Kalaupapa Trail Closed After Landslide

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Kalaupapa Trail Closed After Landslide

The Kalaupapa trail is closed “indefinitely” to all settlement employees, visitors and mule riders after a landslide destroyed the bridge on the trail’s second switchback Christmas Day. Rhonda Loh, Acting Superintendent of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, said the landslide was reported by a postal worker attempting to hike down the trail on the evening of Dec. 25.

The same bridge was washed out in an April 2010 landslide and in November of that year, was replaced with a new, aluminum bridge bolted into the cliffside. This time, repairs may take even longer, with the current federal government shutdown impacting National Park Service staff in Kalaupapa.…

Molokai’s Renewable Energy Future

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The forecast for energy on Molokai is looking renewable, according to Maui Electric officials. Company officials talked story with residents last week in three sessions around the island about both the company’s and community’s visions for how Molokai can reach 100 percent renewable energy in the near future.

Molokai has a lot of planned and potential projects on the horizon. The 37-acre solar project with battery storage, recently approved to be operated by Molokai New Energy Partners (MNEP), will be located near the Pala’au Power Plant. Manager of Renewable Energy Projects Gregg Kresge said the permit process for the project is currently underway and MNEP — a branch of mainland-based renewable energy company Half Moon Ventures — will hold additional meetings with the community for updates on the project.…

Kalaupapa Airport Improvements

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Kalaupapa Airport Improvements

If all goes as planned, the tiny Kalaupapa Airport will receive improvements to its terminal, runway and safety measures in a $5 million project that would start later this year and last five years. The state Department of Transportation is proposing and funding the project to enhance operations and help mitigate safety hazards of flying into the remote peninsula.

Originally constructed in the early 1930s, the airport remains the lifeline for the peninsula. It is located on 42 acres on the northwestern tip of the Kalaupapa Peninsula and provides transportation for patient residents, employees and visitors; emergency support, supplies, and daily deliveries of mail, freight and perishable food; and transportation of solid waste off the peninsula.…


Friday, September 28th, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Department of Agriculture pursuant to Chapter 91 Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) will hold public hearings as follows:

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room Plant Quarantine Conference Room
635 Mua Street, Kahului, HI 96732 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, HI 96819

Monday, November 5, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9 to 11 a.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room Department of Agriculture Conference Room
4398A Pua Loke Street, Lihue, HI 96766 16 E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 3 p.m.…

40th Wahine Channel Crossing

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

40th Wahine Channel Crossing

Their hands joined together, hundreds of women from around the world racing in the 40th annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai took collective breaths during the pule at Hale O Lono before the start of the grueling channel crossing. A deep history of wahine have crossed before them.

In 1954, two years after the men’s channel race began, a women’s crew proposed to make the crossing but coaches and officials believed the Ka’iwi Channel to be too dangerous for women to handle. It was more than 20 years before two crews of women made the first unofficial crossing in 1975. On Oct.…

Kulaia Celebrated for a Fifth Year

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Kulaia Celebrated for a Fifth Year

Last Friday night, the fifth annual Kulaia festival was celebrated, bringing together hundreds of residents and visiting paddlers in an event that revives an ancient tradition. Kaunakakai’s main street was shut down for entertainment, local vendors, food and cultural demonstrations. Welcoming paddlers of Na Wahine O Ke Kai, the ho’olaulea highlighted Molokai’s aloha spirit, community togetherness and…

Hiker on Honeymoon Found Dead

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A hiker on his honeymoon was found dead last Friday in the mountains near Wavecrest after a search that last four days. Stephen Kramar, of Maryland, and his wife, Jeffanie, were married on Sept. 8 in Virginia and left for Molokai shortly afterward.

The couple was staying at Wavecrest Resort on Molokai’s east end and 27-year-old Stephen wanted to explore the mountains across from the condos.

“We saw the east side for the first time and Stephen just was dazzled seeing the mountain,” Jeffanie told Hawaii News Now last week. “He’s an avid hiker, so he’s hiked a few mountains before.…

GET Local Youth Cooking Contest

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

UHCES News Release

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service (UHCES) is launching a campaign to promote local growers in the community and encourage healthy eating by holding a GET Local Video Cooking Competition. GET local stands for Grow, Eat, Think Local. All students who are 12 to 18 years old are invited to submit a cooking video that highlights their cooking abilities, uses a local ingredient for their recipe, and includes information on the local farmer.

Prizes for winners include the chance for one recipe to be added to the menu of a top restaurant on Maui, an opportunity to film a live cooking show with a celebrity chef for a local television station, and $100 gift cards for video recording equipment.…

Recalling Kulaia History

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Molokai Canoe Festivals Committee News Release

Historical records dating back to 1865 note Hawaiian outrigger canoe race competitions as one of the many events our kupuna took part in during annual la kulaia, days of festivities honoring the Kingdom of Hawaii and especially honoring our beloved monarchy.  During that era, kulaia generally occurred once a year during a national holiday or birthday celebration of a mo’i (monarch). 

After the overthrow of our beloved Hawaiian Kingdom, kulaia festivities changed focus and no longer celebrated the Kingdom and monarchy.  In historical records, we see the shift from national celebration to simply canoe race competitions.  Therefore, pieces of our historic kulaia were lost and forgotten.…

Funds for Student-Led Environmental Solutions

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Kupu News Release

Molokai students who want to help their schools or communities go green now have a chance to earn funding to back their big ideas. Conservation and education nonprofit Kupu, in partnership with Kokua Hawaii Foundation, is launching its third annual Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant program, which supports student-led environmental initiatives.

Applications are now open and due Oct. 19. Students in grades 6-12 from public, private, and charter schools statewide are encouraged to apply.

“We are so excited to host another Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant opportunity,” says Kupu CEO John Leong. “Not only is this a great experience for Hawaii’s next generation of eco-preneurs and eco-engineers, but it’s also a win for the community at large.…