2014 Molokai Earth Day

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Nature Conservancy Molokai News Release

Celebrate the environment and malama aina at the 22nd annual Molokai Earth Day this year on April 18. Come learn from conservation exhibits that bring awareness to our natural resources and what environmental organizations, agencies and local groups are doing to preserve it. Enjoy entrainment, including Moana’s Hula Halau and MoBettah Band, and local food vendors during this grass roots, family-oriented event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kaunakakai Ball Field.

An annual event theme is developed by the Earth Day committee and local cultural experts.  The 2014 theme is, “He Wa`a He Moku, He Moku He Wa`a; Your canoe is like an island, an island is like your canoe.”  The theme describes how your canoe, like your island is surrounded by water, isolated and with limited resources. …

Descendants of Original Kalama`ula Homesteaders Sought

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Descendants of Original Kalama`ula Homesteaders Sought

DHHL News Release

The State of Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is seeking descendants still residing on Molokai of the 22 native Hawaiians allocated homestead lots and the 20 who were allocated residential lots at Kalaniana`ole Settlement, Kalama`ula, from Sept. 16, 1921, through Nov. 13, 1923.
In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Kalanana`ole Settlement at Kalama`ula and the original 42 Hawaiian homesteaders, DHHL is planning on a celebration at Kalaniana`ole Hall, Kalama`ula following the Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting at the DHHL offices at Kulana `Oiwi on April 21, where the families of the original homesteaders will be recognized.…

Pilot Explains West Molokai Accident

Monday, April 14th, 2014

For John Weiser, the pilot whose plane crashed on his west Molokai airstrip on Feb. 27, it was a 1 in 10,000 accident.

“I must have landed on this airstrip more than 10,000 times in the last 30 years with no trouble,” he said, adding that he has more than 20,000 pilot hours logged. “When I came in to land that day, I was off-center. I should have turned around and come back, but instead, I did the turn and when I rolled out, I was in the trees.”

Weiser said his private grass airstrip on his Papohaku property has runway lights, and though some are out, he still lands at night, as he did on Feb.…

DRAG-ED to the 80s Show on Saturday

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

DRAG-ED to the 80s event News Release

The DRAG-ED to the 80s show will be held on Saturday, April 12 at Paddlers Inn. The time for the event has been changed. The doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. In addition to the performance, there will be a raffle and prizes. Presale tickets are being sold at Paddlers Inn and Rawlins Chevron for $20. Tickets purchased at the door are $25. For more information, call 808-633-5583.…

Lives Change at your Library

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Alu Like Native Hawaiian Library News Release

All types of libraries across the nation participate in National Library Week each April; we celebrate the contributions of our libraries, librarians, and promote library use and support. The Alu Like Native Hawaiian Library would like you to join our celebration of National Library Week on Monday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to noon for several workshops offered on the influence of economics within our everyday lives.

Workshop topics surround this year’s Library Week theme “Lives Change at your Library” and will include Hawaiian Historical Culture and Economics, Money Management and Preparing for our Future.…

Lanikeha Kitchen Changes Hands

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MCSC News Release

After providing commercial kitchen space at the Lanikeha Center for more than a dozen years, the Molokai Community Service Council (MCSC) has turned the kitchen back over to Hawaiian Homes (DHHL). On Feb. 27, DHHL advised MCSC that they plan to transfer the kitchen license to the Homestead Farmers Alliance. The Hawaiian Homes Commission will be asked to approve this transfer at their April 21 meeting here on Molokai.

The kitchen began when community members decided to include it as a project in the 1998 federal Enterprise Community (EC) competition. After Molokai won an EC award, county, state, and federal agencies provided funding to help DHHL establish a kitchen in the newly-planned Lanikeha Center.…

Tagging Kioea: Learning about Molokai’s Rare Shorebirds

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Tagging Kioea: Learning about Molokai’s Rare Shorebirds

Wildlife biologist Dan Ruthrauff stood for 12 hours in Kaunakakai’s Koheo Wetland — blinded by wind and blowing sand — waiting for one of the world’s rarest shorebirds to show up. In his hand, he held a string that, when pulled, would harmlessly close a net over an unsuspecting bristle-thighed curlew — a pencil-legged, long-beaked, speckled brown bird known in Hawaii as the kioea.

Ruthrauff, a biologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) at the Alaska Science Center, was one of three wildlife scientists waiting patiently to capture kioea last week. Their goal was to place color-coded tags on their legs, along with geolocators that will provide tracking data on the birds’ migration routes between Alaska and the Pacific Islands, before gently releasing the birds.…

Molokai Says Goodbye to Island Air

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Molokai Says Goodbye to Island Air

On April 1, Island Air took off from Molokai for the last time after the company announced last month that it would end its service to the island. Terry Cole is an air traffic controller on Molokai and snapped this shot from the tower.

“There were quite a few cars parked on the hill waving goodbye, and the pilot expressed his sadness about not coming back,” she said.

Island Air CEO Paul Casey told the Dispatch that the company waited until it was “sure that the residents of Molokai had adequate service” before deciding to “redeploy our aircraft to another route that needs more capacity.”

Island Air had eight full-time and seven part-time employees based on Molokai, the longest of whom has worked for the company more than 25 years, according to Casey.…

Fostering Future Engineers

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Fostering Future Engineers

Clustered around gummy bears, lasers, lenses, and bridge fragments, fifth and sixth graders from across the island dove into the world of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, at Kaunakakai Elementary School’s first ever Engineering Exploration Expo last Friday. Students explored STEM career paths and discovered hands-on learning through interactive experiments and presentations by the state’s best in the field.

Each fall, the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) hosts a huge exploration event for middle and high school students at the Air Force’s Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference on Maui, according to Mapu Quitazol, program manager of MEDB’s Women in Technology Project.…

Molokai Basketball All-Stars

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Molokai Basketball All-Stars

Seven Molokai basketball players were named by The Maui News as some of the top players in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II. The honorary list is compiled by the newspaper every year, after selections are made by MIL coaches. This year, Molokai High sophomore guard Hepuakea Falealii was picked as The Maui News MIL Player of the Year for her division.

Among the four others joining her on the girls all-star first team is Molokai senior forward Ilana Meyer.

On the all-star second team is senior Tiara English and junior Lehiwa Pedro, and their Molokai teammate Taylor Keliihoomalu was given honorable mention.…