Author Archives: Catherine Cluett

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Photo By Colleen Uechi

More than 100 Molokai graduates of all ages were honored for completing an important milestone in their lives two weeks ago as they earned associate, bachelor and masters degrees on Molokai. Every four years, University of Hawaii Maui College Molokai campus holds a commencement ceremony and this year’s 41 graduation participates represented just a portion of the 116 students that received degrees between 2012 and 2016.

The graduates — ranging in age from 17 to 59 — are 75 percent Native Hawaiian. They represent all walks of life, including three couples, two siblings and three military veterans.…

Forces of Our Time Talk

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Baha’i Community of Molokai News Release

Noted artist and author, Mr. Hooper Dunbar, will speak on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Kalele Bookstore in Kaunakakai.

His topic is the title of his book, “Forces of Our Time: The Dynamics of Light and Darkness,” which addresses the many forces at play in the age in which we live and how spirit manifests itself in the realm of matter as capacity is developed.

Dunbar’s artistic works have been featured in shows by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the National Academy of Arts in Shanghai and at the United Nations in New York City, among others.…

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Photo By Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Twelve percent of this year’s 73 Molokai High School graduates were valedictorians and 33 percent have already earned college credits.

“This is unprecedented,” said Principal Stan Hao. “This is the most [valedictorians] we’ve ever had. In farming terms, we have a bumper crop of really smart kids.”

In the high school’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 last Friday, student accomplishments were honored, songs were sung, tears were cried and Farmer pride was on display.

Members of the class of 2016 helped the school claim four MIL team championships in football, girls basketball, baseball and boys volleyball, as well as individual champions in wrestling, track and field and judo, according to Hao.…

The Molokai Community Plan

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Aha Kiole o Molokai News Release

The Maui County Planning Department started the review process for The Molokai Community Plan, which included many meetings of different groups and covered all aspects of Molokai. At first, the Molokai community was not participating, so the Aha Kiole got involved and held five meetings in each of the five Moku to let people know what was going on, how important the Molokai Community Plan was and ask people what they wanted to put into the plan.

Last week, the plan came before the Molokai Planning Commission for the final of many Commission meetings. The Aha Kiole o Molokai, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, UH Law School and many in the Molokai community joined forces to make sure the mana`o of our community was pa`a in the plan.…

Cable Outage Caused by Water Leak

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Oceanic Time Warner Cable customers on Molokai were without cable services for about 30 hours last week starting Wednesday evening. The outage was caused by a water leak in the east end building that houses Oceanic’s equipment, according to Norman Santos, vice president of engineering for Oceanic.

The company uses microwave signals to send cable and Internet signals from Lahaina, Maui to Molokai. A small building in east Molokai serves as the hub to receive those transmission signals. Santos said water started dripping into the building last Wednesday evening, March 9, and shorted out the two receivers for video signal. The third receiver for Internet remained operational, and Oceanic Internet did not fail during that time, according to Santos.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Photo by Ke’van Dudoit.

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season — some with competition already under their belt — we complete a look at what’s in store for the teams in the months ahead.

Boys Volleyball

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team is experienced this year with 12 returnees and six seniors on the team. Head Coach Hale Domingo said he is excited and has high hopes for this year’s team.

“I have heavy upperclassmen with this team, so I’m very lucky to have such an older team where they can control the practices as we’re trying to get everybody involved,” he said.…

Tennis Earns Team Victories

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Tennis Earns Team Victories

The Molokai High School Girls Tennis team earned its first team victory of the season by defeating St. Anthony 4-1 in a Maui Interscholastic League girls tennis match Saturday at the War Memorial courts in Wailuku. In the boys match, the Farmers also won 4-1, improving to 2-0.

Photo by Oceana Madani.

On Friday in the girls singles division, Paula Maroto won her match, while Michelle McGuire and Althea Cariaga won their doubles match. On the boys’ side on Friday, Shyloh Kawaauhau-Puaa and Christian Ragonton each earned a singles win, and Kaiea Dowling and Preston Pascua-Kahookano, and Noeau Likua and Dathan Bicoy won their doubles matches.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season, we’ll take a look at what’s ahead for them over the next two weeks.

Photo by Jasmine Kan-Hai

Softball

“We are excited to see what the future holds for this year’s softball team. We have a team of athletes!” said first year head coach Kawehi Horner. “We have simple expectations for these ladies that are attainable every day and are powered by their choice. It is simply for them to show up every day and do their best and everything will fall into place.”
The Lady Farmers started their preseason last weekend at The Lahainaluna Preseason Tournament and they split on Friday beating Waialua 7-5 and losing to Campbell 8-0.…

35 Years of Agriculture

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

35 Years of Agriculture

A recent Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (DOA) land use study shows dramatic changes in agriculture land use in the last 35 years, both on Molokai and statewide. Most of Molokai’s agriculture is in the Ho`olehua area, on DHHL, state and Molokai Ranch land. According to the DOA report, the largest ag land users in 2015 — farming about 2,300 acres — are seed companies that primarily lease from Molokai Ranch. Prior to 1980, many Ho`olehua homesteaders leased their land for pineapple production, while some of that land today is being used to grow diversified crops like sweet potatoes, dryland taro, vegetables, macadamia nuts, bananas and papayas, according to the study.…

Unresolved Solar Applications Pile Up

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

 

More than 100 applications to install rooftop solar on Molokai remain pending at the hands of Maui Electric, according to a company representative. This delay as been reprimanded by Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Chair Randall Iwase, who issued a statement last week expressing dissatisfaction in the holdups on Molokai to approve and connect new rooftop solar.

“I am disappointed with several recent events that affect new renewable energy projects in the Hawaiian Electric Companies… which may also work against the goals of lowering electric rates for all customers and achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2045,” he wrote.

In February of last year, Iwase and the president of Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) signed a letter of agreement stating in part that “the policy is that the HECO Companies have an affirmative duty to interconnect a potential customer pursuant to existing statutory requirements, commission orders, and the utility’s tariff where that project does not affect circuit or system level security and reliability.”

Iwase said he believes HECO and subsidiary Maui Electric may not be upholding their end of the agreement.…