T-ball Hits Off the Season

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

T-ball Hits Off the Season

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Little League T-Ball division had its Opening Day two weeks ago at Kaunakakai Ball Park. T-ball players are ages 4 to 6 years old. According to the Little League, the T-ball season lasts 10 weeks and features one practice and one game per week to introduce youth to the fundamentals of the sport.…

Football, Air Riflery Gear Up for Final Events

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Football, Air Riflery Gear Up for Final Events

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Farmers are hopeful to repeat as MIL eight-man football champs this year, as the rematch is set for this year’s championship game. Molokai (4-0) will face Seabury (3-1) on Thursday Oct. 27 at 6pm at War Memorial Stadium on Maui. Seabury defeated Lanai last weekend weekend in a semifinal game at Olinda 57-30 and Molokai advanced to the final because Hana forfeited their semifinal game due to lack of players. The Farmers beat Seabury two weeks ago at Olinda 49-21 and last year, won their first ever Championship over Seabury 55-16.…

Lady Farmers Harvest State Berth

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Lady Farmers Harvest State Berth

Photo by Lee DeRouin

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Lady Farmers of the Girls Volleyball team qualified for the State Tournament last weekend at the MIL DII Championships on Lanai, coming in second in the league. Molokai defeated Seabury in five sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 17-15) in the semifinal to punch their ticket to states. They lost to Hana in the championship game 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-10).

“I am super proud of my team,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “They played very hard [against] Seabury to make it to states. If we stick together as a team and play as a team, we will be OK.…

Chicks with Hardware

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Chicks with Hardware

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Hundreds of these fluffy Wedge-tailed Shearwater chicks received a metal identification band on one leg during an annual banding effort two weeks ago at Mo`omomi. Hatched over the summer in deep burrows in the ground, these young birds will grow up to spend most of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to nest.

The Mo`omomi area has become one of the most populated colonies in the state, growing from just a few nests in the last 90s to more than 1,000 nests today. The annual banding project helps researchers track populations and learn more about the indigenous seabird species.…

Boys Cross Country MIL Champs

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Boys Cross Country MIL Champs

Photo by Arlene DeRouin

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys Cross Country team returned from from Maui last Saturday as Maui interscholastic League Division II champions. They beat Lanai and Seabury by one point, 132-133, to be named the DII champs. Jake Samaniego finished in fifth place overall with a time of 19:00 and will be joined at the State Tournament on Hawaii Island on Oct. 29 by Kaina Adolpho (16th with 19:48) and Karter Kester (33rd with 20:58).

Molokai’s other boys finishers were Diego Dupont (37th, 21:27), Nainoa Kahale (46th, 22:01), Alex Mawae (51st, 22:17) and Erik Svetin (58th, 24:01).…

Molokai Ferry Ends Service

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Molokai Ferry Ends Service

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

After three decades of service, the Molokai Princess ferry running between Kaunakakai and Lahaina will sail its final trip this week. Last week, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the request of the ferry operator, Sea Link of Hawaii, to cease service, noting falling ridership and financial losses.

“We’ve lost over $1 million in the last four years trying to keep the ferry alive,” said President and Captain Dave Jung.

The ferry’s last trip will be on Thursday, Oct. 27. The ferry service began in 1986 when Gov. John Waihee encouraged the company to run a ferry out of Molokai.…

Rare Orca Sighting Off Molokai

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Rare Orca Sighting Off Molokai

 

Photo by Tabitha Pupuhi

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai fisherman Clay Ching and his daughters Katina Soares and Tabitha Pupuhi caught a rare sighting of orcas, also known as killer whales, on camera off the south shore of Molokai last week. The video, posted on social media by Pupuhi, has gone viral, with thousands of views and shares.

The three were fishing about 13 miles offshore on Oct. 10 when they spotted four orcas, which came right up to their boat. Pupuhi said there were three larger whales and one smaller one.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes!” said Pupuhi.…

Sports Wrap Up Fall Seasons

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Sports Wrap Up Fall Seasons

Photo by Stef Hubbard

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Air Riflery

Head Coach Chinky Hubbard and his Air Riflery team of eight girls and three boys competed in the MIL Championships last Saturday at Baldwin High School. Molokai had a strong showing but senior Jershon Kaalekahi was the only shooter to advance to the Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Riflery Championships on Oct. 25 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Kaalekahi finished in fifth place overall with a score of 488 points and had the best prone score of 187.

The boys team finished in sixth place overall with Kaohele Kaiama tied for 12th place with 459 points and Edwin Greenleaf in 21st place with 438 points.…

Fueling Fire Prevention

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fueling Fire Prevention

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Maui Fire Department held its Fire Prevention Week Demonstration last Saturday at Kaunakakai Ball Park. This year’s theme was “Don’t Wait Check the Date,” reminding everyone to replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

Molokai firefighters educated the public on fire safety and put on a show for the community with rescue demonstrations and a live fire burn.

Captain Hanale Lindo was the MC of the event, while Smokey Bear and Sparky Dog also made appearances, and free fire safety giveaways were available for the keiki.…

Celebrating Aloha

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Celebrating Aloha

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

This year’s Festivals of Aloha weekend brought together visitors and locals, paddlers and politicians to enjoy a rich tradition of cultural heritage on Molokai. Friday night featured cooking contests, talent shows, hula, a hypnotist demonstration and other entertaining and educational displays. The evening also highlighted the investiture of the royal court, when this year’s ali`i are crowned. Pictured here are Moi Kane Kaimana William Yaw, Moi Wahine Kahulu`aina`olea`iwalani Lehuamakanoe Hodges Peltier-Yaw, Kamalii Kane Kuikamoku Han, Kamalii Wahine Wahn Hi`ilani Kanuha, Kalaimoku Kuhoupio Dudoit Jr., Kahu Ana Maie Kahealani Nip, Ukali Kawaikapu English, Kaula Kane Nahulu Maioho, Pulo`ulo`u Edward Keanuenue English Jr., Ali`i ai Moku Kane Dextor Kapulolo Robang Ibaan and Dickenson Maunulei Stone, Ula`ula Kahili Bearers Sean Ellis and Joshua Kawikaokalani Pastrana and pu blower Rylan Nuesca.…