Announcements

Molokai Ferry Ends Service

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Molokai Ferry Ends Service

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

After three decades of service, the Molokai Princess ferry running between Kaunakakai and Lahaina will sail its final trip this week. Last week, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the request of the ferry operator, Sea Link of Hawaii, to cease service, noting falling ridership and financial losses.

“We’ve lost over $1 million in the last four years trying to keep the ferry alive,” said President and Captain Dave Jung.

The ferry’s last trip will be on Thursday, Oct. 27. The ferry service began in 1986 when Gov. John Waihee encouraged the company to run a ferry out of Molokai.…

Rare Orca Sighting Off Molokai

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Rare Orca Sighting Off Molokai

 

Photo by Tabitha Pupuhi

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai fisherman Clay Ching and his daughters Katina Soares and Tabitha Pupuhi caught a rare sighting of orcas, also known as killer whales, on camera off the south shore of Molokai last week. The video, posted on social media by Pupuhi, has gone viral, with thousands of views and shares.

The three were fishing about 13 miles offshore on Oct. 10 when they spotted four orcas, which came right up to their boat. Pupuhi said there were three larger whales and one smaller one.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes!” said Pupuhi.…

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Thousands gathered on Kaunakakai’s main street last Friday evening to celebrate paddling, culture, environmental stewardship and fellowship. The third annual Kulaia Canoe Festivals brought record numbers and a memorable line-up of special guests to welcome visiting paddlers for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai channel race as well as the Molokai community.

Molokai’s Kelson “Mac” Poepoe, a well-known community leader, natural resource manager and fisherman who has worked to preserve the Mo`omomi area, was honored with the event’s annual Ho`oilina award. A special guest, renowned Hokule`a navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson, came from New York — straight from the vessel’s Worldwide Voyage — to present the award.…

Paddlers to Reopen Under New Ownership

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Paddlers Inn News Release

We are excited to announce that Paddlers Restaurant and Bar will soon reopen under new local family ownership and management. With fresh food from our local farmers, fresh fish from our local fisherman, and a fresh group of faces happy to serve you, we hope that you and your family will join in this exciting time.

We are also excited to announce that the kitchen at Paddlers Inn will now have the experience and culinary passion of Chef Kainoa Turner. It’s our goal at Paddlers to offer our island community their favorite local dishes, pupus of course, and fresh Asian, Italian and Mexican food, plus many more options on the menu.…

More Rooftop Solar Coming for Molokai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai is at the forefront of the country’s renewable energy future, and residents got a chance to talk story with their utility company, Maui Electric, ask questions and share what’s important to them last week.

With more than 100 Molokai customers waiting to install rooftop solar, photovoltaic (PV) challenges took a front seat at the discussion. Those residents had filed applications under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program — which pays customers the retail electric rate for excess energy generated from their panels — before the program was discontinued to new applicants last October.

Jamie Cook, Maui Electric’s director of renewable energy projects, said 107 applicants are currently waiting in the queue to be approved — the same number that were waiting in March of this year.…

Ferry Shutdown Imminent

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai ferry, operated by Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc., is on the verge of ending its services.  Claiming falling ridership, loss of revenue and increased operating costs, company President and Captain Dave Jung has filed a request for shutdown with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He said if the request is not granted, he will be forced to declare bankruptcy.

“Ridership has really gone down in last year,” said Jung, pointing to cheap air flights scooping up their passengers. “Today we’re lucky if we get 20 people a run.”

The 100-foot, three-story boat can hold up to 150 passengers, and Jung previously said in 2013, the service suffered $108,000 in losses and then $288,000 in 2014.…

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.…