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

Bottles for Change Campaign

Friday, January 30th, 2015

HoloHI News Release

A Hawaii educator plans to run and bike 750 miles around Hawaii in 31 days to launch school-based conservation initiative called Bottles for Change that challenges keiki to help reduce Hawaii’s plastic footprint.

A new study estimates that there are more than 250,000 tons of plastic floating in oceans around the world, destroying marine habitat and contaminating our water and food supply. Lindy Shapiro, founder of the nonprofit Bodhi Education Project on Maui, plans to take an unprecedented, coastal expedition around the Hawaiian Islands named holoHI (the Hawaiian word “holo” means to run or ride on) – kicked off before sunrise on Jan.…

Giving Tree

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Kumu Maile Naehu

In early January, a special performance of The Giving Tree was offered at Kaunakakai School Cafeteria by a talented group of performers from Molokai. This group was comprised of 12 keiki ages 5 to 12 who participated in a Winter Hana Keaka (performing arts) class with me, a mini-camp in collaboration with the Molokai Arts Center (MAC).

The Giving Tree was a rich performance that reflected a four-day class with me carefully studying the art of performance. We explored voice, movement and acting and ended in a small culminating performance. The most amazing part of all this was how the deep underlying lessons held in the story were revealed by the performers in a poetic reflection done at the end of the play.…

Controlled Fire Planned for Kalama`ula

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Maui Fire Department News Release

Between Feb. 2 and Feb. 7, Maui County Fire Department will employ prescribed, or controlled, fire in the Kalama`ula area. This multi-agency effort will be an exercise to satisfy national requirements to be certified as a Type 3 Incident Management Team, provide live fire training to personnel and remove hazardous levels of overgrown plant material.

During these dates, controlled fires may take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The live training will be conducted north of the old Kalama`ula area and west of the Kalama`ula Mauka subdivision. The burn area will consist of 60 acres total, broken down into separate blocks to be burned each day of the exercise.…

Sharing the Magic of Books

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

First Book-Molokai News Release

First Book-Molokai has awarded book grants to Maunaloa Elementary School, Kaunakakai Elementary School fourth and fifth grade classes, Aka`ula School, Molokai Middle School and Molokai High School.  First Book-Molokai provides new, high quality books to children and youth to start their own home libraries.  They also receive bookplates on which to place their names celebrating the importance of book ownership.

The $5,000 book grant we received from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. has enabled our program to give thousands of enticing new books to the children and youth we serve on an ongoing basis.  The Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.…

A Heart for Higher Education

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A Heart for Higher Education

Donna Haytko-Paoa stands in front of UH Maui College, Molokai site. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Thirty years ago, when Donna Haytko-Paoa began her career as Coordinator of what’s now known as the University of Hawaii’s Maui College, Molokai site, pursuing higher education on Molokai was a struggle.

In the early 80s, Molokai residents wanting to attain a college degree would scrunch into child-size seats in a classroom at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

“You would see rather large individuals sitting in Kindergarten chairs,” recalled Dan Bennett, who started at the college as a lecturer in 1982.

Ten years later, conditions were less cramped but still less than ideal.…

DeRouin Named Official Athletic Director

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

DeRouin Named Official Athletic Director

Photo courtesy of Lee DeRouin.

The athletic director (AD)’s office is now Lee DeRouin’s to keep. After four months of serving as interim athletic director for Molokai High School (MHS), DeRouin was recently named the official AD.

He stepped in temporarily in August after former AD Hoku Haliniak left to accept a position as Director of Sports Information for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. DeRouin was one of five candidates being considered for the AD job, according to Daniel Espaniola, who was on the selection committee.

“He’s new to the job but he has tremendous potential for growth in the position and making good things happen for the school,” said Espaniola, who works for the Department of Education as an Educator Effectiveness System Educational Officer.…

Investigation of East Molokai Crash Continues

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

More details on a Jan. 16 forced emergency aircraft landing in east Molokai have surfaced in a preliminary report recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to the report, a privately owned Cessna 172 carrying a pilot and three passengers “collided with terrain” in Ualapue on Molokai’s east end around 2 p.m. that Friday. There were no casualties, although one passenger was rescued in serious condition and the other three with minor injuries.

The plane was owned by Hawaiian Night Lights, LLC. Pilot Michael Richards, a certified flight instructor, was giving a flying lesson to a Japanese citizen while her parents accompanied them in the plane.…

Keiki Cruise on Refurbished Rides

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Keiki Cruise on Refurbished Rides

Kids at the Youth Center are picking up free bikes and mechanic skills along the way. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Changing a broken bicycle chain has become second nature for 10-year-old Isaiah Hanchett-Lopez.

“I like to use a screwdriver when I do it,” he said matter of factly. “When you’re unscrewing that, it gets loose, so you push it up, take that off…” He continued to rattle off several steps with ease.

It’s just one of the many handy skills that Hanchett-Lopez and the kids at the Molokai Youth Center have picked up since the Center started repairing bikes for free nearly a month ago.…

Honoring Dr. King

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Honoring Dr. King

Photo courtesy of Siri Anderson.

On Jan. 17, Molokai paid tribute to a man who left a legacy of equality and social justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not just observed as a holiday, but as a Day of Service on Molokai, with students gathering on the Public Library grounds to remember the true meaning of the occasion.

Interval House Molokai joined with Aka`ula School and the Molokai Public Library to put on a program that included portions of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in more than half a dozen languages, while Aka`ula School students opened the event with “Music of the Movement,” a civil rights musical celebration.…

Gov. Ige Thanks Molokai

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Gov. Ige Thanks Molokai

Newly-elected Governor David Ige and his family visited Molokai for a mahalo luncheon last week Saturday to thank Friendly Isle residents for their support during his campaign.

Gov. Ige met with Molokai residents on Saturday. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

“Every time we were here, [my wife] Dawn and I really enjoyed your hospitality and the warmth with which we were received,” said Ige. “Because Molokai is rural, [you] did a lot for our campaign that’s sometimes invisible. We wanted to thank each and every one of you for the hours to sign wave, put up signs and talking to friends and neighbors… that is really what allowed us to be successful.”

Ige, Dawn and their son Matthew greeted a crowd of eager residents and enjoyed lunch and entertainment.…