Students Turn Up the Heat in Culinary Club

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Students Turn Up the Heat in Culinary Club

By Sage Yamashita | Intern Reporter

Something is simmering in a new Culinary Club at Molokai High School. The club’s 28 students are learning and growing in the cooking and food industry with advisor teacher Tiare Hubbard. Two of the participating students are also bringing their talents to a local recipe and video contest. 

Through the Culinary Club, the students learn to coordinate, plan, and create new recipes every week. Guest speakers also come in to teach each young cook. 

Two students are bringing the heat by submitting their Molokai-made recipes to Hawaii’s Food and Wine Festival competition, Localicious, this month.…

New Beginnings for Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

New Beginnings for Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission

By Jack Kiyonaga | Community Reporter

Early last Sunday morning, community members gathered at Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission in Kaunakakai with shovels, rakes, tree saplings and lots of food. After digging up weeds and planting trees along the fence, the volunteers then moved picnic tables built and painted by Molokai High School students. Although much had been done at the Buddhist temple, the day represented just a small part of the large-scale project currently underway at the Soto Mission. 

Suzanne Langford, president of the Alana Ke Aloha: Krause Family Foundation, and Lisa Takata, president of Molokai’s Soto Mission, are co-directors of the new project at Guzeiji.…

Out of the Darkness

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Out of the Darkness

By Sage Yamashita | Intern Reporter

As the sun reached the horizon on Sep. 25, Molokai’s community members shone a light on suicide prevention and awareness as they walked down Kaunakakai Wharf with colorful beads around their necks and signs in their hands. 

Out of the Darkness is an event put on each year by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Molokai Representative for AFSP, U’ilani Kiaha, said this is the first unofficial event for Molokai. 

The event was held at Molokai Canoe Club, where the event opened with a sense of knowledge and open-mindedness carried in by oli, E Hō Mai, and pule.…

Arce Confirmed as County’s First Ag Director

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Arce Confirmed as County’s First Ag Director

By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor

Molokai’s Rogerene “Kali” Arce received unanimous approval from the Maui County Council last week when she was confirmed as the first director of the new county Department of Agriculture. After an application and selection process earlier this year, she was named the appointee for the position, pending the council’s confirmation, and has already begun her role for the department, which was launched on July 1. 

“Mahalo to Councilmembers for their unanimous approval of Kali Arce. Her leadership of this important department is crucial in advancing Maui County’s self-reliance and economic diversification,” Victorino said in a press release.…

Ka‘auwai ‘Ohana Aim for Food Security

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Ka‘auwai ‘Ohana Aim for Food Security

By Paul Hanley | Community Reporter

“Our goal is to help increase our family’s and our island’s food security by inspiring others to start growing more of their own food,” says Fina Ka’auwai. Fina and her husband Wayne, who grew up living and working on farms on Molokai, are slowly increasing food production for their family of six on their one-acre plot in Ho’olehua.

In addition to hunting, fishing, and growing traditional crops, they have expanded into chickens, aquaculture, and “rainbow” fruits and vegetables. Part of their formula for success has been diversifying their diet. Their lush gardens are bursting with variety.…

Farmers Sports Round-Up

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

By Sage Yamashita | Intern Reporter 

Molokai High School’s Farmers took strides with athletic wins throughout the weekend. The Lady Farmers Volleyball team traveled to Maui to play against Haleakala Waldorf while boys and girls Cross Country ran at Baldwin. On the neighboring island of Lanai, Farmers Football took on the Pinelads in an 8-man game. 

On Friday night, Sep. 23, Molokai High’s Volleyball team dominated the game. They took the win in four sets, 3-1 over Haleakala Waldorf. The first set landed with the Lady Farmers winning 25-14. Waldorf took on the second set with a score of 20-25. Then pulling through, the Farmers stole the game in the last two sets, 25-13 and 25-19.…

Catch the Reading Wave

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Friends of Molokai Public Library News Release 

The Molokai Public Library, working with all the island elementary schools and homeschoolers, is challenging all Molokai third graders to “Catch the Reading Wave.”

When they join the challenge, each third grade student will be given a bag of books to take home to build a personal library. Activities online and in classrooms will involve reading and thinking about what they have read, to build their reading skills. Challenging activities include identifying if a book is fiction or nonfiction, finding main ideas, defining words by using the dictionary that comes with the bag, and treasure hunts within the books.…

Reef-Toxic Sunscreen Blocked

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Reef-Toxic Sunscreen Blocked

By Jack Kiyonaga | Community Reporter

Starting Oct. 1, Maui County is banning the sale, usage and distribution of nonmineral sunscreen. Only sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients will be allowed. The ordinance, which was passed last year, is an effort to lead actions to protect reefs from environmental degradation. A historically significant move, this sunscreen ban is the first of its kind in the U.S. 

The chemicals found in many mainstream sunscreens can wash off our bodies and into the ocean, causing bleaching to coral, decreased reproduction to fish and accumulation in the tissues of many kinds of marine life, according to scientists.…

Fall Break Youth Theatre Class

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

MAC News Release 

This Fall Intersession, Oct. 3-7, the Molokai Arts Center (MAC), in collaboration with Kualapu’u School and FilCom CARES, will bring in Honolulu Theatre for Youth for a five-day theatre/drama class for students enrolled in grades 2 to 6. Limit is 35 students and registration has already begun.

The class will be face-to-face at Kualapu’u School Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No transportation will be provided. Students must bring their own water bottle, snack, and lunch. The enrollment form can be found at forms.gle/1kQ8BMtdZe2wWS7LA. Complete one form per child.

Instructor Lily Crumpton is a teaching artist and the Assistant Director of Drama Education for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and a director of HTY’s Saturday youth acting group, Primary Players and their summer drama program, ‘Tween Scene. …

Water Catchment

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

I just read Sept. 14 article on Molokai’s energy future and here are some of my thoughts for the future, mostly involving water. What about the Permaculture idea of water catchment from rooftops? People can build their own for very little money. 

There are many thousands of square feet in Ranch Camp and coming down the hill to the police station, Kaunakakai gym, county offices, the elementary school, etc. Along with it could be water hyacinths, a plant used to purify water and protect fish. Guppies can eat any mosquito larvae. Cardboard, pallets and six mil plastic is almost all you need.…