By Glenn I. Teves, UH County Extension Agent
For many local folks, chile pepper water is an indispensable addition to a meal, and can add pizazz to meat, fish, and soup dishes. There are many variations of this condiment combining water, shoyu, different kinds of vinegar, and even garlic with lots of chiles. Columbus misnamed chiles as peppers, mistaking them for black peppers due to their “heat.” The name “peppers” or “chile peppers” stuck with this plant, and is commonly used today.
Capsicum fruitescens is the Latin name for Hawaiian chiles, introduced to Hawaii around 1815. It was called “nioi” by the Hawaiians, a generic name given to all chiles with second names based on its shape such as nioi kamakahala for round or “eye shaped” types.…
By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
When I first learned that Pope Benedict had called us to a special Year of Faith, my initial thought was, “What is this? Aren’t we called to live the Faith every year?” Perhaps it is the son of a farmer in me that tells me that a farmer’s work is every day of every week of every year. So every year for the Christian Catholic should be a Year of Faith. Then of course it dawned on me that Pope Benedict intended that this Year of Faith is meant to renew the entire People of God in the Faith and to challenge us ” to share our Faith boldly with others,” as our own Bishop Larry Silva said in his letter to us at the beginning of this Year of Faith.…
DHHL News Release
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is seeking qualified engineering firms to provide engineering services for the Kapa`akea Flood Mitigation Improvements for five homesteads in Kapa`akea, Molokai, Job PS-14-LDD-008.
DHHL is seeking design engineering services to prepare bid plans and specifications for construction of flood mitigation measures to protect the 5 homesteads from flooding. These homesteads are identified as TMK (2)-5-4-07:09, 10, 11, 24 and 25. The scope of work will also include preparation of any required environmental assessment documents, plans, and specs and a bid package for flood protection improvements, obtaining necessary permits and services during construction.…
Maui County and Monsanto signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week that requires Monsanto to disclose information about pesticide use on a voluntary basis. Monsanto operates on both Maui and Molokai.
“Responsible use of pesticides is a concern for us all, especially for those of us who grew up on these islands when sugar cane and pineapples were our main exports,” said Mayor Arakawa. “There must be safeguards and a sharing of information, and I believe the AG Oversight Agreement [MOU] is a proactive step we needed to take….”
The MOU comes shortly after bills were passed on both Kauai and Hawaii Island involving restrictions on the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).…
The Molokai Filipino Community Council (MFCC) is collecting donations to send to the Philippines after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit there more than two weeks ago. With a large Filipino population on Molokai, some locals have relatives or friends affected, said Benny Piros, MFCC president.
“Everybody can see on TV what’s happening and we’re just doing what we can to help,” he said.
The typhoon brought fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges. The death toll is now more than 5,000, and more than 1,000 missing. It has been called one of the strongest typhoons on record.
The MFCC is asking for monetary donations as well as dry goods like clothing and canned food.…
U.S. Army News Release
Army Pvt. Nolan K. Nartatez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Nartatez is the son of Chris Nartatez of Kaunakakai. He is a 2012 graduate of Molokai High School, Hoolehua.…
By Lisa Davis
Holistic regenerative medical procedures that cure pain in the spine and joints will soon be coming to Molokai through Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD and Lisa Davis. The treatments rebuild cartilage, tendons and ligaments to cure the source of the pain and pain goes away naturally and permanently. Dr. Mohammed is skilled in Prolotherapy, Prolozone, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell Treatments, Acupuncture, Anti-TNF (post-stroke, Alzheimer’s dementia) and Biophotonic treatments. We do musculoskeletal ultra-sound guided procedures. Prolotherapy is the only known curative treatment for arthritis.
Prolotherapy is performed by using dextrose to stimulate fibroblasts in the body to move to an area of inflammation and repair damaged tissues. …
Aka`ula News Release
Dr. Caryl Hitchcock is one of Molokai’s best-kept secrets. Caryl is an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies and Associate Graduate Faculty in the field of Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an educational researcher who specializes in programs to promote literacy for children who are ELL (English Language Learners), at-risk or have identified disabilities. She has more than 15 years of experience working with the Hawaii State Department of Education as a consultant and school psychologist, and she developed the Molokai ACE Reading program that serves culturally and linguistically diverse children. She has published articles and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.…
By Kalehiwa Dudoit, Aka`ula student
After all the wind and the rain, the skies cleared and the moon came out as Aka`ula School’s 10th Annual Ku Ka Lau Lama began. For those who don’t know, Ku Ka Lau Lama is found in “Oleleo Noeau,” by Kawena Pukui and she translates it as, “Many Torches Stand.” That means that there are many lighted bonfires, a signal of joy and victory. The dinner event is one of the ways the school raises money to provide financial aid to students.
Led by chairperson Kaui Manera, Aka`ula families organized an incredible evening. Walking onto the Hotel Molokai grounds, the smell of food coming from Aunty Marion Dudoit’s Hawaiian pupu buffet drew guests to the registration table where they were serenaded by nahenahe music from The Kupuna Serenaders while waiting to receive their bid numbers. …
Maui Electric News Release
Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, approximately 1200 Molokai customers in the East End and Kaluakoi lost power when two electrical lines came down in the Kaluakoi area. Electrical service was restored to East End by 8:40 a.m.
As of this time, about 60 customers in Kaluakoi remain without power as crews work to access and repair the lines which are located in difficult terrain. We estimate that power will be restored at about 2 p.m.
Maui Electric is looking into what caused the lines to come down. We sincerely appreciate the public’s understanding and patience as we work to restore power.…