General news which affects the Molokai community in one way or another.

Molokai Schools Now Offer Free Meals for All

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

HIDOE News Release

This upcoming school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will expand a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. This means the schools will serve free meals to all students, even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.

On Molokai, Kaunakakai, Kilohana and Maunaloa elementary schools and Molokai Middle and High schools are among the 22 additional schools to now be included.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand this program to 22 additional schools statewide to provide free meals for over 8,500 more students,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.…

Public Library Anniversary

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Molokai Public Library News Release

Please join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of our Molokai Public Library. The festivities will be held on the lawn fronting the library on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The variety of programs will include live music, hula, brief presentations by local and state dignitaries, along with light refreshments.

Established on May 21, 1937, the Molokai Public Library is one of eight public libraries in the Maui County district, and one of more than 50 libraries in the Hawaii State Public Library system. Placed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places in 1993, the building will undergo an expansion in the near future.…

Kilohana Student Winner in Poster Contest

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Kilohana Student Winner in Poster Contest

DWS News Release

The Maui County Department of Water Supply (DWS) held its eighth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest this year, as well as its first annual Source Water Protection Video Contest. DWS received beautiful poster artwork from 770 students from kindergarten to eighth grade and several creative and inspiring videos from Maui County high school students. The panel of volunteer judges and DWS staff were impressed by the talent displayed by our youth through their drawings and videos.

Kilohana Elementary student Zailin Lavoie won first place in the Kindergarten category poster contest, and was the only Molokai student to be recognized.…

Say No to Cyber-Bullying

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

MCAPP News Release

Before the Internet, bullying ended when you removed yourself from the environment you were in. Nowadays, the bullying dynamic is harder to contain and harder to ignore, even on Molokai. While sexual solicitation and unwanted exposure to sexual material online are often cited as the key online danger for youth, cyber-bullying or online harassment has become a serious concern as well. At Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways (MCAPP), we are helping to educate and prevent cyber-bullying on Molokai.

While cyber-bullying covers a range of behaviors, sexual harassment is key among them. Gender harassment, body rating, sexual putdowns and sexual rumors have moved beyond the schoolyard, hallways or cafeteria and into wide range of social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.…

Robotics Circle of Champions

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Robotics Circle of Champions

Molokai Robotics League News Release

The Kentucky Exposition Center, host of the 2017 VEX Worlds Championships, have what they call their “Circle of Champions” — a walkway that circles the main arena with trophy walls and plaques recognizing their Champions in all areas, from horse racing, to sports, and so on.

The Molokai Robotics League has now completed its “Circle of Champions” at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics season with the added successes at the high school and elementary levels. The Molokai High School VEX Team 1037 Farmers recently won at States and then competed on the National level at the 2017 U.S.…

Molokai Gets $15M for Capital Improvements

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Molokai is earmarked to receive about $15 million in state Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding. That’s part of $63 million for District 13, which includes East Maui, Molokai and Lanai, Rep. Lynn DeCoite announced last week. Molokai’s projects will include improvements to both the Ho`olehua and Kalaupapa airports, as well as Hawaiian Home Lands lot development and improvements to Kualapu`u School. Additionally, $50,000 was added to the state budget to assist Molokai’s student athletes with travel costs.

“This year we were dealing with a very tight budget,” said DeCoite. “I’m thankful that our district received some of the much needed funds to repair our schools, airports and roads.…

When Teachers Play Golf

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

When Teachers Play Golf

The 2017 Molokai Classic Golf Tournament was held last weekend at the iconic Ironwood Hills Golf Course. The bi-annual tournament was organized by Molokai High School teachers and has been going on for more than 15 years.

This year’s winners were Lee DeRouin (gross -78) who won the Molokai Jacket and the Horns’ trophy, and Glenn Sakamoto (net -63) who won the Molokai Cup trophy. The Molokai Classic organizers and participants wants to thank Ironwood for their generous donation to the tournament and for keeping the game of golf alive on Molokai.…

Teams Close Out Sports Season

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Boys Volleyball

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team participated in the 2017 DII State Volleyball Championships in Honolulu two weeks ago and finished in fourth place. The Farmers, who won the DII MIL Championship, finished with a record of 13-4 (1-2 HHSAA).

At the state tournament, Molokai won its first game against Hawaii Prep 3-1(25-16, 12-25, 25-19, and 27-25) to advance to the semifinals against Hawaii Baptist. The Farmers lost to the reigning champions in three sets (25-6, 25-16, and 25-19). Head Coach Hale Domingo and his team then advanced to the third place game at the Blaisdell Center Arena against St.…

Molokai Excels at STEM Conference

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Hawaii STEM Conference News Release

On May 1-2, more than 1,000 students, educators, industry partners and community leaders throughout the state and the nation gathered for the 8th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference. The event is an empowering STEM event dedicated to engaging a new generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) innovators in Hawaii.

Among the attendees were about 50 students from Molokai Middle and High schools and their Hawaiian Language Immersion Programs (HLIP). Students from Molokai’s `O Hina I Ka Malama, taught by `Iolani Kuoha, opened the Hawaii STEM Conference with an oli.

The Molokai High School HLIP team of Kau`iwai Poepoe-Mollena, Kamahina Kaiama-Kanuha were named one of the Hawaii finalists for the ArcGIS Online U.S.…

Arts Education Opens Doors on Molokai

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By Taylour Chang, Director of Doris Duke Theater

Since 2013, the Honolulu Museum of Arts’ Soundshop, a hip-hop education program designed to help high school students develop independent thinking and self-confidence, has been working with classes from Farrington, Wai`anae, `Aiea and Pearl City high schools.

In March, the museum took the Soundshop program off island for the first time—to Molokai, where Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte’s nonprofit Hui o Kuapa and the Hawaiian Learning Center at Keawanui Fishpond served as Soundshop’s living classroom for a weekend.

I, along with Soundshop partners and educators the Super Groupers — Navid Najafi, Scott Ohtoro, and Illis It — and respected emcees from Makaha Punahele and Rukka, flew into Kaunakakai for three days.…