News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Paddlers Closed for Roaches

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Paddlers Inn Restaurant and Bar has been temporarily closed down by the Department of Health last week after finding a cockroach infestation and other sanitation concerns.

“An inspection of the restaurant was conducted on May 7 in response to a complaint and based on violations found during earlier health inspections,” stated a DOH press release. “A red [‘closed’] placard has been posted at the establishment to protect public health.”

DOH Communications Director Janice Okubo described the presence of roaches as “a pretty bad infestation.”

“The inspector received a complaint about a cockroach infestation, dirty ventilation, and grease on the floor at Paddlers Restaurant and Bar on April 4, 2019,” she said.…

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Molokai Among STEM Conference Winners

MEDB News Release

The 10th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference, held May 1-2, reaffirmed once again the power of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and its impact on the future of our keiki, community and our world. Over 1,000 educators and students from over 100 schools and 215 industry partners organizations across the state and even from the U.S. mainland at-tended the annual conference, which is the state’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event dedicated to engaging a new generation of STEM innovators and leaders in Hawaii.

The conference was presented by STEMworks, a statewide initiative of Maui Economic Devel-opment Board, Inc.…

Parks and Rec Office Closures

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Parks and Rec News Release

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will have periodic permit office closures for the processing of countywide tri-annual permits for the Fall 2019 Season.

The Molokai office, located at Mitchell Pauole Center, will be closed on May 29, 30, and 31.

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will begin accepting permit applications tomorrow for all leagues and recreational programs participating in the Fall 2019 season.

This process includes application requests for the majority of facility usage county-wide, such as athletic fields, multipurpose fields, ball fields, courts, pools and gymnasiums.

The Department will accept application requests from Wednesday, May 1, until 4 p.m.…

OED Grant Workshops

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Maui County OED News Release

The Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is offering a free workshop on Molokai for grant funding for the 2020 fiscal year. The public workshop will be held on Monday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Liliʻuokalani Trust (formerly known as the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center).

Workshop attendees will receive an application packet for FY 2020 and will be offered a complete step-by-step training on the application process. OED staff also will be available to answer questions.

The FY 2020 Grant Application and Handbook will be available online starting Wednesday, May 1 at…

Haele Lua

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Halau Hula o Kukunaokala News Release

Founded by the late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua and the Molokai Visitors Association, the Molokai Ka Hula Piko festival continues its purpose of celebrating the birth of hula on the island of Molokai. The name itself is an ancient saying that praises Molokai as the center of hula – telling us that it is here that hula began.

According to the ancient traditions of pre-Western Molokai, hula began with the La‘ila‘i family who lived in Maunaloa, in the district of Ka‘ana on the hill Pu‘u Nana about 900 AD. It is from this ‘ohana that Kapo‘ulakina‘u and Laka descend.  …

Molokai Artists at Honolulu Museum Shop

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Honolulu Museum of Art News Release

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? The Museum Shop has you covered with these one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists from the Friendly Isle.

Living on Molokai, Terry Klerlein gathers all the materials used in creating her one-of-a-kind pine needle baskets. Her love for the mountains and forests combined with her appreciation of color, texture, rich designs and natural materials translates easily to the ancient traditional art of pine needle basket weaving.

“I’m in awe of the wealth of natural materials to be found on Molokai: the treasures from the sea and vegetation,” she said.…

Molokai Residents Sought as Applicants

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

County of Maui News Release

Molokai residents are being sought as applicants to serve on Maui County boards and commissions. There’s a current opening for a Molokai representative on the Liquor Control Commission.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for vacant positions on boards, commissions and committees due to term expirations, vacancies and resignations.

Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies and standards and making recommendations. Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the Maui County Council and have terms lasting two to five years. While no monetary compensation is provided for serving on a board or commission, the public’s participation helps provide an important government service.…

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.…