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The keiki and `opio of Molokai

Tennis Teams Stay Hopeful

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Molokai’s tennis teams exited early in last week’s Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) championships, but not before giving opposing schools a glimpse of what’s to come from this young, growing program.

“Our team is mostly comprised of sophomores and first year players,” said Luke Kikukawa, the team’s only senior. “… We really were starting to become a much bigger figure in MILs. Coaches are becoming more aware of us.”

Multiple underclassmen contributed to the Farmers’ five first-round victories, while sophomores Kaiea Dowling and Preston Pascua-Kaho`okano were named the sixth seed in the boys’ doubles competition and received a first-round bye.

Freshmen doubles teams Cassandra Ragonton and Romelyn Ragonton, and Michelle McGuire and Althea Cariaga got past the first round, as did junior duo Kea`a Davis and Oceana Madani.…

Five-Year Grant Kicks Off

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Five-Year Grant Kicks Off

Awa Yerhot with a robot the VEX Robotics team built from scratch. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Students and community members learned and created side-by-side at last week’s Molokai LIVE Family Fair. The event at Molokai High School celebrated the start of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, which Aka`ula School, Molokai High and Middle Schools received this year.

The five-year grant that covers up to $200,000 each year will allow the schools to offer free courses to students and the community through the Molokai LIVE program, which is short for “Learning, Investing Vigorously Everyday.” The program is meant to enrich overall student learning as well as to engage the community, said Lyn Bonk, after-school coordinator for Molokai Middle School.…

Employment Opportunity at Kaunakakai Elementary

Friday, April 24th, 2015

KES News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) is looking for a qualified individual to fill its Parent-Community Networking Center’s (PCNC), School Parent Facilitator’s position.

The PCNC role is an important one within our school. The primary focus of the PCNC position is to help schools and families build student esteem and achievement by creating a sense of community with partnerships among students, parents, teachers, and the community.

The PCNC, under the general direction of the Principal, develops, coordinates, and implements programs and activities which meet the assessed needs of the school/community. The PCNC will also be expected to direct, instruct and conduct appropriate learning experiences for parents, teachers, and other members of the school/community as related to program goals; coordinate and train all volunteers; participate in the development and preparation of the school and PCNC budget and serve on faculty committees as assigned; and be responsible for the use of PCNC facilities, equipment and supplies.…

Keiki Learn Conservation

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Keiki Learn Conservation

Molokai youth don’t have to wait till they’re older to make a difference in the environment. At Keiki Earth Day last Thursday, elementary students from around the island learned how they can save energy, use natural resources and be on the lookout for invasive species.

A student sketches a canoe at the Hokule`a Earth Day station, where students learn how crew practice sustainability. Photos by Colleen Uechi.

“It’s important to know because plants and animals need to stay alive to help our native forests and to help our plants,” said Kilohana third grader Waimoku Pale.

This year’s Earth Day theme, Mai Ke Kupu Mole Hawaii, means “All is found in the Source.” Hokule`a crewmember Mahina Hou Ross said a similar theme applies while voyaging.…

David Rapanot on the Road to His Dreams

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

David Rapanot on the Road to His Dreams

Photo courtesy Feather River College Facebook.

Molokai High School 2014 graduate David Rapanot is in his first year of college at Feather River College in California. As a freshman, he is the starting shortstop for the Golden Eagles and is having a fantastic season while doing a great job stepping up to the next level.  Born and raised on Molokai by parents Scott and Kim Rapanot, he has played baseball since he could walk with the guidance of his father as his coach. He is now making his family and all of Molokai proud.

Feather River College is located in Quincy, Calif., a little town north of Sacramento across the border from Reno, Nev.…

Summer PALS Registration

Friday, April 17th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui Dept. of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced registration dates for the 2015 Summer Play and Learn Sessions (PALS) program.

Children should be registered in the district in which they will be attending PALS, and payments must be made on registration day. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; if all the available spaces for a site have been filled before the allotted time is listed, staff will post signs about the site’s closure.

On Molokai, registration will be held on the first two days of the program, June 9 and 10.…

Proposed Skateparks

Friday, April 17th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui Dept. of Parks and Recreation will hold a series of four community meetings later this month to discuss plans for County skateparks in Upcountry Maui and on Molokai and Lanai.

Parks staff and skatepark design consultant, California Skateparks, will be on hand at the meetings to receive community input on the conceptual designs for proposed skateparks at three sites. Two meetings will be held in Pukalani regarding the Upcountry site; one meeting each on Molokai and Lanai will be held.

The Molokai meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.…

Molokai LIVE Family Fair

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Molokai LIVE News Release

Come one, come all!  Molokai LIVE is holding its grand opening Family Fair celebration to showcase educational opportunities at Molokai High, Molokai Middle, and Aka`ula Schools, grantees of the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s five-year grant.   The event will highlight what the schools and Molokai LIVE, a program that stands for “Learning, Investing, Vigorously, Everyday,” have been doing to build the success of our students and community.  The Molokai LIVE Family Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

There will be performances and live entertainment from our Violin, Slam Poetry, Hawaiian Immersion, and MATS (formerly known as School of Rock) students. …

Little League Season Opener

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Little League Season Opener

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai Little League Minors division games opened on April 4. With three teams competing this year, the season will run until May 22.

The league is looking for more volunteers and kids for 11/12 Major League. Please contact Jonna “Minky” Hoopai Molokai Little League President at molokailittleleague@gmail.com.

Play Ball!…

Volleyball Celebrates Lone Senior

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Volleyball Celebrates Lone Senior

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai boys’ volleyball team hosted Seabury Hall this past weekend, and after a 3-1 loss on Friday night (25-13, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-22) the Farmers played a thrilling five-set match Saturday, but again lost to Seabury 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15 and 15-11). Molokai is now 3-6 on the season. Seabury is 4-4.

On Saturday the Farmers took the first two games, but Seabury fought back and took the next three sets in a row to win the match.

Friday night was also Senior Night for Tanielu Falealii, the team’s only senior.

Coach Hale Domingo praised Falealii for his spirit and hard work.…