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.…

Rhinoceros Beetle Huge Threat

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Community Contributed

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

It moved around undetected for almost two years before it was found through a routine survey by University of Hawaii and USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-PPQ) officials. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) is one of the largest beetles to invade Hawaii and was discovered in an area surrounding Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. By that time, it was found in a one mile radius around the base. Red flags were raised in 2007 when it was first found in Guam, an island half the size of Molokai where a major U.S.…

Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Walk in Charity Walk

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

FMHMSF News Release

Calling all friends and alumni of Molokai High and Molokai Middle Schools!  Put on your walking shoes and help Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation (FMHMSF) raise money during this year’s charity walk.

The Molokai Visitor Industry Charity Walk begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.  If you’re interested in helping FMHMSF raise money, please contact Ron or Camie Kimball, Lori Kaiama, Kuulei Pico, Kelley Dudoit, Bobo Alcon, Robert Ribao, or Lisa Takata for an official walker registration form.

Some of the events and programs that Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation has supported were Uplink, Molokai High School Athletics, Molokai High School Student Activities, MHS Green and White Carnival, MHS College and Career Fair, and MHS Future Fest.…

The Importance of the ‘Aha Moku System

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Community Contributed

Opinion by members of the Kawela Moku

This represents individual mana`o from members of the Kawela Moku, and is not intended to speak for the Aha Kiole as a whole.

Hawaii Mowat on historical perspective

In the past century, the health of Hawaii’s ecosystem has severely declined. With the change of powers, came the change of the way we did things in Hawaii. Agriculture, development, invasive species, etc. has wreaked havoc on Hawaii’s natural resources and it seems as if the western way of land management does not work for Hawaii so the ancient yet sophisticated system must be revived.…

Romulo “Mario” C. Casino, Jr.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Romulo “Mario” C. Casino, Jr.

Romulo “Mario” C. Casino, Jr., 58, of Wailuku, passed away on March 23, 2014 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born October 2, 1955 in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

Services will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Molokai Baptist Church, Kaunakakai, with visitation starting at 9 am. Services begin at 11 am followed by burial at Kapakea Cemetery. Norman’s Mortuary assisted with arrangements.

“Mario” had a passion for life. He loved his family, friends, tennis, and watching sports. He and his wife were active in Filipino Community. They often highlighted as the lead solo couple dancers at many of the Fil-Am events.…

Celebrating Kuhio

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Celebrating Kuhio

The Lanikeha Community Center transformed into a hearty birthday celebration as local vendors, music and entertainment attracted homesteaders and non-homesteaders alike to celebrate the man who led the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Act and the island where his efforts were first put into practice.

“Without the land, who are we?” said Colette Machado, Molokai chairperson of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). “We would be homeless if we didn’t have a land base or homestead. That’s how significant Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole was.”

Next in line for the throne when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1894, Kuhio was elected as Hawaii’s congressional delegate, advocating for Hawaiian Homes and rehabilitating his people.…

Celebrating 75 Years for Molokai High School

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MHS 75th Anniversary Committee News Release

It’s hard to believe Molokai High School (MHS) has been educating young minds for 75 years. MHS has transformed through the years — our kupuna remember raising swine and growing crops. Today still known as the Farmers, MHS continues to perpetuate its long standing motto.

In commemorating this wonderful achievement of 75 years, MHS will be celebrating its anniversary starting May 22-26 on campus the grounds. We’re creating a family fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy.

Registration on campus will be Thursday, May 22 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. Friday May 23 is also the commencement exercise of the graduating class of 2014, gymnasium doors to open at 4 p.m, to be followed by a ho`olaulea starting at 6 p.m.…

Three-Year Business Training Continues

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

ONABEN News Release

Our Native American Business Network returns to work with the Kuha`o Business Center and Native entrepreneurs as a part of their thee-year program to provide entrepreneurial training to the community on Molokai. Trainings are made possible by a grant provided by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and allows a local organization, Kuha`o Business Center, to partner with the Portland-based, national nonprofit to work with area citizens on business development initiatives three times per year. ONABEN is returning April 8 and 9, providing small business training April 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center.…

Molokai Battles Back Against Cancer

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Relay for Life Molokai News Release

Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Molokai gets underway with teams of residents gathering on August 8 at 6 p.m.

Relay for Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at the Kaunakakai Ball Park with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the evening.  Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay, sporting chili plates/bowls, popcorn, glow sticks, and many more. …

Ige Visits Molokai on Campaign for Governor

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Ige Visits Molokai on Campaign for Governor

State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor David Ige arrived on Molokai last week to talk story with residents before primary elections in November, challenging incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Serving 28 years as a senator and a career in electrical engineering, Ige focuses on issues regarding education, economic development and the environment. Ige sat down with The Molokai Dispatch Friday to discuss issues relating to the Molokai community.

Question (Q): For you, what makes Molokai unique from the other islands?
David Ige (DI): This is my first time on Molokai in about 30 years. It is good to see that a lot of things have remained the same and a lot in Kaunakakai looks familiar since my last visit here.…