Health

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.…

A Pathway to Healing

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

A Pathway to Healing

A nursing program on Oahu is working towards bringing diversity into the medical field. It’s not only lifting disadvantaged students out of poverty and onto a pathway towards nursing, but it will soon provide services on Molokai.

According to the Windward Community College (WCC) website, Native Hawaiians make up 29 percent of the state population, but only 3.5 percent of the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce. Jamie Boyd, one of the first Native Hawaiian RNs in the state to earn a PhD, said she was frustrated by the lack of Hawaiian representation in nursing classrooms. To address this disparity, Boyd took action and in 2007 started the Pathway Out of Poverty nursing program at Oahu’s WCC to help Native Hawaiians become registered nurses.…

Hawaii Eye Doctors Offer Training in Myanmar and Vietnam 

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hawaii Eye Doctors Offer Training in Myanmar and Vietnam 

HEF News Release

Hawaiian Eye Foundation (HEF) conducted an eye surgical training program in Myanmar last month, the first western eye surgical training program in decades, following the country’s recent opening to democracy. A team of nine volunteer ophthalmologists and two support staff, five of whom are from Hawaii, were led by John M. Corboy, M.D. of Molokai, President and Founder of Hawaiian Eye Foundation.

“We are really doing this for the patients of our Burmese and Vietnamese colleagues,” said Corboy, founder of the HEF nonprofit. “They are the ones who benefit from the enhanced skills we impart to their surgeons.”

The four-day training, conducted in partnership with Yangon Eye Hospital, was attended by about 50 Burmese eye doctors.…

Everything Ulu

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Everything Ulu

Community Contributed

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

Breadfruit is an important part of an agroforestry system and essential food plants in many Pacific islands. On May 17, a breadfruit workshop held at the UH Maui, Molokai Farm was attended by 46 residents and covered all aspects of ulu from history to growing to tasting.

Dr. Diane Ragone shared decades of work with ulu, starting as a graduate student at UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources studying ulu, and the last 25 years at the Pacific Tropical Botanical Gardens Breadfruit Institute on Kauai. She travelled throughout the Pacific documenting and collecting breadfruit, and with root cuttings of more than 300 varieties, she was able to propagate and grow to maturity over 170 of them established at Kahanu Gardens in Hana.…