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Farmers Beat Pine Lads in Lanai Football Debut

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Farmers Beat Pine Lads in Lanai Football Debut

Photo by Pierce Myers, courtesy of Lanai Athletic Director Roderick Sumagit.

The Farmers eight-man football squad played a historic game against Lanai last weekend, winning 33-0. It was the first home game for the Pine Lads since 1953, marking the Lanai team’s eight-man debut in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL).

Molokai’s Alden Abafo scored the two touchdowns in the first quarter, followed by 20-yard touchdown pass by Kaimana Kahale from John Michael Mokiao-Duvauchelle. Kayson Castro-Wallace caught a two-point conversion from Keoni Makekau, and in the second quarter, William Dela Cruz scored another 20-yard touchdown pass from Mokiao-Duvauchelle.

In the fourth quarter, Jaymen Baagay-Cenal (pictured here) finished the game with an 85-yard run.…

Volleyball Maintains Undefeated Season

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Volleyball Maintains Undefeated Season

The Lady Farmers Volleyball team didn’t lose a set in a pair of home games against the Lanai Pine Lasses last weekend. With a 4-0 season record, the Molokai team is currently ranked first place in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II volleyball standings, according to The Maui News. Pictured here, senior Rebecka Adolpho spikes the ball, assisted by sophomore Precious Rawlins, during last Friday night’s three-set victory, 25-20, 25-18, 25-16.

Saturday, the Lady Farmers again came out on top, 25-17, 25-21 25-21. The team will face Seabury at the Barn this Friday at 7 p.m. and noon on Saturday.…

Gold and Silver at Pailolo Challenge

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Gold and Silver at Pailolo Challenge

Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Molokai paddlers celebrated top finishes at last weekend’s Pailolo Challenge. The 25-mile channel race from Maui to Molokai is tagged as “the world’s funnest canoe race” and features a downwind course for six-man teams in a variety of divisions. Molokai’s Team Boomski swept the women’s open unlimited division with a first place finish at Kaunakakai harbor in three hours 55 minutes. Wa`akapaemua men also won the men’s open in three hours seven minutes, while the ladies of Wa`akapaemua (pictured here) earned second in the women’s 50+ division with a time of four hours 17 minutes.…

Week of Defeat and Victory for Alex Mawae

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Week of Defeat and Victory for Alex Mawae

Community Contributed

By Clare S Mawae

It was quite the week for Molokai’s 12-year-old Alex Mawae. It all started and finished at Lahaina harbor, with disappointment after his final heat at the Lahaina Surfa’s Stand Up Paddle (SUP) contest, and finishing the week with eyes sparkling joy from the NSSA SUP surf event. After competing in the Lahaina’s Surfa’s SUP contest on Aug. 30, Alex went on to win the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)’s SUP division on Sept. 5.

At the Surfa’s SUP, Alex won his heat in the first round, showing that he was in contention for the top three places.…

Grace Under Pressure: Miss Rodeo Hawaii

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Grace Under Pressure: Miss Rodeo Hawaii

From left to right, Cheyanne’s parents Deanna and Kalapana, Cheyanne Keliihoomalu, and her grandfather Jimmy Duvauchelle. Photo by Catherine Cluett. 

This year’s Miss Hawaii Rodeo, Cheyanne Keliihoomalu, is making history as the first contestant from Molokai to compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant this December. She gained support on her home island last weekend with a fundraiser dinner held at Coffees of Hawaii.

“The support has been overwhelming and I really appreciate all the love,” said Keliihoomalu.

With the attendance of family and friends, the 24-year-old used it as an experience to practice her speech that she has to give at the national pageant in Las Vegas on Hawaii and the history of the paniolo culture.…

Girls Volleyball Starts Strong

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Girls Volleyball Starts Strong

Photo by Bianca Moragne.

The Lady Farmers dominated their home court at the Barn last weekend against Maui Prep, taking both games Friday and Saturday. At Friday night’s game, the girls won three sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-12; on Saturday, they scored 14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-12.

The team played well for their first game of the season, said head coach Mahea Rawlins. She said she hopes the girls will continue to work on their teamwork.

“I think nerves were coming out for the first game [on Saturday],” Rawlins said. “When they play, they give it their all, but I think there’s still a lot to be worked on.”

The team of 14 girls brought on five freshman and two sophomores this year, after losing six seniors last season.…

Channeling a United Community

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Molokai’s gearing up for Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe, the annual women’s and men’s canoe races from Molokai to Oahu, with the goals of celebrating the events and bringing the community together.

Kulaia, a ho`olaulea on Sept. 19 organized by Molokai Canoe Festivals Committee, will welcome paddlers coming to the island for Na Wahine O Ke Kai and pays tribute to the Molokai crewmembers on the three-year Worldwide Hokule`a Voyage. The festival will be held in front of the Molokai Public Library and aims to support Molokai’s economy and businesses with various vendors and booths lining the street, said event coordinator Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello.…

Farmers Host the Canadians

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Farmers Host the Canadians

Community Contributed

By Mike Kahale, MHS head football coach

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Molokai community was treated to a football game that had a bit of international flair.  The Farmers hosted Holy Trinity Academy from Alberta, Canada.  A group of 26 athletes made the 3,100 mile trip to Hawaii to play in a pre-season matchup.  Both teams agreed to compete in a “controlled” scrimmage format, forgoing any special teams and allowing each team to concentrate on offensive and defensive plays.  The format also gave each team the opportunity to substitute three different groups, giving everyone a chance to play.

Molokai scored on their first offensive drive with a touchdown pass to Kaimana Kahale.  …

Molokai Paddlers Win Big at World Sprints

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Molokai Paddlers Win Big at World Sprints

Wa`akapaemua members combined with Kehei Canoe Club to win gold in the 40s double hull.

Seven Molokai paddlers represented Team Hawaii at the World Sprints in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and came home with 10 medals between them. Paddling on several different crews, Penny Martin, Camie Kimball, Crystal Egusa, Donna Paoa, Janice Kalanihuia, Lou Ann Reyes and Daphne Socher made the trip earlier this month and in total, earned five first places, two second places and three third places.

This year, Brazil hosted the Va`a World Sprint Championships, races held in locations around the world every two years among the world’s best paddlers.…

Mawae Takes 2nd at Duke’s

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Mawae Takes 2nd at Duke’s

Community Contributed

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.…