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Bananas Under Threat

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Molokai may be known for its fighting spirit, but a battle is going on that has nothing to do with development or politics — it’s a battle against a virus. Banana Bunchy Top is a disease that infects banana plants and threatens the operation of both commercial growers and the productivity of backyard gardens. Discovered on Oahu in 1989, Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) was first found on Molokai in 2005.

“It’s important not only to ag and commercial growers to have quality product, but for community members to always have good quality eating bananas for their own personal use,” said Lori Buchanan, coordinator of the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee (MoMISC).…

Kalaupapa Raises Money for Storm Victims

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

By Rick Schonely and Richard Miller

The legacy of Kalaupapa, the very soul of Kalaupapa, is love and compassion.  In this community founded on adversity, offering a helping hand to one another to get through the tough times has always been a way of life that still continues today.  So it was only natural that in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes which struck the people in Texas and Florida, the folks in Kalaupapa looked for a way to help.

Noting that few things bring people together better than music and food, Richard Miller, pastor of Kana`ana Hou/Siloama Church in Kalaupapa, spearheaded a community effort to support those in need with donations garnered through a benefit show and pot luck. …

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Boys Cross Country Compete on Maui

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The Molokai Boys Cross Country traveled to King Kekaulike HS on Maui last weekend for their final regular season race. Molokai finished 2nd in the DII team competition behind Seabury Hall. Top finishers for Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross’s team were:

Caele Manley, Molokai, 19:31 Kaina Adolpho, Molokai, 20:24 Robert Mawae, Molokai, 20:28 Ikua Deponte, Molokai, 20:49 Karter Kester, Molokai, 21:14 Nainoa Kahale, Molokai, 21:22 Kekumu Helm, Molokai, 21:29 Tekoa Torres-Umi, Molokai, 23:55 Napana Keoho, Molokai, 25:02

Ross said he was happy with the team’s performance, “We will be ready to run our best race of the season at MIL’s. It was a good warm-up at King Kekaulike.”

Both the Boys and Girls cross country teams will compete in the MIL Championships at Kapalua on Oct.…

David Ainoa Jr. Retires from National Park Service

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

David Ainoa Jr. Retires from National Park Service

David Ainoa Jr. with his plaque from National Park Service, with Mikiala Pescaia

David Ainoa Jr., son of David and Vivian Ainoa, has announced his retirement after working many years for the National Parks Service at Kalaupapa National Historic Park.

“This announcement comes with mixed feelings as we say a heartfelt ‘ALOHA’ to one of our employees. David Ainoa Jr. has been an employee of Kalaupapa National Historical Park for the last seven years of his career, and he has decided that the time has come to retire,” states an NPS news release.

David began his journey with NPS as a Maintenance Worker for the Facilities Division, according to NPS.…

Lady Farmers Sweep St. Anthony at The Barn

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Lady Farmers Sweep St. Anthony at The Barn

Photo by Arlene DeRouin

The Molokai HS Lady Farmers girls’ volleyball team finished their regular season at 8-4 with two home wins over the St. Anthony Trojans at The Barn last weekend. Friday night was Senior Night and the Farmers won 25-17, 25-15 and 25-15. On Saturday, Molokai won 25-9, 25-13 and 25-10. The Lady Farmers will get ready for the MIL Championships starting on Oct. 18 at Baldwin HS on Maui. Molokai will be the #3 seed in the tournament, and will face either Seabury or Hana in the first round.

Head Coach Mahea Rawlins has her team ready for the postseason, “This weekend games were great and we were able to utilize our middle hitters to lessen the pressure on our outside hitters.…

Girls Volleyball Sweeps Maui Prep at Home

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Girls Volleyball Sweeps Maui Prep at Home

The Lady Farmers Volleyball team got back on track with two wins over Maui Prep Academy last weekend at The Barn. Molokai won in four sets on Friday night 25-13, 23-25, 25-8 and 25-15 and got a sweep in three games on Saturday, winning 25-17, 25-22, and 25-17. Molokai is now 6-4 on the season and will host St. Anthony (2-7) this weekend at The Barn. Friday night will be senior night, with game time at 7 p.m. Maui Prep has a record of 2-7.

Head Coach Mahea Rawlins is optimistic and looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I’d say that we are building good chemistry right now and our seniors are doing a great job in leading the team,” she said.…

Molokai Shines At Kupuna Hula Festival

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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By Na Kupuna O Moana

Na Kupuna o Molokai, under the direction of Kumu Raquel Dudoit, traveled to enter the Kupuna Hula Festival in Kona on on Sept. 13 and came home a bigger winner.

We entered in five different divisions winning first place in Tutu Wahine (Haunani Kamakana), Tutu Kane (Allen Diorec) and Mixed Group. Our Kane group came in second. We also won the overall, making this our fourth time winning this prestigious award.
Raquel won the special award given by Nalei Kunewa, in honor of her husband who passed away, for the third time in a row.…

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