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Fishpond Workdays Cancelled

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Due to the rapidly rising numbers of COVID cases in Hawaii, as a community nonprofit, Hui o Kuapa has made the decision to postpone our previously announced workdays at ʻOhalahala fishpond until further notice. 

Mahalo nui for understanding,

Maile Naehu

Hui o Kuapa…

Golf Ace

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Golf Ace

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Mike Prewitt is the September Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Sir Micky shot 48-50 for a gross score of 98 and with his 32 handicap his net score of 66 got him the victory. With the victory, Prewitt qualifies for the December Ace of Aces Tournament.…

Blood Quantum Change ‘Nail in the Coffin’

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

In response to your excellent reporting “Congressman Kahele Visits Molokai” in the Aug. 25 issue. 

The need for changes of our Abbott and Costello government begins with a restitution that releases the “native Hawaiians” from our longtime policy as wards of this crooked state!

There is no such law, at both levels, which promotes the “rehabilitation” nor advocates “the betterment of the conditions” on behalf of the 1/32 blood quantum Hawaiian.

The introduction in the changing of the blood quantum requirement in order to inherit Hawaiian Homes Land falls in line with Hawaii’s latest scam, Act 80, which reduces the successorship qualification of a lease’s spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc.,…

International Aloha

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Let’s all hold our hands together on Molokai, in our mind, and feel the positive energy, spirit of our international aloha. Keep our cultures strong and keep our life strong, healthy and safe with this deadly disease. Think about the younger generations of life, keep them safe and all of us. It’s a very important mission, purpose and reason for our adults, parents, to protect ourselves and our younger generations of life. 

Don’t ever say, “I wish I did that.” Wishes die a long time ago – yesterday, today, tomorrow, every day. Say, “I’m so happy I did that.” I believe that will help all of our lives.…

Heartfelt Condolences

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

I am writing this as a means to communicate our heartfelt condolences to Anakala Pilipo, Greg and family on the passing of Dianna.

We came to Molokai for the first time six years ago, fell in love with the island but especially the people. They have brought us back year after year until COVID grounded us. We miss so many friends there and it is especially hard to lose a dear soul so far away.

We always went to Halawa every year and we felt a real bond with the Solatarios — I blew conch with Greg and had some nice moments with the family beyond the usual tourist visit.…

Improvements for Kualapu`u Rec Center

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

County of Maui News Release 

The Department of Parks and Recreation announced last week that, with ongoing repairs and renovations at the Kualapuʻu Recreation Center, the facility’s basketball/volleyball court will be closed from Monday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, for the construction of the Kualapuʻu Recreation Center Court Improvements project.

The court renovation project will include the removal and replacement of existing court equipment, resurfacing and restriping of the court, and an accessible route along the court to the existing walkway. The construction contract was awarded to Site Engineering Inc.

The department appreciates the public’s patience and understanding while the project is ongoing and asks the public to remain outside of construction area barriers.…

80 Businesses Supplied with PPE

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

80 Businesses Supplied with PPE

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Two, 40-foot containers of personal protective equipment (PPE) was distributed by volunteers last Wednesday to about 80 local businesses and organizations. The PPE came to Molokai from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, organized by Molokai dentist Boki Chung. 

Thirty-eight pallets stacked high with masks, disinfectants, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, gowns and other items were sorted by county employees with the assistance of Stacy Helm Crivello, along with community volunteers. 

Chung said the Maui County Dental Society originally reached out to her regarding PPE distribution earmarked for dentists but after speaking with HiEMA, Chung was able to coordinate for any Molokai business in need. …

$950K for Na’iwa Subdivision

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Improvements to the Na’iwa Subdivision on Molokai Hawaiian Home Lands are moving forward with the release of an additional $950,000 in capital improvement funds, Sen. Lynn DeCoite announced last week. The funds are allocated for design and engineering services for roadway access, water and electrical service for the subdivision area. 

After years of waiting, the Na’iwa agricultural subdivision in Ho’olehua near the airport, which encompasses 341 acres and 58 lots, is getting infrastructure improvements including access roads, driveways, electrical connections and potable and irrigation water lines. Site inspections and field work for the improvements began in February and March.…

Volunteers Search for Missing Woman

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Volunteers Search for Missing Woman

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

More than two dozen community members gathered last Saturday to search areas surrounding Pala’au State Park for Gianina Reid, a woman who has been missing since June 24. She was last seen at the Kalaupapa lookout parking lot, where she abandoned her car and belongings and presumably fled on foot after hitting the park caretaker with her vehicle. Though diagnosed with bipolar disorder and known on Molokai for unusual behavior, the circumstances and reasons behind her disappearance remain a mystery. Friends and family haven’t heard from her and there have been no confirmed sightings of Reid since June 24.  …

Free COVID Testing at Molokai Schools

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Last week, Molokai had seven reported new cases of COVID, with three on Monday, Aug. 30 and four on Thursday, according go the Dept. of Health. The island is now at 181 total cases since the pandemic began and 16 active in the last 14 days, as of Sunday. 

Molokai schools have seen a fair share of cases as well, which officials say are mostly from community spread, rather than transmission within the school setting. Molokai High School has had 12 positive cases between Aug. 10 and Aug. 23, according to information released by the Dept. of Education.…