News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Coastal Cleanup Removes Tons of Trash

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Coastal Cleanup Removes Tons of Trash

A collective, multi-organization effort to removing marine debris from Molokai’s north shore this summer resulted in removing 16 tons of litter from the island. Volunteers from Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and Sustainable Coastlines work to collect rubbish. Photo courtesy of Hawaii DLNR

DLNR News Release

Scattered across an expansive coastline of valleys, sea cliffs, boulders, and beaches, is a problem that affects everyone.

“It doesn’t matter the name you give it, marine debris, ocean litter, coastal trash, or where it came from,” said Molokai’s James Espaniola of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).…

Collaboration Boosts Science Education

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Monsanto Fund News Release

Students at Molokai High School will have new learning opportunities to boost their science education, thanks to a community collaboration that’s helping the school acquire new classroom equipment and establish summer internships at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Through the efforts of MHS alumnus and BYU Associate Professor John S. K. Kauwe, Ph.D., together with a $20,000 educational grant from the philanthropic Monsanto Fund, MHS students will enhance their education in genetics and the scientific research process, aided by new science lab equipment at the school and summer internships at BYU.

Dr. Kauwe graduated from Molokai High in 1996 as its valedictorian, and is today an internationally recognized researcher specializing in Alzheimer’s disease genetics.…

Join Molokai Swimmers

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Join Molokai Swimmers

Molokai Dolphins swimmers Kaleb Kester and Mykal Kahinu pictured with coaches Jesseca Oswald, Jessie Ford, and Marlena Nip at the 2016 Jr Age Group State Meet, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Molokai Dolphins News Release

Molokai’s own age group swim club is coming into its fourth year this October, and is continuing to grow. New registration for 2017 begins as early as September 2016, for both new and returning swimmers. If your swimmer is a beginner, he or she must be able to swim a full length unattended; if unable, another option is the parent can register with USA-Masters swimming and assist the child in pool.…

Your Voice in Public Education

Friday, August 26th, 2016

DOE News Release

If you’d like to make your voice heard about public school education, now is the chance. Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members are traveling the state to get input and will visit Molokai on Sept. 1.

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public can lend their voice on Molokai on Sept.…

Kualapu`u School Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Kualapu`u School Celebrates 50 Years

Row 1: Gladys Watanabe, Grace Kashiwamura, Leslie Tamura, Emily Mondoy Row 2: Frances Manuel, Ardath Robertson, Rachel Arakaki, Kathleen Cup Choy, Amy Fujimoto, Katherine Inouye, Yukiko Tamanaha Row 3: Sherman Napoleon, Sandra Wainui, Dorothy Slomchinski, Anna Lou Arakani, Lydia Ornellas, Lei Ah Loy, Tetsuo Kanemitsu

Kualapu`u School News Release

Tetsuo Kanemitsu, Lydia Ornellas, Jan O’Campo, Leslie Tamura, Gladys Watanabe, Grace Kashiwamura, Amy Fujimoto, Glady Brown, Joyce Waipa, Eleanor Urauchi, Emily Mondoy and Sherman Napoleon. Do these names sound familiar to you? What might they have in common?

Well, you may have guessed right! These are some of the original staff members of Kualapu`u Elementary School when the campus opened in 1966.…

Skate Jam

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Skate Jam

Photo by U’i Kalani and Andrew Beerer

County of Maui News Release

Molokai youth got an opportunity to tear it up in the skate park last month during the annual Skate Jam. On Friday, July 15, Maui County Parks and Recreation held the Skate Jam event for the keiki of Molokai. We had an awesome turn-out from our Molokai Summer PALS and Molokai Youth Center. The children rotated to various locations at the Mitchell Pauole Complex, which included skateboarding at the skate park, swimming at the pool, playing dodgeball in the gym, and participating in a cultural story time at the Mitchell Pauole Conference room.…

Funding to Enhance Kupuna Care

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Na Pu`uwai News Release

An Ahahu`i grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) awarded to community-based Native Hawaiian health organization Na Pu`uwai will fund a Kupuna and Caregivers Day. This upcoming event will offer interacting and socializing together, networking with friends, participating in activities to improve kupuna functional abilities to enhance self-esteem and to prevent memory loss and forgetfulness. It will also provide resources to inform kupuna and caregivers of signs and symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and how to support those who have these conditions.

Na Pu`uwai was initially formed in 1984 as the advisory board for the Molokai Heart Study.…

Managing Stress Workshop

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Maui Adult Day Care Centers News Release

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging invite you to a free caregiver workshop, Healing From Within, Nutrition and Meditation for Stress Management, held on Molokai this month. Luis Fuentes, an author, Mind Body Coach, Nutritional Advisor, Holistic Health Practitioner and Manager for Vitamin World will present information on stress, its effects mentally and physically, how to manage stress with supplements, nutritional wellbeing and meditation and movement techniques to promote calmness and serenity.

The workshop will be held on Molokai at the Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 9:30am.…

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Photo courtesy of UHMCM

UHMCM News Release

This July, high schoolers had an opportunity to gain exposure to cultural resource management through a cohort of three college courses, Anthropology 165, Hawaiian Studies 231 and Hawaiian Studies 207. This was provided through a partnership between Ka Hikina o Ka La, UH Maui College and the UH Maui College Molokai (UHMCM) campus, Molokai Education Center.

Twenty-one students will have successfully completed their first class, giving them insight to archaeology and historical site preservation. Taught by Molokai’s own, Pulama Lima, the students were given first hand knowledge on archaeology. As their culminating assignment, the haumana were able to do field studies, archaeological inventory surveys, and rock wall restoration work down at Kalaupapa.…

Learning Disabilities Resource Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

LDAH News Release

“Paving Pathways” for youth and their families as they transition from high school to college or a career will be the theme of the 2016 Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) Traveling Mini-Conference (TMC) on Molokai.

The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Molokai Community Health Center and is free and open to all families. Registration is required and can be completed by calling LDAH at 1-800-533-9684 or emailing Rosie Rowe, LDAH Education and Training Coordinator, at For more information visit the LDAH Facebook page at

The Molokai TMC is celebrating its ninth anniversary this year and is an opportunity for families and professionals to learn more about community resources and services available to help children with or at risk of disabilities.…