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.…
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.…
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.…
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. …
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.…
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.…