Early Childhood: Career & Tech Ed

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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.…

Pre-K Program Offered

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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;


Blast from the Past

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Blast from the Past

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.…

A Show from the History Books

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A Show from the History Books

Community Contributed

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. …

Aka`ula High School Graduation

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Community Contributed

Editor’s note: Aka`ula High School celebrated the graduation of four seniors last Friday. Aka`ula School’s Class of 2014 is Lance Dudoit-Doo, Kalehiwa Dudoit,

Kalahikiola Helm, and Rydge Pawn. Below are articles from Kala and Kalehiwa reprinted with permission from the Aka`ula newsletter reflecting on their graduation and time at the school.


Our Time Has Come

By Kalahikiola Helm, Senior

High school graduation is a day of monumental accomplishment and an achievement that will be ours forever. We wouldn’t be here without a tremendous amount of hard work and the support of our loved ones. On the days when we felt that we could not continue, our family, friends, and teachers encouraged us, and we persevered.…

From Garden to Pizza

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

From Garden to Pizza

At Sust`ainable Molokai’s permaculture farm in Ho`olehua, there’s a time to sow and there’s a time to reap the harvest.

There’s also a time to craft and eat homemade, baked and garden-fresh pizza fresh out of a traditional pizza oven.

“This is really how to get kids and others to enjoy eating what they grow,” said Emillia Noordhoek, executive director of Sust`ainable Molokai, a local nonprofit that works with the community to find modern strategies for sustainability while respecting cultural traditions.

Last Saturday morning, smoke billowed from the Forno Bravo pizza oven’s opening for the first time ever. The oven was stuffed with delicious handmade pizzas with ingredients straight from the farm.…

Reaching for Excellence

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Reaching for Excellence

With dwindling state budgets for athletics and the arts, and after-school programs often focusing on elementary and high school levels, a program called REACH initiated by the Lieutenant Governor has given Molokai Middle School (MMS) a boost. REACH, which stands for Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health, was launched in early 2014 and provided more than $260,000 to selected middle schools statewide.

MMS was selected as one of five pilot schools for the program and received $45,000 in funding for academic enrichment, athletics and the arts.

“[Students] need an experience to relate new learning to… otherwise it is difficult for them to remember and put into context,” said MMS Principal Gary Davidson.…

Keiki Surf Meets

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai News Release

Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai and Friendly Isle United Fund present the 25th Annual drug and alcohol-free Keiki Surf Meet Series this summer. Held at Waialua Beach, Mana`e, the meets will be held on Saturdays, June 14, June 28 and July 12.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with heats starting at 10 a.m. Participation is $5 per meet per keiki, plus a one-time insurance fee of $5.

Please contact us at Donations are being accepted on behalf of the Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai.…

Human Services: Career and Technical Education

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

UHMC Molokai News Release

The Human Services program at University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC), Molokai is designed to prepare students to work with people of all ages.  The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by human service workers.

Career opportunities for graduates range from case management to substance abuse counseling.  Courses will be offered this fall for the case management and youth development practitioner certificates.  Come to the college for full details or call us at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…

‘Money Time’ Wins Naming Contest

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

‘Money Time’ Wins Naming Contest

Sust`ainable Molokai News Release

The Molokai Middle School and Sust`ainable Molokai is excited to announce seventh grader Keren Poole as the winner of the “Name Your Program” contest. Close to 50 contest submission forms were received. All submissions were tremendously creative and fun, which made it difficult for the contest committee to choose just one program name. Nevertheless, Keren’s Money Time entry for the Middle School financial literacy program was a fantastic fit.

Mahalo to all the students that participated in the contest and a big congratulations to Keren. As the winner, Keren will receive a $50 savings account provided by the Molokai Community Federal Credit Union.…