Proposed Skateparks

Friday, April 17th, 2015

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui Dept. of Parks and Recreation will hold a series of four community meetings later this month to discuss plans for County skateparks in Upcountry Maui and on Molokai and Lanai.

Parks staff and skatepark design consultant, California Skateparks, will be on hand at the meetings to receive community input on the conceptual designs for proposed skateparks at three sites. Two meetings will be held in Pukalani regarding the Upcountry site; one meeting each on Molokai and Lanai will be held.

The Molokai meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.…

Molokai Fitness: Free Classes

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Do you struggle with your workout plan? You don’t know what you need to do, or you just get bored of doing the same every day? Do you need some inspiration?

Science shows that the best way to get motivated is to work together in a community. Let’s do workout together, and support and push each other!

Doing exercise is not always just to lose weight — it’s for feeling healthy and happy. Being healthy means that you’re not carrying extra pounds on you, you feel energized, you have no pain and you don’t need to take prescription drugs.…

Support for Independent Electricity

Friday, April 17th, 2015

IAM News Release

I Aloha Molokai (IAM) applauds and heartily supports Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s decision to explore the creation of an independent electric utility for the islands of Maui County.

As we understand it, the Mayor’s proposal would involve purchasing MECO and creating either public utilities or co-ops similar to KIUC on Kauai. IAM would be happy to assist with this effort in any way we can.

IAM has followed the melodramatic negotiations between the HECO companies and Florida-based energy giant NextEra with increasing concern. We share the Mayor’s skepticism as to just exactly how this buy-out would benefit Hawaii ratepayers.…

Molokai LIVE Family Fair

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Molokai LIVE News Release

Come one, come all!  Molokai LIVE is holding its grand opening Family Fair celebration to showcase educational opportunities at Molokai High, Molokai Middle, and Aka`ula Schools, grantees of the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s five-year grant.   The event will highlight what the schools and Molokai LIVE, a program that stands for “Learning, Investing, Vigorously, Everyday,” have been doing to build the success of our students and community.  The Molokai LIVE Family Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

There will be performances and live entertainment from our Violin, Slam Poetry, Hawaiian Immersion, and MATS (formerly known as School of Rock) students. …

People of Molokai Protecting the Aina

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hui Malama O Mo`omomi News Release

On Saturday, April 25, Hui Malama O Mo`omomi is hosting a meeting about the Mo`omomi Community-based Subsistence Fishing Area Designation. This is the second phase of meetings with the public sector.

In the first phase, fishermen and families from Pala`au Moku and other interested residents reviewed the CBFSA proposed rules for resource sustainability at Mo`omomi, providing feedback and adding suggestions. This next phase brings forward the mana`o given by stakeholders in rule-making, for the management of resources by the community.

The meeting will be held on April 25 at Kulana `Oiwi from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.…

Little League Season Opener

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Little League Season Opener

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai Little League Minors division games opened on April 4. With three teams competing this year, the season will run until May 22.

The league is looking for more volunteers and kids for 11/12 Major League. Please contact Jonna “Minky” Hoopai Molokai Little League President at

Play Ball!…

Molokai Weighs In On NextEra Merger

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Representatives of NextEra, the Florida-based energy company proposing a merger with Hawaiian Electric, visited Molokai last week with plans to hold an open house to meet residents and answer questions. Concerned community members, however, had other plans.

Standing in a circle amid NextEra’s large, colorful posters and blue-shirted staff, local attendees requested a meeting format in which all their answers could be answered at once and heard by all.

“We want to know what is going on, as a group – that’s Molokai style,” said local activist Walter Ritte.

NextEra officials, joined by Maui Electric representatives, obliged.  With no seating planned for the open house format, everyone stood for the next three hours and discussed the merger and its implications for Hawaii’s energy future.…

Mana for Mauna Kea

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Mana for Mauna Kea

Community members gathered along Maunaloa Highway in solidarity with the Mauna Kea movement. Courtesy photo.

Ongoing efforts to protect Mauna Kea’s peak, considered sacred by Native Hawaiians, from an 18-story tall structure called Thirty Meter Telescope, has gone international, with Molokai residents joining in the protests and social media buzz.

Pictured here, local community members rallied along Maunaloa Highway last week, holding signs and raising awareness.

Mauna Kea’s peak is viewed as one of the most sacred sites in Hawaii, and Molokai activist Walter Ritte is leading efforts to protect it from a 14th telescope.

“There’s certain places where you just cannot compromise anymore.…

New College Coordinator is a Familiar Face

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

New College Coordinator is a Familiar Face

Kelley Dudoit. Photo by Colleen Uechi.

This month, Kelley Dudoit officially stepped in as Coordinator of the University of Hawaii’s Maui College, Molokai site (UHMCM). And while new to the job, the Molokai High graduate and seven-year UHMCM employee is no stranger to the community she serves.

“Kelley is the best of both worlds, both Molokai and UH,” said former coordinator Donna Haytko-Paoa, who retired at the end of last year. “She’s about staying on the island and taking the long haul.”

After Haytko-Paoa retired last year, Dudoit applied for the coordinator position, and she underwent an interview with a screening committee before being chosen.…

Volleyball Celebrates Lone Senior

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Volleyball Celebrates Lone Senior

Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Molokai boys’ volleyball team hosted Seabury Hall this past weekend, and after a 3-1 loss on Friday night (25-13, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-22) the Farmers played a thrilling five-set match Saturday, but again lost to Seabury 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15 and 15-11). Molokai is now 3-6 on the season. Seabury is 4-4.

On Saturday the Farmers took the first two games, but Seabury fought back and took the next three sets in a row to win the match.

Friday night was also Senior Night for Tanielu Falealii, the team’s only senior.

Coach Hale Domingo praised Falealii for his spirit and hard work.…