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Vote!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Vote!

By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor

Are you a registered voter who’s already received your ballot in the mail? Are you a Molokai resident who’s never voted before? Either way, vote! Now is the time to participate in this important part of community-building to voice your preference for candidates who align with your values and vision for the future. Along with candidates statewide, six Molokai residents appear on the ballot running for key seats in this election. 

Overview: The primary election is held to nominate candidates who will represent each political party in November’s general election.

What: 2022 Primary Election

When: If you are already a registered voter, you already received your ballot in the mail and can mail it back now.…

Na’iwa Homesteaders to Benefit from OHA Grant

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

OHA News Release

Four grants totalling $1.36 million were approved today by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, one of which will serve homesteaders of Na’iwa, Molokai.  

An economic stability grant of $398,000 was awarded to Hawaii Community Lending for its Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder Project which will increase the economic stability of 58 Native Hawaiians in Naʻiwa, Molokai, by establishing a culturally relevant program that will increase access to capital, credit and technical assistance for Native Hawaiians to build and own homes on Hawaiian Home Lands.  

Other funded grants include a $498,660 award to the Purple Maiʻa Foundation for its Malama Design Studio to educate 20 Native Hawaiian business owners through a collaborative design research process that will result in the implementation of a technology solution that can improve their businesses and ultimately cultivate economic development for Hawaiian communities. …

Suicide Prevention Town Hall

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Suicide Prevention Town Hall

MEO News Release 

About 60 Molokai residents filled Kalaiakamanu Hou Church Hall last Wednesday evening to discuss suicide and prevention in the tight-knit community during a town hall organized by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Youth Services.

Earlier in the day, about 20 residents participated in a “Cruz Around Town” sign waving and walking through town to bring awareness to suicide prevention. The walk went from the gym to the library.

MEO Youth Services brought its suicide youth prevention program to Molokai with a $16,000 Maui County grant offered late in the fiscal year. In the spring, Youth Services staff visited Molokai High and Intermediate School to work with students on the warning signs of suicide and how to help others and themselves.…

$8.5M in Grants Available to Serve Homesteaders

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

DHHL News Release

If you’re part of a Molokai nonprofit serving a homestead community, you’re eligible to apply for a grant as part of $8.5 million available from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). The funding is earmarked for the department’s Community Development Grants Program, part of DHHL’s Native Hawaiian Development Program Plan (NHDPP).

For Fiscal Year 2023, the Hawaii State Legislature allocated $10 million in State General Funds to the NHDPP, of which $7.5 million was designated by the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) to the Community Development Grants Program. The other $2.5 million was set aside by the Commission for repair and maintenance projects within the homelands.…

Bayer Science Education Grants

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Bayer News Release  

Molokai students may now apply for the 2022 Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund. Since 2005, this Bayer Fund grant program has awarded over $335,000 to public schools in Hawaii for programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance their students’ science education. All public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai are eligible to apply.

This is the second of two grant periods this year. To be considered for the current grant period, all applications plus supporting documentation must be received by Thursday, Sept. 1.

To download an application, visit hawaii.bayer.us/education/

Molokai Airport to Get $11M Improvements

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Sen. Schatz News Release

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz announced that Molokai Airport and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport will receive nearly $34 million in combined funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve their runways and taxiways.

“This new federal funding will improve our airports on Molokai and Oahu, helping us rebuild runways to make them safer and last longer,” said Senator Schatz, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing.

Nearly $23 million in funding will be used to rebuild about 7,755 feet of runway and taxiway pavement at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu and $11 million in funding to strengthen 4,796 feet of runways and taxiways and 9,661 square yards of apron pavement at Molokai Airport.…

County Pool Closed Aug. 12

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Maui County News Release 

Maui County pool lifeguards will undergo emergency medical response re-certification training on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Cooke Memorial Pool on Molokai. The pool will close to the public while the training is ongoing.

The Department of Parks and Recreation appreciates the public’s patience and understanding.

For more information, call Duke A. Sevilla at (808) 270-6135 or send email to duke.sevilla@co.maui.hi.us. For general Maui County parks information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/parks.…

New Plane Here, Limited Booking Available

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

New Plane Here, Limited Booking Available

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Mokulele’s new 30-seat plane made its first landing with passengers on Molokai last week Thursday, and limited booking online is currently available. 

The twin turboprop Saab 340, operated under Mokulele’s parent company Southern Airways, is the first of two larger aircraft the company is bringing in to primarily serve Molokai and Lanai. Mokulele Chief of Staff Keith Sisson said the second plane will mainly be a reserve aircraft but on special occasions, both may be on the flight line at the same time. 

“We are not going to publish a full schedule until the reserve plane arrives in September,” said Sisson.…

Primary Election Approaching

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor

This week, Molokai registered voters will receive their ballots for the primary election in the mail. The deadline for your ballot to be received is Saturday, Aug. 13 so it must be postmarked in advance, or it can dropped off at the voter service center in Kaunakakai by Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. To register to vote or check your status, visit elections.hawaii.gov. 

In the primary election, voters nominate the candidates who will represent each party in the general election, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. When casting your primary election ballot, remember to select only one political party preference, and only vote for the candidates of your selected political party preference.…

Classical Summer Concert

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Classical Summer Concert

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

Molokai residents got a free concert by cellist Daniel Scoggins and violinist Jordan Watt last Thursday at St. Damien Catholic Church. The musicians are teaching fellows at the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute. Not only did the public enjoy a concert but students of the Molokai Instrumental Music Education Program (MIME), founded by Bob Underwood, received a teaching session from Scoggins and Watt. Both musicians traveled to Hawaii this summer for the Pacific Music Institute’s annual summer camp, which connects students with acclaimed soloists and educators from leading music schools.…