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Implementing the Community Plan

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018


The Molokai Community Plan Update process is in its final stretch, and a talk story session will be held tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 10, with councilmembers to discuss implementation of the plan. Kelly King, who chairs the Maui County Council’s Planning Committee, and Molokai’s Stacy Crivello will receive community input at the Mitchell Pauole Center from 5 to 9 p.m. in a continuing effort to wrap up the plan update.

This is the fourth in a series of informal gatherings to hear from community members. The Maui County Council has until the end of June to adopt a revised plan.

“Though it has been challenging reviewing the many details and important issues in the plan, it is also gratifying to hear the voices of Molokai residents,” said King.…

Mycogen Seeds Shutting Down in Spring

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Molokai could experience a new wave of unemployment in a few months as soon as the winter is over. Mycogen Seeds announced last week it will be closing all Molokai operations by next spring, as DowDupont, Mycogen’s parent company, is moving toward consolidating operations in Hawai‘i.

DowDuPont employs about 280 employees statewide, and operates on 7,300 acres on Molokai, Kauai and Oahu combined. DowDuPont spokeswoman Laurie Yoshida said the company does not disclose personnel numbers by site. But Maui County Office of Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen and Council Member Stacy Crivello are quoted in The Maui News as estimating the number of jobs affected by the shutdown at approximately 100.…

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Mixed Results for Basketball

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Basketball teams traveled to Lanai last weekend to face the Pine Lads and the Pine Lasses. The girls split results, while the boys lost two games.

The Lady Farmers (1-3) earned won on Friday night 53-42. Molokai was led by Camille Ledesma with 18 points, Sydney Rawlins added 16. Lanai (1-5) came back to win on Saturday 39-25. Ledesma led the Lady farmers with seven points.

“Saturday was not our greatest game overall but we did ok and they played hard,” said Head Coach Shane Mokiao. “We did not execute and control the ball and that cost us the game.…

Wrestlers Compete in 2 Tournaments

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Molokai Boys and Girls Wrestling teams were in action last weekend on Oahu and Maui. Head Coach Randy Manley said a majority of the girls’ team participated in the Pa`ani Challenge this past week on Oahu, while the boys’ team and remaining girls traveled to Baldwin for a round-robin tournament.

Girls’ results from the prestigious Pa`ani Challenge were strong, according to Manley.

“The girls finished the Pa`ani Challenge with a mixed bag of results,” he said. “This is the largest high school girl’s wrestling tournament in the country. There were over 330 girls from across the state.”

Keeya Bicoy (122 lbs) and Chae`nel Deluna (132) both finished first in their weight classes, while Maile Ka’ahanui (145) and Sunni Chow (155) finished second, and Ale`a Davis (102) finished third.…

Salvation Army Becomes Santa for Molokai’s Keiki, Kupuna

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Salvation Army Becomes Santa for Molokai’s Keiki, Kupuna

Photo by Thomas Geary

The Salvation Army News Release

The Salvation Army’s Kahului Corps delivered 1,200 holiday gifts to keiki and kupuna in need on Molokai, with the assistance of the US Coast Guard Maui Station last week. Eleven hundred of these gifts were toys, with the remaining being keiki clothes and gifts for kupuna.

The Salvation Army’s Lt. Romelia Howard and Cadet Shelby Hanauer rode along with the gifts as they made their way over to Molokai (the trip took 1:15 min.) and presented the gifts to Envoy Gina Kuahuia from The Salvation Army Molokai Corps.

More than 500 children and 30 seniors will be assisted through this delivery.…

Ualapu‘e Fishpond Restoration Project

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Ma‘ana News Release

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Ma‘ana – Ma‘oli Aquaculture and Agriculture Native Assistance – a grant to support the opening of the Ualapu‘e Fishpond restoration project.

Ma‘ana intends to incorporate significant cultural and spiritual traditions into the restoration of the pond. This project will serve as an educational program to help the local population create a sustainable ecosystem based on the expert methodology developed by ancient Hawaiians. The knowledge of the living experts will be conveyed during ‘olelo sessions, as well as in practice.

The opening ceremony will take place at Ualapu‘e Fishpond March 10 at 10 a.m.…

Credit Union Invests in Education Grant Program

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

HSFCU News Release

The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union announced last week it awarded $20,000 in grants to 43 public school teachers through the 2017 Investing in Education program. For the first time, HSFCU awarded recipients from the islands of Molokai and Lanai, along with teachers on Oahu, Maui and Big Island.

The Investing in Education grant program supports Hawaii public school teachers by providing up to $500 for educational resources and classroom activities. The educators, who teach a range of subjects in elementary, middle and high school, were selected based on essay submissions detailing their classroom needs.

Since the program began nine years ago, an increasing number of grants are funding STEM-related activities, including technology software, coding lessons, computers and tablets.…

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