By Jesse Church
Aloha my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Why do soldiers wear four different colored berets? The Army’s berets have all been adapted from 20th Century European headgear. Each color symbolizes unique history according to the Army. Green berets worn by Special Forces since 1961, they date back to WWII British commandos. Maroon berets are for airborne affiliation and authorized in 1980. Black berets signify regular Army and started wearing them in 2001. British armor soldiers first wore black caps instead of brimmed hats to look more closely into sights in the 1920s.…
Underneath the brim of a worn, black Stetson, lived a Molokai legend. Known for his infectious smile and warm laugh, his horsemanship, his love of his family, and his mules, Eldon “Buzzy” Sproat was loved by many.
“He touched so many people… he had so much love,” said his daughter Brandi-Lee Sproat-Tilini.
The self-described “mule ride trail boss” operated Kalaupapa Rare Adventure for over 40 years and guided thousands of visitors safely down the three-mile cliff-side trail to the isolated settlement.
“He was a man among boys,” said community member Waipa Purdy. “It’s not going to be the same without him.…
Hui Malama Makanalua News Release
This year, June 30 marks the 45th anniversary of the end of the isolation of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients at the Makanalua peninsula (commonly known as Kalaupapa). In an effort to observe this anniversary and honor those who were subject to the policy, local non-profit Hui Malama Makanalua will be placing lei at every known burial site on the peninsula with their project named Lei Hali‘a O Kalaupapa (lei in remembrance of Kalaupapa), with the assistance of Kalaupapa National Park personnel.
Community members will be coming together to make and/or donate lei for the June 30th ceremony in Kalaupapa at these two locations:
Kulana ‘Oiwi on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m.…
Hawaii State Public Library News Release
The Molokai Humane Society (MHS) will present “Be Kind to Animals,” a free informational program, at Molokai Public Library on Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the Reading Section.
Dr. Stewart Morgan, Molokai’s resident veterinarian, will discuss the benefits of taking care of a well-behaved pet. Lyndon Dela Cruz, MHS President, will share information about an assortment of pets that will accompany him to the Library.
This program is suitable for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session. Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.…
UHMCM News Release
Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school. It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way. To prepare Molokai families for the transition to college, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM), the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and the Educational Opportunity Center partnered up again to offer a second year of Ke Kukui Mohala.
The program included one workshop per month for students and their parents that focused on different college and career readiness topics. …
Kuha`o Business Center News Release
The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations and events that promote diversity and growth within the economy. The FY 15 Grant Handbook and Application are now available at mauicounty.gov. Click on Mayor, then Office of Economic Development, then Grants and Awards.
If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting for an OED grant, you should submit a letter of inquiry as soon as possible. Letters of inquiry on Molokai should be mailed to: Maui County Office of Economic Development, 2200 Main Street, Suite 305, Wailuku, Maui 96793 or hand delivered to the Kuha`o Business Center at 2 Kamo`i Street, Suite 600 (next to The Molokai Dispatch).…
Dept. of Interior News Release
In response to requests from the Native Hawaiian community, Hawaii’s congressional delegation and state leaders, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and the Native Hawaiian community.
The purpose of such a relationship would be to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that currently exists between the Federal government and the Native Hawaiian community. Last week’s action, known as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), provides for an extensive series of public meetings and consultations in Hawaii and Indian Country to solicit comments that could help determine whether the Department develops a formal, administrative procedure for reestablishing an official government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community and if so, what that procedure should be.…
HCIA News Release
Recent Molokai resident Kirby Kester is the new president of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), as well as Dow AgroSciences’ Hawaii R&D Leader.
With nearly 20 years’ experience in the seed industry on Kauai, Kester now resides on Molokai and serves as site Leader for Dow AgroSciences’ R&D Station on Molokai, as well as provides oversight for Kauai’s Seeds and Traits R&D program.
Kirby holds a M.S. of Agriculture degree from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a member of HCIA since 1995, and will serve a two-year term as president.…
By Barbara Haliniak
Early in my career at the phone company, I learned that any time one came across a problem, it was standard to identify the problem and offer solutions to the problem. Based upon this, on May 21 I filed nomination papers for State House District 13 seat, currently occupied by Mele Carroll.
After I filed nomination papers, a bunch of questionnaires from various organizations were sent to me soliciting responses for possible endorsements. Although, I responded to two organization questionnaires, I did not get their endorsements. It was OK, I needed to be true to who I am and not some organization’s voice. …
The family of Koshari Kahikili Waits, who was found dead on Molokai’s east end last month, is offering a $25,000 reward in hopes of finding answers.
“I am begging as his mother… if anyone has any information that can lead to understanding how he was killed, please come forward,” said Nancy Campbell-Kowardy, via email. “Koshari’s extended family on the mainland is offering this reward hoping that it could encourage anyone afraid to come forward with information to do so.”
Waits, born in Halawa Valley, had been working at Pu`u Hoku Ranch. A few months ago, Campbell-Kowardy said he sent her a video of a hydroelectric project he was working on.…