A veteran listens as Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello speaks during Veteran’s Day services. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Molokai is far quieter and slower than a battlefield abroad, but for the island’s war veterans, the Friendly Isle is exactly where they want to be.
“I’m glad to be home,” said Army veteran Samuel Makaiwi, who served in Iraq.
On Nov. 11, residents and veterans gathered in Kaunakakai’s Memorial Park to honor those who dedicated their lives to defending the country. The ceremony included the singing of the national and state anthems, speeches and short musical performances.
Maui County Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello thanked the veterans and the families for their service and sacrifices.…
A federal judge in Honolulu has ordered a temporary hold on enforcement of the moratorium on genetically engineered crops passed by Maui County voters on Nov. 4. Last week, Monsanto and other parties filed a lawsuit against the County of Maui, challenging the moratorium. Judge Barry Kurren granted Monsanto and other plaintiffs in the suit a temporary injunction until Dec. 5.
The county stated last week it was preparing to enforce the moratorium pending the Election Officer’s certification of election results, but the judge’s injunction will put a hold on enforcement until further court action.
Injunction is a court order for a party to do, or refrain from doing, specific acts.…
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Cassandra Poepoe of the U.S. Navy, from Molokai, monitors a new arresting gear wire as it is raised from the hangar bay to the flight deck in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events.
If you’ve been downrange, you’re familiar with “HESCOs,” the dirt-filled barriers used to fortify bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. So why do they carry this name? HESCOs are an invention of British businessman Jimi Heselden, whose HESCO Bastion has produced the barriers since the early 1990s, according to the company’s website. Heselden invented the containers to combat coastal erosion, but they’ve since been adopted by militaries around the globe. The actual name of the product is Concertainer Unit but the name never stuck.…
By Simon Mendes
MHS students with Simon Mendes, family and friends in New York. Photo courtesy of Simon Mendes.
Sunday, Oct. 5 was a day that had been on my mind since returning to the Big Apple after living on Molokai for a year. It was the day I would get to reunite with Molokai, when a group of 10th and 11th grade students and four wonderful chaperons visited New York City. When I first laid eyes on the students, I was shocked at how well they fit in, they had so flawlessly adapted to urban fashion—tight jeans, fancy shoes—they looked like New Yorkers yet!…
Opinion by Rick Baptiste
A nickname for Molokai that proclaims the aloha spirit is “The Friendly Isle,” a nickname that is well known and documented. I am reminded of this on a window display near the entrance of a local store, “We practice the Aloha Spirit.” On Molokai, we practice the art of being friendly to one another. I am certain that many visitors, as well as everyone who resides on Molokai, can tell me a “Friendly Isle” story. I remember someone telling me that when he first moved to Molokai, his car was blessed with a flat tire. …
ONABEN News Release
The Maui County Office of Economic Development Molokai Kuha`o Business Center along with MEO Business Development Center will partner with ONABEN-A Native American Business Network to present a series of business workshops on Thursday, Nov. 13. The workshops will be held at the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Kuha`o Business Center which is at 2 Kamoi Street, Suite 600, Kaunakakai, HI, 96748.
The first workshop will occur from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April Lemly, ONABEN’s Marketing Coordinator, will lead an overview of web design basics for small businesses.
The second workshop will occur from 4 to 5:30 p.m.…
MMS Robotics News Release
The 2014-2015 VEX IQ Robotics season has begun successfully with two regular season tournaments for Molokai Middle School (MMS) Robotics.
Photo courtesy of MMS Robotics.
The first tournament was the 2014 VIV aio Maui Fair VEX IQ Tournament held on Oct. 4 at Baldwin High. Ten teams from Maui County competed in the VEX IQ division, including both 434M and 434K teams from Molokai. Team 434M Menehune Farmers won the Team Excellence Award and Trophy and qualified for states. Team 434M members were Kaitlin DeRouin, Kodie Place, and Makani Davis.
The second tournament was the 2014 aio Hawaii VEX IQ Qualifying Tournament on Nov.…
By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
We had enjoyed a simple lunch of chicken, potato, and mixed vegetables topped off by a strawberry in chocolate pudding dessert created by my brother priest, Father Pankras Kareng SS.CC. from Indonesia. Sometime later, I noticed that that he had disappeared. Concerned that he might have wandered off and gotten into some kind of mischief, I went outside and looked around but he was nowhere in sight.
Then I walked to the rear of the house and called out, “Are you up there?” Immediately a voice came from the direction of the avocado tree which called back, “Yes I am!” Sure enough, when I approached the tree, I sensed some movement at the very top of the tree and there he was like a mountain lion snatching some large avocados.…
Before she visited Molokai as a world-traveling, professional storyteller, Diane Ferlatte was just trying to get her son Joey interested in reading. Books couldn’t pull him away from the TV, so Ferlatte herself became the characters: a croaking frog, a gravelly voiced old woman, a hissing snake. Suddenly, Joey started to pay attention.
Diane Ferlatte taps a rhythm during one of her songs. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
“He was listening like it was live TV,” Ferlatte recalled. “I went, ‘Ohhh, I see what I have to do now.’”
Her animated character impressions have been capturing listeners’ attention ever since. Last Monday afternoon at the Molokai Public Library, Ferlatte kept keiki and kupuna riveted as she passed on tales and songs from her family, her travels and other cultures.…