Education

Kualapu’u Pre-K Open for Applications

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

HI State Public Charter School Commission News Release

The Hawaii State Legislature provided an appropriation this year to sustain 360 prekindergarten slots in charter schools through the Executive Office on Early Learning Public Prekindergarten Program. Applications for high-quality, free prekindergarten programs are now being accepted at 11 charter schools on four islands for school year 2019-2020. On Molokai, Kualapu’u Charter School holds this program.

To be eligible, children must be four years old on or before July 31, 2019. Priority will be given to children who are homeless, in foster care, placed through their individualized education programs in a general education setting, English as a second language learners, and whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the 2019 federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii.…

Teacher Pushes for Native Acknowledgement

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Teacher Pushes for Native Acknowledgement

Molokai teacher Uluhani Waialeale of Kualapu’u Public Conversion Charter School was instrumental in helping to pass an important measure for Native Hawaiians at the National Education Association (NEA)’s recent assembly in Houston, Texas.

New Business Item 64 proposed, “At the beginning of all NEA convenings, NEA will acknowledge the native people of whom this land originated.”

The proposal resonated with many teachers from Hawaii. Waialeale said when she first saw the item on the agenda, she gathered fellow Hawaii teachers together and reached out to Martin Thompson, a delegate with the California Teachers Association who initiated the proposal. They strategized how to get the business item passed, and it ended up getting unanimous support.…

Football Camp a ‘Huge Success’

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Football Camp a ‘Huge Success’

Ry Akana and his ‘ohana have deep roots on Molokai and earlier this month they were able to give back to their community. Akana Athletics, along with Molokai Football and Farmer Head Coach Mike Kahale, held a one-day football skills camp on July 8 at the Molokai High School field. More than 100 Molokai youth were able to attend and learn from Akana and his staff at a free football skills clinic right here on The Friendly Isle.

Akana is the president and founder of Akana Athletics, LLC. A Molokai High Class of ’81 alum, he has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past 25 years, where he is Head Football Coach at Sammamish High School in Washington State.…

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Youth in Motion News Release

Day two of the Molokai Holokai Ho’olaule’a exceeded all expectations with 116 registered participants in the combined long from Kamalo to the Molokai Community Health Center. The main course was 10 miles, with a short course of five miles and keiki and makua course of 3/4 mile. Winds were easterly, a little on the lighter side but still perfect for the racers. The fleet was well rounded with 39 in the OC/ski division, 21 in the SUP, a youth OC 6 team and most impressive, 50 in the keiki division.

The day prior, while the racers were racing from Maui, about 50 kids showed up to clean up the harbor pulling out all kinds of rubbish from both sides of the pier.…

Baseball Shows ‘Heart’ at States

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Baseball Shows ‘Heart’ at States

 

After winning their seventh straight league championship, the Farmers Baseball Team made it to states last week, where they finished their season with a 9-4 record after losing games Thursday and Friday.

 

“This was definitely a learning experience for both players and coaches.  Our youth and inexperience really played its roll this week and at this level of baseball, it hurt us,” said first year Head Coach Keahi Rawlins. “On the other hand we held our own and had a chance to show the state our potential for the future. We got closer as a team and didn’t give up although we had every excuse to shut down and give up.”

 

On Thursday, Molokai lost to Waimea 20-5, and ended their games at states with a loss to Waipahu on Friday, 9-5.…

‘Miracle’ Takes MHS Robotics to Worlds

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

‘Miracle’ Takes MHS Robotics to Worlds

The Molokai High School robotics team never expected to be able to attend the World Championship in Texas, let alone come home with an award, but they did both last month, in what coach Edwin Mendija has dubbed a “miracle.”

Last month, the seven-member team secured a spot at the Worlds with their performance at the FIRST Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional, as well as earned the Rookie All-Star award. But they knew they didn’t have the funds to make the trip to the event, where registration alone comes with a $5,000 price tag.

“Traveling to the championship itself was seemingly impossible, since the program historically has a low budget — especially for a high school level team,” said Mendija.…

Student Tackles Ocean Pollution

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Student Tackles Ocean Pollution

By Dyson Chee

Aloha! My name is Dyson Chee and I am a 17-year-old high-schooler living on Oahu who is passionate about protecting our beaches. In October, 2018, I started a project, Project O.C.E.A.N., to tackle this issue of plastic pollution. As a part of Project O.C.E.A.N., I do presentations as schools and community events about plastic pollution and the solutions, but all of my presentations had been on Oahu Island until recently. On April 26, I headed over to Molokai to do presentations here, including presentations at Molokai High School, for the first time ever. I really did not know what to expect when I touched down on Molokai, but I know that I could not have asked for more than what I got.…

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Young and old shared joy and Christmas spirit with fellow residents before the holidays. Kaunanakai School students caroled around town for various businesses and groups on Dec. 21, pictured here with Home Pumehana’s oldest 101-year-old resident. Kale Marcone, who has been playing clarinet since he was a child and had just turned 84, played for Bank of Hawaii staff and customers over the holidays.…

Busy Weekend for Local Youth

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Busy Weekend for Local Youth

Before Kaunakakai School’s movie night on the lawn last Friday, keiki played under a rainbow before dusk fell, pictured at top. At left, Molokai High’s robotics team 1037, led by coach Edwin Mendija, defended their Maui VEX Robotics Championship for the third year in a row, also winning the Robotics Skills, Judges and Sportsmanship awards and qualifying them for the state and national championships. Pictured at right, Kualapu’u School held their annual Ohana Fun Fair last Saturday, bringing families together and featuring free activities such as horseback rides, water slides, costume fun run, a keiki pageant and a helicopter landing.…

GET Local Youth Cooking Contest

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

UHCES News Release

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service (UHCES) is launching a campaign to promote local growers in the community and encourage healthy eating by holding a GET Local Video Cooking Competition. GET local stands for Grow, Eat, Think Local. All students who are 12 to 18 years old are invited to submit a cooking video that highlights their cooking abilities, uses a local ingredient for their recipe, and includes information on the local farmer.

Prizes for winners include the chance for one recipe to be added to the menu of a top restaurant on Maui, an opportunity to film a live cooking show with a celebrity chef for a local television station, and $100 gift cards for video recording equipment.…