By Clare Seeger Mawae
Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae from Molokai has had quite the year with the fastest growing water sport of Stand Up Paddling while racking up some credible placings in some notable events. Alex recently competed at the Duke’s Ocean Fest on Oahu, taking second place in the under 17s Juniors division with the 2014 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship. The race started at Hawaii Kai and finished at Queens in Waikiki, a distance of just over nine miles.
“Training and getting ready is both fun and hard but doing the race is the most amazing feeling especially when you cross the finish line,” said Alex.…
Summer may be behind us, but there’s plenty to look forward to this fall on the Molokai High School (MHS) sports scene. The Farmers will compete in four fall sports and all of the teams are entering their season with high hopes.
Months of offseason workouts, weightlifting and training are coming into play as Molokai High’s eight-man football team begins practice this season.
In 2012, MHS football became a Maui Interscholastic League (MIL)-sanctioned sport for the first time in 50 years. Since then, six teams have joined the eight-man playing field and the MIL will be welcoming its newest additions, Lanai and Kihei Charter schools, this year.…
Photo courtesy Annette English.
The Molokai 60s Master women of Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club won second place at the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association state race on Aug. 2 at Oahu’s Keehi Lagoon. The crew (pictured left to right) is Penny Martin, Louann Reyes, Annette English, Cami Kimball, Janice Kalanihuia, Donna Paoa.…
Photo courtesy of Miss Rodeo Hawaii Program.
Last month, Molokai’s Cheyanne Kauionalani Duvauchelle Keliihoomalu got a surprising phone call. She was asked to represent Molokai, Hawaii and the paniolo heritage at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas this December.
Two years ago, the 2008 Molokai High graduate and sixth generation Molokai paniolo earned runner-up in the Miss Hawaii Rodeo competition. She didn’t enter again last year. So she wasn’t expecting to hear from pageant organizers.
“They called out of the blue and asked if I wanted to do [the national pageant],” said Keliihoomalu. “I had to think about it because that only gave me four months to prepare and usually girls in the mainland have at least a year to prepare.”
It turns out there was no Miss Rodeo Hawaii last year, and this year’s sole contestant turned out to be ineligible.…
Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai News Release
Mahalo Molokai for all the donations and aloha for the Molokai Keiki o Ke Kai. A special mahalo to Na Kama Kai, who provided 20 plus free boards for our keiki. A big mahalo to Monsanto and all the families that came out to support our event. Thank you Friendly Isle United Fund for financing the surf meet annually and finally a mahalo to Queen Likiuokalani Children Center for they contributed this year. All our aloha to all the financial donors and the parents and community members who came out to be a part of this year’s events.…
Team Sports Travel News Release
On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Molokai Farmers football squad will be playing a scrimmage/game versus a Canadian High School team, who will be visiting the island starting on Sunday, Aug. 17. The team is from Holy Trinity Academy, in the town of Okotoks, Alberta. The school traditionally plays Canadian 12-man rules, but for this game the squad will play 8-man rules. While on Molokai, the athletes and staff will be attending a Mass and working with the Catholic parish on a community service project Monday afternoon, led by Father Petrie.
The school’s purpose for the trip is just not athletics but to connect with the St.…
Three Molokai High School (MHS) athletic department staff members are leaving their positions this fall, bringing in new, temporary leadership and triggering a lengthy hiring process for permanent replacements.
Athletic Director (AD) Hoku Haliniak has accepted a position with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) as its Director of Sports Information and will be leaving Molokai this month. She said the assistant athletic director and the athletic trainer are also stepping down for personal reasons.
Haliniak called it “a huge coincidence that everyone’s leaving at the same time.”
Lee DeRouin, MHS science teacher and girls basketball coach, has been named the temporary AD.…
MDSC News Release
It’s a new school year, and the Molokai chapter of the Maui Dolphins Swim Club (MDSC) offers an expanded practice schedule for you to fit in your workouts throughout the fall.
Starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, two practices will be held daily, Monday through Thursday. Morning swims are available to Masters (19+) and advanced age group swimmers from 5:30 to 8 a.m. Afternoon practices for all ages (5+) will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Masters can come to do their own pool workouts, or can opt for coaching if they like. Age group swimmers (5-18) are coached at their appropriate ability level. …
Youth in Motion News Release
Youth in Motion will be starting up their Stand Up Paddling season from Aug. 18 through Thanksgiving this year. If anyone is interested in joining Youth in Motion for the 2014/15 year, please come down to their beach area at the harbor on Thursdays Aug. 7 and 14 at 6 p.m. for sign up and learn more about the program for the coming year. Swimming will also be introduced in September and again in 2015.
Youth In Motion is also encouraging adults and youth who are interested in volunteering, planning, coordinating, writing, photography and filming to participate in the program so that they can assist with the website, newsletters, videos, social media, and bring back the festival, “A Celebration of Youth Opportunities,” “Na Opio Hana Pa`a.”
There are plenty of fun ideas for the coming year to fit the mission statement, “Empower, Equip, Educate, Challenge and Motivate Youth through activities that engage and develop their mental, emotional, creative and physical skills on the land and in the ocean.”
For more information, please contact Clare Seeger Mawae at email@example.com or 808-336-0946.…
By Clare Mawae
Molokai was the center of Stand Up Paddling activity on the weekend of July 12 and 13, with epic down wind paddling conditions for two incredible races on Molokai shores.
First was the M2Molokai race, in which 80 plus competitors crossed the channel from Maui to finish at Kaunakakai wharf, with a close finish between Connor Baxter, 3:04:31, Kai Lenny, 3:06:44 and Dave Kalama, 3:08:58 . Almost half of the competitors stayed over on Molokai to compete in the M4Molokai the following day.
The M4Molokai race ran from Kamalo Wharf to Hotel Molokai, an 8.5 mile perfect downwinder for both novices and advanced paddlers.…