By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
It was 7:30 p.m. as we began celebration of Mass here at St. Francis Church. Now, ordinarily at this hour, I myself would be comfortably seated in my reclining chair in the rectory. No, I do not spend all day on my knees. At this stage in my life my knees need a rest and actually talk back to me at times. On this evening, members of the Newman Center from the University of Hawaii had gathered for Mass to give thanks to the Lord for a wonderful day of exploration of this Flat Leaf, otherwise known as Kalaupapa.…
Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, a 2014 graduate of Molokai High School, is attending the University of Northern Colorado where he is studying Physical Therapy as his major. He also made the UNC baseball team, NCAA Division I, however utilized his athletic Red Shirt year this year. He received honors with the Western Athletic Conference, being recognized for his academic achievements of maintaining a 3.3 or higher GPA during the baseball season.
Brayden is playing in a collegiate summer ball league with the Greeley Grays, where he is pitching as well as getting some split time in the outfield. He elected to play under the lights instead of in the ocean this summer.…
Are you a Molokai resident who enjoys writing, has a passion for your community and wants to become a part of The Molokai Dispatch team? We’d love to have you join us.
For the last decade, The Molokai Dispatch has fostered a thriving internship program that allows young journalists from around the country the opportunity to bring their talent to Molokai, work hands-on in a small island community, and in turn, provide the island with high quality reporting. As we prepare to celebrate our 30th anniversary, The Molokai Dispatch is also preparing to shift our model from interns to home-grown community reporters.…
Youth showcased months of hard work at last weekend’s annual 4-H Expo, featuring showmanship and market competitions for hogs, steer and goats, small animal exhibits and a live auction.
Lindley Reyes. Photo by Catherine Cluett.
4-H stands for “head, heart, hands and health” and is a national educational organization. On Molokai, students ages five through high school seniors are involved in a livestock program that challenges them to learn responsibility through raising, showing and judging livestock, according to organizers.
Exhibitors in the hog showmanship competition guided their pigs in the ring so the judge could watch for good control over the animal, general health and ask students questions about their hogs.…
With Molokai’s historic Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove suffering from disease and human pollution, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has reached out to the State Historical Preservation Division (SHPD) to ask for guidance in fencing off the property.
Residents have been voicing their concerns at recent community meetings, explaining that they used to be able to see straight through the grove to the ocean. Now overgrowth and trash have obscured the view, and they want to see the grove be protected from human intrusion.
“For me I feel our resources are there for everybody,” said resident Kauila Reyes at a May 21 community meeting.…
Molokai High Athletics Dept. News Release
The Molokai High School Athletic Department is currently creating a list of qualified applicants for coaching positions in a number of sports. If interested please pick up a coaching application at the front office or Athletic Directors office in the Gym. The deadline to turn in applications for the 2015-2016 season is August 3, 2015. Please contact Molokai High School 567-6950 (ext. 297) or the Athletic Dept. at 567- 6959.
1. National Federation High School Fundamentals in coaching certification (NFHSlearn.com)
2. Current First Aide/CPR certification and current NFHS concussion certification
3. The ability to organize and supervise a total sports program
UHMCM News Release
Na Pua No‘eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Hawaiian Children, is pleased to announce that their Molokai office has been reopened after a slight intermission. Na Pua No‘eau Molokai has an array of planned programs coming up for the students of Molokai, Kindergarten through 12th grade in the next couple of months.
One in particular is an exciting five-day `Ai Pono workshop where the students focus on kalo and learn how to make a pohaku ku`i `ai. This workshop is open to students in grades seven through 12 and will take place from July 14-24. If you are interested in this program or any other programs being offered by Na Pua No`eau, please call John Villiarimo at 553-9993 or stop by at the University of Hawaii Maui Community College Molokai (UHMCM) campus.…
Opinion by Rick Baptiste
Community is a body of people having common interests such as the common enjoyment of Aloha Spirit. Imagine more than 7000 peeps on Molokai, just too blessed to be stressed and enjoying life. Enjoyment comes in the sharing of aloha with others. Enjoying aloha will spread like wildfire as soon as it passes 10 percent, the tipping point, or 700 peeps of our community. Let’s re-visit “ALOHA” as an acronym to give us a daily practice: “A” for Akahai – Kindness expressed with tenderness, “L” for Lokahi – Unity expressed with harmony, “O” for `Olu`olu – Agreeable expressed with modesty, “H” for Ha`aha`a – Humility expressed with modesty and the last “A” in Aloha for Ahonui – Patience expressed with perseverance.…
Maui Fire Dept. News Release
On June 12, firefighters on Molokai responded to a brushfire near Ho`olehua airport.
Ho`olehua firefighters arrived at 12:58 p.m. and found about a quarter-acre of grass and brush burning about a mile east of the airport, on the south side of Maunaloa Highway. An engine and water tanker from Kaunakakai arrived minutes later and assited with bringing the fires under control. The fire was called contained by 2:04 and extinguished at 2:55 p.m.
The fire was determined to be accidental and was caused when remnants from an agricultural fire ignited nearby grass. About an acre was scorched on the residential property in Ho`olehua.…
By Jesse Church
Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. The National Civil War Memorial has gotten started. The Living Legacy Project that is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership has plans to honor every one of the 620,000 American killed in the Civil War with an individual tree. So far this year, some 2,000 trees have been planted with about 8,000 more trees scheduled to be planted in 2015. The trees are planted along a 180-mile route through the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, and stretch from Gettysburg to Monticello.…