Education

Molokai High Celebrates 75 Years of Memories

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Molokai High Celebrates 75 Years of Memories

Richard Otsuji clenched a black-and-white photo of 24 Molokai High School (MHS) seniors, the entire graduating class of 1942, in his hands early last Saturday morning. After waiting 25 years to uproot the time capsule buried during MHS’ 50th anniversary in 1989, Otsuji and many alumni found digging up the past brought a rush of emotion.

“I can remember every detail that happened here. I even shock myself sometimes,” said Otsuji, a former South Pacific WWII war crime investigator, with a wholehearted laugh while pointing his class photo. “I can name you every person in [this picture], their first name and where they live.”

Otsuji, who now resides on Oahu, is one of the oldest MHS alumni and has never missed a school occasion to fellowship with his former classmates.…

Molokai Grads Bonded by Friendship

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Molokai Grads Bonded by Friendship

The challenging classes have finished. Studying late into the night for tests has ended. Senior projects have all been presented and graded. And nothing, not even the intermittent rain showers, could stop 77 Molokai High School (MHS) seniors from turning their graduation tassels from the right side to the left and taking home their hard-earned diplomas last Friday.

“I encourage you, as someone said before me, to ‘dream on and dream big’ and follow your dream,” said MHS alumnus and commencement address speaker James “Jimmy” Duvauchelle.  “Never settle for second best. Be the best you can be because that’s who you are.”

As anticipation grew and excitement filled the air, the Class of 2014 stood together on the stage to bid farewell to MHS and celebrate four years together.…

Gabbard Talks Story with Middle School Students

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Gabbard Talks Story with Middle School Students

When Rep. Tulsi Gabbard visited Molokai two weeks ago, she talked story with an assembly of Molokai Middle School students and answered their questions, both probing and fun. The congresswoman told students that she works in Washington, D.C. about three weeks every month, and comes home to Hawaii to travel around her districts for about a week. Here are some of the questions students from the Middle School seventh and eighth grade Social Studies classes prepared.

Question: How has being in the military influenced the decisions you made?

Answer: The time I served in the Middle East on two deployments really changed me a lot and informed some of my policy positions.…

Learning Life Lessons Through Basketball

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Learning Life Lessons Through Basketball

The Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Team brought its positive message of pursuing an education, staying drug free and of course, basketball, to the Barn last Monday night for a spectacle of slam dunks and laughs.

Taking to the court in a charity game, the Harlem Ambassadors played the Molokai All-Stars, a team of volunteers from the fire department, police department and Friendly Market, in a game full of music, dancing and fun.

“Please stay in school, stay focused, be obedient, listen to your parents or guardians, the leadership that is before you,” said Lade Majic, coach of the Harlem Ambassadors. “Everyone can make it.…

Transition to Middle School

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Community Contributed

By Alison Place, School Renewal Specialist

Ho`olauna defined is to “give an introduction to; to be friendly.”  This year’s sixth grade Ho`olauna was held on Monday, May 12 at the Duke Maliu Regional Park. The purpose of the annual Ho`olauna is to transition the outgoing sixth graders to middle school.  One hundred fifteen sixth graders from Kilohana, Kaunakakai, Kualapu`u and Maunaloa joined together to get to know one another and to learn more about what it means to be a Molokai Middle School (MMS) student.

Referred to as the Class of 2020, these students were told they are the visionaries who have 20-20 vision to create the world of the future while remembering the past.…

Ask-a-Lawyer Day Success

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Ask-a-Lawyer Day Success

Photo and caption courtesy Karen Holt

Pictured here, Brian Simon (HSBA), new Supreme Court Justice Michael Wilson, and volunteer attorneys Carole Richelieu and Karen Holt at Ask-a-Lawyer Day.  Dozens of Molokai residents came to the Kaunakakai Elementary Cafeteria on Saturday, May 10 to ask for free legal information.  Ten attorneys, members of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Senior Counsel division, donated their time and paid their own travel expenses.  The event was spearheaded by Honolulu attorney Tim Lui-Kwan, and Molokai’s own John Sabas.…

2014 May Day Highlights

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

2014 May Day Highlights

Each year, schools around the island celebrate May Day, known as Lei Day in Hawaii. Students at each school are selected for the royal court to represent every island, and perform songs and dances for family and friends. Here, we represent each celebration that’s taken place over the past three weeks.…

From Passion to Power

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

From Passion to Power

Slam poetry has emerged in Molokai schools among students and teachers bringing literary talents to the microphone to spit poems from the depths of their souls.

“When you write slam poetry, it’s an emphasis on your passions,” said MHS Hawaiian Language Immersion senior, `Apelila Ritte-Camara-Tangonan. “My passion and fire burns with my [Hawaiian] culture. I know a lot of people share the same fire and…for me self-expression through music, art or slam poetry rekindles my fire.”

Ritte-Camara-Tangonan was one of 13 rising slam poets who threw down, going word for word in the MHS Library last Tuesday night in the first ever Hana Hou Poetry Slam Competition.…

No Child Left Inside

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

No Child Left Inside

Turning litter from Mo’omomi into beautiful art, testing Kalama`ula waters for salinity and soil for pH levels and quizzing curious minds on the Kaunakakai Ahupua`a, students shared their research at the Molokai Digital Bus (MDB) capstone Ho`ike.

Students soaked in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research at the fourth annual capstone last Wednesday at Kulana `Oiwi.

About 250 students collected, weighed and sorted data to showcase as part of the MDB Molokai Ho`ike project, a yearlong program that takes students out in the field in a mobile laboratory to experiment. Approximately 75 of those students came to the event to aid their kumu in presenting baseline research to other students, teachers and their ohana.…

Robotics Team Gets Congressional Praise

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Robotics Team Gets Congressional Praise

During her visit to Molokai last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard honored the Molokai Middle School Robotics Team for their accomplishments at the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships in California last month.

The team came home ranked 10th in the world in the teamwork category and 17th for Qualifications out of 60 teams worldwide. Their results also qualify them to compete in the international competition this summer in Honolulu.

“I think sometimes it can be easy for us… to take for granted how awesome all of you are, so I get the privilege of being able to tell you how awesome you are,” said Gabbard, “and how proud we are, not just here on Molokai, not just here in Hawaii, but across the country to see how the talent and the skill of the students here is representing the strength of Hawaii…”

Assisted by County Councilwoman Stacy Crivello, Gabbard presented the team with Congressional recognition.…