Education

Mud-Caked Classroom

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Mud-Caked Classroom

Local farm brings lessons of the `aina to life

Third grader Kamalani Peltier, holding a tadpole, was one of 40 Kilohana School students to visit Simms Farm last month. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

A handful of Kilohana Elementary school students stared down uncertainly into the thick, gloopy mud of the lo`i kalo below them.

“Come on, ladies, let’s go! Jump in!”

Kilohana educational assistant Teon Simmons was trying to coax them into the lo`i, where three of their schoolmates were already wading and pulling weeds from the ankle deep muck. Wedged in the middle of the patch, farm owner Jo-Ann Simms was teaching the students how to gently swing long bunches of weeds to shake excess mud back into the lo`i.…

Farmers Gear Up for MILs, States

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Farmers Gear Up for MILs, States

The Varsity II girls’ paddling team (front, with lei) made their debut on Saturday, while the Varsity I team qualified for states. Photo courtesy of Stefanie Hubbard.

Tiebreaker Sends Paddling to States

Molokai’s girls had to race twice on Saturday to earn a place at the state championships. The Farmers finished third in the MIL’s final regatta and came in second in a tie-breaking race to earn the MIL’s last state berth.

“It was pretty intense and really nerve-racking, but we made it,” said paddler Waipuna Kelly-Paleka.

Seabury Hall had already been guaranteed a place before Saturday’s race. After Molokai finished third, the Farmers were locked in a three-way season tie with King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Maui, forcing a second, shorter race.…

Students Earn GIS Certificate

Friday, January 30th, 2015

UHMCM News Release

University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) is proud to announce that in the Fall 2014 semester, four of our Agriculture students successfully earned a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) in Ecosystem Management.  These students are Kristen Coelho, Patricia Pali, Kawaila Purdy and Tyson Pactol.

To earn this certificate, students must pass the Introduction to GIS as well as GIS in Ecosystem Management.  Both classes required the students to collect an intense amount of localized geographic data through a computerized software and use the data for in-depth analysis, planning and mapping.

GIS is a useful skill in today’s world and frequently used in many careers.…

Molokai Metric 100K Ride

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School hosted Molokai’s first-ever 100K bike ride on Jan. 18.  Twenty-four riders completed either the half- or full-length distance course that extended from Hotel Molokai to Morris Point and back, then looped around Kualapu`u and Airport Loop, to finish back at the Hotel.  Two on-island bike riders participated, Will Carlson and Lydia Trinidad; one former Molokai resident returned for the ride, Amanda Han; and the rest of the bicyclists came from off-island.

The first two riders to complete the noncompetitive course were Jeffrey Ling and Bill Leach in just under three hours 10 minutes. The largest bicycling support group to participate was the Red Hot Ladies Cycling group, a Hawaii Bicycling League affiliate, led by Patricia Johnson, also of Oahu. …

HOSA Students Volunteer at Bike Race  

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Molokai HOSA News Release

Molokai High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club helped stage Kualapu`u School’s inaugural Molokai Metric event last weekend by providing trained First Aid/CPR responders at each of the six aid stations on the 100-K course. Aid stations extended east from Hotel Molokai to Morris Point and back, then west to Kualapu`u, Airport Loop, and return — a total of 62 miles of road.

Luke Kikukawa served as the HOSA Club volunteer recruiter and trainer.  After using a GoFundMe.com account to finance his own CPR/ First Aid Trainer Certification on Oahu, Luke returned to Molokai to provide CPR/First Aid training to the following current and former HOSA club members:  Rainbow Kee, Oceana Madani, Sabrina Curtis, Kahale Ramos, Grayson Aldridge, Tanner Mosher, Geisha Nunez and Misty Parker.…

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).…