Action-Packed Weekend for Farmers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Molokai’s volleyball team traveled to Seabury last Friday with a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who watched their team put on a strong defensive showing before the Farmers fell to the league leaders.

“Basically our defense was on it,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “Our back row was digging balls and at least making it playable, being on their toes and ready to dig anything.”

However, Rawlins credited the “well-rounded” Spartans, who beat Molokai 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 on Friday and 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 on Saturday.

After Friday’s loss, Rawlins said they tried to switch things up and place Molokai’s Sehja Pedro across from Seabury’s best outside hitter, which helped in several instances.…

Park Program Connects Kids to Kalaupapa

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

KNHP News Release

Kalaupapa National Historical Park (KNHP) will be offering interested fourth grade teachers on Molokai the opportunity to have a Kalaupapa Interpretive Park Ranger visit their class throughout the school year. They will bring Kalaupapa to each Molokai school through fun and interactive lessons. This is part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.

The long term goal of this initiative is to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental ambassadors and stewards,” said KNHP Superintendent Erika Espaniola. “I’m excited for the NPS to bring programs into Molokai classrooms and share the importance of this very special place.”

Fourth grade students can now go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.…

Kulaia: One Community, One Wa`a

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Kulaia: One Community, One Wa`a

Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Last Friday on the closed main street of Kaunakakai town, children spoke Hawaiian fluidly. Community members pounded poi while shop owners told ancestral stories through their handmade crafts. Hawaiian culture was alive and well at Molokai’s second annual Kulaia, a celebration whose purpose was reconnecting with traditions of the past.

“I like the idea that it’s a historical event that we’re trying to revive in our own Molokai way,” said resident Pulama Lima. “… I think it brings our community together in a way that people look at us as this model of aloha and this model of why we still continue this life of subsistence.”

An event that once accompanied outrigger races and national holidays in mid-1800s Hawaii, Kulaia was planned to accompany this year’s Na Wahine O Ke Kai.…

Farmers Win 87-14, Stay Undefeated

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Farmers Win 87-14, Stay Undefeated

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai Farmers football team made a long road trip to Hana over the weekend and came out with an impressive 87-14 win. Molokai is now 3-0 in league play and 4-0 overall.

The Farmers’ offense and defense was firing on all cylinders in the first half and they went on to a convincing victory. The second and third string offense and defense all got quality reps during the second half. The halftime score was 60-7.

“Our team came to play tonight and they did well and I am very proud of them,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale.…

Krazy for Kolea Kontest Winners

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Krazy for Kolea Kontest Winners

Nene O Molokai press release

Photo by Michael Walther.

Koloma Smith reported the return of the kolea at Kilohana School at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6, marking the beginning of the fall migration of the Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva). Koloma won the 18th annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest and earned a Kolea Research Hawaii T-shirt from the Hawaii Audubon Society and a gift certificate for one scoop of ice cream at Kamoi Snack-N-Go.

The kolea is a swift flying shorebird and has been clocked migrating at 118 miles per hour, although an average of 56 to 60 miles miles per hour is more typical.…

Donations to Support the Library

Friday, September 25th, 2015

FMPL News Release

The Friends of the Molokai Public Library (FMPL) holds a book sale quarterly to raise funds to fill needs the Library has that are not covered by state library funds. We appreciate donations of books by the public for these sales, but are finding that we often receive items that we cannot use or are unsellable.

The following are items we cannot use and will need to be discarded, so we ask that these items not be brought in for the sales: Cassette and VHS tapes; Damaged materials – broken spines, loose pages, hi-lighted or written-in or torn; materials with excessive discoloration; moldy, dirty or infested with insects; textbooks; encyclopedias; medical and law books over five years old; government reports, pamphlets, binders.…

Connecting Culture and a Canoe Race

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Connecting Culture and a Canoe Race

Hawaiian immersion students participating in last year’s Kulaia celebration. Photo courtesy of Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello.

Fifty years ago on the evenings before major outrigger canoe races, Molokai residents and paddling crews from Hawaii and around the world camped together on the shores of Hale o Lono Harbor. They shared tents, meals, music and conversation under the stars.

“It was really good for everybody to get together. No matter what club you were in, everybody had fun together,” said local fisherman Mervin Dudoit, who paddled in seven Molokai Hoe races during the 1960s. “… Now most guys don’t talk to the next team [before a race].”

As races got more competitive and a good night’s sleep more valuable, lodging separately in hotels or local homes became commonplace.…

Aloha on the High Seas

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Aloha on the High SeasQ&A with Hokulea crewmember Kawika Crivello

Kawika Crivello on the sweep. Photo: Oiwi TV. Photographer: Maui Tauotaha.

A handful of Molokai residents have been honored to be invited as crew on the Hokulea, a double-hulled voyaging canoe whose first journey from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976 successfully replicated ancient Polynesian travel using traditional navigation techniques. The late Mel Paoa and Penny Martin began a long tradition of Molokai crewmembers, among them Kawika Crivello. He was one four local watermen to complete legs of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, a 47,000-mile journey that will conclude in 2017. While not his first voyage, Crivello served as steersman on a leg across the dangerous Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia between April and June of this year.…

Farmer Football First to Stop Seabury

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Farmer Football First to Stop Seabury

Junior Jaymen Bagay-Cenal was later named MaxPreps Offensive Player of the Game. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Last Saturday, Molokai’s football team did what no other school in the league had done before: defeat Seabury Hall. In three seasons of MIL eight-player football, the Spartans had yet to lose a game. However, on their home field last Saturday, the Farmers topped their undefeated archrivals 62-7.

“I’m just proud of the boys,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale. “We executed, put up some points. We finally got over that hump.”

Molokai dominated the game from the beginning in front of a big crowd, with Seabury only scoring on a long touchdown run late in the second quarter.…

Winning Weekend for Farmers

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Nobody, it seemed, could beat the Farmers last week. Every Molokai team tasted victory as girls’ volleyball won twice on Maui, air riflery shot first place finishes in The Barn and football broke Seabury’s 18-game winning streak at home.

Last Thursday, the boys’ and girls’ air riflery teams competed in their second postal meet of the season, in which schools shoot separately in their home gyms and submit their targets to the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL).

The boys’ air riflery team finished in first place and claimed the top three individual spots. Joshaviah Cabreros had 263 points, Cody Nip shot 260 and Jershon Kaalekahi was close behind with 258.…