News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Monsanto Operation Changes and Opportunities

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Monsanto Molokai News Release

Winter is always one of the busiest seasons for Monsanto Molokai, and their employees have been busy both on and off the farm. Following are updates on some of their recent activities.

Recently, there was a change in some of Monsanto Molokai’s business operations. Some work that had been done on Molokai was shifted to Oahu, and some work on Oahu moved to Molokai. The move was made to help enhance the farm’s efforts to work in an efficient and prudent manner. A small number of positions were affected by this shift, and a handful of new positions have been created.…

Dr. Seuss Comes to 1st Graders

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Rotary Club Lahaina News Release

“Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A person’s a person. No matter how small.” Beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss would have turned 113 years-old on March 2, and Rotarians across Hawaii celebrated his birthday with the “5 Million Words Challenge.” Taking place from Feb. 27 to March 3, the week-long program was a partnership between Hawaii Rotary District 5000, the Department of Education, State of Hawaii and First Lady Dawn Ige, who together made it possible for volunteers to read Dr. Seuss books to every first-grade class in public and charter schools across the state.…

Festival Vendor Applications

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

KBC News Release

Are you are Molokai entrepreneur wanting to showcase your products at this year’s Made in Maui County Festival? Applications for the Festival are now being accepted. Join us on Molokai Wednesday to learn more.

Tokie Sidney, Business Development Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will be at the Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) on Wednesday, March 15 to meet with any vendor interested in applying for the festival.

Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:
– Business must be based in Maui County (current GET license required)
– All products offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County.…

Electric Lines Inspections

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Maui Electric News Release

Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections on Molokai on Thursday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Line inspections will also take place on Maui March 7-8.

Dates and locations are subject to change due to weather. 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.…

Food Distribution for Seniors

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Na Hoaloha News Release

Na Hoaloha received more than $8,000 worth of pantry food donations from Whole Foods Market Feed 4 More Campaign to help feed Maui County’s homebound seniors. The food was distributed by Na Hoaloha (meaning “loving friends”), a volunteer based nonprofit serving Maui County homebound seniors for 20 years.

On Molokai, Mary Kekalia headed up the volunteer team to distribute 150 bags of food to seniors who can use a little extra help.

During the holidays, Whole Foods Market customers were invited to make a donation at any register Nov 14-24. Donations helped to purchase non-perishable foods such as spaghetti, marinara sauce, canned beans and soup.…

Ag Awareness Day at the Capitol

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Hawaii Farm Bureau News Release

An agricultural showcase event at the Hawaii State Capital on Feb. 23 offered policy makers and the public an opportunity to learned about all that local agriculture has to offer. The 2017 Agriculture Awareness Day was co-hosted by Representatives Lynn DeCoite of Molokai and Richard Creagan and Senators Mike Gabbard and Gil Riviere. They are the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the House and Senate Agricultural Committees.

Now in its eleventh year, the event showcased Hawaii’s diverse agricultural industry and the many partnerships that make up this thriving industry, including the Molokai Farmers Alliance, which attended the event.…

Share Mana`o on Mo`omomi Subsistence Fishing Area

Friday, February 24th, 2017

DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public scoping meetings to discuss a proposal to establish a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) along the north coast of Molokai. The proposed CBSFA extends from `Ilio Point in the west to Kaholaiki Bay in the east, from the shoreline out to one nautical mile. The proposal, which was submitted to DLNR by Hui Malama O Mo`omomi, seeks to ensure the abundance and availability of marine resources to support traditional subsistence fishing practices. DLNR is seeking public comments on proposed regulations, which would establish new bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, and seasonal protections for certain fish and invertebrate species, and prohibit the commercial take of marine resources within the CBSFA.…

6 Molokai Businesses Get Revitalization Funding

Friday, February 24th, 2017

County of Maui News Release

Six Molokai businesses were recipients of the county’s Small Business Revitalization grants this year. The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Lokahi Pacific announced that a total of $34,050 was awarded to companies in East Maui and Molokai.

The small business revitalization grants are designed to assist businesses with fewer than 10 employees and that do business in Maui County’s rural communities such as Hana and Molokai, which have been identified as the areas hardest hit in their ability to recover from economic downturns.

On Molokai, Lyndon R.L. Dela Cruz of Lanakila Designs received a $4,871 grant; Adolph M.…

Soup R Bowl Brings Chamber Music

Friday, February 24th, 2017

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is bringing classical chamber music to Molokai for their largest fundraiser of the year, the Soup ‘R Bowl on March 4. Chamber Music Hawaii on Oahu is providing a wind trio for the event, which will focus on Hawaiian Mele, as well as works by Mozart, Ibert, Beethoven and Bach.

Chamber Music Hawaii was founded in 1982, and is Hawaii’s oldest presenter of local, professional chamber musicians. According to their website, “The mission of Chamber Music Hawaii is to enrich Hawaii cultural life and promote appreciation and understanding of chamber music by presenting resident professional chamber music ensembles in concerts for the public and educational outreach programs for schools and under-served communities.” Chamber Music Hawaii is no stranger to Molokai, having provided such acts as the Galliard String Quartet and the Spring Wind Quintet in years past.…

Be a Vendor at County Product Fest

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Maui County OED News Release

If you’re interested in being a vendor at this year’s fourth annual Made in Maui County Festival in November, now is the time to sign up. Product Vendor and Food Truck applications are now available, according to the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED).

Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the event will be held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. The Festival is presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.…