News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Future Fest 2024

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Molokai High School News Release

Molokai High School is excited to present Future Fest 2024, an event for students to explore college and career opportunities. Future Fest will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. This year, Future Fest will include one and two hour workshops along with the college and career fair. The goals of each workshop are to provide students hands-on opportunities to further explore their career interest and assist students in making a plan to make their post-high school dreams and journeys a reality. Special thanks to Hawaii P20, Molokai High School Academies, and University of Hawaii Maui College for sponsoring this event.…

Bill Proposed for Chartered Healthcare Flights

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Hawaii House of Representatives News Release
Molokai residents often experience unreliable air transportation services, including frequent last-minute schedule changes and cancellations. While this is highly inconvenient for many, it can be devastating for those depending on air transportation for necessary medical services on Maui or Oahu.
HB2544, introduced this session by State Representative Mahina Poepoe (District 13, Pa’ia, Haʻiku, Nahiku, Hana, Kipahulu, Kaupo, Molokini, Kahoʻolawe, Lanai, Molokai) provides dependable non-emergency medical transportation for residents of medically underserved rural communities by offering chartered flights to seat patients, as well as healthcare providers.
“Delays and flight changes mean patients miss long-awaited appointments and medical care, including chemotherapy, surgical procedures, and dental treatments.…

New Managing Attorney for Molokai Office

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii News Release

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is pleased to announce the hiring of K. U’ilani
Goods as the new managing attorney for its Maui County office. This appointment comes at a
crucial time, following the recent Maui fires, where legal assistance is imperative for affected

In this role, Ms. Goods will lead a dedicated team in offices across Maui, Lanai and Molokai to
provide direct legal services, community engagement, outreach and education, and statewide
legal services initiatives. As an attorney, Ms. Goods will be hands-on representing Legal Aid
clients in the areas of family law, public assistance benefits, housing and consumer protection,
and senior legal services.…

New UH-Hilo Pharmacy Dean Visits Molokai

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

New UH-Hilo Pharmacy Dean Visits Molokai

Molokai Drugs, Inc. News Release
For 16 years, Molokai Drugs has been a preceptor site for interns from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICOP) at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. As you can imagine, it was an honor to host Dr. Rae Matsumoto, the new dean at DKICOP, and Dr. Jarred Prudencio, the professor in charge of internships and experiences, on their first ever trip to Molokai. They were hosted by Molokai Drugs’ staff and were able to see first-hand the benefits and challenges of managing a rural, community pharmacy on an island with 7,000 residents.
Pictured left to right: Nooeree Samdani, year four intern, DKICOP; Dean Matsumoto; Dr.…

Fiber Internet Service Available for 95% of Molokai

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Hawaiian Telcom News Release

Hawaiian Telcom expanded availability of its fast, reliable fiber internet service Fioptics to four of Molokai’s five zip codes, which equates to more than 95 percent of the island. Many Molokai residents may qualify for free service from the HI Connect Broadband Project.

Nearly 4,500 residents and businesses of Ho‘olehua, Kaunakakai, Kualapu‘u, and Maunaloa can access Hawaiian Telcom’s Fioptics internet service that delivers the fastest upload speed in the state of 500 megabits per second and 1 gigabit per second download, which is among the fastest speeds in Hawaii.

“We are grateful for Hawaiian Telcom’s investment to provide the high-speed connectivity that families and businesses need to thrive,” said Senator Lynn DeCoite who represents Molokai, Lanai, East and Upcountry Maui.…

Snake Found in Shipping Container

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Snake Found in Shipping Container

Dept. of Agriculture News Release

A live snake was found in a shipping container on Molokai the morning of Jan. 8, while it was being unloaded at a hardware store in Kaunakakai. Maui County Police on Molokai were called to the hardware store shortly after 8 a.m. Arriving officers shot and killed the snake with a pellet gun. The snake measured about 20-inches long and has been identified as a non-venomous gopher snake.

Staff from the Molokai Invasive Species Committee (MoMISC) held the dead snake at the hardware store until Maui Plant Quarantine Branch inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) arrived on the island just before noon.…

Scholarship Event

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

UHMC Molokai News Release

Our annual Scholarship ‘AHA event will be on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. at The Molokai Education Center. The ‘Aha connects students with scholarship agencies, programs and financial aid resources to help pay for higher education. Application workshops include FAFSA, Kamehameha Schools, UH Common Scholarship, and Hawaii Community Foundation. There will be a $500 scholarship drawing, prizes, free dinner, and more! We hope to see you there.…

Zen Lecture and Shojin Ryori Lunch

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Guzeiji Soto Mission News Release

Join the Guzeiji Soto Mission and Naoko Komagata Moller for a Zen lecture and Shojin Ryori lunch Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Guzeiji Soto Mission located at 80 Hotel Lane. Reserve a seat by contacting guzeijisotomission@ or (808) 658-0943. The cost is $35. 

“Shojin-Ryori”, Zen vegetarian cuisine, is the basis of modern Japanese cooking. 

Zen vegetarian cuisine refers to vegetarian dishes prepared in temples. It was established and deepened by Dogen (1200-1253) the founder of the Soto- Zen Buddhist sect. 

Zen cooking is not just about cooking with recipes; it is also about your attitude and manner towards cooking with a joyful and nurturing heart and mind: to pay attention and to be present in the moment while you cook and eat. …

Thank You for Your Aloha and Support

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Thank You for Your Aloha and Support

Molokai History Project News Release 

These are busy days at the Molokai History Project as we have more and more visitors, repeat guests, helpful comments, wonderful donations, and folks volunteering to be docents. Our walls are full, our display cabinets constantly rearranged to make room for new items. We want to thank everyone for taking an interest in this project and supporting us. Due to several suggestions, and the fact we have docents who know the history of Molokai and are anxious to share their knowledge, we will have an informal “talk story” event every Monday morning from 8:15 to 9 a.m.,…

Live Like Tre Foundation Announces Scholarship Awardees

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Live Like Tre Foundation Announces Scholarship Awardees

LLFT News Release

The Live Like Tre Foundation (LLTF) is proud to announce the recipients of the LLTF Scholarships for the academic year 2023-24. These exceptional individuals embody the spirit of the foundation’s mission to inspire acts of kindness, love, and positive impact in their communities. Their dedication and aspirations mirror the values of Tre’ Evans-Dumaran, in whose honor these scholarships were established. 

The scholarship recipients have demonstrated their commitment to “Living Like Tre” in various ways. One awardee was Genesis Gomez-Kahookano, from Molokai. Genesis’s dream is to become a nurse and make a positive impact in her community. As a student athlete, she played for the Molokai High School softball team and is continuing her softball career at Lake Region State College. …