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The keiki and `opio of Molokai

Ho`ola Hou Scholarship Recipients

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The MOM Hui News Release

Congratulations to this year’s 2015-2016 Ho`ola Hou Scholarship recipients: Kelsie Tanabe, Kamakalehiwa Purdy-Avelino, Lahela Tamanaha, Waipuna Paleka, Kiloaulani Ka`awa-Gonzales and Michaiah Soares.  Each individual will receive a total scholarship award of $1103 for the school year.

The Ho`ola Hou Community-Supported Scholarship Fund has been made possible through the MOM hui’s Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert, where 100 percent of the silent auction proceeds benefitted the fund. It is also funded by the Molokai Environmental Protection Fund, managed by the Tides Foundation, which “supports organizations that protect the Hawaiian island’s environment and enhance its community’s access to legal services, education, and environmental advocacy.”

Mahalo to the individual donors and members of the Molokai Environmental Protection Fund for your generous contribution.…

Summer Trip to the Southwest

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Summer Trip to the Southwest

Community Contributed

Editor’s note: Four Aka`ula School students recently traveled to the Southwestern U.S. and experienced some opportunities of a lifetime, including a helicopter tour over the canyon, visiting the Hopi Nation and seeing roaring waterfalls. Here are some stories from their trip.

Havasupai Falls

By Hulali Busby

Photos courtesy of Aka`ula School.

From May 31 to June 11, my classmates and I, along with our two great teachers, traveled through the Southwestern U.S. Those 11 days went by so quickly. Along the way, we ate some sensational food, saw some fantastic scenery, met really friendly people and shopped for a variety of cultural gifts.…

Imua Family Services Expands to Molokai

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Imua Family Services News Release

Imua Family Services is pleased to announce a new chapter in the agency’s rich 69 year history. As of July 2015, Imua Family Services will be providing Infant and Child Development Services to families and children on the island of Molokai, making the organization’s services available County wide with ongoing services on Maui and Lanai. Families on the island will be able to access Care Coordination Services, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Special Instruction, and General Education Training for keiki birth through 3.

Imua Family Services, through a contract with the State of Hawaii Department of Health Early Intervention Section, will open an office at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC).…

2nd Math Competition Encourages ‘Mathletes’

Friday, June 26th, 2015

2nd Math Competition Encourages ‘Mathletes’

Community Contributed 

By Erik Svetin, MHS Student and Mathlete

Kualapu`u School winners: Kamalu Ka`awa Richardson, Leelan Corpuz, Aaliyah Cariaga, Kawena Davis, Sue Forbes-Kikukawa, Erik Svetin, Kim Link.

A year ago, I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.

I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 27.…

Sarah Jenkins Named 2015 Ambassador of Aloha

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Sarah Jenkins Named 2015 Ambassador of Aloha

Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation News Release

Sarah Jenkins, center. Photo courtesy Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.

A collection of Hawaii’s most talented scholar athletes gathered today at Outrigger Canoe Club to accept scholarship funds from the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. The nonprofit awarded a total of $178,250 to 29 grantees and 44 scholarships to student athletes from 34 different high schools across six Hawaiian Islands.

Each year, the Foundation awards a $10,000 Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship to one individual that exemplifies outstanding skill and leadership in the classroom, in their chosen sport and in the community.

Sarah `Alohilani Jenkins was named the 2015 Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha.…

MMS Transition Day

Friday, June 26th, 2015

MMS Transition Day

Community Contributed

By Laura Peterson

All of the sixth graders on the island converged in the Molokai Middle School (MMS) cafeteria for a fun day of activities created and led by the MMS student government on May 28.  It was the second and last transition day for sixth graders, designed to introduce the students from different elementary schools to each other and to middle school life.

The student government of MMS showed true leadership skills and planned a day of fun activities, a tour of the school, and introductions to people such as Principal Dawn Mains and Aunty Tikka, the cafeteria manager, who provided everyone with ono cinnamon rolls! …

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School second grader Keolamau Lawelawe won the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation’s (HAF) Localicious Hawaii Keiki Art and Essay Contest for the K-3 grade category.  The contest theme was “My Favorite Local Dish and Where it Comes From.”  Keolamau won an iPad Mini, and his classmates, parents and teacher, Kumu Loke Han, were treated to a special lunch and visit by Chef Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s restaurant.  The gourmet lunch featured local ingredients and included ahi poke with sea asparagus, yellow and red tomatoes with li hing dressing, and a light “stew” of steamed kalua pork, shrimp, clams, spinach, in a buttered broth. …

Farmers Afar: Brayden Willing-McCutcheon

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Farmers Afar: Brayden Willing-McCutcheon

Courtesy Photo.

Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, a 2014 graduate of Molokai High School, is attending the University of Northern Colorado where he is studying Physical Therapy as his major.  He also made the UNC baseball team, NCAA Division I, however utilized his athletic Red Shirt year this year.  He received honors with the Western Athletic Conference, being recognized for his academic achievements of maintaining a 3.3 or higher GPA during the baseball season.

Brayden is playing in a collegiate summer ball league with the Greeley Grays, where he is pitching as well as getting some split time in the outfield.  He elected to play under the lights instead of in the ocean this summer.…

4-H Expo Top in Class

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

4-H Expo Top in Class

Youth showcased months of hard work at last weekend’s annual 4-H Expo, featuring showmanship and market competitions for hogs, steer and goats, small animal exhibits and a live auction.

Lindley Reyes. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

4-H stands for “head, heart, hands and health” and is a national educational organization. On Molokai,  students ages five through high school seniors are involved in a livestock program that challenges them to learn responsibility through raising, showing and judging livestock, according to organizers.

Exhibitors in the hog showmanship competition guided their pigs in the ring so the judge could watch for good control over the animal, general health and ask students questions about their hogs.…

Seeking Coaches

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Molokai High Athletics Dept. News Release

The Molokai High School Athletic Department is currently creating a list of qualified applicants for coaching positions in a number of sports. If interested please pick up a coaching application at the front office or Athletic Directors office in the Gym. The deadline to turn in applications for the 2015-2016 season is August 3, 2015. Please contact Molokai High School 567-6950 (ext. 297) or the Athletic Dept. at 567- 6959.

Requirements Recommended
1. National Federation High School Fundamentals in coaching certification (NFHSlearn.com)
2. Current First Aide/CPR certification and current NFHS concussion certification
3. The ability to organize and supervise a total sports program
4.…