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Keiki and Kupuna Mo’olelo Project

Friday, July 12th, 2024

Keiki and Kupuna Mo’olelo Project

Kalia Purdy-Avelino showed the circle of keiki and kupuna gathered at Home Pumehana some of Molokai’s most famous books of mo’olelo, including “Tales from the Night Rainbow” and “Tales of Molokai: the Voice of Harriet Ne.” As she flipped through the books, Purdy-Avelino described what they all had in common: stories of Molokai’s past heroes, descriptions of natural phenomenon and historic events, and not many pictures for kids to enjoy.

Part of the goal of Hokulani Children’s Theater of Molokai’s Keiki and Kupuna Writing Project is to engage young people in the telling and recording of mo’olelo. Taught by Purdy-Avelino, the program aspires to bridge the gap between older history and today’s stories of Molokai, as well as reinforce stylistic aspects of Hawaiian storytelling.…

Celebrating the Youth Cadets

Friday, July 12th, 2024

Celebrating the Youth Cadets

Twelve Molokai young adults started their summers a little differently: early mornings, endless push-ups, miles of running, ocean rescue training and more. As part of the third class of the Maui Police Dept.’s Youth Cadet Leadership Program, these Molokai high schoolers were honored on Friday, June 28 for completing the challenging course.

The four-week program was led by Molokai police officers. From 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day, the cadets were put through various physical and mental challenges, focusing on “mind over matter,” explained one of the program organizers, Officer Lani Caparida.

At Friday’s graduation ceremony, Caparida explained that he was proud of how the Molokai cadets “just put their heads down and didn’t quit” during the program.…

Mo’olelo Exploration at the Library

Friday, June 28th, 2024

Mo’olelo Exploration at the Library

As Molokai residents settle into summer, the Molokai Public Library continues to offer compelling programming for kids and adults alike. Last Wednesday, June 19, the world-famous Taiko Center of the Pacific made the trip over to Molokai for a special performance.

The taiko performers explored the art of storytelling through drumming. In front of a crowd of 120 Molokai community members, which included the Kaunakakai Summer Pals program, the drummers enacted stories of snowy days, horseback arrow attacks and samurai invasions.

Made possible by the University of Hawaii’s statewide cultural expansion program and the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, the taiko drummers are just one part of the many experiences to be hosted by the library in conjunction with this year’s summer reading challenge.…

Young Paniolo on to Nationals

Friday, June 28th, 2024

Young Paniolo on to Nationals

Cousins Bailey Sproat and Buzzy Sproat-Augustiro, both Molokai High School juniors, qualified last weekend for the National High School Rodeo Finals after a strong performance at the state finals. The duo placed third in the team roping event, earning a spot in the upcoming national tournament.

Even though Bailey is a defending champion in the event, she and Buzzy weren’t certain they would qualify, having not been able to compete in several rodeos leading up to the state finals.

“My teammate Buzzy and I missed our first two rodeos at the start of the season, and we were still able to place third in the state,” shared Bailey in a social media post.…

STEM Day for Molokai Students

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

STEM Day for Molokai Students

Beneath a starlit sky, Molokai students observed the rising constellations, set to navigate the Hokule’a canoe through the night. That is, until they took off the virtual reality goggles and realized they were still at Kaunakakai Elementary School’s STEM Day.

More than 120 Molokai students from third to sixth grade participated in the inaugural STEM Day. Run by the Maui Economic Development Board STEMworks program, STEM Day focused on creative and critical thinking in fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Throughout the daylong workshop, which took place on May 22, students were walked through sessions involving artificial intelligence, virtual reality, video game design and more.…

Aka’ula School Graduation

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

Aka’ula School Graduation

On May 29, Molokai’s Aka’ula School celebrated graduation for its three high school seniors, as well as promotion for the eighth graders. One of the highlights of the event was a hula performance by graduating senior ‘Ohi’aku Ritte Camara Tangonan to the song, “How Great Thou Art.” Other graduating seniors were Hunter Welch Scott and Maylanii Malmgren.…

Kicking Off Summer

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

Kicking Off Summer

Kaunakakai Elementary School students celebrated the end of the school year in spectacular fashion. Firefighters from the Kaunakakai station brought a tanker and hoses to the last day of school on Thursday, May 30 to drench the enthusiastic kids, as per tradition.…

‘More than Ready’ – Celebrating the Class of 2024

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

‘More than Ready’ – Celebrating the Class of 2024

On a breezy May evening, the Molokai High School community gathered to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2024. This year’s ceremony was particularly poignant, marked by a shared sense of triumph over adversity. As Principal Dr. Katina Soares took to the podium, she delivered a speech that resonated deeply with both the graduates and their families.

“There’s no point in sugarcoating it. Your high school journey hasn’t been easy,” said Soares, addressing the tumultuous years the students had endured. She recounted the significant challenges faced by the class, from navigating online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic to the constant upheaval of schedules and routines upon their return to in-person classes.…

MHS Sports Celebrate Successful Year

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

MHS Sports Celebrate Successful Year

Molokai High School (MHS) teams and athletes were honored at the annual sports banquet on May 21.

With the school year wrapping up, families and coaches gathered at the MHS cafeteria to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s athletes and athletics department, and especially the departing seniors.

This year, the Farmers produced four Maui Interscholastic League champion teams: baseball, eight-man football, boys volleyball and girls softball. Additionally, individual Molokai athletes from wrestling, cross country and track and field qualified for their respective state tournaments.

The boys volleyball team finished highest in the state tournament this year of all MHS teams, earning fourth place.…

Queen’s Gala Highlights Student Chef Successes

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Queen’s Gala Highlights Student Chef Successes

Molokai’s high school chefs had a chance to shine at last weekend’s Queen’s Gala.

A celebration and fundraiser for the Molokai High School Culinary Club, the Queen’s Gala showcased the high schoolers’ culinary prowess. Now in its second year, the Culinary Club is thriving, offering high school seniors education and job opportunities right out of high school.

“If the community sees the success at the end of the rainbow, then they’re more bound to support in the future,” explained club moderator and Molokai High School teacher Tiare Hubbard. “This is a student focused, student created and student driven event.”

The MHS chefs created and served a five-course meal, working alongside mentor chefs from UH Maui College, the Four Seasons Maui and Fairmont Kea Lani.…