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

Learning the Stories of Taro

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Learning the Stories of Taro

Photo by Natasha Mcintosh Westhoff

By Natasha McIntosh Westhoff, Community Reporter

A quiet, attentive crowd of about 50 sat beneath the shade of a tent at the UHMaui College Farm the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17 as Jerry Konanui, of Hawaii Island, stood up to speak. Behind him, laid neatly in a row, were 15-= to 20 kalo plants, freshly harvested from the farm soil. He spoke about his lifelong passion for taro and preserving the nearly 80 varieties currently found in the Hawaiian islands. Picking up one of the plants with the careful attentiveness of a father with an infant, he held it up before the small crowd gathered for the Molokai Taro Variety Field Day.…

Wahine Strong

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wahine Strong

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

After being plagued by dangerous weather conditions in recent years, last Sunday dawned calm and clear for hundreds of paddlers taking on Na Wahine O Ke Kai. The world-renowned race across Molokai’s Ka`iwi Channel brings the toughest women paddlers from around the globe to test their endurance and mental strength. Though Molokai didn’t race a full crew this year, several of the island’s paddlers joined forces with other teams to make the crossing. See next week’s paper for full coverage.

Home Win for Football

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Home Win for Football

Photo by Rick Shonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Farmers eight-man football team won their home opener this past weekend beating Hana 74-10 in front of a great crowd at the Molokai High School field. The Farmers are the defending Maui Interscholastic League Eight-Man Champions and they will travel for the next two weekends for games at Lanai and Seabury.

Senior quarterback Jayden Dudoit-Tabilangan led a potent Farmer offense as he was 5-6 for 137 yards with two touchdown passes, one to Decker Bicoy and the other to Kairos Torres-Umi. He also ran for another. Jayse Lalim-Rillon and Nalima Puaa-Aki both had two rushing touchdowns.…

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Thousands gathered on Kaunakakai’s main street last Friday evening to celebrate paddling, culture, environmental stewardship and fellowship. The third annual Kulaia Canoe Festivals brought record numbers and a memorable line-up of special guests to welcome visiting paddlers for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai channel race as well as the Molokai community.

Molokai’s Kelson “Mac” Poepoe, a well-known community leader, natural resource manager and fisherman who has worked to preserve the Mo`omomi area, was honored with the event’s annual Ho`oilina award. A special guest, renowned Hokule`a navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson, came from New York — straight from the vessel’s Worldwide Voyage — to present the award.…

Football Season Kicks Off

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School eight-man football team will set out to defend its 2015 MIL Championship as they start their new season on Sept. 24 at home against Hana.

“We are looking forward to a productive season,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale. “Last year we had a talented senior class that helped us capture our first MIL Championship.  We are putting in the work and hope to repeat.”

With a new year and a new team, Kahale said his returnees will need to become leaders.

“We have about 20 returnees who will need to step up and fill the void,” he said.…

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely

The 2016 Pailolo Challenge was held in amazing canoe racing conditions on Saturday Sept. 17. Two Molokai canoes, both from Wa’akapaemua Canoe Club, made the crossing from Flemings Beach on Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor in the men’s Open Iron Unlimited and one in the women’s Open Division.

The men finished first in the Open Iron Unlimited with a time of 2:53:13. They also were second overall behind Team Primo’s 9 man crew. Crew members included Troy Heen, Brandon Kansana, Lohiao Paoa, Conrad Martin, Kingi Gilbert, Kaimi Kealoha, Kaeo Abbey, Ekolu Kalama.

The women finished in 11th place in the Open Division with a time of 4:14:36.…

Kalaupapa Cultural Manager Leaves Park

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Kalaupapa Cultural Manager Leaves Park

Photo courtesy of KNHP

By Rick Schonely

Carrie Mardorf, the cultural resource program manager at the Kalaupapa National Historic Park (KNHP), is leaving the settlement for a job on the mainland. She will be working as superintendent of Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Louisiana. While at KNHP, she  oversaw the preservation of over 300 historic buildings, 1200 grave markers, two cultural landscapes, hundreds of archeological sites, museum collections, and an ongoing collection of oral histories from the Hansen’s disease patient community.

Mardorf said she has been with the National Park Service since 2009 and came to Kalaupapa in January 2014.…

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Photo courtesy of Makani Kai. William Crocker, left, of Hawaii Industrial Structures and Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, review plans for the new airline terminal being constructed at 100 Kaulele Place at the Honolulu International Airport. The facility is expected to be completed early in 2017.

Makani Kai Air News Release

Construction has begun on a new terminal at the Honolulu International Airport for Makani Kai Air. The facility, which will be four times the size of Makani Kai Air’s current home, is located at 100 Kaulele Place.

“We’re excited to be moving the airline operation to a new home,” said Richard Schuman,
president of Makani Kai Air.…

Paddlers to Reopen Under New Ownership

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Paddlers Inn News Release

We are excited to announce that Paddlers Restaurant and Bar will soon reopen under new local family ownership and management. With fresh food from our local farmers, fresh fish from our local fisherman, and a fresh group of faces happy to serve you, we hope that you and your family will join in this exciting time.

We are also excited to announce that the kitchen at Paddlers Inn will now have the experience and culinary passion of Chef Kainoa Turner. It’s our goal at Paddlers to offer our island community their favorite local dishes, pupus of course, and fresh Asian, Italian and Mexican food, plus many more options on the menu.…

The Week in Sports

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Week in Sports

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Girls Volleyball

The Molokai High School Lady Farmer volleyball team had its first home games of the season last weekend at The Barn in Ho`olehua.

On Friday night, Sehja Pedro had four kills and Jaide Kiaha had four aces as Molokai High School swept Maui Prep 25-11, 25-15 and 25-11. Brooke Keliihoomalu, Kawaohi Duvauchelle and Stasia Kaahanui each had three kills for the Farmers.

On Saturday, Molokai upped its record to 4-2 by winning again in three sets 25-10, 25-11 and 25-8. Maui Prep fell to 0-5. All players for each team played equal time on Saturday and stats were pretty even all around for both teams.…