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Free Ho’olehua WiFi

Grace Episcopal Church News Release

Grace Episcopal Church offered their church in Ho’olehua as a site to house the equipment for a public internet WiFi connection. The congregation encourages residents of all ages to sit under the expansive shade trees, park in the quiet, sheltered parking lot, or under the blue tarp with a picnic table and access the Internet day or night. The WiFi address is Molokai Wifi on Wheels and Molokai Wifi on Wheels_EXT.

“I was saddened when my college and early college students could not complete their homework at home,” said Cheryl Corbiell, UH Maui College, Molokai instructor. “Many students do not have a driver’s license or are not old enough for a license to drive to the college or Kaunakakai where there is free Internet at half a dozen businesses. In addition, I learned adults needed Internet as work-at-home employees. When Coffees of Hawaii closed their coffee shop, that was the end of accessible Internet in the Kaulapu’u area. I was amazed when Sust’aina ble Molokai stepped forward and said they could supply the church with the Internet equipment, and install it. Sustainable Molokai’s assistance is a vital connection for Ho’olehua families. Mahalo Sust’aina ble Molokai.”

Sust’aina ble Molokai is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is to maintain the island of Molokai’s rich culture and historic legacy of ʻaina momona (abundant land and people), while embracing modern pathways to a sustainable future. Its current primary areas of focus are food sovereignty, energy independence and environment/natural resource restoration. The organization is proud to have been part of the community effort called Hui Hoʻokuʻikahi Aloha Molokai (to come together for the love of Molokai). This Hui, composed of numerous Molokai agencies and individuals, worked to address our community’s needs throughout the pandemic — including working on our islandʻs digital needs, which led to this project. Mahalo to all who made this community possible!

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