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Flourishing Farmers

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Flourishing Farmers

The Molokai High Class of 2011 stood together for the last time in the Barn last Saturday, commemorating their past four years and facing the future that lies ahead of them as graduates.

Cheers of support and an occasional blow horn from proud parents and teachers filled the gym as the 75 grinning graduates filed onto center stage. As class president Ka`oli Place stated in his message, the “kolohe class” was coming to an end but their legacy was just beginning.

And while acknowledgments of hard work and success were warmly accepted by the graduates throughout the day, they extended their share of gratitude and appreciation to loved ones who made this day possible.  Waving banners and gesturing toward audience members, the seniors thanked their ohana, school faculty and staff and friends for their continual support and helping them reach their high school achievements.

After the ceremony, graduate Nainoa Macadangdang reflected on the day’s events and his experience at MHS.

“After all this hard work and stress I’ve been through, it feels really good,” he said. I’ll remember spending this day with my friends, mostly my boys. And I’m looking forward to a bright future.”

Show Me the Money – Scholarship Awards

Chelsea Sakamoto: $6,500; Friendly Market, Hotel Molokai, Rotary Club of Lahaina, Star-Advertiser Citizenship and Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award

Kawena Puhi: $6,500; Hali`a Aloha, Maui Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Foodland, Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award

Crystalene Antonio: $4,900; Hali`a Aloha, Pat Kawano Scholarship, Hung Wo and Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award

Kailana Ritte-Camara: $2,900; Friends of Molokai High, Hali`a Aloha, Yola Meyer Forbes and Molokai Lions Club

Kesha Leah Reyes: $2,400; Friendly Market, Hali`a Aloha, Pat Kawano Scholarship, Molokai Community FCU, and Hung Wo and Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award

Drop In Center At Risk

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

UPDATE: According to Department of Health (DOH)  officials, Hana Ka Lima clubhouse will not be closed in the near future. Janice Okubo of the DOH said Joe Childs's term does not end until June 27, but they are aware of the issue and backup from Maui would be sent if needed.

Known as the “drop in center,” Hana Ka Lima Clubhouse is a refuge for 75 on-island recovering addicts and mental health patients. The green house on Manako Lane in Kaunakakai has a garden, kitchen, TV and  computer, board games, and always someone around to talk story. But on May 26, it may be closed indefinitely.

Educating Elders

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

From yoga to proper dieting, cancer awareness and even legal assistance, resources for Molokai’s senior citizens were on display last Tuesday morning at Home Pumehana.

Nonprofit organization, Hale Mahaolu, which owns Home Pumehana, was just one of the many organizations on hand at the ninth annual Senior Fair to show that free, personal care assistance is available to those who need it. 

Kathy Louis, program director at Hale Mahaolu, said she wants to help seniors gain the skills to live at home, as well as help them subsidize their cost of living as needed.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs educated senior citizens about the risks of being conned for money.

Molokai Holokai Round Two

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Molokai Holokai Round Two

Every year, stand up paddle (SUP) races like the Battle of the Paddle in Honolulu and the Olukai on Maui attract hundreds of paddlers eager to vie against the sport’s most talented competitors in some of the best paddling conditions in the world.

Lucky for Molokai, local race directors have created what they say is a venue equal in quality to Hawaii’s best races. The second Molokai Holokai will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Known as the Kamalo Run, the race begins at the old Kamalo Wharf and runs parallel to Molokai southern fringing reef, ending 8.5 miles later at Hotel Molokai.

“When the trade-winds are blowing, this particular course is extraordinarily fun,” said race co-director Todd Yamashita. “The wind whips you along at a good rate and there is a lot of wave riding. I don’t think people realize just how fast our south shore conditions really are.”

Clare Mawae, Molokai Holokai co-director, was introduced to SUP last year and has since been inspired to host the Makani Ikaika race series on Molokai. The Molokai Holokai will serve as the fifth and final race of that series. Mawae, who is also head of Youth in Motion, a non-profit water-sports club for island youth, recently returned from volunteering over the weekend at Battle of the Paddle.

“Everyone is doing standup here (in Honolulu). It made me want to come back to Molokai and strengthen our events,” Mawae said. “We don’t have state of the art equipment but if we can keep our kids excited, everything else will follow.”

“The Molokai Holokai is designed, first and foremost, as a competitive venue for our Molokai SUP community.” Yamashita added. “Many Molokai paddlers often lack resources to attend off-island race events, so this one if for them.”

Race Day Schedule:
           12-1 p.m. registration Kamalo Wharf (east Molokai near mile marker 10)
           1 p.m. All divisions beach start Kamalo Wharf
           3 p.m. Pupus, pa`ina and awards at Hotel Molokai – public is welcome
            Please go to for more info.

Molokai Gets New Playground

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The children of Molokai will have a new place to play soon after the construction of a new playground at One Ali`i Park. After three years of petitioning from the community, the project was approved by the Molokai Planning Commission (MoPC).

Zach Helm, Molokai District Supervisor for the county Department of Parks and Recreation, said that he hopes the new playground can be built by fall 2011. The last playground at One Ali`i Park, a jungle gym and a slide, was removed two years ago. The new playground will be “state of the art,” Helm said.

Health Center Moves Ahead

Monday, May 16th, 2011

After delays in the transformation of the old Pau Hana Inn into the new Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC), the organization received the second installment of state funds last week that will allow them to complete phase one of renovations. The MCHC also received a Special Area Management (SMA) permit from the Molokai Planning Commission (MoPC) last Wednesday – a green light for the second phase of construction.

Renovation work was halted in the first phase of its construction after delays in the release of $1 million in state funds allocated for the project. Desiree Puhi, executive director of MCHC, said it will take about a year to complete the second phase.

Total cost of the project is about $6.5 million.

Hope for Cheaper Kalaupapa Flights

Monday, May 16th, 2011

After two years of struggling under exorbitant airfares into Kalaupapa, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for patients and workers. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials are working with the Kalaupapa community to help a second air service offer flights to the peninsula.  Residents will be giving their mana`o on which of the three companies that have applied for subsidies will be awarded the funding.

Patients and workers in Kalaupapa saw a glimpse of hope when Sen. Dan Inouye brought the Secretary of the DOT Ray LaHood to Honolulu on March 25 to introduce him to Kalaupapa patients and hear their woes over high airfares.

Hawaiian Language Lives On

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hawaiian Language Lives On

`Olelo Hawaii filled the Molokai High School Hawaiian Immersion graduation ceremony, and dozens of lei rose to the noses of the graduates last Friday evening.

The ceremony was the culmination of five students’ knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture: Kekukuimawaenaokamokumaikekuahiwiakalaniikekai  Kaiama-Lenwai, Kealakai Alcon, Keakaokalani Kaiama, Ka`imiola Sagario and Kailana Eheu`ula Ritte-Camara.

Each graduate spoke in Hawaiian for about 10 minutes in front of an audience of 100 people at their garden at Molokai High School. The students also recited their “Oli Mo Okuahuhau,” or genealogical recitation.

language and culture thriving on Molokai,” he said.

Veterans Corner

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Hello veterans, old Jesse here with all the veterans’ news and upcoming events. Well everyone, I have some wonderful news that you should already be aware of. The Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans received their building permit for the veterans’ center on Wharf Road. It is fantastic knowing that we have the permit, it feels like a very large weight has been removed from our backs. A big mahalo to all the veterans that worked so hard the last five years to get the permit, thank you from the bottom of my heart. To the veterans that we have lost in the last five years, I’m sorry that you were not here to share this day with us, but you are not forgotten.

Tutu’s Corner

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Community Contributed

Column by Tutu and Me

Being able to effectively solve problems is a survival skill critical to the complex world in which we live. Problems exist everywhere, and in every situation. We must give our children many opportunities to practice solving their own problems. Practice makes perfect. The more practice they have, the better problem solvers they become.
In no way does this mean that we as caregivers relinquish our duty to guide our children. It does mean that we, as caregivers, have an important duty to help our children become skillful problem-solvers. And although thinking through problems together with our children takes more time and patience than just solving the problems for them, it is worth doing.