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

Scholarships for MHS Students

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Scholarships for MHS Students

Tens of thousands of dollars were awarded to Molokai High School (MHS) students for post-high school studies at the annual scholarship award ceremony last week. The scholarships are funded through a combination of local businesses, MHS alumni, and more.

“Remember who you are and where you come from,” said Keo Hirata, in the presentation of a scholarship from KAPA Curious to a MHS senior.

Many of the scholarship presenters were MHS alumni themselves. Ruth Dean, Class of 1961, introduced a new $5,000 award. Dean, whose mother was born in Kalaupapa, explained that she wanted to give an award for a student intending on attending a vocational school.…

Ho’omau Celebrates Olelo Hawaii

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Ho’omau Celebrates Olelo Hawaii

In the 29th annual Ho’omau celebration on Molokai, residents from across the island gathered to commemorate the study of ‘olelo Hawaii. The event was a fundraiser for the preschoolers of Punana Leo o Molokai, a Hawaiian language immersion preschool.

“This whole movement is a revitalization starting with our keiki so ‘olelo Hawaii can live on throughout the whole family,” explained Pueo Akina-Sumarnap, a teacher at Punana Leo o Molokai. “This program, this movement, is so important because it’s who we are.”

Last Saturday’s Ho’omau included vendors, food and entertainment. Proceeds help fund school supplies, programming and tuition for the students and families of Punana Leo.…

Kaiwi Channel Races Up and Running

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Kaiwi Channel Races Up and Running

The Pa’a Hawaii Kaiwi Solo was held on May 4 in the daunting waters of the Kaiwi Channel.
The demanding solo between Molokai and Oahu looms large in the world of competitive paddling.

“If a [single-man canoe] paddler was allowed just one accolade to define their lifetime of paddling, many of the world’s best would argue that a Kaiwi Solo win would be it,” explains the Pa’a Hawaii website.

118 paddlers from across the world journeyed to Molokai to compete in this year’s race, prepared to subsist for hours on just the rhythm of the waves and the strength of their own will.…

New Ho’olehua Center Caught in Leadership Quagmire

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

New Ho’olehua Center Caught in Leadership Quagmire

 

A split in leadership within the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) has caused delays with the opening of the new Ho’olehua Veterans and Homestead Residents’ Center. The building is nearly complete, however the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), which owns the land, has instituted a two month deferment period following community meetings in late April.

Initially, DHHL was ready to recommend that MVCV have sole management of the new building, according to DHHL reports from a March 25 beneficiary consultation meeting on Molokai. While MVCV would manage the building, the facility would be jointly used by the Ho’olehua Homesteaders Association.…

OHA Trustees Visit the Molokai History Project

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

OHA Trustees Visit the Molokai History Project

When the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) conducted their annual board of trustees meeting on Molokai last Wednesday, they took the opportunity to visit a new Molokai institution dedicated to preserving old ways: the Molokai History Project. Founded in October 2023, the Molokai History Project museum has grown to encompass rotating exhibits and visitors from across the world, but the OHA trustees were a first.

“This is the largest group that we’ve had,” explained Judy Mertens, a founder of the Molokai History Project. OHA “contacted us and said that they’d heard about the museum and would like a tour.”

The full board of trustees, including staff, along with kupuna from Alu Like, gathered in the courtyard behind the museum to honor the occasion.…

Richard Wilson Stevens, Jr.

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Richard Wilson Stevens, Jr. Devoted educator, loving father and grand-papa, patient, kind and generous servant to all his life touched, Richard Wilson Stevens, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children Filita Napoleon, Naomi Patterson, Sa Stephens (Kawika), Tina DeMarco, Tausali Hiro (Nick), hanai Lynn Manuel (Kana), son Iosua, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Richard was born Oct. 15, 1950 in California to Richard and Jeri Stevens, the oldest, and wisest, of six siblings, also surviving him; Charles, David, Robert, John and Laura. Mr. Stevens led an adventurous life and experienced many professions, traveling all over the U.S.,…

John Dudoit, Jr.

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

John Dudoit, Jr.

John Dudoit, Jr at 89 years old, of Kapaakea, Molokai passed away on May 2, 2024 on the island of Molokai. To have known him is to live the way he lived.
Born to John and Esther Dudoit on May 26, 1934 in Kainalu (Kamanoni), Molokai, he was the eighth of 12 children. Upon graduating from Kilohana School. He worked at various jobs and retired as a pipe fitter for the Department of Water, County of Maui. Throughout his life he was known and respected by many for his generosity. His wealth of knowledge was passionately of fishing, hunting, farming, and most of all his love for his family.…

May Golf Ace

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

May Golf Ace

By Rick Schonely

Don Habon is the May Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club.
Habon, a real Molokai Cowboy and all-around great guy, shot 42-43 for a gross total of 85. With his 18 handicap, his 67 net got him the victory! Congratulations Don!

The Hui O Kukui Golf Club would like to thank the staff and management of iconic Ironwood Hills golf course for perpetuating the game of golf on Molokai.

 

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Food Forest Program

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Community Contributed

By Kyle Franks – DHHL Extension Agent

What are food forests and why do they matter?
Food forests are a designed mimic of natural systems succession. The appeal of these systems includes easier long term maintenance, long term food production, soil building via increasing organic matter content, improved microclimates, reduction of water use, and other resources than food – fiber, fuels, and medicine. Many of our community members find this intriguing and have desired to learn more. Based on this need, our team at CTAHR began to develop a program to deliver knowledge and experience.
November 2023, we held an introductory session describing the program in detail.…

Hospice Molokai Yard Sale

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Hospice Molokai News Release

Now accepting donations. Your gently used items are another person’s treasures. If you have gently used or new items of value and want to donate them, please call Dan Reed, 808-658-1015 or Maile Silva at 808-658-6030. Molokai Quilt Guild donated a beautiful crib and toddler size Aloha Sue and Surfer Sam quilt. Lucky number tickets will be available — call Barbara Helm, 808-250-4001. Need not be present to win. Suggested donation is $2 minimum per ticket. The yard sale will be held Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Location to be announced.…