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New Student Orientation at UHMC, Molokai

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

UHMC, Molokai News Release

UHMC Molokai presents Freshman Foundation and Back to School Event on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  First time freshmen will have the opportunity to discover tips on how to be successful in college, meet staff members, and learn about the programs and services available on campus.

A Resource Fair will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  All current and prospective UHMC Molokai studentsare welcome to join us for the following activities and services:

Student ID Photo-Taking Meeting Fall 2014 Instructors Learn about new certificates and degree opportunities available to Molokai students Discover distance education options for UH Bachelor and Master degree programs Apply for student support programs

For more information, contact UHMC, Molokai at 553-4490 ext #5 or stop by the Molokai Education Center.…

College Continues Expansion Plans

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

College Continues Expansion Plans

Photo courtesy Donna Haytko-Paoa.

Picture this: a higher learning education center with a spacious auditorium, high-tech computer labs, larger classrooms and a grassy campus pavilion right here on Molokai. This long-awaited dream may become a reality for UH Maui College, Molokai now that the college has completed its Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP).

The college worked with PBR Hawaii –an urban planning firm –to draft the LRDP which was started in 2012.  The LRDP was approved and finalized in June 2014. This plan will guide the development of the college to the year 2027. The first measure of development will include expanding the current two-acre site to a five-acre campus that will utilize the land to the west along Kamehameha Hwy.…

Kalaupapa Welcomes Summer Interns

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Kalaupapa Welcomes Summer Interns

Photo courtesy of Miki`ala Pescaia.

Summer vacation brings images of students lounging on the beach, grabbing cold ice cream and catching up with friends. But a few Molokai students are using their summer to gain valuable career experiences and a greater understanding of the significance of Kalaupapa and its unique cultural resources.

Kalaupapa National Park Service’s (KNPS) Cultural Resource Management Division is hosting six summer interns, three working in partnership with Alu Like, Inc. Summer Youth Employment program and three as volunteers. The interns are assisting the Kalaupapa National Historical Park with a variety of projects from raking leaves and beautifying the settlement to cleaning up patient resident homes and creating informative Facebook posts.…

MHS HOSA Team Earns National Recognition  

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

MHS HOSA Team Earns National Recognition   

Community Contributed

By John Van Ornum

Six students, one advisor and one chaperone from Molokai High School (MHS) traveled to Orlando, Florida on June 22 to compete in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) national competition. The team of Oceana Madani, Marissa Motas, and Luke Kikukawa earned second in the nation for their PSA presentation on Child Hunger. This achievement places Molokai students in the national spotlight and shows that hard work does pay.

The win was offset by the burden of traveling eighteen hours and crossing four time zones to reach their destination. Molokai competitors face challenges that other islands and states do not in terms of cost and travel time. …

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

Keiki surfers took on the waves and competed in fun heats at Waialua Beach last Saturday. They surfed their way through the day with the sun shining, cool winds blowing and light waves crashing to the shoreline, for the last Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai surf meet of the summer.

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

The meet, made possible through funding provided by Friendly Isle United Fun, was part of the 25th Annual drug and alcohol-free Keiki Surf Meet Series. The event gives aspiring surfers age 13 and younger the opportunity to compete and have fun learning to surf.…

4-H Ranchers Put Skills to the Test

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

4-H Ranchers Put Skills to the Test

Polinahe Bishaw Mokiao looks down at her pig after winning the reserve championship in the swine showmanship division. Photo by Bianca Moragne.

Judged on their stance, temperament, muscle mass and ability to follow direction, pigs and steer competed with their owners for top ribbon last weekend. The animals were gathered under white tents at the Kaunakakai Ball Park as eager fans filled the stands ready to cheer on keiki as they showed off their prized animals.

For months, youth in the Molokai 4-H Livestock Club, have been raising, grooming, keeping records and showing their animals in preparation for the annual Molokai 4-H Livestock Expo last weekend.…

Fishing as a Family

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Fishing as a Family

Photo by Patricia Hammond.

Two weeks ago, more than half a dozen families gathered at Mo`omomi for four days of camping, pono fishing, generational learning and most of all, inspiring `ohana to malama `aina.

In its second year held on Molokai’s north shore coastline, `Ohana Lawai`a camp offered an opportunity for family learning of traditional fishing practices and protocol, along with lessons in history, culture and biology. Under the guidance of traditional resource manager and educator Mac Poepoe and other kupuna, the experience offered a unique learning experience for young and old. To participate, families were asked to bring at least two generations of attendees.…

Student Spotlight

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Student Spotlight

UHMCM News Release

As a descendent of two deeply rooted Molokai families — Purdy and Pico Ohana — Shy-lynFay “Kawaila” Purdy has a special place in her heart for Molokai.  After graduating from high school on Oahu and enjoying the single life, she found herself wanting to be closer to her roots. Shortly after moving home, she became very interested in farming.

“Molokai has the resources to be abundant farmers” said Kawaila.

In the spring of 2012, she enrolled for classes at UHMC, Molokai.  Today, Kawaila is close to finishing her Associate in Agriculture Natural Resource Management, continues to serve as a student mentor at the farm, and advocates for future farmers on Molokai.   …

Learn How to Be Kind to Animals at Molokai Library

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hawaii State Public Library News Release

The Molokai Humane Society (MHS) will present “Be Kind to Animals,” a free informational program, at Molokai Public Library on Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the Reading Section.

Dr. Stewart Morgan, Molokai’s resident veterinarian, will discuss the benefits of taking care of a well-behaved pet.  Lyndon Dela Cruz, MHS President, will share information about an assortment of pets that will accompany him to the Library.

This program is suitable for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session.  Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.…

Molokai Student to Intern with Sen. Hirono

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Molokai Student to Intern with Sen. Hirono

Sen. Mazie Hirono News Release

Molokai graduate Michael Kikukawa will intern with Sen. Mazie K. Hirono’s Summer Intern Class this year in Washington, D.C. He is one of seven Hawaii interns selected for Hirono’s Hawaii and D.C. offices.

“It’s a privilege to have bright Hawaii students intern in my office,” said Hirono. “Meeting with students and hearing their stories often reminds me and my staff of the importance of pushing for more opportunities for our young people, including making college more affordable, strengthening our economy, and ensuring everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream. Mahalo to Michael, Madison, Shannon, Alex, Sarah, Caitlin, and Lana for their service to our office and Hawaii.”

Michael Kikukawa was born and raised on Molokai and is a graduate of Molokai High School.…