Culture & Art

Celebrating Aloha

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Celebrating Aloha

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

This year’s Festivals of Aloha weekend brought together visitors and locals, paddlers and politicians to enjoy a rich tradition of cultural heritage on Molokai. Friday night featured cooking contests, talent shows, hula, a hypnotist demonstration and other entertaining and educational displays. The evening also highlighted the investiture of the royal court, when this year’s ali`i are crowned. Pictured here are Moi Kane Kaimana William Yaw, Moi Wahine Kahulu`aina`olea`iwalani Lehuamakanoe Hodges Peltier-Yaw, Kamalii Kane Kuikamoku Han, Kamalii Wahine Wahn Hi`ilani Kanuha, Kalaimoku Kuhoupio Dudoit Jr., Kahu Ana Maie Kahealani Nip, Ukali Kawaikapu English, Kaula Kane Nahulu Maioho, Pulo`ulo`u Edward Keanuenue English Jr., Ali`i ai Moku Kane Dextor Kapulolo Robang Ibaan and Dickenson Maunulei Stone, Ula`ula Kahili Bearers Sean Ellis and Joshua Kawikaokalani Pastrana and pu blower Rylan Nuesca.…

Students Intern with Local Businesses

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Students Intern with Local Businesses

 

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hawkins

Seven Molokai High students will have the opportunity to intern with some of Molokai’s 16 businesses that were selected to attend the Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF) Nov. 4-5. The internship is a partnership between MHS’s Career and Technical Education and Fine Arts departments, the county’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, and vendors that will be participating in the MIMCF. The program is being piloted for the county here on Molokai.

“This program has the potential to take our students to the next level in preparing for the business world,” said Jennifer Hawkins, small business specialist with the Kuha`o Business Center.…

Learning the Stories of Taro

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Learning the Stories of Taro

Photo by Natasha Mcintosh Westhoff

By Natasha McIntosh Westhoff, Community Reporter

A quiet, attentive crowd of about 50 sat beneath the shade of a tent at the UHMaui College Farm the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17 as Jerry Konanui, of Hawaii Island, stood up to speak. Behind him, laid neatly in a row, were 15-= to 20 kalo plants, freshly harvested from the farm soil. He spoke about his lifelong passion for taro and preserving the nearly 80 varieties currently found in the Hawaiian islands. Picking up one of the plants with the careful attentiveness of a father with an infant, he held it up before the small crowd gathered for the Molokai Taro Variety Field Day.…

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Kulaia: Uniting a Community

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Thousands gathered on Kaunakakai’s main street last Friday evening to celebrate paddling, culture, environmental stewardship and fellowship. The third annual Kulaia Canoe Festivals brought record numbers and a memorable line-up of special guests to welcome visiting paddlers for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai channel race as well as the Molokai community.

Molokai’s Kelson “Mac” Poepoe, a well-known community leader, natural resource manager and fisherman who has worked to preserve the Mo`omomi area, was honored with the event’s annual Ho`oilina award. A special guest, renowned Hokule`a navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson, came from New York — straight from the vessel’s Worldwide Voyage — to present the award.…

Experiencing Kalaupapa

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Aka`ula Students

Editor’s note: A group of Aka`ula School students recently had the opportunity to spend time in Kalaupapa, and shared their experiences in the school’s newsletter, reprinted with permission here.

Kalaupapa
By Dillon DeCoite, Junior

The scenery at Kalaupapa is breathtaking. Kalaupapa is a small peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. The peninsula has, what I believe is, the most beautiful scenery anywhere. During summer vacation, I had the opportunity to go to Kalaupapa and stay for five days. I did many things while at Kalaupapa, but overall jumping off the pier was my favorite part.…

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.…

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.…

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Photo courtesy of Roberta Cross

By Roberta Cross, Community Reporter

Editor’s note: In a series highlighting Molokai musicians, the Dispatch asks local artists about their roots, passions and influences.

Bob Underwood was born in Indiana, grew up in Pensylvania and Colorado, and moved permanently to Molokai in 2003. He is a first grade teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

Underwood spent the first 20 years of his musical life performing all kinds of pop and jazz music. He plays many instruments, although bass is his main instrument and guitar his second choice. “I can play decent violin, but I wouldn’t hire me as a violinist,” he said with a laugh.…