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Boater Rescued Off Kalaupapa

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Boater Rescued Off Kalaupapa

A man in a homemade, 22-foot boat was rescued off Kalaupapa by the Coast Guard early last Friday morning, Feb. 17. The Coast Guard received a mayday call at 1:43 a.m. from the vessel’s 52-year-old occupant  — who remains unidentified by officials as of Sunday. At 3:08 a.m., the Coast Guard’s dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the mariner from his fiberglass vessel, the Harmony B.

With windy weather and 7-foot seas at the scene near the Kalaupapa lighthouse, the boat’s captain said he believed his anchor was no longer holding and was concerned that the weather conditions would push his vessel onto the nearby rocks, according to the Coast Guard.…

Search for Answers Continues in Plane Crash

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Nearly two months after a Cessna plane went missing off Molokai’s northwest coast with three people on board, the plane’s disappearance — as well as its location — remain a mystery. Along with initial Coast Guard and Fire Department searches, nearly 100 Molokai residents and family members of the victims helped scour the land and sea. A recent sonar mapping effort conducted by the University of Hawaii was among numerous off-island companies and agencies that have donated time to the search. Yet the definitive evidence has still not been found on the wreckage.  

A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last month was inconclusive, stating that the plane disappeared and “is presumed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean.”

After taking off from Ho`olehua Airport en route to Honolulu on the evening of Dec.…

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Conservation Youth Programs and Jobs

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Kupu News Release

Local nonprofit Kupu is now accepting applicants for its summer and year-round conservation education and workforce development programs on Molokai.

Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer program is seeking five members between 17 and 20 years old and one team leader, 21 and over, who are interested in a full-time summer education and job opportunity on Molokai.

HYCC Summer participants will work as a team, learning conservation work at unique natural resource management sites across the island, including Kalaupapa National Park, Ka Honua Momona, Molokai Land Trust, Sust`ainable Molokai and The Nature Conservancy. In addition to gaining hands-on job training, members will also receive a $500 volunteer award, $1,222 scholarship to use toward higher education or student loans, and may also apply the program toward fulfilling the Dept.…

Kaahanui Takes 4th at Wrestling Chamionships

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Kaahanui Takes 4th at Wrestling Chamionships

Photo by Kabbie Bicoy-Juario

The Molokai High School Wrestling team sent seven athletes to Oahu last weekend for the State Championships. After two days of hard fought matches, the Farmers had one wrestler reach the podium. Senior Makananui Kaahanui placed fourth in the 220 pound division. Kaahanui placed fifth last year.

Five wrestlers advanced to Saturday’s final matches — four in the consolation bracket (Keeya and Kelsie-Lee Bicoy-Juario, Caele Manley and Hauoli Caparida) and Kaahanui in the semi finals.

Head Coach Randy Manley said they faced tough competition but he was proud of his team.

“Of the four we had in the quarterfinals consolation round, all four lost which put them out of the tournament,” he said.…

Walk Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Molokai Cancer Fund News Release

The first annual “Walk for Ohana” event will be held on Friday March 3 at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. sponsored by the Molokai Cancer Fund.  Please join the fight against this terrible disease — cancer.  To register or for more information you can contact Hokulani Alcon at 658-0137 or visit our Facebook page.  All proceeds will go to Molokai Cancer Fund to benefit our Molokai Community.

The Molokai Cancer Fund is an organization formed by a handful of Molokai residents in 1995.  It was started with a large monetary donation from someone who lost a family member to cancer. …

Baseball Hosts Preseason Tourney

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Baseball Hosts Preseason Tourney

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai High School Farmers Baseball team, under Head Coach Ilika Kaahanui, hosted Pac 5 from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu on Oahu last weekend in a four-game preseason series at Duke Maliu Regional Park.

On Friday, the Wolfpack defeated the Farmers 4-1. Saturday the two teams played a doubleheader and split the two games. Pac 5 won the early game 5-4 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Molokai came back to win the afternoon game 5-1. On Sunday morning, the teams combined to play a goodwill fellowship game to close the tournament.…

Big John to the Rescue

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

I am not as agile as I once was in my younger days, just a few years ago. So with a pull from Christina and a push from her husband, Chris, I managed to climb into the back of the truck and settled down between my two guests on the wooden bench behind the cab. Then we were on our way over the rocky road to Kalawao with the ever young, 92-year-old John Arruda behind the wheel. The last time I had travelled this road on the back of a truck, I suffered permanent damage to my undercarriage.…

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