Happiness in the Storm

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

I found myself visiting uncle the other day and we sat and listened to the winter trade winds flow down the slopes of Kamakou.  He was talking story when I noticed a trench dug out along his house.  He told me the rains brought a stream to his front door the other day and he unexpectedly found himself digging and quickly!  

He took a break from his trenching and watched the water cascade off the landscaped rocks with a beautiful sheen.  He chuckled to himself as a spoke.  He saw a beauty and happiness in that small waterfall.  Despite a moment of stress and extreme pressure, uncle still managed to find a reason to smile.…

Kaunakakai School Thefts

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

On Feb. 9, students came to Kaunakakai Elementary and found that someone had stolen the wind screens from their outside eating area. To you who stole these items from our kids, I know you don’t care about the health and welfare of our youngest children; I know you don’t care about shade and wind breaks for the student dining area; I know you don’t care that your “problem,” or whatever it is that is causing you to do this, is going to affect the 300 students at our school. I do know that all you care about is yourself. And, by the way, this is the third time that this has happened. …

Tree Perspectives

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

We look at a tree and it looks differently as we walk around it.  If we look at the tree from only one perspective, we only have this perspective.  It’s not that our perspective is wrong, it’s just limited.  

Too often we get stuck trying to figure out who’s perspective is right or who’s is wrong.  But this is not the right question we should be asking ourselves.  Why are we viewing the tree from only one perspective?  This is not only boring but we miss so much beauty hidden in the branches.

My son and I climbed the big monkey pod tree at the Kilohana Rec Center the other day. …

Molokai Family Health Center Closure

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

We are writing to you as a respected, cherished and important patient of Kauka Noa Emmett Aluli,

M.D. to let you know that Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 will be the last day that medical services will be provided at the Molokai Family Health Center. The clinic will remain open until Tuesday, Feb. 28, to assist you and other patients in finding a new provider here on Molokai.

We are so very blessed and fortunate that 46 years ago, Kauka Aluli, inspired by our kupuna, chose Molokai for his family healthcare practice. With his passing away on Nov. 30, 2022, the Molokai Family Health Center no longer has a family practice physician to provide medical care for our patients.…

Sweet Home Molokai

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Molokai, so beautiful with a rich, happy and simple everyday lifestyle.  Life is peaceful and we appreciate what we have from this Island.  

Every Molokai sunrise brings hope, happiness and a special new day.  We are reminded to continue kind acts to ourselves and others in the community.  We are reminded to act with love, care and respect for everyone — family, children, the community and visitors to our beautiful Island.

Every Molokai sunset brings a purification of spirit — forgiveness, release of negative energy in preparation for the next sunrise.  That is one of the purposes of sunrises and sunsets in our lives. …

Remembering Hal Newman

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

On the road again

As the sun rises in the east

Birds heard chirping against a changing sky.

Island community wakes

Lush, green and rainbow

Colors set against a

Northern cliff backdrop

That is east end Molokai.

A lone figure appears on 

The blacktop, navigating 

Toward the roadway, the 

Ocean and the secrets of 

Fishponds, old gas stations,

Coconut palms, towering

Mountains, lost horizons.

Greetings exchanged, vistas

Viewed and the heart and

Lungs renewed.

To the north, the church.

To the south, the ponds.

Acknowledgment and 

Thanks to another day

In the island way of

Luminous, living color.

Shirlee Newman, Hal’s loving wife

Hal was 94 when he passed away in October, 2022.…

HallowHim Mahalo

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Smiles on the faces of excited costumed children were plentiful Monday evening, Oct. 31 as hundreds poured onto the grounds of Kaunakakai Baptist Church for the HallowHim Festival.  It has been two years since a group of local Molokai churches have been able to sponsor the event that has been part of annual fall festivities on island for over a quarter of a century. Everyone in attendance appeared to be overjoyed with the festival’s return.

Like the HallowHim Festivals of past years, the 2.5-hour venue provided keiki big and small the opportunity to play a variety of games. With each opportunity to play, win or lose, kids were rewarded with a sweet treat or prize to fill their bags, buckets or pockets.…

Removal of Veteran Board

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

This is a public letter to Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans and our latest bogus appointed commander, directors and officers. 

After more than six years, four appointed Commanders with no transparency, no accountability, including our silly investigation by the Attorney General Office, we have gotten nowhere.

Nevertheless, accordingly this is a 30-day notice, Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans Annual Membership Meeting is to be held in the month of November. 

Please be advised, Hawaii Nonprofit Corporation Act Section 414 D-138 states that the Members of a nonprofit corporation may remove one or more directors elected by them without cause.  Section (g) that an entire Board of Directors may be removed under this section of the law. …

Stop DHHL Construction

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

At the 2018 annual Molokai Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) meeting, a $4 million proposed Veterans Center development was on DHHL’s agenda. It was intended to be a fast-tracked political deal because the State of Hawaii had federal funds to spend it or lose it. Our Molokai homestead community testified with the typical pros and cons. DHHL wanted to build a veterans center on our only community open field/park in Ho’olehua. Homesteaders also addressed the safety issues of veterans’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as three schools located within 100 yards of the proposed location. Also, the recently built VA center in Kaunakakai has nominal membership.…

Ranked Choice Voting

Friday, November 4th, 2022

Governor Ige recently signed extremely limited Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) legislation which would allow voters an opportunity to “rank” candidates in a particular race.

How many times has one not voted for their preferred candidate for fear that someone they do not support would win? With RCV, one chooses the candidate they would most rather have for the specific position. If their preferred candidate does not receive the most votes, who would be a second choice for the voter?

The candidate with the fewest votes is removed and those voters who chose that individual then have their second choice receive their vote. This process continues until a candidate receives 50 percent plus one and they are then elected.…