News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

Conservation Youth Programs and Jobs

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Kupu News Release

Local nonprofit Kupu is now accepting applicants for its summer and year-round conservation education and workforce development programs on Molokai.

Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer program is seeking five members between 17 and 20 years old and one team leader, 21 and over, who are interested in a full-time summer education and job opportunity on Molokai.

HYCC Summer participants will work as a team, learning conservation work at unique natural resource management sites across the island, including Kalaupapa National Park, Ka Honua Momona, Molokai Land Trust, Sust`ainable Molokai and The Nature Conservancy. In addition to gaining hands-on job training, members will also receive a $500 volunteer award, $1,222 scholarship to use toward higher education or student loans, and may also apply the program toward fulfilling the Dept.…

Walk Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Molokai Cancer Fund News Release

The first annual “Walk for Ohana” event will be held on Friday March 3 at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. sponsored by the Molokai Cancer Fund.  Please join the fight against this terrible disease — cancer.  To register or for more information you can contact Hokulani Alcon at 658-0137 or visit our Facebook page.  All proceeds will go to Molokai Cancer Fund to benefit our Molokai Community.

The Molokai Cancer Fund is an organization formed by a handful of Molokai residents in 1995.  It was started with a large monetary donation from someone who lost a family member to cancer. …

Local Musician Celebrates CD Release

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Kalele Bookstore News Release

Kalele Bookstore, with support from the Molokai Arts Center, will be hosting a CD release party to celebrate the release of local musician Zelie Kuliaikanu`u Duvauchelle’s new album “Hū!” The party will be on Monday, Feb. 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. The potluck event will be held at Kalele Bookstore, is open to the public and participants may bring wine to drink. Copies of the CD are on sale at the bookstore, or can be downloaded electronically from

“Hū” in Hawaiian means “to rise, swell, effervesce.”

“The rising and pouring forth of love for the `aina (land) through song is a long standing tradition in Hawaii,” the CD jacket reads.…

Learn About Hawaiian Weapons

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center, in partnership with Ka Honua Momona, is launching a new pilot program this month. The Hawaiian Arts Program kicks off its first event on Friday, Feb. 24 at Ka Honua Momona’s Hale Momona at Ali`i Fishpond with a talk story session on Native Hawaiian tools and weapons. The talk story session will go from 5:30 to 7:30pm, is open to the public and free of charge. All ages are encouraged to attend.

The event will include discussion on the history and craft of Hawaiian tools and weapons from three contemporary makers: Kanoelani Davis, a local kumu hula and Native Hawaiian arts and culture practitioner, Uncle Kini Burke, weapons maker, and a third to be announced.…

Action Continues After March

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Womens March Hawaii News Release

The official numbers for the historic Women’s Marches held in 914 cities in over 60 countries around the world are in! On the low end, 3.5 million people participated globally, while on the high end, 5.6 million people marched. Though many marches took place around the world, the vast majority of global turnout was not surprisingly at U.S.-based marches. Even using the conservative low-end estimate for U.S. Women’s March attendance, researchers made a remarkable discovery: on Saturday, Jan. 21, at least one out of every 100 Americans participated in a Women’s March, an unprecedented mass mobilization that was the largest ever in U.S.…

Molokai Connection to Statewide Craftsmen

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

The Hawaii Craftsmen Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Molokai artist, Paula Scott, as its newest member. Founded in 1966, Hawaii Craftsmen is a nonprofit organization dedicat­ed to promoting fine craft in the art community of Hawaii. As a volunteer based organization, Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft arts as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of its member artists and the education of the general public to their value. Hawaii Craftsmen’s Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated and devoted group of member artists and arts advocates, who ensure the continued sustainability and growth of its signature programs and events, bringing craftspeople of all ages and skill levels together to learn and share the benefits of creating.…

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. …