News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Former Kualapu`u School Clerk Sentenced for Theft

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Dept. of the Attorney General News Release

A former clerk at Kualapu`u Public Charter School was sentenced on Sept. 18, to three counts of second degree theft by Maui Circuit Court Judge Joseph E. Cardoza, according to state Attorney General David M. Louie. Sonja Domingo pled guilty to the charges on July 8.

Domingo was charged with three counts of Theft in the Second Degree, a class C felony, for stealing $12,478.65 from Kualapu`u School between Aug. 28, 2012 and Jan. 14, 2013. At the time of the thefts, Domingo was employed as a clerk at the school and was responsible for collecting and depositing payments from students and parents for meals, fundraisers, and a book sale.…

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit Opens

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit Opens

Danny Hashimoto pauses as he delivers the community’s mail and newspapers, 1985. Photo by Wayne Levin.

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

“A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future,” an exhibit of about 100 photographs of Kalaupapa and her people will open at the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center in Kalae on Saturday, Sept. 27, with a blessing at 10 a.m.

Opening day festivities, open to the public, will run through 2 p.m. The museum will waive entry fees on that day only. The exhibit will be on display at the museum through Aug. 29, 2015.

The exhibit was produced by Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa, a nonprofit that includes Kalaupapa residents, family members/descendants and friends of the community.…

Molokai Homesteaders Gardening Program

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

UH Extension Office News Release

We will be starting a home gardening program this month for Molokai Hawaiian homesteaders. The purpose of this workshop series is to encourage homesteaders to grow their own vegetables and herbs, thereby increasing access to fresh, nutritious food. This program is open to both agricultural and residential homesteaders on Molokai, but you must have access to water on your homestead lot.

The program will focus on twice-monthly instruction, including hands-on field demonstrations in setting up and maintaining a 20 by 20-foot ground-based garden, and classroom study. Classes will be taught at a learning level for both homesteaders who haven’t previously grown a garden, as well as those presently tending a garden.…

Grace Church Thrift Shop

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Grace Church Thrift Shop

Grace Episcopal Church News Release

Father James Loughren and the people of Grace Episcopal Church of Ho`olehua would like to announce a new outreach program to benefit the community.  We have bargain prices on items such as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and bags, luggage, books, toys, games, electronics, and household items.

Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Always check out our monthly special!  This month all denim and chinos are priced at either $0.50 or $1.

Our October special will include Halloween and party costumes and items, including a mix table with plenty of children’s clothing. …

Join Discussions of the 2026 Strategic Plan for Kanaloa Kaho`olawe on Tuesday

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

I Ola Kanaloa News Release

I Ola Kanaloa! Life to Kanaloa! Community gatherings are being organized throughout the islands to premier a new film about the island of Kanaloa Kaho’olawe and launch discussions about the Draft 2026 Strategic Plan for Kanaloa called “I Ola Kanaloa!”

The 30-minute film about the island of Kanaloa Kaho’olawe is part of and eight part series called Standing On Sacred Ground by filmmaker Toby McLeod. The overall series tells eight distinct stories from the viewpoints of diverse indigenous communities — stories that evoke ancient and contemporary spiritual connections to earth, while exploring how the health of our global environment can be sustained through respectful understanding of the sacred lands and traditions of these native peoples.…

Food Industry Fundamentals Molokai Workshop

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Food Industry Fundamentals Molokai Workshop

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

Get the edge on the local food marketplace! Join us for two in-depth workshops on Molokai. Both Food Trends and Quality Assurance will be offered on Oct. 14 with food expert Lou Cooperhouse. All four Food Industry Fundamentals are also available online.

In the Prepared foods are a tremendous market opportunity in Hawaii, whether these are sold in local and regional markets, or to global markets via export. During the Food Trends and Food Marketplace overview workshop, learn about the various channels of distribution for prepared foods, the size and growth of these categories, the features today’s consumers are seeking, and how foods can be differentiated to stand out in the marketplace and command a premium price.…

Children’s Theatre for Fall Break

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Molokai Arts Center News Release

Molokai Arts Center announces a new Fall School Intercession program Oct. 6-9 all about the art of theatre performance.   The Hana Keaka theatre classes, with Kumu Maile Naehu, will be for kids ages 5 to 11, held at the Molokai Arts Center studio, located at the beautiful Coffees of Hawaii location in Kualapu`u.

In four days, the Hana Keaka classes will introduce students to acting storytelling and movement, voice exercises, and end the series with a final family performance.  Children will be welcome to stay during the lunch hour to help with painting a backdrop for the final performance. …

OHA Opens Grant Process

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

OHA News Release

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced it is making $8.9 million total in grant money available to community-based organizations that can help address key priorities of improving conditions for Native Hawaiians.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 17, community-based organizations will be able to apply for between $100,000 and $500,000 in grant money to fund any one of six specific priorities meant to help enhance OHA’s efforts.

The deadline to apply for an OHA grant is Dec. 17, 2014; the grants would fund a two-year period between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. For those on Molokai interested in applying, there will be an orientation meeting held on-island on Thursday, Sept.…

Walk for Sight

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Molokai Lions Club News Release

The Molokai Lions Club third annual Walk for Sight on Molokai will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, Saturday, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.  Registration is in front of Kalele Bookstore.  Club members urge the community to join them in their multiple treks through Kaunakakai raising money for continued sight programs on Molokai.

All money raised in this event remains on Molokai. The sight programs include offering help to anyone who is underserved in their need for sight or hearing assistance, vision screening for elementary and preschool children, and the retina vision van project of detection for adults.…

New Location for Psychologist

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

`Imi Ola News Release

Molokai-based psychologist Dr. Stephanie Napoli has recently opened a new location. Dr. Napoli has had the privilege of serving our community for the past three years. Now, she offers her therapy services in Office 2 at Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai.

Psychotherapy is available for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Napoli has specialized training in therapy for trauma survivors and in suicide prevention. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Her practice is named `Imi Ola, which means “seek life.” Come seek your best life in therapy with Dr.…