Editor’s note: Makahiki is celebrated by students island-wide annually, including students from Aka`ula School. Below, reprinted with permission from Aka`ula’s newsletter, are what students had to say about the experience.
By Sydni Pawn, Sophomore
Lono I Ka Makahiki! It is the time of year when schools from all around Hawaii come together to celebrate Makahiki. Makahiki is the season when ancient Hawaiians observed harvest by holding strength and skill competitions. We play games like `ulu maika, where you roll a circular stone between two stakes. Konane is often called Hawaiian checkers. Pa Uma, is stand up arm-‐wrestling. Schools from around the state visit the sacred Makahiki grounds called Na’iwa.…
By Clare Seeger Mawae
Photo courtesy of Clare Seeger Mawae.
The opening of the Stand Up World Tour for 2015 was the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro along with the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge leading to the main event, the Sunset Pro at Sunset Beach. Alex Mawae from Molokai had the experience of his young life with challenging conditions, big surf and being around kids who just ripped in the surf. The World Tour has always had the Na Kama Kai events added in for young and upcoming paddlers to attend. This year at Turtle Bay, the youth outnumbered the women with 20 youth competitors.…
The Molokai girls’ basketball team poses after the final game, a 40-34 win over Lanai. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Lately, the Molokai girls’ basketball team has had a flair for the dramatic. After winning the majority of their league games by wide margins, the Lady Farmers kept fans on pins and needles during a heart-stopping series of season-ending games.
Just days after a pair of one-point wins gave them the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II title, the Lady Farmers again won down-to-the-wire duels, this time in the state championship on Oahu from Feb. 10-12, to claim seventh place over league rival Lanai.…
Molokai produced a first-time champion and a repeating champion at last Saturday’s wrestling meet. After coming in second two weeks ago, Desiree Corpuz won the girls’ 117-pound class for her first title of the season, while Saydee Makaiwi took the 127-pound weight class for her third title this season.
Second-place finishers for Molokai included Jarron Boswell (160 B) and Kui Han (285) for the boys, and Kailaoe Cabanting (117), Cendall Manley (145) and Jasmyn Davis-Namuu (168) for the girls. Manley finished behind Lahainaluna’s Carly Jaramillo, the reigning state champion in the 140-pound weight class.
Lahainaluna again dominated the field with nine boys’ champions and six girls.…
KBC News Release
“I don’t have enough time!” How often have we said this? What tasks need to be done? How am I ever going to wade through all this “stuff?” The Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) is presenting a workshop on Time Management on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. as a way to answer these questions.
Each of us has tasks we need to accomplish for self, work, and family. Some of the subjects to be discussed are: How to organize your day, how to set priorities, and the importance of information storage and its retrieval. The workshop will be based on the work of David Allen, who has written three books on the subject. …
The Lanai boys’ basketball team topped Molokai twice over the weekend, beating the Farmers 57-38 on Friday and 64-45 on Saturday to end the regular season.
On Friday the Farmers stayed in step with the Pine Lads and were only down 38-37 after three quarters. However, the Pine Lads outscored them 19-1 in the final quarter for the large win. On Saturday the Farmers did the opposite, bringing in 19 points in the fourth quarter, though it wasn’t enough to beat the Pine Lads’ consistent offensive performance throughout the game.
Edel-Marc Alvarez’s 13 points led the charge for the Farmers on Friday, and Kaina Adolpho was the top scorer on Saturday with 11 points.…
MMS STEM News Release
Left to right: Kawohi Duvauchelle, Mary Rose Ringor, Acey Reyes, Crystal Nakihei Rubin, Mary Grace Ringor, Taye Mowat, Kobelynn Bounlangsy, Marion Powell, and Cameryn Kahalewai.
Molokai Middle’s STEM Science Olympians came away with four awards and five medals from the 2015 Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament at Maui College on Saturday Jan. 31. (http://www.hsso.org/kd/hsso-tournaments/maui-regional-tournament/).
Robotics driver Kawohi Duvauchelle came away with the second place award and medal for the RoboCross event. Bridge Builders Taye Mowat and Mary Grace Ringor came away with the second place award and medals for Bridge Building, and Bridge Builders Acey Reyes and Mary Rose Ringor came away with the first place award and medals for Bridge Building. …
Kualapu`u School News Release
Kumu Louella `Opu`ulani Albino has added one more accomplishment to her already significant list for revitalizing `olelo Hawaii on Molokai. She has authored two new Hawaiian language books for children!
Sponsored by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and in partnership with Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School, Kumu `Opu`ulani addressed a need for more text-based, easy reader chapter books in Hawaiian Language medium education. “Ka Wena,” illustrated by Molokai artist Brandon Hirashima, is filled with short stories of Hawaiian culture in the present-day, as seen through the eyes of a lively group of keiki characters. “Ka Moe`uhane,” illustrated by Molokai artist Jennette “Koki” Foster, is an exciting third grade level mystery novel filled with Hawaiian practices and perspectives that have endured up to our present day.…
For 19th century slaves in America, a hand-stitched quilt was more than just bedding; it was a map to freedom. As Black History Month kicked off at the Molokai Public Library last Wednesday, Molokai resident John Wordin shared the little-known story of the secret role quilts played in bringing enslaved African Americans to safety.
Wordin’s presentation was inspired by the book “Hidden in Plain View,” which details the history of the system of coded quilts.
“Slaves were deliberately kept from getting any education. They were illiterate,” said Wordin. “You couldn’t just give them a handout and say, ‘Well, these are directions as to where to go and who to talk to.’”
Instead, instructions were secretly stitched into shapes on quilts and hung in the windows of homes that formed the Underground Railroad, the covert network of routes leading to the free North.…
The Molokai girls’ paddling crew capped off their season in the state finals on Saturday, finishing seventh out of 16 teams in Kahului. In their preliminary race, Molokai finished sixth in four minutes and 54.13 seconds, qualifying for the semifinals. The Farmers chopped 15 seconds off of their preliminary time and took first in the semifinals with 4:39.90, launching them into the finals.
“In the semifinals … only the top two could move on to the finals,” said senior paddler Waipuna Paleka-Kelly. “It was really intense again because it was a lot on our shoulders.”
The state championship featured 16 boys’ crews, 16 girls’ crews and 16 mixed.…