News Releases

Releases that pertain to the Molokai and Hawaiian communities.

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.…

Hunters Rescued from Pelekunu

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

MFD News Release

Two weeks ago, a group of Molokai hunters and their dogs got stranded in Pelekunu Valley due to poor weather and were rescued by the Maui Fire Department.

On Saturday Oct. 29, the six people and their nine hunting dogs arrived by small boat to go pig hunting in the remote valley. At around 3 p.m., weather and ocean conditions worsened, which resulted in only three of the six individuals making it back out to the boat.

Two males aged 18 and 30, a 15-year-old female, and the nine hunting dogs were not able to make it safely out to the boat and remained on shore.…

New Rules to Guide State Aha Moku

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Molokai Aha Kiole News Release

Historic rules have been adopted by the state’s `Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC). After almost two years of administrative rules discussion, AMAC voted to approve its Administrative Rules draft, thereby fulfilling a mandate handed down by the legislature in 2015.

The rules reflect the `ike (traditional knowledge) shared by Hawaiian cultural practitioners and kupuna throughout Ka Pae `Aina (the Hawaiian Islands).  The rules also reaffirm statutory and constitutional protections of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary rights and practices and the public trust.  The rules incorporate by reference the Paoakalani Declaration in order to protect Hawaiian traditional knowledge as a resource in itself that must be managed carefully and safeguarded from misappropriation. …

Call to Molokai Artists

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is gearing up for its fifth annual member art show by opening up the call for submissions. For the first time in the show’s history, cash and other prizes will be awarded in the categories of: Keiki Award, College Student Award, Board of Director’s Award, Best in Show and People’s Choice Award.

MAC studio members are invited to submit up to three pieces of art in any medium for the selection process, with a maximum of two pieces accepted into the show. The deadline for submission is Thursday, Nov. 17 by 5 p.m.—no late entries will be accepted.…

Floating Lantern Ceremony

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Join us for the third annual Floating Lantern Ceremony “In Peace and Harmony” to honor our loved ones who died with gratitude, love, peace and harmony. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Molokai Community Health Center.  Free floating lanterns will be passed out one per family.  Pens will be available to write messages to loved ones.

The holidays are approaching and often we want to remember our loved ones who died.  It is important for good emotional and physical health to grieve and mourn our losses.  The event is sponsored by Hospice Hawaii and Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission.…