News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School second grader Keolamau Lawelawe won the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation’s (HAF) Localicious Hawaii Keiki Art and Essay Contest for the K-3 grade category.  The contest theme was “My Favorite Local Dish and Where it Comes From.”  Keolamau won an iPad Mini, and his classmates, parents and teacher, Kumu Loke Han, were treated to a special lunch and visit by Chef Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s restaurant.  The gourmet lunch featured local ingredients and included ahi poke with sea asparagus, yellow and red tomatoes with li hing dressing, and a light “stew” of steamed kalua pork, shrimp, clams, spinach, in a buttered broth. …

Kalaupapa Nonprofit Earns Awards

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa was presented with two Preservation Awards by the Historic Hawaii Foundation at their annual awards banquet in Honolulu last month.

One of the projects cited was the exhibit, “A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future” that features 100 photographs and quotes from the people of Kalaupapa and their families. The exhibit is currently on display at the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center in Kalae.

The `Ohana was also recognized for “The Restoration of Family Ties” program that has helped hundreds of families obtain more information about their Kalaupapa ancestors who were sent there because of government policies regarding leprosy or who were kama`aina prior to the establishment of the settlement in 1866.…

Summer Gardening and Reading Festival

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Interval House Molokai News Release

Celebrate Summer Gardening and Reading with Interval House Molokai!  Join us on Saturday, June 27, on the public library grounds from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., to launch into fun and enriching summer activities.

Our AmeriCorps members have grown hundreds of veggie plants to give away to our community to start home gardens.  Stop by and select from an assortment of herbs and green bean, sweet pea, cherry tomato, and mustard cabbage plants.  We will be distributing children’s gardening books that highlight where food comes from, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and how to start gardens in your own backyards. …

Na Pua No`eau Brings Youth Programs

Friday, June 19th, 2015

UHMCM News Release

Na Pua No‘eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Hawaiian Children, is pleased to announce that their Molokai office has been reopened after a slight intermission. Na Pua No‘eau Molokai has an array of planned programs coming up for the students of Molokai, Kindergarten through 12th grade in the next couple of months.

One in particular is an exciting five-day `Ai Pono workshop where the students focus on kalo and learn how to make a pohaku ku`i `ai. This workshop is open to students in grades seven through 12 and will take place from July 14-24. If you are interested in this program or any other programs being offered by Na Pua No`eau, please call John Villiarimo at 553-9993 or stop by at the University of Hawaii Maui Community College Molokai (UHMCM) campus.…

Brushfire Burns an Acre

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Maui Fire Dept. News Release

On June 12, firefighters on Molokai responded to a brushfire near Ho`olehua airport.

Ho`olehua firefighters arrived at 12:58 p.m. and found about a quarter-acre of grass and brush burning about a mile east of the airport, on the south side of Maunaloa Highway. An engine and water tanker from Kaunakakai arrived minutes later and assited with bringing the fires under control. The fire was called contained by 2:04 and extinguished at 2:55 p.m.

The fire was determined to be accidental and was caused when remnants from an agricultural fire ignited nearby grass. About an acre was scorched on the residential property in Ho`olehua.…

Developing Business Directory

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release

Sust`aina ble Molokai is pleased to announce a second round of sign-ups for the Go Local! Molokai Business Directory.  This directory was initially published in January of this year, and was funded by First Nations Development Institute and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. We received very positive feedback, including requests for more hard copies. In response, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is sponsoring this next printing, which will be released at the Molokai Business Conference on Aug. 5 at the UH Maui Community College Molokai Campus. Each participant will receive a copy courtesy of OHA.…

Retirements Celebrated

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Retirements Celebrated

Kualapuu School Press Release

Retirements at The Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School community would like to say a special mahalo to four retiring members of their staff: Henry Pali, teacher, 18 years; Mapuana Aquino, school custodian, 18 years; Earline Iaea, teacher, 42 years; and Opu`ulani Albino, teacher 10 years.  All retirees plan to continue their work with children and with the school, of course after some needed rest and relaxation.  Thank you Kumu Pali, Aunty Mapuana, Ms. Iaea, and Kumu Opu`ulani for a lifetime of work and dedication to the children of Kualapu`u.…

College Credit Program Success

Friday, June 12th, 2015

ECHS News Release

Molokai High School (MHS) has started a new initiative called Early College High School (ECHS), a program designed to give high school students access to college courses to earn college credit while still attending high school.  Nineteen ECHS program sophomores and juniors start their first college course this summer on the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) campus.

The students earn dual credits, meaning they earn credit for high school and college with each course.  Potentially, students can graduate with up to 30 credits, or one year of college already completed!

This program is designed to support underserved students that may not believe that they are college bound. …

Talking about Economic Development 

Friday, June 12th, 2015

KBC News Release

On June 18 and 19, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED) is coming to Molokai to talk story about the programs they offer, but more importantly to talk story with Molokai to see how we can better serve the island.  Each session will be approximately one hour. Come for one or come for all!

The Economic Development Talk Story event will start June 18 at the Molokai Community Health Center (Old Pau Hana Inn) Great Room with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions will continue on June 19 at the QLCC Meeting Room from 9 to 11:00 a.m.…

Logo Contest

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Molokai Island Foundation News Release

Calling all Molokai artists, students and inspired community individuals! The Molokai Island Foundation will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in August and is looking for a new visual identity and needs your help.

To fill this need, we are launching a logo contest to promote our mission statement, “To lead, serve and support community needs.”  The contest rules and application is available on our website, molokaiislandfoundation.org or visit our Facebook page Molokai Island Foundation.…