Author Archives: Catherine Cluett

Hawaiian Airlines Now Hiring for Molokai

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines Now Hiring for Molokai


Hawaiian Airlines is now hiring Molokai personnel for its new flight service, `Ohana by Hawaiian, which will serve Molokai and Lanai later this year. Positions will include part time ramp service clerk/agents and a full time supervisor for ramp and passenger services. No start date for launching the new service has been released by Hawaiian, but Worldwide Flight Services, handling Molokai hiring, announced the local positions would tentatively start in mid-August.

Ann Botticelli, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, said two flights per day — one arriving and departing in the morning, and another in the evening — are scheduled for both Molokai and Lanai.…

Veterans Center: Fight to Finish

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Veterans Center: Fight to Finish


Seven years after Molokai veterans began the process to construct a center to call their own, the building is finally nearing completion. The group was granted a County of Maui building permit in May 2011 after years of permitting delays, lawsuits, protests and jumping through bureaucratic hoops. With the permit finally in hand, frustration turned to relief — but little did veterans know that two years later, the building still would not be complete.

“Many veterans will not have the chance to be able to see the Veteran Center,” said Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans Commander Larry Helm, who has spearheaded the effort to build the new center.…

Horses and Cattle Killed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Sometime last Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, four of my horses and seven cattle were killed in Kalae. I filed a police report and they took pictures. If anyone has any information on who killed my animals, please call the police department at 553-5355. 

Rick French

Learn to Install and Design Photovoltaic Systems

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Sustainable Living Institute of Maui News Release 

In a training program on Molokai, residents can learn to design and install photovoltaic energy systems. The Entry Level Photovoltaic (PV) Training Program is a comprehensive training program that prepares students to take the entry level NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) exam. Held from Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 29 through March 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it will train participants in the principles of small business, residential and commercial PV installation and design. 

Pascua Store Robbery

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Maui Crime Stoppers News Release 

This week the Maui Police Department and Maui Crime Stoppers asks for the public’s assistance in identifying person(s) responsible for a robbery that occurred Feb. 4, 2012 at Pascua’s Store in Kaunakakai on the island of Molokai.

At about 6:30 a.m., Feb. 4, 2012, an unidentified male entered Pascua’s Store in Kaunakakai and demanded money from the worker. The male then reached over the counter, grabbed the cash register and ran from the store with the register. The male is described as approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 140 lbs. and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Bill Advances to Reduce Molokai Shipping Costs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

State of Hawaii News Release 

Last week, a bill passed another hurdle on its way to establishing a working group to explore options for reducing shipping costs from Molokai and Lanai to Oahu. House Hill 2380, Relating to Shipping, passed the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce with unanimous testimony in support of the measure. 

Molokai homestead farmer and rancher, Lynn DeCoite submitted testimony in strong support of House Bill 2380 HD1.  “The island of Molokai feels that this bill is critical to the survival of our economy," she said. "We have been crippled with nowhere else to turn.  We need options, not a monopoly."

New Programs and Staff for MCHC Dental

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

MCHC News Release

The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) has expanded its ability to serve the Molokai community.  After a successful move to the new MCHC Oceanside facility, the Dental Department has added a third dental chair.  A new hygienist, Heather Sluss, has also been brought on board. Sluss is a graduate from Indiana University, Fort Wayne with a degree in Dental Hygiene.  

"Being from a small town myself, I really wanted to work in a rural under-served area where I could feel like a part of the community," said Sluss. "I'm really enjoying Molokai."  

Cyril Pahinui in Free Concert

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Ho`olupa News Release

Cyril Pahinui in Free Concert Ho`olupa News Release Cyril Pahinui and Friends provide an evening of free entertainment at Hula Shores at Hotel Molokai on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7pm. This free monthly music series is brought to you by Ho`olupa Hawaiian Culture Foundation.

Legal Drug Raises Concerns

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

A product being sold as incense on Molokai is causing concern, especially for its possible abuse among students and teens who are reportedly smoking it. Known as Spice, K2, herbal incense and other names, the substance, legal in Hawaii, is classified as synthetic cannabis and is chemically blended with herbs. 

A Molokai High School teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed concern about the drug, saying students are using the substance. 

“Every parent needs to be aware of it,” the teacher said. “I would like to see this get out before it becomes an endemic.” 

Caring for Keiki

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Caring for Keiki

Bouncing to the beat of Zumba music, Molokai keiki waved their arms to mirror Zumba teacher Kananikala Bishaw-Juario at the eighth annual Molokai Keiki Expo last Saturday. Youth showed off their hula talent and babies clambered toward victory in a crawling contest, as parents learned tools to better support their children’s future. 

The event was put on by the Molokai Keiki Group, an organization designed to integrate the island’s early childhood providers, families and community partners. At the Expo, ohana and keiki explored booths from safety, health, education and activity-based local organizations revolving around youth. 

“It’s all about the kids,” said event organizer Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello.