By Clare Seeger Mawae
Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae charged at the Olukai for the Stand Up Race on May 2, taking second place in his division of 17 and under in a record time of 1:09.26. The course was from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach along Maui’s North Shore, a total distance of over eight miles. He smashed his previous times and his personal goal for this year. Only 25 minutes behind World Champion Connor Baxter, this is certainly not bad for this young man! This year, the 17 and under division was strong with 11 contestants out of 327.…
Koal Kaulia-Makaiwi prepares to lay down a bunt against the Warriors. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
For six and a half innings, the teams had fought hard. Pac-5 had been aggressive on the basepaths and Molokai had been timely with the bats, but with the two-hour limit up and the score tied, it had all come down to a coin toss, per the league’s time limit rule. A flip of a piece of silver would determine who would advance to the next round of the Division II state baseball tournament, and who would go home.
“In my mind I was thinking, this is the biggest coin toss of our life,” said Molokai Assistant Coach Kenny Adachi.…
Photo by Kaiao Goodhue.
Elementary students from around Molokai tested their scientific muscle in an event called the Molokai Science Olympiad last Saturday, the first-ever event of its kind on the island. Held at Kaunakakai School, students in grades three to six from Maunaloa, Kualapu`u and Kaunakakai schools participated in teams, challenging each other to tests of engineering, math and science prowess.
One competition featured launching rockets made from soda bottles and pressurized with water and air. The winner of the competition was the team whose rocket remained aloft the longest. In another event, students designed and constructed bridges from uncooked pasta; the winning bridge could hold the greatest amount of weight.…
Photo by Darcy Fiero, courtesy of Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Ten-year-old Molokai boy Felix has had more than his fair share of challenges. Diagnosed with a progressive, genetic disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy that causes muscle mass loss and weakness, he’s spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices. But for his 10th birthday, he forgot all of that and spent a week as a normal, happy kid, fulfilling his wish to visit Florida’s Disney World.
The trip was made possible by Make-A-Wish Hawaii, a nonprofit that grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish Hawaii CEO Siana Austin Hunt, who grew up on Molokai’s Kapualei Ranch, said Felix was referred to the organization by his doctor.…
Molokai judoka begin simulated matches in practice. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
For a sport whose name means “the gentle way,” the energetic shouts accompanied by the sounds of bodies slamming on the mat may seem anything but. However, when executed correctly, the sport of judo is a fiercely fluid set of moves that are far less painful than they appear.
“The object of judo is to throw the person on their back perfectly,” said Molokai Coach Eli “Lihau” Maioho. “When that’s done, it doesn’t hurt at all.”
Molokai athletes are being schooled in the art of throwing hard and falling soft in the high school’s first-ever judo season.…
Four Molokai sports teams competed in last week’s jam-packed Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) championships. While volleyball and track wrapped up their seasons, the softball and judo teams will continue on to the state tournaments.
The boys ended their season last Thursday on Lanai at the Division II Tournament with a thrilling five-set loss to Hana. The Dragons (12-2) outlasted the Farmers (3-9) 25-19, 18-25, 26-28, 25-20, 15-7, and later qualified for the state tournament.
The Farmers played well, and Coach Hale Domingo was happy with the season.
“Words can’t explain how proud I am of these boys,” he said. “I try to teach them everything I know about volleyball, but in the end they teach me more than I ever known.”
With only senior Tanielu Falealii leaving, the future is bright for the team.…
Photo courtesy of Ashlynn Mawae, Na Pu`uwai.
Na Pu`uwai News Release
On April 11, the County of Maui Parks and Recreation, with the help of Na Pu’uwai, put together Molokai’s first youth sports clinic. This clinic was provided for the children of Molokai to teach them athletic drills and to help them get faster, stronger and more competitive. Former Olympic weightlifter Chad Ikei and former NFL defensive back Rich Miano, who run Speed and Quickness Clinics throughout the state, came to coach kids.…
Edward M Kennedy Institute News Release
On March 30, college students and current and former Senators from around the country participated in the Senate Chamber Dedication Ceremony as part of the Public Dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Columbia Point in Boston. Michael Kikukawa from Kaunakakai, a current student at Harvard University, represented Hawaii at the event. The students were selected on the merit of essays submitted on the topic of public service.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.…
MEDB News Release
The sixth annual Hawaii STEM Conference, held April 17-18 once again lived up to its reputation as the state’s premiere Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) conference for students and educators. Presented by Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Women in Technology (WIT) project, the event attracted more than 500 attendees who explored the many benefits of STEM learning, showcased some of the best programs and projects, and expanded Hawaii community of experiential STEM advocates.
This year included 350 student participants, 100 teachers accessed professional development, and 75 industry professionals provided mentoring and career awareness, with more than 30 schools and organizations participating statewide.…
INPEACE News Release
Are you an expectant mother on Molokai? Did you know you are your keiki’s first, and best, teacher? Interaction with your keiki from the time you conceive is crucial to strengthening family bonds. The earlier you start, the better!
If you don’t know where to begin, Parents as Teachers (PAT), a program by INPEACE, can get you on the path to success. Our staff can guide you through the many stages of your child’s development, through weekly home visits, using the PAT Foundational curricula — and it’s all free!
Most new parents have many questions. And, PAT has the answers.…