UHMCM News Release
As a descendent of two deeply rooted Molokai families — Purdy and Pico Ohana — Shy-lynFay “Kawaila” Purdy has a special place in her heart for Molokai. After graduating from high school on Oahu and enjoying the single life, she found herself wanting to be closer to her roots. Shortly after moving home, she became very interested in farming.
“Molokai has the resources to be abundant farmers” said Kawaila.
In the spring of 2012, she enrolled for classes at UHMC, Molokai. Today, Kawaila is close to finishing her Associate in Agriculture Natural Resource Management, continues to serve as a student mentor at the farm, and advocates for future farmers on Molokai. …
Hawaii State Public Library News Release
The Molokai Humane Society (MHS) will present “Be Kind to Animals,” a free informational program, at Molokai Public Library on Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the Reading Section.
Dr. Stewart Morgan, Molokai’s resident veterinarian, will discuss the benefits of taking care of a well-behaved pet. Lyndon Dela Cruz, MHS President, will share information about an assortment of pets that will accompany him to the Library.
This program is suitable for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session. Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.…
Ke Kukui Mohala Class of 2014 Graduates (back to front): Ambrosialynn Casil-Dudoit, Taylor Tamanaha, Paul Parker, Kaycie Kahalewai, Kayla Galam, Karlee Galam, Heather Place, Caylee Ledesma, Shella Marie Keahi, Markes DeMello, Rizpah Torres-Umi and Luke Santiago. (Not included in photo: Teyani Domingo, Alika Kaahanui, Waipuna Kelly-Paleka, David Rapanot, Likeke Schonely, Brayden Willing-McCutcheon) Photo courtesy UHMCM.
UHMCM News Release
Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school. It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way. …
Sen. Mazie Hirono News Release
Molokai graduate Michael Kikukawa will intern with Sen. Mazie K. Hirono’s Summer Intern Class this year in Washington, D.C. He is one of seven Hawaii interns selected for Hirono’s Hawaii and D.C. offices.
“It’s a privilege to have bright Hawaii students intern in my office,” said Hirono. “Meeting with students and hearing their stories often reminds me and my staff of the importance of pushing for more opportunities for our young people, including making college more affordable, strengthening our economy, and ensuring everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream. Mahalo to Michael, Madison, Shannon, Alex, Sarah, Caitlin, and Lana for their service to our office and Hawaii.”
Michael Kikukawa was born and raised on Molokai and is a graduate of Molokai High School.…
Photo courtesy of HMSA.
Molokai High School graduate Xrystina Bicoy was selected by HMSA as one of 21 students in the state to receive the company’s Kaimana Scholarship, as well as one of five recipients of their Distinguished Scholarship.
“This is for students who do well academically, as well as show great sportsmanship in athletics and service to their community,” said Molokai High Vice Principal Daniel Espaniola. “We’re very proud of Xristina’s accomplishments.”
The Kaimana program started in 2005 and recognizes all-around accomplishments of high schools, and offers scholarships to individual student athletes, administered by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.…
Photo by Catherine Cluett.
If you visited Ali`i Fishpond last week, you would have found a group of students twisting ti leaf lei using their toes as anchors, speaking to each other quietly in `Olelo Hawaii under the branches of a hala tree. Meanwhile, another group of students learned lomi massage techniques, while seated beneath the shade of the hale overlooking the fishpond, giving each other treatments.
This was the third annual Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela summer school, a Hawaiian immersion program for one month in June and July. This year, for the first time, students spent one week at Ali`i Fishpond as part of the program.…
UHMCM News Release
The Early Childhood Education program at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) is designed to prepare students to work with young children from birth to age 5 and their families. The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators.
Students can earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Early Childhood Education that articulates into the UH West Oahu’s Bachelor in Social Science degree, Early Childhood Education concentration. Come to the college for full details or call us at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…
Kaunakakai School News Release
Starting this school year, nearly 20 public elementary schools around the state will be offering a prekindergarten program. As part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s vision to prepare as many four-year olds as possible for kindergarten, the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) has been charged with developing this prekindergarten program in collaboration with the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE). On Molokai, the selected site is Kaunakakai Elementary School.
The enrollment criteria:
1. Completion of students’ application packet in full and submissio nto the Kaunakakai School office;
2. Eligibility for the federal free-and reduced-price meal program;
Photo courtesy Lloyd Yonemura.
The unearthing of time capsules at the 75th anniversary of Molokai High School, held last month, brought back many memories. Pictured here are staff and faculty in 1989 from a photo buried at the 50th anniversary.
A letter dated May 26, 1989 from then-principal Clifford Horita expressed wishes from the past.
“When this message is read in the year 2014, we want to wish all of you greetings from 1989,” he wrote. “I hope that Molokai’s ‘friendliest spirit” still exist in 2014 as it is existing today. We wish all of you a successful 75th celebration.”
Photo courtesy Lloyd Yonemura.…
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. Two weeks ago, Aka`ula school put on its third annual USO-tribute show, with a full cast of characters performed entirely by Aka`ula students. Below, reprinted with permission from Aka`ula’s newsletter, are what students had to say about the experience.
USO Dress Rehearsal
By Dillon DeCoite, 8th Grade
Even though it was a dress rehearsal, I think we did great. The audience was mostly our parents and family members, and they sold food and drinks on the side. …