News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Grand Re-Opening at Mitchell Pau`ole Center Tuesday

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

County of Maui News Release

A blessing and grand re-opening of the Mitchell Pau`ole Center will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Kaunakakai, the County Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the facility, located at 90 Ainoa Street.

The Mitchell Pau`ole Center was closed for improvements earlier this year, to bring the facility into compliance with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible design, with changes including ADA parking and access to center, signage, restrooms, drinking fountain, door hardware, counter and accessible sidewalks and seating by bleachers.

The facility also underwent an expansion, building repairs and upgrades, including a new 2,826 sq.…

Get a Degree in Early Childhood Ed

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

UHCMC News Release

The Early Childhood Education program at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) is designed to prepare students to work with young children from birth to age 5 and their families.  The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators.  Students can earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Early Childhood Education that articulates into the UH West Oahu’s Bachelor’s in Social Science degree, Early Childhood Education concentration.

Come to the college for full details or call us at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…

STEM for Molokai Youth

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

STEM for Molokai Youth

MEDB News Release

This year, Molokai’s students were among the thousands of youth empowered through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, thanks to the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB)’s Ke Alahele Education Fund. On Molokai, three programs received MEDB’s grant awards.

At Kaunakakai Elementary, funds went to support the school’s extracurricular robotics program, and a “weXplore” curriculum for fifth graders that promoted college and career readiness through a variety of inquiry-based STEM projects in the classroom.  At Molokai Middle School, funds were earmarked for the school’s robotics program that helped expose students to STEM opportunities and skills.

“MEDB’s grant funds are enabling local schools and organizations to create enriching STEM education programs,” said Ryan Churchill, MEDB Education Committee Chair.…

Excellence in Spelling

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

Throughout the month of November, students at Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) prepared to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Each student grades two through six was given a Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Guide with 100 spelling words to practice for their classroom Spelling Bees. The top two winners from each second through sixth grade classroom then advanced to our School Spelling Bee Championship that was held Tuesday, Nov. 25 in our school cafeteria.

Congratulations to the 22 Classroom Spelling Bee Champions who participated in our School competition: Grade 2: Daviano Ortiz, Kaye Marie Alvarez, Kaia Yamashita, Enzo Kansana; Grade 3: Aiko Kanemitsu, Katelynn Whitted, Kielyn Guzman, Navaehstiny Valdez Luafalemana-Kalauli; Grade 4: Sapphire Puaa-Mae, Lau Asuncion, Kealo Mahina, Meredith Go; Grade 5: KC Alvarez, Akone Manaba, Paige Fukuoka, Kristen Santiago; Grade 6: Dylan Coelho-Kelekolio, Kai`ina Afelin, Reese Raguindin, Kayla Clemens; Spelling Club Reps: Owen Svetin, Teruko Asano.…

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

On Friday, Dec. 12, Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) held its annual Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child event.  This event is held on campus in the evening and is an opportunity for Kaunakakai School students to come and experience a night of fun and holiday cheer while their parents have free time to enjoy themselves and strengthen their relationships!

We had more than 115 children participate in the event this year where they made Recycled-Paper pencil holders to give as Christmas gifts to their parents, created Origami star Christmas decorations, decorated delicious holiday-themed cupcakes, ate dinner and watched a movie.…

Dr. Corboy Awarded in Vietnam

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Dr. Corboy Awarded in Vietnam

Hawaiian Eye Foundation News Release

The Hawaiian Eye Foundation was presented a medal for People’s Health by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Dec. 11, in ceremonies at the Hue Central Hospital, Hue City, Viet Nam.  The medal was awarded to Molokai’s John M Corboy, M.D., president of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation for “his supportive contributions to the development of Vietnam’s Health Branch.”

Making the presentation was Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien, who cited the foundation’s humanitarian decade of training over 1500 Vietnamese eye surgeons in advanced medical and surgical eye care.

In remarks to Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Corboy praised the foundation’s many volunteer surgeons and technicians who have donated their time, travel, and expertise since 2004 to train their Vietnamese ophthalmologist colleagues in Hue and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).…

Molokai Helps World’s Largest Christmas Project

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Samaritan’s Purse News Release

This month, the Molokai Baptist Church in Ho`olehua will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual project is a favorite of many Molokai residents, families, churches and groups who help spread God’s love to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

“Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old,” said Molokai Regional Manager Becky Gross.

Molokai Baptist Church will be open for collection Nov.…

Free Resources for Adult Learners

Friday, November 21st, 2014

UHMC Molokai News Release

Interested in moving your career forward, exploring a different field, or earning an academic degree or short-term certificate? If you’re a Molokai resident and answered yes to any of those questions, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai Campus is a great place to start. For a limited time, the EOC is offering free copies of 100 Things Every Adult College Student Needs to Know, a comprehensive overview of the steps needed to start your academic journey.

EOC is a federally-funded college admissions program that helps Maui County adults and college-ready high school seniors get into college.…

Land Trust Raising Funds for Service Learning Center

Friday, November 21st, 2014

MLT News Release

The Molokai Land Trust (MLT) is planning an exciting new Operations and Service Learning Center in Kualapu`u. To make it a reality, we need your help in funding the project. The Learning Center will provide hands-on conservation educational opportunities for the student population and interested community members on the lands MLT stewards: MLT’s Mokio and Kawaikapu Preserves and The Nature Conservancy’s Mo`omomi Preserve.

The Molokai Land Trust just launched a social media crowd-funding capital campaign on  The ambitious, achievable goal of $25,000 is testing the waters.  The campaign runs for only 40 days.  MLT needs your help in getting a solid start on the goal.  …

Changes Coming to the Molokai Humane Society

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Molokai Humane Society News Release

Over the last three years, the Molokai community has benefited from the veterinary service given by Dr. Stewart Morgan at the Molokai Humane Society.  We are both saddened and excited by the prospects that the coming years will bring, as Dr. Morgan moves ahead with his growing career as a veterinarian and returns to the East Coast.  Dr. Morganwill be taking on a residency position at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and will be leaving the island of Molokai at the end of this year.  We wish Dr. Morgan the best of luck in his new career, and thank him on behalf of all the animals whose lives he has touched.…