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General news which affects the Molokai community in one way or another.

Girls Volleyball Launches Season

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Girls volleyball team is preparing for a new season, and head coach Mahealani Rawlins is excited about her team this year.

“We have players who are willing to learn more and give their 110 percent each day at practice,” she said. “Each position will have to be earned which makes the competition even better.  It’s awesome being able to witness the talent and love that these girls have for the sport.”

Rawlins said she likes to help her players get to the next level of competition. As coaches, she said her staff have noted the team has a lot of potential athletes who can take the sport to the next level in their future.…

Kalaupapa Says Goodbye to Museum Curator

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Kalaupapa Says Goodbye to Museum Curator

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

After seven years serving as curator for the museum at Kalaupapa National Historical Park (KNHP) – and hiking the pali trail daily to be with his family topside – T. Scott Williams is leaving Molokai to take a new job as the director of the Aurora History Museum in Colorado.

“It’s been both a privilege and an honor to serve the community at Kalaupapa,” Williams said. “I have become a better human being getting to know the history, culture, and most importantly, the residents of Kalaupapa who generously shared with their mana’o with me.…

Coastal Cleanup Removes Tons of Trash

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Coastal Cleanup Removes Tons of Trash

A collective, multi-organization effort to removing marine debris from Molokai’s north shore this summer resulted in removing 16 tons of litter from the island. Volunteers from Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and Sustainable Coastlines work to collect rubbish. Photo courtesy of Hawaii DLNR

DLNR News Release

Scattered across an expansive coastline of valleys, sea cliffs, boulders, and beaches, is a problem that affects everyone.

“It doesn’t matter the name you give it, marine debris, ocean litter, coastal trash, or where it came from,” said Molokai’s James Espaniola of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).…

Experiencing Kalaupapa

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Aka`ula Students

Editor’s note: A group of Aka`ula School students recently had the opportunity to spend time in Kalaupapa, and shared their experiences in the school’s newsletter, reprinted with permission here.

Kalaupapa
By Dillon DeCoite, Junior

The scenery at Kalaupapa is breathtaking. Kalaupapa is a small peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. The peninsula has, what I believe is, the most beautiful scenery anywhere. During summer vacation, I had the opportunity to go to Kalaupapa and stay for five days. I did many things while at Kalaupapa, but overall jumping off the pier was my favorite part.…

Collaboration Boosts Science Education

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Monsanto Fund News Release

Students at Molokai High School will have new learning opportunities to boost their science education, thanks to a community collaboration that’s helping the school acquire new classroom equipment and establish summer internships at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Through the efforts of MHS alumnus and BYU Associate Professor John S. K. Kauwe, Ph.D., together with a $20,000 educational grant from the philanthropic Monsanto Fund, MHS students will enhance their education in genetics and the scientific research process, aided by new science lab equipment at the school and summer internships at BYU.

Dr. Kauwe graduated from Molokai High in 1996 as its valedictorian, and is today an internationally recognized researcher specializing in Alzheimer’s disease genetics.…

Join Molokai Swimmers

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Join Molokai Swimmers

Molokai Dolphins swimmers Kaleb Kester and Mykal Kahinu pictured with coaches Jesseca Oswald, Jessie Ford, and Marlena Nip at the 2016 Jr Age Group State Meet, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Molokai Dolphins News Release

Molokai’s own age group swim club is coming into its fourth year this October, and is continuing to grow. New registration for 2017 begins as early as September 2016, for both new and returning swimmers. If your swimmer is a beginner, he or she must be able to swim a full length unattended; if unable, another option is the parent can register with USA-Masters swimming and assist the child in pool.…

Making Money Matter

Friday, August 26th, 2016

By Sarah Ching, Dispatch Staff

Running a business on Molokai can be tough, but it can be easier with healthy money habits, according to financial educator and entrepreneur Helen Wai. No stranger to financial struggle, Wai is incorporating her personal experiences to assist community members in breaking detrimental money habits that have often been instilled since birth.

“It’s time to break the cycle, and change what has become second nature,” she said of a two-hour workshop she is offering on Molokai called “Money Habits Matter,” on Aug. 29 at Kuha`o Business Center.

Growing up in Hawaii, Wai has overcome her own trials with finances and persevered to become the self-made business owner she is today.…

Your Voice in Public Education

Friday, August 26th, 2016

DOE News Release

If you’d like to make your voice heard about public school education, now is the chance. Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members are traveling the state to get input and will visit Molokai on Sept. 1.

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public can lend their voice on Molokai on Sept.…

Kualapu`u School Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Kualapu`u School Celebrates 50 Years

Row 1: Gladys Watanabe, Grace Kashiwamura, Leslie Tamura, Emily Mondoy Row 2: Frances Manuel, Ardath Robertson, Rachel Arakaki, Kathleen Cup Choy, Amy Fujimoto, Katherine Inouye, Yukiko Tamanaha Row 3: Sherman Napoleon, Sandra Wainui, Dorothy Slomchinski, Anna Lou Arakani, Lydia Ornellas, Lei Ah Loy, Tetsuo Kanemitsu

Kualapu`u School News Release

Tetsuo Kanemitsu, Lydia Ornellas, Jan O’Campo, Leslie Tamura, Gladys Watanabe, Grace Kashiwamura, Amy Fujimoto, Glady Brown, Joyce Waipa, Eleanor Urauchi, Emily Mondoy and Sherman Napoleon. Do these names sound familiar to you? What might they have in common?

Well, you may have guessed right! These are some of the original staff members of Kualapu`u Elementary School when the campus opened in 1966.…

Akutagawa Awarded for Nonprofit Service

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Akutagawa Awarded for Nonprofit Service

William Akutagawa, Jr., at right, was one of five Ho`okele award honorees. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Community Foundation.

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Molokai’s William Akutagawa, Jr. was one of five leaders statewide recognized for their commitment to making Hawaii a better place. The annual Ho`okele awards were given by Hawaii Community Foundation in their centennial year, and also marked the organization’s15th year honoring the state’s nonprofit leaders, according to a press release. The five honorees were awarded $10,000 for professional development and personal renewal.

“…We are honored to recognize these hardworking and inspiring individuals for their years of service in our community,” said Kelvin Taketa, CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation.…