Committee Votes for Community Plan Extension

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Nearing the end of an intensive six-month series of meetings pushing six hours each, members of the Community Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) have voted to request the county council for an extension to the planning process that will guide Molokai’s next 10 years. The decision came in response to residents who felt the community needed more time to give input on the plan, along with a commitment to produce a quality plan, according to committee members.

“It’s taken centuries for Molokai to be as precious as it is, and in decades we can screw it up,” said CPAC member Greg Jenkins, who supported an extension.…

Fence for Coconut Grove Generates Mixed Reactions

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) received permission last week to place a fence around Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, a move that some residents feel will protect a historic site but others feel will prove ineffective.

Molokai’s 150-year-old grove became the subject of recent scrutiny after disease and invasive insects were discovered in some of the trees last December. The State Historical Preservation Division (SHPD), which authorized the fence, said in a statement that seeing “the affected coconut trees within the grove reinforced the need for protective fencing” for the health of the grove and the safety of the public.

Support for the Fence

At community meetings held by the DHHL and Kalamaula Homestead Association in May and June, residents voiced support for a fence.…

Solve a Mars Mystery

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Molokai Public Library News Release

Come and solve a mystery about a strange object found on Mars at a program at the Molokai Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. We will use real data collected by Mars Rovers, amazing robots that send photographs to Earth. Using the practices of planetary scientists, we will investigate to find out if the object is a rock, a tool or a jelly donut?

You can also design a prototype for a new Mars Rover and decide what information it will gather about the Red Planet.

The program is provided by Alestra Menendez, a curriculum developer at the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science.…

Child Abuse Prevention Scenarios

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Consuelo Foundation Molokai News Release

Though Molokai is a small community, we’re not immune from child abuse. Education is an important step in prevention. Parents, don’t be afraid to talk to your children about staying safe and healthy. Here are two scenarios that you can discuss with your children:

1) When Junior goes to the doctor, the doctor looks at all of his body parts to make sure he is not sick. The doctor checks his nose, his arms, his tummy, and his private parts. Is the doctor checking Junior’s private parts to keep him healthy? Yes or no?

The answer is yes, to keep Junior healthy.…

Give Your Two Cents on County Budget

Friday, August 21st, 2015

County of Maui News Release

In September and October, residents of Maui County will have the opportunity to give their input on the county’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget. The opportunity to give feedback on Molokai will be on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Center.

Citizens with an interest in the county budget are encouraged to attend and offer input, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted.…

Funding Nonprofit Community Projects

Friday, August 21st, 2015

YB News Release

Young Brothers, Limited (YB) is now accepting online grant applications from nonprofit community organizations in Maui County for its Community Gift Giving Program. The program will award grants of up to $2,500 per organization. According to Young Brothers, the new online tool streamlines the application process for community nonprofit groups. Applicants should go to GIVINGtrax.com to register their organization, create a profile, and submit an application.

Community organizations that meet the criteria are invited to submit applications to Young Brothers’ Community Advisory Board, via GivingTrax.com, for grant consideration. Those criteria are IRS approved under Section 501 (c) 3, and the purpose of the organization is related to health, education, civic and community service, youth activities, cultural enrichment, environment or special community projects.…

Students Show National Promise in Health Careers

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Students Show National Promise in Health Careers

Community Contributed

Photo courtesy John Van Ornum.

By John Van Ornum

At the end of June, the Molokai High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) club attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. HOSA is a student centered club that provides assistance, leadership opportunities and competitive venues to help prepare high school students for careers in healthcare.

Misty Parker was recognized on stage as she received the Barbara James Award for her service to the Molokai community. Luke Kikukawa earned a HOSA scholarship and was recognized with many other national recipients. Finally, Giesha Nunez served as a Hawaii HOSA state officer, helping to plan events and meetings for the national competition.…

Bible Prophecy Seminar Kicks Off

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Revelation of Hope Ministries News Release

This week, the Molokai Seventh-day Adventist Church will be hosting a two-week seminar to explore and study the Bible prophecies found in the book of Revelation.

Local boy Keoki Gandeza, associate speaker from Revelation of Hope Ministries, will guide the community through a study of the book’s symbols and the messages they hold for today’s world.

“We’re inviting the community to come together, no matter what their background, those who go to church or don’t go to church, to learn and reaffirm, why we can have hope and peace in a time when the world seems to offer us none,” said Gandeza.…

Veterans Corner: ‘A Day to Remember’

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and people of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Friday, Aug. 14 will go down as the Day to Remember in Molokai’s history. With a truly great crowd of veterans and nonveterans, Molokai’s new Veterans Center was officially opened and dedicated, a fantastic day for the veterans of Molokai. After a 10-year battle with the county government of Maui, the Molokai veterans have won the war and we have our center.

It was a war that saw many skirmishes – we won some and lost some.…

Molokai to Receive $1.5M for Watershed Project

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

Molokai’s Pua`ahala Watershed Project will be one of two federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) grants to be funded in Hawaii this year. The FWS is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states — including more than $2 million to Hawaii — to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened, endangered and at-risk species.

The Pua`ahala Watershed Project will receive $1,566,875. This project will secure long-term protection of Hawaii’s listed species as part of the State’s comprehensive recovery effort. The subject area contains some of the highest quality native forest habitat on Molokai.…