Announcements

Local Produce 50 Percent Off for EBT Customers

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Sust’aina ble Molokai News Release

Sustʻaina ble Molokai’s Mobile Market began their “EBT Double Bucks Program” on Sept. 1!

Does your family receive SNAP/EBT benefits? Are you interested in eating more fresh, healthy, local produce? Then you should check out Sustʻaina ble Molokai’s Mobile Market at sustainablemolokai.org/mobile-market/.

The main goals of the program are to improve healthy food access and support local farmers. Buying local means that more food dollars stay in the local economy, which has a positive ripple effect for Molokai.

Here’s how our EBT Double Bucks Program works: Shop for fresh fruits and vegetable with the Sustʻaina ble Molokai Mobile Market, pay with your EBT card, and receive 50 percent off your purchase when you pick up your order.…

Electric Rate Increase

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Maui Electric News Release
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued an interim decision approving Maui Electric Company’s first base-rate increase in more than six years.

The approved interim rate will increase the typical Maui monthly residential bill for 500 kilowatt-hours by $5. On Molokai, a typical monthly residential bill for 400 kWh will increase by $4.62 and by $5 on Lanai.

The 3.8 percent increase – about $12.4 million in annual revenue – will help pay for operational improvements, including system upgrades to increase reliability, improve customer service, and integrate more renewable energy.

The interim rate is less than the company’s original request last October for a 9.3 percent increase, or $30 million.…

Rat Lungworm Parasite Found on Molokai

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Rat Lungworm Parasite Found on Molokai

A recently-released University of Hawaii study has confirmed the presence of rat lungworm on Molokai and on every island throughout the state except Lanai. Rat lungworm is a parasite that has a complicated lifecycle that requires slugs or snails as well as rats to mature. Ingesting a slug or snail infected with the parasite can cause neurological damage, pain and disability, and Hawaii has seen a recent influx of cases of the rare disease.

Researchers tested 11 sites on Molokai starting in 2004 and two sites had a total of four slugs or snails that tested positive for rat lungworm, according to Robert H.…

Hurricane Passes Molokai By

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Hurricane Passes Molokai By

Molokai residents spent last week bracing for Lane, a category 5 hurricane that appeared to be headed directly towards the island before taking an abrupt turn west, being downgraded to a tropical storm and breaking apart. Waiting in anxious anticipation of the next report on the erratic and unpredictable storm track, Hawaii residents spent a tense few days unsure of how damaging the storm might be. Many neighborhoods looked like ghost towns, with windows boarded up in anticipation of the storm.

Much of the island was left without power for as long as 12 hours Thursday night and Friday. Though Molokai escaped other storm-related damages unscathed, Maui and Hawaii Island experienced extensive flooding and road closures.…

The Gift of Free Healthcare

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Molokai residents saved more than $150,000 last week in health care costs by utilizing free medical, dental and eye care services brought to the island in a program called Tropic Care. Running from last Monday to Sunday, the services were provided by military medical personnel and coordinated through a multi-agency effort to bring the health services to Maui County.

Nearly 400 personnel were deployed to six locations around the county, with 47 staff on Molokai, according to Navy Commander Jeffery Loh. Members of all branches of the military were participating as a training exercise called Innovative Readiness Training, which doubles as an opportunity to provide their medical services to residents, he said.…

Election Season Timeline

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

Elections are quickly approaching, representing an opportunity to express your opinions, values and priorities in local, state and national government when you cast your ballot. We’ve assembled a voter’s timeline to help you keep track of this year’s dates and deadlines. For more information, visit elections.hawaii.gov.

Voting in the Primary Election is important because this election is nominates candidates to represent political parties in the General Election. Candidates for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and county contests also appear on the Primary Election ballot. All voters may vote in these contests regardless of the party you affiliate with.…

Community Effort Clears Massive Net in Halawa

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Community Effort Clears Massive Net in Halawa

A huge mass of netting and marine debris in Halawa was removed at the end of last month in a massive effort of multi-agency collaboration and volunteer labor. Almost 30,000 pounds, or 14.5 tons, of trash was flown out of the valley by helicopter in 58 giant bags avering 500 pounds each, said Molokai’s James Espaniola with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).

The massive ball of netting washed up in Halawa at the beginning of this year, and was described as the size of a large SUV, about 25 to 30 yards across.…

The Great Big Giveaway

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The Great Big Giveaway

Last Saturday, good Samaritans residents from Oahu distributed three vans full of free, brand new clothes, baby equipment, toys, food, bikes, coolers and more to Molokai residents. Inspired to share with the island, the group of volunteers, pictured here — not associated with any church or organization — came together to collect donations and raise funds to ship 52 boxes of items to Molokai with the goal of spreading the aloha spirit of giving.

“It pulled at her heart one day to want to do something for Molokai,” said Molokai’s Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello about one of the organizers. Rawlins-Crivello helped the group spread the word about their giveaway event by posting it to Facebook, where it quickly got shared more than 100 times.…

Barge Proposes Rate Increase

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Young Brothers, Limited is requesting a rate increase that the company says is much-needed to keep its inter-island cargo business afloat. On Tuesday, July 10, Molokai residents and business owners will have a chance to weigh in at a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rate hearing held on the island.

Young Brothers (YB) has applied for an 11.05 percent increase in its shipping rates, which would raise the company’s revenue by $7.8 million. Company officials say the hike is because of increases in worker wages and benefits. The increase would vary depending on the type of cargo. At all its ports around the state, including Kaunakakai, the barge company is proposing rate increases between five and 17 percent.…

Renegade Roofing Causes Island-Wide Power Outage

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Renegade Roofing Causes Island-Wide Power Outage

A loose piece of sheet metal roofing shut down the whole island’s power for the day last Tuesday. Around 10 a.m. on June 26, the roofing flew onto the power lines along the highway near the landfill, causing a short circuit that resulted in damage to electrical equipment at the Pala‘au Power Plant two miles away. The outage — the longest that many residents can remember — affected all 3,229 Maui Electric customers on the island.

Crews worked all day to mend the downed lines, repair the equipment and restart the generating units at the power plant, which had shut down automatically during the incident to prevent further damage, said Maui Electric’s Shayna Decker.…