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Tournament Brings MIL’s Best to The Barn

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Tournament Brings MIL’s Best to The Barn

For the first time in school history, Molokai hosted the boys’ Division II basketball Maui Interscholastic League Championships from Feb. 18-20, and with it, came the Farmers’ final shot at the state championships. Five teams competed in The Barn, with Seabury Hall claiming the league title and a berth at states.

In the opening game on Feb. 18, Molokai kicked off the tournament with a resounding 58-48 win over Hana.

Tani Falealii eyes the basket against Seabury. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

After being down for most of the first quarter against the Dragons, Molokai pulled ahead on sophomore guard Michael Sterner’s three three-pointers.…

Seabury Crowned MIL D-II Champs

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Seabury Crowned MIL D-II Champs

Seabury’s title-winning team poses with their medals after the championship game last Friday. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Seabury Hall won a sixth consecutive Maui Interscholastic League Division-II Boys Basketball championship last Friday, defeating Lanai 59-49 in the MIL tournament final at The Barn.

The Spartans (10-0) clinched the league’s lone berth to the D-II state tournament and won their 32nd straight MIL game.

Jaxson Stinger scored 27 points for Seabury, and Jordan Haylor added 10.

The Spartans led by just one point at halftime, 26-25. They outscored the Pine Lads 24-15 in the fourth quarter.

Kerl Manuel scored 16 points for Lanai (7-3), sinking four three-pointers.…

Five Farmers Swim in State Preliminaries

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Despite not qualifying for the final round of the state championships, Molokai swimmers recorded their best relay times of the season in the state preliminaries, said Head Coach Jess Ford. Two weeks after medal-winning performances in the MIL championships, five Molokai swimmers competed in two team events at states last week Friday.

Sophomore Kahale Ramos, junior Keao Ross and seniors Luke Kikukawa and Michaiah Soares swam as a team in the 200-yard medley relay and came in 18th with a time of one minute and 54.64 seconds. Ross, Kikukawa, Soares and senior Tanner Mosher raced in the team 200-yard freestyle relay and came in 17th at 1:39.99.…

First Place for 3 Farmers

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

In the MIL’s regular season finale last weekend, Molokai won three different divisions. Kui Han beat out Lahainaluna’s Connor Mowat for the 285-pound title, while Saydee Makaiwi (127) and Cendall Manley (145) emerged as Molokai’s girls’ champions.

The battle between Han and Mowat has raged all season. The two have traded titles in the four meets they’ve competed, and each has come out with two victories against the other.

This weekend the Farmers will compete in the MIL championships. While Molokai has performed comparatively well in the field this season, with the third most titles out of the nine competing schools, Head Coach Randy Manley said that many wrestlers are still young and gaining experience.…

Suicide Prevention Tip of the Month

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By SPAM Youth

A person who is thinking of suicide may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want it. Most people don’t want to die, harm themselves or others, they just want to stop hurting! Remember the hardest step to take is to ask for help.  If you or someone you know is hurting themselves, go get help.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

This message is brought to you by the Youth of Suicide Preventers Around Molokai (SPAM). We are a youth led group sponsored by Hawaii’s Caring Community Initiative under the Molokai Community Health Center.…

MEO Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Lyn McNeff, CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

This year Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) celebrates 50 years of service to the people of Molokai and Maui County. MEO began in 1965 as nonprofit grass roots Community Action Agency chartered to fight poverty in Maui County.

For more than two generations MEO has been engaged in this effort through community advocacy and by providing needed services such as transportation, early childhood development, youth services, inmate reintegration back into the community, and micro loans and business development services to low-income entrepreneurs.

Continuing with efforts to expand upon our work in the community, on March 21, MEO will host our 50th anniversary fundraiser dinner “Dancing with Our Stars.” The event is at the King Kamehameha Golf Club and it promises to be an exciting night of fun as local celebrities compete before judges to win the prize of best dancers of the night.…

Lono I Ka Makahiki

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

Editor’s note: Makahiki is celebrated by students island-wide annually, including students from Aka`ula School. Below, reprinted with permission from Aka`ula’s newsletter, are what students had to say about the experience.

Na`iwa

By Sydni Pawn, Sophomore

Lono I Ka Makahiki! It is the time of year when schools from all around Hawaii  come together to celebrate Makahiki. Makahiki is the season when ancient Hawaiians observed harvest by holding  strength and skill competitions. We play  games like  `ulu  maika, where you roll a circular stone between two stakes. Konane is often called Hawaiian checkers. Pa Uma, is stand up arm-­‐wrestling. Schools from around the state visit the sacred Makahiki grounds called Na’iwa.…

Stand Up World Tour at Turtle Bay

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Stand Up World Tour at Turtle Bay

Community Contributed

By Clare Seeger Mawae

Photo courtesy of Clare Seeger Mawae.

The opening of the Stand Up World Tour for 2015 was the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro along with the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge leading to the main event, the Sunset Pro at Sunset Beach. Alex Mawae from Molokai had the experience of his young life with challenging conditions, big surf and being around kids who just ripped in the surf. The World Tour has always had the Na Kama Kai events added in for young and upcoming paddlers to attend. This year at Turtle Bay, the youth outnumbered the women with 20 youth competitors.…

Strong Finish at States

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Strong Finish at States

The Molokai girls’ basketball team poses after the final game, a 40-34 win over Lanai. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Lately, the Molokai girls’ basketball team has had a flair for the dramatic. After winning the majority of their league games by wide margins, the Lady Farmers kept fans on pins and needles during a heart-stopping series of season-ending games.

Just days after a pair of one-point wins gave them the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II title, the Lady Farmers again won down-to-the-wire duels, this time in the state championship on Oahu from Feb. 10-12, to claim seventh place over league rival Lanai.…

Corpuz, Makaiwi Win Titles

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Molokai produced a first-time champion and a repeating champion at last Saturday’s wrestling meet. After coming in second two weeks ago, Desiree Corpuz won the girls’ 117-pound class for her first title of the season, while Saydee Makaiwi took the 127-pound weight class for her third title this season.

Second-place finishers for Molokai included Jarron Boswell (160 B) and Kui Han (285) for the boys, and Kailaoe Cabanting (117), Cendall Manley (145) and Jasmyn Davis-Namuu (168) for the girls. Manley finished behind Lahainaluna’s Carly Jaramillo, the reigning state champion in the 140-pound weight class.

Lahainaluna again dominated the field with nine boys’ champions and six girls.…