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Coffee Leaf Rust Found on Molokai

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Coffee Leaf Rust Found on Molokai

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A pathogen devastating for coffee plants has been confirmed on Molokai among wild coffee plants. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) detected coffee leaf rust (CLR) on June 14 during a survey of feral coffee in Kaunakakai. Further surveys detected more CLR on the east side of the island. The disease is now found on all major Hawaiian Islands.

CLR is a devastating coffee pathogen first discovered in Sri Lanka in 1869. It can cause severe defoliation of coffee plants, and both the leaf and berry growth can be affected and greatly reduced. Long-term impacts of CLR includes severe dieback, with crop losses ranging from 30 to 80 percent, according to HDOA.…

COVID Spikes Statewide

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai had one new COVID-19 case confirmed by the Dept. of Health last Wednesday, the first since May 26.

Statewide, numbers have spiked, with last Saturday marking the third day in a row of triple digit numbers. Hawaii logged 166 new cases last Thursday and 147 on Friday. Lt. Gov. Josh Green attributed the rise in cases to gatherings over the 4th of July weekend.

He also said the new cases are almost exclusively among those who are not vaccinated, the Star Advertiser reported. According to Green, 95 percent of COVID-19 hospital admissions are unvaccinated people.

Health officials report that 59.1 percent of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 65 percent have gotten at last one dose.…

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Linda Clark Appointed District 13 Rep

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Linda Clark Appointed District 13 Rep

Gov. Ige News Release

Gov. David Ige has appointed Linda Ann Ha‘i Clark to fill the state House District 13 seat, which includes Maui (Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia), Kaho‘olawe, Lanai, Molokai and Molokini.

Clark replaces Sen. Lynn DeCoite, who was appointed last month to the state Senate (District 7) seat formerly held by Kalani English.

Clark currently serves as an independent process server for the Child Support Enforcement Agency, State of Hawaii. She has previously worked as an administrator, office manager and clerical worker for Alternatives to Violence, First Hawaiian Bank, and Maui Windows and Doors. She was also the owner/operator of Kupono and Friends Day Care Center from 1996-2003.…

$10K Reward for Info on Molokai Monk Seal Deaths

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Poacher Strike Force News Release

A $10,000 reward is offered in exchange for information on the person or persons responsible for the deaths of endangered Hawaiian monk seals on the island of Molokai.

Anyone who has information is urged to call the Poacher Strike Force tip line at 877-773-8477.

Most recently, two monk seals were found dead on the west end of Molokai on April 27, and post-mortem exam results indicated that both seals died as a result of human-inflicted trauma. There have been at least seven suspicious monk seal deaths on Molokai since 2009.

Hawaii’s native seals, numbering around 1,400 left in the wild, are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as under state law.…

MAC Member Art Show

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

MAC News Release

The 10th annual Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Member Show will be virtual again this year! It’s time to put the final touches on artwork created within the last three years (2019, 2020, 2021) for submission.

Artwork must be dropped off with an Entry Form at the MAC studio between Aug. 8-15. The Entry Form with drop-off instructions will be available on the website (or email molokaiartscenter@gmail.com) beginning Aug. 1. A maximum of three works may be submitted by current MAC members. Keiki Affiliates and MAC program school-age participants may also submit work for prizes.

Deadline for submission is Sunday, Aug.…

William Scotland Harris

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

William Scotland Harris

William (Bill) Scotland Harris passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, June 28, 2021. Bill was born Aug. 1, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland where he grew up with his sister, the late Gloria D. (Harris) Moore and brother, the late Clarence J. (Sonny) Harris.

After graduating from high school, Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1952. Bill later made California his home where he moved through the management ranks at the Department of Corrections, Kaiser Steel and California Steel.

In 1967, the late Irene Harris and Bill welcomed their son Scott Landon Harris. In 1976 Bill and the late Dorothy (Dottie) Harris and Chris Harris became a family.…

24th Annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

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 southbound transoceanic 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.…

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