Sports

Molokai Half-Marathon

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Kualapu`u School News Release

Kualapu`u School is hosting Molokai’s first-ever half-marathon and relay on Saturday, Aug. 15. Start time is 7 a.m. at Papohaku Beach Park. Runners and walkers can choose to solo the 13.1-mile distance or compete as a relay team of three.

Relay leg distances are 4 miles, 4.7 miles, and 4.4 miles. Leg one is Papohaku to Dixie, let two is Dixie to Kulawai Loop to Papohaku and leg three is Papohaku to Pa Loa Loop to Papohaku.

Race entry fee is $30 for solo runners and $45 for teams ($15 per team member.) All entry fees go to expand Kualapu`u School Parent Involvement and Family Support at the school.…

First Molokai Club Swimmer at State Meet

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

First Molokai Club Swimmer at State Meet

Kahale Naehu-Ramos. Photo by Jana Chang.

Last week, 15-year-old Kahale Naehu-Ramos became the first swimmer to represent the Molokai Dolphins Swim Club at the Junior Age Group State meet on Oahu.

At the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu, Naehu-Ramos finished third in the 200-meter breaststroke at 3:00.67. Naehu-Ramos, who also competes for Molokai High School’s swim team, came in sixth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:04.38.

“Kahale swam the challenging 200-meter breaststroke race almost exactly as we had discussed it,” said Coach Jess Ford via email. “His execution was well calculated, and he closed in on the lead that the second place swimmer had in the last 50 meters, coming from nearly two body lengths behind to within one stroke for a very exciting finish.”

Ford added that Naehu-Ramos beat his personal best time in the breaststroke by 10 seconds.…

Make Waves with Local Swim Club

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Molokai Dolphins Swim Club News Release

The state meets are wrapped up, bringing the long course summer swim season to a close.  Congratulations to Kahale Naehu-Ramos, the first Molokai Dolphin to compete at the Junior Age Group State meet at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu, Oahu, July 26-27.

Now that school is back in session and fall is almost here, the short course winter season begins. Molokai Dolphins Swim Club returns to its fall schedule on Monday, Aug. 3.  Practices will be Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with double practices held in the mornings twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:45 to 7 a.m. …

Molokai Paddle Race Brings Fun and Competition

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Molokai Paddle Race Brings Fun and Competition

Stand-up category winner Jeremy Riggs of Maui.

Community Contributed

By Clare Seeger Mawae

Molokai is prominent in the paddling circles whether it is OC1, OC6, Ski or SUP as Molokai is hailed as the official center of the World Championship long distance paddle races. Molokai 4 Molokai was conceived after watching one too many events finish on Molokai and competitors leaving soon after. The 8.5 mile race course continued on from where the former Molokai Holokai race left off and prior to that the Molokai Challenge.

This year there were two courses, long and short, and four categories with 12 divisions.…

NFL to Honor Molokai, von Oelhoffen

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

 

Between 1961 and 2010, Molokai High School didn’t have a football team. That didn’t stop 1989 graduate Kimo von Oelhoffen from becoming a pro lineman and winning a Super Bowl.

Thanks to von Oelhoffen, who started at defensive end in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2006 Super Bowl XL victory, Molokai is among 11 Hawaii high schools set to receive special recognition from the National Football League (NFL). In preparation for its 50th Super Bowl, the league plans to present golden footballs to the high schools of all coaches and players who have appeared in the NFL’s premier title game.

“When you look at the list, you have perennial state powerhouse football programs like St.…

A Stand-Up Weekend

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

A Stand-Up Weekend

It was a weekend of paddling races on Molokai, with Saturday bringing more than 100 athletes to the island for the Maui2Molokai stand up paddle (SUP) race.

Connor Baxter. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

“This is not just a testing area, this is one of the best courses in the world,” said race founder Rodney Kilborn, of Maui. People from all over the world come here to race, he said, and this year’s crossing featured 104 athletes. That’s a big increase from the 18 paddlers that signed up six years ago, according to Kilborn.

The 27-mile course from Honolua Bay to Kaunakakai Wharf across the Pailolo Channel has gained acclaim as not only good preparation for the acclaimed Molokai to Oahu race that takes place next week but a world class event in its own right.…

Na Wahine O Ke Kai Receives OHA Ahahui Grant

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Na Wahine O Ke Kai News Release

The Na Wahine O Ke Kai Race Committee,  producers of the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race, announced today that it will receive $6,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Ahahui Community grant.

This race is considered the world championship of outrigger canoe racing which unites paddlers from all walks of life and brings them together as one. The participants, of which 70 percent are Native Hawaiian and 80 percent are from the state of Hawaii, will come together to strengthen their identity, to preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture, on Sunday, Sept.…

Farmers Afar: Brayden Willing-McCutcheon

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Farmers Afar: Brayden Willing-McCutcheon

Courtesy Photo.

Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, a 2014 graduate of Molokai High School, is attending the University of Northern Colorado where he is studying Physical Therapy as his major.  He also made the UNC baseball team, NCAA Division I, however utilized his athletic Red Shirt year this year.  He received honors with the Western Athletic Conference, being recognized for his academic achievements of maintaining a 3.3 or higher GPA during the baseball season.

Brayden is playing in a collegiate summer ball league with the Greeley Grays, where he is pitching as well as getting some split time in the outfield.  He elected to play under the lights instead of in the ocean this summer.…

Seeking Coaches

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Molokai High Athletics Dept. News Release

The Molokai High School Athletic Department is currently creating a list of qualified applicants for coaching positions in a number of sports. If interested please pick up a coaching application at the front office or Athletic Directors office in the Gym. The deadline to turn in applications for the 2015-2016 season is August 3, 2015. Please contact Molokai High School 567-6950 (ext. 297) or the Athletic Dept. at 567- 6959.

Requirements Recommended
1. National Federation High School Fundamentals in coaching certification (NFHSlearn.com)
2. Current First Aide/CPR certification and current NFHS concussion certification
3. The ability to organize and supervise a total sports program
4.…

Players Test Skills in Football Showcase

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

 

Competing in one of two Hawaii eight-player football leagues, Molokai rarely gets the chance to test itself against neighbor island teams in a sport without a state championship. However, at a football showcase on Oahu from June 5-7, the Farmers got to rub shoulder pads with scores of the state’s best athletes and take tips from some of the nation’s top college coaches.

Maximum Exposure Camp, put on by Hawaii’s Gridiron Performance Academy, helps players hone fundamentals while connecting with college coaches. In its second time at the camp, Molokai brought nine players, the most out of any Maui Interscholastic League school.…