 30 years of Income Tax Preparation Experience. Our office hours are Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop in and drop off your information during posted hours. Appointments not needed. Federal and Hawaii returns prepared for 2014 as well as years past.

We also provide free estimates up front, friendly and accurate service, direct deposit of refunds to your bank of choice, and free electronic filing, which is faster and more accurate than mailing.…

Molokai Fitness: My Secret Diet?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

I keep hearing that everyone all over Molokai is trying the 21-Day diet. Awesome! That means you are already aware that you need to change something, and you are trying hard. Is 21 days the magical number that you need to create a new eating habit? Enough people keep saying this, so of course, everyone is starting to believe.

Let’s look a little at how changing habits really works. In the 1960s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz did research, and noticed on himself, that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. His book Psycho Cybernetics went on to sell 30 million copies!…

MMS Science Olympians

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

MMS Science Olympians

MMS STEM News Release

Left to right: Kawohi Duvauchelle, Mary Rose Ringor, Acey Reyes, Crystal Nakihei Rubin, Mary Grace Ringor, Taye Mowat, Kobelynn Bounlangsy, Marion Powell, and Cameryn Kahalewai.

Molokai Middle’s STEM Science Olympians came away with four awards and five medals from the 2015 Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament at Maui College on Saturday Jan. 31. (

Robotics driver Kawohi Duvauchelle came away with the second place award and medal for the RoboCross event.  Bridge Builders Taye Mowat and Mary Grace Ringor came away with the second place award and medals for Bridge Building, and Bridge Builders Acey Reyes and Mary Rose Ringor came away with the first place award and medals for Bridge Building. …

Duvauchelle to Be Honored in Oahu Parade

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs News Release

Molokai cowboy, farmer, teacher and steward of the land, Jimmy Duvauchelle, will be Grand Marshall at this year’s Oahu Prince Kuhio Day Parade. The Oahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is proud to have Duvauchelle ride in the parade to honor Prince Kuhio on March 28.

Retired from Molokai Ranch after 45 years of service, he is humble pastor and great family man. Duvauchelle exemplifies the examples of Prince Kuhio in his ways of reaching and teaching the community and all involved with him the love and respect of the aina.…

Molokai Food Hub in Operation

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release

Sust`aina ble Molokai’s newly launched Molokai Food Hub is seeking locally grown fruits and vegetables.  In January, we officially became the vendor for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for Maunaloa Elementary School.  This is a federally funded snack program, which allows students to receive a snack of a fresh fruit or vegetable two to three times per week.  As the vendor, we are aiming to provide as much Molokai-grown fruit and vegetables as possible, so please call or email us if you would like to be a supplier (560-5410 or

The program is open to growers who can provide 60 servings of fresh fruit or vegetable (minimum serving size of 1/2 cup), and they will be paid fair market value. …

‘All Day, All Night, Marianne’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

“All day, all night, Marianne

Down by the seaside siftin’ sand.

Even little children love Marianne

Down by the seaside siftin’ sand.

When she walks along the shore, people pause to greet

White birds fly around her; little fish come to her feet.”

So go some of the lines from one of my favorite popular songs from the 50s, sung by the great Harry Belafonte, among others. Now you may say that this is an unusual way to introduce the celebration of a saint. Yet that is precisely what I am doing as I think of Mother Marianne Cope, now St.…

Local Author Pens Hawaiian Language Books

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kumu Louella `Opu`ulani Albino has added one more accomplishment to her already significant list for revitalizing `olelo Hawaii on Molokai.  She has authored two new Hawaiian language books for children!

Sponsored by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and in partnership with Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School, Kumu `Opu`ulani addressed a need for more text-based, easy reader chapter books in Hawaiian Language medium education.  “Ka Wena,” illustrated by Molokai artist Brandon Hirashima, is filled with short stories of Hawaiian culture in the present-day, as seen through the eyes of a lively group of keiki characters.  “Ka Moe`uhane,” illustrated by Molokai artist Jennette “Koki” Foster, is an exciting third grade level mystery novel filled with Hawaiian practices and perspectives that have endured up to our present day.…