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

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Molokai Dispatch Photo

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Molokai Dispatch was honored with four Excellence in Journalism awards last weekend, at a dinner in Honolulu hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Hawaii chapter. Awards were presented in newspaper, TV, radio and magazine categories, for news coverage during 2015. Molokai’s own weekly paper received two first place and two finalists awards. Over the last three years, the Dispatch has now received 13 SPJ awards.

Former Dispatch reporter Colleen Uechi, who now works at The Maui News, was awarded first place in the non-daily newspaper category for general news/enterprise reporting for her story, “Fuel for Thought: Molokai’s Gas Prices,” which printed last October.…

Molokai School Foundation Gets Grant

Friday, June 10th, 2016

FMHMSF News Release

Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation (FMHMSF) has been awarded a $7000 grant by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the 2017 fiscal year. The support will allow the organization to continue to hold its annual Future Fest College and Career Fair at Molokai High School.

The mission of this event is to maximize the opportunities for students in grades seven to 12 to speak with a variety of college or career representatives from six of the different career pathways: Arts and Communication, Business, Health Services, Natural Resources, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Public and Human Services.…

Penning Poems for Peace

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Penning Poems for Peace

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Last week, nearly 30 Molokai students were honored as winners of the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest. This was the first year Molokai youth participated in the event, and many shares their thoughts on peace in two languages, using many poetry forms such as haiku, free verse and metered rhyme.

“We are holding this first Molokai peace poem ceremony to honor 26 winning students and also to highlight 57 out of 207 entrants [who] wrote poetry in the Hawaiian language with an English translation,” said Melinda Gohn, the Coordinator of the International Peace Poem Project and the Dr.…

Molokai Paddlers Take on World Sprints

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Molokai Paddlers Take on World Sprints

Photo courtesy of Molokai paddlers

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Molokai paddlers were well-represented at IVF Va`a World Elite and Club Sprint Championships held last month at Lake Kawana in Australia. Molokai paddlers Penny Martin and Camie Kimball joined forces with other Hawaii women in the Island Masters team, winning four gold medals in their division in events such as the Masters 60 Women V6 500 and 1000 meter races.

Photo courtesy of Molokai paddlers

Six women from Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club paddled together as the Molokai Masters team, consisting of Louann Moser-Reyes, Annette English, Stefani Bush, Janice Kalanihuia, Donna Paoa and Choppie Kalama.…

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Photo courtesy of Roberta Cross

By Roberta Cross, Community Reporter

Editor’s note: In a series highlighting Molokai musicians, the Dispatch asks local artists about their roots, passions and influences.

Bob Underwood was born in Indiana, grew up in Pensylvania and Colorado, and moved permanently to Molokai in 2003. He is a first grade teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

Underwood spent the first 20 years of his musical life performing all kinds of pop and jazz music. He plays many instruments, although bass is his main instrument and guitar his second choice. “I can play decent violin, but I wouldn’t hire me as a violinist,” he said with a laugh.…

Community Plan Update in Final Stage

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai Community Plan has begun the final step in the update process. In May, the Maui County Planning Department transmitted the draft document to the County Council for review and adoption. Once completed, the plan — a comprehensive blueprint for the island’s economic and environmental resources, infrastructure and cultural values — will help guide Molokai’s future over the next decades.

This is the final step in the process for updating the 2001 Molokai Community Plan that began more than a year ago. Revisions to the plan were initially prepared and recommended by Planning Department staff, then reviewed by the Molokai Community Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), a 13 member committee of Molokai residents, which provided its recommended revisions during public meetings and workshops held from March through October 2015.…

Vendors For East End Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Waialua Congregational Church News Release

Vendors are invited to register for the East End Farmer’s Market at Waialua, sponsored by the Waialua Congregational Church on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are interested in selling your goods, handcrafted items, fresh produce and plants, livestock, fresh fish, baked goods, hand crafted items, apparel, household items, woodcarving, ancient Hawaiian weapons, etc., we are looking for all types of good things.

Registration deadline is May 20. For more information contact tinahelindsey@gmail.com or pkikukawa@yahoo.com or call 808-658-6454. Reasonably priced space fees at $10 per six-foot space, please make your checks payable to Waialua Congregational Church and if possible, bring your own table and chairs, limited number available.…

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Photo by Hale Domingo

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team finished as runner up in the state Boys Volleyball Championships on Oahu last weekend. The Farmers were seeded number two and defeated Kaimuki 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-18) and Damien in a thrilling five-set match broadcast live on Oceanic XCast 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 15-9) before losing in the final at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, and also live on TV, to the number one seed Hawaii Baptist 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20).

Hawaii Baptist has won five straight DII Boys Volleyball Championships and six out of the last seven.

Head Coach Hale Domingo was very excited for his team.…

A Bird in the Hand Volunteers band shearwater shorebirds

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A Bird in the Hand Volunteers band shearwater shorebirds

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

As dusk fell on the Mo`omomi coastline, silhouetted birds began to swoop over the shore and across the grasses and native plants of the dunes. Donning their headlamps, a dozen biologists, conservationists and volunteers stood by, waiting for the birds to settle. Then, in the pitch blackness and gusty wind, the group broke into small teams and vanished into the darkness.

Brandishing their flashlights and tools, the teams searched the ground for piles of sand and holes that would indicate a burrow. The inhabitants pf the holes are Wedge-tailed Shearwater, or `Ua`u kani, an indigenous shorebird with gray-brown and white feathers, a long, hooked beak and a wingspan of more than three feet.…

Cop Corner

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

As the end of the school year approaches, the Maui Police Department would like to extend our congratulations to the graduating class of 2016. With the increase in celebrations, police will be placing an emphasis in the detection of underage drinkers, distracted drivers, and conducting sobriety checkpoints.

An underage drinker is defined as any person below the age of 21 years who consumes or is in possession or custody of liquor in any public place, gathering, beach or park, or in any motor vehicle on a public highway.

Hawaii’s law bans the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.…