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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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19th Annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest

Friday, July 29th, 2016

19th Annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest

$100 prize for reporting this kolea!

Nene O Molokai News Release

The kolea, Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), is revered in Hawaiian mythology as Koleamoku, a messenger of high chiefs, and was considered to be the embodiment of the god of healing. On their northern migration Kolea may have aided ancient navigators with the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. Within a few weeks the kolea will make a transoceanic southbound migration between breeding grounds in Alaska to wintering locales as far away as Madagascar. Research using light level dataloggers have tracked kolea at speeds from 36 to118 miles per hour, and with an average flight between Hawaii and Alaska taking 40 hours.…

AVID Comes to Molokai High

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Ric Ornellas, MHS Teacher

There is good and bad news for Molokai teens. The bad news is summer vacation ends Aug. 3 with back to school classes at Molokai High School (MHS). The good news is AVID at MHS.

AVID – which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination – is an exciting program for all students in elementary, middle and high-school, for college and career preparation. Incoming MHS nineth graders will be able to sign up for an AVID class with Ms. Laura Peterson during period six. AVID activities are slated for classes of the seven AVID trained MHS teachers which will expand throughout the new school year.…

Record Ka`iwi Swim

Friday, July 29th, 2016

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By Natasha Westhoff

On the cloudless, starlit night of April 9, a group of five women padded down the path from Kepuhi Beach Resort to the water, to watch and wait. On the horizon, one tiny light moved slowly across the Ka`iwi Channel, heading toward the pounding shore break at Kepuhi beach. An hour later, after a slightly chaotic kayak landing and the jostling of gear and crew into and out of the surf and onto the waiting escort boat, two women: Liz Fry and Marcella MacDonald, stood together wearing bathing suits, swim caps, and vaseline, timing their entry into the sea.…

Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

MFD News Release

At 7:19 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, Molokai firefighters and police began searching for an overdue bicyclist that went for a day trip ride on the Makakupaia Trail, which overlooks the Waikolu Valley.

A 50-year-old man from Mountain View, California, rented a bicycle at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning and planned to go for a day trip biking up to the Waikolu Valley lookout. He was to return the bike to the rental company at 6 p.m. that evening, but failed to show up at the designated meeting point. The rental company then reported the man overdue to fire crews.…

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.…

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