Molokai resident hikes 2,184 mile-long Appalachian Trail
Every year, about 2,500 people venture to hike the Appalachian Trail, a 2,184-mile long path along America’s east coast that begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Only 20 percent of these hikers actually finish the trail from end-to-end, becoming thru-hikers, or long distance hikers. Among these, Molokai resident Fred Clews, 66, who completed the trail earlier this year.
Clews, whose nickname amongst fellow hikers was “Granddad,” started the hike on March 3 at Springer Mountain in Georgia and reached the finish at Mt. Katahdin on July 10.…
University of Hawaii Basketball coming to Molokai
For the first time ever, the men’s basketball team from University of Hawaii (UH) will come to Molokai to play a regular season game against Chaminade University. The event, which Molokai High School (MHS) students are calling “Hoopstahz at the Barn,” will be hosted at MHS’s gym on Dec. 15.
Not only is this a historic game for Molokai, it also marks an important landmark for UH’s assistant coach Brandyn Akana, who was born and raised on the Friendly Isle.
“It’s a dream come true for me to see all this happening because Molokai is a special place,” he said.…
The Lady Farmers dominated their home court at the Barn last week against Lanai High, sweeping all three games on both days. On Friday, they scored 25-16, 25-18, 25-19; on Saturday, they scored 25-15, 25-12, 25-20.
“I think we did really good,” said new head coach Mahea Rawlins, who took over after former coach Matt Helm accepted a coaching position at Whitman College in Seattle. “[The girls] worked together and talked it out on the field.”
On Friday, junior Taylor Keliihoomalu led scoring for the Lady Farmers with nine kills, three digs and one solo block. Fellow junior Rizpah Torres-Umi topped the team with seven digs.…
Farmers Football gears up for the season
Wiwo`ole. Kupono. Lokahi. These three words are chanted at the beginning of each game and are values expected from each of Molokai High School’s (MHS) football student athlete. It reminds players to be fearless, to be disciplined and to be unified — three principles as crucial to football as they are to life, according to Hanohano Naehu, assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
“If they can be those three things, then they can play for [us] and we are going crush whoever we go against,” said Naehu. “These are the na koa, our modern-day warriors that we send to represent us.”
Molokai cowboy and professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Sale Sproat came home from MMA event, Destiny: Na Koa, with the championship belt for the Pro Middleweight title around his waist. Sproat defeated Douglas Silva Moura, a student of famous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Anderson Silva, who sat ringside for the fight on Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena on Oahu. Sproat, 185 pounds, won by technical knockout (TKO) within a minute and a half of the first round.
“This is the hardest I’ve ever trained in my life — I was well-prepared mentally and physically,” said Sproat. “I’m definitely happy with the way [the fight] went.”
This win brings Sproat’s professional MMA record to 3-1.…
MHS Girls Volleyball News Release
The quiet morning at Ironwood Hills Golf Course was interrupted by the familiar “ping” of metal on rubber as 42 eager golfers set out to win the 8th annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser, hosted by Molokai High School (MHS) Girls Volleyball Booster Club on Aug. 25. Great camaraderie was shared by all and participants and guests enjoyed awards, special prizes, lucky number and lunch served by MHS’ Lady Farmers. All proceeds go towards expenses for the upcoming season.
Blossom Poepoe, Keif Apo and Keith Hirashima net a score of 59.2, winning this year’s tournament. Friendly Market’s team –Jeff Egusa, Sty Falealii and Frances Magdarilla –came in a close second with a score of 59.3.…
Swimmer from India aims to complete the Molokai-Lanai Channel
As inclined towards the water as islanders are, few Hawaiians can boast the ability to swim 10 hours non-stop. However, open water swimmer from East India, Amol Adhav, has swam the English Channel, the Bhagirathi River in India and the South African Channel to Robben Island. This week, he hopes to become the first man from India to swim the 9.3-mile-long Kalohi Channel between Molokai and Lanai.
The 32-year-old said it is his dream to swim in oceans all around the world. Originally from Bombay, India, Adhav has won endurance competitions in long-distance and marathon running as well as local swimming tournaments.…
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Footballs flew up and down Kaunakakai Ball Field Saturday morning as keiki ages 6 to 15 practiced their punts, passes and kicks. This is the second year Molokai has hosted the nationwide Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) Competition, sponsored by the National Football League (NFL).
“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to participate in a physical event, especially with football season coming up,” said Mike Mangca, Maui County’s Recreation Leader for Molokai.
Each child gets the opportunity for one punt, one pass and one kick, and a score is calculated based on distance and accuracy, according to NFL PPK’s website.…
By Hoku Haliniak, MHS Athletic Director
Ever wanted to become a better athlete, coach or parent, but wasn’t sure how to take the next step? Workshops this weekend — the first of their kind on the island — hosted by the Molokai High School (MHS) Athletic Department and held by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), can help you learn how.
PCA is a national non-profit with the mission to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since its 1998 launch at Stanford University by Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Thompson, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth athletes.…
Molokai paddlers place first at this year’s Great Kahakuloa Race
The men’s team from Molokai’s Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club returned as champions of this year’s Great Kahakuloa Race, held on Maui Sunday morning. The race, sponsored by Na Kai Ewalu, spanned 26 miles from Maliko Gulch to Canoe Beach in Lahaina. The team finished in 3 hours and 25 minutes, followed closely by Wailea Canoe Club and then Hawaiian Canoe Club, both from Maui.
Last year, the crew placed third in this race. This is the first time since the 1980s they have beaten Hawaiian Canoe Club, one of the top crews in Maui, according to paddler Clint Labrador.…