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133 Molokai COVID Cases in 2 Weeks

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

133 Molokai COVID Cases in 2 Weeks

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai, in line with the rest of the state, is in the midst of an unprecedented spike in COVID cases. Molokai has logged 133 cases in the last two weeks, between Dec. 19 and Dec. 31, according to Dept. of Health data current as of Sunday, Dec. 2. The island also recorded a pandemic record high case count in one day on Dec. 26 of 26 cases. Previously, the highest single-day case number was 12 in August. 

Hawaii as a state also logged its highest single-day case count of the pandemic on Dec. 28 with 3538 cases, as the Omicron variant sweeps across the country. …

Meet the Artists: Ikaika Bishaw-Juario

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Meet the Artists: Ikaika Bishaw-Juario

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist. 

What is your name?

My name is Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario. I was born and raised on Molokai.  I am the owner of KBJ Lures.  I mainly specialize in making Ulua (GT) popping lures and Deep SeaTrolling Lures. Each lure is handcrafted. 

What is your art form?

I have been an artist my entire life.  Art has been something I enjoyed (ex.…

Meet the Artists: Dan Bennett

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

Meet the Artists: Dan Bennett

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist. 

What is your name?

My name is Dan Bennett. I am the owner of Bennett Pottery in Kalae.  I am a co-founder of Molokai Arts Center and serve on its Board of Directors and teach pottery classes.

Why do you make what you make?

I make things that people can use.  There’s a saying in ceramics, “It’s either mud or landfill.”…

Girls Soccer Shows Growth in Games

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Girls Soccer Shows Growth in Games

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

In its first season in 10 years as an official Molokai High sport, the Girls Soccer team played its first and only games of the season against Seabury on Maui last weekend. The junior varsity Lady Farmers ended up playing Seabury’s varsity team. Though they lost both games — 8-0 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday, Head Coach Matt Yamashita said they gave it their all.

“[On Friday] players learned a lot of lessons that they carried into Saturday’s game,” said Yamashita. “Saturday the Farmers defense got more physical and only allowed the Spartans four goals.…

Mokulele Responds to Storm Damages

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

As you may have heard, during the intense storms two weeks ago, two of Mokulele’s aircraft were damaged (and taken out of service) by an Amazon cargo container which was caught in a severe wind and thrown into them at the Honolulu International Airport. 

Thank goodness it was the middle of the night and no one was injured! Nevertheless, losing two airplanes has caused considerable pain in our system. We are working diligently both to repair these airplanes and to bring additional ones over the ocean from the mainland. 

Also during this time, almost every Hawaiian airport experienced a closure that caused every airline to have long delays.…

Water Catchment

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Are you interested in getting almost free water? If so, maybe catching rainwater from your roof is something to think about. I found that a 50 gallon trash barrel will fill up surprisingly fast with only a small or medium sized rain. Even a light rain can fill up a five gallon bucket in no time. 

Mosquitos? No problem. Mosquito fish will take care of the problem easily. Just think about how much water comes from the roofs of government buildings, schools, businesses, roads, streets and highways. This water can be easily purified with water hyacinths, a beautiful, orchid-like aquatic plant. …

Winning Wreaths

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Winning Wreaths

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Moore Center in Kaunakakai, home to a half a dozen businesses and county offices, held a wreath contest among its tenants this year to celebrate the holidays. In a tie for first place, the Kuha’o Business Center and The Eye Place Molokai came out on top for their creative, themed designs. 

Committee members were Cookie Helm, Henry Paleka and Kala’i Helm, while judging the contest were Beverly Pauole-Moore, Allan Diorec and Pearlie Hodgins. …

Music in the Air

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Music in the Air

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

A church full of Molokai residents enjoyed a winter concert played by musicians of the Molokai Instrumental Music Education (MIME) Program last Wednesday, Dec. 15. The program is led by Bob Underwood and financially sponsored by the Molokai Arts Center. The young string musicians shared festive pieces at the St. Damien Catholic Church in Kaunakakai. 

A highlight of the concert was “Palehua,” written by Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom and William Kahaiali’i, sung by Keaka Kaiama and featuring percussionist John Aki. The group also performed pieces including the first two movements from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” “Ave Maria” by Schubert, “Postcards from Russia” by Carrie Lane Gruselle, and “Mambo” from West Side Story. …

COVID Cases Rising Again

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai has seen a recent increase in COVID cases this month, logging 14 so far in December, according to the Dept. of Health as of Sunday. One new case was reported on Dec. 8, seven on Dec. 9, three on Dec. 10, two on Dec. 13 and one on Dec. 14. 

The DOH is urging residents to exercise caution and celebrate the holidays safely as COVID-19 is surging as a new COVID variant known as Omicron spreads into Hawaii and cases are already on the rise. Last Friday, the DOH reported 797 new COVID cases, the highest case count in more than three months.…

Inspiring Eco-Champions

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Inspiring Eco-Champions

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Over the last year, students from Kualapu’u and Kaunakakai schools in grades four through six showcased coastal ecosystems, climate change, stewardship suggestions and a strong sense of place through digital storytelling. Participating in a program called Champions of Coastal Resilience (CCR), the students learned virtually about Molokai’s coastline areas, creating short video snapshots of a place that’s important to them and their ‘ohana. CCR was funded as part of the 21st Century afterschool program and since COVID, students worked independently to produce their educational videos. Last week, families, students and supporters of the program gathered for the first in-person CCR Film Festival held at Lanikeha to view the students’ work, which was also livestreamed on Zoom. …