The Molokai Girls Canoe Paddling team placed fifth in the final race of the 2016 state championships on Oahu this past weekend. They placed third in their preliminary race and then won their semifinal heat and advanced to the finals.
Photo by Mahina Martin
Kamehameha School-Kapalama took first with a time of 04:00.23, Punahou was second followed by Seabury in third and Roosevelt fourth. Molokai finished with a time of 04:14.91.
“The girls did great,” said Coach Stefanie Hubbard. “Unlike most other sports, there are no separate divisions. So for our small island school and crew to be racing in the finals and now to be ranked fifth in the entire state is amazing!”
The Molokai Lady Farmers Girls’ Basketball team clinched their fourth straight — and their eighth out of the last nine — Maui Interscholastic League Division II Championship last Friday night in Hana, defeating Seabury 31-29. Senior guard Hepuakea Falealii led the way with 18 points for the Lady Farmers who finished a perfect regular season at 14-0. It was a hard fought nail biter game but the Lady Farmers held on for the win.
Photo courtesy April Piilani Horner
“I was so happy and proud of my team, I was speechless,” said Falealii. “Winning the championship has made me feel very accomplished.…
Photo by Rick Schonely.
Each year, youth and adults from all over Hawaii gather to celebrate Ka Molokai Makahiki in a place where cultural traditions remain strong and friendly athletic competition is celebrated. During Makahiki, the ancient Hawaiian four-month season of peace, war was kapu, or forbidden, and every district gathered to appreciate the harvest and challenge each other’s athletic prowess.The historic tradition has been revived for more than 30 years on Molokai.
Cultural events began Thursday, with an evening lecture about Kaho`olawe, where the Makahiki season begins each year. Adult games kicked off Friday night, and student competitions followed on Saturday, with a ho`olaulea afterward.…
Keao Ross, center, won the MIL Championship in the 50 Freestyle. Photo by Misty Parker.
Molokai swimmer Keao Ross won last weekend’s Maui Interscholastic Championship in the 50 freestyle. Represented by just four athletes, the Molokai boys team garnered enough points to place third overall, making the team one of the strongest in the last decade, according to Coach Jess Ford. Ross will be the first qualified individual to swim at the state meet representing under Ford.
“The swim team took it up a notch this year and delivered a beautiful performance at the MIL Championships,” said Ford. “It We had many swimmers with breakout performances with some huge time drops in many cases.…
Athletes and coaches from the MIL Champion Molokai Farmers eight-man football team were honored at half time of the Pro Bowl last Sunday. Because Molokai graduate Kimo von Olehoffen won the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Farmers are one of a handful of teams in the state that received a special commemorative football at half time of the All-Star game at Aloha Stadium.
Von Olehoffen did not play football at Molokai High School because there was no team when he graduated in 1989 but he played collegiately at Boise State and then in the pros for the Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1994 to 2007.…
A recent study on Maui County’s electric utility could play a large role in shaping the future of Molokai’s electric service. The independent study, contracted by the county to consulting company Guernsey, examined alternate forms of electric utility ownership and operation models. Released two weeks ago, it recommended that Maui County seek an Independent Systems Operator (ISO) or Regional Transmission Operator (RTO) to oversee the electric grid and energy market.
“The County desires to move to 100 percent renewable and sustainable energy as quickly as practicable, and has concerns about the prospects of this progress under the status quo,” states the study.…
Head Coach Randy Manley said it best: “It’s always nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and not sleep on a wrestling mat in somebody else’s gym… but you also worry that they’ll be nervous wrestling in front of their family and friends and we just hope they shine in front of their home fans. And they did.”
The Molokai High School Wrestling team hosted a round robin tournament here on Molokai at The Barn last weekend. Five schools from the Maui Interscholastic League — Baldwin, Maui High, Lahainaluna, Kamehameha Maui, King Kekaulike and Molokai — competed on Friday evening and Saturday in front of a very supportive home crowd.…
Boys and Girls Basketball
The Lady Farmers picked up two more wins on their road trip to Seabury last weekend and they clinched the regular season championship with their Friday night victory 45-13. They won on Saturday 54-29 and are now 10-0 on the season. The last home games of the season will be this weekend at The Barn against Lanai and Head Coach Lee Derouin is looking forward to Senior night for the Girls on Friday.
“The girls really took care of business in both games at Seabury and played with great intensity at both ends of the floor,” he said.…
Kanikapila jam group at Coffees of Hawaii. Photo by Ayda Ersoy
By Ayda Ersoy
I am hugely grateful to be a part of the amazing Tuesday Kanikapila jam group up at Coffees of Hawaii. It had such an effect on me, seeing how much joy and aloha is shared by such a beautiful group of people just getting together to make music, that I had to write about it!
The group’s founders Waipa Purdy, Roy Horner and Bill Perdue kindly shared their interpretations of Aloha, and I wrote the article for my Huffington Post blog.
Here’s a short excerpt, you can read the full article online, and see photos and a short video of the group, at huffingtonpost.com/ayda-ersoy/.…
By Ramie Kuahuia, Aka`ula School Student
Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a paper Ramie Kuahuia, a ninth grader, wrote for English class at Aka`ula School. It was submitted for print by her teacher, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week and Black History Month coming up in February.
Anthony D. Allen, one of the first African Americans to settle in Hawaii, was prosperous and made many contributions to Hawaii.
Allen was born a slave in German Flats, New York in 1774. His mother was likely a slave and his father was a free man.…