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Farmers Wrestling, Girls Basketball in Action

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Farmers Wrestling, Girls Basketball in Action

This past weekend, the Molokai High School (MHS) Wrestling Team and Coach Randy Manley headed over to Lahainaluna High School for the MIL championship tournament. The Farmers secured multiple podium finishes, with Kayce Dudoit and Angel Kealoha taking first place in their weight classes. Ultimately, eight girls and two boys from MHS qualified for the state tournament. For the girls, Kayce Dudoit, Angel Kealoha, Masin Borden-Phillips, Tiale Tancayo, Skye Caparida, Kendra Kaulili, Kindy Sproat and Stephanie Gandeza earned state tournament berths. For the boys, Jona Dudoit and Reyn Raguidin will be heading to states as well. The state tournament will be held Feb.…

Boys Soccer Sweeps Kihei, Girls Basketball Headed to States

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Boys Soccer Sweeps Kihei, Girls Basketball Headed to States

With their first season in over 20 years coming to a close, the Molokai High School (MHS) Boys Soccer team took on Kihei Charter. The re-match also coincided with senior day for the boys.

In Friday’s game, Matthew McGuire found the back of the net early, notching a 1-0 lead for Molokai, which they would hold through the second half, securing the first win of the season. The victory was the first for the MHS Boys Soccer team since 1999, according to reports on social media.

In Saturday’s game. Molokai emerged victorious with a final score of 4-1. The game’s scoring action began in the first half with Braeden Cabael-Kaahanui finding the net, giving Molokai an early lead of 1-0.…

Basketball Continues Dominance

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Basketball Continues Dominance

Molokai Boys Basketball continued its dominant season with wins against the Lanai Pine Lads. The Farmers defeated Lanai 72-39 on Friday, and 60-40 on Saturday. Top performances came from Jericho Adolpho who dropped 20 points in Friday’s game, and Heath Lopez and Kaizen Umi-Torres-Napolean who put up 18 and 17 points respectively. These victories propelled the Molokai boys to a league best 8-0 record, with convincing wins against Kihei the previous weekend at the Barn.

 

Girls Basketball came into the weekend 6-0 before falling to the Lanai Pine Lasses on Friday. Leila Hooper-Phifer and Kaia Yamashita led the scoring for the Farmers in the 31-42 loss.…

MHS Football Transitions to 11-Player

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

MHS Football Transitions to 11-Player

Molokai High School’s football team is making a historic shift from the eight-player to the 11-player level in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) for the 2024 season. The announcement came during an MIL athletic directors meeting, where Coach Mike Kahale and Athletic Director Lee DeRouin shared their excitement with The Maui News.

DeRouin expressed their enthusiasm, saying, “today is a special day for Molokai; we’re thrilled to play 11-man football in 2024.”

With Molokai joining Kamehameha Maui and King Kekaulike in MIL Division II 11-player ranks, the league now has a total of six teams. Coach Kahale emphasized their long-term goal, stating, “we’re super excited for this opportunity.…

Pickleball Popularity

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Pickleball Popularity

The pickleball phenomenon is a well-documented national fervor, becoming America’s fastest growing sport for three straight years, according to 2023 reports. Molokai, likewise, has recently sprouted a pickleball fandom of its own.

Adrian Canencia has over 30 years of tennis teaching experience. Now he’s channeling that knowledge into pickleball, leading classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at the tennis courts in Kaunakakai.

“Pickleball is a sport where anybody can play, any age can be compatible,” said Canencia. “It’s fun for everybody.”

Currently, Canencia teaches a kupuna class on Mondays and a junior class on Wednesdays.

The sport, especially with kupuna, has really taken off.…

Battle of the Badges

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Battle of the Badges

By Jack Kiyonaga, Editor

 

The annual athletic standoff between the Fire and Police departments took place last Saturday, Dec. 9. This year’s basketball tournament featured men’s teams from Molokai, as well as a police team from Maui and a women’s championship.

 

The contests were punctuated by tough rebounds, smooth jump shots and competitive play. Da Hui claimed the title for the men’s tournament, with a win over the Maui Police. For the women, Queen B’s held on for the win in what was the closest match of the night.

 

In the main event, the police jumped out to a quick lead, but were unable to hold on.…

MHS Cross Country Goes to States

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

MHS Cross Country Goes to States

By Maria Angst | Community Reporter

On Oct. 21, Molokai High School had three runners qualify for the 2023 Hawaii Cross Country State Championship on Oahu. Head coach Mahina Hou Ross explained that he was proud of all the runners and their continued efforts this season. 

Qualifying runners for Molokai boys at the MIL Championship included Jericho Ku Adolpho, who placed 18th with a time of 19:12.4 and Sunny Dunham, placing 19th with a time of 19:14.1. Kaia Yamashita was the only qualifying girl runner for the Molokai team, placing 18th with a time of 24:42.2. 

In total MHS had eight boys and three girls compete in the MIL Championships.…

Hole-in-One

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Hole-in-One

By Rick Schonely

On Wednesday, Sept. 20 some magic happened at Iconic Ironwood Hills golf course. Kamoana Spencer, the pride of Spencer’s Bus Service, Maui County Firefighter extraordinaire and all-around awesome guy, got his first ever hole-in-one! Spencer got his hole-in-one on the number 16 hole of the back nine of the skins tournament that day and he used a nine iron from 204 yards for his first ace! The 16th hole is the number 7 hole, the iconic downhill par three with the million-dollar view. Spencer’s first ever ace was witnessed by his twin brother Kawai Spencer, and Dana Takashima, Ronald “Naka” Nakagawa, Jeff Egusa and Rick Schonely.…

Action Packed Sports Recap

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Action Packed Sports Recap

By Maria Angst, Community Reporter 

On Wednesday Oct. 18, the third-seeded Girls Volleyball Farmers (9-4) smashed a 3-0 victory over the sixth-seeded Pine Lasses (3-10) in the MIL Division II Girls Volleyball tournament in a first-round match at the Erdman Athletic Center in Olinda. However, Maui Preparatory Academy won in four sets over Molokai in the semifinals of the MIL Division II tournament the following night in Hana. 

Molokai High School (MHS) Air Riflery continued to shoot high marks on Oct. 14, qualifying for their MIL championship tournament on Saturday, Oct. 21.  

At the MIL tournament, the Farmers took 11th and 13th place for the boys and girls respectively.…

October Golf Ace

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

October Golf Ace

Community Contributed

By Rick Schonely 

Jennie Makaiwi is the October Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club.
Makaiwi is a longtime supporter of the club, and she makes the most awesome desserts for the club luncheons. She shot 48–52 for a gross total of 100. With her 35 handicap, her 65 net score got her the victory. Makaiwi now qualifies for the Club Championship Ace of Aces on Dec. 2. Congratulations Jennie!! 

The Hui O Kukui GC would like to thank the staff and management of the iconic Ironwood Hills golf course for perpetuating the game of golf on Molokai.…