Island Youth

The keiki and `opio of Molokai

Boys’ Tennis Earns First Team Victory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The Molokai boys’ and girls’ tennis teams hit the road this past weekend with matches Friday at Maui Prepatory Academy in Kapalua and Saturday at Maui High in Kahului.

On Friday at Kapalua the boys won 4-1, and the girls lost 3-1. Shiloh Kawaahau and Preston Pascua won in singles and Kaiea Dowling and Decker Bicoy won in first doubles. Michelle McGuire and Althea Cariaga won second doubles for the girls.

Saturday’s matches were both won by the Sabers. The Molokai boys lost 3-2 and the girls lost 4-1. Preston Pascua won third singles, while Luke Kikukawa and Noeau Likua won second doubles.…

Molokai Baseball Sweeps St. Anthony

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Molokai Baseball Sweeps St. Anthony

Hanalei Dudoit-Enos pitches against St. Anthony. Photo by Rick Schonely.

History was made on Friday the 13th at Kaunakakai’s Duke Maliu Regional Park.

Molokai High School senior pitcher Hanalei Dudoit-Enos pitched a five-inning perfect game and had nine strikeouts in a 10-0 win over St. Anthony to open Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II play.

“He did super good. All that hard work he did pays off and he has really matured,” said Head Coach Scottie Rapanot. “He has bright future. All he has to do is keep working hard and he has the potential to  play college baseball.”

As a senior, Dudoit-Enos said his goal is just “to show leadership” for younger teammates on the field.…

Tutu and Me Preschool Open House

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Tutu and Me News Release

E komo mai! Partners In Development Foundation, Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool invites you to a free annual kick-off Event for caregivers and keiki ages 0 to 5 years old. Please join Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool at our open house opportunity to experience a fun-filled day with Tutu and Me Staff and to learn and understand the importance of early childhood education and how to provide quality learning opportunities and experiences for our keiki.

The event will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Kualapu`u Community Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Meet Pirate Rick, sing with Aunty Kala, enjoy special guest readers, sing Slippery Fish with the Tutu and Me staff, eat Sust`ainable Molokai brick oven pizza, participate in a jumping castle and fun educational activities, check out the fire truck, lucky number drawing, and more!…

Scholarships for Senior Art Students

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Lahaina Arts Association News Release

Lahaina Arts Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is proud to announce its 37th Annual High School Senior Art Competition, Exhibition and Scholarship Awards Program.  Graduating High School seniors from Maui County, including the island of Molokai, are welcome to submit their art for exhibition and consideration in the scholarship competition.  Entries must be postmarked by April 4 or can be dropped off in person Saturday, April 4 or Sunday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Old Jail Gallery (Below the Old Courthouse) in Lahaina under the Banyan Tree.

Each participating High School Senior may submit one entry for each of the five categories — Painting, Drawing, Three-Dimension, Photography, and Mixed Media. …

Six State Medals for Wrestling

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Six State Medals for Wrestling

At Hawaii’s state wrestling championships last weekend, 432 wrestlers from nearly 50 schools competed in 780 bouts over the course of two days.

Molokai athletes refused to get lost in the crowd.

From left to right (back): Martika English, Desiree Corpuz, Kui Han, Alex Simon, Sierra Pico, Cendall Manley. Front: Caele Manley, Juaquin Samaniego. Not pictured: Jasmyn Davis, Saydee Makaiwi, Kailaoe Cabanting. Photo courtesy of Alex Simon.

Despite the staggering load of state-level competition, six of the 11 Farmer wrestlers who hit the mats emerged with medals, which are earned by finishing in the top six in a weight class. Molokai’s top finisher was runner-up Alexandria Simon, who challenged a world title-winning wrestler in the 132-pound championship final.…

New Middle School Principal

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

New Middle School Principal

Photo courtesy of Molokai Middle School.

Dawn Mains assumed the position of new principal of Molokai Middle School at the beginning of this year, and having settled into her new role, gives “thanks every day that Molokai chose me.”

The former vice principal at Lahaina’s King Kamehameha III Elementary School said she first visited Molokai three years ago during a leadership development camp for school administrators and felt a special connection to the island.

“I just put it on my heart that I think I’d like to live there one day,” she said. “I prayed about it, put it out to the universe.”

When former MMS Principal Gary Davidson decided to take a job with an educational support business at the end of last year, Mains jumped at the opportunity to fill the opening.…

Wrestlers Pin Down 13 MIL Medals

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Wrestlers Pin Down 13 MIL Medals

Caele Manley (in green) fights the headlock of Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella. Photo by Matthew Thayer of The Maui News.

One of the smaller schools in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) grabbed a big part of the spotlight at last weekend’s MIL championships. Molokai High School wrestlers snapped up 13 medals for finishing within the top three in their weight classes. Of those, 10 finished within the top two and will be going to the state championships this Friday.

Molokai’s girls’ team took second and the boys came in third. The Farmers produced three champions: Kailaoe Cabanting (119), Saydee Makaiwi (129) and Alexandria Simon (134).…

Rejuvenating Hawaiian Reading

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Rejuvenating Hawaiian Reading

Left to right: Kamalu Poepoe, Editor; Opu’ulani Albino, Author; Jeaninne Rossa, Project Manager; Koki Foster, Ka Moe’Uhane Artist; Brandon Hirashima, Ka Wena Artist. Photo courtesy Kualapuu School

Two new Hawaiian language books written by Molokai’s Kumu `Opu`ulani Albino were celebrated at a book signing last Wednesday at the Molokai Public Library. The books fill what Hawaiian immersion teachers at Kualapu`u School identified as a gap in reading material for their students, and are quickly gaining popularity with teachers of `Olelo Hawaii around the state.

“This little school in the middle of the boonies is beginning to put something out there that there’s a need for,” said Kamalu Poepoe, who edited the books.…

Students Set Sights on International Fair

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Students Set Sights on International Fair

MHS students collected the most awards of any school at the fair. Photo courtesy of Momi Afelin.

At Molokai High, young scientists are doing groundbreaking studies to solve problems in their own backyards.

One group of students is turning invasive seaweed on the island into a profitable resource. Another is researching the destructive effect mangroves will have on Molokai’s coastline, finding that the trees have invaded over 60 percent of the island’s fishponds. These two projects won top honors at the Maui County Science Fair, and were chosen to represent Molokai and Maui County at the international level competition this spring.…

Return to Youth in Kalaupapa

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

They were waiting for me in the clearing at the foot of the Kalaupapa trail when I drove up in my Paddy Wagon. It had taken these young people and their adult adviser a casual hour and a half to hike from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa. It was obvious that this quintet of teens and their adviser, Mr. Edgar Alvarez, from St. Damien Parish in Kaunakakai were excited about their visit to our unique settlement, the land of Saints Damien and Marianne.

Shortly thereafter back at the parish house, I learned that a couple of the girls were members of the Farmers’ Basketball team who represented Molokai High School so honorably on the court in recent weeks.…