Engaging the Community

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Community Contributed

By Barbara Haliniak

I am not a renewable energy expert.  But I do know that when you want to be successful in executing an island plan, make sure you get the community involved in the planning stages.  Otherwise you will probably run across many challenges that could have been prevented by not being inclusive.  This column is not to debate renewable energy for our island, but to speak loudly on the exclusion of important information regarding projects that will affect all households prior to community meetings or introduction of legislative bills.

This legislative session, House Bill 1942, “Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Princeton Energy Group or Princeton Energy Group’s related entity, Ikehu Molokai LLC, with financing and refinancing costs relating to the planning, design, and construction of a renewable energy project with energy storage technology on the island of Molokai.”  The special purpose revenue bonds totaled $50 million; the ACT has an effective date of July 1, 2014 and lapse date of June 30, 2019.  …

Fruit Growers Molokai Mini-Conference  

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

HTFG News Release

The 24th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 12-14 at the Kahili Golf Course on Maui. Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the weeklong event is presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public.

The annual gathering continues September 15-19 with abbreviated sessions on Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Hilo and Kona. Molokai’s inaugural mini-conference is Monday, Sept. 15 to accommodate a growing, active chapter on The Friendly Isle.

The Maui conference is titled “It’s All About Production” and offers a variety of breakout sessions, plus visiting researchers and agro experts.…

New Way to Look at Compost

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Community Contributed

By Joe Kennedy

There are a few ways of looking at making compost that some of my gardening friends have passed on to me over the years. Here’s just one. When you make compost with kitchen fruit and veggie scraps, you don’t have to do it the usual way the book talk about. There’s another very easy, very plant-enriching way to do it.

Just empty the scraps on the ground next to the fruit tree on any of the large veggie plants like collards, pumpkin or eggplant that you are growing. Then level the pile a little and make it an even thickness.…

Molokai Fitness: Calorie Intake

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Do you know what’s more important — how many calories you take, or how much nutritional food you are eating each day?

Actually if you start to listen to your body, it will tell you the answer. Your body will tell you which food is good for you and which is not. Think about it: if you eat junk food or processed food, your body has to work so hard to digest it that after you eat you’ll feel low energy, sleepy and bloated.

Are you giving enough attention to what you’re eating? When you eat healthy, fresh, real food, you’ll feel much higher energy.…

Agriculture: Career & Tech Ed

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

UHMCM News Release

The Agriculture and Natural Resource program at University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) provides instruction for those in need of training, retraining, or skills upgrading in the field of agriculture, and those wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Diverse learning activities are provided right here on Molokai.  The Molokai farm includes a 5,000 square foot greenhouse, orchards, and vegetable field on 28 acres of land.  Projections point to a continued need for well-trained people in all aspects of the green industry.  Farms and agriculturally related businesses need informed individuals to implement new technologies and sustainable agriculture techniques.…

Sharing Lomi Aloha

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Sharing Lomi Aloha

The Molokai residents who visited the shaded grounds by Keawanui Fishpond last weekend likely left more relaxed than they arrived. That’s because 15 licensed lomi lomi massage therapists and apprentices performed more than 125 hours of Hawaiian massage treatments free of charge to about 100 community members Friday and Saturday.

Under the breezy shade of blooming tress and the soothing sound of buzzing bees, dozens of Molokai community members were treated to 50-minute treatments. The healing massage therapy was made possible by Ho`omana Spa Maui, which facilitated the visit of the therapists.

“We’re all here to aloha everyone and part of the lomi lifestyle is about giving back,” said Jeana Iwalani Naluai, spa owner and international instructor of lomi lomi massage.…

Fishing as a Family

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Fishing as a Family

Two weeks ago, more than half a dozen families gathered at Mo`omomi for four days of camping, pono fishing, generational learning and most of all, inspiring `ohana to malama `aina.

In its second year held on Molokai’s north shore coastline, `Ohana Lawai`a camp offered an opportunity for family learning of traditional fishing practices and protocol, along with lessons in history, culture and biology. Under the guidance of traditional resource manager and educator Mac Poepoe and other kupuna, the experience offered a unique learning experience for young and old. To participate, families were asked to bring at least two generations of attendees.…

Molokai’s Newspaper Earns Journalism Awards

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Molokai’s Newspaper Earns Journalism Awards

Molokai Dispatch News Release

Molokai’s only newspaper, The Molokai Dispatch, is honored to announce that it now stands among the state’s award-winning publications. After submitting entries to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Hawaii Chapter Excellence in Journalism contest for news published in 2013, the Dispatch earned top honors. At an awards ceremony on Oahu last weekend, Dispatch staff came home with five awards.

Editor Catherine Cluett received first place in the non-daily newspaper general reporting category for a series titled “Energy on Molokai.” Judges commented, “Nice job balancing the different perspectives on this story. Lots of potential impact to the local community.”

Dispatch Sales and Design Manager Laura Pilz was awarded finalist in the page design category for her layout of Ka Molokai Makahiki 2013.…

Molokai Joins Opposition to Federal Proposal

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Across Hawaii, tensions are rising as the federal Department of Interior (DOI) proposes establishing a Native Hawaiian government. Last Saturday, Molokai residents joined in the widespread opposition. The slick floor of Kaunakakai Elementary School cafeteria was strewn with symbolic red ribbons, also pinned to the shirts and blouses of dozens of community members to show their disapproval.

Attendees expressed anger and mistrust with the U.S. government on whether and how the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and the Native Hawaiian community should proceed.

Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka pushed for federal recognition in Congress for more than a decade, and many Native Hawaiians have urged for such status to protect locally established rights.…

Student Spotlight

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Student Spotlight

UHMCM News Release

As a descendent of two deeply rooted Molokai families — Purdy and Pico Ohana — Shy-lynFay “Kawaila” Purdy has a special place in her heart for Molokai.  After graduating from high school on Oahu and enjoying the single life, she found herself wanting to be closer to her roots. Shortly after moving home, she became very interested in farming.

“Molokai has the resources to be abundant farmers” said Kawaila.

In the spring of 2012, she enrolled for classes at UHMC, Molokai.  Today, Kawaila is close to finishing her Associate in Agriculture Natural Resource Management, continues to serve as a student mentor at the farm, and advocates for future farmers on Molokai.   …