Molokai and Makani Mai Air: A Great Partnership

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Molokai and Makani Mai Air: A Great Partnership

Community Contributed

By P.J. O’Reilley

“I hate the airline industry,” is a sentiment that is generally shared by everyone in the flying public, but unusual to hear from a guy who runs an airline. But then, Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air, is an unusual person in his own right. 

“All these airfare fluctuations,” he says, “are ridiculous. The airlines are gouging people, charging more on Fridays and Sundays, when folks need to fly.” He admits that the price gyrations, which are standard operating procedure for modern airlines, are profit driven, “but to me, that’s the wrong focus. We’re focused on people’s needs.”

Makani Kai Air is the only airline in the state and perhaps the only airline in the country that charges a flat rate.…

Retirements Celebrated

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Retirements Celebrated

Kualapuu School Press Release

Retirements at The Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School community would like to say a special mahalo to four retiring members of their staff: Henry Pali, teacher, 18 years; Mapuana Aquino, school custodian, 18 years; Earline Iaea, teacher, 42 years; and Opu`ulani Albino, teacher 10 years.  All retirees plan to continue their work with children and with the school, of course after some needed rest and relaxation.  Thank you Kumu Pali, Aunty Mapuana, Ms. Iaea, and Kumu Opu`ulani for a lifetime of work and dedication to the children of Kualapu`u.…

Tackling Invasive Algae

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Cheryl Corbiell

The Molokai Gorilla Ogo Survey and Control Project was launched on Saturday, June 6 at Kulana `Oiwi by master of ceremony and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Colette Machado. She was joined by 75 people with passion, knowledge and love for the reef and ocean. For five hours, participants learned about the threat and distribution of the invasive algae on Molokai’s south shore and what other communities have tackled gorilla ogo.

Over the last seven weeks, Machado has gathered seven project partners: Kua Aina Ulu Auamo, OHA, DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Ke Kua`aina Hanauna Hou, and Kahina Pohaku Loko I`a.…

Players Test Skills in Football Showcase

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

 

Competing in one of two Hawaii eight-player football leagues, Molokai rarely gets the chance to test itself against neighbor island teams in a sport without a state championship. However, at a football showcase on Oahu from June 5-7, the Farmers got to rub shoulder pads with scores of the state’s best athletes and take tips from some of the nation’s top college coaches.

Maximum Exposure Camp, put on by Hawaii’s Gridiron Performance Academy, helps players hone fundamentals while connecting with college coaches. In its second time at the camp, Molokai brought nine players, the most out of any Maui Interscholastic League school.…

Ferry Funding Approved

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

On June 5, the Maui County Council passed a bill to appropriate $105,000 to Sea Link of Hawaii, which operates the Molokai ferry and has reported losses in riders and funds over the past year.

With a contract still to be written for the funding, it will take about a month for Sea Link to receive the money, according to County Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen. She added they’re still in the process of deciding whether the finding will be given all at once or in increments.

Since January, the ferry has been losing an average of $20,000-$25,000 a month, according Sea Link President and Senior Captain Dave Jung.…

Molokai Drive Inn Closes

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Molokai Drive Inn Closes

 

A landmark for more than 50 years, local fast food restaurant Molokai Drive Inn is closing on Wednesday, June 17. Following a legal battle between landowners Friel Enterprises and operators Molokai Services Inc. (MSI) over the amount of rent being charged for the property, the conflict was never resolved and the current lease expires on June 30. In an announcement of the closure on Facebook, MSI said it hopes to open again in a new location.

“It’s going to be sad,” said restaurant manager and 15-year employee of the Drive Inn, Annie Cariaga. “We will miss the kupuna who come here every day.…

College Credit Program Success

Friday, June 12th, 2015

ECHS News Release

Molokai High School (MHS) has started a new initiative called Early College High School (ECHS), a program designed to give high school students access to college courses to earn college credit while still attending high school.  Nineteen ECHS program sophomores and juniors start their first college course this summer on the University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) campus.

The students earn dual credits, meaning they earn credit for high school and college with each course.  Potentially, students can graduate with up to 30 credits, or one year of college already completed!

This program is designed to support underserved students that may not believe that they are college bound. …

Talking about Economic Development 

Friday, June 12th, 2015

KBC News Release

On June 18 and 19, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED) is coming to Molokai to talk story about the programs they offer, but more importantly to talk story with Molokai to see how we can better serve the island.  Each session will be approximately one hour. Come for one or come for all!

The Economic Development Talk Story event will start June 18 at the Molokai Community Health Center (Old Pau Hana Inn) Great Room with sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions will continue on June 19 at the QLCC Meeting Room from 9 to 11:00 a.m.…

Logo Contest

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Molokai Island Foundation News Release

Calling all Molokai artists, students and inspired community individuals! The Molokai Island Foundation will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in August and is looking for a new visual identity and needs your help.

To fill this need, we are launching a logo contest to promote our mission statement, “To lead, serve and support community needs.”  The contest rules and application is available on our website, molokaiislandfoundation.org or visit our Facebook page Molokai Island Foundation.…

Molokai College Grads

Friday, June 12th, 2015

UHMCM News Release

UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) is honored to announce the graduation of students who have earned certificates and degrees from the University of Hawaii system in the 2014-2015 academic year.  These students have made an investment in their education and can be very proud of their achievements.  We wish them continued success in their academic and career pursuits.  Please join us in congratulating them all.  “Ua ao Hawai`i ke `olinio nei malamalama – Hawaii is enlightened, for the brightness of day is here.” –Pukui, 2773

UH Maui College

Accounting

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting

Thoene, Angelina

 

Agriculture

Associate in Technical Studies – Malama Aina

Coelho, Kristen

Pactol, Tyson

 

Certificate of Achievement in Sustainable Tropical Crop Management

Wong, Eric

 

Certificate of Competence in Agricultural Science

English, Yvette

Laurence, Tyrese

 

Certificate of Competence in Landscape Maintenance

Dudoit, Sonia

 

Certificate of Competence in Pest Management

Dudoit, Sonia

 

Certificate of Competence in GIS Ecosystem Management

Coelho, Kristen

Pactol, Tyson

Pali, Patricia*

Purdy, Shy-lyn Fay*

 

Business Careers

Associate in Applied Science in Business Careers

Alameida, Kuulei*

 

Certificate of Achievement in Business Careers

Alameida, Kuulei*

Bocon, Michelle

Joao, Sherrie

 

Certificate of Professional Development Entrepreneurship I

Asuncion, Precious

Castro, Precious

Joao, Sherrie

Mersberg, Tricia

Quintua, Patricia

Yulo, Winifred*

 

Certificate of Professional Development Marketing

Bocon, Michelle*

Childs, Matthew

Nakihei, Amber

Quintua, Patricia

Torres-Umi, Michal

 

Certificate of Professional Development Supervision I

Childs, Precious

Johns, Charles

Johnson, Darryl

Lauifi, Shaye

Luuloa, Miles

Pagay, Shannon

Yulo, Winifred

 

Early Childhood Education

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education

Tancayo, Michelle*

 

Human Services

Associate in Science in Human Services

Benjamin, Regillana*

 

Certificate of Achievement in Human Services

Benjamin, Regillana*

 

Certificate of Competence in Human Services, Youth Development Practitioner

Michaelson, Tamara*

 

Liberal Arts

Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts

Benjamin, Regillana*

Buchanan, Anson*

DeCoite, Carrie*

Kanohokula, Mary

Lavoie, Virginia*

Maikui, Sharlimar

Michaelson, Tamara*

Tamanaha, Kelsey

Tancayo, Michelle*

 

*Denotes an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher

University of Hawaii at West Oahu

Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

Jenkins, Gregory*

 

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Lopes, Lisa

Ross, Tammy-Lynn

 

University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education

Calhoun, Angela*

 

*Denotes graduation with honors

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