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

Boys Doubles Headed to States

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Molokai High School Tennis team traveled to Wailea, Maui last weekend for the Maui Interscholastic League Tennis Championships. Under first year Head Coach Amanda Labriola,  the doubles team of Noeau Likua and Shyloh Kawaauhau-Puaa advanced to the state level, and the pair will play at the championships on May 4-6.

Likua and Kawaauhau-Puaa started play on Thursday with all their teammates and advanced by winning all three of their matches on Friday and the match to advance to states on Saturday.

Molokai players that made it to the second round were Michelle McGuire and Paula Maroto, Kurtis Ostlund and Alan Maroto, Shiloh Kawaauhau-Puaa and Noeau Likua, Erik Svetin and Christian Ragonton and Cassandra Ragonton and Romelyn Ragonton.…

Volleyball Finishes Near Perfect Regular Season

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Boys Volleyball team finished it regular season with two wins on the road last weekend at Pedro Dela Cruz Gym at Lanai City for an 11-1 season record. On Friday the Farmers beat the Pine Lads (0-12) in three sets 25-12, 25-18 and 25-22. On Saturday, it was another win for the Farmers in the last game of the season 25-11, 25-13 and 25-18.

Head Coach Hale Domingo and his team will now get ready for this weekend’s Maui Interscholastic League DII Boys Volleyball Tournament at Hana. Molokai is the number one seed and will play number four Lanai in the semifinals.…

Judo Readies for MILs

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Molokai HS Judo team traveled to Maui for to last weekend’s fourth MIL meet at King Kekaulike High School. Coach Lihau Maioho said the team only took three students to this event.

“Our judoka competed well and the placings were Alana Morris in second place at 122 pounds, Ikua DePonte in second place at 161 pounds and Jershon Kaalekahi came in third.”

The MIL Championships are this weekend at Baldwin High School and the state Judo championships will be on May 6 at the Stan Sheriff Center.…

Softball MIL Champs

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Softball MIL Champs

Photo by Lee DeRouin

The Molokai Lady Farmer Softball team completed an undefeated season and won the Division II Maui Interscholastic League Championship last weekend on Maui by beating Lanai 13-6 on Saturday at Patsy Mink Field in Kahului. It was Molokai’s first league championship since 2014. The Lady Farmers advanced to the championship game by beating Hana in the semifinals 13-3 in six innings on Friday. Molokai, and Lanai as runner up, will now travel to State Championships at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium and McKinley High School May 3-6.

Head Coach Kawehi Horner said his team started off slow on Friday, after flying in the rain to Maui in the morning, but they took care of business.…

Climate Change Documentary

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

MEPO News Release

MHS Molokai Earth Preservation Organization (MEPO) club is hosting a film showing about climate education for Earth Day. “Before the Flood” starring Leonardo DiCaprio (2016) is a full-length film documentary about climate science and climate legislation. All are welcome to view the film in the MHS Library on Wednesday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Popcorn will be provided by the MEPO club. Call 808-354-2221 with any questions.

In addition, MEPO will be hosting a four part video series during school hours for MHS students on April 17, 18, 19, and 20 called “Our Climate Our Future,” put together by the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) to go along with the Molokai Earth Day theme of Climate Change.…

20 Years Clean and Sober, Part 1

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

20 Years Clean and Sober, Part 1

Frank Lawelawe

By Frank M. Lawelawe

It is only by God’s grace that I’m living today and sharing my life’s testimony with you. A guy like me should’ve been dead a longtime ago, but God had others plans. After losing my job as a Corrections Officer (ACO) in 1986, my life really went downhill.  I did a lot of wrong things to a lot of people. Many of you know me as Bruddah “Lawe” or Bruddah “Frank.” In April, while at home, God spoke to me in a calm but still voice, to share my testimony with my brothers and sisters who still struggle with addiction or alcoholism.…

Land of Homesteading

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Molokai, ‘Āina Ho’opulapula

English Translation and Diacriticals by Russell Kallstrom


The following article, “A Brief History of Those of Kona, Molokai, in the Time of Kamehameha I, the Conqueror,” “He Wahi Mo‘olelo o na Kona o Molokai, i ke Au o Kamehameha I, ka Na‘i Aupuni,” though unsigned, was likely written by John Wise of Kapa`au, Hawaii Island. This is last of a six part series that printed in a series in The Molokai Dispatch.


The writer, again, likely John Wise, editor to the Hawaiian language newspaper, Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, wraps up his thoughts in May 1922, on the eve of the implementation of the Homestead Act.…

Kuhio Day Celebration

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

By Ahupua`a o Molokai

March 26 in Hawaii is recognized as Kuhio Day in honor of Prince Kuhio Kalaniana`ole. This year, the holiday fell on Monday, March 27. While many took advantage of the day off to spend with family at the beach or just at home relaxing, many homesteaders and non-homesteaders took time to celebrate and be thankful to Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole for his efforts, diligence, and dedication to his people.

Kalaniana`ole, son of Pi`ikoi and Kekaulike, was adopted by King David Kalakaua and his wife, Kapi`olani, after his parents died. He rebelled the overthrow of the U.S government and served a year in jail for this act.…

Join Us for Our Family Fair

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

21 st CCLC Molokai LIVE News Release

Don’t miss the Family Fair on Thursday, April 20 at the Molokai High School cafeteria from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will be a celebration of learning and fun for the whole family with food concessions and prize giveaways!

Molokai High and Middle School students will offer interactive learning activities that include creating Digital Art, Planting in Color, Act the Part, Ozobots and Snap Circuits, with games that challenge you by playing Movie Madness, Typing, and Wordsmithing. The school library is also offering a Scholastic Book service offering of a “buy one, get one free” book sale to help promote reading.…

County Agriculture Sponsors Robotics to Worlds

Thursday, April 20th, 2017


MMS STEM Robotics News Release

The Maui County agricultural community is the latest proud sponsor of the Molokai VEX IQ League and the Molokai Robotics League in their vie for national and international competitions.

The Maui County Farm Bureau, Maui County Ag Festival, and Maui Family and Friends of Agriculture awarded grants of $5,000 and $1,250 respectively to Molokai Middle School’s 434M Team Menehune, and to Kualapu`u School’s Teams 1037A and 1037B. All three teams are headed to the 2017 VEX World Championships on April 21-26, and these funds will help support travel costs to Kentucky. A grant of $1,250 was also awarded by the Maui agricultural alliance to Molokai High School’s Team 1037C to also support their travels to Iowa for the 2017 Create U.S.…