Sports

Spring Sports Given OK to Practice

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Athletic workouts for high school spring sports can begin on Monday, March 8, Maui Interscholastic League executive board president Jamie Yap confirmed last Thursday. The status of when and if competition can commence will be determined by the MIL athletic directors soon. Yap said he expects MIL executive director Joe Balangitao to convene a meeting of athletic directors soon.

Yap is very encouraged by the news. He said he feels it is crucial to get the spring sports onto the field in some sense because that season was the first to be canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic last March.…

March Ace

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

March Ace

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Longtime Molokai Middle School Science Teacher Scott Hemenway was named the March Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Hemenway shot 39-33 for a gross total of 72 and with his 11 handicap his 61 net score secured the victory at Ironwood Hills Golf Course.…

Egusa Wins Ace

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Egusa Wins Ace

By Rick Schonely, Sports Repoter

Longtime and famous Molokai golfer Jeff “The Head Pro” Egusa is the February Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Jeff shot 37-37 for gross total of 74 and with his 10 handicap his net score of 64 secured him the win.…

Makahiki March

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Makahiki March

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

As with everything else over the last year, 2021 Ka Molokai Makahiki looked different. There were no traditional games played or roaring crowds to cheer on favorite competitors in hukihuki, kukini, uma or haka moa. Instead, a small group of dedicated and masked Hawaiians carried the banner of Lono on foot from one end of the island to the other, starting on Jan. 25.

“For the first time in 39 years, due to the pandemic, the Ka Molokai Makahiki Games were canceled… the Lono banner was carried for five days from east Molokai at Halawa to west Molokai at Hale o Lono in celebration of the closing of the season of peace,” wrote one of the event’s organizers, Walter Ritte, on social media.…

Golf Wins

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Golf Wins

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Two golf tournaments at the iconic Ironwood Hills Golf course got three residents wins recently.

The 2020 Molokai Teachers’ Winter Classic was held Dec. 21. Congratulations to Bob Danner for winning the low gross Horns Trophy and Jacket and Scott Hemenway for winning the low net Bowl Trophy. Big aloha to the leader of Farmer nation and the tournament organizer, Lee DeRouin!

David Spencer is the January 2021 monthly Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. After shooting 82 (42-40) and with his 19 handicap, his net 63 got him the first Ace of the new year!…

MHS Alum to Finish College Football Career

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

MHS Alum to Finish College Football Career

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Molokai High alumnus Makani Kaneaiakala will continue and finish his college football career at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM. He began playing at Eastern Arizona College as a freshman in 2017, before enrolling at Tabor College in Kansas two years later. Since then, he has had some bumps in the road but is now back to the game.

“After being in the NCAA Transfer Portal for some time I can finally say I’ll be returning to action,” said Kaneaiakala. “I’m beyond thankful and blessed for another opportunity after all the struggles I’ve went through this year; it was a such a tough stretch with COVID-19, school, work, training, a potential career ending injury which healed, eligibility paperwork, and made some very tough sacrifices.”…

Schonely Wins Ace of Aces

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Schonely Wins Ace of Aces

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

The Molokai Dispatch’s own Sports Reporter is this years Hui O Kukui Golf Club’s Ace of Aces. Rick Schonely won the end of the year club championship and will have his name engraved on the Carl Puhi perpetual trophy as the 2020 Club Champion and the Ace of Aces for the club.

Schonely shot 42-39 for a gross total of 81 and with his 16 handicap his net was 65 and he secured the win. The winner of the Hui O Kukui club championship at the end of the year is officially named the president of the club for 2021.…

Golf Aces to Play Off

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Golf Aces to Play Off

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Molokai High School Athletic Director Lee DeRouin is the December Ace for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. DeRouin shot 39-39 for a gross total of 78 and with his 10 handicap his net 68 got him the victory.

He is the last qualifier for the clubs Ace of Aces Tournament on Dec. 5 at iconic Ironwood Hills Golf Course. All 12 Ace winners from this year will play off for the club championship.…

Golf Ace

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Golf Ace

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Jeff Egusa is the November Ace for The Hui O Kukui Golf Club. The monthly Ace Tournament was held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Ironwood Hills Golf Course. Egusa shot 37-40 for a gross total of 77 and with his 11 handicap he had a net score of 66 for the win.…

Hole in One

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Hole in One

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Celeste Furey got her first ever hole-in-one on the first hole at Ironwood Hills Golf Course on Sept. 8. She used her 9-wood and got her ace on her first shot of the day. Witnesses were her husband, Pat, and Chris Herse. Congratulations Celeste!…