Kualapuu students enjoy the first school lunch of the year. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
As part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, free breakfasts and lunches will be available to students at all Molokai public schools starting this year. Those schools are among seven statewide that were selected by the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) to pilot the program this year.
While many Molokai students already qualified for free or reduced price meals, educators say the new program will be a relief for many families who didn’t previously qualify and will streamline the dining process.
The federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which debuted in Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky in 2011, gives free meals to schools in which at least 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches.…
The MOM Hui News Release
Congratulations to this year’s 2015-2016 Ho`ola Hou Scholarship recipients: Kelsie Tanabe, Kamakalehiwa Purdy-Avelino, Lahela Tamanaha, Waipuna Paleka, Kiloaulani Ka`awa-Gonzales and Michaiah Soares. Each individual will receive a total scholarship award of $1103 for the school year.
The Ho`ola Hou Community-Supported Scholarship Fund has been made possible through the MOM hui’s Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert, where 100 percent of the silent auction proceeds benefitted the fund. It is also funded by the Molokai Environmental Protection Fund, managed by the Tides Foundation, which “supports organizations that protect the Hawaiian island’s environment and enhance its community’s access to legal services, education, and environmental advocacy.”
Mahalo to the individual donors and members of the Molokai Environmental Protection Fund for your generous contribution.…
Editor’s note: Four Aka`ula School students recently traveled to the Southwestern U.S. and experienced some opportunities of a lifetime, including a helicopter tour over the canyon, visiting the Hopi Nation and seeing roaring waterfalls. Here are some stories from their trip.
By Hulali Busby
Photos courtesy of Aka`ula School.
From May 31 to June 11, my classmates and I, along with our two great teachers, traveled through the Southwestern U.S. Those 11 days went by so quickly. Along the way, we ate some sensational food, saw some fantastic scenery, met really friendly people and shopped for a variety of cultural gifts.…
UHMCM News Release
Are you interested in pursuing an entry-level position in law enforcement, private security, or looking to upgrade your skills? Starting this fall, University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) will be offering AJ 101: Introduction to Administration of Justice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in room 105, instructor is TBA.
The Law Enforcement I Certificate of Competence consists of three classes and will take a minimum of two semesters to complete. Upon completion, you will have the general academic knowledge, concepts, and theory pertaining to the criminal justice system. The Law Enforcement I Certificate of Competence will prepare you for careers in law enforcement, private security or other fields related to administration of justice.…
Imua Family Services News Release
Imua Family Services is pleased to announce a new chapter in the agency’s rich 69 year history. As of July 2015, Imua Family Services will be providing Infant and Child Development Services to families and children on the island of Molokai, making the organization’s services available County wide with ongoing services on Maui and Lanai. Families on the island will be able to access Care Coordination Services, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Special Instruction, and General Education Training for keiki birth through 3.
Imua Family Services, through a contract with the State of Hawaii Department of Health Early Intervention Section, will open an office at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC).…
By Megan Stephenson
Sitting down to a meal at home, with your `ohana, is such an important part of the day. Everyone shares their latest news, cracks jokes, nags about getting chores done, and tucks in to the ono food. Bonds strengthen while the body simultaneously refills on more energy. When done eating, do you ever feel sluggish or sleepy? This may seem like a natural course of the day, but it‘s actually a sign to get moving again. Walking or activity after eating a big meal, especially one full of carbohydrates like pasta and rice, helps break down the food you just ate, which has transformed into different types of energy — sugar or fat — that your body runs on.…
By Erik Svetin, MHS Student and Mathlete
Kualapu`u School winners: Kamalu Ka`awa Richardson, Leelan Corpuz, Aaliyah Cariaga, Kawena Davis, Sue Forbes-Kikukawa, Erik Svetin, Kim Link.
A year ago, I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.
I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 27.…
UHMCM News Release
Earn a certificate, bachelors and even a Master’s degree right here on Molokai! Courses are available through Distance Education. Visit the online link hawaii.edu/dl/programs to learn more about Distance Learning Programs offered throughout the University of Hawaii.
Distance learning in many cases provides students greater flexibility. Distance learning allows you to study around work, family, and social commitments. If you are interested in building skills, enhancing your career prospects, and obtaining a valuable certificate or degree then distance learning may be the right fit for you.
For questions regarding distance learning through the University of Hawaii, contact Theresa Tamanaha at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation News Release
Sarah Jenkins, center. Photo courtesy Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
A collection of Hawaii’s most talented scholar athletes gathered today at Outrigger Canoe Club to accept scholarship funds from the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. The nonprofit awarded a total of $178,250 to 29 grantees and 44 scholarships to student athletes from 34 different high schools across six Hawaiian Islands.
Each year, the Foundation awards a $10,000 Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship to one individual that exemplifies outstanding skill and leadership in the classroom, in their chosen sport and in the community.
Sarah `Alohilani Jenkins was named the 2015 Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha.…
By Laura Peterson
All of the sixth graders on the island converged in the Molokai Middle School (MMS) cafeteria for a fun day of activities created and led by the MMS student government on May 28. It was the second and last transition day for sixth graders, designed to introduce the students from different elementary schools to each other and to middle school life.
The student government of MMS showed true leadership skills and planned a day of fun activities, a tour of the school, and introductions to people such as Principal Dawn Mains and Aunty Tikka, the cafeteria manager, who provided everyone with ono cinnamon rolls! …