Community

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

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.…

Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

MFD News Release

At 7:19 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, Molokai firefighters and police began searching for an overdue bicyclist that went for a day trip ride on the Makakupaia Trail, which overlooks the Waikolu Valley.

A 50-year-old man from Mountain View, California, rented a bicycle at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning and planned to go for a day trip biking up to the Waikolu Valley lookout. He was to return the bike to the rental company at 6 p.m. that evening, but failed to show up at the designated meeting point. The rental company then reported the man overdue to fire crews.…

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Photo courtesy of ripkenbsaeball.com

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Trayce Young, a 12-year-old baseball player, was born and raised Molokai to parents Minky Hoopai and Ikaika Young. Trayce moved to Oahu in 2015 to attend Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. He is a player for the Go Nuts White baseball team. Trayce’s positions are pitcher, first baseman and outfield.

Trayce has been only playing with this team for seven months and in that short time, Go Nuts carried a perfect season of 24-0, took state champs and recently earned the title of champs of Pacific Southwest Regionals, They will be heading to Aberdeen, Maryland for the Cal Ripken World Series July 26-Aug.…

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

NOAA satellite imagery shows Darby passing the state as of 4pm Sunday

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Tropical Storm Darby, which hit Hawaii last weekend, brought minimal impacts to Molokai but caused cancellations of some events and closures of parks and stores.

After making landfall on Hawaii Island Saturday, the storm carried with it high winds, drenching rain and surf advisories. A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Maui County through Sunday. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 40 miles per hour, with gusts nearing 50 miles per hour.

Molokai High School was opened as an emergency shelter on the island.…

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Paddlers Inn will be closed temporarily for construction and a turn-over of ownership, according to current management. The bar and restaurant, which has been in operation for about 12 years and has gone through nearly half a dozen owners during that time, is in the process of being purchased by a Molokai family. One of two bars on Molokai, the current business’s last day of operation was Saturday.

Current part owner Jerry Johnson said construction underway in the parking lot is to install a steel structure for solar panels for all tenants of the two buildings on the property.…