News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Violin Performance and Workshop

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

MAC News Release

Molokai is in for a treat! Kauai’s young violin virtuoso Kimberly Hope will perform at Hiro’s ‘Ohana Grill on Friday, Ja. 18, at 7 p.m. Before her performance, the Molokai Instrumental Music (MIM) Program will open for her under the direction of Bob Underwood.

Earlier that afternoon, the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will sponsor a private Violin Workshop for MIM’s Intermediate/Advance Class. Kimberly will perform on her acoustic and electric violins, demonstrate different genres/styles (including using a looper pedal), and share her experiences as a violinist. She will work with students to help them prepare for their evening performance.…

Krazy For Kolea Winners

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Nene O Molokai press release

Helen VonTempsky was excited to see her two kolea on the lawn when she woke up on Aug. 9. Based on the return date and plumage, Helen’s two birds are females that have faithfully returned each fall for over a decade.  Helen’s two first place kolea win her a Kolea Research Hawaii T-shirt from the Hawaii Audubon Society and a gift certificate for one scoop of ice cream at Kamoi Snack N Go in the 21st annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest.

The kolea or Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) is a swift flying shorebird and has been recorded migrating at 118 miles per hour, although an average of 56 to 60 miles mph is more typical.…

‘Ohana Gardens and Grindz

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

UH CTAHR News Release

Have you tried Uncle Glennʻs famous egg in a pancake or Aunty Jenniferʻs ono garden fresh somen salad? If you’re raising keiki between the ages of 8 and 13, come join the Molokai ʻOhana Gardens and Grindz program on Saturday mornings in November! Together, you will grow your own veggies and use them to cook local favorites.

The program runs for three consecutive Saturday mornings — Nov. 3, 10 and 17 — at the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Extension office and farm in Ho’olehua. Parents, grandparents and keiki work together to plant, care for, and harvest beans, lettuce, tomatoes and other veggies and then use those foods to prepare, cook and eat somen salad, eggplant in garlic sauce, and veggie stir fry.…


Friday, September 28th, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Department of Agriculture pursuant to Chapter 91 Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) will hold public hearings as follows:

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room Plant Quarantine Conference Room
635 Mua Street, Kahului, HI 96732 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, HI 96819

Monday, November 5, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9 to 11 a.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room Department of Agriculture Conference Room
4398A Pua Loke Street, Lihue, HI 96766 16 E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 3 p.m.…

E-Cycling Temporarily Closed

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

County of Maui News Release

E-Cycling, the county-sponsored electronics recycling program, has been temporarily closed at Molokai’s Naiwa Landfill until Jan. 2, 2019.

Changes to the e-waste market, which involves collecting, shipping and processing electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, printers and TVs, are cited as the reason behind the closure.

“E-waste markets have changed and immediately affect how e-waste can cost-effectively be collected and shipped from Molokai to be processed on the Mainland,” said Kevin Collins, owner of ECycling Maui and the county’s new E-Cycling program contractor.

Molokai residents will again be able to recycle computers, monitors, printers and TVs with the program starting Jan.…

GET Local Youth Cooking Contest

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

UHCES News Release

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service (UHCES) is launching a campaign to promote local growers in the community and encourage healthy eating by holding a GET Local Video Cooking Competition. GET local stands for Grow, Eat, Think Local. All students who are 12 to 18 years old are invited to submit a cooking video that highlights their cooking abilities, uses a local ingredient for their recipe, and includes information on the local farmer.

Prizes for winners include the chance for one recipe to be added to the menu of a top restaurant on Maui, an opportunity to film a live cooking show with a celebrity chef for a local television station, and $100 gift cards for video recording equipment.…

Recalling Kulaia History

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Molokai Canoe Festivals Committee News Release

Historical records dating back to 1865 note Hawaiian outrigger canoe race competitions as one of the many events our kupuna took part in during annual la kulaia, days of festivities honoring the Kingdom of Hawaii and especially honoring our beloved monarchy.  During that era, kulaia generally occurred once a year during a national holiday or birthday celebration of a mo’i (monarch). 

After the overthrow of our beloved Hawaiian Kingdom, kulaia festivities changed focus and no longer celebrated the Kingdom and monarchy.  In historical records, we see the shift from national celebration to simply canoe race competitions.  Therefore, pieces of our historic kulaia were lost and forgotten.…

Funds for Student-Led Environmental Solutions

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Kupu News Release

Molokai students who want to help their schools or communities go green now have a chance to earn funding to back their big ideas. Conservation and education nonprofit Kupu, in partnership with Kokua Hawaii Foundation, is launching its third annual Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant program, which supports student-led environmental initiatives.

Applications are now open and due Oct. 19. Students in grades 6-12 from public, private, and charter schools statewide are encouraged to apply.

“We are so excited to host another Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant opportunity,” says Kupu CEO John Leong. “Not only is this a great experience for Hawaii’s next generation of eco-preneurs and eco-engineers, but it’s also a win for the community at large.…

Local Produce 50 Percent Off for EBT Customers

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Sust’aina ble Molokai News Release

Sustʻaina ble Molokai’s Mobile Market began their “EBT Double Bucks Program” on Sept. 1!

Does your family receive SNAP/EBT benefits? Are you interested in eating more fresh, healthy, local produce? Then you should check out Sustʻaina ble Molokai’s Mobile Market at

The main goals of the program are to improve healthy food access and support local farmers. Buying local means that more food dollars stay in the local economy, which has a positive ripple effect for Molokai.

Here’s how our EBT Double Bucks Program works: Shop for fresh fruits and vegetable with the Sustʻaina ble Molokai Mobile Market, pay with your EBT card, and receive 50 percent off your purchase when you pick up your order.…

Give County Budget Input

Friday, August 31st, 2018

County of Maui News Release

Citizens with an interest in the proposed County of Maui budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 are encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting and offer comments and suggestions, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted. The meetings, held around the county, will be hosted by Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration.

The Molokai meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Center.

Tables will be set up to allow directors and staff from each County department to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various County-related issues.…