Stressed or Blessed, You Choose

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

You and I have the power of choice to be blessed or stressed, at least in your own mind’s eye.   I have come to the conclusion, in my pursuit of happiness, that everything that has happened to me has one common denominator: me.  Every negative event and every failure in my life always had the same person left at the scene of the crime — me.  I have learned that the greatest foe in my life is not the devil, it’s the guy I look at in the mirror every morning.  The good news is that life, good or bad, is all relative.  …

Medication Safety for Children  

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jon Mikami, RPh, and Kelly Go, RPh, Molokai Drugs, Inc.

Did you know that medications are the top cause of poisoning in kids? Together, we can help change that. To get started, here are a few answers to some questions parents commonly ask about medication safety for kids.

Where should I store medications? People may call it the “medicine cabinet,” but it’s not a good place to store medications. Bathrooms are moist and can lower the strength of a medication. Plus, they’re a little too easy for little hands to get into.Instead, keep drugs, eye drops and vitamins out of sight and reach of children in a high place, like a closet or kitchen shelf.…

MMS Robotics Earns Top Honors at Internationals

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

MMS Robotics Earns Top Honors at Internationals

Season Wrap/Bots/Trophies. Photo courtesy Kumu Kaeo Kawaa.

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By Kumu Kaeo Kawaa

Our Molokai Middle School boys’ team 434K “Kalo Farmers” stepped up and brought home two first place trophies from the VEX International Summer Games on July 10-12 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Drivers Ilima Ka`awa-Richardson and Kreole Pawn White earned first place for the Robot Skills Champion Award and first place for the Teamwork Champion Award for Molokai.  Drivers Tyreen Tengan-Adolpho and Sherie Kaili from our girls’ team 434M “Menehune Farmers” also co-represented Molokai Middle STEM Robotics at the tournament.

The Robot Skills Champion Award goes to the robot with the highest solo score in the tournament. …

Kualapu`u School Receives Verizon Grant

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Kualapu`u School Receives Verizon Grant

Photo by David Lichtenstein.

Community Contributed 

By David Lichtenstein

Two weeks ago, Bill Hozey from Verizon Communications visited Kualapu`u School to present a $3,900 grant check from the Verizon Foundation intended to develop the school’s third grade science curriculum.

The grant will be used by the charter school’s math and science curriculum coordinator Sue Forbes to train the school’s third grade teachers in hands-on science instruction in the areas of gardening, health and fitness.

“I hope this engenders a love of science in teachers and students,” said Forbes, who will be designing lessons and tests that align with the Next Generation Science Standards.…

Primary Election Results

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Primary Election Results

Hawaii voters took to the polls Saturday on the heels of the first hurricane to hit the island chain in 22 years. Despite the storm, the state’s Primary Election continued. The election went on to oust the incumbent governor and leave a race between two Senate candidates too close to call.

The winners from each political party in the primary election will go on to appear on the General Election ballot in November.  In the primary, voters could only select candidates within their chosen parties.  In the general election, they may vote for party or nonpartisan candidates.

Local Turnout

On Molokai, 4,100 people registered to vote this year.…

Veterans Corner

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Why are the five gallon containers used to transport fuel and water called jerry cans The cans were invented by the German military during the 1930s. In the early years of WWII, the British military began using captured German cans because they were superior to the flimsy British fuel containers. By then, the slang term for the Germans among Allied troops was “jerry.” The nickname came from the chamber put that looked like a German helmet, or a jerry in British slang.…

Molokai Girl Named Miss Rodeo Hawaii

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Molokai Girl Named Miss Rodeo Hawaii

Photo courtesy of Miss Rodeo Hawaii Program.

Last month, Molokai’s Cheyanne Kauionalani Duvauchelle Keliihoomalu got a surprising phone call. She was asked to represent Molokai, Hawaii and the paniolo heritage at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas this December.

Two years ago, the 2008 Molokai High graduate and sixth generation Molokai paniolo earned runner-up in the Miss Hawaii Rodeo competition. She didn’t enter again last year. So she wasn’t expecting to hear from pageant organizers.

“They called out of the blue and asked if I wanted to do [the national pageant],” said Keliihoomalu. “I had to think about it because that only gave me four months to prepare and usually girls in the mainland have at least a year to prepare.”

It turns out there was no Miss Rodeo Hawaii last year, and this year’s sole contestant turned out to be ineligible.…

Molokai Unscathed by Double Header Storm

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

As two hurricanes headed for Hawaii last week in a historic double threat, Molokai residents joined the state in launching into preparation mode. Schools and businesses closed, Red Cross shelters opened and families scrambled to stock up with food and water. While Molokai escaped relatively unscathed, other parts of the state were not so protected. Hawaii Island, where tropical cyclone Iselle made landfall Thursday night, as well as Maui, received significant damages.

At its strongest, Iselle was a Category Four hurricane clocking 140 miles per hour sustained winds across the Pacific. By the time it hit Hawaii Island late Thursday, it had downgraded to a tropical storm.…

Hazmat Training Brings Home Local Boy

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hazmat Training Brings Home Local Boy

Photo by Rick Schonely.

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By David Lichtenstein

For Kimo Puailihau, giving back to Molokai means helping his home island better prepare for a potential hazardous materials emergency.

Puailihau — a 2001 Molokai High School graduate — has returned annually to Molokai for the past five years as a training coordinator with the 93rd Civil Support Team (CST) of the Hawaii National Guard. His team helps Molokai’s first responders get ready for the worst-case “what if” scenarios involving hazardous materials.

Whether the threat is chemical, biological or radiological, Puailihau and his team are ready to respond. When a strange chemical or other unknown material is found, first responders on Molokai will call the Hazmat 10 Team on Maui.…

Link Between Oral and Overall Health

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jon Mikami, RPh, and Kelly S. M. Go, RPh, Molokai Drugs, Inc.

The health of your mouth may mirror your overall health. What’s the link? Good dental care helps prevent a buildup of bacteria and inflammation from gum disease. And that may help protect other parts of your body. Researchers need to conduct more studies to confirm the possible links, but evidence is growing.

Research suggests that heart disease and stroke may be linked to bacteria in your mouth. For example, a recent worldwide trial of nearly 16,000 people showed a strong link between oral health and heart health risk factors in people with chronic heart disease.…