Opinion by Harrie Ann Aki and Gavin Pelekane Tamashiro
Our group is proposing a plan to recognize our Maoli Kingdom, to the Hawaii legislature and our people who live in Hawaii. If you agree and support our proposal, please go to change.org or go to Molokai Fish and Dive and sign our proposal petition.
This proposal could make a great impact for everyone to get out of suppression in Hawaii. It’s time to protect and malama what we have left for our children’s generation, before we lose it all to state of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Kana`iolowalu and others.…
Molokai hula dancers and vendors spent months rehearsing and crafting with a specific purpose in mind: sharing the stories of Molokai at the 52nd Merrie Monarch Festival.
After a decade-long absence from hula’s premiere annual event, Moana’s Hula Halau traveled to Hilo for the weeklong hula and cultural festival from April 5-11, along with 10 Molokai businesses. Twenty-four halau from Hawaii and the mainland came to compete in solo and group competitions, bringing their own unique take on Hawaii’s renowned method of storytelling.
“It’s not about being pretty,” said Kumu Hula Valerie Dudoit-Temahaga of Moana’s Hula Halau. “… It’s not about the beauty of being on the stage.…
This Saturday, 80 paniolo from around the state will gather at the Jimmy Duvauchelle Arena for the first annual Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo, to celebrate a colorful slice of Hawaiian culture that was born to counter an environmental problem in mid-1800s Hawaii.
At that time, with newly introduced cattle threatening native crops and people, according to hawaiihistory.org, Kamehameha III realized the need to round up the rampaging livestock. He invited Mexican cowboys to the islands to instruct Hawaiians in horse riding and cattle herding, creating the paniolo and ranching lifestyle that is still a way of life for many in Hawaii.…
Community members gathered along Maunaloa Highway in solidarity with the Mauna Kea movement. Courtesy photo.
Ongoing efforts to protect Mauna Kea’s peak, considered sacred by Native Hawaiians, from an 18-story tall structure called Thirty Meter Telescope, has gone international, with Molokai residents joining in the protests and social media buzz.
Pictured here, local community members rallied along Maunaloa Highway last week, holding signs and raising awareness.
Mauna Kea’s peak is viewed as one of the most sacred sites in Hawaii, and Molokai activist Walter Ritte is leading efforts to protect it from a 14th telescope.
“There’s certain places where you just cannot compromise anymore.…
Fullheart Productions News Release
This coming Memorial Day weekend, May 22-26, the sounds of the happiest instrument on earth will once again fill the lodge at Pu`u O Hoku Ranch as the Ukulele Ohana Molokai workshop and its teacher Lono, return for the fourth year in a row.
The theme this year will be Mele O`o or powerful music. Participants will be coming from around the world to learn the deep roots of Old Style Hawaiian music with Lono on their ukuleles, and to experience the vibrant community of Molokai. When asked what inspires him to write and teach Lono says, “The line between the past and the present, through our ancestors, prepares us for the future.…
Opinion by Rick Baptiste
We are on the fourth phase of our joint efforts in renewing the “Aloha Spirit” in our community so we all can live blessed lives on Molokai. The fourth phase is the letter “H” in the acronym of “ALOHA” with “H” standing for Ha`aha`a, the quality of humility expressed with modesty.
The definition of humility taken from Webster’s Dictionary is, “The quality of not thinking you are better than other people.” Before I go deeper, I hereby ask anyone reading this for forgiveness, in the event I have come across to you in a high makamaka attitude. …
Molokai Ranch News Release
Molokai Ranch will be hosting the Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo on Saturday, April 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Molokai Ranch in Maunaloa. In addition to the wide range of rodeo festivities, there will be a special live performance by Hawaii music icons and Grammy Award-winning artists Henry Kapono, John Cruz, and Brother Noland, who together call themselves the “Rough Riders.”
Pre-sale tickets are now available from various Molokai locations. The price for advance tickets is $10. Tickets will be $12 at the door the day of the rodeo.
Pre-sale ticket locations:
Molokai Ranch Office, (808) 552-2444, Contact: Kalak Bicoy
Hikiola Cooperative, (808) 567-6774, Contact: Tina Tamanaha
Rawlins Chevron Kaunakakai, (808) 553-3214, Contact: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
Kualapu’u Market Ltd., (808) 567-6243, Contact: Leslie Yuen
Mana’e Goods & Grindz, (808) 558-8498, Contact: Pia Ward
For more information or to be a part of this year’s Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo as a sponsor, contestant or a spectator, visit molokairanch.com/rodeo or facebook.com/molokairanch.…
Moana’s Hula Halau News Release
Through the Young Brother’s Community Support Program, Moana’s Hula Halau has been awarded gratis shipment of one of our vehicles round trip to Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Festival.
As Molokai residents, we are all aware that traveling to the neighbor islands is very costly for us with airfare, hotel, car rental, etc. We are traveling with 54 people including dancers, Kumu, Ho`opa`a, musicians, helpers, and chaperones. After factoring in the costs of vehicle rentals for this undertaking, it was decided that shipment of our own 15 passenger vans would be more economical for us, so we are shipping three15 passenger vans to Hilo. …
By Carrie Mardorf, Chief of Cultural Resources, Kalaupapa National Historical Park
From March 9 to 20, Kalaupapa National Historical Park hosted two conservators, Curtis Sullivan and Theresa Voellinger, to conserve a number of significant objects within the park’s curatorial facility. Sullivan and Voellinger are employed at Harpers Ferry Center, a specialized National Park Service (NPS) conservation and interpretive center in West Virginia.
Curtis Sullivan of Harpers Ferry Center cleans the surface of the Bishop Home crib.
During the course of two weeks, nine objects associated with Kalaupapa were conserved, including a crib from Bishop Home, an end table owned by Kenso Seki, large poi board, three ledger books from the American Japanese Association Hall, an Ed Kato sketch, and birth certificate and passport of Kenso Seki.…
Molokai residents and homesteaders gathered last Saturday to honor the legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio, who lobbied for the Native Hawaiian advancement and established the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Act, providing land for Hawaiian families.
The annual community event at Lanikeha featured food, Hawaiian crafts, homestead products, exhibits and music. Sponsored by Ahupua`a O Molokai and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the celebration was also an opportunity for homesteaders to join and get information on local homestead associations.
“Molokai is where the first homestead began in the 1920s, and without Prince Kuhio we would not have homestead today,” said Kilia Purdy-Avelino, one of the event’s organizers.…