Molokai Girl Named Miss Rodeo Hawaii

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Molokai Girl Named Miss Rodeo Hawaii

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.…

Keiki Surf Meet Results

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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.…

The Canadians Are Coming

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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.…

Athletic Dept. Leadership Changes 

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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.…

Fall Swim Season Schedule

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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. …

Learn to Stand Up Paddle

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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 or 808-336-0946.…

Double Race Weekend

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Double Race Weekend

Community Contributed

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.…

Athletic Mandatory Parent Meeting

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

MHS Athletics News Release

Due to new policies for the Department of Education, Molokai High School (MHS) Athletic Department will conduct three parent athletic meetings during the sports seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring) for school year 2014-15.

The fall season meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 30 at the Café from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The winter season meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at the MHS Library. The spring season meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at the MHS Library. All meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Forms needed: Physical form, Release of Liability form, Concussion form, receipt of student fees paid and check off form.…

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Keiki Make Waves at Last Surf Meet

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

Keiki surfers took on the waves and competed in fun heats at Waialua Beach last Saturday. They surfed their way through the day with the sun shining, cool winds blowing and light waves crashing to the shoreline, for the last Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai surf meet of the summer.

Photo by Matt Yamashita.

The meet, made possible through funding provided by Friendly Isle United Fun, was part of the 25th Annual drug and alcohol-free Keiki Surf Meet Series. The event gives aspiring surfers age 13 and younger the opportunity to compete and have fun learning to surf.…

Molokai Youth Takes First in Paddleboard Race

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Molokai Youth Takes First in Paddleboard Race

Community Contributed

By Clare Mawae

Molokai’s 12-year-old Alex Mawae took the short course by storm with phenomenal finish amongst 300 plus paddlers in the short course of the Hui O He’e Nalu Independence Day Paddleboard and Stand Up paddle race. Alex took first place in his 13 and under divisionand 23rd overall in a virtual no wind race among many solid paddlers. His sister Josie also put in a credible finish to the short course while their mom Clare Mawae finished second in her division with a solid and respectable time in the long course.

The short course was from Sunset beach to Waimea, a four-mile course and the seven-mile long course started from Turtle Bay.…