For girls basketball head coach Lee DeRouin, 14 athletes entered this season with high energy and ambitious goals, determined to represent Molokai at the state level. While they were set back by some injuries along the way, the Lady Farmers left Oahu’s Neal Blaisdell Center two weeks ago considered one of the top teams in Hawaii.
“As a team we were able to make many of our goals this year,” said DeRouin, via email. “Even though we fell short of the state championship, we were able to accomplish a state semi-final game and got to play a consolation game.”
After their 14-1 season record and earning the Maui Interscholastic League Championship (MIL) title, the Farmers traveled to Oahu Wednesday, Feb.…
Kualapu`u School News Release
On a rain-splashed Saturday that coincided with the opening day of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Kualapu`u School held its first of six fundraisers on its extended Farrington 5K course. Eighteen participants ran, jogged, walked, and biked 3.8 miles to show their support for healthy lifestyle choices and to help raise money for this year’s Kualapu`u School 5K team.
Elementary School Students
1. Kekai English 54:38
2. Emma Lee Duvauchelle 1:08:00
3. Sunni Han 1:08:35
4. Kaniunaku Duvauchelle 1:08:20 (bike)
5. Tenani Han 1:09:13
1. Sue Forbes-Kikukawa 26:45
2. Katina Soares 35:51
Monsanto Hawaii News Release
Applications are now being accepted for Monsanto Hawaii’s two scholarship programs – the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and the Monsanto Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship.
High school seniors interested in a life sciences degree are invited to apply for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. As many as 10 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded in 2014. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of all high schools in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a discipline related to the life sciences (including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science and soil science).…
MAC News Release
Molokai Arts Center (MAC) announces the return of the Soup ‘R Bowl on Saturday, March 1. This is our annual fundraising event to help raise funds for youth scholarships and programming in the visual and performing arts.
There will be a silent auction that will feature our visiting ceramic artists and several of our local artists including music and performing arts. So this year our potters are hard at work creating 500 unique stoneware soup bowls. Stoneware is a type of clay which is fired at extremely high temperature making it durable and oven-safe. Each beautiful bowl is signed by the artist who created it.…
Tulsi Gabbard News Release
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the creation of the first-ever Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academic Competition. The “House STEM App Challenge” offers high school students in Hawaii and across the country an opportunity to compete in the creation of a software application — commonly referred to as an “app” — for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
“Our students are equipped to become leaders in technology and innovation, and friendly competitions like the House STEM App Challenge encourage them to explore advanced industries,” said Gabbard. “I invite all Hawaii high school students in to participate in this exciting inaugural competition.…
New Science Classrooms Proposed for MHS
For almost 10 years, ninth through 12th graders at Molokai High have had to learn science without lab facilities. Students must often watch video simulations instead of performing hands-on experiments, according to the Department of Education (DOE). But that may change within two years. Molokai High School (MHS) is in the early stages of obtaining permits to build two science classrooms, scheduled for completion by the end of 2015, according to the draft Environmental Assessment (EA).
Since the separation of Molokai High and Middle schools in 2004, MHS’s approximately 340 students have conducted science education in two general purpose classrooms that lack the basic lab requirements, stated the EA.…
Six Molokai swimmers are headed to the state competition this weekend on Hawaii Island to culminate a season of dedication and records.
“This is the best year since I’ve been coaching for four years,” said coach Jessie Ford. “We’re building on our successes and we want to build the momentum.”
The swimmers will be racing in two boys relay events, the 200 yard medley and the 200 freestyle. Medley competitors are Luke Kikugawa, Caulin Nelson, Nui Helm and Michaiah Soares, while Keao Ross and Conan Kawano will make up the freestyle team along with Helm and Soares, who are competing in both races.…
Five Molokai students will be representing Maui County at the Hawaii State Science Fair later this spring after earning top results at the 55th Annual Maui Schools’ Science & Engineering Fair on Feb. 6. Molokai has established a strong track record at the state and county levels in recent years. This year, five of the 10 projects from Maui County advancing to the state competition are from Molokai, with three from MHS and two from MMS, according to Heidi Jenkins, Canoe Complex Area STEM Resource Teacher.
“As in previous years, we are very proud of our Molokai students and staff for their strong showing and performance at the Maui District Science Fair,” said Lindsay Ball, complex area superintendent.…
The Molokai girls paddling crew traveled to the state championships two weeks ago, earning fifth place out of 16 crews. While they finished their season strong, they also came home with a little something extra — a $1,000 award from the Oahu Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA).
“The Molokai people are so gracious we felt it was time to give back,” said OHCRA President Luana Froiseth. OHCRA sponsors the Molokai Hoe canoe race held annually between Molokai and Oahu. This passed year marked their 62nd race. “We appreciate all the help they give to us, their support all these years and we just wanted to give something back.”
The award was presented to Molokai High School (MHS) Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak during Friday’s coaches meeting on Oahu prior to the state race.…
Urban development in Hawaii has left native butterflies with dwindling habitat, but on Molokai, butterflies will soon enjoy a buffet in downtown Kaunakakai. A specially-designed garden in front of the Molokai Public Library, created last week through volunteer community efforts, offers butterfly flower favorites, beauty for passersby and an agriculture education for keiki.
“Just like bees, butterflies are important for agriculture because they’re pollinators and a lot of people don’t know that,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Molokai inspector Chevy Levasa, who spearheaded the project in her free time. “There is a real problem on Oahu and… Maui because humans are building condos and taking over [butterflies’] habitat.…