Island Youth

The keiki and `opio of Molokai

Lessons in a Whale’s Belly

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Lessons in a Whale’s Belly

Keiki had a whale of a time learning about humpback whales and their place in the environment Friday. But while most have only seen the great creatures from a distance, students at Kilohana School got up close and personal, climbing into the belly of a 36-foot inflatable humpback, softly rocking to soothing whale sounds and taking an imaginative ride around island’s waters.

“My name is Captain Mark and I’ll be your tour guide today,” Storybook Theater Executive Director Mark Jeffers said as he saluted to Kilohana School’s second grade class. “Today we are going to learn how whales are like people.”

Back by popular demand and part of a statewide tour, Jeffers’ traveling classroom stopped on Molokai last week, bringing an entertaining and interactive learning performance to children pre-kindergarten to fifth grade from a variety of schools.…

Swinging Into Spring Sports, Part II

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Swinging Into Spring Sports, Part II

After a school year of Farmer athletics, spring sports are serving to ace the 2013-14 school year and represent the green and white all the way to the finish line.

Tennis
As MHS tennis returns for a second season under Head Coach Dean Chow, some are gaining their first court experience while others are returing to the team with high expectations to win “game, set, match” at the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Championships in April.

Last year’s dynamic duo, Pono Chow and Kamanu Pascua, earned the MIL doubles title, and received a spot in the Hawaii High School Athletics Association [HHSAA] Championships.…

Middle School Robotics Going to World Competition

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Middle School Robotics Going to World Competition

Community Contributed

By Kaeo Kawaa

After starting a robotics program on a trial basis this year, students of Molokai Middle School (MMS) have swept the competition, placing first and third in the state. That qualifies them to compete in the 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship VEX IQ Challenge Division in California next month as well as the International VEX Summer Games in Honolulu.

“Making it to the World Tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said MMS boys team member Ilima Ka’awa-Richardson. “Since we started at the bottom, this makes things so much sweeter!”

In Hawaii’s inaugural year of VEX IQ Robotics, students use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to maneuver their robots to score points.…

‘I Am Loved’ Project

Friday, March 14th, 2014

‘I Am Loved’ Project

MMS News Release

Do you want to be a part of Molokai Middle School’s “I Am Loved” campaign? The I Am Loved (IAL) project helps build relationships and expresses through visual pictures the message of love. The IAL project is part of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports pilot program created and initiated by MMS Behavioral Specialist Kim Lani. She says the intent is to “strengthen bonds between students, loved ones and the community.” According to Lani, the IAL project boldly proclaims that everyone is loved and teaches youth that feeling and showing love is a normal, healthy and an expected positive behavior.…

Energy Education with Big Goals

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Energy Education with Big Goals

Molokai High junior Sarah Jenkins hopes that her senior project will take an island-wide trend of energy awareness and conservation to the next level. She said she thinks teaching Molokai’s youth about energy literacy is a good place to start, and on March 1, teachers from around the island participated in an energy education workshop with that very goal.

In a series of workshops offered statewide in collaboration between Hawaii Energy, a ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, and National Energy Education Development (NEED), nearly 20 Molokai teachers from elementary through high school levels learned how to better educate their students on energy topics.…

Working to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Working to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Molokai is a strong, tight-knit community with close family and neighborhood ties. However, issues such as child sexual abuse are often avoided in conversation and swept under the rug for fear of damaging those relationships, according to a statewide study conducted in 2011.

“About sexual abuse, there are generations of it [on Molokai],” said an anonymous participant in the study lead by the University of Hawaii School of Social Work. “Everyone knows but no one talks about it cause it is a small community.”

Yet Molokai women broke the silence last Wednesday at the first women’s group meeting to address child sexual abuse on the island.…

Swinging into Spring Athletics

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Swinging into Spring Athletics

As the dust settles and winter sports begin to cool down, Molokai High School (MHS) spring athletics are just warming up, lacing up their spikes and practicing their swing for their pitches and putts.

Softball
The Lady Farmers are entering the spring season with hopes to not only match last year’s title as Division II Maui Interscholastic League Champions, but to also beat it by winning some games at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state tournament this year, said Coach Coco Augustiro, in her 10th year with the program.

The team began conditioning and prepping for the season in January, while starting organized practice in February.…

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.

The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.

“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”

Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…

School Absences Are Academic Losses

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Laura Peterson, Molokai Resource Teacher

The elementary schools and high school on Molokai have recently made revisions to their attendance policies.  This is for a good reason.  There is a clear correlation between, for example, missing school in Kindergarten and first grade, and mastering reading by the third grade.  Another correlation is that attendance in the ninth grade is directly related to successful graduation and post-secondary enrollment.

Illness is the first and foremost reason students can’t go to school.  It is important to keep them home when they are sick, but studies show that fewer than six percent of children miss more than 11 days due to illness.  …

Local Lions Club Celebrates 75

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Molokai Lion Club News Release

Seventy-five years is a long time to be consistently active within a community. The Molokai Lions Club has achieved this status! On March 14-16, the Molokai Lions Club will celebrate 75 year of continuing public service to the community of Molokai.

The club invites all past Lion members to come and join the present members for one or both evenings of fun and fellowship at Home Pumehana. Both nights start at 5:30 p.m. There is a $10 charge for Friday night and a $15 charge for Saturday night’s banquet luau. Please contact Lion Jackie at 553-5006 if you plan to come.…