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Molokai at the State Paddling Championships

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Two weeks ago, Molokai hosted the state paddling championships event on Oahu and came home with both strong results and excellent reviews for hosting the event that brings thousands of paddlers from around Hawaii.

For more than 60 years, the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association has held the state paddling championships. The organization, made up of six paddling associations, represents athletes from all islands, carrying on the Hawaiian tradition of outrigger canoe racing. Each year, paddling associations trade off hosting the event, and this year, it was Molokai’s turn. Normally the venue rotates based on which island is hosting, but because Molokai doesn’t have a race location large enough to accommodate the event, it was held at Oahu’s Ke`ehi Lagoon.…

Preventing Hepatitis A on Molokai

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is investigating an increasing number of Hepatitis A cases on Oahu, and Molokai residents are advised to take preventative action. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus that can be found in the stools of infected people and spread by eating contaminated food or drinking water or through close personal or sexual contact.

With more than 150 confirmed cases on Oahu, many of which are restaurant workers, some Molokai residents are wondering what they should do to prevent the disease. Vaccination is the best form of prevention, but frequent handwashing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A, according to the DOH.…

Golf for a Cause

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Golf for a Cause

Photo by Nathan Ignacio

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely
On July 30, Nathan Ignacio and his ohana and friends hosted the Trucker Dukes Golf Tournament to help Trucker’s ohana as he battles brain cancer. Trucker Dukes is 3 years old and has endured many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries to try to beat the disease.
Ignacio works for Maui County Fire Department and so does Trucker’s dad, Ua. Ignacio wanted to thank all who helped put on this tournament.
“Our first thank you is to Lord Jesus for providing such a beautiful sunny day for all people to enjoy,” he said.…

Molokai Hosts State Regatta

Friday, August 5th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

They’ve practiced for months, spending hours on the water perfecting their technique and timing. They’ve raised funds for air travel, food and lodging. They’ve put their best paddle forward, earned a qualifying time, and are ready to test their speed against the state’s best crews. Thousands of paddlers of all ages are off to the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association (HCRA) State Championships this Saturday on Oahu.

For more than 60 years, the HCRA has held the state paddling championships. The organization, made up of six paddling associations, represents athletes from all islands, carrying on the Hawaiian tradition of outrigger canoe racing.…

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Molokai Regattas in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Penny Martin

 

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai has a rich history of canoe paddling and is home to four canoe clubs. Molokai paddlers have represented the island and Hawaii in channel races and international competitions, bringing home top medals. Together, the four clubs form the Molokai Canoe Racing Association, and this will be the third year the organization has hosted the HCRA state race. This weekend, be on the lookout for 10 Molokai crews competing on Oahu — two from Molokai Canoe Club and eight from Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club. Below are brief histories of each club, submitted by their members.…

Molokai Business Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

KBC News Release

The public is invited to join us for the third annual Molokai Business Conference, Office of Economic Development Business Networking Reception, and the Molokai Office of Economic Development Grant Workshop August 4-5 here on Molokai. That’s right, it’s all happening here on Molokai and all three events are free!

The Molokai Business Conference will be held at the UH Maui College- Molokai Education Center Thursday, Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 12 speakers will be joining us for this annual event. We will have some great local speakers as well as some joining us from the outer islands.…

Culture of Canoe Racing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Culture of Canoe Racing

Molokai’s Koa Canoe blessing in 2009. Photo by Ed Misaki

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Since ancient times, outrigger canoe racing has held an important place in Hawaiian cultural traditions.
According to Tommy Holmes in “The Hawaiian Canoe,” excelling in canoe races was of great importance historically, and special status and recognition was given to champions in the sport. Today, the tradition is carried on each summer as paddlers from around the state compete to represent their islands at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association state race.

Historically, canoes were carved from a log of the endemic koa tree, but now, canoes are often made from fiberglass or other manmade materials.…

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

NOAA satellite imagery shows Darby passing the state as of 4pm Sunday

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Tropical Storm Darby, which hit Hawaii last weekend, brought minimal impacts to Molokai but caused cancellations of some events and closures of parks and stores.

After making landfall on Hawaii Island Saturday, the storm carried with it high winds, drenching rain and surf advisories. A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Maui County through Sunday. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 40 miles per hour, with gusts nearing 50 miles per hour.

Molokai High School was opened as an emergency shelter on the island.…

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Paddlers Inn will be closed temporarily for construction and a turn-over of ownership, according to current management. The bar and restaurant, which has been in operation for about 12 years and has gone through nearly half a dozen owners during that time, is in the process of being purchased by a Molokai family. One of two bars on Molokai, the current business’s last day of operation was Saturday.

Current part owner Jerry Johnson said construction underway in the parking lot is to install a steel structure for solar panels for all tenants of the two buildings on the property.…

Puko`o Fire Station to be Relocated

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

With flood zones changing and concerns about rising water levels, Molokai has been participating in an important discussion that’s taking place globally: where can we move? Recently, that conversation focused on the Puko`o Fire Station, a small outpost that provides emergency services to the east Molokai community. Its current location near the ocean has been identified as a flood zone during tsunamis and hurricanes.

Contrary to some rumors, a meeting held earlier this month was not to announce the closure of the Puko`o Fire Station but rather to discuss its relocation.

“It is our hope that we can have a dialogue as to what you hope to see; the fire dept.…