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Puko`o Fire Station to be Relocated

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

With flood zones changing and concerns about rising water levels, Molokai has been participating in an important discussion that’s taking place globally: where can we move? Recently, that conversation focused on the Puko`o Fire Station, a small outpost that provides emergency services to the east Molokai community. Its current location near the ocean has been identified as a flood zone during tsunamis and hurricanes.

Contrary to some rumors, a meeting held earlier this month was not to announce the closure of the Puko`o Fire Station but rather to discuss its relocation.

“It is our hope that we can have a dialogue as to what you hope to see; the fire dept.…

NextEra Electric Merger Rejected

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A $4.3 billion merger deal between Hawaiian Electric Companies and Florida-based NextEra Energy was rejected last week by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Many Molokai residents, along with others around the state, had raised concerns about the merger and what it could mean for Hawaii’s energy future. Commissioners of the PUC shared many of those concerns in the decision they issued last Friday.

Commissioners based their rejection on two major factors: whether the merger was in the public interest, and if the utility company was fit and able to perform the service currently offered. The PUC identified five major areas of concern: 1) benefits to ratepayers; 2) risks to ratepayers; 3) Applicants’ clean energy commitments; 4) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on local governance; and 5) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on competition in local energy markets.…

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Molokai Gets a Choice for County Council

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Molokai Gets a Choice for County Council

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Campaign News Release

In June 2016, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez officially filed her candidacy for Maui County Council to represent her home, Molokai. Keani and her two young children are rooted in the Molokai community as far as they can trace her mo`okuu`auhau (genealogy). She is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor Degree and certificates in both Native Hawaiian Rights and Environmental law. She also received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration this past semester, right before moving home.

Her vision for a better future for her children and Molokai drove her decision to participate in local government.…

College Prep Program Success

Friday, July 15th, 2016

College Prep Program Success

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UHMCM News Release

Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school.   It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way.  To prepare Molokai families for the transition to college, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM), the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) partnered up again to offer a fourth year of Ke Kukui Mohala.

The main goal of the program is to support families in the process of preparing Molokai High School seniors to successfully achieve their post-secondary goals and objectives. …

Makani Kai Air Expands Molokai Service

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Makani Kai News Release

Makani Kai Air is expanding its daily round trip flights between Honolulu and Molokai beginning July 15. Due to continued high demand, the airline is adding six roundtrip flights a day, seven days a week.

“We are encouraged by the growing support from the Molokai community,” said Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air. “The people of Molokai have embraced our service to the point that, on some days, there is not a single empty seat remaining. That means that people who want to fly with us are forced to fly with Mokulele and for that I apologize.”

In order to accommodate the increase in flight frequency, Makani Kai Air just took delivery of
another Cessna Grand Caravan, the company’s fourth.…

Benefit Concert Lends a Helping Paw

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The island’s animals, treated by the Molokai Humane Society, will get a boost in funding this weekend, thanks to a helping wing from Mokulele Airlines. A benefit concert featuring Hawaii artist Anuhea will be held at Paddlers Inn on Friday night, and Molokai Humane Society (MoHS) Executive Director Hoala Davis said funds raised will support Humane Society operations.

“Our main goal has been to spay and neuter, and the majority of the funding would go to keeping the costs at $20 for cats and $30 for dogs,” she said. “Over the years, the rates have increased for surgical costs, and the Humane Society has not increased our rates at all.”

Because Molokai doesn’t have an animal shelter to house abandoned pets, Mokulele has jumped on board by assisting MoHS fly animals to Maui for adoption.…

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

Rex “Bubu” Kamakana,left, pictured with his roping partner Ethan Awa from Hawaii Island. Both will be traveling to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.

NHSFR News Release

Rex “Bubu” Kamakana, a tenth grade student at Molokai High School, has earned a position on the Hawaii team for the National High School Rodeo. He will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23 to compete at the 68th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Team Roping competition.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo.…

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