Advocating for the `Aina

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Advocating for the `Aina

In celebration of Earth Day, hundreds of attendees, young and old, examined taxidermies of the endangered native Hawaiian duck, learned how to check plants for invasive fire ants using peanut butter, and pinpointed areas of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the most remote island archipelago in the world.

The community gathered at Molokai’s 22nd annual Earth Day festival at the Kaunakakai Ball Field last Friday evening to honor the values of aloha `aina and malama `aina. Kupuna Moses “Moke” Kim inspired island youth to malama `aina through the Hana Kupono program at Molokai High and Intermediate School. This year’s theme, “He Wa`a He Moku, He Moku He Wa`a; your canoe is like an island, an island is like your canoe,” is a testament to Kim’s mission to preserve Molokai’s natural and limited resources, according to event organizers.…

Eggs of the Earth

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Community Contributed 

By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH CTAHR

Squash has been referred to as “eggs of the earth” and was domesticated before corn and beans, over 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. It’s native to a broad area from the southern U.S. to South America, and was cultivated by Native Americans.

Categorized either as summer or winter squash, summer squash are varieties eaten when fruit and seeds are immature, such as zucchini, crookneck, patty, scallop, and others, while winter squash are those eaten when the shell is hardened and seed is fully matured. Some squash are grown for their high protein seeds, including the Japanese variety, Kakai.…

Brushfires Believed to Have Been Intentionally Set

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Three small brushfires blazed in Kalama`ula Mauka yesterday morning, and may have been intentionally set, according to the Maui Fire officials.

Molokai firefighters from Kaunakakai, Ho`olehua, and Pukoo were dispatched to a brush fire around 10 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews arrived on scene and discovered three separate fires in light flashy fuels burning at that location, stated Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Two fires were burning at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Pookela Street. These two fires merged in to one fire approximately a quarter acre in size. The third fire, also a quarter acre in size, was located about 50 yards to the West on Likelike Avenue.…

Join the SHAKA Movement

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Noonoi Selnick

The question is not whether organic produce is safe to eat. The question is why did government waffle in 2002 and allow 245 more chemicals to be used in organic crops, mostly grown as a specialty line by agribusiness corporations.

The question is — as Barbara Kingsolver, author of “Seeing Red,” put it, why are there synthetic ingredients allow in our foods? In 2005, a federal court ruled that organic food could not be made with synthetic ingredients. But agribusiness lobbyists complained, and Congress again waffled and rewrote the law. It’s now legal to use Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to developmental problems in kids, in cans of organic food!…

County Recognizes Abuse Prevention Efforts

Friday, April 18th, 2014

County Recognizes Abuse Prevention Efforts

A proclamation by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month had special meaning for prevention efforts on Molokai. Thanks to the efforts of staff at Child and Family Service, Child Welfare Service and Molokai’s Consuelo Foundation, support, services and prevention programs have taken a leap forward.

One example of recent success is the founding of a trained team of experts, counselors and first responders called Molokai Sexual Assault Response Team, or MoSART, which enables victims of sexual assault to no longer have to travel off-island for services and care.

At a proclamation ceremony in front of the Public Library last week, community members gathered to recognize those efforts and celebrate the county-wide declaration.…

Finding Neverland: Kualapu`u Students Perform School’s Last Musical

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Finding Neverland: Kualapu`u Students Perform School’s Last Musical

Keiki sent their loved ones flying on a musical journey to Neverland last Thursday evening at Kualapu`u School’s performance of “Peter Pan” and the school’s last theater production.

The overflowing school cafeteria left only standing room for latecomers to watch 35 eager students of all ages sing, dance, and deliver “Peter Pan,” their second musical and fourth annual production. Students performed last week during school for classmates on April 7 and 8 and for their ohana on April 9 and 10 at 6 p.m. Students write, choreograph, and direct an original screenplay as part of a class lesson each year. This year, the unit emphasized self-entitlement with a concept titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” in which students explored their own identities.…

Name Our Program and Win

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Sust`ainable Molokai News Release

Financial literacy is all about money and the knowledge of using money wisely. However, “financial literacy” can sound pretty boring. Therefore, we are calling upon all Molokai Middle School students to put their creative thinking caps on and name the middle school financial literacy program.

We are looking for hip, cool, totally rad names that express money. The winner will receive a $50 savings account from the Molokai Community Federal Credit Union. Middle School students can submit their entries to Aunty Kelly Kaawa-Richardson on campus.

If you should have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brown at (808) 560-5410.…

Nurturing `Olelo Hawaii

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Nurturing `Olelo Hawaii

Last Saturday was filled with keiki, mele, ono food, and `Olelo Hawaii—the Hawaiian language. Hundreds of Molokai residents congregated at Lanikeha in Ho`olehua, to celebrate the Hawaiian language and culture at Punana Leo O Molokai’s annual Ho’omau event.

Punana Leo O is a Hawaiian immersion preschool committed to reestablishing the native language,`olelo makuanhine, as the first language spoken at home. The school opened its doors in 1991, and now after 23 years, has served about 400 keiki ages three to five and ohana of Molokai.

“Today is to celebrate `Olelo Hawaii,” said event emcee Miki`ala Pescaia. “Our kupuna were [once] punished for speaking [the language].…

Airlines Vie for Kalaupapa Service

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The competition is becoming fierce between two airlines for the opportunity to serve the Kalaupapa community under a federal contract. Makani Kai and Mokulele airlines are two of the four companies that applied for subsidies to provide regular flights into the small, isolated settlement. In a show of hands last week, 77 out of 78 Kalaupapa residents attending presentations by both airlines voted in strong support of Makani Kai, which has been serving the peninsula for the past two years.

Community members say they appreciate the personalized service that Makani Kai and its owner Richard Schuman provides.

“More than once Richard Schuman always tells me, ‘if anything goes wrong in Kalaupapa, you call me and I will come there myself and pick up the people.’ That’s the kind of person he is,” said patient resident Gloria Marks at a community meeting at Kalaupapa’s McVeigh Hall last Tuesday.…

Easter Hunts, Services and Celebrations

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Easter Hunts, Services and Celebrations

The combination of sunshine, candy-filled eggs, and an early visit from the Easter Bunny attracted hundreds of keiki to the 26th annual Biggest Easter Egg Hunt in Hawaii on Molokai last Saturday.

More than 8,000 multicolored candy-filled eggs covered Kaunakakai Park’s grassy field for a massive egg hunt sponsored by King’s Chapel Molokai. Children aged 3 to 12 charged the field with bright baskets in hand to gather as many eggs as possible, and maybe retrieve one of six golden eggs. The lucky golden egg finders went home with an oversized Easter basket.

“It’s fun to give things away and be a blessing,” said Pastor Robert Sahagun, who leads King’s Chapel Molokai with and his wife, Lani Sahagun.…