Molokai Fitness: Why Do You Exercise?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Exercise has so many health benefits — it can improve your posture, decrease stress, help you sleep better, improve your memory, you’ll have more energy, live longer and be happier. Sounds pretty good, right?

But many people exercise just to lose weight. That should not be your main reason to exercise. Yes, if you burn more calories in one day than you consume then eventually you will lose weight. But in reality, most people do not achieve and sustain weight loss just through exercise, no matter what they try.

So do you want to lose weight temporarily?…

Molokai Helps World’s Largest Christmas Project

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Samaritan’s Purse News Release

This month, the Molokai Baptist Church in Ho`olehua will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual project is a favorite of many Molokai residents, families, churches and groups who help spread God’s love to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

“Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old,” said Molokai Regional Manager Becky Gross.

Molokai Baptist Church will be open for collection Nov.…

Veterans Corner

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Could foam help stop troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield? A new product developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could possibly treat wounds not easily staunched by conventional methods. A polymer foam would be injected into the patient as a liquid and expand to 30 times its volume, while gently cradling the injury site and vital organs. It was shown in tests to reduce blood loss six-fold and increase survival rate at three hours post-injury to 72 percent, compared with eight percent survival rate with the control group.…

Free Resources for Adult Learners

Friday, November 21st, 2014

UHMC Molokai News Release

Interested in moving your career forward, exploring a different field, or earning an academic degree or short-term certificate? If you’re a Molokai resident and answered yes to any of those questions, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai Campus is a great place to start. For a limited time, the EOC is offering free copies of 100 Things Every Adult College Student Needs to Know, a comprehensive overview of the steps needed to start your academic journey.

EOC is a federally-funded college admissions program that helps Maui County adults and college-ready high school seniors get into college.…

Land Trust Raising Funds for Service Learning Center

Friday, November 21st, 2014

MLT News Release

The Molokai Land Trust (MLT) is planning an exciting new Operations and Service Learning Center in Kualapu`u. To make it a reality, we need your help in funding the project. The Learning Center will provide hands-on conservation educational opportunities for the student population and interested community members on the lands MLT stewards: MLT’s Mokio and Kawaikapu Preserves and The Nature Conservancy’s Mo`omomi Preserve.

The Molokai Land Trust just launched a social media crowd-funding capital campaign on IndieGoGo.com.  The ambitious, achievable goal of $25,000 is testing the waters.  The campaign runs for only 40 days.  MLT needs your help in getting a solid start on the goal.  …

Changes Coming to the Molokai Humane Society

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Molokai Humane Society News Release

Over the last three years, the Molokai community has benefited from the veterinary service given by Dr. Stewart Morgan at the Molokai Humane Society.  We are both saddened and excited by the prospects that the coming years will bring, as Dr. Morgan moves ahead with his growing career as a veterinarian and returns to the East Coast.  Dr. Morganwill be taking on a residency position at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and will be leaving the island of Molokai at the end of this year.  We wish Dr. Morgan the best of luck in his new career, and thank him on behalf of all the animals whose lives he has touched.…

School Ho`olaulea

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Kaunakakai School News Release

Kaunakakai Elementary School invites the community to its 2014 Ho`olaulea on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. on the school’s front lawn. Support Kaunakakai Elementary by purchasing some ono grindz, plants/produce, student work, participating in the game booths, or making a bid on one of the more than 50 silent auction items!

Enjoy some of your favorite local entertainers such as Moana’s Hula Halau, Mo Bettah Band, Bob Underwood and Friends, Tutu and Me Keiki, and many more. Lucky number drawings will be taking place all night long so stop by and make a donation for your chance to get in on the fun!…

Hokulea Arrives in Aotearoa

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hokulea Arrives in Aotearoa

Polynesian Voyaging Society News Release

Hokulea crew members, including Molokai’s Mahina Hou Ross, were greeted with Maori ceremonies. Photo courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Voyaging canoes Hokule`a and Hikianalia made landfall in Aotearoa (New Zealand) last week and were greeted with traditional Maori welcome ceremonies.

When intrepid Hokule`a crewmembers first sailed to Aotearoa 29 years ago using the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating, they reopened an ancestral route and rekindled the genealogical connection between Hawaiian and Maori. Now, Hokule`a has returned, with its sister canoe Hikianalia, carrying with her many of the original crewmembers, as well as three from Molokai.…

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Bennett Pottery Celebrates 40 Years

Bennett Pottery News Release

On Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bennett Pottery celebrates 40 years of making ceramics on Molokai.  Since 1974, potter Dan Bennett has been creating unique stoneware and porcelain utilitarian ware at a reasonable cost for the Molokai community.  Bennett is a founding member of the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) and teaches ceramics for University of Hawaii Maui College on site, as well as beginning and intermediate classes for adults.  He can be found at the MAC teaching three days each week.

Photo courtesy of Bennett pottery.

Aside from a wide range of pottery designed for functional use, this year features some small sculpture pieces of animals and structures as well as work from salt and raku firings.…

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Heroes Among Us: Samuel Makaiwi

The Dispatch is starting a new series called Heroes Among Us, to honor the island’s veterans, their personal histories and contributions. Each article will feature a profile of one of Molokai’s war veterans. If you know a veteran you’d like to see featured in this series or would like to share your own story, please contact us at 552-2781 or editor@themolokaidispatch.com.

Like many American dads, Samuel Makaiwi spent Father’s Day 2005 with his son. But instead of celebrating it in an aloha shirt at the nearest breakfast joint, he spent it in uniform at a dusty U.S. Army post in Baghdad, Iraq, where both he and his son Tadd were stationed.…