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Kaluakoi Car Fire

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Kaluakoi Car Fire

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A car crash on Kaula Road in Kaluakoi last Friday night left only burned wreckage. One resident reported hearing a loud crashing sound Friday night and saw smoke and flames not far from their residence. They called 911 and said though the fire did not spread, the car was engulfed in flames. The Police and Fire Departments could not confirm any information on the accident, or the condition or identity of the driver.…

E. Coli Found in Ualapue Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the water source for Ualapue in east Molokai tested positive for E. coli bacteria. The water remained safe to drink, however, because water in the distribution system is disinfected, according to county Department of Water Supply (DWS) officials.

The water sample that tested positive for the bacteria was collected on Dec. 7 in the Ualapue Shaft, a well source water located mauka of the highway near Ualapue. No E. coli was found in the distribution system, so officials gave the all-clear to continue drinking the water.

The presence of E. coli can indicate contamination in the water from human or animal waste, according to the DWS.…

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Vintage Time in Kalawao 

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

She hopped out of her red vintage pickup truck and, having surveyed the situation, sprang into action. Streams of water were pouring down Damien Road and out of the Baldwin Home field opposite St. Philomena Church. Unfazed by the water and the mud, she picked up some rocks and placed them behind the rear tires of the truck to help with traction as the truck had become mired in the muddy road. She had already called for help and soon Ken, our Administrator, arrived on the scene followed by Park Ranger Adam. Adam produced a rope, connected the stuck truck to his super Ram pickup and, with a mighty push from  Ken and yours truly, the sunken vehicle was soon freed and rolling up the hill toward Siloama Church.…

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

The search continues today for a downed aircraft off Ilio Point that was reported missing last night. Around 7 p.m. on Dec. 30, a Cessna 172 with the tail number N174LL, with three people on board, disappeared off radar about four miles east of Molokai’s Ilio Point after departing the Molokai airport for Honolulu.

The plane’s pilot has been identified as Michael Childers, with passengers John Mizuno and Whitney Thomas, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is leading the search for the missing aircraft and has widened the search up to 17 miles northeast of Ilio Point. HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point along with the crew of USCGC Kittiwake from Honolulu are searching by boat and air, with the assistance of Molokai Fire and Police departments.…

Christmas Bird Count

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Christmas Bird Count

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By Arleone Dibben-Young
The 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Molokai on Monday, Dec. 19. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual nationwide count that takes place in established areas during the same time period in the month of December. The information compiled over time provides a useful tool indicating bird population trends.

The Topside Molokai count extends 6.5 miles out from a point near Kualapu`u and is divided into three locations. Seabirds, shorebirds and waterfowl are counted via a northern pelagic route that includes the cliff known as “Cables” on Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Molokai Irrigation System’s Kualapu`u Reservoir, and a second cliff location where seabirds can be viewed.…

Cheer: A Way of Life

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Cheer: A Way of Life

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By Louise Manley, Cheerleading Head Coach

August ushered in the return of Cheerleading as the new official Molokai High School sport. This was made possible through the pioneering efforts and perseverance of Nicole Kahale last year, the support of Molokai LIVE, and the vision of the Molokai High School Athletic Department.  This year’s fall season has been exciting as nine girls embraced the vast challenges that the sport of cheerleading demands.

Cheerleading is different from other sports in that it is actually a way of life.  The foundation of this program is best defined through the acronym for C-H-E-E-R:  We are “C” committed, “H” to be humble, “E” to encourage, and “R” to be radiant as we shine our light in this community! …

County Employee Recognized

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

County Employee Recognized

Photo courtesy County of Maui

Each year, the County of Maui honors those who serve on each island with Employee Recognition Awards. On Molokai, Guillermo Dela Cruz was named the 2016 Employee of the Year.

Dela Cruz is a Building Maintenance Repairer II with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“We are very pleased with Guillermo’s performance,” wrote his supervisors. “He is quick and has a positive attitude. He has a personality and is fun to be around.”

Calling him “a talented individual,” they said Dela Cruz exemplified the county Parks and Recreation mission, which is to provide safe, satisfying and cost-effective recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to Maui County.…

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