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


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.…

Filmmaker Takes on Walter Ritte Documentary

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Filmmaker Takes on Walter Ritte Documentary

Quazifilms and MAC News Release
Molokai filmmaker Matt Yamashita of Quazifilms has launched a fundraiser for his new documentary, “Aloha `Aina: The Awakening of Walter Ritte.”Yamashita’s goal is to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter by Nov. 30 to generate early funding for a one-hour documentary about the life of Walter Ritte, a leader among Hawaiian activists and one of Hawaii’s most contentious public figures. Currently in development, the film is intended for national broadcast on PBS and will be an intimate and honest portrait of Ritte’s life with focus on his earliest years.

“His name is widely recognized and it stirs powerful reactions, yet the deeper I dig into his personal story, the more I realize that people don’t really know who Walter Ritte is,” said Yamashita.…

Court Rules Against County GMO Regulation

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Last Friday, a federal court of appeals ruled that Hawaii counties do not have the authority to ban or regulate genetically engineered (GE) crops, commonly called GMOs, and the use of pesticides. The decision upholds the ruling of a lower court made last year, and concludes a highly disputed voter initiative in Maui County to ban the growing of GE crops passed in 2014.

Other county ordinances also overruled by the court’s decision include a Hawaii Island law signed in 2013 preventing new GE crops from being grown, and a 2013 Kauai bill requiring pesticide disclosure and buffer zones for application around schools, waterways, parks and other public use facilities.…

Crivello Rejoins Hokule`a

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Crivello Rejoins Hokule`a

Oiwi TV Photo by Kaipo Ki’aha

Molokai’s Kawika Crivello is once again joining the Hokule`a’s Worldwide Voyage as a crew member. This time, he traveled to Virginia two weeks ago to sail south along the East Coast to Florida in one of Hokule`a’s final legs before heading home to Hawaii.

As the weather gets colder, he shared a photo of the vessel’s hull covered in frost. The crew has been bundled up in winter clothes. As they headed south to North and South Carolina, Crivello commented on the beauty of the scenery.

“We’ve run across bald eagles, trees that are changing of colors, it’s fall season,” he said in a social media video.…

Chopper Crash Claims Two Lives

Friday, November 25th, 2016

There were no survivors in a Nov. 15 helicopter crash on Molokai’s east end. Attorney and Molokai homeowner Gary Galiher was flying the aircraft, along with passenger and Oahu realtor Keiko Kuroki, last Tuesday evening from Honolulu to his private helipad on Molokai. They never landed as expected, and they were reported missing by Galiher’s colleague early Wednesday morning, which initiated a Coast Guard and Fire Department search.

The wreckage of the the black Hughes 369D helicopter was found Wednesday afternoon, at about 1400 feet in a wooded area, according to Edward Taomoto of the Maui Fire Department. It was less than a mile mauka of Galiher’s hillside home just east of Puko`o Fire Station.…

Update: DHHL Water Given the All Clear

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

DHHL News Release (Nov. 23)

Effective immediately, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is lifting the water usage restriction for Molokaʻi residents who receive their potable water from the Hoʻolehua reservoirs.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) completed the microbiological and chemical testing of the Hoʻolehua water system and has determined that it is safe to resume normal water usage and consumption.

“We would like to thank our homesteaders and the residents of Molokaʻi for their patience and understanding as well as Maui County, the State Department of Health and the State Department of Education for their continued cooperation in this matter,” said Jobie M.…

Prevent a Rabbit Invasion

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Domesticated rabbits on Molokai that have escaped or been released have been reported around the island and pose a dangerous threat to the ecosystem if not controlled, according to local natural resource managers.

“There are confirmed sightings in a widespread area,” said Butch Haase, executive director of the Molokai Land Trust (MLT). “They could cause devastating ecological and economic impacts like nothing we’ve seen before.”

Haase said MLT staff found a rabbit in one of its fenced restoration sites in the Mokio Preserve near Ilio Point.

“The rabbit had been browsing the endangered ohai plants within the fenced site to the point of killing many of the plants,” he said, adding the animal was large and mostly white. “The rabbit was captured and removed, but there have been other sightings across central and west Molokai.”

Rabbits have also been reported near Hale O Lono, Kaluakoi, Kalae, Ho`olehua, Kaunakakai and Kawela.…