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More Rooftop Solar Coming for Molokai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai is at the forefront of the country’s renewable energy future, and residents got a chance to talk story with their utility company, Maui Electric, ask questions and share what’s important to them last week.

With more than 100 Molokai customers waiting to install rooftop solar, photovoltaic (PV) challenges took a front seat at the discussion. Those residents had filed applications under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program — which pays customers the retail electric rate for excess energy generated from their panels — before the program was discontinued to new applicants last October.

Jamie Cook, Maui Electric’s director of renewable energy projects, said 107 applicants are currently waiting in the queue to be approved — the same number that were waiting in March of this year.…

Ferry Shutdown Imminent

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai ferry, operated by Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc., is on the verge of ending its services.  Claiming falling ridership, loss of revenue and increased operating costs, company President and Captain Dave Jung has filed a request for shutdown with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He said if the request is not granted, he will be forced to declare bankruptcy.

“Ridership has really gone down in last year,” said Jung, pointing to cheap air flights scooping up their passengers. “Today we’re lucky if we get 20 people a run.”

The 100-foot, three-story boat can hold up to 150 passengers, and Jung previously said in 2013, the service suffered $108,000 in losses and then $288,000 in 2014.…

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Football Season Kicks Off

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School eight-man football team will set out to defend its 2015 MIL Championship as they start their new season on Sept. 24 at home against Hana.

“We are looking forward to a productive season,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale. “Last year we had a talented senior class that helped us capture our first MIL Championship.  We are putting in the work and hope to repeat.”

With a new year and a new team, Kahale said his returnees will need to become leaders.

“We have about 20 returnees who will need to step up and fill the void,” he said.…

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely

The 2016 Pailolo Challenge was held in amazing canoe racing conditions on Saturday Sept. 17. Two Molokai canoes, both from Wa’akapaemua Canoe Club, made the crossing from Flemings Beach on Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor in the men’s Open Iron Unlimited and one in the women’s Open Division.

The men finished first in the Open Iron Unlimited with a time of 2:53:13. They also were second overall behind Team Primo’s 9 man crew. Crew members included Troy Heen, Brandon Kansana, Lohiao Paoa, Conrad Martin, Kingi Gilbert, Kaimi Kealoha, Kaeo Abbey, Ekolu Kalama.

The women finished in 11th place in the Open Division with a time of 4:14:36.…

Kalaupapa Cultural Manager Leaves Park

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Kalaupapa Cultural Manager Leaves Park

Photo courtesy of KNHP

By Rick Schonely

Carrie Mardorf, the cultural resource program manager at the Kalaupapa National Historic Park (KNHP), is leaving the settlement for a job on the mainland. She will be working as superintendent of Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Louisiana. While at KNHP, she  oversaw the preservation of over 300 historic buildings, 1200 grave markers, two cultural landscapes, hundreds of archeological sites, museum collections, and an ongoing collection of oral histories from the Hansen’s disease patient community.

Mardorf said she has been with the National Park Service since 2009 and came to Kalaupapa in January 2014.…

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Photo courtesy of Makani Kai. William Crocker, left, of Hawaii Industrial Structures and Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, review plans for the new airline terminal being constructed at 100 Kaulele Place at the Honolulu International Airport. The facility is expected to be completed early in 2017.

Makani Kai Air News Release

Construction has begun on a new terminal at the Honolulu International Airport for Makani Kai Air. The facility, which will be four times the size of Makani Kai Air’s current home, is located at 100 Kaulele Place.

“We’re excited to be moving the airline operation to a new home,” said Richard Schuman,
president of Makani Kai Air.…

Paddlers to Reopen Under New Ownership

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Paddlers Inn News Release

We are excited to announce that Paddlers Restaurant and Bar will soon reopen under new local family ownership and management. With fresh food from our local farmers, fresh fish from our local fisherman, and a fresh group of faces happy to serve you, we hope that you and your family will join in this exciting time.

We are also excited to announce that the kitchen at Paddlers Inn will now have the experience and culinary passion of Chef Kainoa Turner. It’s our goal at Paddlers to offer our island community their favorite local dishes, pupus of course, and fresh Asian, Italian and Mexican food, plus many more options on the menu.…

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