News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Football Scoreboard Campaign

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Friends of MHMS Foundation News Release
A little over two years ago, the Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation kicked off a fundraising campaign to get a Scoreboard for our Maui Interscholastic League Championship eight-man football team. We are happy to announce that this March, we reached our targeted donation amount and that the scoreboard has been purchased, shipped, and has arrived on Molokai. The Friends Foundation, MHS Athletic Department, and the Farmer Football team would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations.

Special thanks go out to major donors Jeff and Crystal Egusa, Kevin Misaki at Misaki’s Inc., PAR Hawaii and Molokai Petroleum, Monsanto Molokai employees and their Malama Kaiaulu grants program.…

Molokai Schools Now Offer Free Meals for All

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

HIDOE News Release

This upcoming school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will expand a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. This means the schools will serve free meals to all students, even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.

On Molokai, Kaunakakai, Kilohana and Maunaloa elementary schools and Molokai Middle and High schools are among the 22 additional schools to now be included.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand this program to 22 additional schools statewide to provide free meals for over 8,500 more students,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.…

Public Library Anniversary

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Molokai Public Library News Release

Please join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of our Molokai Public Library. The festivities will be held on the lawn fronting the library on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The variety of programs will include live music, hula, brief presentations by local and state dignitaries, along with light refreshments.

Established on May 21, 1937, the Molokai Public Library is one of eight public libraries in the Maui County district, and one of more than 50 libraries in the Hawaii State Public Library system. Placed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places in 1993, the building will undergo an expansion in the near future.…

Kilohana Student Winner in Poster Contest

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Kilohana Student Winner in Poster Contest

DWS News Release

The Maui County Department of Water Supply (DWS) held its eighth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest this year, as well as its first annual Source Water Protection Video Contest. DWS received beautiful poster artwork from 770 students from kindergarten to eighth grade and several creative and inspiring videos from Maui County high school students. The panel of volunteer judges and DWS staff were impressed by the talent displayed by our youth through their drawings and videos.

Kilohana Elementary student Zailin Lavoie won first place in the Kindergarten category poster contest, and was the only Molokai student to be recognized.…

Say No to Cyber-Bullying

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

MCAPP News Release

Before the Internet, bullying ended when you removed yourself from the environment you were in. Nowadays, the bullying dynamic is harder to contain and harder to ignore, even on Molokai. While sexual solicitation and unwanted exposure to sexual material online are often cited as the key online danger for youth, cyber-bullying or online harassment has become a serious concern as well. At Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways (MCAPP), we are helping to educate and prevent cyber-bullying on Molokai.

While cyber-bullying covers a range of behaviors, sexual harassment is key among them. Gender harassment, body rating, sexual putdowns and sexual rumors have moved beyond the schoolyard, hallways or cafeteria and into wide range of social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.…

Robotics Circle of Champions

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Robotics Circle of Champions

Molokai Robotics League News Release

The Kentucky Exposition Center, host of the 2017 VEX Worlds Championships, have what they call their “Circle of Champions” — a walkway that circles the main arena with trophy walls and plaques recognizing their Champions in all areas, from horse racing, to sports, and so on.

The Molokai Robotics League has now completed its “Circle of Champions” at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics season with the added successes at the high school and elementary levels. The Molokai High School VEX Team 1037 Farmers recently won at States and then competed on the National level at the 2017 U.S.…

Molokai Excels at STEM Conference

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Hawaii STEM Conference News Release

On May 1-2, more than 1,000 students, educators, industry partners and community leaders throughout the state and the nation gathered for the 8th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference. The event is an empowering STEM event dedicated to engaging a new generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) innovators in Hawaii.

Among the attendees were about 50 students from Molokai Middle and High schools and their Hawaiian Language Immersion Programs (HLIP). Students from Molokai’s `O Hina I Ka Malama, taught by `Iolani Kuoha, opened the Hawaii STEM Conference with an oli.

The Molokai High School HLIP team of Kau`iwai Poepoe-Mollena, Kamahina Kaiama-Kanuha were named one of the Hawaii finalists for the ArcGIS Online U.S.…

Used Motor Oil Program Open

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui’s Used Motor Oil (UMO) Program for home mechanics has been reinstated a month ahead of schedule after being suspended in February due to a lack of state funding support.

The County Council granted the Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s (EP&S) supplemental budget request of $126,875 to fund the program for the remainder of this fiscal year to continue the program, and funds for the UMO program are in the County’s FY 18 budget.

As of April 25 on Molokai, the program is available at the landfill through Recycle Molokai. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m.…

Molokai Student Among Art Finalists

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard News Release

Molokai High student Sonja Angst is among 13 finalists in Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s fifth annual Kaha Ki`i Second Congressional District Art Competition. Gabbard also launched a “People’s Choice” contest on the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Facebook Page where the public can select their favorite pieces. A gallery of the finalists’ artwork is now on display in the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol. Each spring, the congresswoman sponsors the event to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawaii as part of a nationwide high school art competition with other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Angst is a senior at Molokai high and her finalist piece is titled “Girl in the Shadows.”
“I encourage everyone in the community to check out the art being showcased by these gifted students from across the state of Hawaii—either see the pieces in person at the Hawaii State Capitol, or take a look on my Facebook page.…

Phonebook Recycling

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Vivial News Release

Vivial, proud publisher of the Hawaiian Telcom Directory, is partnering with schools on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai to launch the #SmallBizBigOutcome recycling drive and environmental awareness campaign. The campaign runs through May 30, and is in conjunction with the 2017 Hawaiian Telcom Directory delivery on the neighbor islands.

Local schools on each island will compete to collect the outdated telephone directories, which will keep the directories out of landfills through recycling. All participating schools will receive a cash prize for their involvement in the program, and one school will win a grand prize.…