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Blast Off

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Blast Off

Some donned pirate hats and Egyptian dresses and others wore their team uniforms – but all Master Blaster paddlers were dressed in aloha for the 25th anniversary of the canoe race, hosted by the Molokai Canoe Club.

Over two dozen crews turned out last Saturday. With a costume and beer in tow, both local and off-island paddlers navigated their way from Kamalo to the coveted after-party at the Canoe Shack in Kaunakakai.

Molokai sealed victory in the men’s division, while a first-time participating crew represented by paddlers from Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island took first in the women’s division. “The best part is the camaraderie,” said Oahu paddler Bernie Tyrel.  “It’s just about having a blast with good company.”   

Tutu’s Corner

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

It is not uncommon for toddlers and young preschoolers to throw temper tantrums – crying, screaming and thrashing about.

Tantrums can be caused by frustration: your keiki wants something he can’t have, or his language ability is not developed enough to express his needs. Your child may be more vulnerable to tantrums when he is tired, hungry, bored or transitioning from one activity to another.

Try this to prevent temper tantrums:
•    Always bring a snack and a toy or book with you when you go out.
•    Give your child reasonable and appropriate choices, so that he has some control over his environment.
•    If you sense a tantrum coming on, redirect your keiki to another activity.

Hawaiian Roots

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Hawaiian Roots

Musician, songwriter, producer, and educator Patrick Landeza will be performing a Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar concert, featuring special guests Herb Ohta, Jr and Kevin Brown, at Hotel Molokai on Nov. 13.

Born and raised to Hawaiian parents on the island of Berkeley, California, Landeza cultivated his craft by studying slack key as a teen from the masters of the genre.  Patrick’s mother, Francine O’Sullivan Landeza (class of 1957) was raised on Molokai and helped tend their Hawaiian homestead on Ho`olehua. Landeza’s grandfather, Francis “Honey” O’Sullivan was an engineer who constructed many of the water tanks on the island.  

“I grew up with stories about Ho`olehua, about mom growing up on a farm, about music, faith and hardship,” Landeza said. “My dream was to return to Molokai and to do a show” – now becoming a reality.

Landeza is considered to be a leading force behind Hawaiian slack key guitar, or ki ho`alu, on the mainland. He recently completed his third CD entitled “Ku`u Honua Mele” (My Music World) which includes all-star guest appearances by George Winston, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Sally Van Meter, Bobby Black, Steve Boughman and Herb Ohta, Jr.

Currently Patrick balances music and teaches 12th graders at St. Elizabeth High in Oakland, California, where he organizes students and participates in community service around the Bay Area. He also continues the family catering business, Landeza’s Island Catering, and raising (along with his wife Jennifer) his three young sons. Patrick (somehow) finds time to tour the country teaching and performing ki ho’alu and continues weekly slack key lessons in Berkeley, at the Freight and Salvage. Landeza has also released a slack key instructional DVD, slack key play along CDs, and has published slack key lessons in Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as other publications.

For additional information please contact Jennifer at (510) 703-7763 or email  Also visit us at


Disaster Relief

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Disaster Relief

Anxiety attacks, severed limbs and third-degree burns were treated during a mock plane crash at Ho`olehua airport’s triennial emergency training simulation last Thursday.

As students from Aka`ula School tapped into their dramatization skills, the Federal Aviation Administration tested airport staff and Molokai’s police and fire departments for their compliance with emergency regulations.  The exercise also analyzed the communication between local emergency responders and their county and state counterparts.

First Timers Channel Success

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

First Timers Channel Success

Setting a new record turnout, 123 crews with over 1,000 paddlers from Russia to Australia navigated the Ka`iwi Channel through wind, rain and choppy water at the 58th annual Molokai Hoe last Sunday.

This year, Molokai was represented by many fresh faces to the race. Team Molokai, formed by paddlers from Wa`akapaemua, Kukui O Molokai and Mana`e canoe clubs, had five first-timers to the Hoe challenge and a father-sons trio.    

Rookie paddler Troy Heen said while he may be nervous for his first run of this race, he is excited to be a part of the Molokai team.

“We are just a bunch of friends together that want to have fun out here,” Heen said.

The men had a great race – beating their personal goal by finishing 24th  with a time of 5:44:28.

“Coming in the top 25 is really an accomplishment,” said relief paddler David Gilliland.  “We had a fantastic start and the team really muscled through the tough water to keep us ahead of the pack.”

Tahiti’s Shell Va`a won their fifth consecutive Molokai Hoe with a time of 4:38:50 and Team OPT #1 finished second in 4:51:34.

Members of Team Molokai included Clint Labrador, Dane Dudoit, Kevin Dudoit, Bozo Dudoit, Troy Heen, Asa Ward, Chad Lima, Kawika Crivello and Dave Gilliland.

Molokai Represented at Democratic Convention

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Molokai Represented at Democratic Convention

Every two years, Hawaii Democrats converge in Honolulu where office hopefuls brush elbows with influential party members from around the state. Vying candidates lure the support of constituents through impassioned speeches, free stickers and knick-knacks, and hotel parties with really good food.

On the business side of things, delegates from around the islands put their heads together to adopt specific resolutions that define the party movement. This year, civil unions, renewable energy expansion, death with dignity, and an aquaculture moratorium were just some of the resolutions which were adopted.

Before a resolution is adopted by the Democratic Party, it’s guided through several vigorous discussions which eventually lead to a party-wide vote. Participants can expect anything from long detailed discussions to heated and boisterous debate.

Because many of the proclamations are penned on the grass-roots level in communities around the state, they are closely watched by lawmakers who consider the resolutions to be the voice of the people. Some of the resolutions eventually make their way through the legislature and eventually become law.

With a highly publicized gubernatorial race between Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Mafiosa Hanneman, the party’s interests are especially important to constituents this political season.

“Democratic values such as education, social justice, energy independence, economic opportunity, sustainability and the preservation, protection and enhancement of our natural resources are the issues upon which we will elect our next Democratic Governor,” said Lance Holter, Chair of the Democratic Party of Maui.

Molokai’s Democratic Champion

On the second day of the convention, May 29, Holter escorted Molokai Democratic Vice-chair Beverly Pauole-Moore to the stage where she received the Democrat's State Chairperson's Award.

“It was an honor to receive that award. I didn’t expect it,” said Pauole-Moore who has been a staunch Democrat for well over 25 years. She was Molokai’s campaign manager for Ben Cayatano and Pres. Barack Obama (who received the highest percentage victory in the state here on the Friendly Isle).

Pauole-Moore is also a mentor for future Democrats.

 “I look forward to going to the convention every two years and introducing this experience to young Democrats,” she said.

Pauole-Moore was accompanied by Molokai delegates: Rosie Davis, Lynn DeCoite, Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo, Faith Tuipulotu, and Todd Yamashita.

Added Support for Molokai

Molokai brought more to the table than delegates and ho`okupu. When budget cuts threatened to close all but two State Human Services offices, it was a last-second veto over-ride by the legislature in May that kept them open.

With 80% of Molokai receiving some form of service from their local office, the attempted closures created anxiety in the community. In response, Pauole-Moore and Holter crafted a resolution that would reaffirm the party’s commitment to keeping face-to-face services available in rural areas.

“I felt that if the people are behind it, their voice makes a big difference - more than just the legislature because I believe the power is in the people,” said Rep Mele Carroll who co-chaired the Environment and Health and Human Services Committee alongside Holter during the convention. 

The resolution was officially adopted by the Hawaii State Democratic Party on the second day of the convention.

Lessons from the Land

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Lessons from the Land

First quarter our main focus was about the different types of limu that grow in Makakupa’ia in Ali’I Fishpond. Second quarter our main focus was about invertebrates (crabs). This quarter, the third, we’re focusing on vertebrates like fishes and anything that has a backbone. At the end of the quarter we create a section of our field guide. Our field guide is made up of four sections, each quarter we submit a section. Now that were at the ending of third quarter we start to wrap up our book including all data from our research.

To me I think this is the best type of learning offered at Molokai High School. The Hawaiian Immersion program is ideal for this place-based learning due to the cultural education.  To me I think out of all my four years in high school my senior year was the one that made it count learning wise. I feel that I have learned a lot through this type of learning, Mahalo to Kumu Mahina Hou and Kumu Manuwai for making this possible for our program. Although I’m graduating this summer I think Kumu Mahina Hou should continue place-based science inquiry for the next upcoming school year.                   

Mahalo no ka heluhelu ana I ka’u mo’olelo a me na mana’o e piliana ka papahana ‘olelo Hawai’i. He papahana maika’I loa! Paipai au ia ‘oukou na haumana ‘o Moloka’I nei e komo a hoa’o I ka ho’ona’auao a me ka ho’oulu Hawai’i.

Makemake au e mahalo nui ia ‘Anakala Mervin Dudoit no ke Kalaiwa ana ia makou I na huaka’I like ‘ole, ‘Anake Noe Yamashita, Na kumu & haumana o HLIP a me Tutu Lei no ka Hiki no o keia makahiki!!

Molokai Dispatch 2009 Survey

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Molokai Local Wins Chanel Race

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Molokai Local Wins Chanel Race

Ekolu Kalama record-breaking first in standup paddling division
Story by Kodi Piirto, Photo by Bernie Baker

The 2009 Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race took off Sunday morning with emotions running high and adrenaline pumping. As the sun came over the horizon dozens of competitors from around the world applied their sunscreen, adjusted equipments and prepared for what is considered to be the most brutal physical and mental challenge in the world for watermen.

“It’s the Super Bowl of stand up paddle boarding,” said local favorite Ekolu Kalama as he made his way to the beach before the event.

 At 7:30 am competitors set off from Kaluakoi beach through the Molokai Channel (Kaiwai Channel) on a 32-mile trek across open-ocean with 25 mph winds at their back. The Molokai Channel is one of the most dangerous waterways in the world with competitors taming swells that can range anywhere from 3 to 15 feet. With unpredictable waves and unwieldy currents this competition can push even a veteran’s body and mind to the limit.

Making sense of the mayhem, local champ Ekolu Kalama crossed the finish line first in the men’s unlimited standup paddling division with a time of 5:02:06. Kalama takes home the winning the purse of $3,000.

“He beat the world record by 1 hour.  Molokai should be really proud of him,” said race director Mike Takahashi

This was the first year that Ekolu did not partner alongside his cousin David Kalama as a relay team in the race, “I have mixed feelings; I definitely want to win and will have to beat Dave to do it.”

For the past 3 years Ekolu and his cousin Dave have competed together and won the relay division of the race.

Molokai native Carlos Kuhn, partnered with Kainoa Beaupr, also finished a respectful fourth in the standup team stock division with a time of 5:46:19.

For the eighth consecutive year Jamie Mitchell won the paddleboard division of the race. This year he took the gold with a time of 4:58:25, beating his closest competitor Hawaii’s Brian Rocheleau by 22:28.

This year’s new sponsors Rainbow Sandals and Honolua Surf Co. attracted a record number of competitors. Of 125 entries, only 5 failed to finish the race.

(For complete results

Unlimited - Elite
Jamie Mitchell (Aus) 4:58:25
Brian Rocheleau (HI) 5:20:53
Tim Foran (Aus) 5:30:45

Stock - Elite
Mikey Cote (HI) 5:32:25

Women Overall
Kanesa Duncan (HI) 6:29:29
Bianca Lee (Aus) 6:46:08

SUP Solo Unlimited
Ekolu Kalama (HI) 5:02:06
Guy Pere (HI) 5:22:01
Scott Gamble 5:22:39

SUP Solo Woman
Jenny Kalmbach (Big Island) 5:48:31

SUP Team Unlimited
Aaron Napoleon &
Kai Bartlett 4:45:17

SUP Team Stock
Noland Martin & Greg Pavao (HI) 5:28:51


Ekolu Kalamas Wins Molokai Channel Race – UPDATED

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Ekolu Kalamas Wins Molokai Channel Race – UPDATED

Big props to Molokai star Ekolu Kalama who just this afternoon won the Molokai Channel solo standup unlimited division. He crossed the Ka`iwi Channel with a time of 5:02:06.
This after winning the standup paddling world cup in Germany just two weeks prior (see photo). Congrats from the Dispatch gang!
Results Here