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Runners Qualify for States

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Runners Qualify for States

Five Molokai runners are headed to the state championships after the Molokai Boys and Girls Cross Country teams ran in the MIL Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Seabury Hall.

Senior Alex Mawae finished in 20th place with a time of 18:50.24, sophomore Namaka Ross finished in 24th with a time of 19:16.92 and junior Kamalu Kaawa-Richardson was 29th with a time of 19:58.23 and all three qualified for states. For the girls, freshman Kailani Bicoy qualified in 20th place with a time of 23:21.80. Leilyn McComas, another freshman, missed qualifying by one spot in 35th with a time of 25:20.29 and will be an alternate at states this Saturday at Seabury Hall.…

Business Conference ‘Inspirational’

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Business Conference ‘Inspirational’

Molokai’s sixth annual Business Conference brought resources, information and inspiration to the fingertips of local entrepreneurs two weeks ago. Whether aspiring business people seeking startup basics or established shop owners looking to sharpen their toolboxes, attendees got to learn from experts in the field, both from Molokai and around the state.

“The Molokai Small Business Conference was truly inspirational,” said Kay Fukomoto, director for the County’s Office of Economic Development, which helped put on the event. “Hearing successful business owners attribute their success to the workshops offered at the conference and at the Kuha’o Business Center speaks volumes of the power of education.…

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Concerns Rise Over Community Health Center

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Frustrations over staff shortages, concerns about a medical clinic closure in August and what has been called “gross mismanagement” by organization leadership have left a path of broken trust in Molokai’s federally funded Community Health Center. Tensions have recently come to a head, and many community members and politicians are calling for the resignation of Health Center leadership.

Patients and family members have recounted how a clinic closure for four days on Aug. 22, 23, 26 and 27, as well as failures to refill prescriptions, make timely appointments and other issues with the Health Center have left them and their families in challenging or potentially life threatening situations.…

Structure Fire Caused Traffic Delays

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

A structure fire near Hotel Molokai on Tuesday, Sept. 3 temporarily blocked traffic along Kamehameha V Highway. The Fire Department got the alarm around 6 a.m. at a one-story, multi-unit building known as “Old Misaki Hotel.” Firefighters worked to control flames in the structure as well as a small brush fire which ignited nearby. It was fully extinguished by 9:20 a.m.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. But the building suffered major damage, as well as the storied contents both inside and outside the structure, according to the Fire Department. Damage estimates are still being calculated, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.…

Molokai Volunteer Assists with Mainland Hurricane Relief

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Molokai Volunteer Assists with Mainland Hurricane Relief

Molokai resident and Red Cross volunteer Lester Keanini has deployed to the East Coast along with 16 other Red Cross workers from Hawaii to assist with Hurricane Dorian. The storm hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane on Sept. 1 and made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 6.

The Red Cross reported that more than 9,000 people stayed in 140 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as the storm approached. More than 1,900 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country are helping to support relief efforts.…

Kalaupapa Trail Slated to Reopen by Year End

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

The process of constructing and installing a bridge to one of the most remote and logistically inaccessible locations in Hawaii is no easy task. But the Kalaupapa National Historical Park Service is slated to begin the process of rebuilding the bridge on switchback three of the famed Kalaupapa pali trail in October that was wiped out by a landslide last December.

The federal government was shutdown at the time the bridge damage was discovered by a postal worker hiking down the trail at the end of last year. No work could be done until the government reopened in late January, explained park superintendent Erika Stein Espaniola.…

Captain’s Corner

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Community Contributed

By Captain Gregg Okamoto, MPD

On Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Molokai police officers went up on scaffolding in front of the Molokai Public Library to bring awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics program on Molokai. The public was invited to soak the officers using water pumps and buckets after making a donation. Special Olympics athletes stood curbside with nets and collected donations from passing motorists. Donations ranged from a dollar to a few hundred dollars. In the end, a total of more than $8,200 was raised.…

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