News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Mobile Unit to Renew Expired Transport Credentials

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

County of Maui News Release

Molokai’s Kuha`o Business Center has secured funding to bring a mobile Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) unit to Molokai on Aug. 26-28, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has announced. The mobile unit will allow more than 140 transportation workers with expired credentials to apply for renewals of their TWIC cards.

TWIC cards are issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard; they are required for all workers who need unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels. All U.S. credentialed mariners are required to have a TWIC.

On Molokai, many business owners send employees to pick up freight in secured areas on a regular basis.…

Worship Led by Kamehameha Students Cancelled

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Topside Molokai UCC Churches News Release

The Kamehameha Deputation Teams scheduled to lead worship at the Topside Molokai UCC Churches on Aug. 24 have postponed their visit to Molokai.  Instead they will be helping with the clean-up in the Puna District of Hawaii Island.  We apologize for any disappointment and will reschedule for a later date.

The Kamehameha Schools’ Deputation Team began in the late 1940s under Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus Chaplain Stephen Desha, Jr.  Rev. Desha observed many Protestant Hawaiian churches were without pastors.  This concerned him greatly.  He decided Kamehameha Schools could extend its educational service to the Hawaiian community by training students to lead worship services. …

Kaunakakai Swill Bids

Friday, August 8th, 2014

KES News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) is accepting swill bids for this school year (2014-2015). The bidding period is from Aug. 1 to Aug. 22, 2014 to be submitted by 3 p.m. Bidding application forms can be picked up at the school’s front office between 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.

The bidding period will cover Sept. 2, 2014 through June 3, 2015. If you have any questions, please call KES at 553-1730.…

Keiki Surf Meet Results

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai News Release

Mahalo Molokai for all the donations and aloha for the Molokai Keiki o Ke Kai. A special mahalo to Na Kama Kai, who provided 20 plus free boards for our keiki. A big mahalo to Monsanto and all the families that came out to support our event. Thank you Friendly Isle United Fund for financing the surf meet annually and finally a mahalo to Queen Likiuokalani Children Center for they contributed this year. All our aloha to all the financial donors and the parents and community members who came out to be a part of this year’s events.…

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit  

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit   

“The Haircut.” Longtime Kalaupapa resident Kenso Seki (left) cuts the hair of John Cambra with Herbert Hayase looking on in this photo by Wayne Levin taken in 1986.

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

“A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future,” a photo exhibit sponsored by Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa, will open with a blessing on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at historic Paschoal Hall in Kalaupapa. The free exhibit, hosted by Kalaupapa National Historical Park, will be available for viewing on days to be determined through Sept. 12.

The exhibit features nearly 100 historical and contemporary photos of the residents of Kalaupapa and their family members along with scenes from Kalaupapa.…

Electric Co. Proposes Demand Response Program

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hawaiian Electric News Release

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing a portfolio of programs to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled generation and relieving stress on the electric grid.

The programs are outlined in the utilities’ Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently.

The plan lays out new and enhanced “demand response” programs for residential, commercial, industrial and water pumping customers. Under the programs, customers receive financial incentives for shifting energy use to certain times of the day or voluntarily allowing the output of certain appliances or equipment to be adjusted if necessary to help maintain reliable service for our island grids.…

Molokai Youth to Attend Global Leadership Summit

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Molokai Youth to Attend Global Leadership Summit

Ignite a Life Foundation News Release

Youths from throughout Maui County had the privilege of attending the Global Youth Leadership Summit July 19-25.  This prestigious international conference is hosted by the Anthony Robbins Foundation and is held at University of California San Diego campus. The group is part of the Hawaii Leaders Core (HLC) whose mission is to “empower youth for a brighter tomorrow.”

Two students from Molokai were among the 38 youth to attend the summit. They were Royden Abafo from Aka`ula School and Patience Nakihei from Molokai High School.

HLC members traveling to the Leadership Conference will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other youths in a five-day program that provides participants ages 14 to 17 with an environment designed to boost them into leadership roles that will change their lives and communities.…

Molokai Export Seminar   

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

At our first ever Molokai Export Seminar on Friday Aug. 15, John Holman, Pacific Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, will be offering advice about how you can export your product to the ever-expanding worldwide market. We invite you to come and bring a guest to the free seminar, which will be held at Paddlers Inn at 11:30 a.m.

This program will cover an overview of export process; selling: domestic vs. international; preparing yourself to sell internationally; shipping, logistics and documentation; and developing an international growth strategy.

Why sell internationally? …

Kamehameha Students to Lead Worship  

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Topside Molokai UCC Churches News Release

The Kamehameha Schools (KS) Deputation Teams (with students from all three campuses) will be leading worship services at the Topside Molokai UCC Churches on Sunday, Aug. 24.  At 8 a.m., they will be at the Ho`olehua Congregational Church.  At 9:30 am, they will be at Kalaiakamanu Hou.  At 10 a.m. worship will be held at Kalua`aha Congregational Church.  Finally, at 11 a.m. the team will be at Waialua Congregational Church.  The Molokai community and KS/BE alumni are cordially invited to attend any of the worship services.

The KS Deputation Team began in the late 1940s under Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus Chaplain Stephen Desha, Jr. …

UH Manoa Molokai Outreach Aug. 5

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

UH Manoa News Release

University of Hawaii at Manoa will be reaching out to Molokai students and their families at the Freshman Foundation and Back to School Event on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UH Maui College, Molokai Education Center.

UH Manoa offers distance education courses and degree programs to Maui County, including Molokai, in areas such as Education, Nursing, Business, and Social Work. Also offered is the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, which enables interested and qualified students to arrange interdisciplinary “major equivalents” for BA degrees. Visit for more information.

Kehau Newhouse, Program Coordinator for the UH Manoa Maui Outreach Program ( will be available at the Freshman Foundation Event with general information on UH Manoa programs, and the Interdisciplinary Studies program in particular.…