Health

Sharing Lomi Aloha

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Sharing Lomi Aloha

The Molokai residents who visited the shaded grounds by Keawanui Fishpond last weekend likely left more relaxed than they arrived. That’s because 15 licensed lomi lomi massage therapists and apprentices performed more than 125 hours of Hawaiian massage treatments free of charge to about 100 community members Friday and Saturday.

Under the breezy shade of blooming tress and the soothing sound of buzzing bees, dozens of Molokai community members were treated to 50-minute treatments. The healing massage therapy was made possible by Ho`omana Spa Maui, which facilitated the visit of the therapists.

“We’re all here to aloha everyone and part of the lomi lifestyle is about giving back,” said Jeana Iwalani Naluai, spa owner and international instructor of lomi lomi massage.…

New Health Director Vows to Serve Kalaupapa

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

New Health Director Vows to Serve Kalaupapa

Photo courtesy Linda Rosen.

For the first time as the state’s new Department of Health (DOH) Director, Dr. Linda Rosen visited the Kalaupapa settlement last week and was warmly welcomed by residents.

“I want to tell you all how delighted I am to be here, what a privilege it is to be the director, especially because of the special role that the director plays for the community of Kalaupapa,” Rosen told patients and employees at a community meeting in the settlement. “I’m very lucky that the governor appointed me. I… thank [Kalaupapa] for welcoming me so graciously. I look forward to helping in any way that I can.”

Rosen was appointed by Gov.…

Molokai Lomi Treatments

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Ho`omana Spa Maui News Release

Molokai residents will have an opportunity for healing through lomi lomi massage June 27 and 28, when a group of licensed therapists will be offering free treatments on island.

Ho’omana Spa Maui in Upcountry Maui is sponsoring 15 therapists led by Jeana Iwalani Naluai, Spa Owner and International Instructor of Lomi Lomi Massage and Hawaiian Spiritual Teachings to Molokai. The Ho`omana team of licensed therapists and lomi lomi apprentices will be offering more than 125 hours of free Hawaiian massage treatments to local residents and Molokai kupuna. This is a dream come true that began more than two years ago when Justin Kekiwi, a student raised in Molokai, was awarded Ho`omana Spa Maui’s Native Hawaiian Scholarship to attend their year-long training to obtain his Hawaii massage license.…

Tips from the Vet for Your Pet: Leptospirosis

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Stewart Morgan, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Leptospirosis is a disease that can make both people and their pets sick and can result in death. It is found worldwide and is present on Molokai. Leptospirosis is spread by a bacterium (species of bacteria) that infects animal kidneys. The bacterium is released in the urine of infected animals. People and most common pet and farm animal species can catch this disease; cats are one species that is resistant to leptospirosis.

Animals and people can become infected with the disease through cuts in their skin, or through oral (mouth) or venereal (sexual) contact.…

2nd Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert

Friday, June 20th, 2014

2nd Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert

2014 Grassroots Committee News Release

This year’s second annual Grassroots Benefit Concert on Saturday, July 5 at Duke Maliu Park from 6 to 10 p.m. will promote a health environment and lifestyle on Molokai through aloha `aina. Bring a hali`i or lawn chair and enjoy amazing music under the stars all night long!  Featuring Molokai’s own Mel Hanohano and I-land Flavah (Keaka Kaiama, Edwin Mendija, Hi`i Kanuha and Kui Han), Napua Greig and Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, Jamaica Osorio, Koa Hewahewa and Kapu System.

Be among the first 20 individuals or families to arrive at the entrance and get a free watermelon donated by the Davis Farm.…

Black Twig Borers

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH CTAHR

One of the obvious long-term impacts of drought on plants and trees is stress that can lead to death of branches or even the entire tree. Older trees are especially susceptible since they’re weaker due to age, and they lack vigor or juvenility. Insects will zero in on them and attack stems and eventually heartwood. Older wood is harder and dryer, and are especially attractive to insects, especially beetles. When you see symptoms such as dead branches, the damage had already occurred months earlier. One cue of this problem on Molokai is dying branches of Eucalyptus trees in the mountains.…

KukaKuka, Let’s Talk Story: No stress, jus bless

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Community Contributed

 

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

No Stress Jus Bless.  What’s that all about?  Thriving as a community has a lot has to do with our small island community “living large.”   I don’t mean “living large” as in urban city life but as an uber-island, meaning, “an outstanding or supreme example” and in our case, a happy, blessed, community that thrives because of the Aloha lifestyle that feeds on itself.

Let’s first take a look at “stress.”   According from what I read when I Googled, “stress and effects on health”, you may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work.…

PALS Offers Free Meals

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation announces that free meals for children will be available at all County PALS sites on Maui and Molokai through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Children do not have to be enrolled in the PALS program to take advantage of the free and nutritious meals this summer.

Free meals for children will be available at all county PALS sites on Maui and Molokai. The program, offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, is made available to eligible areas to ensure that children receive nutritious meals.…

Molokai Fitness: Set Goals

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Do you know that if you make a plan then it’s much easier to achieve your goals? Think, for example, if you want to go to your friend’s house but you don’t know where it is, and you don’t write down the directions, you most likely won’t find it. But if you have the address, and maybe a small map, then it’s much easier to find your way.

What’s your most important health and fitness goal right now? Write it down. And most importantly, give yourself a deadline to achieve it. Then, break it down into small pieces to see how you can reach it.…

Summer Salads

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH CTAHR

Lettuce is one of the oldest garden plants and is always the essence of a summer salad, but finding high quality lettuce during our hot Molokai summers can be a challenge due to less than ideal growing conditions. There are between 50 and 75 lettuce species, and was first cultivated by the Egyptians for oil from its seeds.  There are several lettuce types, but the three most common include leaf, crisphead and romaine. These can be crossed with each other to create an array of leaf types, shapes, and textures.…