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New Case, J&J Vaccine on Hold, Canoe Races Cancelled

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

One new Molokai COVID-19 case was reported by the Dept. of Health last week, bring the island’s total to 35 cases since the pandemic began.

The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) had anticipated offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting last week but those plans came to a halt when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended pausing administering of the the J&J nationally following six cases being reported of rare and severe side effects. Out of the 6.8 million people in the U.S. who received the J&J vaccine, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed blood clots, with symptoms occurring six to 13 days after vaccination.…

Molokai Robotics to Compete in World Championship

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Molokai Robotics to Compete in World Championship

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Despite many setbacks and navigating the obstacles presented by the pandemic, a Molokai robotics team has qualified for the VEX Robotics Remote World Championship and will compete virtually against hundreds of teams worldwide. Setting the bar high and proving that distance robotics is possible, the team has once again shown that Molokai is always up for a challenge.

The four students — eighth graders Maesilyn Yuen and Kalau’ihi Kaai, and seventh graders Genesis Nakihei and Mark Ragonton — coached by Edwin Mendija, learned and constructed their robots remotely, passing the robots between their families as they were developed.…

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Kalaupapa Today

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

It is 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning and the trash collector has just left the church compound. There is still a residue of dew on the grassy lawn but the sun is shining, a slight breeze is blowing and soon that dew will be absorbed into the atmosphere. It would seem like any other Thursday in Kalaupapa but this day is different. It is Holy Thursday and tonight we will observe it like any of the many previous Holy Thursdays over the decades with Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.…

Mahalo Mokuele

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

We would like to send a note of aloha and gratitude to Mokulele Air for the accommodations at the Honolulu and Molokai airports with a wonderful wheelchair and ramp service boarding on Oahu and off loading on Molokai.

After being hospitalized with a serious bout with pneumonia for five weeks including “rehab,” I was really concerned about the schematics.

Melissa at Mokulele assured us to not worry. They will serve us on both ends with the wonderful service. I am so happy to be home and thank all those who have prayed and sent happy thoughts and messages our way.


Bayer Scholarship and Grant Available

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Bayer Hawaii News Release

Applications are now being accepted for two education funding opportunities through Bayer, the 2021 Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and the Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund.

The Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund grant program is open to public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai.

Established in 2005, the Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourages today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences.…

Input on Proposed Molokai Addition to Forest Reserve System

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

DLNR News Release

Five proposed changes, including four additions totaling roughly 8,100 acres and one withdrawal of about 2.7 acres, are being considered for the State Forest Reserve System (FRS), which is managed by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). One of the proposed additions is on Molokai.

The FRS represents the state’s largest public forest lands that provide a variety of benefits including aesthetic benefits; watershed restoration; native, threatened, and endangered species habitat protection and management; cultural resources; and recreational and hunting opportunities, among others. DOFAW will hold a virtual hearing at 6 p.m. on April 28 to receive testimony on the proposed changes affecting the FRS.…

Mahalo Molokai

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

The Molokai Dept. of Health-Public Health Nursing staff would like to extend their aloha and mahalo to the residents of Molokai for their patience and understanding during these first few months of 2021. Mahalo to all those who came to get their vaccinations at the Dept. of Health vaccine clinics and deepest apologies to those that they were not able to be vaccinated at their clinics. A special mahalo to the following community partners in helping with the Molokai DOH-Public Health Nursing COVID vaccination clinics:

Molokai Fire Department, Molokai AMR, Molokai’s County Parks and Recreation, Molokai Drugs, Inc, Arelene DeRouin, Rhonda Kahalewai, Thyra Habon, Tiffany Rapanot, Dr.…

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