By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
They were waiting for me in the clearing at the foot of the Kalaupapa trail when I drove up in my Paddy Wagon. It had taken these young people and their adult adviser a casual hour and a half to hike from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa. It was obvious that this quintet of teens and their adviser, Mr. Edgar Alvarez, from St. Damien Parish in Kaunakakai were excited about their visit to our unique settlement, the land of Saints Damien and Marianne.
Shortly thereafter back at the parish house, I learned that a couple of the girls were members of the Farmers’ Basketball team who represented Molokai High School so honorably on the court in recent weeks.…
By Clare Seeger Mawae
The opening of the Stand Up World Tour for 2015 was the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro along with the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge leading to the main event, the Sunset Pro at Sunset Beach. Alex Mawae from Molokai had the experience of his young life with challenging conditions, big surf and being around kids who just ripped in the surf. The World Tour has always had the Na Kama Kai events added in for young and upcoming paddlers to attend. This year at Turtle Bay, the youth outnumbered the women with 20 youth competitors.…
Consuelo Foundation Molokai News Release
One out of four girls, and one out of five boys are sexually abused. Research suggests primary prevention education can increase your child’s ability to self-protect, report, and seek help..
In partnership with the Hawaii Sexual Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), Consuelo Foundation’s Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathway (MCAPP) currently offers a series of lessons at a few Molokai schools on personal safety, respecting boundaries, recognizing unsafe situations and getting help.
Call us at 660-2619 for more information about primary prevention education for your child.…
Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release
FoodCorps is currently recruiting service members throughout Hawaii who are passionate about teaching children what healthy food is, where it comes from, and expanding hands-on nutrition education programs. This includes Sust`aina ble Molokai, which is recruiting for new service members to serve on Molokai at our island schools. The deadline to apply for the 2015–2016 school year is March 31.
FoodCorps is a national organization addressing childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, and currently operates in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Through its partnership with AmeriCorps, FoodCorps recruits, trains, and places emerging leaders, known as service members, into limited-resource communities for a year of service.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. What is the VA Telehealth program? Telehealth is the use of electronic information to support long-distance health care. Technologies can include videoconferencing, the Internet, and wireless communications to share health information with care providers.
The VA’s program is called the Coordination Home TeleHealth Services for veterans including those with chronic health problems, homebound veterans, veterans who need assisted living services and veterans with mental health conditions. Benefits of this program include prevention or reduction of completions from chronic health conditions, assistance in managing your health and making health decisions, and daily monitoring of your health condition by a registered nurse care coordinator trained in the use of home telehealth technology.…
County of Maui News Release
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom.
This year, there are two nominees from Molokai – The Molokai Dispatch in the Exceptional Small Business of the Year 0 to 10 Employees category, and Rawlins Enterprises in the Exceptional Small Business of the Year 11 to 35 Employees category. Other categories include Exceptional Small Business of the Year 36 to 100 Employees, Young Small Business Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Nonprofit Business.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Last week, residents and visitors at the Molokai Community Health Center got a sneak peek of the talents to come in this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival.
Moana’s Hula Halau, which was invited to participate in the storied hula festival in Hilo this year, held their annual dinner show last Saturday night. Dancers from keiki to kupuna entertained a crowd of hundreds in a fundraiser for festival-bound halau members. It’s been more than 10 years since the halau has performed at the festival.
“To be asked to come again is a privilege for us because we have a lot of new girls and [it’s] a good experience for them,” said halau Kumu Hula Valerie Dudoit-Temahaga.…
Molokai has the highest percentage of renewable energy compared to total electric usage of any island at 51 percent, according to Maui Electric Company (MECO). With that high percentage, however, comes challenges for the island’s small electric grid – as well as unfair prices for customers without solar, claims MECO. The company is proposing changes that would temporarily halt the installation of rooftop solar on Molokai – and many customers and local solar companies aren’t happy about it.
In a program called Net Metering Program (NEM), customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are paid by the utility company for excess energy the panels generate at retail rate.…
For the first time in school history, Molokai hosted the boys’ Division II basketball Maui Interscholastic League Championships from Feb. 18-20, and with it, came the Farmers’ final shot at the state championships. Five teams competed in The Barn, with Seabury Hall claiming the league title and a berth at states.
In the opening game on Feb. 18, Molokai kicked off the tournament with a resounding 58-48 win over Hana.
Tani Falealii eyes the basket against Seabury. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
After being down for most of the first quarter against the Dragons, Molokai pulled ahead on sophomore guard Michael Sterner’s three three-pointers.…
House of Representatives News Release
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former state House Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll. She passed at 3:50 am on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 with her family at her side. At this time services are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Carroll was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to begin her sixth term, representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is a true canoe district that includes East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho`olawe and Molokini.
“It is a very sad day for the House,” said Speaker Joseph M. Souki. …