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

County Employee Recognized

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

County Employee Recognized

Photo courtesy County of Maui

Each year, the County of Maui honors those who serve on each island with Employee Recognition Awards. On Molokai, Guillermo Dela Cruz was named the 2016 Employee of the Year.

Dela Cruz is a Building Maintenance Repairer II with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“We are very pleased with Guillermo’s performance,” wrote his supervisors. “He is quick and has a positive attitude. He has a personality and is fun to be around.”

Calling him “a talented individual,” they said Dela Cruz exemplified the county Parks and Recreation mission, which is to provide safe, satisfying and cost-effective recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to Maui County.…

Bucks for Bots

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Bucks for Bots

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

At first glance, it might have appeared to be a group of kids playing with a collection of innovative toys. Though they were having fun, the students at the Malamalama Education Fund dinner and fundraiser last Saturday were actually showcasing learning tools that may help them become engineers, mathematicians or scientists.

The goal of the event, put on by the Molokai Island Foundation (MIF), was to benefit the island’s education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Along with donations from corporate sponsors, proceeds from the dinner and silent auction held at the Molokai Community Health Center will go into a fund to assist with equipment and travel expenses for STEM-related activities.…

E. Coli Found in Ualapue Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the water source for Ualapue in east Molokai tested positive for E. coli bacteria. The water remained safe to drink, however, because water in the distribution system is disinfected, according to county Department of Water Supply (DWS) officials.

The water sample that tested positive for the bacteria was collected on Dec. 7 in the Ualapue Shaft, a well source water located mauka of the highway near Ualapue. No E. coli was found in the distribution system, so officials gave the all-clear to continue drinking the water.

The presence of E. coli can indicate contamination in the water from human or animal waste, according to the DWS.…

Strings Concert Showcases Community Talent

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

MAC News Release

An instrumental concert at Hotel Molokai on Dec. 14 will put community musical dedication on display. Mr. Bob Underwood, a teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary school, is known for his patience and sense of humor. He also has a great love for music, which he shares by teaching strings and woodwinds through the Molokai Instrumental Music Education (MIME) Program, a program he created which is sponsored by the Molokai Arts Center (MAC).

Mr. Underwood’s classes are open to all ages and are free to the community. The MIME Program also provides instruments on loan, which ensures that music education is available to everyone.…

Community Music Concerts

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Community Choir News Release

Free Christmas concerts will be presented Dec. 14 through Dec. 18.  Voices from our Molokai community have joined together to bring the spirit of the birth of Christ through music.  The choir is comprised of singers from various inter-faith churches on Molokai as well as the youthful voices from Aka`ula School.   Joining the choir will be various instrumentalists as well as the kupuna from ALU LIKE, Inc at the performance to be held at St Damien’s Church.

Performance days and times are:

Wednesday, Dec. 14, Waialua Congregational Church, 6 pm

Thursday, Dec. 15, St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec.…

Chaminade Offers Nonprofit Seminar

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Molokai Island Foundation News Release

Chaminade University has offered to do another nonprofit seminar on Molokai, similar to the ones they offer annually in Honolulu at a cost of $185 per person.  However, through a partnership with Chaminade University and other nonprofits, the Molokai Island Foundation is able to bring the seminar to Molokai free of charge to participants.  We will be welcoming again Chaminade Professors Richard Kido and Wayne Tanna, and Aaron Williamson who is a CPA and also teaches at Chaminade.  Handouts will be provided by Chaminade.

The seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at the OHA Conference Room from 9 a.m.…

Waialua Christmas Sale

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Pat Kikukawa

Vendors are invited to participate in the Christmas Craft Boutique, rummage sale and Farmer’s Market at Waialua, on the second Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waialua Pavilion.

We are looking for all types of good things; handcrafted items, fresh produce & plants, fish, baked goods, hand crafted items, apparel, household items, etc.

If you are interested in selling your special items, contact Pat Kikukawa at 553-5643 or at ASAP.  Reasonably priced spaces are still available at $10 per six foot space. Please make your checks payable to Waialua Congregational Church and bring your own table and chair(s).…

Swimming, Paddling Splash into Season

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

With Molokai High School athletes gearing up for the winter season of competition, the swimming and paddling teams are training to make a splash this year.

The Boys and Girls Swim teams are preparing for the upcoming season with a new head coach, Amanda Labriola. Labriola comes to Molokai from Westerly, Rhode Island where she has coached numerous swim teams and also coached at Westfield State University. She has also been coaching the Molokai Dolphins Swim Team.

She said she is excited for the high school season.

“I have about 16 swimmers this year which is an awesome turnout,” said Labriola.…

Snow Goose Treated for Gunshot Wound

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Arleone Dibben-Young

An endangered Snow Goose that has been visiting Molokai was shot last week. On Sunday morning, Nov. 27, the Snow Goose was determined to have received a through-and-through gunshot wound to the head. It survived the shot.

Federal law enforcement officers were alerted of the incident, and fliers were posted on the bulletin boards in town asking assistance from Molokai residents. Rudy DelaCruz with security at Hotel Molokai captured the injured bird Thursday evening so that it could receive medical care. The following morning, it was examined by Molokai Humane Society veterinarian Dr. Eric Jayne and Kathy Coelho, treated and placed on a recovery regime, and placed with Nene O Molokai for rehabilitation.…

College Student Spotlight

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

College Student Spotlight

UHMCM News Release

On Nov. 21, Molokai student Kuulei Alameida was awarded for her outstanding performance as the top female graduate with a Certificate of Competence in Cybersecurity in the 2015-2016 school year.  According to her award letter, “the award was created to recognize the most exceptional male and female students in the University of Hawaii system in cybersecurity related programs.”

Kuulei started her academic journey at UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) in 2009.  She was raised in Maunaloa and graduated from Molokai High School.  Kuulei has earned two associate degrees: one in Liberal Arts, and the second in Business Careers. …