News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

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.   …

Lei for Kalaupapa: lei-making event and Molokai donation locations

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hui Malama Makanalua News Release

This year, June 30 marks the 45th anniversary of the end of the isolation of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients at the Makanalua peninsula (commonly known as Kalaupapa). In an effort to observe this anniversary and honor those who were subject to the policy, local non-profit Hui Malama Makanalua will be placing lei at every known burial site on the peninsula with their project named Lei Hali‘a O Kalaupapa (lei in remembrance of Kalaupapa), with the assistance of Kalaupapa National Park personnel.

Community members will be coming together to make and/or donate lei for the June 30th ceremony in Kalaupapa at these two locations:

Kulana ‘Oiwi on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m.…

Learn How to Be Kind to Animals at Molokai Library

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hawaii State Public Library News Release

The Molokai Humane Society (MHS) will present “Be Kind to Animals,” a free informational program, at Molokai Public Library on Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the Reading Section.

Dr. Stewart Morgan, Molokai’s resident veterinarian, will discuss the benefits of taking care of a well-behaved pet.  Lyndon Dela Cruz, MHS President, will share information about an assortment of pets that will accompany him to the Library.

This program is suitable for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session.  Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.…

Second College Prep Program Graduates

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Second College Prep Program Graduates

Ke Kukui Mohala Class of 2014 Graduates (back to front): Ambrosialynn Casil-Dudoit, Taylor Tamanaha, Paul Parker, Kaycie Kahalewai, Kayla Galam, Karlee Galam, Heather Place, Caylee Ledesma, Shella Marie Keahi, Markes DeMello, Rizpah Torres-Umi and Luke Santiago. (Not included in photo: Teyani Domingo, Alika Kaahanui, Waipuna Kelly-Paleka, David Rapanot, Likeke Schonely, Brayden Willing-McCutcheon) Photo courtesy UHMCM.

UHMCM News Release

Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school.   It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way. …

OED Grants Available

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations and events that promote diversity and growth within the economy.  The FY 15 Grant Handbook and Application are now available at Click on Mayor, then Office of Economic Development, then Grants and Awards.

If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting for an OED grant, you should submit a letter of inquiry as soon as possible.  Letters of inquiry on Molokai should be mailed to:  Maui County Office of Economic Development,   2200 Main Street, Suite 305, Wailuku, Maui 96793 or hand delivered to the Kuha`o Business Center at 2 Kamo`i Street, Suite 600 (next to The Molokai Dispatch).…

Feds Consider Reestablishing Government-to-Government Relationship

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Dept. of Interior News Release

In response to requests from the Native Hawaiian community, Hawaii’s congressional delegation and state leaders, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and the Native Hawaiian community.

The purpose of such a relationship would be to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that currently exists between the Federal government and the Native Hawaiian community. Last week’s action, known as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), provides for an extensive series of public meetings and consultations in Hawaii and Indian Country to solicit comments that could help determine whether the Department develops a formal, administrative procedure for reestablishing an official government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community and if so, what that procedure should be.…

VA Benefits Workshop

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs News Release

On July 12, 2014 the Department of Veterans Affairs will host a workshop on VA Benefits at Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana from 9 a.m. to noon. All veterans, family members, widows and community providers are welcome to attend. The workshop will cover VA Benefits, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation and employment and death benefits. For more information please contact the VA Honolulu Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000 or email…

Molokai Lomi Treatments

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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.…

2nd Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert

Friday, June 20th, 2014

2nd Annual Grassroots Benefit Concert

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.…