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

‘Last of the Summer Wine’

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

He is short and scrubby. She is tall and rock jawed. He lives on the first floor, while she lives on the second level right above him. For some unexplained reason, she is his heart throb, while he is her most constant nuisance. For him love is blind, so it is not unusual for him to appear at her door or to climb a ladder to her second-floor window just to catch a kiss from her. Perhaps I should say “snatch a kiss” from her reluctant lips. This duo are but two of the characters in the British TV comedy “Last Of The Summer Wine.” It tells of the escapades of some neighborhood pals in their glory years who often get in trouble with their female counterparts yet live out their years with a certain flair.…

Celebrating a National Holiday

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Celebrating a National Holiday

For the first time at Keawanui Fishpond, the Molokai community gathered last Wednesday to celebrate a holiday that became one of the first national holidays of the Hawaiian Kingdom: La Ho’iho’i Ea, Sovereignty Restoration Day.

“I returned five days prior from Mauna Kea, where we were able to teach at Puuhuluhulu University,” said organizer Maile Naehu of the event. “Upon returning, I realized that we were only five days away from La Ho‘iho‘i Ea. I decided even if it was last minute, a celebration was in order. With the rising of our Hawaiian nation, it seemed so appropriate to hold an event on July 31, La Ho‘iho‘i Ea, our kingdom’s first holiday.…

Football Plays Historic 11-man Game

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Football Plays Historic 11-man Game

For the first time in more than half a century, Molokai Football took to the field with 11 players instead of eight. Though the Farmers lost 37-0 to Nanakuli on Oahu last Satur-day, Head Coach Mike Kahale still considers it a win.

“[It’s been] over 50 years since Molokai has played an 11-man game so definitely a great experience here for us to play under the lights in this atmosphere against a team on Oahu,” he said. “I know the boys were a little disappointed they couldn’t compete as well, [but] I don’t think the score really reflects our effort out there… I think the boys will remember this game and hopefully despite the loss, really cherish it and take it to heart and learn from it.”

The Farmers held the first quarter to a 0-0 score and Kahale said he thought the boys played well in the first half, which closed 21-0.…

U.S. Surgeon General Comes to Visit

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

U.S. Surgeon General Comes to Visit

Last week, Molokai had a visit from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who spent a day in Kalaupapa and visited Molokai General Hospital. The visit was part of a statewide tour, where he discussed issues like homelessness and rural health.

“Visited the rural Island of Molokai on Monday and learned more about the challenges federal, state, and local governments faced in caring for this unique and rural population,” Adams tweeted on July 30.

Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, a position nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate, which holds the status of leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the federal government.…

Kualapu’u Pre-K Open for Applications

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

HI State Public Charter School Commission News Release

The Hawaii State Legislature provided an appropriation this year to sustain 360 prekindergarten slots in charter schools through the Executive Office on Early Learning Public Prekindergarten Program. Applications for high-quality, free prekindergarten programs are now being accepted at 11 charter schools on four islands for school year 2019-2020. On Molokai, Kualapu’u Charter School holds this program.

To be eligible, children must be four years old on or before July 31, 2019. Priority will be given to children who are homeless, in foster care, placed through their individualized education programs in a general education setting, English as a second language learners, and whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the 2019 federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii.…

Makani Kai Air to Fly to Kona

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Makani Kai News Release

Makani Kai Air will begin air service between Kahului, Maui and Kailua-Kona on Aug. 1. The airline announced today that it will offer four daily round trips at a $49 introductory airfare each way on the new route. Reservations must be made online at MakaniKaiAir.com by Aug. 31 and travel must be completed by Sept. 30 to receive that rate.

“The people of Molokai and Maui are the reason that we’re growing,” said Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air. “Many of our customers have asked us to open up a Kahului to Kona route, and we believe that the move makes sense.”

Once the introductory promotion is finished, the regular airfare will be set at $75 for every seat on every flight every day.…

Ceramics for College Credit

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

MAC News Release

Beginning Aug. 28, the Molokai Arts Center (MAC), in cooperation with UHMC-Molokai, will offer three classes in ceramics for college credit. The classes fulfill the fine arts requirement for Associate of Arts and Liberal Arts degrees. Classes will be held at the MAC, W/F, 12-2:50. Semester ends on December 20, 2019. Classes being offered are: ART 105, Introduction to Ceramics, no pre-requisite required; ART 243, Ceramics: Hand Building, pre-requisite ART 105 or permission of instructor; ART 263, Ceramic Sculpture, pre-requisite ART 243, 244 or permission of instructor.

Classes are taught by Dan Bennett, assisted by April Maddela, MAC studio manager.…

Technology Specialist Offers Local Services

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

John Puaoi, IT Specialist News Release

Aloha Kakou! My name is John Puaoi and I’m an IT Specialist here on Molokai. I was born and raised here and over the years I picked up skills involving technology. So about a year ago I decided that I wanted to start my own business and use the skills I have attained to help the people and local businesses of Molokai.

Examples of the services I offer are fixing desktop computers, building customized computers from scratch, installing software and hardware (printers, routers, etc.), troubleshooting random types of issues on a range of different devices.…

Cancer Wellness Retreat

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat News Release

The Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat 2019 will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. In its third year, the three-day weekend retreat will be offered to all newly diagnosed cancer survivors on Maui, Molokai and Lanai to transform their lives to new and better level of health and wellness. Twenty-four scholarships will be available to attendees, including Molokai residents, with funds raised from the Royal High Tea and Garden Tour at Lona Ridge benefitting Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats’ scholarship program. This is the third year that Molokai cancer survivors have been offered scholarships to attend this retreat.…

Technology Allows More Solar on Molokai

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

A technology collaboration between University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) and Maui Electric will allow more rooftop solar systems to be added on Molokai’s electric grid.

At the end of 2018, a 750-kilowatt (kW) “load bank” was connected to the island’s electrical grid at Maui Electric’s Pala‘au power plant. The load bank acts as a “safety valve” designed to rapidly absorb excess energy that might occur during periods of high photovoltaic (PV) generation during the day or unplanned system disruptions, such as a sudden loss of electricity usage on the grid, according to Maui Electric.
“A small island power system like Molokai is very dynamic, and the high PV penetration adds another level of complexity to managing those dynamics,” said Rick Rocheleau, HNEI director.…