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New Business in Kualapu`u

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

New Molokai business owner Desirae Cabalar said opening a business was always on her bucket list. That aspiration took shape earlier this month, when she launched Desi’s Island Gifts in the Kualapu`u Center. The shop, which she said is still a work in progress developing inventory, features island-inspired clothing, gifts and souvenirs.

“I always wanted to get into business but didn’t have the resources or space,” said Cabalar, who has worked as a full time preschool teacher the last four years.

That changed when she was approached one day with a business opportunity while she was working her part time job as a coffee barista.…

Preventing Rat Lungworm

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Rat lungworm, a parasitic disease carried by slugs and snails, is making headlines in Hawaii and causing widespread concern. Department of Health (DOH)’s District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang visited Molokai at the end of last month to share facts about the disease and its prevention, along with other local speakers. So far no cases have been reported on Molokai, but Pang said the island does have all the factors necessary to spread rat lungworm.

Rat lungworm is spread by Angiostronylus, a worm that carries the disease. Pang said the parasitic worm thrives living in rats, but can also affect humans.…

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E. Coli Found in Ualapue Water Source

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Dept. of Water Supply News Release

The Maui County Department of Water Supply detected E. coli bacteria in the Ualapue Shaft in East Molokai.  The water in the Ualapue system is safe to drink as the water has been disinfected and no E. coli bacteria have been found in the distribution system. E. coli was detected on June 7, 2017, in a water sample collected the previous day from the Ualapue Shaft, as E. coli testing takes 18 hours to complete. The water at the Ualapue Shaft was sampled again the following day, and the resampled water was confirmed to meet Federal Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Health water quality standards and it does not contain any trace of E.…

Peace Poetry Celebrated

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

International Peace Poem Project News Release

Fifth grade student Carly Dudoit from Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School (PCCS) was awarded the grand prize in the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Awards on Thursday, June 1 before a crowd of more than 80 people.

“We are delighted to receive work of this caliber from this young Molokai poet,” said Melinda Gohn, director of the International Peace Poem Project, the nongovernmental organization sponsoring the competition.

The ceremony was held at the Molokai Youth Center in Kaunakakai. Dudoit was selected from a field of more than 210 Molokai entries. Dudoit received an aluminum canvas photo furnished by Maui artist Chad Paranto.…

Molokai Police Officer Awarded

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Molokai Police Officer Awarded

Molokai’s Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario at left. Photo courtesy of Island Air

Island Air News Release

Two Island Air flight attendants and an off-duty Molokai police officer were recognized for recently coming to the aid of a woman in need of medical attention at the Honolulu Airport Commuter Terminal.

On March 6, 2017, Island Air flight attendants Wendy Nakamura-Chan and Shanay Coloma witnessed a medical emergency at the Commuter Terminal. The two flight attendants, who were on reserve assignment at the time, immediately responded when a 50-year-old female passenger became unconscious and unresponsive. With the assistance of Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario, an off-duty police officer from Molokai who was waiting to board a flight, Nakamura-Chan and Coloma used an automated external defibrillator located in the terminal to revive the passenger.…

Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Friends of MHMS Foundation News Release

Two Molokai High School graduates have been awarded $2,000 each, a laptop and a Da Kine backpack by the Kukui Malamalama Scholarship program in memory of Kekuhaupio Likua. The scholarship award is administered by the Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools (MHMS) Foundation. The Kukui Malamalama Scholarships are funded by local residents that are interested in seeing more of our students continue their education after high school.

This year’s recipients are Linaka Akutagawa and Sebastian Naehu-Ramos.
Linaka plans to attend college on the mainland and will major in Human Services to become a social worker.…

Takes a Community to Save Lives

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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By Maura Dolormente, Blood Bank of Hawaii

Summer is upon us and with that Blood Bank of Hawaii is entering the challenging season. With schools out and vacations on, donor turnout is traditionally low making it difficult to collect the 200 units of blood needed every day to meet Hawaii’s patient needs. That’s where Molokai has stepped in.

Molokai is hosting its first blood drive since 2009 (and its largest ever!) on June 12 at Home Pumehana Community Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monsanto is leading the charge and striving to coordinate the more than 200 donors needed to sign up to meet the community need.…

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