County of Maui News Release
Mayor Alan Arakawa’s next “County on Your Corner” will be held on Thursday, May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai, Molokai.
“It is important to connect with people face to face,” said Arakawa. “‘County on Your Corner,’ which is scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for us to interact with the community on the issues that are of most interest to them.”
Joining Arakawa at this “County on Your Corner” event will be Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello as well as members of Mayor Arakawa’s cabinet such as Housing & Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao, Mayor’s Executive Assistant Zeke Kalua, and Assistant Communications Director Ryan Piros.…
DLNR News Release
The Papohaku Dune System in west Molokai has been identified as an important natural and cultural resource of the State of Hawaii. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) will hold a public hearing on Molokai on May 10 regarding a proposed subzone amendment to increase the level of protection for the dune system.
The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10 at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center.
OCCL is proposing to change the state land use conservation district subzone of tax map key (TMK): (2) 5-1-006:156 at Papohaku Beach, Kaluakoi, from the general subzone to the protective subzone.…
Kaunakakai students build ukulele and ohana
Nearly 75 third and fourth graders at Kaunakakai Elementary School took a break from regular classes last week for three days. But far from slacking off, they were engaged in the learning experience of a lifetime — building their own ukulele.
“This is the coolest thing in the world,” said Lydia Clemens, mother of fourth grader Kayla. “We’re blessed to have this opportunity. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Kayla, engrossed in using sand paper to smooth the unfinished wooden surface of her instrument, said she’s looking forward to playing it.
“I can say I made it on my own,” said fellow fourth grader, Marcus, proudly.…
Special Olympics athletes ran through the streets of Kaunakakai Saturday morning with a torch carrier leading the way and police, fire fighters and other community members at their side. Fire trucks and police cars added to the excitement as the Saturday Market crowed cheered on Molokai’s impassioned athletes and their supporters.
Held for the first time on Molokai, the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run aimed to bring support and awareness to Special Olympics, and the money raised through T-shirt sales stayed on Molokai to support local athletes. The event has been hosted on Maui by the Maui Police Department since 1990.…
Molokai High School tennis duo Pono Chow and Kamaunu Pascua joined the ranks of Hawaii’s top athletes as they competed in the Hawaii High School Athletics Association state tournament last weekend.
The MIL doubles champions drew first-seeded Punahou School players, who dominated the May 2 match 6-0, 6-0. Though Chow and Pascua didn’t return home with a win, they were able to represent Molokai at a state tennis match for the first time in Molokai High’s history and experienced competition at that level.
“The tournament was awesome,” Pascua said. “Even though we lost the first game, it’s good to see how much higher the caliber is at the state level compared to the MIL.”
Pascua, a graduating senior, played tennis three months at a time for three years before competing against players who grew up in the game.…
For the past 22 years, Ka Hula Piko has brought the Molokai community and ohana together, along with visitors from around the world, to celebrate Hawaii’s cultural traditions and identity through hula.
“It’s a gathering of ohana — that’s what it’s all about,” said Molokai kupuna Julia Hoe. “[Hula] is who you are and where you come from. You’re dancing your genealogy.”
Halau and Hawaiian music groups from around the state and as far as Japan shared their talents and traditions with hundreds of attendees at Saturday’s ho`olaulea event, held for the first time this year at Lanikeha in Ho`olehua.
“Remember, hula was here before Zumba,” Hoe laughed.…
By Sue Forbes
Molokai 5K team members from Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter Schools placed first through nineth in their respective age group categories at the third annual Honolulu 5K for Kids on Sunday, April 28. Rafael Adolpho led the charge for the Molokai team, claiming first place in the boy’s 11-12 age division. Adolpho ran a personal record of 21:49 on the flat and fast downtown course.
Taking second and third for Molokai in the girl’s 9-10 category, Keahe Ross and Kapili`ula Naehu whipped through the course in 26:10 and 26:48, respectively. Fourth for Molokai in the boy’s 9-10 category, CJ Adolpho ran another P.R.…
By Kainoa Pali
This year’s National History Day involved over 8000 students ranging from grades 4 through 12, from Oahu, Hawaii, Molokai, Kauai, and Maui. Throughout the year, these students work tirelessly to develop research essays, interpretive exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites that ties into the annual theme: “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” A few Molokai High students and their teachers attended a state competition on April 20 at the Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Oahu, and two received top honors.
The Hawaii Council of Humanities (HCH) wishes to acknowledge the Molokai students who participated at the 2013 National History Day State Competition.…
Stacy Helm Crivello joined Maui County Council as the Molokai representative in January. A few months into her new role, Crivello answered questions from the Dispatch about serving as a county councilmember.
How are you setting into your new job?
I am humbled to serve my home island as Molokai’s councilmember. The reality of serving on the Maui council is accepting the fact that I need to spend most of my work week on Maui. Molokai is my home, and I adjusted to this reality by commuting to Maui on Monday and returning on Friday or Saturday. The work is full time, and I appreciate the challenge and opportunity to make a difference for our island and Maui County.…
Most people in Kaunakakai probably do not notice that the painted stripes of crosswalks are raised thickly from the street. They may not think too much about the front of their car reaching over the sidewalk when they park. But an awareness activity last Friday aimed to shed light on barriers that people with disabilities face as they try to make it around town independently.
The activity, an effort by Hawaii Centers for Independent Living (HCIL) and Home Pumehana, paired community leaders with people with disabilities and assigned them a route through Kaunakakai. Molokai High School Athletics Director Hokulani Haliniak took a power scooter through town and expressed the fear she felt as she tried to navigate and stay balanced.…