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.
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.…
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.…
Photo courtesy of Aka’ula School
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.…
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.…
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.…
Nainoa Bishaw-Mokiao and his hog earned the title of Grand Champion Market Hog. Photo by kuulei Arce
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.…
UHMCM News Release
Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school. It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way. To prepare Molokai families for the transition to college, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM), the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) partnered up again to offer a fourth year of Ke Kukui Mohala.
The main goal of the program is to support families in the process of preparing Molokai High School seniors to successfully achieve their post-secondary goals and objectives. …
Photo by Noelani Yamashita
In the final event of the summer’s Keiki O Ke Kai Surf Meet series last Saturday at Waialua Beach, young groms lined up to celebrate a season of surf and friendly competition. The annual series has been held for 27 years, and this summer, featured three events that fostered family fun and healthy lifestyles. Photo by Noelani Yamashita.
Rex “Bubu” Kamakana,left, pictured with his roping partner Ethan Awa from Hawaii Island. Both will be traveling to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.
NHSFR News Release
Rex “Bubu” Kamakana, a tenth grade student at Molokai High School, has earned a position on the Hawaii team for the National High School Rodeo. He will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23 to compete at the 68th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Team Roping competition.
Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo.…
Photo courtesy of 21st CCLC Molokai LIVE
21st CCLC Molokai LIVE News Release
More than 100 students on Molokai made the commitment to attend the Molokai LIVE MHS and UPLINK MMS Summer Program this year. Transitioning from elementary to middle school and eighth grade to high school can be daunting, but with support and surrounded by new friends they were up to the challenge. Students looking to get a head start in learning and preparing themselves for the new school year with a possible ½ elective credit attended classes in math, science, social studies, college and career readiness, video media, drama, cooking, VEX robotics, band and English.…