Action-Packed Weekend for Farmers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Molokai’s volleyball team traveled to Seabury last Friday with a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who watched their team put on a strong defensive showing before the Farmers fell to the league leaders.

“Basically our defense was on it,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “Our back row was digging balls and at least making it playable, being on their toes and ready to dig anything.”

However, Rawlins credited the “well-rounded” Spartans, who beat Molokai 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 on Friday and 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 on Saturday.

After Friday’s loss, Rawlins said they tried to switch things up and place Molokai’s Sehja Pedro across from Seabury’s best outside hitter, which helped in several instances.…

Calling Community Reporters

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Are you a Molokai resident who enjoys writing, has a passion for your community and wants to become a part of The Molokai Dispatch team? We’d love to have you join us.

For the last decade, The Molokai Dispatch has fostered a thriving internship program that allows young journalists from around the country the opportunity to bring their talent to Molokai, work hands-on in a small island community, and in turn, provide the island with high quality reporting. As we prepare to celebrate our 30th anniversary, The Molokai Dispatch is also preparing to shift our model from interns to home-grown community reporters.…

Park Program Connects Kids to Kalaupapa

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

KNHP News Release

Kalaupapa National Historical Park (KNHP) will be offering interested fourth grade teachers on Molokai the opportunity to have a Kalaupapa Interpretive Park Ranger visit their class throughout the school year. They will bring Kalaupapa to each Molokai school through fun and interactive lessons. This is part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.

The long term goal of this initiative is to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental ambassadors and stewards,” said KNHP Superintendent Erika Espaniola. “I’m excited for the NPS to bring programs into Molokai classrooms and share the importance of this very special place.”

Fourth grade students can now go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.…

How is Your Healthcare?

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Gov. Ige News Release

As part of a statewide effort to share health care innovation plans and get community feedback, the Governor’s office will provide public briefings on Lanai and Molokai. Two health care initiatives meant to improve insurance coverage, health care access and coordination of care will be addressed in the following proposals:

The state’s proposed waiver from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), developed with input from the Affordable Care Act Waiver Taskforce, which seeks to preserve Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act while also complying with the federal health care law.

A plan to improve behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and excessive alcohol consumption by incorporating screening and treatment for behavioral health needs with innovations in workforce, telehealth, training, and incentives. …

Veterans Corner: Busy next month for vets

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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. The Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) board of directors had their monthly meeting on Sept. 16. Watch commanders are will needed for Tuesdays and Wednesdays if someone would like to give four hours of his of her time it would be much appreciated. Duties are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and involve answering phone and questions and being a good will ambassador for Molokai veterans.

Ted Johns asked it if was legal to drink alcohol at private parties at the Vet Center, saying he thinks we are losing potential customers if we cannot rent the hall to somebody who wants to serve alcohol.…

Kulaia: One Community, One Wa`a

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Kulaia: One Community, One Wa`a

Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Last Friday on the closed main street of Kaunakakai town, children spoke Hawaiian fluidly. Community members pounded poi while shop owners told ancestral stories through their handmade crafts. Hawaiian culture was alive and well at Molokai’s second annual Kulaia, a celebration whose purpose was reconnecting with traditions of the past.

“I like the idea that it’s a historical event that we’re trying to revive in our own Molokai way,” said resident Pulama Lima. “… I think it brings our community together in a way that people look at us as this model of aloha and this model of why we still continue this life of subsistence.”

An event that once accompanied outrigger races and national holidays in mid-1800s Hawaii, Kulaia was planned to accompany this year’s Na Wahine O Ke Kai.…

Molokai Joins Opposition to NextEra Merger

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Molokai residents voiced largely opposition two weeks ago to a proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra, a Florida-based energy company. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is gathering public feedback on the proposed $4.3 million merger and will make a decision within the next six months. Molokai’s feedback, said Commission Chair Randall Iwase, has been in keeping with what they’ve heard so far around the state.

“The commission is not required to hold these sessions, but it was opinion of all three commissioners that it was important and appropriate to hear from the public,” said Iwase.

A majority of Molokai attendees testified that they opposed the merger.…

Farmers Win 87-14, Stay Undefeated

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Farmers Win 87-14, Stay Undefeated

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai Farmers football team made a long road trip to Hana over the weekend and came out with an impressive 87-14 win. Molokai is now 3-0 in league play and 4-0 overall.

The Farmers’ offense and defense was firing on all cylinders in the first half and they went on to a convincing victory. The second and third string offense and defense all got quality reps during the second half. The halftime score was 60-7.

“Our team came to play tonight and they did well and I am very proud of them,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale.…

Makoa Trucking Plans Expansion

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

With an increasing demand for storage space and limited area for its vehicles, Makoa Trucking & Services plans to add a 1,920-square-foot steel warehouse at 40 Hio Place, across the street from Rawlins Chevron station.

Last Wednesday, the Molokai Planning Commission approved a Special Management Area (SMA) Minor Permit for New Horizon Enterprises, Inc. dba Makoa Trucking & Services. The project must begin no later than Sept. 30, 2017 and must be completed within two years of the start date.

Makoa Trucking Co-owner Chris Mebille said in recent years their expanding storage business has left less room for their trucking operations.…

Weather Cancels Women’s Channel Race

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Weather Cancels Women’s Channel Race

For the first time in 35 years, the annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai women’s channel race between Molokai and Oahu was cancelled the evening before the race due to weather concerns. With a small craft advisory calling for swells up to 12 feet and a wind advisory predicting 35 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph on Sunday, race officials made a difficult decision to call off the 41-mile crossing of the unpredictable Ka`iwi Channel. It will not be rescheduled this year.

“It is with heavy hearts that the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Committee announced the cancellation of the 2015 race,” announced the race’s Facebook page.  …