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Penning Poems for Peace

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Penning Poems for Peace

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Last week, nearly 30 Molokai students were honored as winners of the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest. This was the first year Molokai youth participated in the event, and many shares their thoughts on peace in two languages, using many poetry forms such as haiku, free verse and metered rhyme.

“We are holding this first Molokai peace poem ceremony to honor 26 winning students and also to highlight 57 out of 207 entrants [who] wrote poetry in the Hawaiian language with an English translation,” said Melinda Gohn, the Coordinator of the International Peace Poem Project and the Dr.…

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Photo courtesy of Roberta Cross

By Roberta Cross, Community Reporter

Editor’s note: In a series highlighting Molokai musicians, the Dispatch asks local artists about their roots, passions and influences.

Bob Underwood was born in Indiana, grew up in Pensylvania and Colorado, and moved permanently to Molokai in 2003. He is a first grade teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

Underwood spent the first 20 years of his musical life performing all kinds of pop and jazz music. He plays many instruments, although bass is his main instrument and guitar his second choice. “I can play decent violin, but I wouldn’t hire me as a violinist,” he said with a laugh.…

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Photo by Hale Domingo

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team finished as runner up in the state Boys Volleyball Championships on Oahu last weekend. The Farmers were seeded number two and defeated Kaimuki 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-18) and Damien in a thrilling five-set match broadcast live on Oceanic XCast 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 15-9) before losing in the final at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, and also live on TV, to the number one seed Hawaii Baptist 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20).

Hawaii Baptist has won five straight DII Boys Volleyball Championships and six out of the last seven.

Head Coach Hale Domingo was very excited for his team.…

MHS Athletic Recognition Banquet

Friday, May 27th, 2016

MHS Athletic Recognition Banquet

By Rick Schonely

Photo By Rick Schonely

Photo By Rick Schonely

Two weeks ago, athletes from all sports in the fall, winter and spring categories were honored on stage at the Molokai High School Athletic Department’s annual banquet. Individual champions were also honored as were the Boys Volleyball runner up DII State Championship team, the MIL DII Champion Boys Football team and State Wrestling Champion Cendall Manley. Manley will have her picture placed in the MHS Hall of Fame in The Barn.
Athletic Director Lee DeRouin and his staff did an awesome job on the banquet and the awards, and everyone enjoyed a roast pork dinner prepared by Mike’s Catering.…

Softball Finishes 8th in State

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Softball Finishes 8th in State

Photo Courtesy of Molokai Softball Team

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Lady Farmers Girls Softball team played in the DII Softball State Championships at Patsy Mink Field on Maui two weeks. After falling in the first game against Kalani 5-2, the Farmers rebounded to defeat Konawaena 11-1 in five innings and advanced to the consolation championship game against the Kauai Red Raiders. Molokai came up short in the consolation championship game losing to The Red Raiders 14-4 and placing 8th in the state in DII Girls softball.

Head Coach Kawehi Horner was proud of his team’s season.

“It was as an awesome season with lots of growth for the players and the coaches!” he said.…

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Photo By Colleen Uechi

More than 100 Molokai graduates of all ages were honored for completing an important milestone in their lives two weeks ago as they earned associate, bachelor and masters degrees on Molokai. Every four years, University of Hawaii Maui College Molokai campus holds a commencement ceremony and this year’s 41 graduation participates represented just a portion of the 116 students that received degrees between 2012 and 2016.

The graduates — ranging in age from 17 to 59 — are 75 percent Native Hawaiian. They represent all walks of life, including three couples, two siblings and three military veterans.…

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Photo By Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Twelve percent of this year’s 73 Molokai High School graduates were valedictorians and 33 percent have already earned college credits.

“This is unprecedented,” said Principal Stan Hao. “This is the most [valedictorians] we’ve ever had. In farming terms, we have a bumper crop of really smart kids.”

In the high school’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 last Friday, student accomplishments were honored, songs were sung, tears were cried and Farmer pride was on display.

Members of the class of 2016 helped the school claim four MIL team championships in football, girls basketball, baseball and boys volleyball, as well as individual champions in wrestling, track and field and judo, according to Hao.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Photo by Ke’van Dudoit.

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season — some with competition already under their belt — we complete a look at what’s in store for the teams in the months ahead.

Boys Volleyball

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team is experienced this year with 12 returnees and six seniors on the team. Head Coach Hale Domingo said he is excited and has high hopes for this year’s team.

“I have heavy upperclassmen with this team, so I’m very lucky to have such an older team where they can control the practices as we’re trying to get everybody involved,” he said.…

Tennis Earns Team Victories

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Tennis Earns Team Victories

The Molokai High School Girls Tennis team earned its first team victory of the season by defeating St. Anthony 4-1 in a Maui Interscholastic League girls tennis match Saturday at the War Memorial courts in Wailuku. In the boys match, the Farmers also won 4-1, improving to 2-0.

Photo by Oceana Madani.

On Friday in the girls singles division, Paula Maroto won her match, while Michelle McGuire and Althea Cariaga won their doubles match. On the boys’ side on Friday, Shyloh Kawaauhau-Puaa and Christian Ragonton each earned a singles win, and Kaiea Dowling and Preston Pascua-Kahookano, and Noeau Likua and Dathan Bicoy won their doubles matches.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season, we’ll take a look at what’s ahead for them over the next two weeks.

Photo by Jasmine Kan-Hai

Softball

“We are excited to see what the future holds for this year’s softball team. We have a team of athletes!” said first year head coach Kawehi Horner. “We have simple expectations for these ladies that are attainable every day and are powered by their choice. It is simply for them to show up every day and do their best and everything will fall into place.”
The Lady Farmers started their preseason last weekend at The Lahainaluna Preseason Tournament and they split on Friday beating Waialua 7-5 and losing to Campbell 8-0.…