Ho`okako`o and Kualapu`u School News Release
Hawaiian Airlines Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School for two new projects essential to the educational achievement of its students: Project Kuka`Ike STEM Education Program and Project Kuakupono Student Support Services Program.
Project Kuka`Ike STEM Education Program is a school-wide initiative to expand STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for students in Kindergarten through sixth grades. According to Sue Forbes, the school’s Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator, “The goal is to prepare teachers to provide a robust, hands-on STEM education with a focus on the environment and agriculture that the children of Molokai can easily relate to, and which significantly improves their achievement in math and science.”
With the island’s high unemployment and limited resources, and with 84 percent of the school’s student body considered low income, Kualapu`u students and other children on Molokai face unique challenges impacting their education.…
Pacific Islanders in Communication News Release
The half hour documentary film “Fishing Pono: Living In Harmony With The Sea” tells the story of declining fisheries and how some Native Hawaiian communities are using traditional conservation practices to restore their fishing grounds.
Featuring lifelong fisherman Kelson “Mac” Poepoe, narrated by Kauai native Mauna Kea Trask, and directed by award winning helmer Mary Lambert, “Fishing Pono”follows Trask as he travels to Molokai to meet Poepoe and learn how his community based conservation program succeeded.
Poepoe’s fishing conservation program on Molokai, based on historical practices, is an inspiring story of how one community turned the tide on a seemingly doomed resource.…
UH CTAHR News release
Molokai residents can learn how to transform scrap lumber into a powerful soil amendment at a Biochar Production Workshop on Friday, Sept. 5. The workshop will be led by guest speaker Josiah Hunt of Hawaii Biochar Products. Biochar improves soil by providing habitat for microbial life. It also retains water and sequesters carbon, making it a cool for climate mitigation.
Come to the event at the UH Maui, Molokai Farm in the Molokai Agricultural Park Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 567-6929. This workshop is sponsored by Makakuoha Cooperative, The Kohala Center, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH CTAHR) and UH Maui College.…
Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release
Sust`aina ble Molokai will host a meeting for island farmers and food producers on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria. The primary purpose of the meeting is to determine if our farmers can (and want) to supply Maunaloa Elementary School’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) with locally grown fruits and veggies. There will also be discussion on connecting our island farmers with other consumers, including stores and restaurants.
Sust`aina ble Molokai is currently in the process of developing a Molokai Food Hub, which is meant to serve as an on-island distribution center, as well as a resource center for farmers. …
Maui County Budget Office News Release
Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings in September and October to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Citizens with an interest in the county budget are encouraged to attend and offer input, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted.
The Molokai meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Home Pumehana Center at 3 p.m.
As a new feature this year to the Mayor’s annual community budget meetings, tables will be set up to allow directors and staff from each county department to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various county-related issues.…
MHS News Release
In conjunction with the Molokai High School (MHS) Ohana Night activities, MHS is continuing to sponsor college prep workshops for their students. Part one of the two-part series will be held on Oct. 16 in the MHS Library and will start at 6 p.m. The workshop is open to the public. This session is geared for high school juniors and focuses on activities that can be started this year in preparation for college. Seniors who may have recently decided to further their education after graduation and sophomores who would like to get an extra-early start are also welcome to attend.…
Ohana Eye Center News Release
Ohana Eye Center is moving Sept. 2 to be a part of the Molokai Community Health Center (MCSC) located at 30 Oki Place in Kaunakakai (old Pau Hana Inn).
“We’re excited to be partnering with Ohana Eye Center. Our goal is to have a one stop shop for: medical services, wellness, dental services, physical therapy, Molokai drug store and behavioral health services,” saud MCSC CEO Desiree Puhi.
Doug Chu, M.D., owner of Ohana Eye Care, said Puhi reached out to him to see if a parternship could be formed by moving the eye center to the campus.…
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.…
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. …
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.…