By Ed Misaki
The Nature Conservancy, Molokai Ranch, Molokai Land Trust and Hui Malama O Mo`omomi have been experiencing unprecedented trespassing and property damage. Fences are being cut, gates broken, and trespassing has become a norm. Residents, land owners, law enforcement officers and community leaders alike have taken note and gathered to raise awareness and bring an end to the problem.
Homesteader Mac Poepoe of Hui Malama O Mo`omomi says concerned citizens have asked the Molokai Police Department to become involved.
“We have got to do something,” explained Poepoe. “People have loss their values of malama `aina and respect.”
USDA News Release
Applications are being accepted from farmers and ranchers for three different Farm Bill Programs that are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The three programs include Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), and Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA). Interested farmers and ranchers have until December 11, 2009 to submit their applications to be considered for this ranking period.
"We're focusing our conservation efforts on treating identified priority natural resource concerns on lands being used to produce agricultural products," says Lawrence Yamamoto, Director of the Pacific Islands Area for the NRCS.
Governor’s Office News Release
State ID personnel will be at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. to process applications.
Priority will be given to applicants with completed application forms and required certified documents. New applicants must provide an original social security card and certified copy of their birth certificate (or resident alien card, if applicable). For renewals of current ID cards with no change in name or citizenship, no documents are required. All changes in status or name due to marriage, divorce, annulment, adoption or citizenship must also be supported by certified government-issued documents. Altered and illegible documents are not acceptable.
Hawaii Centers for Independent Living News Release
For the first time on the island of Molokai, the Social Security administration is holding a workshop for community members to gain knowledge of their benefits for 2009 and 2010.
“A lot of people on Molokai don’t even know their benefits or understand their benefits,” said the center’s independent living specialist and the workshop’s coordinator, Kealoha Laemoa.
The workshop will be held at the DHHL conference room on November 18th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Non-profit, governmental, community and individual agencies are strongly asked to attend this workshop. A sign language interpreter will be provided.
Bring your brown bag lunch, and RSVP to Kealoha at (808) 658-1206.
By Michelle Magdirila
My name is Michelle Magdirila and I'm apart of Hui Hookupono, which is a youth advocacy leaderships group, comprised of youth ages 11-18 year-olds whose focus is to educated youths, families and the community about the detrimental affects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD).
Molokai Lions Club News Release
The annual Molokai Lions Club Halloween Costume contest overflowed the lawn of the Public Library with children and adults on Halloween eve. They came to compete in the costume contest, show off their originality or just talk story and socialize. Many were original, made from scratch. No need buy. These are always crowd pleasers. Thank you Molokai community for supporting the Lions Club with your attendance. Special thanks to all the Leos from the Molokai High School Leo Club under the supervision of advisors Julia DeGeorge and Malia Lee.
And the winners were:
Babies to Preschool; Scariest 1st-Kahakoi Lopez, 2nd-Maiya Naeole,3rd-Aidan Cuelho. Cutest 1st-Tyra Cuelho, 2nd-Taeva Keliiholokai, 3rd-Melia Pereira. Original 1st-Buzzy Augustiro, 2nd-Kekalo Nakayama, 3rd-Whisper St. Louis. Kindergarten to Third Grade; Scariest 1st-Sunni Chow, 2nd Richard Dayton, 3rd-TJ Leves. Cutest 1st-Kapono Cabalar,2nd-Laila Juario,3rd-Hina Chow. Original 1st-Ka'i Kuloloio Bargez, 2nd-Damian Magdrilla, 3rd-Caele Manley. Forth to Sixth Grade; Scariest 1st-Dante Keliiholokai, 2nd-Michelle Mcguire, 3rd-Fera Davis. Cutest 1st-Cendell Manley, 2nd-Teura Keliiholokai, 3rd-Hiilani Colipano. Original 1st-Kawena Augustiro, 2nd-Ryden Pawn-Kalilikane, 3rd-Jake Samaniego. Seventh Grade to Adults; Scariest 1st-Marlene Sprout, 2nd-Joan Reed, 3rd-Kolu Cuelho. Cutest 1st-Shampayne Kaai, 2nd Lynn St. Louis, 3rd- Louise Manley. Original 1st-Lori Nartatez, 2nd-Robin Ranis, 3rd-Landon Pawn. Family/Group; Original-Chris, Pride and Nikolai, Cutest-Gabriella, Kayla, Kekai, Nohea, and Nathaniel. Apologies to any whose names have been misspelled.
Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages News Release
Kualapu`u Elementary School was recognized by The Berry Company with a check for $400 for their first place standing in this year’s Think Yellow, Go Green Telephone Directory Recycling Contest. The contest included more than 50 schools from five neighboring islands including Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai. The recycling program took place in May 2009 and the recycled telephone directories were transferred to participating recycling partners. The directories were ultimately processed into materials which will be used locally for insulation, roofing and mulch.
KIRC News Release
The Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) is seeking nominations for an individual to fill the Native Hawaiian Organization Representative seat on its seven member State commission. According to the State law which created the Commission (Chapter 6K, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes), one of the commissioners is appointed by the Governor from a list of names submitted by Native Hawaiian organizations and is eligible to serve two consecutive four-year terms.
This request for nominations is to fill the seat currently held by Charles PMK Burrows, Ed.D, who will have served eight years on January 10, 2010. Commissioners serve without pay, but are reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses.
John Cruz News Release
After spending much of the past year touring on the mainland, John Cruz is back home and about to head out to all the main Hawaiian Islands this November and December. He'll play on Molokai, Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Friday, Nov. 27th, he’ll be playing at Paddler’s Inn beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Shows will feature John with a small band, including Frank Carillo on bass and a few different surprise guests on each island. John has been touring with Frank locally and on the mainland this past year.
John has begun work on his third, and possibly his very best album. He is currently writing new songs and finishing the arrangements on others that have been in his collection for some time. His first two projects won three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including Contemporary Album of the Year for both Acoustic Soul and One of These Days. The new album, which is still untitled, will include the rich vocals and lush guitar sound that has become John's signature.
For all details on his shows, including ticket sales, please visit www.johncruz.com. John is now selling concert tickets, CDs, t-shirts, ringtones and music downloads on his website.
Mel Chung, Gunsmith News Release