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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Molokai Moments

Dispatch Photo Contest

The Dispatch asked Facebook users to send us their favorite snapshots of life on Molokai for this week’s Dispatch Photo Contest, and they delivered.  After receiving  noteworthy submissions from both residents and visitors, these are the ones our staff found to be particularly poignant.  Mahalo for all your submissions and “Like” our Facebook page for the  latest updates.…

Kepuhi Beach Bodyboard Results

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Community Contributed by Jan Kanani Thomas

On Saturday, Dec. 3, youth participated in the first ever Kepuhi Beach Bodyboard Championships. The competition was sponsored by Hale Ho`okupa`a, a nonprofit that provides outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services for Molokai adults and adolescents. Contestants enjoyed three to six foot waves and an opportunity for healthy competition in a drug-free environment.

Mokulele Airlines Cancel Flights Effective Immediately

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced all Mokulele Airlines flights have been canceled until further notice effective immediately statewide. The suspension comes after the company found certain parts of the Cessna 208 may be faulty and require replacement. For ticketing questions, call 888-435-9462.

Lighting Up the Holidays

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Lighting Up the Holidays

A spectacle of sparkles, Santas and steamrollers made its way down Ala Malama Avenue last Saturday, bringing smiles and holiday excitement to keiki and their families during the Molokai Island Foundation’s fourth annual Parade of Lights. Seventeen floats and five marching units showed off their seasonal best, riding through town and caroling Christmas favorites. Community members then milled about Mitchell Pauole Center (MPS) for a Molokai style Ho`olau`lea, indulging in sweet treats and perusing the colorful displays.  New to this year’s holiday festivities included the keiki ID program, presented by the Maui County Fire Department, where over 300 cards were distributed for children ages 12 and under. The Foundation is looking forward to their annual senior dinner and dance at MPC this Saturday.

Contest Winners


1.      Rapanot Construction

2.      PK Distributors

3.      Dennis Keanini

4.      L&R Farms

5.      Friendly Market Center


Marching Units

1.      Girl Scouts

2.      Molokai Game Fowl


Tree Decorating

1.      Liz Lum

2.      Ola Molokai

3.      Lian Gonzalez

4.      Friendly Market Center


Ornament Decorating - Adults

1.      Saia Stone-He

2.      Liz Lum

3.      Yvonne Friel


Ornament Decorating - Kids 2-12 years

1.      Kase Stone-He

2.      Summer Stone

3.      Kaohu Stone

For the Love of Art

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

For the Love of Art

It seemed as though art was everywhere in Kaunakakai last Saturday, as the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) hosted a gift fair and brunch next to Kalele Bookstore and the Saturday market. Artists offered everything from batik scarves and sea-glass jewelry to pottery, painting and purses, while Lono performed music accompanied by a troupe of hula dancers. The event was an opportunity for shoppers to purchase holiday gifts directly from local artists and musicians, who kept the profits, while also supporting future arts education programs at MAC via silent auction, lunch plates and other donations. MAC, Molokai’s first public art center, is being built at the Coffees of Hawaii location in Kualapu`u.

For more information about MAC, visit or its Facebook Page. Tax deductible donations may be sent as checks to the Molokai Arts Center at HC1 Box 370, Kaunakakai, HI 96748.

A Hui Hou, Molokai

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

My internship at the Dispatch is over and, with a heavy heart, I am on to the next. You are an extraordinary community of people leading exemplary lives. Mahalo for sharing them with me, and for teaching me so very much during my time here.

What have I learned in six short months? Far too much, and far too nuanced and complex, to fit in the columns of a newspaper, for sure. But most of it has to do with listening, respect, community and aloha.

Words of Comfort

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

On behalf of our Lankford ohana in Maunaloa Town and on Oahu, we truly want to thank everyone for their prayers for my mother Mahiki Lankford.  Your aloha extended all the way to her on Oahu via visits at Queen's Hospital, phone calls, cards, baskets, songs and flowers.  Dad, Mahikiliilii and I brought her home Nov. 29 and she was so pleased to be home. Mahalo Piha.

Lu Ann Mahiki Lankford-Faborito
Wai'anae, O'ahu

Thanksgiving Thanks

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

For sharing their Thanksgiving with the kupunas of Home Pumehana, we would like to thank these individuals: Mahalo John Austin (Keawi Nui fishponds), Pastor David Nanod, Kevin Misaki (Misaki Inc.), Kimberly Svetin (Molokai Drugs Inc.), Roy Horner (RMH/Planning Services), Gladys Brown (AARP), Amy Sakamato, Colleen Joao, Amy Dudoit (Hui Home Pumehana).

Again, mahalo nui loa!
Aha Kuku Kuka
“Na Kupuna Circle”

To Protest or not on Molokai

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

In this country people have the right to protest for or against any issue. To infringe intentionally, obstruct, hurt or intimidate people or businesses is not a right.  Behavior has consequences, whether it’s DUI or IOU.  After 9-11 and the boogie man environment, the Patriot Act is a law.  People can become to the FBI a person of interest or a suspected terrorist.  Words have meaning, choose carefully what you say and what you write—big brother is looking.

Osamu Murakami

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Osamu Murakami, born Jan. 2, 1925, died on Nov. 21, 2011 at the age of 86. He is survived by his hanai children William Neil Puaa Sr. (deceased with surviving spouse Wahineiakawaiolaakane Puaa, Agatha Justina Puaa (Robert Poepoe Sharpe) both deceased, Marianito (Denice) Alavazo, Mary (John) Rawlins, Andres (Denise) Alavazo, Puniala (Larry) Alavazo, Doreen (Mercury) Dudoit. He is also survived by his nieces Gail (Gairett) Omoto, Trudi (Rex) Kahumoku, Cathy Ann (James) Robinson and nephews Burton Yamashiro, Clinton (Tina) Yamashiro, Norton Yamashiro and Milton Yamashiro.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Kalaikamanu Hou Church Hall at 9 a.m.