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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.…

Penning Poems for Peace

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Penning Poems for Peace

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Last week, nearly 30 Molokai students were honored as winners of the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest. This was the first year Molokai youth participated in the event, and many shares their thoughts on peace in two languages, using many poetry forms such as haiku, free verse and metered rhyme.

“We are holding this first Molokai peace poem ceremony to honor 26 winning students and also to highlight 57 out of 207 entrants [who] wrote poetry in the Hawaiian language with an English translation,” said Melinda Gohn, the Coordinator of the International Peace Poem Project and the Dr.…

Community Plan Update in Final Stage

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai Community Plan has begun the final step in the update process. In May, the Maui County Planning Department transmitted the draft document to the County Council for review and adoption. Once completed, the plan — a comprehensive blueprint for the island’s economic and environmental resources, infrastructure and cultural values — will help guide Molokai’s future over the next decades.

This is the final step in the process for updating the 2001 Molokai Community Plan that began more than a year ago. Revisions to the plan were initially prepared and recommended by Planning Department staff, then reviewed by the Molokai Community Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), a 13 member committee of Molokai residents, which provided its recommended revisions during public meetings and workshops held from March through October 2015.…

Vendors For East End Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Waialua Congregational Church News Release

Vendors are invited to register for the East End Farmer’s Market at Waialua, sponsored by the Waialua Congregational Church on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are interested in selling your goods, handcrafted items, fresh produce and plants, livestock, fresh fish, baked goods, hand crafted items, apparel, household items, woodcarving, ancient Hawaiian weapons, etc., we are looking for all types of good things.

Registration deadline is May 20. For more information contact tinahelindsey@gmail.com or pkikukawa@yahoo.com or call 808-658-6454. Reasonably priced space fees at $10 per six-foot space, please make your checks payable to Waialua Congregational Church and if possible, bring your own table and chairs, limited number available.…

A Bird in the Hand: Volunteers band shearwater seabirds

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A Bird in the Hand: Volunteers band shearwater seabirds

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

As dusk fell on the Mo`omomi coastline, silhouetted birds began to swoop over the shore and across the grasses and native plants of the dunes. Donning their headlamps, a dozen biologists, conservationists and volunteers stood by, waiting for the birds to settle. Then, in the pitch blackness and gusty wind, the group broke into small teams and vanished into the darkness.

Brandishing their flashlights and tools, the teams searched the ground for piles of sand and holes that would indicate a burrow. The inhabitants of the holes are Wedge-tailed Shearwater, or `Ua`u kani, an indigenous seabird with gray-brown and white feathers, a long, hooked beak and a wingspan of more than three feet.…

Cop Corner

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

As the end of the school year approaches, the Maui Police Department would like to extend our congratulations to the graduating class of 2016. With the increase in celebrations, police will be placing an emphasis in the detection of underage drinkers, distracted drivers, and conducting sobriety checkpoints.

An underage drinker is defined as any person below the age of 21 years who consumes or is in possession or custody of liquor in any public place, gathering, beach or park, or in any motor vehicle on a public highway.

Hawaii’s law bans the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.…

Ukulele Ohana Molokai to celebrate Mele O`o 

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Full Heart Productions News Release

This coming Memorial Day weekend, May 27-31, the sounds of the happiest instrument on earth will once again fill the lodge at Pu`u O Hoku Ranch as the Ukulele Ohana Molokai workshop and its teacher Lono, return for the fifth year.

The theme this year will be Mele O`o or powerful music.  Participants will learn the deep roots of Old Style Hawaiian music with Lono on their ukulele, and to experience the vibrant community of Molokai. When asked what inspires him to write and teach Lono says, “The line between the past and the present, through our ancestors, prepares us for the future.…