Decorated lanterns light up the surface of the ocean as part of Molokai’s First Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony. Photo by Catherine Cluett.
As the muted colors of dusk overtook a glassy ocean, hundreds of lanterns were set afloat, bearing messages of grief and loss, prayer and gratitude. Ashore, a crowd lined the water’s edge. Some stood with heads bowed and hands folded, others with arms in embrace, toes buried in the sand, looking out to sea.
“Whatever healing they need, whatever losses they’ve experienced, they can write those messages on the lantern,” said Barbara Helm, bereavement coordinator at Hospice Hawaii Molokai.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. This Tuesday, Nov. 11, is the 76th anniversary of Veterans Day, when the American people come together as a nation to remember and say thank you to all living veterans for their sacrifices in both peace time and in time of war. On behalf of all my fellow residents of Molokai and myself, we send a sincere thank you to all American veterans for their service, mahalo.
The legislative battles that were fought on this day are often forgotten, and the beginnings of Veterans Day when it was called Armistice Day for 12 years, until 1938.…
MVCV News Release
The Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) are hosting our second Veterans Affairs Benefits Workshop on Molokai on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana in Kaunakakai from 9 to noon. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hopes to have two workshops a year on Molokai.
Several VA benefits personell will be at the workshop to provide information. These include the VA Honolulu Regional Office Director of Benefits, Tracey Betts, and her staff, Rommel Dasmarinas, benefits counselor; Richard McDonald, Vocational Rehab and Employment counselor; and others. They will offer information on topics like medical travel, loan guaranty, death benefits and any other veteran issues.…
By Ayda Ersoy
Do we get fat because we overeat? Or do we overeat because our fat tissue and our genetics effect our body and cause it to accumulate excess fat? Actually both are true to some extent. Remember that anything that you eat that’s beyond your immediate need for energy creates new body fat.
A study by Colorado University showed that one third of all women and one quarter of all men in the U.S. are on a diet right now! I could tell you endless reasons why we struggle with our weight, and why being overweight is connected with so many other health problems, but here are a few of them: Increased portion size of restaurant food and grocery products; Mislabeling on the packaged food; Artificial sweeteners; Soft drinks; Consuming many more calories than we need; Sedentary lifestyle; Increased intake of processed food; Increased sugar intake; Using food for our emotional needs, or giving it as a “gift” to our kids; We are not paying attention to our bodies actual need for food.…
Consuelo Foundation, Molokai News Release
The Consuelo Team of Molokai continues to do primary education on the prevention of sexual violence with an emphasis on prevention of child sexual abuse. In September, we had a two-day training session with the Sexual Abuse Treatment Center facilitated by the Education Coordinator HaeOk Miller. In lieu of our training, women from different on-island agencies were invited to have lunch on Sept. 5 with HaeOk. The discussion included on how we all can collaborate as a community to protect our children against this prevalent but quiet issue.
On Oct. 16, Dr. Barry Coyne, state prison psychologist, had an opportunity to meet with both on-island agencies and community members discussing what happens to “sex offenders” and how they are rehabilitated back into the community. …
HTFG Molokai News Release
Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) is a statewide nonprofit organization, dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion. The Molokai Chapter is made up of members that are home gardeners, small scale farmers and interested community members who meet monthly to share ideas about promoting products, skills and agricultural opportunities.
This month’s featured farmer is Michigan-born Jamie Ronzello who runs her family-owned Barking Deer Farm off Maunaloa Highway. Years ago, her college degree focused on cultural anthropology, and she is right at home farming on Molokai with its rich history. Jamie is a super busy, young farmer who delivers her “Beyond Organic” fresh vegetables to Molokai stores and Paddlers Inn and enjoys being a beekeeper.…
Photo by Catherine Cluett.
Pirates, dragonflies, clowns and cats all made an appearance at last Saturday’s Molokai Master Blasters, the annual canoe race for the young at heart that involves paddling, drinking and dressing in costume. Pictured here are the Pinao-`ula, or dragonflies, of Molokai, which were among 17 teams from the island and around the state this year. The event – the only one of its kind — is held as a fundraiser for the Molokai Canoe Club.
Each team is made up of six men, age 40 and up for a total crew age of 300 years minimum, or six women, 35 and up totaling at least 250 in age.…
MHS students at the Library of Columbia University. Photo from MHS MCCTC blog.
Thousands of miles away from the quiet streets of The Friendly Isle, Molokai High students braved crowded subways and the fast-paced lifestyle of New York City. The students experienced both the East Coast and post-high school life during a six-day tour of colleges and workplaces.
“It’s so exciting,” said junior Misty Parker at an Oct. 30 community presentation of the students’ trip. “You always have to be on your guard, because there’s just people everywhere.”
High school educator Ric Ornellas, who lived in New York for 40 years, came up with the idea to visit New York over a year ago and helped form the Molokai College Career Tour Club (MCCTC), a group focused on preparing students for higher education and the workforce.…
County of Maui News Release
Twelve businesses from Molokai have been selected to be among a 130 of Maui County’s top businesses at the 2014 Made in Maui County Festival. They are selling products certified as 51 percent or greater Made in Hawaii.
The 2014 event will be held Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. til 4:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Help the County of Maui – Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce, congratulate the following businesses.
Barking Deer Farm (Jamie Ronzello): Spiced coffee rub, sweet n’ spicy coffee rub, and hibiscus cooler tea from Molokai.…
Molokai agricultural land. Photo by Edwin Mendija
A highly disputed voter initiative to ban the growing of genetically engineered crops passed in Maui County in last Tuesday’s General Election by a narrow margin of 50 percent to 48 percent, with just over 800 votes’ difference.
On Molokai, all of the island’s four precincts voted no by a ratio of nearly two to one, with 63 percent voting against the moratorium and 34 percent favoring it island-wide, according to stats from Hawaii’s elections website.
The initiative calls for a moratorium until a detailed environmental impact study of the harms associated with growing genetically engineered organisms has been completed and reviewed by the County Council.…