News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

College Admission Assistance

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

EOC News Release

Interested in college? Don’t know where to start? The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) can help!

The EOC can help make navigating the world of college easy. EOC’s goal is to increase the number of Maui County residents who enroll in college, especially those who face economic barriers, educational challenges, and those with military connections. We can help you with  college search, admissions advising including filling out admissions applications and finding out entrance requirements, financial aid services including assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), filling out scholarships and student loan requirements, registering for courses and much more for programs anywhere in the country.…

Molokai Resident New Crop Assc. President

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

HCIA News Release

Recent Molokai resident Kirby Kester is the new president of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), as well as Dow AgroSciences’ Hawaii R&D Leader.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in the seed industry on Kauai, Kester now resides on Molokai and serves as site Leader for Dow AgroSciences’ R&D Station on Molokai, as well as provides oversight for Kauai’s Seeds and Traits R&D program.

Kirby holds a M.S. of Agriculture degree from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  He has been a member of HCIA since 1995, and will serve a two-year term as president.…

Long Range Development Plan for College Campus

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Long Range Development Plan for College Campus

UHMCM News Release

After years of effort, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) has completed its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) 2013, which was approved and received in June 2014.  The purpose of the LRDP is to guide the development of the Molokai Education Center to the year 2027, beginning with the transition from the existing two-acre campus and expanding to a five-acre campus utilizing the land to the west along the main road to Duke Maliu Regional Park.

The LRDP includes engaging visual aids on accordion style fold-outs to provide the reader with a clear idea of how the future campus might look. …

Molokai General Store Going Out of Business

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Molokai General Store News Release

Businessman David Mikami has announced the closing of Molokai General Store (301 Ala Malama Street) in Kaunakakai. The last day of business will be Saturday, August 30.

The clearance sale began Wednesday, July 9 at 9 a.m. with the entire inventory at 20 percent off as well as select items at higher discounts. Everything must go!

“We thank the Molokai community for their support of our business,” said Mikami. Molokai General Store is Molokai’s version of the old-style plantation store. The store currently sells a variety of items, including office supplies, linens, containers, fishing supplies, sporting goods, party supplies, appliances, jewelry, snacks, cleaning supplies, tools, books, clothing and toys.…

Praise Concert and Celebration of Hope

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Praise Concert Committee News Release

For the last four years, the Praise Concert series has been a fun and uplifting gathering for Molokai. In this fifth year, the tone will not change but be elevated. With free admission, free food, games for keiki and cool giveaways, this year’s two-day event July 19 and 20 will bring a lineup of stellar entertainers and worship leaders.

Last year, the Praise Concert partnered with Convoy of Hope to bless the community as much as possible. Many people received and were grateful. This year’s desire is greater.

The Praise Concert will be held on Saturday, July 19 at Kaunakakai Ball Field from 6 to 10 p.m.…

Selling Axis Deer By-Products Courses

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Selling Axis Deer By-Products Courses

UH Maui College News Release

Now that USDA-inspected Axis Deer meat is for sale on Maui, the rumor of a budding venison industry is becoming a reality.  So what happens to all the other parts of the deer? In New Zealand, Red Deer by-products have proven to be more commercially valuable than the sale of the deer meat itself.

With this in mind, UH-Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) under its U.S. Department of Labor grant to promote job creation in sustainable agriculture, in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and EdVenture, is offering a three-part course to help interested students explore the feasibility of developing an Axis Deer by-products operation.…

Fruit Growers Molokai Mini-Conference  

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

HTFG News Release

The 24th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 12-14 at the Kahili Golf Course on Maui. Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the weeklong event is presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public.

The annual gathering continues September 15-19 with abbreviated sessions on Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Hilo and Kona. Molokai’s inaugural mini-conference is Monday, Sept. 15 to accommodate a growing, active chapter on The Friendly Isle.

The Maui conference is titled “It’s All About Production” and offers a variety of breakout sessions, plus visiting researchers and agro experts.…

Agriculture: Career & Tech Ed

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

UHMCM News Release

The Agriculture and Natural Resource program at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) provides instruction for those in need of training, retraining, or skills upgrading in the field of agriculture, and those wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Diverse learning activities are provided right here on Molokai.  The Molokai farm includes a 5,000 square foot greenhouse, orchards, and vegetable field on 28 acres of land.  Projections point to a continued need for well-trained people in all aspects of the green industry.  Farms and agriculturally related businesses need informed individuals to implement new technologies and sustainable agriculture techniques.…

Molokai’s Newspaper Earns Journalism Awards

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Molokai’s Newspaper Earns Journalism Awards

Molokai Dispatch News Release

Molokai’s only newspaper, The Molokai Dispatch, is honored to announce that it now stands among the state’s award-winning publications. After submitting entries to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Hawaii Chapter Excellence in Journalism contest for news published in 2013, the Dispatch earned top honors. At an awards ceremony on Oahu last weekend, Dispatch staff came home with five awards.

Editor Catherine Cluett received first place in the non-daily newspaper general reporting category for a series titled “Energy on Molokai.” Judges commented, “Nice job balancing the different perspectives on this story. Lots of potential impact to the local community.”

Dispatch Sales and Design Manager Laura Pilz was awarded finalist in the page design category for her layout of Ka Molokai Makahiki 2013.…

Student Spotlight

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Student Spotlight

UHMCM News Release

As a descendent of two deeply rooted Molokai families — Purdy and Pico Ohana — Shy-lynFay “Kawaila” Purdy has a special place in her heart for Molokai.  After graduating from high school on Oahu and enjoying the single life, she found herself wanting to be closer to her roots. Shortly after moving home, she became very interested in farming.

“Molokai has the resources to be abundant farmers” said Kawaila.

In the spring of 2012, she enrolled for classes at UHMC, Molokai.  Today, Kawaila is close to finishing her Associate in Agriculture Natural Resource Management, continues to serve as a student mentor at the farm, and advocates for future farmers on Molokai.   …