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

Benefit Concert Lends a Helping Paw

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The island’s animals, treated by the Molokai Humane Society, will get a boost in funding this weekend, thanks to a helping wing from Mokulele Airlines. A benefit concert featuring Hawaii artist Anuhea will be held at Paddlers Inn on Friday night, and Molokai Humane Society (MoHS) Executive Director Hoala Davis said funds raised will support Humane Society operations.

“Our main goal has been to spay and neuter, and the majority of the funding would go to keeping the costs at $20 for cats and $30 for dogs,” she said. “Over the years, the rates have increased for surgical costs, and the Humane Society has not increased our rates at all.”

Because Molokai doesn’t have an animal shelter to house abandoned pets, Mokulele has jumped on board by assisting MoHS fly animals to Maui for adoption.…

Young and Ocean-Savvy

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Young and Ocean-Savvy

Photo by Noelani Yamashita

In the final event of the summer’s Keiki O Ke Kai Surf Meet series last Saturday at Waialua Beach, young groms lined up to celebrate a season of surf and friendly competition. The annual series has been held for 27 years, and this summer, featured three events that fostered family fun and healthy lifestyles. Photo by Noelani Yamashita.

Fire Tanker Name Honors Beloved Island Kupuna

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Fire Tanker Name Honors Beloved Island Kupuna

Photo courtesy of Ella Alcon

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A new Fire Department tanker was given a special name last week. During a dedication held last Wednesday at the Kaunakakai Fire Station, the shiny new vehicle that will carry water to fight island fires was unveiled in honor of the late Aunty Harriet “Nona” Fukuoka.

“She was a heavy advocate for the Fire Department to the day that she died,” said Molokai Fire Captain Hanalei Lindo.

Photo by Lori Buchanan

He said Aunty Nona was the unanimous decision for the tanker to honor, bearing the middle name of its namesake, said Lindo.…

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

Rex “Bubu” Kamakana,left, pictured with his roping partner Ethan Awa from Hawaii Island. Both will be traveling to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.

NHSFR News Release

Rex “Bubu” Kamakana, a tenth grade student at Molokai High School, has earned a position on the Hawaii team for the National High School Rodeo. He will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23 to compete at the 68th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Team Roping competition.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo.…

Head Start to Learning in Summer Program

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Head Start to Learning in Summer Program

Photo courtesy of 21st CCLC Molokai LIVE

21st CCLC Molokai LIVE News Release

More than 100 students on Molokai made the commitment to attend the Molokai LIVE MHS and UPLINK MMS Summer Program this year. Transitioning from elementary to middle school and eighth grade to high school can be daunting, but with support and surrounded by new friends they were up to the challenge. Students looking to get a head start in learning and preparing themselves for the new school year with a possible ½ elective credit attended classes in math, science, social studies, college and career readiness, video media, drama, cooking, VEX robotics, band and English.…

Preventing Zika Infection on Molokai

Friday, July 8th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Mosquito-borne viruses are making headlines lately, and while Zika hasn’t yet made an appearance in Hawaii, the state has been identified as one of the country’s higher risk areas for the disease. According to Dr. Lorrin Pang, an MD with the Hawaii Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office, Zika has reached “crisis proportions” in many countries, and he visited Molokai to educate residents on the disease and preventative measures.

Zika, pronounced “zeeka,” is a virus carried by mosquitos and while many viruses carry nasty symptoms, Pang said 80 percent of the time, a Zika-infected person won’t even know they’re sick.…

‘Mathletes’ Gain Confidence in Math Competition

Friday, July 1st, 2016

‘Mathletes’ Gain Confidence in Math Competition

Kaunakakai Elementary School participants pose with their certificates and Kamoi Snack-n-Go gift certificates. Photo By Kimberly Svetin

Community Contributed

By Erik Svetin, Molokai High School Student and Mathlete

Three years ago, I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.

I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 19-20.…

Cop Corner

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

With summer in full swing, we wanted to take this time to educate the parents and guardians on the Curfew Laws for Maui County, which apply to Molokai.

It is unlawful for any minor to be present in public places, public streets and roads between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is under the age of 13 years; between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is 13 years to 15 years of age; and between the hours of
12 a.m to 4 a.m if the minor is 16 to 17 years of age.…

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Photo By Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The ‘Give Back’ Volleyball Clinic and exhibition game was held last week at the Molokai High School Barn. Molokai High School graduate and former head volleyball coach Matt Helm and his Whitman College girls volleyball team was here on the island for a week and conducted the clinic along with former professional volleyball players Logan Tom and Allen Allen and Farmer Alumni and former UH Wahine Middle Blocker Kalei Adolpho.

Helm said he was very happy to give back to his home island.

Judy Caparida and her late husband were honored for their support of Molokai Vollyball.…

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Newspaper Receives Statewide Awards

Molokai Dispatch Photo

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Molokai Dispatch was honored with four Excellence in Journalism awards last weekend, at a dinner in Honolulu hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Hawaii chapter. Awards were presented in newspaper, TV, radio and magazine categories, for news coverage during 2015. Molokai’s own weekly paper received two first place and two finalists awards. Over the last three years, the Dispatch has now received 13 SPJ awards.

Former Dispatch reporter Colleen Uechi, who now works at The Maui News, was awarded first place in the non-daily newspaper category for general news/enterprise reporting for her story, “Fuel for Thought: Molokai’s Gas Prices,” which printed last October.…