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

Phonebook Recycling Kicks Off

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Berry Company News Release

The Berry Company, LLC, proud publisher of the Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages, is partnering with schools on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai to launch “Think Yellow, Go Green,” the company’s annual environmental awareness and recycling campaign. The seventh annual program kicked off on Earth Day, April 22, through the end of May, and runs concurrent to the 2015 Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages directory delivery on the neighbor islands.

Local schools on each island will compete to collect the most outdated telephone directories, which will keep the directories out of landfills through recycling. The schools have the opportunity to win cash prizes for their students’ participation in the program, and award amounts vary based on the school’s location.…

Molokai Fitness: How Old is Old?

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

First, ask yourself how old you would be right now if you didn’t know your birthday.

It’s a tricky question, but really think for a moment. We limit ourselves by our beliefs. You think “OK, after 55 or maybe 65 my time is passed and I should just be happy with whatever I can still do.”

But what if you’re wrong? What if everything you’re feeling now — low energy, not as much strength as you had 20 years ago — were symptoms you created? I know this is hard to believe, but it’s only because we live so much of our lives on autopilot, not really thinking about what we’re doing every day.…

Understanding Asthma Inhalers

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Community Contributed

By Jon Mikami, RPh, and Kelly Go, Rph, Molokai Drugs, Inc.

Did you know that only seven percent of people understand how to use asthma inhalers the right way? Combine that with a wide array of asthma medications, and asthma management can become more than a little confusing.

Everybody is different, so your doctor decides which type of medication and inhaler is best for you. But here’s a brief overview of what you need to know.

Inhaled medications help airways stay open without some of the side effects of those taken by mouth or injection. These medications work in different ways.…

French Classes at Kualapu`u

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

The Kualapu`u Charter School is again this year offering classes in beginning French twice weekly, as part of the after school enrichment program.  Mlle. Marine Malet from Toulouse, France, will be teaching the popular course to students grades K through six, until May 21.

Last year, Mlle. Christelle Raoul from Brittany taught French language and culture for two quarters at Kualapu’u School, where students learned songs, stories, and how to make their own French crepes.

“The French classes are an opportunity to bring an international flavor to the school,” said school principal Lydia Trinidad. “Also, the chocolate crepes are always a hit with the students and staff.”

Classes are sponsored by Dr.…

Parents as Teachers

Friday, May 1st, 2015

INPEACE News Release

Are you an expectant mother on Molokai?  Did you know you are your keiki’s first, and best, teacher? Interaction with your keiki from the time you conceive is crucial to strengthening family bonds. The earlier you start, the better!

If you don’t know where to begin, Parents as Teachers (PAT), a program by INPEACE, can get you on the path to success. Our staff can guide you through the many stages of your child’s development, through weekly home visits, using the PAT Foundational curricula — and it’s all free!

Most new parents have many questions. And, PAT has the answers.…

New Veterinarian

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Molokai Humane Society News Release

The Molokai Humane Society is happy to announce that we have a new veterinarian.  Over the last month and a half, some of you may have been fortunate enough to have met Dr. Susan Baillie as she has gotten a feel for our little clinic and the island of Molokai.  We are excited to add such a great asset to our team!

Dr. Baillie is originally from a small farming community in South Africa, and later moved to California with her family.  She was a preschool teacher for eight years, until she discovered her passion for animals, and graduated from University of California-Davis with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2005. …

Plants for Mother’s Day

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Hospice Hawaii Molokai News Release

Hospice Hawaii Molokai Mother’s Day fundraiser plant sale includes an assortment of flowering plants and herbs in varying sizes suitable for a garden and decorative pots. Plants are a loving way to remember your mother on this day.

The sidewalk sale is Friday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Molokai Hospice office in the Kamoi Center (next to Dave’s Ice Cream).  Please no pre-sale requests.

All funds raised are earmarked for Hospice Hawaii Molokai.  Mahalo for your support.…

Beachcomber Of Kalaupapa

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Community Contributed

By Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

I approached the huge log with caution and a degree of awe. There was something majestic about this massive piece of tree, something almost mysterious. How did it get here? When did it get here? Had it been floated from some other location in ancient times, destined to be shaped into a wa`a, a Hawaiian canoe? I stood there looking down at its great length and enormous girth and I thought, “God only knows.” Then I stepped around it and continued to explore the beach.

It was a beautiful sunny and windy Sunday afternoon and I had decided to leave the quiet of Kalaupapa village and explore the outer fringes of this Makanalua peninsula.…

Join the E Ola Campaign

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Growing Pono Schools News Release

Are you part of a group who has done a project or activity to improve your school or community this school year?  If so, consider joining the E Ola Pono Campaign by May 15 so your efforts can be acknowledged and your group becomes eligible for a monetary award.

The E Ola Pono Campaign is in its seventh year of encouraging student led initiatives in grades K-12 to proactively work to eliminate bullying and promote the concept of living pono, defined as acting with respect toward everyone and everything.

Campaign sponsors ask groups to submit documentation and a brief reflection about their activity by the mid May deadline.…

Wild West End: Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Wild West End: Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo

Photo by Colleen Uechi.

As the bullriders packed up their protective gear and the last riders led their horses out of the Molokai Ranch arena, cowboy Maka Augustiro beamed with quiet pride. His 14-year-old son Chevy had just braved several long seconds in the ring with a madly bucking bull and won uproarious cheers from the crowd for his efforts. For the Augustiros and many other Molokai families, last Saturday’s Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo was a chance to admire each other’s grit and talent – and sometimes compete against each other.

“It gives us a time to come and have what we call a playdate for us, a time where we can make a sport of the work we do on the ranch,” said long-time paniolo Jimmy Duvauchelle.…