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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
Photo by Rick Schonely
The Molokai Lady Farmers hosted the Lanai Pine Lasses last weekend at The Barn. On Friday night, in the early game of a doubleheader, Lanai beat Molokai 39-23. Kayla Garcia led the Pine Lasses with 13 points (2-3) and Camille Ledesma, Kaitlyn Derouin and Nairene Bishaw-Mokiao each had 6 points for the Lady Farmers (0-3).
Lanai Assistant Coach Christian Yumol was pleased with his team’s play.
“Our girls put together a solid effort on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Most importantly, our guards took care of the ball for most of the game.”
On Saturday, Molokai stayed close to Lanai and was only down 8 at halftime and cut the lead to 40-34 after three quarters but the Pine Lasses had a strong fourth quarter.…
Photo by Rick Schonely
By Rick Schonely
It was Thursday night under the lights of War Memorial Stadium in Kahului, Maui last Thursday. The Molokai High School eight-man football team was ready to face off with arch rival Seabury Hall for the biggest game of the season, the Maui Interscholastic League Championships.
“Seabury put together a great game plan and came at us with some new formations that took a while for us to adjust to,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale. “We found ourselves down 12-0 after an early score and turnover. I knew that if we kept our composure and did not panic that we would be able to overcome.”
Photo by Rick Schonely
After a nail-biter first quarter, the Farmers did indeed overcome, and got back on track to take a 19-12 lead at halftime.…