Molokai Export Seminar   

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

At our first ever Molokai Export Seminar on Friday Aug. 15, John Holman, Pacific Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, will be offering advice about how you can export your product to the ever-expanding worldwide market. We invite you to come and bring a guest to the free seminar, which will be held at Paddlers Inn at 11:30 a.m.

This program will cover an overview of export process; selling: domestic vs. international; preparing yourself to sell internationally; shipping, logistics and documentation; and developing an international growth strategy.

Why sell internationally? …

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

‘Just call me Dr. Blount’ 

Photo courtesy Margaret Blount.

Community Contributed

By Margaret Blount

Margaret Blount, Social Worker for the Department of Education, received her Doctorate degree in Education from Argosy University in Honolulu.  Flanked by her two children, Henry Blount and Brandi Ballard Corpuz (pictured), she proudly represented the island of Molokai at the convention center ceremony in Oahu on June 21.  Margaret, an avid leader in the fight against high school dropouts, wrote her dissertation on the Molokai dropout problem specifically.

According to Margaret, her graduation was more than remarkable because just as she was finalizing the details of her dissertation, which she had been researching for six years already, she found out she had breast cancer. …

Singing Praises

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Singing Praises

Photo by Cameron Hiro.

Daniel and Esther Lehmann led worship in song during this year’s Praise Concert, held at Kaunakakai ball field on Saturday, July 19.

In its fifth year on Molokai, the event brought about 800 attendees for a line-up of award-winning musicians and worship leaders. The free concert also offered complimentary food, games and giveaways. Organized by local churches, the event was followed on Sunday by the Celebration of Hope service.

According to Cameron Hiro, the event’s success is due to keeping in alignment with the Molokai Summer Praise Concert Vision and Mission to glorify God through the ministry of music and testimony by working together to build intimate relationships with the local community.…

The Canadians Are Coming

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Team Sports Travel News Release

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Molokai Farmers football squad will be playing a scrimmage/game versus a Canadian High School team, who will be visiting the island starting on Sunday, Aug. 17.  The team is from Holy Trinity Academy, in the town of Okotoks, Alberta.  The school traditionally plays Canadian 12-man rules, but for this game the squad will play 8-man rules.    While on Molokai, the athletes and staff will be attending a Mass and working with the Catholic parish on a community service project Monday afternoon, led by Father Petrie.

The school’s purpose for the trip is just not athletics but to connect with the St.…

Athletic Dept. Leadership Changes 

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Three Molokai High School (MHS) athletic department staff members are leaving their positions this fall, bringing in new, temporary leadership and triggering a lengthy hiring process for permanent replacements.

Athletic Director (AD) Hoku Haliniak has accepted a position with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) as its Director of Sports Information and will be leaving Molokai this month. She said the assistant athletic director and the athletic trainer are also stepping down for personal reasons.

Haliniak called it “a huge coincidence that everyone’s leaving at the same time.”

Lee DeRouin, MHS science teacher and girls basketball coach, has been named the temporary AD.…

Honoring the Departed

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Honoring the Departed

Photo by Annie Kiyonaga.

The scene could easily be transpiring in Japan: dancers swaying rhythmically under a sea of twinkling paper lanterns, surrounded by an array of Japanese delicacies, their movements narrated by Buddhist chants. Yet this is no ordinary Japanese festival – this is Molokai’s annual Bon Festival, held two weeks ago on the lawn of the Molokai Guzeiji Soto Mission Buddhist Temple.  Although the scene itself was enchanting and lighthearted, the significance of the celebration was serious: a commemoration of the spirits of loved ones who have passed.

While the Bon Festival is traditionally a time to be reunited with the spirits of the deceased, organizers say the event is also an opportunity to appreciate life and honor Japanese culture and heritage on Molokai. …

Molokai Voters’ Election Guide

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Molokai Voters’ Election Guide

What to know before heading to the polls.

Primary Election day is quickly approaching. Your vote is your voice and one of the most powerful forces to shape the future by electing a representative government who will make decisions which affect you, your family and your community. On Saturday, Aug. 9, cast your vote for the candidate you think best represents your vision for the future.

The options can be confusing, though, and seeing the ballot for the first time at the polls can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared. So to help you get ready for this year’s primary election, the Dispatch has compiled a list of the candidates that will appear on Molokai ballots.…

Fall Swim Season Schedule

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

MDSC News Release

It’s a new school year, and the Molokai chapter of the Maui Dolphins Swim Club (MDSC) offers an expanded practice schedule for you to fit in your workouts throughout the fall.

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, two practices will be held daily, Monday through Thursday.  Morning swims are available to Masters (19+) and advanced age group swimmers from 5:30 to 8 a.m.  Afternoon practices for all ages (5+) will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Masters can come to do their own pool workouts, or can opt for coaching if they like.  Age group swimmers (5-18) are coached at their appropriate ability level. …

Kamehameha Students to Lead Worship  

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Topside Molokai UCC Churches News Release

The Kamehameha Schools (KS) Deputation Teams (with students from all three campuses) will be leading worship services at the Topside Molokai UCC Churches on Sunday, Aug. 24.  At 8 a.m., they will be at the Ho`olehua Congregational Church.  At 9:30 am, they will be at Kalaiakamanu Hou.  At 10 a.m. worship will be held at Kalua`aha Congregational Church.  Finally, at 11 a.m. the team will be at Waialua Congregational Church.  The Molokai community and KS/BE alumni are cordially invited to attend any of the worship services.

The KS Deputation Team began in the late 1940s under Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus Chaplain Stephen Desha, Jr. …

Learn to Stand Up Paddle

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Youth in Motion News Release

Youth in Motion will be starting up their Stand Up Paddling season from Aug. 18 through Thanksgiving this year. If anyone is interested in joining Youth in Motion for the 2014/15 year, please come down to their beach area at the harbor on Thursdays Aug. 7 and 14 at 6 p.m. for sign up and learn more about the program for the coming year. Swimming will also be introduced in September and again in 2015.

Youth In Motion is also encouraging adults and youth who are interested in volunteering, planning, coordinating, writing, photography and filming to participate in the program so that they can assist with the website, newsletters, videos, social media, and bring back the festival, “A Celebration of Youth Opportunities,” “Na Opio Hana Pa`a.”

There are plenty of fun ideas for the coming year to fit the mission statement, “Empower, Equip, Educate, Challenge and Motivate Youth through activities that engage and develop their mental, emotional, creative and physical skills on the land and in the ocean.”

For more information, please contact Clare Seeger Mawae at or 808-336-0946.…