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

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Photo courtesy of UHMCM

UHMCM News Release

This July, high schoolers had an opportunity to gain exposure to cultural resource management through a cohort of three college courses, Anthropology 165, Hawaiian Studies 231 and Hawaiian Studies 207. This was provided through a partnership between Ka Hikina o Ka La, UH Maui College and the UH Maui College Molokai (UHMCM) campus, Molokai Education Center.

Twenty-one students will have successfully completed their first class, giving them insight to archaeology and historical site preservation. Taught by Molokai’s own, Pulama Lima, the students were given first hand knowledge on archaeology. As their culminating assignment, the haumana were able to do field studies, archaeological inventory surveys, and rock wall restoration work down at Kalaupapa.…

Molokai Hosts State Regatta

Friday, August 5th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

They’ve practiced for months, spending hours on the water perfecting their technique and timing. They’ve raised funds for air travel, food and lodging. They’ve put their best paddle forward, earned a qualifying time, and are ready to test their speed against the state’s best crews. Thousands of paddlers of all ages are off to the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association (HCRA) State Championships this Saturday on Oahu.

For more than 60 years, the HCRA has held the state paddling championships. The organization, made up of six paddling associations, represents athletes from all islands, carrying on the Hawaiian tradition of outrigger canoe racing.…

Learning Disabilities Resource Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

LDAH News Release

“Paving Pathways” for youth and their families as they transition from high school to college or a career will be the theme of the 2016 Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) Traveling Mini-Conference (TMC) on Molokai.

The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Molokai Community Health Center and is free and open to all families. Registration is required and can be completed by calling LDAH at 1-800-533-9684 or emailing Rosie Rowe, LDAH Education and Training Coordinator, at RRowe@LDAHawaii.org. For more information visit the LDAH Facebook page at facebook.com/ldahawaii.pti.

The Molokai TMC is celebrating its ninth anniversary this year and is an opportunity for families and professionals to learn more about community resources and services available to help children with or at risk of disabilities.…

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Molokai Regattas in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Penny Martin

 

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai has a rich history of canoe paddling and is home to four canoe clubs. Molokai paddlers have represented the island and Hawaii in channel races and international competitions, bringing home top medals. Together, the four clubs form the Molokai Canoe Racing Association, and this will be the third year the organization has hosted the HCRA state race. This weekend, be on the lookout for 10 Molokai crews competing on Oahu — two from Molokai Canoe Club and eight from Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club. Below are brief histories of each club, submitted by their members.…

Molokai Business Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

KBC News Release

The public is invited to join us for the third annual Molokai Business Conference, Office of Economic Development Business Networking Reception, and the Molokai Office of Economic Development Grant Workshop August 4-5 here on Molokai. That’s right, it’s all happening here on Molokai and all three events are free!

The Molokai Business Conference will be held at the UH Maui College- Molokai Education Center Thursday, Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 12 speakers will be joining us for this annual event. We will have some great local speakers as well as some joining us from the outer islands.…

Celebrating the Bon Festival

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Celebrating the Bon Festival

Photo by Sarah Ching

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Last Saturday at Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission, the community gathered to honor the memories of loved ones and keep a Japanese tradition alive. The annual bon dance brought hundreds of residents and visitors together for a lively drum performance, dancing and food. Draped from the temple roof, names of deceased love ones on slips of paper fluttered in the breeze as the beat of Taiko drums signaled a reunion with their spirits. Photo by Sarah Ching.

 

Culture of Canoe Racing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Culture of Canoe Racing

Molokai’s Koa Canoe blessing in 2009. Photo by Ed Misaki

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Since ancient times, outrigger canoe racing has held an important place in Hawaiian cultural traditions.
According to Tommy Holmes in “The Hawaiian Canoe,” excelling in canoe races was of great importance historically, and special status and recognition was given to champions in the sport. Today, the tradition is carried on each summer as paddlers from around the state compete to represent their islands at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association state race.

Historically, canoes were carved from a log of the endemic koa tree, but now, canoes are often made from fiberglass or other manmade materials.…

19th Annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest

Friday, July 29th, 2016

19th Annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest

$100 prize for reporting this kolea!

Nene O Molokai News Release

The kolea, Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), is revered in Hawaiian mythology as Koleamoku, a messenger of high chiefs, and was considered to be the embodiment of the god of healing. On their northern migration Kolea may have aided ancient navigators with the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. Within a few weeks the kolea will make a transoceanic southbound migration between breeding grounds in Alaska to wintering locales as far away as Madagascar. Research using light level dataloggers have tracked kolea at speeds from 36 to118 miles per hour, and with an average flight between Hawaii and Alaska taking 40 hours.…

AVID Comes to Molokai High

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Ric Ornellas, MHS Teacher

There is good and bad news for Molokai teens. The bad news is summer vacation ends Aug. 3 with back to school classes at Molokai High School (MHS). The good news is AVID at MHS.

AVID – which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination – is an exciting program for all students in elementary, middle and high-school, for college and career preparation. Incoming MHS nineth graders will be able to sign up for an AVID class with Ms. Laura Peterson during period six. AVID activities are slated for classes of the seven AVID trained MHS teachers which will expand throughout the new school year.…

Record Ka`iwi Swim

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Natasha Westhoff

On the cloudless, starlit night of April 9, a group of five women padded down the path from Kepuhi Beach Resort to the water, to watch and wait. On the horizon, one tiny light moved slowly across the Ka`iwi Channel, heading toward the pounding shore break at Kepuhi beach. An hour later, after a slightly chaotic kayak landing and the jostling of gear and crew into and out of the surf and onto the waiting escort boat, two women: Liz Fry and Marcella MacDonald, stood together wearing bathing suits, swim caps, and vaseline, timing their entry into the sea.…