When Child & Family Service (CFS) first arrived on Molokai in 2008, staff members worked with families in a one-room building in Kualapu`u, according to Nicole Hokoana, CFS’s Director of Maui County Programs. Six years later, CFS has a new, seven-room office on Kaunakakai’s main street, a fresh location for Hawaii’s oldest human service nonprofit.
“We’re all here because we have one thing in common: we love our children,” said Kahu Jimmy Duvauchelle, who came to help bless the new location last Friday. “We wanna give them nothing but the best.”
CFS, which helps families through serious issues that include domestic violence and sexual assault, went from the small building in Kualapu`u to a location next to Hometown Goods on Kaunakakai’s main street.…
Former meth users stood before community members last Thursday night and shared how the drug affected them, what led them to recovery and how they are working to reduce the drug’s presence on Molokai.
Georgianna Decosta of The Hawaii Meth Project said she used meth until Honolulu police arrested her in the mid-1990s. Now she goes to schools across Hawaii, educating youth about the dangers of using meth, even just once.
“We’re all about the kids and saving the next generation from this horrible drug,” Decosta said about The Hawaii Meth Project. “When you do this drug, people are left to die.”
Decosta spent Thursday at Molokai High School, presenting information to students, stressing the message “not even once.” That evening she offered the presentation to adults, sharing what they tell youth and explaining the organization’s mission.…
Molokai residents concerned with methamphetamine use on the island are working to bring change to the way officials address the issue.
“We’re advocating for a full-time vice officer on Molokai to concentrate strictly on our drug problems now,” states a petition created by a group of kupuna that has garnered signatures and support across the island. Molokai kupuna Judy Caparida said she will present it at the upcoming Maui County Molokai budget meeting on April 15.
“If they were doing their job, we wouldn’t have this cycle,” she said of how police address the widespread use of drugs on Molokai.…
The Sons of Hawaii Motorcycle club revved into town Feb. 15, bringing with them support for a good cause.
Sons of Hawaii and Ka Hale Pomaika`i staff
photo contributed by Shari Lynn
Each year the club comes to Molokai with a makana for a nonprofit, and this year they presented Ka Hale Pomaika`i recovery center in Mana`e with $500 to go toward groceries for the house where they offer support and services to people recovering from addictions or alcoholism.
“The Sons of Hawaii wanted to improve the image motor cycle clubs have and reduce the stigma associated with them,” Shari Lynn of Ka Hale Pomaika`i said.…
Five girls from Ho`omana Hou High School saw first-hand how common meth was on Molokai, so they decided to take a stand. Partnering with the Hawaii Meth Project, they began a campaign to bring education and awareness to a community burdened by the dangerous drug.
As part of their project, Makana Nahaku, Jayvelin Tabilangan, Tyliah Kaha`ulelio, Pomai Puailihau and Tati Pa`aluhi educated Molokai Middle School (MMS) students about the dangers of meth last Monday.
Ho`omana Hou High School students teach a Molokai Middle School class about the dangers of Meth
The middle school students grimaced as they viewed images of people with meth addictions who now have holes in their skin, teeth rotted out, thinning hair and sunken faces.…
The Maui Police Department on Molokai brought the community both statistics and words of reassurance that they are working hard to fight crime on the island. Drug enforcement remains a top concern for many residents who testified before the Police Commission last week. But police say, while there’s much left to be done, they are making progress. In the last month alone, Molokai officers handled four “drug-related search warrants involving arrests and seizures,” according to Molokai police commander Capt. John Jakubczak.
The Police Commission is a civilian board independent of the police department that acts as oversight to handle concerns, complaints and suggestions, said Gary Yabuta, Maui County chief of police.…
Spice, incense substances now illegal in Hawaii
Bulgarian national Alexander Dimov, age 33, was arrested on Molokai two weeks ago under federal charges of manufacturing and distributing synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2, Spice or incense. Dimov was one of four indicted around the U.S. in an international conspiracy for trafficking designer drugs. Dimov appeared in federal court in Honolulu before he was transported to Oregon.
According to a Department of Justice press release, the defendants mixed chemical compounds with herbal exacts, and marketed the products on the Internet. They are alleged to have purchased dozens of domain names, such as “k2drugs.com” and “k2incense.org,” to “obtain a monopoly on the market for K2,” according to the release.…
By Pukanala Alcon
My dearest, most beautiful, most precious, most dependable Crystal Meth or so I thought you were. You and I’ve been together since I was 13 years old. I thought you were meant for me and I was meant for you. When I first started hanging with you, you made me feel like Superman. During my adolescent years there wasn’t a problem I couldn’t handle or a mountain too high to climb. I could overcome anything as long as I had you by my side.
After a couple of years together, you became the most important thing in my life.…
Drug court judge retires after helping hundreds.
Imagine being a young parent in an unhappy, abusive relationship. Feeling hopeless, you turn to drugs and before you know it, you’re facing jail time for crimes you committed under the influence. But thanks to Second Circuit Court Judge Shackley Raffetto, who believes that for many, staying out of prison and getting some help can mean all the difference – you could trade the cell for a classroom.
Raffetto is responsible for bringing a drug court and treatment program to Molokai, and held his last graduation ceremony on the island last week before he retires.…