Molokai Couple Publishes Children’s Book

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Molokai Couple Publishes Children’s Book

Photo courtesy of Kananikala Bishaw-Juario

A husband and wife team from Molokai took on the task of creating their own children’s book to fill a void they discovered as parents. “Haloa the Little Huli,” written by Kananikala Bishaw-Juario and illustrated by Kyle Ikaika Bishaw-Juario, was written to help teach local children about the process of making poi.

“We actually wrote the story to teach our kids’ preschool [class] how to make poi,” said Kananikala. “I couldn’t find a book that would catch their attention, so I started writing this book just to show them what other kinds of plants we have in Hawaii and what we use them for.…

Molokai Kids Are Saving Lives

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Molokai Kids Are Saving Lives

Photo by Diane Abraham

By Diane Abraham

This past February, a group of sixth graders at Kualapu`u School were selected to participate in Unicef’s Kid Power mission. We were outfitted with “kid power bands,” a kid’s version of a Fitbit, and as the teacher/coach, I was given a special tablet to sync the bands and keep track of fitness points.

The idea is to “get active and save lives:” Unicef, as the humanitarian component, pairs with Target and Star Wars corporations, to provide special high-protein food packets to children suffering with severe acute malnutrition based on the number of steps the children take.…

Tennis Hosts Seabury

Friday, April 7th, 2017


The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams hosted Seabury at their Ho`olehua courts last weekend. On Friday ,the girls lost 3-1 and the boys lost 5-0. On Saturday, they lost again by the same scores.

Head Coach Amanda Labriola was proud of her team’s performance.

“This weekend went awesome and our girls all played amazing and I think they are definitely proud of themselves,” she said. “Our boys also put up a good fight but Seabury has a very strong team both the boys and girls. Romelyn Ragonton and Cassandra Ragonton won their matches both days and Genevieve Kikukawa went into third set on Friday and gave it everything she had.”

The Farmers will be on the road on Maui next weekend, playing Kamehameha on Friday and against King Kekaulike on Saturday.…

Judo Brings Home Wins

Friday, April 7th, 2017


The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Judo team got their season started at Kamehameha High School on Maui last weekend. Cameryn Kahalewai won in the girl 122-pound weight class. Cameryn is the defending league champion. Maria Angst was the girl’s winner at 98 pounds. Other girls finishers were Makani Davis in third at 115 pounds and Payton Kaalekahi third at 120 pounds. For the boys, Kaohu Albino finished third at 145 pounds.

The Judo team will have competitions every weekend in the month of April before the MIL Championships on April 29 at Baldwin.

Coaches are Tilana Kawaa and Lihau Maioho.…

Baseball Earns Regular Season Title

Friday, April 7th, 2017

The Molokai High School Boys Baseball team cinched the regular season championship last weekend on Maui, winning games against both Seabury and St. Anthony. The Farmers have won 44 of their last 45 MIL league games and the team is now seeking its fifth straight league title.

Last Friday, the Farmers (8-1) beat Seabury 5-1 at Eddie Tam Field in Makawao. Nainoa Kaahanui struck out six and allowed only four hits in the victory. The next day, Molokai beat St. Anthony 16-3 at Maehara Stadium in Kahului to finish the regular season on a strong note. Aaron Rapanot had three triples and drove in four runs.…

Home Wins for Boys Volleyball

Friday, April 7th, 2017

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Boys Volleyball team won its fourth match in a row with wins over Lanai at The Barn last weekend at Ho`olehua. On Friday the Farmers (5-1) lost the first set before defeating the Pine Lads (0-8) 14-25, 25-14, 25-17, and 25-14.  Molokai was led by junior Kaina Adolpho with nine kills, sophomore Peter Keliihoomalu added eight kills, senior Michael Sterner had 16 kills and seven aces and senior Kawena Augustiro had 24 assists.

On Saturday, the Farmers won in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-15. Keliihoomalu had 10 kills, Sterner added seven kills and three aces, junior Keison Poaha Alcon had 22 assists and three kills and senior Lekili Burrows added five kills.…

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Pu`u O Hoku News Release

A workshop for beekeeping for beginners will be held at Pu`u O Hoku Ranch on Tuesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics will include honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, starting a honey bee colony, hive management and honey production.

Instructors are Laura Mijares and Tim Haarmann, who live in southwestern Colorado and have been keeping bees for almost three decades. Over the years, they have worked in most aspects of beekeeping including owning and operating a beekeeping business, teaching beekeeping courses around the globe, consulting in short- and long-term agriculture development projects, and honey bee research.…

Conservation Youth Programs and Jobs

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Kupu News Release

Local nonprofit Kupu is now accepting applicants for its summer and year-round conservation education and workforce development programs on Molokai.

Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer program is seeking five members between 17 and 20 years old and one team leader, 21 and over, who are interested in a full-time summer education and job opportunity on Molokai.

HYCC Summer participants will work as a team, learning conservation work at unique natural resource management sites across the island, including Kalaupapa National Park, Ka Honua Momona, Molokai Land Trust, Sust`ainable Molokai and The Nature Conservancy. In addition to gaining hands-on job training, members will also receive a $500 volunteer award, $1,222 scholarship to use toward higher education or student loans, and may also apply the program toward fulfilling the Dept.…

New Science Facility Unveiled

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

New Science Facility Unveiled

A new, $4.7 million state-of-the-art science building at Molokai High School will afford its students the use of lab facilities for the first time since 2004. The 4,500 square foot structure with two classrooms will also allow MHS students — some of whom have already won international recognition for their work in science — to further their research.

“Our kids deserve the best and they’ve put out nothing but the best,” said Molokai county councilmember Stacy Crivello at the building’s blessing last Wednesday. “We’re resilient and always make due and our students have more than made due. They have brought so much honor to our island.”

Last week’s dedication ceremony marked the completion of construction that began in the summer of 2015.…

Mixed Success for Basketball on Lanai

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Both the Boys and Girls Basketball teams traveled to Lanai last weekend for a series of tightly-matched games and a win for both the Farmers and Lady Farmers. The girls are also prepping to host the MIL Division II Championship tournament this weekend at home.


In the first of the final two games of the girls’ DII regular season, the Pine Lasses defeated the Lady Farmers 60-41 Friday night. Molokai was led by senior Brooke Keliihoomalu with 18 points and senior Nadia Augustiro had 9 points. Lanai was led by senior Tyana Soberano-Foster with 25 points; Jana Ohashi added 12 points and Kayla Garcia had 9 points.…