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Obon Brings Remembrance

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Obon Brings Remembrance

Photo by Tyler Westhoff

Community members and visitors alike gathered at the Guzeiji Soto Mission of Molokai last Saturday night to dance, eat, remember and celebrate the festival of Obon. A crowd of about 150 people milled peacefully beneath strings of lanterns and slips of fluttering paper, bearing the names of their loved ones who have passed away.

“It’s important that we take this time, as we say thank you to one another, to a stranger, to our relatives, to our children, to our spouses, we take this moment to also say thank you to our departed loved ones.” said Reverend Shuji Komagata during the evening’s service.…

Independence Day Fires

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A fire in Ho`olehua was the only fireworks-related brush fire to take place in Maui County over the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Maui Fire Department. The small brush fire took place on Ala Ekahi St. on Molokai, and is believed to have been started by aerial fireworks.

It was one of five brush fires in the county over the holiday, though the other four brush fires on Maui were unrelated to fireworks. There were 11 other fire-related incidents between 8 a.m. on July 4 and 1:30 a.m. on July 5 in the county, including one injury from fireworks use.…

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Grant Funds Science Ed at MMS

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Grant Funds Science Ed at MMS

Molokai Middle School grant recipients. Photo courtesy of Monsanto

Monsanto News Release

Molokai Middle School was among the schools receiving a total of 10 grants totaling nearly $10,000 were awarded to Hawaii public schools and educational organizations from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund. The Fund is a program established by The Monsanto Fund to support science education in Hawaii’s public schools.

Recipients included Lahainaluna High School, Maui High School, Molokai Middle School, UH-Maui College, Castle High School, Kaiser High School, Mililani Middle School and Waialua High and Intermediate School.

Funds went to support a variety of STEM-related programs: a plant propagation and growth research project, a Challenger Learning Center Hawaii experience, and equipment and supplies for agricultural sciences biology, chemistry, life science, anatomy and physiology classes.…

Resource Management for High Schoolers

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

UHMCM News Release

Attention high school juniors or seniors and their parents. Do you want a head start on your college career? We have a great opportunity for you!

The start date for our 2017-18 Cultural and Natural Resource Management program for our high school students has been postponed until the Fall Semester. If you missed the application deadline or weren’t aware of this program, here is another opportunity to sign-up. We have 11 spots still available.

This program focuses on bridging traditional cultural knowledge with Western science, illustrating that they can co-exist. The course schedule will be: HWST 231 (Fall ’17), HWST 207 (Spring ’18), and ANTH 165 (Summer ’18 — this course may change).…

Land Trust to Get New Headquarters

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Land Trust to Get New Headquarters

Computer projection of completed MLT Building

MLT News Release

On Thursday, July 6, the Molokai Land Trust (MLT) and two dozen board members and friends gathered on the former Kualapu`u theater lot to cleanse and bless the land in preparation for the construction of MLT’s future office, nursery and base yard. The first shovels of dirt mixed with soil and sand from all MLT’s preserves were turned, and magically a cloud sprinkled rain on the gathering and a rainbow shimmered over Kualapu`u. With the building permit in hand, construction will commence on Aug. 1.

Guests shared personal stories about the former theater, which entertained Molokai residents many decades ago.…

Molokai Out-Sails Competition

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Molokai Out-Sails Competition

Photo by Gloria Reed

Paddlers from Molokai Canoe Club placed first in the open class of a Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association race between Kaunakakai and Kailua, Oahu on Saturday, July 8. They also won the division race the following day between Kailua and Haleiwa. The team clocked in on Saturday finishing the race in 7 hours 1 minute, while they swept Sunday’s competition in 4 hours 23 minutes.

The mission of the nonprofit Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association is to revive and practice the ancient Hawaiian skills and values learned in sailing canoes. The association holds public educational and sailing events in the state, according to organizers.…

Little League Majors Wrap Up Season

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Molokai Little League Majors (ages 11-12) finished up their season last week at Dorvin Leis Field in Kihei. After winning their first two games in convincing fashion, Molokai lost to Central Maui Little League in the championship bracket 13-2.

Molokai then moved to the consolation bracket with a chance to face Central again but lost to Kihei 5-3 to end their season with a third place finish in the District 3 Little League.

Central went on to defeat Kihei in the championship game 10–0 and will represent District 3 in the state tournament later this month.…

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