News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Harbor Ferry Terminal Project Completed

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Harbor Ferry Terminal Project Completed

DOT News Release

A $9.1 million project to improve the Kaunakakai Harbor Gerry Terminal has been completed, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced last week.

Passengers using the ferry from Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai, to Lahaina Harbor, Maui, now have an upgraded and modernized facility with an expanded passenger waiting area, upgraded restroom facilities, and a larger parking lot that allows for better traffic flow.

“This project demonstrates my administration’s commitment to improving Hawaii’s infrastructure across all islands, and is a great example of state departments working together to complete projects,” said Gov.…

Energy Assistance Program

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

MEO Molokai News Release

June is the only month that the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program is offered and MEO Molokai will be taking applications June 2-30, Monday through Fridays except on June 11.  We ask that if anyone is interested to please pick up a brochure that is posted in town or at MEO office at the end of Kolapa Place.

Give us a call at 553-3216 to make an appointment and please gather all your required documents before coming to your appointment.…

Sust`ainable Molokai Garden Party

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Sust`ainable Molokai News Release

Please join Sust`ainable Molokai on Saturday, May 31 in a celebration of gardening and community as we begin the morning exploring our High School Permaculture Farm. We will harvest ripe produce for our afternoon lunch — pizza. Later, personal pies will be cooked on-site using Sust`ainable Molokai’s mobile wood-firing oven.

Please be sure to bring your gardening gloves, favorite toppings, laughter, and farming questions as we take on a day of fun.Driving directions: continue on Farrington Avenue, turn right at Ho`olehua Fire Station then take another right at the Permaculture Farm. Call 560-5410 to RSVP!…

Have a Project or Idea that Benefits Molokai?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MCHC News Release

It’s that time of year again when the Friend Isle United Fund (FIUF) accepts grant applications from community projects, schools and organizations. While a 501(c)(3) IRS tax exemption is not necessary,  the project requesting funds from FIUF must be nonprofit, and it must benefit the  Molokai community.  The deadline to apply for a grant is Wednesday, May 30.  In order to be eligible for consideration, proposals must be submitted to the Molokai Community Service Council (MCSC) by 5 p.m. via email, regular mail or hand delivery.

In 2013, FIUF (a community service program of MCSC) distributed grants to 25 local nonprofit programs and schools. …

Gardening and Pizza

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Sust`ainable Molokai News Release

Please join Sust`ainable Molokai on May 31 for our next community workday. Community workday is a chance for any interested community members to come out to our high school permaculture farm to put in a few hours of educational, rewarding labor, followed by a potluck lunch for all.

We try to prepare our meals around what is growing in the garden, and this next community workday will be a very special opportunity. We are bringing our Forno Bravo wood firing pizza oven to the permaculture site, and after work we will have a make-your-own pizza party. Bring whatever ingredients you wish to put on your pizza, we’ll be supplying the dough, and also feel free to pick fresh vegetables from our garden sites.…

 Molokai Resident Named ‘Outstanding Older American’

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

 Molokai Resident Named ‘Outstanding Older American’

County of Maui News Release

Eighty-three-year-old Molokai volunteer Kanee Wright was named one of two winners of the Maui County Office on Aging Outstanding Older American Awards. Wright and Maui’s 84-year-old Fred Ruge were honored at the 46th annual awards ceremony on May 6 at the Maui Beach Hotel. The two were chosen out of 10 nominees.

Wright is a volunteer at Hale Maha`olu’s Home Pumehana site in Kaunakakai, Molokai. She loves to help and lives up to her middle name of “Happy,” bringing a smile with her everywhere she goes. She loves to keep busy by cleaning Home Pumehana’s windows, screens, tables and chairs, as well as running errands for the kitchen, office and maintenance shop, and delivering parcels when she is not on the road delivering nutritious meals to the Friendly Isle’s frail, homebound seniors.…

`Ohana Lawai`a Camp

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Hui Malama O Mo`omomi News Release

Last year, Hui Malama o Mo`omomi hosted a successful `Ohana Lawai`a Camp. Thanks to our sponsors, Conservation International/Hawaii Fish Trust and Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development, we are once again hosting our second annual `Ohana Lawai`a Camp. The camp will be held on Friday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 17 at Mo`omomi Beach.

What makes our camp unique? We target the entire `ohana, requiring two generations but encouraging three or more generations to participate if possible. We feel that when more generations are included, families can share and learn from one another, and the knowledge and skills that are developed from camp will more likely continue to be practiced in the home when everyone shares the same beliefs.…

Molokai Represented at State STEM Conference

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Molokai Represented at State STEM Conference

MEDB News Release

The fifth annual Hawaii STEM Conference was held on Maui on May 2-3, bringing together over local students, educators and industry professionals with some of the most innovative technology companies in the world. This year, 300 students representing 30 intermediate and high schools across the islands participated,including Molokai Middle and High Hawaiian Immersion school STEMworks students.

Since it began in 2009, the Hawaii STEM Conference has grown in popularity and star quality.  The event continues to attract national partners and sponsorships from top tech companies like Google and National Geographic Society, as well as Apple for Education, SketchUp, Chevron and ESRI.…

Ask-A-Lawyer Free Clinic

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Hawaii State Bar Association News Release

As a community service project in conjunction with Law Week in Hawaii, attorneys from the Senior Counsel Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association will be holding a free legal clinic to provide legal information to the people of Molokai.

Come to Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to the Molokai community, with no income screening or eligibility qualifications.

Receive free legal information  on a variety of topics including Estate Planning/Probate, criminal law, consumer credit/collections, no-fault insurance law, environmental or historic preservation law, Hawaiian Homes, state water code, employment or family law, and landlord-tenant.…

World-Renowned Biology Prof to Speak on Pesticides

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Hawaii SEED News Release

A state-wide speaking tour of world-renowned University of California Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology Dr. Tyrone Hayes will include Molokai on May 16. Paul Towers from Pesticide Action Network will be speaking as well, presenting an overview of pesticide use nationally and internationally and the significant role that Hawaii plays as ground zero for open-air pesticide experimentation.

The Molokai event will be held on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Molokai Community Health Center. Other special guests will include Lorrin Pang, M.D. of the Hawaii Department of Health and Jeri Di Pietro, president of Hawaii SEED.…