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April Ace

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

April Ace

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Jennie Makaiwi is the April Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Jeannie shot 48-46 for a gross score of 94 at iconic Ironwood Hills Golf Course. With her 28 handicap, her net score of 66 got her the victory.…

Charter Commission Seeks Molokai Input

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

County of Maui News Release

The Maui Charter Commission is seeking input from members of the Molokai community at its next scheduled virtual meeting on, April 15 at 6 p.m.

The Charter Commission is formed every 10 years to study and review the operation of the government of the county of Maui under the amendments or new charter and to propose amendments or to draft a new charter for voter’s consideration at the next general election.

Interested members of the public may submit written testimony and/or provide oral testimony at the meeting. When submitting testimony, please consider addressing these two questions: What are you recommending be changed in the charter?…

Molokai Taro Field Day Going Virtual

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

UH CTAHR Molokai Extension News Release

Despite the pandemic and all its restrictions to keep us safe, the annual Molokai Taro Field Day will take place, just in a virtual way. The virtual Taro Field Day will be held on Thursday, April 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is now open online at Once registered, you will receive a link to the event.

This year’s event will include mo’olelo, along with spotlighting of several taro varieties. There will be an update on the Lunar Response in Kalo Project, and for those for who have questions about what’s happening at the UHMC/UH Applied Research and Demonstration Farm, we will provide an update on that as well.…

Helping Molokai Get Firewise

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Paniolo Hale News Release

As one of 15 communities across the State of Hawaii to be recognized as a certified NFPA Fire-wise USA Community, Paniolo Hale is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm ® in helping communities take steps toward safety with the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on Saturday, May 1.

Preparedness Day encourages people and organizations to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks. Individual and community actions remain a key component to reducing wildfire risk around homes and neighborhoods. In an effort to mitigate fire fuels for Molokai, the Division Manager of the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division has helped Paniolo Hale to compile a list of items that the Molokai landfill will accept.…

Health Center Gets Funding

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

MCHC News Release

Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) is one of 14 Hawaii Community Health Centers to receive American Rescue Plan funds to expand operations in response to COVID-19 vaccinations, increased testing, preventive and primary care expansion, direct transportation for patient care, including improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile clinic services.

Molokai Community Health Center has been awarded $839,500 of the $31,969,250 American Rescue Plan funds allocated to Hawaii Health Centers.

To further support this work, in late March, The Hawaii Community Foundation has also awarded MCHC $222,500 towards increased COVID-19 vaccination efforts and mobile clinic services to reach patients who are homebound, lack transportation to get to their appointments or seek care, or who may not have adequate broadband or device capability in their neighborhood to receive care by telehealth.…

Maunaloa Post Office Still Closed, Under Construction

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

After being closed on Feb. 24 for structural concerns and pest issues, the Maunaloa Post Office remains closed nearly two months later. Construction on the building is underway, and in the meantime, Maunaloa residents continue to have to pick up with mail at the Ho’olehua Post Office.

“The landlord for the Maunaloa Post Office is currently making repairs to the facility,” representatives of the U.S. Postal Service district office in Honolulu said in a statement to The Molokai Dispatch last week. “We look forward to reopening the facility when the repairs are complete. At the moment we don’t know when that will be.”…

Two House Fires in 3 Weeks

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Two structure fires destroyed the homes of two Ho’olehua families within a few weeks of each other.

A fire that destroyed a home on Mo’omomi Ave. in Ho’olehua last Saturday left four residents displaced. Two people were in the house at the time of the fire and made it out safely, with no injuries reported, the Maui Fire Dept. said. Total loss to the home was estimated at $180,000.

The fire was reported around noon on April 10. When units arrived on the scene, the single story home was fully engulfed. Fire crews got the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, and fully extinguished by 1:30 p.m,…

UPDATE: J&J Vaccine WILL NOT BE Available on Molokai This Week

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

4/13/21 UPDATE: J&J VACCINES NOT BEING OFFERED THIS WEEK. Statement from the Molokai Community Health Center: Out of an abundance of care and safety, MCHC is following the CDC & U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendation to pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, until further notice. This update is based on the recent events of six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clots that have occurred. Out of 6.8 million Americans who have received the J&J vaccine, these six cases represent .00009 percent of all Americans who have received the J&J.…

Laptops for Moms on Molokai

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Office of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez News Release

At her March 30th virtual town hall meeting, Maui County Council Vice-Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez announced plans to distribute 20 Dell laptops to mothers and female caregivers with children in preschool to 12th grade, living on the island of Molokai.

“Our moms on Molokai are working so hard, raising and supporting their families,” said Rawlins-Fernandez. “With COVID forcing so many mothers to work from home, the situation has only compounded the need for technological support in their households.”

The computers were made available by the Hawaii Commission on the Status of Woman, an attached agency of DHS, that secured $250,000 in new laptops for single moms throughout Hawaii to combat gender tech inequity during the pandemic.…

Large-Scale Renewable Energy Bids Opening Soon

Friday, April 9th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

In a couple months, a bidding process will open for renewable energy projects on Molokai that will hugely impact the way the island gets power. Featuring larger-scale solar installations and battery storage, one project will garner renewable energy straight into the grid, while another will be available to community members through a subscription program at a discounted price for electricity.

Last week, two sets of documents were filed by Hawaiian Electric (HE) with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) — one for a general Request for Proposals (RFP) for Molokai and an revised draft RFP for Molokai Community Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) proposals.…