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. …
In a world full of fast-food, imported groceries and processed snacks, a Molokai organization is combating the food norm to promote eating local.
The concept of eating and buying local can be daunting but that hasn’t stopped The MOM Hui—and its grassroots network of like-minded advocates, farmers, vendors and ohana—from promoting sustainability, a healthy environment and a conscious lifestyle.
Hundreds of attendees gathered under a star-lit sky last Saturday to promote this vision at Duke Maliu Park for the second annual Grassroots Benefit Concert organized by The MOM Hui.
“I want the community to be conscious of the impact we can have on our environment through the choices we make, the food we eat, the way we decide to grow our food and how we take care of this environment,” said MOM Hui founder Mercy Ritte.…
By Ayda Ersoy
Do you know what’s more important — how many calories you take, or how much nutritional food you are eating each day?
Actually if you start to listen to your body, it will tell you the answer. Your body will tell you which food is good for you and which is not. Think about it: if you eat junk food or processed food, your body has to work so hard to digest it that after you eat you’ll feel low energy, sleepy and bloated.
Are you giving enough attention to what you’re eating? When you eat healthy, fresh, real food, you’ll feel much higher energy.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…