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Flag Football Starts for Middle School

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Molokai Middle School is hosting a flag football season, creating an intra-school league to keep competitions safe.

This past February, the Maui Middle Schools Athletics Initiative, sponsored by the REACH Program, approved outdoor sports and Molokai Middle School is a participating member.

Coach Mike Kahale said instead of traveling to Maui to compete against other middle schools as they have done in the past, MMS launched the intra-school league.

“Normally, we would have just one team travel off-island to compete,” said Kahale, who is also the MHS head football coach. “Now we have four teams with over 40 student-athletes competing against one another here on Molokai.”…

Athletics Dept. Plans for Resumed Sports

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Molokai High School athletics leadership is excited to be able to resume athletic workouts and practices with COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols set forth by the Department of Education and Department of Health. Six sports can begin by the end of this month, with exact start dates to be announced.

“We highly encourage our spring sport student-athletes to update their current physical form and consent form during this time to be eligible to practice,” said Athletic Director Lee DeRouin. “Student athletes can pick up these forms at school during the day from [myself] or Athletic Trainer and at…

Spring Sports Given OK to Practice

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Athletic workouts for high school spring sports can begin on Monday, March 8, Maui Interscholastic League executive board president Jamie Yap confirmed last Thursday. The status of when and if competition can commence will be determined by the MIL athletic directors soon. Yap said he expects MIL executive director Joe Balangitao to convene a meeting of athletic directors soon.

Yap is very encouraged by the news. He said he feels it is crucial to get the spring sports onto the field in some sense because that season was the first to be canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic last March.…

New Roof and Bleachers Coming for Kaunakakai School

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Kaunakakai School, along with other schools on island, will be getting improvements as part of the state’s Capital Improvements Project (CIP) funds. Last week, Gov. Ige released $750,000 for Kaunakakai Elementary to receive roof and gutter replacements for buildings B and D, along with construction of bleachers at the school.

Last summer, state Legislature passed a $5.1 billion budget for CIPs, of which $533 million was allocated for Maui County. School projects were a budget priority and three Molokai schools will be receiving funds released this year. Along with Kaunakakai School’s improvements, Kualapu’u School will receive $300,000 for ADA transition, $1 million for playground equipment and $150,000 for a basketball court cover.…

Punana Leo Preschool Enrollment Open

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Punana Leo Preschool Enrollment Open

Punana Leo News Release

Since implementing strict health and safety protocols at its preschool campuses statewide last summer, ‘Aha Punana Leo (‘APL) keiki (children) and kumu (teachers) have been able to return to the classroom, and continue to engage and thrive in safe learning honua (environments) with-out incidents of COVID-19 at any of its sites.

“With the support of our Ke‘ena Kamali‘i, Hui Makua Punana Leo o Molokai, and the County of Maui Early Childhood Resource Office, we’ve been able to provide our keiki and staff, a safe and clean learning/working environment,” said U‘i Ramos, Punana Leo o Molokai site director.…

Soup ‘R Bowl Reimagined

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Soup ‘R Bowl Reimagined

MAC News Release

Due to current COVID protocols, the Molokai Arts Center’s 2021 fundraiser will be more streamlined with the same featured ceramic Soup ’R bowls made by Molokai artists. Instead of a sit-down dinner, the event will be a walk-through, take-out event. A highlight will be a “Meet the Artist” hour for premium ticket holders. Details on purchasing tickets online coming soon. Go to and sign up or join our Facebook page to be the first to know. Save the date for Saturday, March 6.

This year the pandemic has prevented many annual visitors from joining our annual Soup ‘R Bowl fundraiser.…

Keiki Artist Winners

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Keiki Artist Winners

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Member Art Show 2020 showcased Molokai’s keiki artists. Two keiki classes are held every Saturday: Session 1 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and Session 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The MAC also hosts classes for Molokai Middle School (HLIP and Dolphins), Kualapu’u School 21st Century Program, Aka’ula Summer Session and other workshops as requested by agencies and schools. Congratulations to our young artists who submitted and won awards!

Most Innovative – Taua Lima-English “Tik Tak Toe Animal Set”
Most Whimsical – Laule’a Ledesma “Kookie”
Most Expressive – Keawe Koko Chong-Kalima “Kia’i”
Best in Self Expression – Odinn Moore “Fish Kitty Football”
Most Enchanting – Patience Purdy “Peach Blossom Elephant”
Most Delightful – Kolbie Kalima Ledesma “Turtle Turtle”
Best Island Aesthetic – Kaedyn Chong “Blue”
Emerging Artist – Kaizyn Chong “Stego”

Photos are posted on the MAC’s Facebook page.…

Molokai Youth Conservation Positions Available

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Kupu Hawaii News Release

Kupu, Hawaii’s leading conservation and youth education nonprofit organization, announced that applications are now open for this summer’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC). This seven-week opportunity runs from June 7 – July 23 providing young adults typically between the ages of 17-22 with meaningful field service experience into the world of conservation while giving back to the community. Positions are available on Molokai.

Participants will be paid for their service as Team Members or Team Leaders, and also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award, CPR/First Aid Certification, and priceless on-the-job training. No prior environmental experience is necessary. The ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, curious about nature, and has a desire to learn through hands-on service.…

Rotary Scholarships Open

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

HRYF News Release

Scholarships through the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) are now open for applications. HRYF is a nonprofit charitable corporation founded in 1976. Its main objective is to provide scholarships for Hawaii youth to further their education after high school. The 10 Rotary Clubs in Maui County are now accepting applications for this scholarship award. Each Maui County Rotary club will select a deserving high school student to receive the $5000 scholarship award.

This award is non-transferable and can only be used for the first year of school. Funds are mailed directly to the school of choice and cannot be deterred for future use.…

Free After-School Program Teaches Watershed Learning Virtually

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Learning Endeavors News Release

A placed-based STEM watershed learning experience, called Champions of Coastal Resilience (CCR), is designed for after-school enrichment for grades 4-6 on Molokai. It is a virtual, seven-week action curriculum, facilitated by a Molokai-based instructor beginning on Monday, January 25, taking place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Registration is now open.

This is a free opportunity offered by Learning Endeavors, a Wailuku nonprofit organization offering innovative education program development, in partnership with the Molokai 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The Champions of Coastal Resilience initiative is its newest program, starting on Molokai and soon expanding statewide.…