Education

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Photo courtesy Margaret Blount.

Community Contributed

By Margaret Blount

Margaret Blount, Social Worker for the Department of Education, received her Doctorate degree in Education from Argosy University in Honolulu.  Flanked by her two children, Henry Blount and Brandi Ballard Corpuz (pictured), she proudly represented the island of Molokai at the convention center ceremony in Oahu on June 21.  Margaret, an avid leader in the fight against high school dropouts, wrote her dissertation on the Molokai dropout problem specifically.

According to Margaret, her graduation was more than remarkable because just as she was finalizing the details of her dissertation, which she had been researching for six years already, she found out she had breast cancer. …

Learn to Stand Up Paddle

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Youth in Motion News Release

Youth in Motion will be starting up their Stand Up Paddling season from Aug. 18 through Thanksgiving this year. If anyone is interested in joining Youth in Motion for the 2014/15 year, please come down to their beach area at the harbor on Thursdays Aug. 7 and 14 at 6 p.m. for sign up and learn more about the program for the coming year. Swimming will also be introduced in September and again in 2015.

Youth In Motion is also encouraging adults and youth who are interested in volunteering, planning, coordinating, writing, photography and filming to participate in the program so that they can assist with the website, newsletters, videos, social media, and bring back the festival, “A Celebration of Youth Opportunities,” “Na Opio Hana Pa`a.”

There are plenty of fun ideas for the coming year to fit the mission statement, “Empower, Equip, Educate, Challenge and Motivate Youth through activities that engage and develop their mental, emotional, creative and physical skills on the land and in the ocean.”

For more information, please contact Clare Seeger Mawae at clare@youthinmotion.org or 808-336-0946.…

Teatime in the Garden

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Simon Mendes

This past school year as a Food Corp service member at Sust`ainable Molokai, I visited weekly with Kumu Teddy Sotello’s second grade class at Maunaloa Elementary. On a typical class day, I led students outside to their small, designer 4-by-4-foot “tea garden” bed—constructed at the beginning of the year—where we’d harvest a couple of pieces of mint and lemongrass. I collected the harvest, poured over hot water, and we’d wait for tea to brew.

While waiting, we learned songs courtesy of the Banana Slug String Band. The classes’ favorite song was “Dirt Made My Lunch,” which highlights the path from soil to plate — fitting to sing while the tea brewed.…

UH Manoa Molokai Outreach Aug. 5

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

UH Manoa News Release

University of Hawaii at Manoa will be reaching out to Molokai students and their families at the Freshman Foundation and Back to School Event on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UH Maui College, Molokai Education Center.

UH Manoa offers distance education courses and degree programs to Maui County, including Molokai, in areas such as Education, Nursing, Business, and Social Work. Also offered is the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, which enables interested and qualified students to arrange interdisciplinary “major equivalents” for BA degrees. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/is for more information.

Kehau Newhouse, Program Coordinator for the UH Manoa Maui Outreach Program (outreach.hawaii.edu/credit/maui) will be available at the Freshman Foundation Event with general information on UH Manoa programs, and the Interdisciplinary Studies program in particular.…

New Student Orientation at UHMC, Molokai

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

UHMC, Molokai News Release

UHMC Molokai presents Freshman Foundation and Back to School Event on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  First time freshmen will have the opportunity to discover tips on how to be successful in college, meet staff members, and learn about the programs and services available on campus.

A Resource Fair will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  All current and prospective UHMC Molokai studentsare welcome to join us for the following activities and services:

Student ID Photo-Taking Meeting Fall 2014 Instructors Learn about new certificates and degree opportunities available to Molokai students Discover distance education options for UH Bachelor and Master degree programs Apply for student support programs

For more information, contact UHMC, Molokai at 553-4490 ext #5 or stop by the Molokai Education Center.…

Distance Education at Molokai Campus

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

UHMC Molokai News Release

In addition to classes held at our Molokai campus, the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) offers a distance learning program with courses delivered through various technologies.

Online courses are taught completely online via the internet. Students access course material from their personal computers. Most online courses use Laulima, the course management and collaboration system for the University of Hawaii.  Some courses are taught for residents of the neighbor islands through Interactive Television (ITV), using classroom facilities provided by, University of Hawaii, Maui College and the University Education Centers at Molokai, Lanai, Hana and Lahaina. Students meet at the ITV receive sites to participate in classes. …

College Continues Expansion Plans

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

College Continues Expansion Plans

Photo courtesy Donna Haytko-Paoa.

Picture this: a higher learning education center with a spacious auditorium, high-tech computer labs, larger classrooms and a grassy campus pavilion right here on Molokai. This long-awaited dream may become a reality for UH Maui College, Molokai now that the college has completed its Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP).

The college worked with PBR Hawaii –an urban planning firm –to draft the LRDP which was started in 2012.  The LRDP was approved and finalized in June 2014. This plan will guide the development of the college to the year 2027. The first measure of development will include expanding the current two-acre site to a five-acre campus that will utilize the land to the west along Kamehameha Hwy.…

Kalaupapa Welcomes Summer Interns

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Kalaupapa Welcomes Summer Interns

Photo courtesy of Miki`ala Pescaia.

Summer vacation brings images of students lounging on the beach, grabbing cold ice cream and catching up with friends. But a few Molokai students are using their summer to gain valuable career experiences and a greater understanding of the significance of Kalaupapa and its unique cultural resources.

Kalaupapa National Park Service’s (KNPS) Cultural Resource Management Division is hosting six summer interns, three working in partnership with Alu Like, Inc. Summer Youth Employment program and three as volunteers. The interns are assisting the Kalaupapa National Historical Park with a variety of projects from raking leaves and beautifying the settlement to cleaning up patient resident homes and creating informative Facebook posts.…

MHS HOSA Team Earns National Recognition  

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

MHS HOSA Team Earns National Recognition   

Community Contributed

By John Van Ornum

Six students, one advisor and one chaperone from Molokai High School (MHS) traveled to Orlando, Florida on June 22 to compete in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) national competition. The team of Oceana Madani, Marissa Motas, and Luke Kikukawa earned second in the nation for their PSA presentation on Child Hunger. This achievement places Molokai students in the national spotlight and shows that hard work does pay.

The win was offset by the burden of traveling eighteen hours and crossing four time zones to reach their destination. Molokai competitors face challenges that other islands and states do not in terms of cost and travel time. …

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

Keiki surfers took on the waves and competed in fun heats at Waialua Beach last Saturday. They surfed their way through the day with the sun shining, cool winds blowing and light waves crashing to the shoreline, for the last Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai surf meet of the summer.

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

The meet, made possible through funding provided by Friendly Isle United Fun, was part of the 25th Annual drug and alcohol-free Keiki Surf Meet Series. The event gives aspiring surfers age 13 and younger the opportunity to compete and have fun learning to surf.…