MMS Transition Day

Friday, June 26th, 2015

MMS Transition Day

Community Contributed

By Laura Peterson

All of the sixth graders on the island converged in the Molokai Middle School (MMS) cafeteria for a fun day of activities created and led by the MMS student government on May 28.  It was the second and last transition day for sixth graders, designed to introduce the students from different elementary schools to each other and to middle school life.

The student government of MMS showed true leadership skills and planned a day of fun activities, a tour of the school, and introductions to people such as Principal Dawn Mains and Aunty Tikka, the cafeteria manager, who provided everyone with ono cinnamon rolls! …

Widow/Widower Grief Support Group

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Hospice Hawaii Molokai News Release

When a person experiences the death of a spouse their life is forever changed and the journey can be an emotional roller coaster.  Knowledge about grief can help a person understand the emotions and know what is normal grief and mourning.  The group is for anyone in the Molokai community who has experienced the loss of a spouse.  The new closed support group begins Wednesday July 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and every Wednesday for 12 weeks at the Hospice Hawaii Office (next to Dave’s ice cream).  A support group is not therapy; it is support.…

Community Meeting For Proposed Waikolu-Pu`u Ali`i Fence Project

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW)  invites the  Molokai community and interested parties to an informational meeting concerning a proposed fencing and management project in the Waikolu Valley and Pu`u Ali`i Natural Area Reserve areas.  The purpose of the proposed project is to protect the natural resources of the Pu`u Ali`i Natural Area Reserve (NAR) while improving hunting opportunities within the Molokai Forest Reserve hunting units.  The fence will help to prevent entry of pigs, goats and deer into the NAR and help to prevent erosion into nearshore waters, protect fisheries and water supplies, and conserve native Hawaiian plants and wildlife.…

The Power of Kindness

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The Power of Kindness

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

Mahi English and son. Photo courtesy Rick Baptiste.

Being “kind” benefits everyone especially those that practice the aloha spirit.  There is a multiplication factor in kindness that is powerful.  Whether you are the giver, the receiver, or the observer of kindness there are health benefits for all concerned.  Scientific studies (Uncle Google) says that “kindness” has a positive effect on your immune system with increased production of serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is the natural calming, mood regulating, anti-anxiety, good vibes neurochemical.  Google also said that in a study of those that volunteered tended to experience fewer aches and pains.…

Eyes on the Reef

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Cheryl Corbiell

On June 6, Darla White with DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) provided the first “Eyes of the Reef” (EOR) skills training on Molokai at Kulana `Oiwi to an enthusiastic crowd of Molokai residents.

The EOR training has been designed to help ocean users such as community members, reef users, fishers, and commercial operators the skills to provide reliable monitoring and reporting on coral bleaching; coral and fish diseases; Crown-of-thorns Sea stars outbreaks, marine alien invasive species, and native species blooms. The participants learned how to detect the early signs of coral in distress.

“Threats to the world’s reefs have increased by over 30 percent, and today, 75 percent of the coral reefs in the world are threatened,” said White. …

March of the Molokai Mangrove

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Nene O Molokai News Release

Introduced alien mangrove threatens the long-term sustainability of south shore coastal resources. During 2014 and 2015, Sarah Jenkins and Lily Jenkins conducted a study on the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of introduced Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) on Molokai. The intent was to determine if the mangrove has the potential to reach the fringing reef, and if so, what are the impending socioeconomic and ecological impacts.

Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques were used to interpret aerial imagery, historic maps, and coastal surveys to map seaward migration, analyze ecological effects, and predict the future impact on Molokai’s south shore through benthic habitat modeling.…

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Molokai 2nd Grader Wins Art and Essay Contest

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School second grader Keolamau Lawelawe won the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation’s (HAF) Localicious Hawaii Keiki Art and Essay Contest for the K-3 grade category.  The contest theme was “My Favorite Local Dish and Where it Comes From.”  Keolamau won an iPad Mini, and his classmates, parents and teacher, Kumu Loke Han, were treated to a special lunch and visit by Chef Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s restaurant.  The gourmet lunch featured local ingredients and included ahi poke with sea asparagus, yellow and red tomatoes with li hing dressing, and a light “stew” of steamed kalua pork, shrimp, clams, spinach, in a buttered broth. …

Kalaupapa Nonprofit Earns Awards

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa was presented with two Preservation Awards by the Historic Hawaii Foundation at their annual awards banquet in Honolulu last month.

One of the projects cited was the exhibit, “A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future” that features 100 photographs and quotes from the people of Kalaupapa and their families. The exhibit is currently on display at the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center in Kalae.

The `Ohana was also recognized for “The Restoration of Family Ties” program that has helped hundreds of families obtain more information about their Kalaupapa ancestors who were sent there because of government policies regarding leprosy or who were kama`aina prior to the establishment of the settlement in 1866.…

Summer Gardening and Reading Festival

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Interval House Molokai News Release

Celebrate Summer Gardening and Reading with Interval House Molokai!  Join us on Saturday, June 27, on the public library grounds from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., to launch into fun and enriching summer activities.

Our AmeriCorps members have grown hundreds of veggie plants to give away to our community to start home gardens.  Stop by and select from an assortment of herbs and green bean, sweet pea, cherry tomato, and mustard cabbage plants.  We will be distributing children’s gardening books that highlight where food comes from, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and how to start gardens in your own backyards. …

This Is Holy Ground

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

It was 7:30 p.m. as we began celebration of Mass here at St. Francis Church. Now, ordinarily at this hour, I myself would be comfortably seated in my reclining chair in the rectory. No, I do not spend all day on my knees. At this stage in my life my knees need a rest and actually talk back to me at times. On this evening, members of the Newman Center from the University of Hawaii had gathered for Mass to give thanks to the Lord for a wonderful day of exploration of this Flat Leaf, otherwise known as Kalaupapa.…