Since Leahi Camacho, of Kona, Hawaii, was six years old, she said she and the water have been inseparable.
“For as long as I can remember, I have been a distance swimmer,” she said.
Now, the 17-year-old is attempting something not many have successfully accomplished: swimming the 26-mile Ka`iwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu. On Aug. 17 at 11 p.m., she plans to take her last steps on land for about 15 hours. Leaving from Hale O Lono, she will swim through the night for a planned landing the next day at Sandy Beach on Oahu. She hopes to become the youngest swimmer ever to swim the channel.…
Academic achievements and growth will be looked at differently this school year, leaving the Department of Education and Hawaii teachers with extra homework but optimistic predicted outcomes on Molokai.
The state Department of Education (DOE) received federal approval to implement the Strive HI Performance Strategy this 2013 school year. In May, Hawaii and two other states were granted federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to follow their own school improvement plans. The strategy holds schools accountable to achieve new, multiple standards to measure growth and college and career preparedness, rather than relying solely on test scores to quantify achievement.
Hawaii parents, educators, community groups, and higher education representatives helped create the new standard, according to the DOE press release announcing the standard change.…
Next month, a giant red and yellow striped “big top” tent will take shape in Maunaloa, and with it will come an acclaimed group of more than 30 performers from around the world.
“We’re trying to bring a world class production [to Molokai] rather than telling people they have to travel,” said Carl Vincenti, director of the Modern American Circus. The circus will bring 105 minutes of family entertainment to the doorsteps of residents around Hawaii during September, October and November.
Molokai is the first stop of the state-wide tour; the Modern American Circus’ inaugural performance will be on Friday evening, Sept.…
Mendija’s Repair News Release
In today’s world, many of us are reliant on technology to be productive. Unfortunately, this same technology can leave us stranded. Computers break down, networks act up, and we sometimes drop our expensive phones on the ground. The simple fact is, technology fails us sometimes.
Local entrepreneur Edwin Mendija has offered a solution for Molokai’s tech users by founding Mendija’s Repair. Mendija’s repair offers repair, set up, and maintenance for computers, networks, and many other electronics.
Mendija’s Repair offers a wide variety of services and will continue to expand. Current services include computer virus removal, computer cleaning, file backup and transfers, hardware and software repair, and operating system upgrades; network set-up and maintenance of networking systems; and tablet, smart phone and music device repairs.…
Monsanto Hawaii News Release
Sixteen Hawaii students were selected to receive the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship or Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship, collectively earning a total of $20,000 to further their college educations. LesleyAnn Escobar of Molokai High School was one of ten students awarded $1,000 each for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. LesleyAnn plans to pursue a BS in Biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
This award is open to students of all public and private high schools statewide who graduate in good standing and will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a post-secondary education in a discipline related to the life sciences.…
Ko Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai News Release
The 2013 Ko Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai summer surf series has come to an end, providing dozens of keiki with an opportunity to spend quality with their families and a fun, safe and drug-free activity during the summer break. The series celebrated its 24th anniversary this year, organized by a not-for-profit group of dedicated parents and volunteers to perpetuate the culture and traditions of surfing for the next generation.
Organizers would like to thank supporters and sponsors Friendly Market, Molokai Drugstore, Volcom, Dennis Kirk-HIC, Mickey Neilson-Quiksilver, Donald and LaVonne Pahia-Quiksilver, Kehau Mckee- Wailua Beach, Pua and Heather Rochlen- Jams World, Aunty Shirley Rawlins- Chevron, Pu`u O Hoku Ranch and Friendly Isle United Fund.…
Ready to Learn at MHS
MHS News Release
“Ready to Learn” is the theme for Molokai High School (MHS) as we begin the 2013-14 school year. We want our students to be 100 percent prepared with habits of mind that address higher education desires as well as be ready to enter the work force. We are looking to implement a few non-negotiable items and hope you will agree these will contribute to the overall success of your student.
Uniform were instituted for academic performance, student appearance and conduct. We continue to see dramatic progress in each area thanks to the uniform policy.…
By Clare Seeger Mawae
With the Maui to Molokai World Cup of SUP (Stand Up Paddle) race on Saturday, July 13, the idea of the Molokai 4 Molokai (M4M) race the following day was born just eight weeks ago. Its goal was to keep paddlers over on Molokai another day, stimulate the local economy and inspire youth.
With only a short time to throw something together, it almost felt like an impossible task. Stand Up Paddle Association of Molokai (SUPAM) and Youth in Motion made M4M a success with a huge boost from sponsors who came in at the last minute, along with the organizers of the Maui to Molokai race, pledges from the racers and community, local, state and international competitors who believed in the concept.…
Kamehameha Schools News Release
Congratulations to the Molokai Class of 2013 Graduates of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus. Commencement exercises were held on Sunday, May 26 at the Neil Blaisdell Arena. Molokai was represented with 16 graduates who lived as boarders on campus, some entering as seventh graders and some as ninth graders.
Graduates include Mika Lindo, Poki`i Apiki, Kiaka Lima-Mollena, `Ioane Teves, Namakana Pa-Kala, Houston Hiro, Crysten Kalua, Briann Young, Dara Naeole, Lisa Dudoit, Keolewa Puhi, Nanea Manangan, `Olana Chow, Kawaipuna Kalipi, Ka`ulu Apuna and Railyn Young.
Congratulations, graduates, on your accomplishments and especially for your dedication and commitment to your education while living away from home all these years.…
Vigil Remembers Malia and Kaimana Kahalewai
“I want to be the last mother standing here,” said Mary Jane Kahalewai, as she stood before community members — each holding a lit candle — remembering the lives of her children Malia and Kaimana.
A vigil gathering was held last week in their honor and other victims of domestic violence.
“God can take what is deadly… what is wrong… and something good can come out of it,” said Pastor Robert Sahagun on the Molokai Public Library lawn at dusk last Wednesday. “And that is why we’re here.”
“For us, it’s about awareness, giving aloha to the family and [letting people know] we’re available if anyone needs help,” said Wanette Lee, Program Director of Hale Ho`omalu Women’s Shelter and the Alternatives to Violence Program.…