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

Winning Streak Continues for Girls Volleyball

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Winning Streak Continues for Girls Volleyball

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Girls Volleyball team swept Lanai last weekend at The Barn to improve their record to 8-2 on the season and secured the number two seed in the MIL Tournament coming up on Oct. 19 on Lanai. The Lady Farmers have won eight in a row and are 6-0 at The Barn this season. Their only 2 losses came early in the season at number one seeded Hana.

Molokai won last Friday 3-0, which was Senior Night for Brooke Keliihoomalu and Precious Rawlins, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-22. Saturday was also a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-21, 25-10, and 25-20.…

Running for Sixth

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Running for Sixth

Photo by Nichol Kahale

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys Cross Country team traveled to King Kekaulike High School on Maui last weekend for their last race of the regular season. As a team, Molokai placed sixth and Jake Samaniego was the top finisher for the Farmers in sixth place with a time of 18:39. Kaina Adolpho finished in 18th place with a time of 19:49 followed by Kainoa Kahale (39th with 20:59), Ikua Deponte (45th in 21:19), Alex Mawae (66th in 22:00) and Erik Svetin (102nd with 24:00).

Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross will now prepare his runners for the MIL Championship on Oct, 22 on Maui.…

Football Top Seeded for Playoffs

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Football Top Seeded for Playoffs

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter
The Molokai Farmers eight man football team secured the top seed in the playoffs and a 3-0 undefeated season with convincing 49-21 road win at Seabury Hall last Saturday. The Farmers will now host a semi-final playoff game against Hana on Oct. 22.
Senior quarterback Jayden Dudoit-Tabilangan led the Farmers with 162 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He also ran for one touch down. Freshman Nalima Puaa-Aki ran for 67 yards on 12 carries and also caught two passes for 62 yards and one touch down. Senior Decker Bicoy had two touch down catches and played well on defense also.…

Students Intern with Local Businesses

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Students Intern with Local Businesses

 

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hawkins

Seven Molokai High students will have the opportunity to intern with some of Molokai’s 16 businesses that were selected to attend the Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF) Nov. 4-5. The internship is a partnership between MHS’s Career and Technical Education and Fine Arts departments, the county’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, and vendors that will be participating in the MIMCF. The program is being piloted for the county here on Molokai.

“This program has the potential to take our students to the next level in preparing for the business world,” said Jennifer Hawkins, small business specialist with the Kuha`o Business Center.…

Brush Fire Threatened Home

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Six brush fires blazed on Molokai last week, five of which were small but deemed of suspicious cause on Tuesday, Sept. 27. A larger fire burned 10 acres near the Molokai Airport two days later, coming dangerously close to a home.

On Tuesday around 5:45 p.m. Molokai firefighters responded to four separate brush fires, all around 200 to 300 yards apart, along the Maunaloa Highway near the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  A fifth small fire was found one mile up the highway near Kamakou Forest Preserve Road.

According to the Maui Fire Department, the largest fire was 20 by 50 feet in size.…

Maui Fundraiser Success for Molokai Candidate

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Campaign News Release

On Sept. 19, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez held a fundraiser at the Kahului Community Center for her bid for the Maui County Council seat to represent Molokai. Over 100 people attended the community event, including many former Molokai residents, who have relocated for better job opportunities or for school.

The event was opened with Keani, standing with her family, performing an oli kahea (chant requesting permission to enter) and receiving an oli pane (chant to welcome) from Napua Greg-Nakasone, Maui County Council candidate, with candidates Alika Atay, Shane Sinenci, and Kelly King standing with Napua. Attendees called the event an “authentic expression of community cohesiveness” and an example of “what servant leadership is all about.”

Invoking her teal logo, Keani compared the sea of teal shirts standing in front of her to water, the most powerful element on earth.…

AmeriCorps Youth Honor Veterans

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

AmeriCorps Youth Honor Veterans

Interval House Molokai Press Release

Our Molokai High School AmeriCorps youth members chose to honor our Molokai veterans for the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Ida Pongmulee, Sonja Angst and Journey Miguel joined other Americans to unite in service in remembrance of the remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks in 2001.

Our AmeriCorps group was warmly greeted by Commodore Sam Makaiwi, Secretary Allen Diorec, and Watch Commander Ronald Pelekai who proudly gave us an impressive tour of their Veterans Caring for Veterans Center. Thanking our veterans for all they have done for our country, Sonja presented them with a poster highlighting beloved veteran, Larry Helm, which she inscribed with, “In loving memory of Larry Helm.” Her vivid depiction brought Larry’s fight to build the Veterans Center to life.…

Philippine Consulate Coming to Molokai

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

County of Maui News Release

For those needing Philippine Passport renewal, Dual Citizenship and Authentication, the Philippine Consulate mobile outreach is coming to Molokai next week. The Consulate will provide those services on-island on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2.

Appointments are required and can be made in-person at the Maui County Immigrant Services Division offices. On Molokai, the office is located in the Moore Center on Kamoi St. in Kaunakakai. Priority will be given to expired passports or passports expiring within the next six months, disabled or aged applicants and emergency travel.

Anyone wishing to reserve an appointment should bring the following items: Completed Application, Philippine Passport, Permanent Resident Card, and $6.45 priority stamp.…

Shooters and Runners Wrap up Weekend

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Shooters and Runners Wrap up Weekend

Air Riflery Team. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hubbard

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys CC team traveled to Maui last Saturday for the Seabury Hall Invitational. Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross took six runners, with Jake Samaniego finishing in sixth place with a time of 19:02. He was followed by Kaina Adolpho in 14th (19:31), Karter Kester in 34th (20:36), Nainoa Kahale in 35th (20:37), Ikua Deponte in 40th (20:53) and Erik Svetin in 95th (24:09). One hundred twenty-two boys ran the three mile course at Olinda, Maui.  The boys will travel again to Maui on Oct. 8 for a race at King Kekaulike.…

Food Preserving

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Food Preserving

Community Contributed

By Ken Love

An eight-day Molokai Master Food preservers class taught canning of jams, jellies, salsas, chutney, beans, beats, venison, chicken, fish along with fermenting and pickling. Pictured here are the class’ graduates, left to right: Kilia Purdy-Avelino, Elwina “Kara” Danner, Mercy Ritte, Bev Ferguson, Jo-Ann Simms, Jessica Saienni and Zhander Fiesta. Not pictured are Kahulu Peltier-Yaw and Instructor Ken Love. The class was made possible by a grant to Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers by the Department of Labor Workforce Development Division.