Six State Medals for Wrestling

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Six State Medals for Wrestling

At Hawaii’s state wrestling championships last weekend, 432 wrestlers from nearly 50 schools competed in 780 bouts over the course of two days.

Molokai athletes refused to get lost in the crowd.

From left to right (back): Martika English, Desiree Corpuz, Kui Han, Alex Simon, Sierra Pico, Cendall Manley. Front: Caele Manley, Juaquin Samaniego. Not pictured: Jasmyn Davis, Saydee Makaiwi, Kailaoe Cabanting. Photo courtesy of Alex Simon.

Despite the staggering load of state-level competition, six of the 11 Farmer wrestlers who hit the mats emerged with medals, which are earned by finishing in the top six in a weight class. Molokai’s top finisher was runner-up Alexandria Simon, who challenged a world title-winning wrestler in the 132-pound championship final.…

Hot Soups Hit the Spot

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Hot Soups Hit the Spot

Guests peruse bowls made by MAC and UH Maui College Molokai students. Photo by Josiah Ching.

After a week of torrential rains and whipping winds, island residents cozied up to steaming bowls of homemade soup at the Molokai Arts Center (MAC)’s fifth annual Soup’ R Bowl event last Saturday night.

Nearly 20 artists of all levels crafted ceramic bowls for the hundreds of people who showed up at the event, held at the Molokai Community Health Center. Guests could choose from 578 different bowls to eat soup from and later take home.

“One of the things that I appreciate about ceramics as an art is that it’s really functional,” said MAC Development Director Helen Kekalia.…

New Middle School Principal

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

New Middle School Principal

Photo courtesy of Molokai Middle School.

Dawn Mains assumed the position of new principal of Molokai Middle School at the beginning of this year, and having settled into her new role, gives “thanks every day that Molokai chose me.”

The former vice principal at Lahaina’s King Kamehameha III Elementary School said she first visited Molokai three years ago during a leadership development camp for school administrators and felt a special connection to the island.

“I just put it on my heart that I think I’d like to live there one day,” she said. “I prayed about it, put it out to the universe.”

When former MMS Principal Gary Davidson decided to take a job with an educational support business at the end of last year, Mains jumped at the opportunity to fill the opening.…

Wrestlers Pin Down 13 MIL Medals

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Wrestlers Pin Down 13 MIL Medals

Caele Manley (in green) fights the headlock of Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella. Photo by Matthew Thayer of The Maui News.

One of the smaller schools in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) grabbed a big part of the spotlight at last weekend’s MIL championships. Molokai High School wrestlers snapped up 13 medals for finishing within the top three in their weight classes. Of those, 10 finished within the top two and will be going to the state championships this Friday.

Molokai’s girls’ team took second and the boys came in third. The Farmers produced three champions: Kailaoe Cabanting (119), Saydee Makaiwi (129) and Alexandria Simon (134).…

Rawlins Named Exceptional Small Business

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Rawlins Named Exceptional Small Business

Shirley Rawlins, left, and daughter Lori-Lei Crivello, right, accepted the awards for Rawlins Chevron. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

At an elegant dinner event overlooking panoramic views of Maui last Thursday, Rawlins Chevron was honored among Maui County businesses as the Exceptional Small Business of the Year in the 11 to 35 employees category.

With eight other nominated businesses from Maui in that category at the 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, the multi-generational family service station with 20 employees in Kaunakakai took top honors. They were one of two Molokai businesses represented as nominees at the event.

“We’re blessed to do what we do in the community each and every day in our community,” said Lori-Lei Crivello after accepting the award.…

Rejuvenating Hawaiian Reading

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Rejuvenating Hawaiian Reading

Left to right: Kamalu Poepoe, Editor; Opu’ulani Albino, Author; Jeaninne Rossa, Project Manager; Koki Foster, Ka Moe’Uhane Artist; Brandon Hirashima, Ka Wena Artist. Photo courtesy Kualapuu School

Two new Hawaiian language books written by Molokai’s Kumu `Opu`ulani Albino were celebrated at a book signing last Wednesday at the Molokai Public Library. The books fill what Hawaiian immersion teachers at Kualapu`u School identified as a gap in reading material for their students, and are quickly gaining popularity with teachers of `Olelo Hawaii around the state.

“This little school in the middle of the boonies is beginning to put something out there that there’s a need for,” said Kamalu Poepoe, who edited the books.…

Molokai Meth Dealer in Prison

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A man described as “at the pinnacle” of methamphetamine distribution on Molokai was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison last week. On Feb. 23, 35-year-old Jon Hans Kaapuni, Jr., also known as “Hanzy Boy,” was taken into custody following the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

In September, Kaapuni, Jr. pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. At last week’s hearing, U.S. District Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said evidence showed Kaapuni, Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving at least five members.…

Putting Faces to Financial Aid

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Putting Faces to Financial Aid

Photo by Colleen Uechi.

Applying for financial aid can be a daunting process, said Kelley Dudoit of the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM). That’s why the college is trying to make the process as personable as possible. Last Friday, representatives from 28 different organizations gathered at UHMCM to help students discover available financial aid both on and off island.

“A lot of times students are wary or scared about applying for financial aid,” said Dudoit, Institutional Support at UHMCM. “So we thought that if we brought faces to Molokai … that maybe that would make [students] a little more comfortable with the whole financial aid process.”

UHMCM’s third annual Financial Aid Kick-off was geared toward current and prospective students, including high school seniors as well as adults.…

Students Set Sights on International Fair

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Students Set Sights on International Fair

MHS students collected the most awards of any school at the fair. Photo courtesy of Momi Afelin.

At Molokai High, young scientists are doing groundbreaking studies to solve problems in their own backyards.

One group of students is turning invasive seaweed on the island into a profitable resource. Another is researching the destructive effect mangroves will have on Molokai’s coastline, finding that the trees have invaded over 60 percent of the island’s fishponds. These two projects won top honors at the Maui County Science Fair, and were chosen to represent Molokai and Maui County at the international level competition this spring.…

Dementia Education Workshop

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Na Pu`uwai News Release

On Wednesday, March 11, Na Pu`uwai Senior Enrichment Center Adult Day Care (ADC) will be sponsoring a workshop for family Caregivers and paraprofessional Nurse Aides who do in-home and respite care focusing on dementia and the effect of this disease on their loved ones. Dr. Michael Cheang, University of Hawaii Gerontologist, and Ms. Daria Gray, a speech-language therapist based in Oregon, will be discussing dementia and effective tools to help cope with this disease and how to support their loved ones who are afflicted with dementia.

Join us at Kulana `Oiwi in the old Alu Like Room. …