News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Strings Concert Showcases Community Talent

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

MAC News Release

An instrumental concert at Hotel Molokai on Dec. 14 will put community musical dedication on display. Mr. Bob Underwood, a teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary school, is known for his patience and sense of humor. He also has a great love for music, which he shares by teaching strings and woodwinds through the Molokai Instrumental Music Education (MIME) Program, a program he created which is sponsored by the Molokai Arts Center (MAC).

Mr. Underwood’s classes are open to all ages and are free to the community. The MIME Program also provides instruments on loan, which ensures that music education is available to everyone.…

Community Music Concerts

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Community Choir News Release

Free Christmas concerts will be presented Dec. 14 through Dec. 18.  Voices from our Molokai community have joined together to bring the spirit of the birth of Christ through music.  The choir is comprised of singers from various inter-faith churches on Molokai as well as the youthful voices from Aka`ula School.   Joining the choir will be various instrumentalists as well as the kupuna from ALU LIKE, Inc at the performance to be held at St Damien’s Church.

Performance days and times are:

Wednesday, Dec. 14, Waialua Congregational Church, 6 pm

Thursday, Dec. 15, St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec.…

Chaminade Offers Nonprofit Seminar

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Molokai Island Foundation News Release

Chaminade University has offered to do another nonprofit seminar on Molokai, similar to the ones they offer annually in Honolulu at a cost of $185 per person.  However, through a partnership with Chaminade University and other nonprofits, the Molokai Island Foundation is able to bring the seminar to Molokai free of charge to participants.  We will be welcoming again Chaminade Professors Richard Kido and Wayne Tanna, and Aaron Williamson who is a CPA and also teaches at Chaminade.  Handouts will be provided by Chaminade.

The seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at the OHA Conference Room from 9 a.m.…

College Student Spotlight

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

College Student Spotlight

UHMCM News Release

On Nov. 21, Molokai student Kuulei Alameida was awarded for her outstanding performance as the top female graduate with a Certificate of Competence in Cybersecurity in the 2015-2016 school year.  According to her award letter, “the award was created to recognize the most exceptional male and female students in the University of Hawaii system in cybersecurity related programs.”

Kuulei started her academic journey at UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) in 2009.  She was raised in Maunaloa and graduated from Molokai High School.  Kuulei has earned two associate degrees: one in Liberal Arts, and the second in Business Careers. …

Aerial Electric Line Inspections

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Maui Electric News Release

Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections throughout Maui County on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Molokai will be included in the inspections.

Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service for the Maui County community.

For questions or concerns, the public can contact Maui Electric at 871-8461 or toll-free 1-877-871-8461 for Molokai.

Art Reception Awards Local Artists

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Art Reception Awards Local Artists

MAC News Release

The fifth annual Molokai Arts Center Membership Art Reception was well attended on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Molokai Public Library. For the first time ever, awards were awarded by jurors, and recipients were given recognition during the reception. The audience was also able to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award which was tallied and announced at the conclusion of the reception.

In the Keiki Awards category, Kayzen Keoho was the Scariest, Laule’a Ledesma was awarded for Excellence in Composition, Kailiah Gonzalez Chong received Excellence in Technique, Waihala’i Purdy Avelino was Most Unique and Waile’a Ward was named Most Creative.…

Arts Center Member Show

Friday, November 25th, 2016

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is hosting its fifth annual Member Art Show opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Molokai Public Library. There will be pupus and live music by Norman DeCosta. The show features artwork in many media, including ceramics, painting, collage and quilting.

For the first time in the show’s history, there will be cash and other prizes awarded for Best in Show, College Student Award, Board of Directors Award, People’s Choice Award and Keiki Awards. Anyone attending the event can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.…

Grant Funds Learning Program

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School has received a three-year, $50,000 a year, grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. The grant will sustain and improve Kualapu`u School’s implementation of “Getting Along Together,” a school-wide social and emotional learning program that helps children manage their behavior, develop empathy and compassion, build positive social relationships, and understand and cope with their feelings.

Last year, Kualapu`u School also received a grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation to fully implement this program. By the end of the school year, children knew techniques to solve problems with classmates and ways to “cool off” and manage anger-related emotions.…

Filmmaker Takes on Walter Ritte Documentary

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Filmmaker Takes on Walter Ritte Documentary

Quazifilms and MAC News Release
Molokai filmmaker Matt Yamashita of Quazifilms has launched a fundraiser for his new documentary, “Aloha `Aina: The Awakening of Walter Ritte.”Yamashita’s goal is to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter by Nov. 30 to generate early funding for a one-hour documentary about the life of Walter Ritte, a leader among Hawaiian activists and one of Hawaii’s most contentious public figures. Currently in development, the film is intended for national broadcast on PBS and will be an intimate and honest portrait of Ritte’s life with focus on his earliest years.

“His name is widely recognized and it stirs powerful reactions, yet the deeper I dig into his personal story, the more I realize that people don’t really know who Walter Ritte is,” said Yamashita.…

Update: DHHL Water Given the All Clear

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

DHHL News Release (Nov. 23)

Effective immediately, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is lifting the water usage restriction for Molokaʻi residents who receive their potable water from the Hoʻolehua reservoirs.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) completed the microbiological and chemical testing of the Hoʻolehua water system and has determined that it is safe to resume normal water usage and consumption.

“We would like to thank our homesteaders and the residents of Molokaʻi for their patience and understanding as well as Maui County, the State Department of Health and the State Department of Education for their continued cooperation in this matter,” said Jobie M.…