Island Youth

The keiki and `opio of Molokai

Girls Volleyball Launches Season

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Girls volleyball team is preparing for a new season, and head coach Mahealani Rawlins is excited about her team this year.

“We have players who are willing to learn more and give their 110 percent each day at practice,” she said. “Each position will have to be earned which makes the competition even better.  It’s awesome being able to witness the talent and love that these girls have for the sport.”

Rawlins said she likes to help her players get to the next level of competition. As coaches, she said her staff have noted the team has a lot of potential athletes who can take the sport to the next level in their future.…

Experiencing Kalaupapa

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Aka`ula Students

Editor’s note: A group of Aka`ula School students recently had the opportunity to spend time in Kalaupapa, and shared their experiences in the school’s newsletter, reprinted with permission here.

Kalaupapa
By Dillon DeCoite, Junior

The scenery at Kalaupapa is breathtaking. Kalaupapa is a small peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. The peninsula has, what I believe is, the most beautiful scenery anywhere. During summer vacation, I had the opportunity to go to Kalaupapa and stay for five days. I did many things while at Kalaupapa, but overall jumping off the pier was my favorite part.…

Join Molokai Swimmers

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Join Molokai Swimmers

Molokai Dolphins swimmers Kaleb Kester and Mykal Kahinu pictured with coaches Jesseca Oswald, Jessie Ford, and Marlena Nip at the 2016 Jr Age Group State Meet, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Molokai Dolphins News Release

Molokai’s own age group swim club is coming into its fourth year this October, and is continuing to grow. New registration for 2017 begins as early as September 2016, for both new and returning swimmers. If your swimmer is a beginner, he or she must be able to swim a full length unattended; if unable, another option is the parent can register with USA-Masters swimming and assist the child in pool.…

Air Riflery Takes Aim

Friday, August 26th, 2016

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Air Riflery teams are shooting for a fun and challenging season, according to Coach Chinky Hubbard. The Girls and Boys teams have begun practice, gearing up for a fall season of competition.

The boys side is led by 2014-2015 MIL boys team champion and two time air riflery States qualifier, senior Jershon Kaalekahi, said Hubbard, via email.

“Kaalekahi is also playing football which entails strength, speed and stamina, whereas Air Riflery is meticulous relaxed precision sport,” said Hubbard. Nonetheless, the shooter makes the transition smoothly, and his coach anticipates a competitive season ahead.

Hubbard said the Girls’ team has a combination of both novice and experienced shooters.…

Journey to Africa

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Journey to Africa

Community Contributed

By Aka`ula Students

Editor’s note: A group of Aka`ula students had the opportunity to travel to Africa over the summer with teachers. Here are some of their stories, reprinted with permission from the school’s newsletter.

Amazing Journey
By Brian Leer, Junior

The amazing journey in Botswana with four classmates and three teachers ended too quickly. It was a trip I will never forget. The first animal I saw was a rhino and I was thinking, “This is so much different than on TV.” I have missed so many once in a lifetime opportunities that I wish I had taken.…

Skate Jam

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Skate Jam

Photo by U’i Kalani and Andrew Beerer

County of Maui News Release

Molokai youth got an opportunity to tear it up in the skate park last month during the annual Skate Jam. On Friday, July 15, Maui County Parks and Recreation held the Skate Jam event for the keiki of Molokai. We had an awesome turn-out from our Molokai Summer PALS and Molokai Youth Center. The children rotated to various locations at the Mitchell Pauole Complex, which included skateboarding at the skate park, swimming at the pool, playing dodgeball in the gym, and participating in a cultural story time at the Mitchell Pauole Conference room.…

Swimmer Goes to States

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Swimmer Goes to States

Photo courtesy of Aka’ula School

Community Contributed

By Kamauliola Pupuhi, Aka`ula School, grade six

Editor’s note: The State Age Group Swimming Championships were held on Oahu from July 14-17. Mauli Pupuhi was the only Molokai swimmer to make the AAA national time standards required to enter the meet. Mauli trains with Aka`ula School and swims for Maui Dolphins. He was joined on Oahu by five Maui Dolphin swimmers from Maui. Mauli wrote about the experience for the school newsletter, reprinted with permission here.

Swimming at states was the hardest thing I have ever done. I was the only Molokai swimmer to qualify for state championships.…

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Photo courtesy of UHMCM

UHMCM News Release

This July, high schoolers had an opportunity to gain exposure to cultural resource management through a cohort of three college courses, Anthropology 165, Hawaiian Studies 231 and Hawaiian Studies 207. This was provided through a partnership between Ka Hikina o Ka La, UH Maui College and the UH Maui College Molokai (UHMCM) campus, Molokai Education Center.

Twenty-one students will have successfully completed their first class, giving them insight to archaeology and historical site preservation. Taught by Molokai’s own, Pulama Lima, the students were given first hand knowledge on archaeology. As their culminating assignment, the haumana were able to do field studies, archaeological inventory surveys, and rock wall restoration work down at Kalaupapa.…

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Photo courtesy of ripkenbsaeball.com

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Trayce Young, a 12-year-old baseball player, was born and raised Molokai to parents Minky Hoopai and Ikaika Young. Trayce moved to Oahu in 2015 to attend Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. He is a player for the Go Nuts White baseball team. Trayce’s positions are pitcher, first baseman and outfield.

Trayce has been only playing with this team for seven months and in that short time, Go Nuts carried a perfect season of 24-0, took state champs and recently earned the title of champs of Pacific Southwest Regionals, They will be heading to Aberdeen, Maryland for the Cal Ripken World Series July 26-Aug.…

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Nainoa Bishaw-Mokiao and his hog earned the title of Grand Champion Market Hog. Photo by kuulei Arce

Community Contributed

By Ku`ulei Arce

Acey Reyes was named Hig Senior Shownmanship Champ. Photo by Kuulei Arce

On the weekend of July 7-11, we traveled to Kualoa Ranch, Oahu with 10 Molokai 4-Hers to enter their animal projects into the State Farm Fair. It was a great weekend to meet and greet new friends and create new memories for all participants. Club leader Clement “Sonny” Reyes leads with great example for the Molokai 4-H Livestock Club. Molokai competitors earned top honors at the event.…