Community

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

Farmers on the Mat

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Farmers on the Mat

Photo by Kabbie Bicoy-Juario

Last Thursday evening, members of the boys and girls high school wrestling team battle each other in friendly competition at a Green and White Inter-Squad Match at The Barn. With no home matches this year, the event offered Farmer fans a chance to see the team in action and raise support for off-island travel. Concessions were sold to help support the team’s expenses this year.

Aerial Electric Line Inspections

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Maui Electric News Release

Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections throughout Maui County on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Molokai will be included in the inspections.

Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service for the Maui County community.

For questions or concerns, the public can contact Maui Electric at 871-8461 or toll-free 1-877-871-8461 for Molokai.

Art Reception Awards Local Artists

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Art Reception Awards Local Artists

MAC News Release

The fifth annual Molokai Arts Center Membership Art Reception was well attended on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Molokai Public Library. For the first time ever, awards were awarded by jurors, and recipients were given recognition during the reception. The audience was also able to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award which was tallied and announced at the conclusion of the reception.

In the Keiki Awards category, Kayzen Keoho was the Scariest, Laule’a Ledesma was awarded for Excellence in Composition, Kailiah Gonzalez Chong received Excellence in Technique, Waihala’i Purdy Avelino was Most Unique and Waile’a Ward was named Most Creative.…

Boys Basketball Begins Preseason

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Boys Basketball Begins Preseason

Photo by Renee Morey-Kester

The Molokai High School Boys Basketball team shot their first hoops of the preseason last weekend at Maui High School. First year Head Coach Bob Danner and his team played the host Sabers in their first game and lost 54-37. The following night, the Farmers lost to last year’s DII champions, University High School 67-30. In their last game of the tournament, the Farmers faced league rival Seabury and came up short 61-41.
The Farmers start their regular season on the road at Hana Dec. 27-28. Their first home games of the season will be at The Barn Jan.…

Poor Weather a Factor in Crash

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

In its initial report of a helicopter crash on Molokai three weeks ago, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cited poor weather as a factor in the accident. Attorney and pilot Gary Galiher was flying his private aircraft from Honolulu to his home in east Molokai, along with passenger Keiko Kuroki, on the evening of Nov. 15. The helicopter crashed not far from Galiher’s private helipad, killing both him and Kuroki. Low visibility and heavy rain showers were reported in the area that night.

The NTSB preliminary report, released last Wednesday, states that the Hughes 369D helicopter “was destroyed after impacting mountainous tree-covered terrain about one mile north of Pukoo.” It estimates the time of the crash was 6:41 p.m.…

Kaunakakai’s Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Kaunakakai’s Winter Wonderland

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Hundreds of Molokai families lined the street of downtown Kaunakakai for an annual event that lights up the Christmas season. This year’s Winter Wonderland Light Parade featured more than half a dozen fantastical floats and many marching units from local organizations.

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created an “Avatar”-themed float complete with a huge, dragon-like bird ridden by blue tribal characters and a brightly lit Tree of Souls. The annual Pepsi float brought many “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd, along with Friendly Market, Monsanto and other colorful entries.…

HallowHim

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Randy Manley, Molokai Baptist Church

On Oct. 31, a beautiful breezy evening, people poured onto the Kaunakakai Ball Field for HallowHim Festival 2016. During the three-hour event, more than 1000 people enjoyed food, music and games all provided free of charge. During the same time, up in Maunaloa several hundred were gathering to enjoy a smaller version of the HallowHim Festival in their community.

This annual event is sponsored by several of our island churches. On a night that in many places has become known for being unsafe and at times even dangerous the HallowHim event is a safe and fun opportunity for families and friends to enjoy the evening together.…

Kalaiakamanu Hou Church Celebrates 150 Years

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Marie Yamashita

Kalaiakamanu Hou Congregational Church will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Sat. Nov. 26. on the spacious grounds of the church in Kalamaula. It will be a memorable day for the church. Established in 1866 in Kaunakakai, it was known as the Kaunakakai Protestant Church. In 1909, it moved into its new church built on the seashore of Kaunakakai and named it Kalaiakamanu—the resting place of birds. In 1928, the church moved to the present site, added “Hou” to its name and became Kalaiakamanu Hou Congregational Church.

Planning for the anniversary celebration has been going on for months.…

Arts Center Member Show

Friday, November 25th, 2016

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is hosting its fifth annual Member Art Show opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Molokai Public Library. There will be pupus and live music by Norman DeCosta. The show features artwork in many media, including ceramics, painting, collage and quilting.

For the first time in the show’s history, there will be cash and other prizes awarded for Best in Show, College Student Award, Board of Directors Award, People’s Choice Award and Keiki Awards. Anyone attending the event can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.…

Grant Funds Learning Program

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School has received a three-year, $50,000 a year, grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. The grant will sustain and improve Kualapu`u School’s implementation of “Getting Along Together,” a school-wide social and emotional learning program that helps children manage their behavior, develop empathy and compassion, build positive social relationships, and understand and cope with their feelings.

Last year, Kualapu`u School also received a grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation to fully implement this program. By the end of the school year, children knew techniques to solve problems with classmates and ways to “cool off” and manage anger-related emotions.…