News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Maui Fundraiser Success for Molokai Candidate

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Campaign News Release

On Sept. 19, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez held a fundraiser at the Kahului Community Center for her bid for the Maui County Council seat to represent Molokai. Over 100 people attended the community event, including many former Molokai residents, who have relocated for better job opportunities or for school.

The event was opened with Keani, standing with her family, performing an oli kahea (chant requesting permission to enter) and receiving an oli pane (chant to welcome) from Napua Greg-Nakasone, Maui County Council candidate, with candidates Alika Atay, Shane Sinenci, and Kelly King standing with Napua. Attendees called the event an “authentic expression of community cohesiveness” and an example of “what servant leadership is all about.”

Invoking her teal logo, Keani compared the sea of teal shirts standing in front of her to water, the most powerful element on earth.…

AmeriCorps Youth Honor Veterans

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

AmeriCorps Youth Honor Veterans

Interval House Molokai Press Release

Our Molokai High School AmeriCorps youth members chose to honor our Molokai veterans for the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Ida Pongmulee, Sonja Angst and Journey Miguel joined other Americans to unite in service in remembrance of the remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks in 2001.

Our AmeriCorps group was warmly greeted by Commodore Sam Makaiwi, Secretary Allen Diorec, and Watch Commander Ronald Pelekai who proudly gave us an impressive tour of their Veterans Caring for Veterans Center. Thanking our veterans for all they have done for our country, Sonja presented them with a poster highlighting beloved veteran, Larry Helm, which she inscribed with, “In loving memory of Larry Helm.” Her vivid depiction brought Larry’s fight to build the Veterans Center to life.…

Philippine Consulate Coming to Molokai

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

County of Maui News Release

For those needing Philippine Passport renewal, Dual Citizenship and Authentication, the Philippine Consulate mobile outreach is coming to Molokai next week. The Consulate will provide those services on-island on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2.

Appointments are required and can be made in-person at the Maui County Immigrant Services Division offices. On Molokai, the office is located in the Moore Center on Kamoi St. in Kaunakakai. Priority will be given to expired passports or passports expiring within the next six months, disabled or aged applicants and emergency travel.

Anyone wishing to reserve an appointment should bring the following items: Completed Application, Philippine Passport, Permanent Resident Card, and $6.45 priority stamp.…

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

New Honolulu Terminal for Makani Kai

Photo courtesy of Makani Kai. William Crocker, left, of Hawaii Industrial Structures and Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, review plans for the new airline terminal being constructed at 100 Kaulele Place at the Honolulu International Airport. The facility is expected to be completed early in 2017.

Makani Kai Air News Release

Construction has begun on a new terminal at the Honolulu International Airport for Makani Kai Air. The facility, which will be four times the size of Makani Kai Air’s current home, is located at 100 Kaulele Place.

“We’re excited to be moving the airline operation to a new home,” said Richard Schuman,
president of Makani Kai Air.…

Paddlers to Reopen Under New Ownership

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Paddlers Inn News Release

We are excited to announce that Paddlers Restaurant and Bar will soon reopen under new local family ownership and management. With fresh food from our local farmers, fresh fish from our local fisherman, and a fresh group of faces happy to serve you, we hope that you and your family will join in this exciting time.

We are also excited to announce that the kitchen at Paddlers Inn will now have the experience and culinary passion of Chef Kainoa Turner. It’s our goal at Paddlers to offer our island community their favorite local dishes, pupus of course, and fresh Asian, Italian and Mexican food, plus many more options on the menu.…

Recalling Kulaia History

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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.…

Calling Kalo Cooks

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

UHMC Molokai Farm News Release

Calling all island cooks with ono kalo recipes!  The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service (UH CES) will be hosting the annual Molokai Taro Variety Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.  Part of the festivities includes a Kalo Cooking Contest in which Molokai chefs are welcome to compete for prizes in the following categories:  appetizer, main dish and dessert.

All entries must include kalo (any part) as a main ingredient in the dish.  Entry forms can be picked up at the UH CES Office, Sustainable Molokai or UH Maui College, Molokai.  Entry forms must be turned in by 4:30 p.m.…

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.…