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Unemployment Office Closing

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Molokai’s Unemployment Insurance office is slated for closure at the end of this month because of federal budget cuts. The office has been open since the 1970s and has helped residents through the closure of many island industries. Now, officials say the community can still access services online and by calling the Maui office.

“All of the usual services and benefits of the Unemployment Insurance office will still be available to the residents of Molokai,” said Linda Chu Takayama, Director of the Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations.  “Face to face is always preferable but it has to be balanced with the economic situation.”

The office, located in the state building in Kaunakakai, will be closed after Jan.…

Kaluakoi Car Fire

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Kaluakoi Car Fire

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A car crash on Kaula Road in Kaluakoi last Friday night left only burned wreckage. One resident reported hearing a loud crashing sound Friday night and saw smoke and flames not far from their residence. They called 911 and said though the fire did not spread, the car was engulfed in flames. The Police and Fire Departments could not confirm any information on the accident, or the condition or identity of the driver.…

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Molokai Basketball Hosts Seabury

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Molokai Basketball Hosts Seabury

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai Farmers Boys and Girls Basketball teams hosted the Seabury Hall Trojans last weekend at home at The Barn in a series of hard-fought games.

Girls Basketball

The Lady Farmers hosted Seabury at The Barn, and Friday was Senior Night for Molokai’s four seniors, Brooke Keliihoomalu, Precious Rawlins, Nadia Augustiro and Catherine Merkel. The Lady Trojans got the win in a hard fought close game 45-41 to improve to 6-1 on the season. Molokai (0-5) was led by junior Sydney Rawlins with 11 points and senior Keliihoomalu added 10. Augustiro had 8 points and junior Camille Ledesma finished with 6 points.…

Vintage Time in Kalawao 

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

She hopped out of her red vintage pickup truck and, having surveyed the situation, sprang into action. Streams of water were pouring down Damien Road and out of the Baldwin Home field opposite St. Philomena Church. Unfazed by the water and the mud, she picked up some rocks and placed them behind the rear tires of the truck to help with traction as the truck had become mired in the muddy road. She had already called for help and soon Ken, our Administrator, arrived on the scene followed by Park Ranger Adam. Adam produced a rope, connected the stuck truck to his super Ram pickup and, with a mighty push from  Ken and yours truly, the sunken vehicle was soon freed and rolling up the hill toward Siloama Church.…

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

The search continues today for a downed aircraft off Ilio Point that was reported missing last night. Around 7 p.m. on Dec. 30, a Cessna 172 with the tail number N174LL, with three people on board, disappeared off radar about four miles east of Molokai’s Ilio Point after departing the Molokai airport for Honolulu.

The plane’s pilot has been identified as Michael Childers, with passengers John Mizuno and Whitney Thomas, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is leading the search for the missing aircraft and has widened the search up to 17 miles northeast of Ilio Point. HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point along with the crew of USCGC Kittiwake from Honolulu are searching by boat and air, with the assistance of Molokai Fire and Police departments.…

Farmers Rake in Wins

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Farmers Rake in Wins

Photo by Lily Jenkins

The Molokai High Canoe Paddling team had a strong weekend on Maui. The girls’ team finished first in their first heat and second in the finals behind Seabury. The mixed crew finished third in their first heat and fourth in finals.

Molokai Wrestling head coach Randy Manley took seven wrestlers to Oahu last weekend for the prestigious Officials Tournament on Oahu. Jayse Lalim-Rillon, Jake Samaniego, Caele Manley, Hauoli Caparida, Tekoa Torres-Umi, Jarron Boswell and Makananui Kaahanui competed against the top wrestlers in the state. Lallim-Rillion took second at 106 pounds, Caele Manley took fifth at 138 pounds and Kaahanui took third at 220 pounds.…

A Boatload of Cheer

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A Boatload of Cheer

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

Earlier this month, a boat docked at the Kaunakakai wharf loaded with 800 toys and clothes for Molokai keiki. The holiday blessing was brought to Molokai in a partnership between the Coast Guard Station Maui and the Salvation Army. The 45-foot Coast Guard vessel docked at the harbor on Dec. 10, where staff helped to unload hundreds of Christmas gifts.

In previous years, the Molokai ferry has assisted the Salvation Army Kahului office in the mission, but after the ferry closed operations earlier this year due to financial hardship, the Coast Guard stepped in to help.…

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