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

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 

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.…

MCHC Gets Voter Engagement Grant

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

MCHC News Release

Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) has received Hawaii’s first $4,500 Community Civic Engagement Program (CCEP) award from Vot-ER and its partners, the National Association of Community Health Centers and AltaMed, to support nonpartisan voter education, engagement, and mobilization efforts across the country. The award comes on the heels of the American Medical Association’s acknowledgement of voting as a social determinant of health at its annual meeting held earlier this month. 

As a trusted resource to help the Native Hawaiian patient population overcome historically low voter turnout and voting barriers, MCHC is the first health center in the state to access the funds that will provide voter education resources and training for its patients.…

Molokai Projects Among $8.9M Funded Community Initiatives

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Congressman Kahele News Release

U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele announced the U.S. House of Representatives passed $8.8 million in community project funding requested through his office. These projects, which span throughout Hawaii’s second congressional district – including Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Molokai – will benefit underserved communities and provide much needed federal dollars to deserving nonprofits. 

“Hawaii’s second congressional district is one of the most expansive and diverse districts in our nation. This is why it has been a priority of my staff and I to bring federal resources back home. We have been intimately involved in reviewing and promoting the projects that will make the greatest impact across our state,” said Congressman Kahele. “Championing…

Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission Gets Grant

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

AARP News Release 

Three organizations in Windward Oahu, Kauai and Molokai will receive 2022 AARP Community Challenge grants worth $49,500 – part of $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.

Guzeiji Soto Mission Molokai and Krause Family Foundation ‘Alana Ke Aloha were awarded $11,500 to create an accessible, attractive outdoor community wireless hotspot on Molokai where kupuna and other residents can access the Internet and learn digital literacy.…

Cash Prizes Available in Art Exhibit

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

Wow! Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibit has more than $11,000 in prizes consisting of 19 different awards, which will be available to artists who enter, including those from Molokai. The awards will be designated by the juror, Neida Bangerter and will be announced during the opening reception and awards ceremony. 

Registration for the exhibit opens Aug. 1 and closes Aug. 15. 

The Molokai intake will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at  Kupu A’e Molokai at Holomua Junction. Jurying will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. The juror’s public presentation will follow from 2 to 3 p.m.…

Report Surf Damage Online

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Maui County News Release 

Maui County residents are urged to report significant property damage inflicted by large surf and swells that impacted the coastlines of Maui, Molokai and Lanai earlier this month, the Maui Emergency Management Agency announced.

Residents can use an online form to document and report large surf damage. The form can be found at

“Maui County needs this information from our residents to make the best case possible for federal assistance to help pay for property and infrastructure damage caused by large surf and swells,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “The Maui Emergency Management Agency will use the information to complete a damage assessment for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to determine whether the County is eligible to receive federal funding.”…

Progress on Water Policy in Maui County

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Community Contributed

Opinion by Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Shortly after joining the council, I noticed unfairness in the structure of our county’s potable water rates.

A hotel or resort using over 35,000 gallons of water was charged a lower rate than a single-family dwelling using the same amount. This disparity was based on a technical defect in the rate structure: single-family dwellings had four tiers while the other category of all other general users each had only three. 

Hotels and resorts are used by visitors for the profit of offshore investors. Single-family dwellings are where our local residents raise their families. 

I have presented twice to the Board of Water Supply, with the intention of working with them and the Department of Water Supply to balance important policy goals—conservation and revenue generation—in addition to equity in rates. …

Golf Ace

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Golf Ace

Community Contributed

By Rick Schonely

Ponciano Raguindin is the July Ace for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Raguindin, one of Molokai’s elite golfers and a long -time PE teacher and alumni at Molokai High, shot an impressive 36-37 for a gross total of 73. With his 10 handicap his net 63 got him the victory.

The Hui O Kukui Golf Club would like to thank the staff and management of Ironwood Hills Golf Course for helping to perpetuate the game of golf on Molokai.…