Kalaupapa Pavilion Gets a Facelift

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Kalaupapa Pavilion Gets a Facelift

 

For 53 years, a small building has stood at the edge of the ocean in Kalaupapa, holding many special occasions and happy memories for residents. The Ocean View Pavilion, built in 1965 by members of the Kalaupapa Lions Club, recently underwent long-awaited renovations and was reopened in a dedication ceremony on Dec. 19.

“After years of sea spray, rain and trade winds, the building needed repairs, specifically a new roof, some structural beams and a painting,” stated a Kalaupapa Lions news release last year. “ [It] stands as a testimony to the strength and fortitude of the residents of this tiny settlement.”

The Kalaupapa Lions Club raised funds to purchase materials and shipped them to the remote settlement on the annual barge last summer.…

Paddling Starts MIL Season

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Paddling Starts MIL Season

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Paddling crews competed in their first regatta of the season last Saturday at Kahului Harbor on Maui. Molokai’s varsity girls crew cam in third place with a time of 5:03:75. The Farmers mixed crew finished in fourth place with a time of 4:49:11. Molokai will travel to Maui again this weekend for another MIL regatta at Kahului Harbor.

Head Coach Stefanie Hubbard is excited to get the paddling season started.

“We’ve got a fairly novice team this year, so this was the first time many of them have raced,” she said. “We faced some windy conditions, but I’m very pleased with how both crews performed.  …

Girls Basketball Lose 2, Host Spartans

Friday, January 11th, 2019

The Lady Farmers Basketball team lost two games last weekend to Seabury Hall on Maui. Seabury (8-0) is undefeated in Maui Interscholastic League Division II league play and won Friday night 61-32 and 55-15 on Saturday. Molokai (5-3) is in second place in the standings and will host the Lady Spartans this weekend at The Barn in Ho’olehua.

Molokai Head Coach Kalei Adolpho knew this road trip was going to be challenging.

“We had a tough series this weekend and it was not the showing we wanted but we look forward to coming home to The Barn this weekend,” she said.…

Violin Performance and Workshop

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

MAC News Release

Molokai is in for a treat! Kauai’s young violin virtuoso Kimberly Hope will perform at Hiro’s ‘Ohana Grill on Friday, Ja. 18, at 7 p.m. Before her performance, the Molokai Instrumental Music (MIM) Program will open for her under the direction of Bob Underwood.

Earlier that afternoon, the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will sponsor a private Violin Workshop for MIM’s Intermediate/Advance Class. Kimberly will perform on her acoustic and electric violins, demonstrate different genres/styles (including using a looper pedal), and share her experiences as a violinist. She will work with students to help them prepare for their evening performance.…

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Young and old shared joy and Christmas spirit with fellow residents before the holidays. Kaunanakai School students caroled around town for various businesses and groups on Dec. 21, pictured here with Home Pumehana’s oldest 101-year-old resident. Kale Marcone, who has been playing clarinet since he was a child and had just turned 84, played for Bank of Hawaii staff and customers over the holidays.…

Kalaupapa Trail Closed After Landslide

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Kalaupapa Trail Closed After Landslide

The Kalaupapa trail is closed “indefinitely” to all settlement employees, visitors and mule riders after a landslide destroyed the bridge on the trail’s second switchback Christmas Day. Rhonda Loh, Acting Superintendent of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, said the landslide was reported by a postal worker attempting to hike down the trail on the evening of Dec. 25.

The same bridge was washed out in an April 2010 landslide and in November of that year, was replaced with a new, aluminum bridge bolted into the cliffside. This time, repairs may take even longer, with the current federal government shutdown impacting National Park Service staff in Kalaupapa.…

Ho’olehua Veterans Center Stirs Controversy

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Ho’olehua Veterans Center Stirs Controversy

A proposed, controversial $4 million veterans center in Ho’olehua is moving forward, amid high emotions among veterans and confusion about the project’s origins. The proposed 7,000 square foot building to be located behind Lanikeha Community Center will house Veterans Affairs services, as well as a meeting room, classroom and office spaces, a kitchen and covered outdoor gathering area and serve as a joint facility with the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands.

Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) board members say they sought $400,000 in funding a few years ago to complete the Kaunakakai Center parking lot and other remaining projects. The 3,000-square-foot structure on Wharf Road was finally completed in 2015 after a long struggle through permitting hoops and funding woes.…

Schonely Releases CD

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Schonely Releases CD

Molokai musician Rick Schonely has recorded his first CD and recently went live on radio and performed a couple shows in Honolulu. Schonely, who retired with the Maui Fire Department, teaches at Molokai High, gives tours in Kalaupapa for the Molokai Mule Ride, is the sports reporter at The Molokai Dispatch, and plays music with several local bands.

“Music is life for many of us and we especially enjoy the local Hawaiian music,” he said. “And even more so the music of Molokai is special. Local Hawaiian music reminds us of our ‘ohana and our island and our kuleana to take care of the land the water and most importantly, each other.”

A musician all his adult life, Schonely said he got in the studio for the first time to record with Kapena Delima.…

Casting Your Vote

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

What: General Election 2018

Why: There are so many reasons to vote in the election, and everyone may have a different one. Here are a few that might inspire you. Vote in the General Election for a better future for your children and grandchildren. Vote to put into action your vision for the island, county, state and country. Vote so you can complain with integrity. Vote to change Hawaii’s typically low turnout at the polls. Vote because your vote does matter.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early walk-in voting is currently open until Nov.…

Krazy For Kolea Winners

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Nene O Molokai press release

Helen VonTempsky was excited to see her two kolea on the lawn when she woke up on Aug. 9. Based on the return date and plumage, Helen’s two birds are females that have faithfully returned each fall for over a decade.  Helen’s two first place kolea win her a Kolea Research Hawaii T-shirt from the Hawaii Audubon Society and a gift certificate for one scoop of ice cream at Kamoi Snack N Go in the 21st annual Krazy for Kolea Kontest.

The kolea or Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) is a swift flying shorebird and has been recorded migrating at 118 miles per hour, although an average of 56 to 60 miles mph is more typical.…