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Photo Slideshow –Festivals of Aloha 2012

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Photo Slideshow –Festivals of Aloha 2012

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Another eventful year of culture, fun and festivities as Molokai celebrated the 2012 Festivals of Aloha this weekend.  For the full story, visit here. Photos by Catherine Cluett and Laura Pilz.…

Festivals Flourish with Aloha

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Festivals Flourish with Aloha

Festivals of Aloha 2012 Royal Court. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Whether it’s the coronation of the royal court, the procession of pa`u units riding atop lei-draped horses through town or the chaotic teamwork of the bed race, the annual Festivals of Aloha is all about pride, color and tradition. Every year, the three-day event draws large crowds to participate in fun activities that also perpetuate traditional Hawaiian culture. The theme of this year’s Festival was “E kupuohi I ke Aloha –- Flourish with Aloha,” as symbolized by the Kamehameha butterfly, one of two butterfly species native to Hawaii.

“The point of the festivals is to carry on the heritage of Hawaiians,” said Moana Dudoit, who has been organizing the festivals on Molokai with her sister Raquel Dudoit for the past three years.…

A Night at the Grove

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A Night at the Grove

Photo by Eileen Chao.

Island reggae artist J Boog had concert-goers at Coconut Grove on their feet Friday night with popular favorites like “Sunshine Girl” and “Let’s Do It Again.”  The California native has worked with known artists like Fiji, Peetah Morgan and Monsta.  J Boog released his second and latest album, “Backyard Boogie,” in September of last year, which topped the charts on iTunes reggae.

The all-ages event, presented by HI Finest, also featured Hot Rain, Kiwini and Laga Savea.…

Dancing for the Departed: Bon Festival 2012

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Dancing for the Departed: Bon Festival 2012

Somei Taiko. Photo by Catherine Cluett

As dusk fell on the Guzeiji Soto Mission of Molokai last Saturday evening, glowing paper lantern orbs illuminated the faces of dozens of dancers honoring their departed loved ones. Molokai residents joined members of the Somei Taiko drumming group and the Japanese Cultural Center on Oahu in the graceful motions of the Bon dance.

“It’s a time to celebrate with our loved ones that have passed on,” said Marge Yokomizo-Bento, president of the Molokai Guzeiji Soto Mission, a Buddhist temple located on Hotel Lane in Kaunakakai.

The temple grounds were crowded with community members of all ages enjoying a selection of food and cultural education.…

Songs of Praise

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Songs of Praise

Remember Him reunited after a two-year hiatus to perform at the third annual Praise Concert. Photo by Leslie Hibner.

Hundreds gathered to share in the third annual Molokai Summer Praise Concert, held at Kaunakakai Ball Field on Friday. The concert featured four musical groups from off-island, including 2010 Na Hoku Award winners Barrett and Tara Awai.

Photo by Leslie Hibner.

The event, put on by a committee comprised of seven different churches on Molokai, was a free event for families, and offered free food, music and games for keiki.

“It’s a no-strings-attached event and it’s for our whole island,” said Pastor Randy Manley of Molokai Baptist Church.…

Not-so-Common Kings

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Not-so-Common Kings

Common Kings got the crowd buzzing with their royal talents Friday night at Paddlers Inn. The California-based pop/reggae band performed covers of well-known favorites from names like Michael Jackson, as well as original songs like “Alcoholic” and “Wade in Your Water.” The band was brought to the island by Hawaii’s Finest.…

Molokai Throwback Jam

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Molokai Throwback Jam

Community Contributed

By Paulele Alcon

Molokai, I hope you’re ready for the biggest and most anticipated show to ever hit the Friendly Isle. This Thursday, HI Finest Clothing presents the Molokai Throwback Jam 2012 Featuring Fiji, The Mana’o Company and Bruddah Waltah. Molokai has seen some pretty big shows over the years, but nothing quite like this one. It’s been years since these local music pioneers blessed our island with their music, and they are all going to be performing together on one stage in one night.

Fiji, The Mana`o Company and Bruddah Waltah all share multiple Na Hoku Awards, been in the business for over 20 years each, sold out shows all over the world, and all share a common love for Molokai.…

Rockin’ It Out

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Rockin’ It Out

Community Contributed

By Kalei “Pumpkin” Moss

On most days after school on the Kaunakakai Elementary School campus, sounds of a music band can be heard in the air. If you listen to the music you may think it was a “professional” band, but if you were to take a look, you would see that the bands are made up of various school age students. The 21st Century grant program is offering the School of Rock, band classes that teach students how to play various instruments and how to play different modern songs.

There are two different School of Rock groups – the elementary group made up of students in grades four through six, and a middle school age group.…

Celebrating Song: Raiatea Helm

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Celebrating Song: Raiatea Helm

Nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year, Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Graphics Award

Album name: “Sea of Love”

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): Tell us a little about this album.
Raiatea Helm (RH): This album is my sixth project, and it covers the era of 1950s and 60s Hawaiian music. A lot of people aren’t familiar with this type of music, which consists of jazz guitar and percussion. It’s more of a fun sound that I wanted to feature in this album. Eighty percent of this CD was recorded in a live setting so we could capture the feel they had 50 years ago.…

Celebrating Song: Kanohowailuku Helm

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Celebrating Song: Kanohowailuku Helm

Nominations: Contemporary Album of the Year

Album name: “Contagious”

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): Tell us a little about this album.
Kanoho Helm (KH): It’s all original music that I wrote, and I’ve always wanted to put out an album of my own music. This is my first full-length album – there are 12 tracks – so hopefully there is more to come.

TMD: Was being nominated for a Na Hoku Award one of your goals?
KH: I’m actually surprised I made the nomination because I didn’t put much time into promotion because I had so much kuleana come up in my personal life and being a part of I Aloha Molokai [group against commercial wind energy], I just didn’t have time.…