NextEra Electric Merger Rejected

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A $4.3 billion merger deal between Hawaiian Electric Companies and Florida-based NextEra Energy was rejected last week by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Many Molokai residents, along with others around the state, had raised concerns about the merger and what it could mean for Hawaii’s energy future. Commissioners of the PUC shared many of those concerns in the decision they issued last Friday.

Commissioners based their rejection on two major factors: whether the merger was in the public interest, and if the utility company was fit and able to perform the service currently offered. The PUC identified five major areas of concern: 1) benefits to ratepayers; 2) risks to ratepayers; 3) Applicants’ clean energy commitments; 4) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on local governance; and 5) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on competition in local energy markets.…

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Nainoa Bishaw-Mokiao and his hog earned the title of Grand Champion Market Hog. Photo by kuulei Arce

Community Contributed

By Ku`ulei Arce

Acey Reyes was named Hig Senior Shownmanship Champ. Photo by Kuulei Arce

On the weekend of July 7-11, we traveled to Kualoa Ranch, Oahu with 10 Molokai 4-Hers to enter their animal projects into the State Farm Fair. It was a great weekend to meet and greet new friends and create new memories for all participants. Club leader Clement “Sonny” Reyes leads with great example for the Molokai 4-H Livestock Club. Molokai competitors earned top honors at the event.…

Makani Kai Air Expands Molokai Service

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Makani Kai News Release

Makani Kai Air is expanding its daily round trip flights between Honolulu and Molokai beginning July 15. Due to continued high demand, the airline is adding six roundtrip flights a day, seven days a week.

“We are encouraged by the growing support from the Molokai community,” said Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air. “The people of Molokai have embraced our service to the point that, on some days, there is not a single empty seat remaining. That means that people who want to fly with us are forced to fly with Mokulele and for that I apologize.”

In order to accommodate the increase in flight frequency, Makani Kai Air just took delivery of
another Cessna Grand Caravan, the company’s fourth.…

Benefit Concert Lends a Helping Paw

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The island’s animals, treated by the Molokai Humane Society, will get a boost in funding this weekend, thanks to a helping wing from Mokulele Airlines. A benefit concert featuring Hawaii artist Anuhea will be held at Paddlers Inn on Friday night, and Molokai Humane Society (MoHS) Executive Director Hoala Davis said funds raised will support Humane Society operations.

“Our main goal has been to spay and neuter, and the majority of the funding would go to keeping the costs at $20 for cats and $30 for dogs,” she said. “Over the years, the rates have increased for surgical costs, and the Humane Society has not increased our rates at all.”

Because Molokai doesn’t have an animal shelter to house abandoned pets, Mokulele has jumped on board by assisting MoHS fly animals to Maui for adoption.…

Fire Tanker Name Honors Beloved Island Kupuna

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Fire Tanker Name Honors Beloved Island Kupuna

Photo courtesy of Ella Alcon

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A new Fire Department tanker was given a special name last week. During a dedication held last Wednesday at the Kaunakakai Fire Station, the shiny new vehicle that will carry water to fight island fires was unveiled in honor of the late Aunty Harriet “Nona” Fukuoka.

“She was a heavy advocate for the Fire Department to the day that she died,” said Molokai Fire Captain Hanalei Lindo.

Photo by Lori Buchanan

He said Aunty Nona was the unanimous decision for the tanker to honor, bearing the middle name of its namesake, said Lindo.…

Preventing Zika Infection on Molokai

Friday, July 8th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Mosquito-borne viruses are making headlines lately, and while Zika hasn’t yet made an appearance in Hawaii, the state has been identified as one of the country’s higher risk areas for the disease. According to Dr. Lorrin Pang, an MD with the Hawaii Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office, Zika has reached “crisis proportions” in many countries, and he visited Molokai to educate residents on the disease and preventative measures.

Zika, pronounced “zeeka,” is a virus carried by mosquitos and while many viruses carry nasty symptoms, Pang said 80 percent of the time, a Zika-infected person won’t even know they’re sick.…

Cop Corner

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

With summer in full swing, we wanted to take this time to educate the parents and guardians on the Curfew Laws for Maui County, which apply to Molokai.

It is unlawful for any minor to be present in public places, public streets and roads between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is under the age of 13 years; between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is 13 years to 15 years of age; and between the hours of
12 a.m to 4 a.m if the minor is 16 to 17 years of age.…

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Photo By Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The ‘Give Back’ Volleyball Clinic and exhibition game was held last week at the Molokai High School Barn. Molokai High School graduate and former head volleyball coach Matt Helm and his Whitman College girls volleyball team was here on the island for a week and conducted the clinic along with former professional volleyball players Logan Tom and Allen Allen and Farmer Alumni and former UH Wahine Middle Blocker Kalei Adolpho.

Helm said he was very happy to give back to his home island.

Judy Caparida and her late husband were honored for their support of Molokai Vollyball.…

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Molokai Dispatch Photo

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Molokai Dispatch was honored with four Excellence in Journalism awards last weekend, at a dinner in Honolulu hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Hawaii chapter. Awards were presented in newspaper, TV, radio and magazine categories, for news coverage during 2015. Molokai’s own weekly paper received two first place and two finalists awards. Over the last three years, the Dispatch has now received 13 SPJ awards.

Former Dispatch reporter Colleen Uechi, who now works at The Maui News, was awarded first place in the non-daily newspaper category for general news/enterprise reporting for her story, “Fuel for Thought: Molokai’s Gas Prices,” which printed last October.…

Molokai School Foundation Gets Grant

Friday, June 10th, 2016

FMHMSF News Release

Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation (FMHMSF) has been awarded a $7000 grant by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the 2017 fiscal year. The support will allow the organization to continue to hold its annual Future Fest College and Career Fair at Molokai High School.

The mission of this event is to maximize the opportunities for students in grades seven to 12 to speak with a variety of college or career representatives from six of the different career pathways: Arts and Communication, Business, Health Services, Natural Resources, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Public and Human Services.…