News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Molokai General Named Among Top Critical Access Hospitals

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

Queen’s Health System News Release 

The top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) nationwide, including Molokai General Hospital, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Best Practice in Quality. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo. 

The top 20 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2022 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.…

Free Meals at Summer PALS

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui is providing free meals at its Summer PALS sites on Maui and Molokai, in an effort to ensure that no children go hungry while school is out of session this summer.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program made available in eligible areas to ensure that children receive nutritious meals. All youth 18 years old or younger are eligible to receive a free meal through this program.

Many children in Maui County receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but countless numbers of these children do not get enough to eat when school is out.…

Submit Art to Juried Exhibit

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

HI Craftsmen News Release 

Held annually since 1967, the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition features the finest traditional and contemporary craft from across the state of Hawaii. This year, the juror will be Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum. The juror will be visiting each island to make public presentations and to select the very best work to be included in the exhibition. 

Online registration runs from Aug. 1-31 and Molokai intake and public presentation will be on Sept. 6. Notice of acceptance will be on Sept. 14. 

This year, HC expects over $11,000 in awards to be designated by our juror.…

Summer Meals at Public Schools

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

HIDOE News Release

Eighty-six public schools, including two on Molokai, will serve meals free of charge over the summer to children ages 18 years and younger. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced the meals will be provided regardless of public school enrollment status, through its summer food service program. 

Beginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will serve meals at select public school locations on Mondays through Fridays, with the exception of June 12 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day). The SSO is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer.…

Hospice Yard Sale

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

Hospice Maui Molokai News Release 

The eighth annual Hospice Maui Molokai yard sale fundraiser will take place on July 1. Your gently used items are another person’s treasures.  If you have gently used or new items of value and want to donate them, please call Dan Reed, 808-658-1015, or Maile Silva, 808-658-6030.  Please wash clothes; no books, CDs or VHS.  

The sale is Saturday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Dr. McGuire building parking lot, Kamehameha V Highway.  No early birds please.  All proceeds will benefit the Hospice Maui Molokai Kokua Fund.…

Kanikapila Group Change of Location

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

KGT News Release

Kanikapila Group Therapy (KGT) will no longer be meeting at the Congregation Church Pavilion in Ho’olehua. 

What does KGT do? It is a gathering to play music: kanikapila. You might remember when KGT had weekly gatherings at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu’u. KGT meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All are welcome to come, whether you play or just want to sit and listen to music.

On June 20 and July 18, KGT will meet at the Lanikeha Community Center in Ho’olehua located by the Ho’olehua Fire Station. There will not be a meeting on July 4 and the announcement of the new location will be made by July 28.…

Free Volleyball Camp

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Fieldhouse Volleyball News Release

Molokai raised and alumni of Molokai High School, Annette Luafalemana travels home to host a free volleyball clinic on June 3-4 at the Molokai High School Gym. Ike Loa Volleyball Camp is open to ages 8 to 17 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for under 12, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 13 and older. 

Passionate about volleyball, she currently manages the Fieldhouse Volleyball Club in Texas that helps all ages to follow their dreams and become proud athletes.  This is her way of giving back to her community that helped raise her to be who she is now.  …

College Outreach Events

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

UHMCM News Release

We’re coming to you! If you’re interested in learning more about college and career opportunities, come talk story with UH Maui College, Molokai in your neighborhood.  

We will be at Manae Goods and Grinds on Monday, June 19; Kualapu’u Store on Thursday, June 22; Maunaloa Store on Monday, June 26; and Friendly Market on Friday, June 30 – all from 9 to 11 a.m.

Ask about our free course offerings and career opportunities. Any questions, call (808) 553-4490. Hope to see you in your neighborhood, mahalo!…

New Book from Bayer

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

Bayer HI News Release 

As part of its ongoing support for education and agriculture, Bayer Hawaii is sharing copies of its “Hawaii’s Farm to Table” activity book for children via online download and to various community groups, including several on the island of Molokai.

Created as an educational tool about the important role that farmers play in food production – from planting seeds and caring for crops to harvesting and delivering fresh products to their customers – this 36-page book is chock full of fun, creative activities that explore where some of our foods come from.

 In April, Bayer’s Molokai team gave away free copies of the book to MEO’s Head Start program, and to fourth graders at Kaunakakai Elementary School as part of the school’s Earth Day celebration.…

Concert on the Lawn

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

MAC News Release 

A music performance by the Molokai Instrumental Music Education Program (MIME) will be held on Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Molokai Public Library. Students from Kualapu’u and Kaunakakai elementary schools’ 21st Century program will perform introductory music as well as Shostakovich and Copland. This is a free event and all are welcome! 

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is the fiscal sponsor for this program which is led by Bob Underwood. Underwood has graciously and with dedication taught music performance to Molokai’s keiki and adults for over 12 years. This program is offered free to elementary students during the school year and instruments are provided.…