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Giving Tree

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Kumu Maile Naehu

In early January, a special performance of The Giving Tree was offered at Kaunakakai School Cafeteria by a talented group of performers from Molokai. This group was comprised of 12 keiki ages 5 to 12 who participated in a Winter Hana Keaka (performing arts) class with me, a mini-camp in collaboration with the Molokai Arts Center (MAC).

The Giving Tree was a rich performance that reflected a four-day class with me carefully studying the art of performance. We explored voice, movement and acting and ended in a small culminating performance. The most amazing part of all this was how the deep underlying lessons held in the story were revealed by the performers in a poetic reflection done at the end of the play.…

Sharing the Magic of Books

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

First Book-Molokai News Release

First Book-Molokai has awarded book grants to Maunaloa Elementary School, Kaunakakai Elementary School fourth and fifth grade classes, Aka`ula School, Molokai Middle School and Molokai High School.  First Book-Molokai provides new, high quality books to children and youth to start their own home libraries.  They also receive bookplates on which to place their names celebrating the importance of book ownership.

The $5,000 book grant we received from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. has enabled our program to give thousands of enticing new books to the children and youth we serve on an ongoing basis.  The Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.…

Girls Basketball Bound for States

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

With a pair of wins over Seabury Hall (3-7) last weekend, the Lady Farmers (10-0) stayed undefeated, won the regular season crown and guaranteed themselves a spot at the girls’ basketball state tournament in February.

“[It’s] very rewarding,” said senior forward Edel Mae Alvarez of the team’s accomplishments. “Everything—night practices, long boat rides and bus rides—was totally worth it.”

Molokai topped Seabury Hall 42-35 on Friday and 39-30 on Saturday. Lehiwa Pedro and Hepuakea Falealii brought in 10 points apiece on Friday, while Camille Ledesma and Brooke Keliihoomalu each scored 13 in Saturday’s victory.

Although Molokai plays second-place Lanai (7-3) this weekend, the Pine Lasses are three games out of first place and can’t steal the Farmers’ regular season crown in two games.…

Paddling in the Hunt for States

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Paddling in the Hunt for States

Molokai’s girls’ paddling crew came in third out of six teams at the MIL’s fourth regatta of the season. The Lady Farmers finished in four minutes, 33.05 seconds at Kahului Harbor last Saturday, their best time of the season thus far. Molokai’s crew included Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe (Seat No. 1), Kaitlynn Reich-Colipano (Seat No. 2), Kamalani Puailihau (Seat No. 3), Waipuna Kelly-Paleka (Seat No. 4), Kysha Kawano (Seat No. 5) and Hiilani Kaiama-Kanuha (Seat No. 6).

Photo courtesy of Kysha Kawano.

“We did quite well on this race, but we feel there’s always room for improvement,” said Kawano. “Our team will be focusing on bettering our turns and finishes and also, ways we can fix our small errors that will help us finish with a better time.”

The MIL’s final race takes place next Saturday at Kahului Harbor.…

Back-to-Back Titles for Molokai Wrestlers

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Back-to-Back Titles for Molokai Wrestlers

Photo courtesy of Cendall Manley.

Molokai wrestlers Saydee Makaiwi and Kui Han repeated as champions of their divisions for the second week in a row. Last Saturday at the Farmers’ second meet, Makaiwi took the girls’ 138-pound weight class, while Han won the boys’ 285-pound title over Lahainaluna’s Connor Mowat, who recently went undefeated at the “Battle for the Belt” wrestling tournament in Temecula, Calif.

“Both Kui and Saydee have matured in their skills, and both are working hard in practice,” said Head Coach Randy Manley.

Three Molokai boys had second-place finishes: Caele Manley (113), Rayden DeKneef (152 B) and Jordan Boswell (170).…

New Swimmers Debut in Meet

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

In back-to-back MIL swim meets last weekend, the girls’ team finished sixth. Oceana Madani had fifth place finishes in both the 200-meter individual medley (three minutes, 1.82 seconds) and the 100-meter butterfly (1:22.38). On Saturday, Michelle McGuire and Genevieve Kikukawa also took fifth in their categories, McGuire in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:24.89) and Kikukawa in the 100-meter backstroke (1:16.79).

As a team, the girls improved their time in the 200-meter medley relay. After finishing sixth in the event on Jan. 17, the team finished third on Friday (2:14.03), a five-second improvement from the previous meet.

“Every meet is an improvement, especially when they’re close together,” said Head Coach Jess Ford.…

Boys Basketball Maintains Winning Record

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Rick Schonely, Community Reporter

On Senior Night at The Barn last Friday, the St. Anthony Trojans defeated the Molokai Farmers boys basketball, 66-58. The Trojans were led by Michael Fernandez with 23 points. Kekaha Souza added 14 points, and Colby Tam had 13. The Farmers were led by Kaimana Kahale and Moses Espaniola, who had 11 points each. Thomas Tamanaha, Tanielu Aikala-Falealii, Kyson Castor-Wallace and Edel-Marc Alvarez each had seven points.

“We made a lot of mistakes, had some missed assignments and missed a lot of easy baskets, but as a whole I commend them for sticking it out,” said Head Coach Carl Adolpho.…

Keiki Cruise on Refurbished Rides

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Keiki Cruise on Refurbished Rides

Kids at the Youth Center are picking up free bikes and mechanic skills along the way. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Changing a broken bicycle chain has become second nature for 10-year-old Isaiah Hanchett-Lopez.

“I like to use a screwdriver when I do it,” he said matter of factly. “When you’re unscrewing that, it gets loose, so you push it up, take that off…” He continued to rattle off several steps with ease.

It’s just one of the many handy skills that Hanchett-Lopez and the kids at the Molokai Youth Center have picked up since the Center started repairing bikes for free nearly a month ago.…

Honoring Dr. King

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Honoring Dr. King

Photo courtesy of Siri Anderson.

On Jan. 17, Molokai paid tribute to a man who left a legacy of equality and social justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not just observed as a holiday, but as a Day of Service on Molokai, with students gathering on the Public Library grounds to remember the true meaning of the occasion.

Interval House Molokai joined with Aka`ula School and the Molokai Public Library to put on a program that included portions of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in more than half a dozen languages, while Aka`ula School students opened the event with “Music of the Movement,” a civil rights musical celebration.…

Farmers Outstanding in their Fields

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Farmers Outstanding in their Fields

Molokai High teams made a strong showing against league opponents over the weekend, bringing home wins on the water, the court and the mat.


Molokai’s wrestling team is short on funds but not on talent. On Saturday the Farmers left their first MIL meet of the season with six titles, the most of any team. Lahainaluna had the second best performance with five titles.

“I think we as a team didn’t really expect to do as well as we did,” said Kuikamoku Han, who won the boys’ 285-pound title for Molokai. “We have a lot of new people that are not familiar with the sport.…