Treating Pain and Injuries with Cold or Heat

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jennifer Smith, Physical Therapist, Pakolea Rehab

If you’ve ever had an injury and wondered whether to apply cold or heat, you’re not alone – it’s a common uncertainty. Applying the incorrect agent can be more irritating than relieving.  In general, ice is used on recent injuries and heat is used for more long standing injures once the inflammation has subsided.

As a Physical Therapist at Molokai’s Pakolea Rehab, I recommend the utilization of ice on new injuries up to 72 hours, or three days.  The ice application will help minimize inflammation caused by the initial trauma and the leakage of blood into the surrounding tissue from ruptured capillaries. …

STEM for Molokai Youth

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

STEM for Molokai Youth

MEDB News Release

This year, Molokai’s students were among the thousands of youth empowered through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, thanks to the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB)’s Ke Alahele Education Fund. On Molokai, three programs received MEDB’s grant awards.

At Kaunakakai Elementary, funds went to support the school’s extracurricular robotics program, and a “weXplore” curriculum for fifth graders that promoted college and career readiness through a variety of inquiry-based STEM projects in the classroom.  At Molokai Middle School, funds were earmarked for the school’s robotics program that helped expose students to STEM opportunities and skills.

“MEDB’s grant funds are enabling local schools and organizations to create enriching STEM education programs,” said Ryan Churchill, MEDB Education Committee Chair.…

Excellence in Spelling

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

Throughout the month of November, students at Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) prepared to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Each student grades two through six was given a Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Guide with 100 spelling words to practice for their classroom Spelling Bees. The top two winners from each second through sixth grade classroom then advanced to our School Spelling Bee Championship that was held Tuesday, Nov. 25 in our school cafeteria.

Congratulations to the 22 Classroom Spelling Bee Champions who participated in our School competition: Grade 2: Daviano Ortiz, Kaye Marie Alvarez, Kaia Yamashita, Enzo Kansana; Grade 3: Aiko Kanemitsu, Katelynn Whitted, Kielyn Guzman, Navaehstiny Valdez Luafalemana-Kalauli; Grade 4: Sapphire Puaa-Mae, Lau Asuncion, Kealo Mahina, Meredith Go; Grade 5: KC Alvarez, Akone Manaba, Paige Fukuoka, Kristen Santiago; Grade 6: Dylan Coelho-Kelekolio, Kai`ina Afelin, Reese Raguindin, Kayla Clemens; Spelling Club Reps: Owen Svetin, Teruko Asano.…

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

KES News Release

On Friday, Dec. 12, Kaunakakai Elementary School (KES) held its annual Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child event.  This event is held on campus in the evening and is an opportunity for Kaunakakai School students to come and experience a night of fun and holiday cheer while their parents have free time to enjoy themselves and strengthen their relationships!

We had more than 115 children participate in the event this year where they made Recycled-Paper pencil holders to give as Christmas gifts to their parents, created Origami star Christmas decorations, decorated delicious holiday-themed cupcakes, ate dinner and watched a movie.…

Dr. Corboy Awarded in Vietnam

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Dr. Corboy Awarded in Vietnam

Hawaiian Eye Foundation News Release

The Hawaiian Eye Foundation was presented a medal for People’s Health by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Dec. 11, in ceremonies at the Hue Central Hospital, Hue City, Viet Nam.  The medal was awarded to Molokai’s John M Corboy, M.D., president of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation for “his supportive contributions to the development of Vietnam’s Health Branch.”

Making the presentation was Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien, who cited the foundation’s humanitarian decade of training over 1500 Vietnamese eye surgeons in advanced medical and surgical eye care.

In remarks to Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Corboy praised the foundation’s many volunteer surgeons and technicians who have donated their time, travel, and expertise since 2004 to train their Vietnamese ophthalmologist colleagues in Hue and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).…

Arrest Made for May Murder

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

A Molokai man has been indicted for murder following the death of 20-year-old Molokai resident Koshari Waits in May, according to police. Jeffery Kalani Davis, 39, was arrested two weeks ago on charges of second-degree murder and several firearm violations, following a grand jury indictment.

On the morning of May 20, Waits’ body was found lying on a dirt road along Kamehameha Highway in Mapulehu, spotted by a moped driver. Police reported a suspicious head injury, later saying he suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

On May 23, Davis was arrested in connection with the murder investigation, but was released the following day.…

Hunters Discuss Safety Concerns

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

When the Dispatch published a story earlier this month about a bullet being shot through a west end home, Molokai kupuna and hunter Yama Kaholoaa was concerned for the safety of Molokai residents and called the island’s hunters together.

“[This] is not to make rules and regulations… but to be responsible and teach our children and grandchildren about safety,” Kaholoaa told the group that responded to his request to meet.

The west end homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Dispatch a bullet had been shot at night through his house at the north end of Papohaku Beach. Being a hunter himself, he said while the incident left him and his wife shaken up, he did not want to press charges but instead hoped the dangerous mishap would raise awareness of hunting safety.…

Molokai’s Miss Congeniality

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Molokai’s Miss Congeniality

This year’s Miss Hawaii Rodeo, Cheyanne Keliihoomalu, made history as the first contestant from Molokai to compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant earlier this month. She came home with what she called “an amazingly fun experience” and an award – being named Miss Congeniality, bringing with it a $1000 scholarship.

“It was a very tough week and so far out of my comfort zone,” wrote Keliihoomalu in a letter to the Dispatch. “However, it was an amazingly fun experience and I got to experience it with a phenomenal group of women from all over the country, who I can now call my friends.”

The Miss Rodeo America Pageant, held in Las Vegas, takes place annually in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.…

Ingenuity on Display in Holiday Expo

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Ingenuity on Display in Holiday Expo

Molokai High students sell bananas and papayas grown on school property. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Trix cereal treats, ceramic fish and studies on legumes in soil—all of it came from the minds and hands of Molokai High students at the school’s Holiday Exhibition last Wednesday. A collaboration between the Fine Arts department and Career and Technical Education (CTE), the exhibition gave the public a glimpse of the projects students are creating to meet needs and solve real-life problems on Molokai.

As part of hypothetical businesses created in class, students offered samples of food, haircut services, jewelry and other products to potential customers passing through the exhibition in the school’s cafeteria.…

Winter Sports Preview, Part 2

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Winter Sports Preview, Part 2

Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Although the weather is turning colder, the Molokai winter sport athletes are just getting warmed up. With the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) winter season approaching, Molokai High’s teams are training to compete in basketball, paddling, swimming and wrestling. In the second of a two-part series, the Dispatch takes a look at these teams as they prepare to make their mark in the MIL.

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball

The spotlight will be on Molokai basketball within the league this season. In February, the school will host the MIL Division II boys’ basketball tournament. Meanwhile, the girls will seek their third league title in a row and a place at the state championships.…