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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.…

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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.…

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.…

Gerry Anderson: ‘A Wonderful Life’

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Gerry Anderson: ‘A Wonderful Life’

Longtime Molokai resident and former owner of The Molokai Dispatch, Gerry Anderson, has passed away at the age of 83, leaving a legacy of travel, science, kindness and a newspaper. He and his wife, Edie, lived in West Molokai since 1987, 18 years of which he battled lymphoma, while they pursued their love of world travel.

“When he was in the last few days, he looked at me and said, ‘You know, I’ve had a wonderful life,’” Edie recalled. “He meant it… He had a traumatic childhood but he didn’t dwell on it. Everything he did, he was self-made.”

Gerry was born in China in 1935 and grew up in New Jersey.…

‘Last of the Summer Wine’

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

He is short and scrubby. She is tall and rock jawed. He lives on the first floor, while she lives on the second level right above him. For some unexplained reason, she is his heart throb, while he is her most constant nuisance. For him love is blind, so it is not unusual for him to appear at her door or to climb a ladder to her second-floor window just to catch a kiss from her. Perhaps I should say “snatch a kiss” from her reluctant lips. This duo are but two of the characters in the British TV comedy “Last Of The Summer Wine.” It tells of the escapades of some neighborhood pals in their glory years who often get in trouble with their female counterparts yet live out their years with a certain flair.…

Celebrating a National Holiday

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Celebrating a National Holiday

For the first time at Keawanui Fishpond, the Molokai community gathered last Wednesday to celebrate a holiday that became one of the first national holidays of the Hawaiian Kingdom: La Ho’iho’i Ea, Sovereignty Restoration Day.

“I returned five days prior from Mauna Kea, where we were able to teach at Puuhuluhulu University,” said organizer Maile Naehu of the event. “Upon returning, I realized that we were only five days away from La Ho‘iho‘i Ea. I decided even if it was last minute, a celebration was in order. With the rising of our Hawaiian nation, it seemed so appropriate to hold an event on July 31, La Ho‘iho‘i Ea, our kingdom’s first holiday.…

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