By Randy Manley, Molokai Baptist Church
On Oct. 31, a beautiful breezy evening, people poured onto the Kaunakakai Ball Field for HallowHim Festival 2016. During the three-hour event, more than 1000 people enjoyed food, music and games all provided free of charge. During the same time, up in Maunaloa several hundred were gathering to enjoy a smaller version of the HallowHim Festival in their community.
This annual event is sponsored by several of our island churches. On a night that in many places has become known for being unsafe and at times even dangerous the HallowHim event is a safe and fun opportunity for families and friends to enjoy the evening together.…
By Marie Yamashita
Kalaiakamanu Hou Congregational Church will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Sat. Nov. 26. on the spacious grounds of the church in Kalamaula. It will be a memorable day for the church. Established in 1866 in Kaunakakai, it was known as the Kaunakakai Protestant Church. In 1909, it moved into its new church built on the seashore of Kaunakakai and named it Kalaiakamanu—the resting place of birds. In 1928, the church moved to the present site, added “Hou” to its name and became Kalaiakamanu Hou Congregational Church.
Planning for the anniversary celebration has been going on for months.…
MAC News Release
The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is hosting its fifth annual Member Art Show opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Molokai Public Library. There will be pupus and live music by Norman DeCosta. The show features artwork in many media, including ceramics, painting, collage and quilting.
For the first time in the show’s history, there will be cash and other prizes awarded for Best in Show, College Student Award, Board of Directors Award, People’s Choice Award and Keiki Awards. Anyone attending the event can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.…
Kualapu`u School News Release
Kualapu`u School has received a three-year, $50,000 a year, grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. The grant will sustain and improve Kualapu`u School’s implementation of “Getting Along Together,” a school-wide social and emotional learning program that helps children manage their behavior, develop empathy and compassion, build positive social relationships, and understand and cope with their feelings.
Last year, Kualapu`u School also received a grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation to fully implement this program. By the end of the school year, children knew techniques to solve problems with classmates and ways to “cool off” and manage anger-related emotions.…
Quazifilms and MAC News Release
Molokai filmmaker Matt Yamashita of Quazifilms has launched a fundraiser for his new documentary, “Aloha `Aina: The Awakening of Walter Ritte.”Yamashita’s goal is to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter by Nov. 30 to generate early funding for a one-hour documentary about the life of Walter Ritte, a leader among Hawaiian activists and one of Hawaii’s most contentious public figures. Currently in development, the film is intended for national broadcast on PBS and will be an intimate and honest portrait of Ritte’s life with focus on his earliest years.
“His name is widely recognized and it stirs powerful reactions, yet the deeper I dig into his personal story, the more I realize that people don’t really know who Walter Ritte is,” said Yamashita.…