Editor’s note: For decades, Bob Hope brought entertainment and smiles to millions of U.S. troops through United Service Organizations (USO), making 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991. For the past four years, Aka`ula School students have hosted a USO tribute show to honor those who have served in the American Armed Services. Students select singers, musicians, comedians or actors they would like to impersonate and spend the fourth quarter of school perfecting their acts. Below, reprinted with permission from Aka`ula, are what students had to say about the experience.
Fourth Annual USO Show
By Ramie DeVera-Kuahuia, Grade 8
On May 16, my school held its fourth USO tribute show. …
Molokai Robotics Tournament a Success
MMS News Release
Elementary Division Finals Championship Match 2 featuring 334B “Beast from the East” and 334S “Mana’e Style” of Kilohana Elementary.
The 2015 STEM Day at Molokai Middle School (MMS) featured Molokai’s first ever island-wide Robotics tournament. VEX IQ teams from Maunaloa Elementary, Kualapu`u Elementary and Kilohana Elementary were pitted against each other in the Elementary Division, while MMS teams were matched for the Middle School Division.
Coming out on top for the Elementary Division were teamwork champions and brother-teams Mana`e Style and Beast from the East from Kilohana Elementary, followed by teamwork finalists R0adrunn3rs from Maunaloa Elementary and Comets from Kualapu`u Elementary.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Seated just past the scoreboard that ticked down the closing seconds at hundreds of home games, Molokai High School’s graduating class counted down their final moments as seniors at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony.
“Isn’t it crazy how fast time has flown by?” said Kristin Tancayo in her valedictory speech. “We entered those gym doors almost four years ago for our welcome assembly as freshmen, and here we are now, just about an hour away from walking out those same doors with our high school diplomas.”
With a crowd of supporters packed into The Barn proudly looking on, MHS administrators awarded diplomas to 75 students.…
UHMCM News Release
After serving in the U.S. military and earning the privileges of the GI Bill, Molokai boy Tyson Pactol returned home and utilized the opportunity to attend college. Back in the fall of 2011, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) offered an Associate in Technical Studies (ATS) Degree called Cultural and Natural Resource Management (Malama Aina).
At that time, Tyson was working with The Nature Conservancy on Molokai. With natural resource management being his field of interest, Tyson pursued the ATS Malama Aina degree. In fall 2014, Tyson successfully finished the degree. He is the first Molokai resident to earn this Associate. …
Photo courtesy FAB.
FAB News Release
Our Families Against Bullying (FAB) Project Bully Free youth classes that took place March 25 through May 27 at the Molokai Youth Center (MYC) is asking support from our youths and community. We have a large unity pledge banner available at the MYC for everyone to come out and sign, to pledge their support against bullying. The goal is to get 100 signatures by Aug. 31 to untie together as a community to end bullying in our schools.
We are very excited and hope that you all will take the time to come out and support our children of Molokai.…
Maui County was represented at ISEF by Molokai students Alex Simon (front, left to right), Evelyn Haase, Keaa Davis, Sarah Jenkins, Momi Afelin (back, left to right), Luke Jones (Kihei Charter School) and Lily Jenkins. Photo courtesy of Lily Jenkins.
At the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), an event that included around 1,700 students from more than 75 countries, five Molokai students spent hours being grilled by Ph.D. holders and Nobel Laureates. In a room full of geniuses, Molokai proved it is home to some of the world’s brightest young scientific minds.
In the Earth and Environmental Sciences category, Molokai High School senior Sarah Jenkins and sister Lily Jenkins, a sophomore, won first place and a $3,000 award.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Another sports season, full of buzzer beaters, towering touchdowns and sizzling spikes, has come to an end at Molokai High School. Last week at Molokai’s athletic banquet, the school celebrated the 187 student athletes and nearly 50 coaches who participated in 16 different sports this season.
Every athlete in attendance got a recognition certificate and a moment on stage in the banquet’s first-ever Parade of Athletes. Coaches, many of whom juggled other jobs off the field, were honored with lei and greeted by every athlete.
“Sports is everything,” said junior wrestler Cendall Manley. “… It’s more than just being involved, it’s the family aspect.…
Summer Education Opportunity
Still looking for something for your child to do this summer? Molokai CORAL offers a free summer program for grades Kindergarten through 12th that runs from June 9 to July 10. Molokai CORAL, which stands for Creating Opportunities for Rigorous Academic Learning, seeks to develop high quality education programs that increase the academic achievement and learning readiness in reading, science, technology, engineering, math, and improves student knowledge of Native Hawaiian culture and language. This program is possible through the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools funded by the United States Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Act and sponsored by Aloha Productions, LLC, in partnership with Molokai High School.…
By Greta Martinez, Kualapu`u School Librarian
January and February are months that highlight the theme of peace for two reasons:
Makahiki Games and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. During this time, in the Kualapu`u School library, students in Kindergarten through sixth grade learn the art of writing peace poems.
This year, all the poems were submitted to the statewide 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poem Contest, organized by the International Peace Poem Project in Maui. In Maui County, 22 Kualapu`u School students were proud winners of first and second prizes and were invited by Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Anne Arakawa to receive their awards at the awards ceremony on Maui.…
By Glenn I. Teves, UH CTAHR County Extension Agent
The first introduction of plants to Hawaii started with the arrival of Polynesians, who brought important food and utility plants to their new home. I remember noted Hawaiian botanist Isabella Abbott calling kukui an invasive species because it displaced many natives in valleys and mountainsides.
Over the last 240 years, thousands of plant species were introduced to create new economic opportunities as a western capitalist system replaced an ancient self-sufficient system. Today, most of the vegetation found below 2,000 feet, with the exception of a few isolated coastal systems, is introduced.…