Community

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

Ozone in Medicine

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD

Ozone is a form of oxygen which possesses unique properties which are applied to clinical practice. It contains a large excess of energy which manifests bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal actions which make it a treatment of choice in certain conditions. During the First World War, ozone’s bactericidal properties were used to treat infected wounds, mustard gas burns and fistulas. Today, medical ozone generators deliver the purest ozone-oxygen mixtures in precise dosages. Ozone must be freshly generated for immediate use at the treatment site.

Contraindications to ozone treatment include acute alcohol intoxication, recent myocardial infarction, hemorrhage from any organ, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, thrombocytopenia and ozone allergy.…

Unusual Rains Make Changes

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Joe Kennedy

So far we’ve had two months of on-going small rains without dry periods. Amazing changes now going on along Maunaloa Highway, trees and grasses are growing like crazy! But on closer look, the older trees in people’s yards are flowering and fruiting with abundance. People that have avocados are estimating their harvest in the hundreds of pounds per tree.

Mushrooms are growing in the dead wood and even here and there beneath the grass. Insects are swarming, going through the screens and aiming for the sink and the light bulbs. We see this all the time in years when the winter rains are good, but never like this!…

Winter Blues

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Winter Blues

Community Contributed

By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH CTAHR

Because Hawaii is located on the northern edge of the tropics, winters are much colder here than in tropical areas, and is considered sub-tropical. What does that mean for tropical plants? The word “tropical” evoke visions of hot, steamy jungles, but there are also dry, high elevation areas.

The climate in which each plant species originated from usually determines how they will respond to cold winters. Avocado originated in three different climates in and near Central America, including West Indies, Guatemala and Mexico. Mexican avocado do well in the cooler California climate, while the Guatemala and West Indies varieties do better in Hawaii.…

Local Girl Receives Honorary Award

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

A tradition of Molokai entrepreneurship with aloha fostered by the late Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo is being carried on today by many local business people. Wailani Tanaka, owner of Something For Everybody, was recently honored for that spirit by being named the recipient of the special 2014 Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo Molokai Small Business Achievement Award.

Part of this year’s Mayor’s Small Business Awards, Tanaka was given the recognition on Feb. 26 as the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce honored the winners from around Maui County. Tanaka was the only recipient from Molokai, though one of three to receive nominations; others were Suzette Kahana of Kalapaki Girl Designs and Tarrah and Noa John Horner of iCandie and iCopie.…

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.

The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.

“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”

Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…

2014 Molokai Business Conference

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

The Mayor of Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, MEO Business Development Center, and UH Maui College- Molokai are excited to announce the 2014 Molokai Business Conference- “Taking Care of Business Molokai Style” for May 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thanks to a grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the conference will be free to all who choose to participate. An exciting line-up is planned and our presentation partners include The Maui Economic Opportunity- Business Center, Hawaii Department of Health, Business Action Center- Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, High Technology Development Corporation & INNOVATE Hawaii, Hawaii Energy, It’s Your Money, Kupu A`e, Hawaii Health Connector, Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Department of Taxation, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and American Savings Bank Merchant Services Powered by Veracity Payment Solutions.…

Be Fire Safe: Brush Removal

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Richard Schonely, Fire Inspector

Recent heavy rains have created new brush growth. Check your house or lot now and take steps to protect your property from fire hazards.

The Department of Fire and Public Safety asks property owners to make sure their land is in compliance with the Uniform Fire Code pertaining to brush as adopted by the County of Maui. Fire personnel will be inspecting parcels yearly throughout Molokai.

Visit the nearest fire station to pick up a brochure on how the parcel should be maintained. You can also visit firewise.org to get tips on making your home safe from a brush fire.…

Facts Lacking in West Molokai Plane Crash

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The crash of a small plane on Molokai’s west end on Thursday, Feb. 27 went unreported for days, and information on the event is still missing. Last week, authorities identified the pilot as John Weiser, Jr., owner of Panda Ranch and grass air strip in the Papohaku area.

Weiser was flying a twin-engine Partenavia P68 Observer, reportedly at night, but it is currently unknown whether the crash occurred during take-off or landing, according to Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Pacific Division public affairs manager. A man who found the damaged aircraft reported it to the FAA on Saturday, March 1.…

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

It runs like clockwork. Every morning at 7 a.m. and once again at 5 p.m., a cluster of cats congregate on an empty patch of gravel on the eastern end of the West Molokai’s Ke Nani  Kai Resort. There, they have all they require, including a hand-constructed litter box and wooden containers for food and water, which are religiously filled by a group of resort residents.

“I think they bring comfort,” said Vera Huff, reaching out to scratch behind the ear of a cat she calls Marilynn. Huff is a Ke Nani Kai (KNK) resident who volunteers to feed the cats each week.…

School Absences Are Academic Losses

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Laura Peterson, Molokai Resource Teacher

The elementary schools and high school on Molokai have recently made revisions to their attendance policies.  This is for a good reason.  There is a clear correlation between, for example, missing school in Kindergarten and first grade, and mastering reading by the third grade.  Another correlation is that attendance in the ninth grade is directly related to successful graduation and post-secondary enrollment.

Illness is the first and foremost reason students can’t go to school.  It is important to keep them home when they are sick, but studies show that fewer than six percent of children miss more than 11 days due to illness.  …