News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Call for Artists

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

Registration for the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition opens in just a few weeks, so it’s time to put the finishing touches on your work for Hawaii’s most prestigious and truly statewide juried exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery. Molokai artists are welcomed to submit their work. Need some reasons to enter?

It’s a prestigious exhibition location with over 2,000 visitor. More than $4,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. There’s a new $500 award for collaborative work sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. We have scheduled acquisition visits from HoMA and HSFCA.…

Bakery Represents at Japanese Product Fair

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Maui County News Release

A dozen Maui County-made product vendors are leaving for Japan to test their products at the sixth annual Hankyu Hawaii Fair from July 10-16, in Umeda, Osaka. Among them is Molokai’s Kanemitsu Bakery. SuiKeala Jewelry of Hana, with ties to Molokai, will also be attending.

The event, which is the largest out-of-state Hawaii fair, attracts more than 250,000 Japanese consumers every year and sells food, apparel, gifts and jewelry items all made in the islands. Held in the 15-story Hankyu Umeda Department Store, the venue carries quality merchandise and is regarded as one of the higher-end department stores in the entire country.…

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Molokai Holokai Day 2

Youth in Motion News Release

Day two of the Molokai Holokai Ho’olaule’a exceeded all expectations with 116 registered participants in the combined long from Kamalo to the Molokai Community Health Center. The main course was 10 miles, with a short course of five miles and keiki and makua course of 3/4 mile. Winds were easterly, a little on the lighter side but still perfect for the racers. The fleet was well rounded with 39 in the OC/ski division, 21 in the SUP, a youth OC 6 team and most impressive, 50 in the keiki division.

The day prior, while the racers were racing from Maui, about 50 kids showed up to clean up the harbor pulling out all kinds of rubbish from both sides of the pier.…

Protect Kapuaiwa Grove

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Protect Kapuaiwa Grove

DHHL News Release

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) is asking for the community’s kokua in protecting the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove on Molokai.

Vehicle access to Kapuaiwa is restricted with fencing and “No Trespassing” signs are up in the area, but the public’s safety and concern for the `aina remain an issue. Falling fronds, coconuts, and trees, along with ground instability, are concerns within the grove. Recent reports of unauthorized access for recreation and socialization have also been raised to the Department.

“DHHL is requesting that the public respect the sacredness of Kapuaiwa as well as DHHL’s concern for safety and not trespass into the area,” said Gene Ross Davis, DHHL’s Molokai District Supervisor.…

Paddlers Closed for Roaches

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Paddlers Inn Restaurant and Bar has been temporarily closed down by the Department of Health last week after finding a cockroach infestation and other sanitation concerns.

“An inspection of the restaurant was conducted on May 7 in response to a complaint and based on violations found during earlier health inspections,” stated a DOH press release. “A red [‘closed’] placard has been posted at the establishment to protect public health.”

DOH Communications Director Janice Okubo described the presence of roaches as “a pretty bad infestation.”

“The inspector received a complaint about a cockroach infestation, dirty ventilation, and grease on the floor at Paddlers Restaurant and Bar on April 4, 2019,” she said.…

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

MEDB News Release

The 10th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference, held May 1-2, reaffirmed once again the power of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and its impact on the future of our keiki, community and our world. Over 1,000 educators and students from over 100 schools and 215 industry partners organizations across the state and even from the U.S. mainland at-tended the annual conference, which is the state’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event dedicated to engaging a new generation of STEM innovators and leaders in Hawaii.

The conference was presented by STEMworks, a statewide initiative of Maui Economic Devel-opment Board, Inc.…

Parks and Rec Office Closures

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Parks and Rec News Release

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will have periodic permit office closures for the processing of countywide tri-annual permits for the Fall 2019 Season.

The Molokai office, located at Mitchell Pauole Center, will be closed on May 29, 30, and 31.

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will begin accepting permit applications tomorrow for all leagues and recreational programs participating in the Fall 2019 season.

This process includes application requests for the majority of facility usage county-wide, such as athletic fields, multipurpose fields, ball fields, courts, pools and gymnasiums.

The Department will accept application requests from Wednesday, May 1, until 4 p.m.…

OED Grant Workshops

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Maui County OED News Release

The Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is offering a free workshop on Molokai for grant funding for the 2020 fiscal year. The public workshop will be held on Monday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Liliʻuokalani Trust (formerly known as the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center).

Workshop attendees will receive an application packet for FY 2020 and will be offered a complete step-by-step training on the application process. OED staff also will be available to answer questions.

The FY 2020 Grant Application and Handbook will be available online starting Wednesday, May 1 at…

Haele Lua

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Halau Hula o Kukunaokala News Release

Founded by the late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua and the Molokai Visitors Association, the Molokai Ka Hula Piko festival continues its purpose of celebrating the birth of hula on the island of Molokai. The name itself is an ancient saying that praises Molokai as the center of hula – telling us that it is here that hula began.

According to the ancient traditions of pre-Western Molokai, hula began with the La‘ila‘i family who lived in Maunaloa, in the district of Ka‘ana on the hill Pu‘u Nana about 900 AD. It is from this ‘ohana that Kapo‘ulakina‘u and Laka descend.  …

Molokai Artists at Honolulu Museum Shop

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Honolulu Museum of Art News Release

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? The Museum Shop has you covered with these one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists from the Friendly Isle.

Living on Molokai, Terry Klerlein gathers all the materials used in creating her one-of-a-kind pine needle baskets. Her love for the mountains and forests combined with her appreciation of color, texture, rich designs and natural materials translates easily to the ancient traditional art of pine needle basket weaving.

“I’m in awe of the wealth of natural materials to be found on Molokai: the treasures from the sea and vegetation,” she said.…