News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Electric Rate Increase

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Maui Electric News Release
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued an interim decision approving Maui Electric Company’s first base-rate increase in more than six years.

The approved interim rate will increase the typical Maui monthly residential bill for 500 kilowatt-hours by $5. On Molokai, a typical monthly residential bill for 400 kWh will increase by $4.62 and by $5 on Lanai.

The 3.8 percent increase – about $12.4 million in annual revenue – will help pay for operational improvements, including system upgrades to increase reliability, improve customer service, and integrate more renewable energy.

The interim rate is less than the company’s original request last October for a 9.3 percent increase, or $30 million.…

Traditional Hawaiian Tattoo

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Traditional Hawaiian Tattoo

MAC News Release

Cultural practitioner Keli’i Makua will be giving a lecture and demonstration of Traditional Hawaiian Tattoo on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Kulana ‘Oiwi. The events are presented by the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Hawaiian Arts Program, in partnership with OHA – Molokai. The lecture on Uhi (Hawaiian Tattoo) will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a live demonstration will follow.

Makua was a featured artist at the Pacific Ink and Art Expo earlier this month. He apprenticed under Hawaiian tatau artist Keone Nunes for nearly three decades. In December 2016, Nunes conducted a historic ‘uniki ceremony to name Makua as the first Uhi master, or “Kahuna Ka Uhi” (Priest of Tattooing), to receive this honor in 200 years.…

Summer Camp Learning

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Molokai LIVE News Release

Are your middle and high school students ready for something new to do this summer? School is just around the corner and Molokai LIVE is offering summer resource camps at no cost during the week of July 16-20 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Molokai High School. The camps are designed to provide learning opportunities through hands on experiences that allow students to also build teamwork and have fun.

Breakfast and lunch will be served through the Summer Meal Program providing free meals to any child below the age of 18. All children are welcome to have breakfast and lunch in the high school cafeteria during this week.…

Paddle Molokai Holokai

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Paddle Molokai Holokai

Youth in Motion News Release

Youth in Motion and Stand Up Paddle Association are proud to continue with the Molokai Holokai Paddle Festival. The festival conception is merging two great events with the Maui to Molokai Challenge on Saturday, July 7, departing from DT Flemming and the Molokai Holokai Paddle Race on Sunday, July 8, combining the two to the Molokai Holokai Paddle Festival.

The first finishers on Saturday are expected to arrive at Kaunakakai wharf between 12.30 and 1 p.m. Keep an eye on 16-year-old Alex Mawae from Molokai, 15-year-old Slater Fleck from Maui, 8-year-old Bobo Gallagher from Maui along with other youth from California who will be making their way across the Pailolo Channel.…

Busy Summer for Art

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Busy Summer for Art

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will hold two workshops on consecutive Thursdays, July 12 and 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. “Introduction to Stained Glass” will be taught by local artist Dorothy Donaldson. Donaldson lived in Windward Oahu and Arizona before deciding to make their home on Molokai. She worked with stained glass as a hobby for over 30 years and created beautiful doors for her home in Kaaawa. She also built a stained glass aquarium for their bathroom.

Workshop participants will complete a 15-by-15 inch glass project as part of the class and learn techniques and process in creating stained glass pieces.…

Help with Honu Count

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Help with Honu Count

NOAA News Release

Have you spotted a green sea turtle lately? NOAA is asking everyone on Molokai to report sea turtles with numbers on their shells for our Hono Count 2018.

We are numbering and tracking sea turtles to discover connections between Molokai and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Will the turtles that nest on beaches in the Northwestern Hawaiian Island swim 600 miles to the shores of Molokai? You can help us find out!

Since April, an intrepid team of NOAA biologists has been up in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, marking of all the endangered green sea turtles that are nesting or basking.…

Coqui Frog Found on Molokai Again

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

MoMISC News Release

On Wednesday, June 20, Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee (MoMISC) staff responded to a report from a private residence of a possible coqui frog and confirmed that it was coqui. Coqui frogs in Hawaii are highly invasive and have negative impacts to human health and our environment. MoMISC has responded to 121 reports of possible coqui over the years and out of that, the organization has controlled seven frogs total, preventing a naturalized population.

Coqui frogs are spread primarily by people. There are many pathways by which coqui frogs get to Molokai. In 2001, a coqui frog arrived in shipment of plants for resale from a nursery outside Molokai.…

Youth Symphony Comes to Molokai

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Hawaii Youth Symphony News Release

The classrooms of Kaunakakai Elementary School on Molokai will be filled with the joy of music during the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s string workshop held at the school on Saturday, June 23 through Sunday, June 24. 

“The Hawaii Youth Symphony is thrilled to share more of the opportunities and wonder that music education has to offer with students on Molokai,” said Randy Wong, president of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. “Music is a right, not a privilege, and we look forward to inspiring these enthusiastic young students to further develop their skills and have fun while learning.” 

In partnership with Kaunakakai Elementary School teacher and bassist Bob Underwood, the Hawaii Youth Symphony will teach Molokai students the fundamental techniques of string instruments, general musicianship skills and the opportunity to rehearse as an orchestra. 

As part of the workshop, Molokai students will receive instruction and private lessons from some of the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s distinguished coaches, including Dr.…

Discuss Molokai Plan Final Draft on Monday

Sunday, May 6th, 2018


Maui County News Release

Maui County Councilmember Kelly King, chair of the Council’s Planning Committee, will present the proposed final draft of the Molokai Community Plan on Molokai from 5-7 p.m., Monday May 7 at the Mitchell Pauole Center. This is the latest in a series of informal meetings to gather with community members who will directly be impacted by the update to the existing 2001 Molokai Community Plan. The date extension passed by the Council late last year states June 30 as the deadline for final passage of the Plan. Throughout the process, community input was a driving force.

Along with Councilmember Stacy Crivello, King invites the community to come talk story and share any concerns about the few major changes made after more than a year of committee meetings, community input and additional workshops and visits to speak directly with the community.…

Molokai Earth Day

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

TNC Molokai News Release

This Friday, April 20, the 26th annual Molokai Earth Day will be celebrated at Mitchell Pauole Center from 5 to 9 pm. The 2018 Molokai Earth Day celebration theme aligns with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hokulea post worldwide voyage, “Pae`aina O Hawaii, Collectively taking care of Hawaii.” 

Come and see the many exhibits that can show how you can help take care of Molokai and Hawaii.  The 2018 Malama Kuleana Honua Award recipient is Billy Akutagawa, someone who has been taking care of Molokai all his life. There will be great stage entertainers, `ono food, Earth Day T-shirts and many learning experiences for your entire family. 

The annual event is co-sponsored by the County of Maui, the East Molokai Watershed Partnership and The Nature Conservancy’s Molokai Program.  The event is planned and organized by an Earth Day Committee made up of partners and volunteers from various organizations, agencies and schools in our community, and is funded through donations from our generous Molokai businesses.  Please come to our 26th anniversary Molokai Earth Day, a great family event.  E komo mai!…