Letters

Mahalo for Help and Encouragement

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

A heartfelt mahalo to everyone who has helped us get our shop, HI-Bling, ready and encouraged us along the way. Herman and Doreen Lima-Coelho, Vashti Lima, Barry and Patricia Villiarimo, Ivan Coelho, Pulama and Nahulu Maioho and ʻOhana, Uʻilani Lima, Rachel Abshire, Shiko Coelho and ʻOhana, Esther and Tyra Coelho-Kelekolio and ʻOhana, Tani Villiarimo, Dylan and Gaby Miguel-Coelho and ʻOhana, Nahoa Lima-Villa, Journey Miguel and ʻOhana, Dawn and Alohalani Harris-Joao, Keshia Adolpho and ʻOhana, Puaa ʻOhana, Lani Ozaki and ʻOhana, Tiffany Rapanot and ʻOhana and the Haliniak ʻOhana. And our angel in heaven, Ekolu Coelho. If we have forgotten anyone, we sincerely apologize.…

Irene Graham and Clifford Chillingworth

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Irene Graham and Clifford Chillingworth

Irene Graham and Clifford Chillingworth were married on March 17, 2022 on Molokai.  We had a wonderful time at a friend’s house.…

Soccer Mahalo

Friday, March 18th, 2022

This is coach Greg with our high school and middle school soccer programs. I wanted to send a big shout out and thank you to MHS Athletic Director Lee DeRouin and Molokai High for all their hard work and time in getting our high school boys soccer team scrimmage against Seabury, getting us there, transportation and a place to stay! 

Thank you also to Jessica Kalanihuia and the 21st century program for allowing us to play under their program. 

Our boys are very thankful for the opportunity and will have memories for a lifetime. They also look forward to competing again next year!  Thank you again for all the support.…

Action Needed on Molokai Ranch

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Action Needed on Molokai Ranch

Molokai Ranch has been up for sale for years now. All efforts to buy have failed thus far.

The price is too high at $260 million.

Water has been a major problem, both their mountain stream dams, reservoirs and 25 miles of pipes. They have no permit to operate their drinking water at Well 17. The land has serious (criminal) erosion problems that includes a red shoreline after rains that threatens the pristine reefs. The traditional forest has been denuded and is gone.

The ranch, which is one third of our island, is owned by a foreign county in Singapore that is almost impossible to contact.…

Mardi Gras Fun

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

On Saturday, Feb. 26, a fun event is planned at St. Damien Church in the parking lot behind the church in Kaunakakai from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be lucky number drawings with a first place prize of an $800 ticket voucher on Mokulele Airlines and cash prizes, King Cakes, malasada sale, mask decorating contest ($2 each), baked goods, games for all ages, jumbo hotdog/chili plate lunch ($10),  popcorn and cotton candy!  For lucky number tickets, masks, lunch plate tickets/more information, call 808-336-0261. COVID policy will be followed, with masks suggested and hand sanitizing when entering. Please do not attend if you are sick. …

Kind Rescue

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

We would like to thank the young man who rescued our dog who was walking on the highway in Kamalo on the night of January 22nd.  He so kindly picked her up and kept her safe for the night and somehow managed to find out where she lived and returned her safely the next morning.  We were so very happy to have her back we failed to get his name and thank him properly.  He has our heartfelt appreciation.

Sincerely, Gerry and Karen Garcia…

Mokulele Responds to Storm Damages

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

As you may have heard, during the intense storms two weeks ago, two of Mokulele’s aircraft were damaged (and taken out of service) by an Amazon cargo container which was caught in a severe wind and thrown into them at the Honolulu International Airport. 

Thank goodness it was the middle of the night and no one was injured! Nevertheless, losing two airplanes has caused considerable pain in our system. We are working diligently both to repair these airplanes and to bring additional ones over the ocean from the mainland. 

Also during this time, almost every Hawaiian airport experienced a closure that caused every airline to have long delays.…

Water Catchment

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Are you interested in getting almost free water? If so, maybe catching rainwater from your roof is something to think about. I found that a 50 gallon trash barrel will fill up surprisingly fast with only a small or medium sized rain. Even a light rain can fill up a five gallon bucket in no time. 

Mosquitos? No problem. Mosquito fish will take care of the problem easily. Just think about how much water comes from the roofs of government buildings, schools, businesses, roads, streets and highways. This water can be easily purified with water hyacinths, a beautiful, orchid-like aquatic plant. …

Thanksgiving Day Search

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

The search for Gianina Reid continues, who went missing in Kalae in June. We had the Oahu Search and Rescue Team fly to Molokai to repel off the cliff in search for Giannia on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Although this team put in more than 20 hours of search time over the two days they were unable to locate any sign of her. The team members were Becca Frager, Debbie Halbert, Jeff Dexter, Nimai Wong, Justin Brackett, of Oahu and Molokai’s team was Lester Keanini and Ku Keanini as their guides.

Thank you to Mr. Mel Chung, Nani, and Justin Lawelawe Wong, Alu Like, Melia Kalawe, Lucy Wilhelm and Cameron Tancayo, Sonua Lavia, Meyers landowners, Kimberlyn Scott, MPD, MFD, DLNR, Keani Rawlins and Lynn DeCoite.…

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Community Contributed

Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

It came to me last week during our annual Sacred Hearts retreat at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley. My next article would be entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” after the movie of that title, starring Clint Eastwood. This “inspiration” came to me during one of Father David Reid’s dynamic conferences. Forgive me, David, for being momentarily side-tracked at such a solemn moment! When I shared this “inspiration” with Sister Dolores Pavao ss.cc., my longtime friend and coworker during our time in Massachusetts, she came back with, “Oh, I don’t like that.”…