News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

OHA Awards $7.4M To 27 Projects

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

OHA News Release

The Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiians Affairs voted to award $7.4 million in grants to 27 community-based projects to improve conditions for Native Hawaiians. Almost 4,400 Native Hawaiians are expected to directly benefit from the projects addressing OHA priorities such as battling obesity, improving middle and high school test scores and increasing housing stability.

In addition, thousands more are expected to indirectly benefit from projects to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and to manage Hawaiian resources sustainably. The grants will fund OHA priorities over a two-year period beginning July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017. The 27 grantees were selected from 149 proposals that were submitted to OHA.…

Verizon Tablet Project Successful

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Verizon Wireless News Release

An educational test pilot program at Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School through Verizon Wireless just concluded, and showed great success. During the program, Verizon equipped 50 students and teachers with electronic tablets and data plans to use on a daily basis. On May 5, representatives from Verizon Wireless met with the students and staff of Kualapu`u School for a mahalo ceremony on campus.

“When we began this pilot program with Verizon, we didn’t realize how big of an impact it would have on our staff, students, and their families,” said Lydia Trinidad, principal of Kualapu`u School. “The difference we’ve seen in our community has been monumental, thanks to the tools and resources that Verizon Wireless has provided us to help our students grow and learn.”

Kualapu`u School had limited access to tools and resources to help their students advance their education at their own pace.…

Ka Hula Piko 2015 Theme

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Halau Hula o Kukunaokala News Release

`Ae no Laka ka mole Ha`a o Ka`ana, `Ae no `Olohe ka mole Lua o Ka`ana. Recognized is Laka the root of Hula of Ka`ana, recognized is `Olohe the root of Lua at Ka`ana.

Each year at Ka Hula Piko we celebrate and honor the traditions and practices of our kupuna (elders) who have gone before us.  We strive to educate and enlighten all people about the pre-Western history of Molokai and to perpetuate the legacy of our beloved Kumu Hula, John Ka`imikaua.  With great effort we have worked to maintain the integrity of the `ike (knowledge) that was left in our care. …

Molokai Getaway Package

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 Makani Kai News Release

Hotel Molokai, in conjunction with Makani Kai Air and Molokai Car Rental is now offering an “Escape to Molokai” combination package. The package includes two nights’ stay at the Hotel Molokai, round trip airfare for two to Molokai from either Honolulu or Kahului, and a two-day car rental from Molokai Car Rental, all for $489, taxes and fees included.

“This combination package makes travel to our island affordable,” said Michael Drew, General Manager of Hotel Molokai. “We’re happy to do what we can to encourage Hawaii residents to come to Molokai and enjoy the open spaces and unspoiled environment.”

Although the package will be available from both Oahu and Maui, Makani Kai Air will not commence service between Molokai and Kahului until Monday, June 1.…

Celebrating STEM Day

Friday, May 15th, 2015

MMS News Release

Molokai Middle School’s STEM programs and STEM Robotics programs are proud to announce the first annual 2015 STEM Day at MMS on Saturday, May 23 at the Molokai High/Middle School Campus Cafeteria.

This event will showcase STEM-related programs, classes, teams, and groups from Molokai Middle including STEM, STEMWorks, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, VEX IQ, Engineering in the Middle, and Jr. Engineering Expo, as well as other STEM-related programs on island.  There will displays, exhibits, and demonstrations, as well as the showcasing of our Molokai students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

This event will also feature Molokai’s first ever island-wide VEX IQ Robotics tournament featuring 419W Roadrunn3rs from Maunaloa Elementary, 96757 Kualapuu Comets from Kualapuu Elementary, 334M Mana’e Masters, 334B Beast from the East, and 334S Mana’e Style from Kilohana Elementary, and 1 V-Ger1 from Aka`ula Middle, as well as 19 teams from Molokai Middle’s STEM seventh and eighth grade programs.…

Study Alternatives for New Electric Utility Model

Friday, May 15th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today it has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to study the options available for a new electric utility model.

The $30,000 analysis is in response to the County’s concerns about the looming NextEra/Hawaiian Electric Industries merger before the Public Utilities Commission, and how it may affect area residents and businesses. The study will look at alternative forms of ownership and the alternative utility business models for Maui County’s electric utility company.

“We must look at our options, but to do that and have a constructive conversation about the matter we need more information,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa.…

Hawaii Farmers Have a Bright Future

Friday, May 8th, 2015

UHMCM News Release

According to Gov. Ige’s Action Plan “Engineering Hawaii’s Future, “Agriculture is critical to self-sufficiency and food security.  Instead of continuing to import 90 percent of our food, we need to take steps to produce more food locally.  We are committed to making farming and local food production a thriving industry here in Hawaii.”

UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) offers certificates and degrees in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.  The Molokai farm includes a 5,000 square foot greenhouse, orchards, and vegetable fields.  In Fall 2015, UHMCM will be offering Agriculture classes in Sustainable Crop Production (propagation planting, fertilization, irrigation, harvesting and marketing) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.…

Proposals Sought for Community Grants

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is seeking funding proposals for a second round of proposals for a total of $1.7 million for Fund Year 2015 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

The deadline to submit proposals is 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Proposals may be submitted “ATTN. 2015 CDBG Application” and delivered to the CDBG Program Office at 251 Napua Street in Wailuku, or mailed (must be received by the deadline) to Office of the Mayor, CDBG Program Office, 200 S. High Street, Wailuku, HI  96793.

Earlier this year the CDBG program office submitted six proposed projects to the County Council, which rejected the following proposals:

Ka Hale A Ke Ola, $653,869 for rehabilitation and improvements to its homeless shelter; County of Maui, $650,000 for a Maui Fire Dept.…

Scholarships Available for Startup Weekend Maui

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

MEDB News Release

If you’re living in Hana, Lanai or Molokai, and are an entrepreneur who has an idea for a business, the Maui Economic Development Board encourages you to participate in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui scheduled on May 15-17. This is your opportunity to learn how to launch a company in just 54 hours! Limited scholarships are available.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. The event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get a startup off the ground; connect with other passionate and skilled individuals; and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform their ideas into reality.…

New Service at Business Center

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

KBC News Release

May 4-8 is Small Business Week and to celebrate the occasion we are proud to announce a new service for Molokai business owners and entrepreneurs.  Online Business Office Hours is a free, by-appointment service, developed as a partnership with the Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, to help new and existing business owners explore and transition into the world of online business.

If you are overwhelmed with your options, not sure how to start, or have questions about which social media tool, online platform, or web technology will be your best bet, then schedule a free session with web designer and online business consultant, Mark Moran, at KBC in Kaunakakai.  …