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

Little League Throws First Pitch

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The Molokai Little League had their opening ceremonies last Saturday for their T-ball and coach pitch leagues. Games will be played during the week at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. until mid-December.

There are eight teams this year: the Ho’olehua Cubs, Kaunakakai Giants and Kaunakakai Angels have both T-ball and coach pitch teams. The Maunaloa Tigers and Kaunakakai Mets only have only T-ball teams. The League president is Pinky Gaspar and vice president is Briann Starkey.

Photos by Rick Schonely.

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Veterans Corner: Veterans Day

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my veterans, and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the veterans news and upcoming events. Today is Wednesday, Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day, and to all my fellow veterans, I wish to commend you for your courage, your honor, and most of all for your unselfish sacrifices in times of peace as well as war. Please accept my sincere thank you, as a fellow veteran who has the utmost respect for your love of our country and your eagerness to server here, you all are truly American heroes in my eyes.…

‘Sons of Halawa’ World Premiere

Friday, November 13th, 2015

‘Sons of Halawa’ World Premiere

Quazifilms News Release

Photo courtesy of Quazifilms.

On Monday, Nov. 16 in Honolulu, “Sons of Halawa,” a locally produced 60-minute documentary, will have its World Premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). The Molokai Premiere is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. under the tent at Hotel Molokai.

The story takes place in Molokai’s Halawa Valley and revolves around the life of Pilipo Solatorio. Now in his 70s, Pilipo is the last of his generation living in the isolated valley. The film follows him for two years as he searches for a successor to replace him as the carrier of Halawa’s cultural practices.…

Molokai Joins in Christmas Donation

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Operation Christmas Child News Release

This month, Molokai Baptist Church will serve as a Molokai collection site for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Molokai residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone on Molokai can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world,” said Hawaii Operation Christmas Child director Jennifer Trevithick.…

$88K for Cultural and Environmental Education

Friday, November 13th, 2015

$88K for Cultural and Environmental Education

MMS News Release

Photo courtesy of MMS.

Molokai Middle School, `O Hina I Ka Malama, Ke Kula Waena, Hawaiian Language Immersion Program received a $88,213 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a project titled “Promoting Cultural Based Knowledge and Practices through Environmental Stewardship and Preservation.” The grant’s duration, August 2015 through August 2016, is being lead by Molokai Middle School Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Teacher and Principal Investigator, `Iolani Ku`oha.

“Our goal, through meaningful science-based outdoor experiences for students, is to instill the need for engaging in culture based knowledge that reflects community efforts on Molokai,” said Ku`oha.…

3rd Annual Art Show

Friday, November 13th, 2015

3rd Annual Art Show

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will present its third annual member show Nov. 18 through Dec. 9. Hosted at the Molokai Public Library, there will be an opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 18.

This year’s entries include art work from members, as well as volunteers, students from UHMC classes, the kupuna class and a group project from the keiki class.

Some works will be available for sale at the opening reception with a portion of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be provided at the opening reception. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy the unique handcrafted art work created by members of the Molokai community.…

Maunaloa HallowHim

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Maunaloa HallowHim

Community Contributed

By Cameron Hiro

Photo courtesy of Cameron Hiro.

In conjunction with the HallowHim Festival in the Kaunakakai Ball Park, this year Heart of Aloha Church partnered with the Maunaloa Community to have one at the Maunaloa Community Park. We envision a festive and vibrant community celebrating the love of God through his son Jesus Christ by reflecting His light on a dark night.

Free food included chili, grilled hot dogs and popcorn. Attendees were given drawing tickets for little teddy bears with “Jesus Loves you” at the prize booths, and Trinity Broadcasting Network donated Children’s DVD’s, bibles and pens.…

Child Abuse Prevention

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Consuelo Foundation Molokai News Release

In conjunction with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Kapi`olani Women and Children Hospital, the Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways wants to encourage everyone to be an advocate for respect.

Respect means to show regard or consideration for the following situations.

Sexual Violence is non-discriminatory, it happens to anyone of any age, sexual preference, social/economic class, it does not care who you are. However, friends and family members can have an open discussion about the respectful ways to respond to someone who discloses sexual abuse.

Here are reminders to go by that are respectful:

Believe the victim Remind and encourage the “victim” that it is not his/her fault Encourage the victim that there is help available when they are ready

Kids, always remember if a friend or family member is in serious danger, tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.…

Turning Ideas into Laws

Friday, November 13th, 2015

When it comes to government affairs, Molokai community members often say they feel overlooked. The travel challenges of having county and state headquarters on different islands create fewer chances to meet officials in person. However, residents still have the power to influence government, explained former legislative aide Keanu Young, who held a workshop on Molokai last Thursday to show the community how they can make their voices and ideas heard.

“In a democracy, power is really invested in the people, and we want to remind people that they do have power,” said Young. “Our job is to give you the tools you need to understand the process and help you use those tools to communicate with your legislators.”

Now is the best time to bring ideas to legislators, explained Young, the assistant coordinator for the Capitol Building’s Public Access Room (PAR), where people can access reference materials, watch public hearings and work with expert staff to understand issues.…

Veterans Corner: Cuban Missile Crisis, part I

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Jesse Church

Aloha all my fellow veterans and residents of Molokai, old Jesse here with all the news and upcoming events. The date was October 1962, 53 years ago, and a part of American history unfolded between the two superpowers of the world, the U.S. led by President John F. Kennedy, and the Soviet Union led by their chairman Nikita Khrushchev. The island of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, who took power in 1959 by overthrowing the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. But Castro’s part in the Cuban Missile Crisis was not a big one because Khrushchev kempt him in the dark throughout the crisis.…