Education

A Heart for Higher Education

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A Heart for Higher Education

Donna Haytko-Paoa stands in front of UH Maui College, Molokai site. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Thirty years ago, when Donna Haytko-Paoa began her career as Coordinator of what’s now known as the University of Hawaii’s Maui College, Molokai site, pursuing higher education on Molokai was a struggle.

In the early 80s, Molokai residents wanting to attain a college degree would scrunch into child-size seats in a classroom at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

“You would see rather large individuals sitting in Kindergarten chairs,” recalled Dan Bennett, who started at the college as a lecturer in 1982.

Ten years later, conditions were less cramped but still less than ideal.…

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.

Wrestling

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.…

Teachers Union Lends a Hand with Funding

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

MHS News Release

Molokai High School (MHS) was the recipient of a $178,180 2-year grant to fund part-time teachers to work with students in support of College and Career Readiness.  So far, there have been five teachers hired to work with small groups, assist in classrooms, and tutor one on one during Hana Hou Monday through Thursday in the library!

Tutors are available to help with all academic subjects, class projects, scholarship or college applications until 3:30 Monday through Thursday.  Hana Hou is open until 5 p.m.  Students that come and work with the part-time teachers will be eligible to win a raffle prize at the end of the quarter. …

DOE Substitute Teacher Class

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

DOE News Release

DOE substitute teacher classes will be held on the following dates, with a registration deadline of Jan.

Dates of the class:
Feb 3: 5 – 8 p.m.
Feb 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17: 5 – 9 p.m.
Feb 19: 5 – 8 p.m.

Classes will be taught via video conference. Participants without a bachelor’s degree are welcome to enroll. Pick up registration packets at the DOE Office (Front State Office Bldg; next to Tax Office.  Participants must attend all sessions.  If you have questions, call Carole at 553-1723.…

Wrestling on Display

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Wrestling on Display

Community Contributed

By Louise Manley

On Thursday evening, Jan. 8, the Molokai High School (MHS) Farmers’ Barn stirred with excitement and anticipation as family and friends in the community gathered to watch an inter-squad competition between the “green” and the “white” teams of the MHS Varsity Wrestling Team.  Head coach Randy Manley along with assistant coach Kawika Kaahanui have been working with their team since mid-October in an effort to prepare each member with physical endurance, equip them with the knowledge of the sport, and develop in them mental toughness. The team currently has 15 girls and 15 boys on the roster.…

Student Cooks Winning Dish

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Student Cooks Winning Dish

Kiana Simmons finishes plating her dish. Photo courtesy of University of Hawaii at Manoa CTAHR.

Sometime within the next few months, diners at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Kai Market restaurant will find a beef maple bacon pesto roulade on the menu. Honey-glazed bacon and pesto wrapped in a slab of pounded beef, tied, baked and served in slices with sweet potato mash, the mouth-watering dish will be prepared not by a renowned chef but by a teenage culinary prodigy: Molokai High School senior Kiana Simmons.

Last month, Simmons’ roulade won her top honors at the statewide “Buy Local, It Matters” (BLIM) Recipe and Cooking Contest.…

Undefeated Start for Girls’ Basketball

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Undefeated Start for Girls’ Basketball

Defending league champion Molokai hasn’t lost any of last season’s momentum. Almost halfway through the season, the Lady Farmers’ basketball team is 6-0 and sits atop the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II standings.

Photo by Rick Schonely.

Molokai defeated second-place Lanai (3-3) twice last weekend at The Barn, squeaking past the Pine Lasses 48-45 on Friday and pounding out a 54-22 win on Saturday.

Lanai led at the end of the third quarter on Friday, but the Farmers wrapped up the win with a couple of free throws by Precious Rawlins with barely a second to go. Rawlins scored nine, while Lehiwa Pedro and Rebecka Adolpho had 12 points apiece.…

Support Art Education

Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) announces a special opportunity for you to help support art education in in our community.

Each year, the State of Hawaii and its schools are faced with increasing budget cuts that impact how much art education our youth are exposed to in school. This importance of culture and the arts, and the fact that it is sometimes not readily tangible, even though it impacts our quality of life significantly, is priceless and irretrievable once lost.

This same principle holds true for all artists of all ages and walks of life.

Here is a special way for you to help contribute to increasing access to art education and opportunities on our island of Molokai:  help the Molokai Arts Center through it’s Partnership with the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.…