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

New Rules for Food Establishments

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The State of Hawaii has new rules for food establishments that may bring big changes for local restaurants and groceries.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” said Department of Health (DOH) Inspector Cathleen Sakamoto, of Molokai. “Chapter 50 is very different from Chapter 12 [previous law]. The whole point is to lessen food-spread illness.”

Sakamoto held two workshops on the new Chapter 50 regulations last week to educate business owners and pass out information on the changes.

While the new law has been years in the making, she said, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed it into law in February. As soon as Sakamoto has notified all food establishments on Molokai of the new regulations, inspections will begin, she said.…

Walk for Sight

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Molokai Lions Club News Release

The Molokai Lions Club third annual Walk for Sight on Molokai will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, Saturday, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.  Registration is in front of Kalele Bookstore.  Club members urge the community to join them in their multiple treks through Kaunakakai raising money for continued sight programs on Molokai.

All money raised in this event remains on Molokai. The sight programs include offering help to anyone who is underserved in their need for sight or hearing assistance, vision screening for elementary and preschool children, and the retina vision van project of detection for adults.…

New Location for Psychologist

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

`Imi Ola News Release

Molokai-based psychologist Dr. Stephanie Napoli has recently opened a new location. Dr. Napoli has had the privilege of serving our community for the past three years. Now, she offers her therapy services in Office 2 at Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai.

Psychotherapy is available for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Napoli has specialized training in therapy for trauma survivors and in suicide prevention. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Her practice is named `Imi Ola, which means “seek life.” Come seek your best life in therapy with Dr.…

Day of Service

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release

Sust`aina ble Molokai and the FoodCorps service members invite the community to join us Thursday morning, Sept. 11, in a Day of Service to honor the sacrifice of those  who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy that occured on Sept. 11, 2001.

In honor of all those who past, we will be planting trees on our permaculture farm behind the Molokai High School (MHS). These trees represents the spirit of unity and compassion that followed 9/11. Engaging in service is an appropriate and respectful way to remember those were lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve in our community, in any way, today.…

Molokai Flood Zone Changes Presented on Monday

Friday, September 5th, 2014

County of Maui News Release

Important information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) new digital flood insurance rate maps (DFIRMs) will be highlighted at public meetings being held on Molokai Monday, Sept. 8. The meeting is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands, with a presentation at 3 p.m.

For Molokai, the revised DFIRMs reflect the integration of the 2008 statewide hurricane study, which affects properties on the south shore of Molokai, as well as the decertification of the Kaunakakai levee system.

Personnel from FEMA, the County of Maui and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will provide a short presentation and take questions on the new flood maps and insurance ramifications.…

Molokai Represented Among Omidyar Fellows

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Molokai Represented Among Omidyar Fellows

Omidyar Fellows News Release

Molokai’s Emillia Noordhoek is among 14 exemplary emerging leaders selected for the 2014-2015 Omidyar Fellows program.  The individuals were chosen to participate in the third cohort of Omidyar Fellows, a leadership development program that cultivates, trains, and educates local leadership for Hawaii.

“We are pleased to welcome this diverse and inspiring set of emerging leaders to the Omidyar Fellows program,” said Kalei Stern, director of external relations, Omidyar Fellows. “As they embark on this new professional and personal development journey together, we look forward to the Omidyar Fellows becoming a close, collaborative team of leaders who will improve our state — and the world — together.”

A program of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, Omidyar Fellows features a curriculum tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant.…

Farmers Host the Canadians

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Farmers Host the Canadians

Community Contributed

By Mike Kahale, MHS head football coach

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Molokai community was treated to a football game that had a bit of international flair.  The Farmers hosted Holy Trinity Academy from Alberta, Canada.  A group of 26 athletes made the 3,100 mile trip to Hawaii to play in a pre-season matchup.  Both teams agreed to compete in a “controlled” scrimmage format, forgoing any special teams and allowing each team to concentrate on offensive and defensive plays.  The format also gave each team the opportunity to substitute three different groups, giving everyone a chance to play.

Molokai scored on their first offensive drive with a touchdown pass to Kaimana Kahale.  …

Butterfly Garden Tiles

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Butterfly Garden Tiles

Photo by Sri TenCate.

Community Contributed

By Frances Feeter

The butterfly garden at the Molokai Public Library established earlier this year by Chevy Levasa received added adornment on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Thanks to the hard work of keiki and kupuna of the Molokai Art Center who spent many days creating and decorating the creative and unique tiles, the ceramic squares were placed around the butterfly-shaped garden.

Several children were present to lay their tiles around the butterfly-friendly plants that continue to attract these fluttering friends in the heart of Kaunakakai.  Monarchs have been enjoying host and nectar plants of milkweed, cosmos and crown floor. …

Molokai Paddlers Win Big at World Sprints

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Molokai Paddlers Win Big at World Sprints

Wa`akapaemua members combined with Kehei Canoe Club to win gold in the 40s double hull.

Seven Molokai paddlers represented Team Hawaii at the World Sprints in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and came home with 10 medals between them. Paddling on several different crews, Penny Martin, Camie Kimball, Crystal Egusa, Donna Paoa, Janice Kalanihuia, Lou Ann Reyes and Daphne Socher made the trip earlier this month and in total, earned five first places, two second places and three third places.

This year, Brazil hosted the Va`a World Sprint Championships, races held in locations around the world every two years among the world’s best paddlers.…

Kualapu`u School Receives $50K Grant

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Ho`okako`o and Kualapu`u School News Release

Hawaiian Airlines Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School for two new projects essential to the educational achievement of its students: Project Kuka`Ike STEM Education Program and Project Kuakupono Student Support Services Program.

Project Kuka`Ike STEM Education Program is a school-wide initiative to expand STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for students in Kindergarten through sixth grades. According to Sue Forbes, the school’s Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator, “The goal is to prepare teachers to provide a robust, hands-on STEM education with a focus on the environment and agriculture that the children of Molokai can easily relate to, and which significantly improves their achievement in math and science.”

With the island’s high unemployment and limited resources, and with 84 percent of the school’s student body considered low income, Kualapu`u students and other children on Molokai face unique challenges impacting their education.…