Community

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

Used Motor Oil Program Open

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui’s Used Motor Oil (UMO) Program for home mechanics has been reinstated a month ahead of schedule after being suspended in February due to a lack of state funding support.

The County Council granted the Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s (EP&S) supplemental budget request of $126,875 to fund the program for the remainder of this fiscal year to continue the program, and funds for the UMO program are in the County’s FY 18 budget.

As of April 25 on Molokai, the program is available at the landfill through Recycle Molokai. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m.…

Molokai Surf Mana

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By William Osgood

The weather report guessed 70 percent rain. We were coming down off a large northwest swell and with no work, I went surfing. Now Molokai has surf, but other islands have super surf all the time. So, maybe it’s better for some to go elsewhere if you need pounding surf all winter. I body surf. The surf that day was medium/gentle, not crowded and with plenty of friendly vibes.

The Oahu guys and big names of body-surfing may tell you the sport is the purest form of surfing. So natural! Well, it is natural but also it can be like riding a telephone pole with all the wires and transformers still attached.…

Molokai Student Among Art Finalists

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard News Release

Molokai High student Sonja Angst is among 13 finalists in Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s fifth annual Kaha Ki`i Second Congressional District Art Competition. Gabbard also launched a “People’s Choice” contest on the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Facebook Page where the public can select their favorite pieces. A gallery of the finalists’ artwork is now on display in the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol. Each spring, the congresswoman sponsors the event to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawaii as part of a nationwide high school art competition with other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Angst is a senior at Molokai high and her finalist piece is titled “Girl in the Shadows.”
“I encourage everyone in the community to check out the art being showcased by these gifted students from across the state of Hawaii—either see the pieces in person at the Hawaii State Capitol, or take a look on my Facebook page.…

Tulsi Gabbard Talks National Threats

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard visited Molokai last month to hold a town meeting, attended by a large and attentive crowd of residents. Community members had a chance to ask questions and talk story with the national democratic politician and Iraq war veteran, representing Hawaii’s second district.

North Korea’s missile capabilities particularly concerned her, and what she called the direct threat it poses to Hawaii.

“We have seen a lot in the news recently about North Korea’s continued increasing intercontinental ballistic missile capability…” she explained. “[Many]… are not aware of the very serious threat posed by North Korea and the fact that the intercontinental ballistic missiles that they have put Hawaii within range… this is not just some theoretical issue but something that threatens our state’s existence and something we have to take seriously.”

She said she has been working on missile defense on Kauai “should that worst case scenario happen” and urging state and federal officials to take action.…

Sports Roundup

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The Softball team finished their season 8-2 after losing both state games at McKinley High School softball field. On Thursday they faced St. Francis and lost 11 to 1. On Friday they faced Waipahu and lost 5-4 in five innings with a time limit of one hour and 30 minutes for consolation games.

Boys Volleyball competed in two games on Thursday and Friday at Hawaii Baptist Academy gymnasium. On Thursday, they beat Hawaii Prep 3-1 to advance to the semi finals against Hawaii Baptist on Friday, but lost 3-0. The Farmers played in the third place game on Saturday, with results to be announced next week.…

Horner-Villa Pursues College Baseball

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Horner-Villa Pursues College Baseball

Photo by Lauren Palmer-Villa

Levi Horner-Villa is a 2016 Alumni of Molokai High School and is playing his freshman baseball season at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. His Wildcats recently won the Northwest Conference with a 24-10 overall record. Horner-Villa played in 22 games, mostly as the designated hitter, and batted .270 with 3HRs and 11 RBIs.

While at Molokai High, he was named The Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Division II Player of the Year as a senior in 2016 and was team captain for the Farmers Baseball team for three years. His parents are Nathan and Rethysia Horner.

Linfield Head Coach Scott Carnahan had nothing but praise for the freshman player from Molokai.…

Rat Lung Worm in the Garden

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Glenn I. Teves, UH CTAHR County Extension Agent

Recently in Hana, Maui, there have been cases of Rat Lung Worm, a microscopic nematode that causes a neurological disorder in humans called Eosinophilic Meningitis. This disorder affects people differently, from a headache to severe paralysis and even death. The Rat Lung Worm has a complex life cycle requiring growth stages both in a rat and a slug in order to develop the stage that infects humans.
In most instances, this disease has been spread by slugs in fresh produce eaten raw, and grown in the area, especially in home gardens. The Rat Lung Worm lives in the lungs of rats and is shed in its feces.…

Kualapu`u School Robotics Takes 2nd in the World

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Kualapu`u School Robotics Takes 2nd in the World

Courtesy of Edwin Mendija

By Edwin Mendija and Desirae Cabalar, Coaches

For the first time, Kualapu`u School’s VEX IQ Robotics Teams 1037A and 1037B competed at the 2017 VEX IQ World Championship on April 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. The international competition consisted of 272 champion teams from over 30 countries from around the world. Coming out with a second place finish at the World Championship, the Kualapu`u Comets far exceeded expectations – being that this was their first ever Worlds appearance.

The competition started off with the Robot Skills challenge, where each team tried to score as many points as they could in both a one-minute driver skill challenge and one-minute autonomous programming challenge after which both scores were combined.…

Phonebook Recycling

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Vivial News Release

Vivial, proud publisher of the Hawaiian Telcom Directory, is partnering with schools on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai to launch the #SmallBizBigOutcome recycling drive and environmental awareness campaign. The campaign runs through May 30, and is in conjunction with the 2017 Hawaiian Telcom Directory delivery on the neighbor islands.

Local schools on each island will compete to collect the outdated telephone directories, which will keep the directories out of landfills through recycling. All participating schools will receive a cash prize for their involvement in the program, and one school will win a grand prize.…

MMS Robotics Team 434 at Worlds

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

MMS STEM Robotics News Release

Team 434M Menehune Farmers from Molokai Middle School’s STEM Robotics program came away with third place Teamwork Ranking honors in the Engineering Division of the Middle School VEX IQ Championships at the 2017 VEX World Championships. The event was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on April 23-25.

Team 434M Menehune Farmers featured returning veteran and Team Captain Kamalu Ka`awa-Richardson along with team driver Kaiakea Dudoit, and team STEM Presenters Maya Lima and Reese Raguindin.

This has been the third year that Team 434 has qualified for the VEX World Championships. Team 434 is made up of three individual teams: Team 434K Kalo Farmers, Team 434M Menehune Farmers, and Team 434N Naiwa Warriors.…