Community

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

Call for Artists

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

Registration for the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition opens in just a few weeks, so it’s time to put the finishing touches on your work for Hawaii’s most prestigious and truly statewide juried exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery. Molokai artists are welcomed to submit their work. Need some reasons to enter?

It’s a prestigious exhibition location with over 2,000 visitor. More than $4,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. There’s a new $500 award for collaborative work sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. We have scheduled acquisition visits from HoMA and HSFCA.…

Bakery Represents at Japanese Product Fair

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Maui County News Release

A dozen Maui County-made product vendors are leaving for Japan to test their products at the sixth annual Hankyu Hawaii Fair from July 10-16, in Umeda, Osaka. Among them is Molokai’s Kanemitsu Bakery. SuiKeala Jewelry of Hana, with ties to Molokai, will also be attending.

The event, which is the largest out-of-state Hawaii fair, attracts more than 250,000 Japanese consumers every year and sells food, apparel, gifts and jewelry items all made in the islands. Held in the 15-story Hankyu Umeda Department Store, the venue carries quality merchandise and is regarded as one of the higher-end department stores in the entire country.…

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Youth in Motion News Release

Day two of the Molokai Holokai Ho’olaule’a exceeded all expectations with 116 registered participants in the combined long from Kamalo to the Molokai Community Health Center. The main course was 10 miles, with a short course of five miles and keiki and makua course of 3/4 mile. Winds were easterly, a little on the lighter side but still perfect for the racers. The fleet was well rounded with 39 in the OC/ski division, 21 in the SUP, a youth OC 6 team and most impressive, 50 in the keiki division.

The day prior, while the racers were racing from Maui, about 50 kids showed up to clean up the harbor pulling out all kinds of rubbish from both sides of the pier.…

Protect Kapuaiwa Grove

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Protect Kapuaiwa Grove

DHHL News Release

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) is asking for the community’s kokua in protecting the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove on Molokai.

Vehicle access to Kapuaiwa is restricted with fencing and “No Trespassing” signs are up in the area, but the public’s safety and concern for the `aina remain an issue. Falling fronds, coconuts, and trees, along with ground instability, are concerns within the grove. Recent reports of unauthorized access for recreation and socialization have also been raised to the Department.

“DHHL is requesting that the public respect the sacredness of Kapuaiwa as well as DHHL’s concern for safety and not trespass into the area,” said Gene Ross Davis, DHHL’s Molokai District Supervisor.…

A Kalaupapa Commemoration

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A Kalaupapa Commemoration

On June 26, the Kalaupapa community celebrated the Lei Hali’a Ho’olaulea, commemorating 50 years since all remaining patients were released from the settlement to live wherever they chose.

For 103 years previously, the Act to Prevent The Spread of Leprosy exiled those afflicted with Hansen’s disease to Kalaupapa. In 1969, after a cure was found and the disease was declared no longer a threat, the forced isolation was lifted. June 30th marked 50 years since the repeal. Some patients left, some remained living in Kalaupapa, and many have since passed away. Lei Hali’a, meaning a Lei of Remembrance.

“The Kalaupapa community, friends and relatives joined together in five days of events that helped deepen our understanding and appreciation for the sacrifice made by over 8,000 people, to ensure the survival of Hawaiians today,” stated the Kalaupapa National Historical Park Facebook page.…

A Call for Stream Restoration

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A Call for Stream Restoration

A group of Molokai residents gathered at Kawela Stream last week Monday in support of restoring stream flow that has been diverted for nearly 100 years by Molokai Ranch. Legal action was filed the same day by environmental law firm Earthjustice, on behalf of community group Molokai No Ka Heke, before the state Commission on Water Resource Management. The petition requests removal of unused or wasteful diversions on Kawela, Kaunakakai, Manuwainui and Waikolu streams, and the formal abandonment and cleanup of dams, along with restoration of the island’s stream flows which supply the aquifer.

“The water belongs to this place, this ‘aina, and the people,” said kupuna Opu’ulani Albino.…

Baseball Shows ‘Heart’ at States

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Baseball Shows ‘Heart’ at States

 

After winning their seventh straight league championship, the Farmers Baseball Team made it to states last week, where they finished their season with a 9-4 record after losing games Thursday and Friday.

 

“This was definitely a learning experience for both players and coaches.  Our youth and inexperience really played its roll this week and at this level of baseball, it hurt us,” said first year Head Coach Keahi Rawlins. “On the other hand we held our own and had a chance to show the state our potential for the future. We got closer as a team and didn’t give up although we had every excuse to shut down and give up.”

 

On Thursday, Molokai lost to Waimea 20-5, and ended their games at states with a loss to Waipahu on Friday, 9-5.…

‘Miracle’ Takes MHS Robotics to Worlds

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

‘Miracle’ Takes MHS Robotics to Worlds

The Molokai High School robotics team never expected to be able to attend the World Championship in Texas, let alone come home with an award, but they did both last month, in what coach Edwin Mendija has dubbed a “miracle.”

Last month, the seven-member team secured a spot at the Worlds with their performance at the FIRST Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional, as well as earned the Rookie All-Star award. But they knew they didn’t have the funds to make the trip to the event, where registration alone comes with a $5,000 price tag.

“Traveling to the championship itself was seemingly impossible, since the program historically has a low budget — especially for a high school level team,” said Mendija.…

Paddlers Closed for Roaches

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Paddlers Inn Restaurant and Bar has been temporarily closed down by the Department of Health last week after finding a cockroach infestation and other sanitation concerns.

“An inspection of the restaurant was conducted on May 7 in response to a complaint and based on violations found during earlier health inspections,” stated a DOH press release. “A red [‘closed’] placard has been posted at the establishment to protect public health.”

DOH Communications Director Janice Okubo described the presence of roaches as “a pretty bad infestation.”

“The inspector received a complaint about a cockroach infestation, dirty ventilation, and grease on the floor at Paddlers Restaurant and Bar on April 4, 2019,” she said.…

Student Tackles Ocean Pollution

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Student Tackles Ocean Pollution

By Dyson Chee

Aloha! My name is Dyson Chee and I am a 17-year-old high-schooler living on Oahu who is passionate about protecting our beaches. In October, 2018, I started a project, Project O.C.E.A.N., to tackle this issue of plastic pollution. As a part of Project O.C.E.A.N., I do presentations as schools and community events about plastic pollution and the solutions, but all of my presentations had been on Oahu Island until recently. On April 26, I headed over to Molokai to do presentations here, including presentations at Molokai High School, for the first time ever. I really did not know what to expect when I touched down on Molokai, but I know that I could not have asked for more than what I got.…