Culture & Art

FAQ on Subsistence Fishing Area

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

 

By Bruce S. Anderson, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources Administrator

With the recent submission of a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) designation proposal for Mo`omomi and the North Coast of Molokai, and upcoming public scoping meetings, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) would like to address some frequently asked questions. The proposed CBSFA extends from `Ilio Point in the west to Kaholaiki Bay in the east, from the shoreline out to one nautical mile.

What is a CBSFA?
A CBSFA is a type of marine managed area established by State law for the specific purpose of “reaffirming and protecting fishing practices customarily and traditionally exercised for purposes of native Hawaiian subsistence, culture, and religion.”

Who is behind this proposal?…

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

By Rick Schonely, Staff reporter

Photo by Rick Schonely

A Kalaupapa legend Edwin “Uncle Pali” Lelepali passed away at the age of 88 on Feb. 7, 2016, and the Kalaupapa community celebrated his one year of passing earlier this month on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Kalaupapa. A service was held at Kana`ana Hou Church with Pastor Richard Miller and Charles Buck, Conference Minister of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, and along with many of his friends. Uncle Pali’s favorite music was played by the Kalaupapa Backyard Band and stories were shared by many. After the service and music, everyone headed to the grave site at Papaloa Cemetery for more beautiful words, music, hula and poetry.…

Dazzling Dinner and Dance

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Dazzling Dinner and Dance

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Moana’s Hula Halau annual dinner and show wowed hundreds of attendees last Saturday night at the Molokai Community Health Center. This year, the funds raised will support the halau’s trip to New Zealand in October. The show honored its late kumu hula Moana Dudoit, and featured performances by its own dancers, a sister halau in Japan and a men’s group from Maui that showcased dances from Fiji — all in front of a spectacular backdrop display under the banyan tree.

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol…

Trail Access Threatens Mule Ride

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Trail Access Threatens Mule Ride

The Sproat family, owners of Molokai’s legendary mule ride, say they’re worried land access issues may prevent the business from continuing operation.

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Kalae barn that serves as their base of business — home to the mules that make daily guided trips down the rugged Kalaupapa trail — is on land owned by R.W. Meyer Ltd, leased by the Sproats. R. W. Meyer also owns the land at the trailhead by Kalae Highway, through which mules and hikers must pass to access the settlement.

The late Buzzy Sproat operated the mule ride for more than 40 years, and his family has owned the business for 25 years.…

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.…