A federal judge has ruled that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops is invalid. The order determined that the ordinance, initiated and passed by voters in November’s election, was preempted by federal and state law that allows cultivation of GE crops, and therefore the ban exceeds the county’s authority.
In the decision issued last Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Mollway made it clear that the decision was not a comment on the validity of concerns for or against the ban, but simply a legal response to the question of whether the ban was enforceable based on existing state and federal law.…
Molokai Dispatch News Release
From left to right: Graphic designer Laura Pilz, editor-in-chief Catherine Cluett and reporter Colleen Uechi.
For the second year in a row, Molokai Dispatch staff were honored at the Hawaii Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet recognizing the state’s outstanding journalism for 2014. The newspaper received three first place and one finalist award in several categories at a ceremony held in Honolulu on June 26.
The Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annually awards the state’s finest media coverage in newspaper, television, radio, magazine and web. Last year, the Dispatch earned one first place and four finalist awards for its coverage in 2013.…
By Megan Stephenson
Sitting down to a meal at home, with your `ohana, is such an important part of the day. Everyone shares their latest news, cracks jokes, nags about getting chores done, and tucks in to the ono food. Bonds strengthen while the body simultaneously refills on more energy. When done eating, do you ever feel sluggish or sleepy? This may seem like a natural course of the day, but it‘s actually a sign to get moving again. Walking or activity after eating a big meal, especially one full of carbohydrates like pasta and rice, helps break down the food you just ate, which has transformed into different types of energy — sugar or fat — that your body runs on.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Every American knows what the date July 4, 1776 signifies: Independence Day, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed. Why did the 13 colonies want to break away from Great Britain? Perhaps part of the answer can be found in the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph of the declaration is excerpted, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.…
Na Wahine O Ke Kai News Release
The Na Wahine O Ke Kai Race Committee, producers of the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race, announced today that it will receive $6,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Ahahui Community grant.
This race is considered the world championship of outrigger canoe racing which unites paddlers from all walks of life and brings them together as one. The participants, of which 70 percent are Native Hawaiian and 80 percent are from the state of Hawaii, will come together to strengthen their identity, to preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture, on Sunday, Sept.…
Pacific Century News Release
The Fund for the Pacific Century, a charitable, nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for its 15th class of Pacific Century Fellows. The program, modeled after the White House Fellows Program, is designed to recognize and encourage Hawaii’s future leaders.
The nine-month program will include approximately 30 of Hawaii’s most promising individuals from all segments of our community who are in their mid-20s to early 40s. The fellows will be selected by an 18-member committee of prominent citizens based on their demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals and on having exhibited leadership qualities in their current professional, volunteer, and civic activities.…
By Ayda Ersoy
First, I want to say Happy 30th Birthday to The Molokai Dispatch! I’m honored and grateful that my articles are a part of it.
This week, I want to talk about the power of a community.
Do you know what’s easier: to change your environment, or to change your mind? Can you change your family or your career easily? I don’t think so. But we can change our minds, and our perception.
I like Wayne Dyer’s book title “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.” I know it’s not easy to do, but it’s not impossible either.…
Thirty years ago, the first issues of The Molokai Dispatch were pasted together with rubber cement, hand delivered to off-island printers, and, granted the weather was good, delivered each Wednesday to Molokai readers.
Over time, operations moved between three locations, five owners, countless writers and interns and three taglines (remember ‘The Coconut Wireless of Molokai?’). Amidst the changes, the Dispatch has emerged as the longest standing—and currently only—newspaper on the island.
Each week, The Molokai Dispatch brings news to the island while upholding a set of values and guidelines aimed toward community empowerment and healthy dialogue through responsible journalism. The Dispatch has developed a focus on youth, culture, history, politics and the environment to best serve the interests of the entire Molokai community.…
By Erik Svetin, MHS Student and Mathlete
Kualapu`u School winners: Kamalu Ka`awa Richardson, Leelan Corpuz, Aaliyah Cariaga, Kawena Davis, Sue Forbes-Kikukawa, Erik Svetin, Kim Link.
A year ago, I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.
I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 27.…
UHMCM News Release
Earn a certificate, bachelors and even a Master’s degree right here on Molokai! Courses are available through Distance Education. Visit the online link hawaii.edu/dl/programs to learn more about Distance Learning Programs offered throughout the University of Hawaii.
Distance learning in many cases provides students greater flexibility. Distance learning allows you to study around work, family, and social commitments. If you are interested in building skills, enhancing your career prospects, and obtaining a valuable certificate or degree then distance learning may be the right fit for you.
For questions regarding distance learning through the University of Hawaii, contact Theresa Tamanaha at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…