Three Steps to Make 2015 Great

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

I am cordially inviting you to join me in making 2015 the best year of our lives.  In preceding articles, my overriding theme is that we are too blessed to be stressed.  I have found that whatever we focus on, more will come so let’s plant some good seeds in our garden.   Just a reminder, we will use ALOHA as an acronym to give us daily practice that we can build on and in time we will see a good garden and a blessed island.   “A” for Akahai – Kindness expressed with tenderness, “L” for Lokahi – Unity expressed with harmony, “O” for ‘Olu`olu – Agreeable expressed with modesty, “H” for Ha`aha`a – Humility expressed with modesty and the last “A” in Aloha for Ahonui – Patience expressed with perseverance.…

Molokai Metric and Rainbow Ride

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School invites all local cycling enthusiasts to come out and ride the Molokai Metric.  This first annual event features three course distances; 100K for the fanatical few, 60K for those who want to take on a challenge, and 25K for those who’d prefer a shorter spin.  All ride distances will begin at 7 a.m. from Hotel Molokai on Sunday, Jan. 18 (MLK weekend).  Ride courses will flow east along the Kamehameha Highway past Kamalo (the first turn around point) to Morris Point (the second turn around point) and then back to the Hotel.  From the Hotel, the 100K will make a second loop around Coffee’s of Hawaii and the Airport. …

Christmas in Kalaupapa

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis, Kalaupapa

It was some minutes after 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. We had just celebrated our first Christmas Mass in company with our sisters and brothers from our neighboring Congregational Church. Led by members of the St. John Vianney Choir visiting from Kailua, we sang the Hawaiian Doxology after the Blessing, then ended our Mass with a rousing chorus of “Go Tell It on the Mountain That Jesus Christ is Born.” Now it was time to gather in our parish hall, which is said to be part of St. Damien’s original Kalaupapa town church.…

Addressing Overfishing

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Community Contributed

By `Aha Kiole O Molokai Members

Since statehood, the people of Molokai have relied on state government to manage Molokaiʻs ocean resources. We are currently witnessing profound shortagesin our subsistence gathering sources, which island families rely heavily on. We have fewer income opportunities and higher costs of living than most of the other islands.

From the early 90s, an effort to slow down the noticeable losses from our once rich ecosystems was begun. Management by the DLNR has not yielded positive outcomes in terms of maintaining sustainable and healthy nearshore fisheries.

Out of necessity and concern for our families, Molokai has independently generated its own island-wide conservation effort. …

The Molokai Business Model

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

How local retail stores are staying afloat in a small market

On a typical day, you can cruise through Kaunakakai’s main street in less than a minute. With three compact blocks of stores and eateries, owners must do business with a special delicacy. As the local retail industry grows, they’re navigating new challenges of unexpected competition but are mining their talents and aloha spirit to survive.

In Molokai’s economy, many customers “live paycheck to paycheck,” explained Michelle Hiro, who opened Molokai Cellular in 2008. Business owners said the key to co-existing in a compact, slower-paced setting is respecting each other’s corners of the market.…

Molokai Boy Chosen for Samoa Bowl

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Molokai Boy Chosen for Samoa Bowl

Molokai football player Ha`aloha Aikala-Falealii, far left, poses with Hawaii teammates after the Samoa Bowl. Photo courtesy of Kapua Aikala-Falealii.

Thanks to his athletic talents, his heritage and more than 170 chicken katsu plates, local boy Ha`aloha Tanielu Aikala-Falealii became the first Farmer to represent Molokai football in American Samoa. Aikala-Falealii, a senior at Molokai High School, was selected to play for Team Hawaii in the Samoa Bowl, an annual game that pits Hawaii’s best Samoan football players against American Samoa’s all-stars. In the Samoa Bowl XII on Dec. 27, Team American Samoa won, 12-6.

Part Hawaiian and part Samoan, Aikala-Falealii was able to honor both of his cultures in the Bowl, said his father, Sepulona Aikala-Falealii.…

Family Revives Salon in Maunaloa

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Family Revives Salon in Maunaloa

Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Growing up, Leilani Kadowaki was bewildered by beauty salons. In her hometown of Maunaloa, there was a salon called Sheer Delight, and when people went in and emerged with new hairstyles, it puzzled her.

“[I said,] ‘What are you guys doing in there, getting your hair all permed up in those curly things? The lady looks scary,’” Kadowaki remembers with a laugh.

More than 20 years later, hairstyling is one of her passions, and she and her family are bringing the beauty business back to her hometown. Michelle and Raymond Hiro, Kadowaki’s aunt and uncle, helped her open a salon on 100 Maunaloa Highway, in the same spot as the salon of her childhood, which was converted into a Molokai Ranch security office and later went unused for more than a decade, according to Raymond.…

Grand Re-Opening at Mitchell Pau`ole Center Tuesday

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

County of Maui News Release

A blessing and grand re-opening of the Mitchell Pau`ole Center will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Kaunakakai, the County Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the facility, located at 90 Ainoa Street.

The Mitchell Pau`ole Center was closed for improvements earlier this year, to bring the facility into compliance with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible design, with changes including ADA parking and access to center, signage, restrooms, drinking fountain, door hardware, counter and accessible sidewalks and seating by bleachers.

The facility also underwent an expansion, building repairs and upgrades, including a new 2,826 sq.…

Veterans Corner

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. The veterans here on Molokai have begun to receive the new VA Choice Card. If you have not gotten it, you will get in the next few weeks. Approximately three months ago, the U.S. Congress and the President signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. What this temporary program does is allow veterans the choice to receive care outside of VA when they qualify, or when wait times for VA health care exceed the standards set by law.…

Get a Degree in Early Childhood Ed

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

UHCMC News Release

The Early Childhood Education program at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) is designed to prepare students to work with young children from birth to age 5 and their families.  The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators.  Students can earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Early Childhood Education that articulates into the UH West Oahu’s Bachelor’s in Social Science degree, Early Childhood Education concentration.

Come to the college for full details or call us at (808) 553-4490 option 5.…