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

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.…

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

MEDB News Release

The 10th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference, held May 1-2, reaffirmed once again the power of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and its impact on the future of our keiki, community and our world. Over 1,000 educators and students from over 100 schools and 215 industry partners organizations across the state and even from the U.S. mainland at-tended the annual conference, which is the state’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event dedicated to engaging a new generation of STEM innovators and leaders in Hawaii.

The conference was presented by STEMworks, a statewide initiative of Maui Economic Devel-opment Board, Inc.…

Judo at States

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Judo at States

Nine Molokai judokas competed at states last Saturday, with a handful of first round wins on the mat. Maria Angst, Hiwa Duvauchelle, Reese Raguindin, Makani Davis, Kawohi Duvauchelle, Payton Kaalekahi, Cameryn Kahalewai, Kawena Davis, Rosie English and Christian Hubbard all represented the Farmers. All Farmer judoka eventually were eliminated from placing at states but Duvauchelle came close, falling one match short of medaling.

“We are overwhelmed with all of the support and love that the Molokai judo team has received this season,” said Head Coach Kalei Davis. “We are grateful to all of the parents who have helped out this season!…

Parks and Rec Office Closures

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Parks and Rec News Release

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will have periodic permit office closures for the processing of countywide tri-annual permits for the Fall 2019 Season.

The Molokai office, located at Mitchell Pauole Center, will be closed on May 29, 30, and 31.

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will begin accepting permit applications tomorrow for all leagues and recreational programs participating in the Fall 2019 season.

This process includes application requests for the majority of facility usage county-wide, such as athletic fields, multipurpose fields, ball fields, courts, pools and gymnasiums.

The Department will accept application requests from Wednesday, May 1, until 4 p.m.…

OED Grant Workshops

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Maui County OED News Release

The Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is offering a free workshop on Molokai for grant funding for the 2020 fiscal year. The public workshop will be held on Monday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Liliʻuokalani Trust (formerly known as the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center).

Workshop attendees will receive an application packet for FY 2020 and will be offered a complete step-by-step training on the application process. OED staff also will be available to answer questions.

The FY 2020 Grant Application and Handbook will be available online starting Wednesday, May 1 at mauicounty.gov/141/Office-Of-Economic-Development.…

Haele Lua

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Halau Hula o Kukunaokala News Release

Founded by the late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua and the Molokai Visitors Association, the Molokai Ka Hula Piko festival continues its purpose of celebrating the birth of hula on the island of Molokai. The name itself is an ancient saying that praises Molokai as the center of hula – telling us that it is here that hula began.

According to the ancient traditions of pre-Western Molokai, hula began with the La‘ila‘i family who lived in Maunaloa, in the district of Ka‘ana on the hill Pu‘u Nana about 900 AD. It is from this ‘ohana that Kapo‘ulakina‘u and Laka descend.  …

Molokai Artists at Honolulu Museum Shop

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Honolulu Museum of Art News Release

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? The Museum Shop has you covered with these one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists from the Friendly Isle.

Living on Molokai, Terry Klerlein gathers all the materials used in creating her one-of-a-kind pine needle baskets. Her love for the mountains and forests combined with her appreciation of color, texture, rich designs and natural materials translates easily to the ancient traditional art of pine needle basket weaving.

“I’m in awe of the wealth of natural materials to be found on Molokai: the treasures from the sea and vegetation,” she said.…