Education

Young and Ocean-Savvy

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Young and Ocean-Savvy

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.

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Molokai Student Competes in National Rodeo

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.…

Head Start to Learning in Summer Program

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Head Start to Learning in Summer Program

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.…

‘Mathletes’ Gain Confidence in Math Competition

Friday, July 1st, 2016

‘Mathletes’ Gain Confidence in Math Competition

Kaunakakai Elementary School participants pose with their certificates and Kamoi Snack-n-Go gift certificates. Photo By Kimberly Svetin

Community Contributed

By Erik Svetin, Molokai High School Student and Mathlete

Three years ago, I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.

I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 19-20.…

Cop Corner

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

With summer in full swing, we wanted to take this time to educate the parents and guardians on the Curfew Laws for Maui County, which apply to Molokai.

It is unlawful for any minor to be present in public places, public streets and roads between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is under the age of 13 years; between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m if the minor is 13 years to 15 years of age; and between the hours of
12 a.m to 4 a.m if the minor is 16 to 17 years of age.…

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Volleyball Event ‘Gives Back’ to Molokai

Photo By Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The ‘Give Back’ Volleyball Clinic and exhibition game was held last week at the Molokai High School Barn. Molokai High School graduate and former head volleyball coach Matt Helm and his Whitman College girls volleyball team was here on the island for a week and conducted the clinic along with former professional volleyball players Logan Tom and Allen Allen and Farmer Alumni and former UH Wahine Middle Blocker Kalei Adolpho.

Helm said he was very happy to give back to his home island.

Judy Caparida and her late husband were honored for their support of Molokai Vollyball.…

Preschool Visits Kapualei Ranch

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Preschool Visits Kapualei Ranch

Photo courtesy of Kapualei Ranch

Kapualei Ranch News Release

Kapualei Ranch, one of the oldest ranches on the island of Molokai, was host to Tutu and Me Traveling Pre-School twice this month.  In order to accommodate maximum visitors, two different tours were organized on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26.

Ranch Manager, Joey Lorenzo, was present to personally guide the visitors and oversee the arrangements. According to Lorenzo, the event was full of entertainment and excitement for everyone.

“Kapualei Ranch has a tradition of giving back to the community in any manner possible. We respect all that Tutu and Me does and we did our best to provide an environment where they could come together and have a positive experience,” he said.…

Molokai School Foundation Gets Grant

Friday, June 10th, 2016

FMHMSF News Release

Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation (FMHMSF) has been awarded a $7000 grant by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the 2017 fiscal year. The support will allow the organization to continue to hold its annual Future Fest College and Career Fair at Molokai High School.

The mission of this event is to maximize the opportunities for students in grades seven to 12 to speak with a variety of college or career representatives from six of the different career pathways: Arts and Communication, Business, Health Services, Natural Resources, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Public and Human Services.…

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.…