Culture & Art

Keeping the Games Alive

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Keeping the Games Alive

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

With Makahiki season coming to a close and the island-wide Makahiki games being canceled because of COVID for a second year, Kaunakakai School decided to hold its own competitions to foster the cultural tradition and promote the health and wellness of the games. 

Last week, students in each grade competed against classmates in small-scale versions of events like Uma (arm wrestling), Hukihuki (tug of war), Ulu Maika (Hawaiian bowling) and Kukini (running). 

“We’re just trying to keep the Makahiki traditions alive,” said Kaunakakai School Principal Daniel Espaniola. The school-wide competition was the suggestion of PE teacher Kimo Orlando.…

Meet the Artists: Carol Rocha

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Carol Rocha

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Carol Rocha.  I grew up in Northern California.  My family is from the Azores, Portugal.  

What is your art form?

I am a sculptor.  I owned a wood shop for years in California that produced one of a kind reclaimed wood furniture.  Using wood for sculpting and creating art has been most of my professional art experience. …

Moli Checks Out Molokai

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Moli Checks Out Molokai

Last month, Molokai Land Trust’s Anapuka site had a special visitor: a Moli, or Layson Albatross, that landed several times in the area. It’s the first documented landing of the species at the Molokai site since 2017 – and it’s viewed as an auspicious sign that the Moli may be making a home at Anapuka in the next few years.

The Moli landed at the organization’s “social attraction site,” which features decoy Moli in an effort to attract the real birds to the area. The decoys have now showed success, along with Molokai Land Trust’s work to restore the Anapuka dune ecosystem, remove invasive species, repopulate native plants and install predator-proof fencing to create a safe haven for Moli and other ground-nesting seabirds, according to MLT Executive Director Butch Haase.…

Meet the Artists: Patti Golebieski

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Patti Golebieski

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and art form?

My mother wanted to call me Mona Lisa, but my father would not agree. I was christened Patricia Golebieski, but most people know me as Patti. I am a polyartist. 

What is a polyartist?

The phrase was coined around 1970 to mean a person who creates in two or more non-adjacent arts. …

Meet the Artists: Nan Walters

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Nan Walters

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and connection to Molokai?

My name is Nan Walters. I came to Molokai and the Yamashita family as a young wife and new mom in 1978.  I had my second child here and then ended up as a single mom.  Thinking about raising two boys on Molokai versus the mainland, there was no question, so we stayed. …

Hokule’a License Plate Designed by Molokai Resident

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Hokule’a License Plate Designed by Molokai Resident

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Hawaii residents have a new license plate option that supports and honors the Hokule’a voyaging canoe and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The plate was designed by Molokai’s Todd Yamashita, an artist and graphic designer who worked for the Polynesian Voyaging Society for five years during the Worldwide Voyage and also served as a crewmember during one of the journey’s legs, along with other Molokai crewmembers.  

The plate features a depiction of Hokule’a at the Hakipu’u area on Oahu, a place important to Polynesian voyagers for more than a thousand years, according to Yamashita. 

“In 2017, just after Hokule’a had returned from her historic worldwide voyage, I sailed with a small crew from Magic Island to Hakipu’u and spent the night onboard doing anchor watch.…

Molokai Artist Receives National Cultural Fellowship

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Molokai Artist Receives National Cultural Fellowship

First Peoples Fund News Release

First Peoples Fund, the oldest national Native-led organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous artists, has selected 12 individuals from across the country as recipients of the 2022 Cultural Capital Fellowship.

Local artist Kanaka Maoli Hawaii, Kanoelani Davis of Molokai, was named as one of the fellows. An artist whose artforms include regalia, jewelry and weaving, Davis will receive a $7,500 project grant, technical support and professional training over the course of the year.

“We deeply believe in the transformative power of artists and culture bearers to strengthen and uplift communities,” said First Peoples Fund President Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota).…

Meet the Artists: Victor Lopez Orozco

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Meet the Artists: Victor Lopez Orozco

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.  

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Victor Lopez Orozco. I am from Mexico, and I have been on Molokai almost 26 years.

What brought you to Molokai?

I came to build fences for Molokai Ranch.  I worked there for about three years and after then the crew moved to Honolulu or Big Island, but I decided I like Molokai. …

Ka’ahele a Lono

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Ka’ahele a Lono

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Lonoikamakahiki! Lonoikamakahiki! The chant rang out through every ahupua’a on Molokai last week as a Ka’ahele crew walked more than 50 miles from Halawa to Hale O Lono carrying Lonomakua in the 40th annual Ka Molokai Makahiki. Bearing the lei-draped white banner fluttering in the wind, the group of marchers stopped at every school and community on the island, accepting more than 100 ho’okupu over the course of the week-long journey. 

“The Ka’ahele was traditionally a time for the island to assess the status of the ‘aina and kai,” said Miki’ala Pescaia, cultural practitioner and one of the event’s organizers.…

Meet the Artists: PF Bentley

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: PF Bentley

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.  

PF Bentley grew up in Waikiki in the 60s and 70s and first came to Molokai in 1971 while a student at UH Manoa.  He graduated UH in 1975 with a B.Ed degree while working his first photography job at Sunbums Hawaii shooting music concerts for the publication.  In 1976, Bentley moved to San Francisco and later to New York for photojournalism opportunities, eventually returning home to Hawaii. …