Celebration Through Donation

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Celebration Through Donation

For 80 years, Molokai Drugs has doled out over-the-counter remedies to thousands of island residents. This year, however, the island’s only pharmacy is tending to the health of a unique customer: Molokai High’s ailing fleet of school buses.

To celebrate their milestone anniversary, the owners of Molokai Drugs donated a new 14-passenger bus to the high school, which spent nearly $15,000 last year in bus repairs alone.

To thank the community for 80 years of aloha, Molokai Drugs donated a much-needed bus for students. Photo by Lee DeRouin

The brand-new vehicle, which will be used on Maui, is a start to replacing a collection of buses that over the years have cost the school thousands of dollars, delayed numerous trips and limited the number of students and equipment that teams can take off island.…

Hawaiian Election Continues Amid Concerns

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

A Native Hawaiian election due to close Nov. 30 is heating up as kanaka ma`oli debate the direction of self-determination and the future of over half a million Hawaiians nationwide.

Starting Nov. 1 for 30 days, nearly 90,000 Hawaiians registered with the Kana`iolowalu Native Hawaiian Roll Commission can cast their ballot for candidates in their district who would represent them at an upcoming constitutional convention of 40 delegates. The Molokai ballot has three candidates who are among more than 200 candidates statewide: Noa Emmett Aluli, Lori Buchanan and Walter Ritte. One of them will represent both Molokai and Lanai at the convention, to be held between February and April of 2016.…

Tutu’s Corner: Ho`omaika`i (Gratitude)

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Tutu and Me News Release

The Hawaiian value ho`omaika`i, is to have a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness. Gratitude is a learned behavior, and we can teach keiki about ho`omaika`i by our good examples and the examples of others around them. Developing an attitude of gratitude can take patience and practice. Help keiki to notice the many things around us that we can be thankful for: family and friends, a healthy body, a place to live, food for our table, the beautiful sky and ocean, and so much more. Talk about thankfulness and why it’s important. Children who learn gratitude become more sensitive to the feelings of others and develop empathy and other life skills as they grow.…

Tutu’s Memories: Waikiki as I knew it

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Marie Yamashita

“Bruce, please point out Paoakalani Ave. where I grew up,” I asked my son as we drove along Kalakaua Ave. in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

“It’s further on,” he replied.

The colorful sights along Kalakaua fascinates me.   There are tourists, surfers, beachgoers, hawkers, panhandlers, and towering hotels, restaurants, elegant shops and convenience stores.

Shortly past Kuhio Beach Bruce points, “There’s Paoakalani.” I strain to see. It’s between two big hotels.

Waikiki had changed from the time I grew up there in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. In the ‘20s there were only three hotels — Moana, Royal Hawaiian and Halekulani.…

Touchdown at Kalaupapa

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

On a lovely October morning, a plane glided to a perfect touchdown on Runway 5 and I remarked to Sister Theresa, “That has got to be Brittany.” Sure enough, it was Super Girl Brittany who soon pulled up to Terminal 1. Shortly thereafter she was joined by her husband, Captain Sean, Maui John, and Quick Nick, all ace pilots in their nine-seater Makani Kai planes. Their passengers, led by Bishop Larry Silva (Power to the Portuguese) were soon on terra firma eager to begin their pilgrimage to Kalaupapa and Kalawao.

After an initial greeting and prayer by Bishop Larry, Pat Boland, our long time pilgrimage guide from Saint Ann’s in Kaneohe, escorted the entire group of 35 to the waiting Damien Tours’ bus and set out for the township of Kalaupapa.…

Veterans Elect Officers

Friday, November 20th, 2015

MVCV News Release

The annual membership meeting of the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans (MVCV) organization was held on Friday, Nov. 6. The meeting was called to order by Commander Sam Makaiwi at 10 a.m., and there were 32 members in attendance.

John Condello, veterans counselor will be at the Vets Center with attorneys on Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and that afternoon they will be at the OHA office from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Watch commanders are still needed for Tuesday and Wednesday, secretary Allen Diorec informed everyone that we now have 98 lifetime and four annual paid members, total 102.…

Molokai Farmer with a Health Career Future

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Molokai Farmer with a Health Career Future

Community Contributed

Rosie F. Davis, AHEC

Jordan Boswell, a senior at Molokai High School, comes from a third generation homestead farming family from Ho`olehua. His parents are Ui and Aaron Boswell, of Ho`olehua.

As a student in Ms. Harada’s senior class, he chose a career where money was the motivating factor. He decided on becoming an orthopedic surgeon, and he had begun his journey! As Jordan began his research on the education required and the cost for that education, he knew this was no longer about the money, rather it was about serving others.

“As a child growing up I always gave service, through my scouting activities and through church service projects,” he reflected.…

Annual Pottery Show and Sale

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Bennett Pottery News Release

Bennett Pottery will present its Annual Show and Sale on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kala`e Studio. The show will feature high-fired utilitarian stoneware and porcelain ware — items made for home and garden use. The objects are durable for daily use, and are safe for use in the oven, dishwasher and microwave. You are invited to come and see a wide array of unique, quality ceramics found nowhere else in Hawaii, right here on Molokai.

Dan Bennett has been creating unique hand crafted work on Molokai since 1974. He is a past mathematics teacher at Molokai High School and University of Hawaii, Maui College (UHMC) Molokai, and currently teaches ceramics at the Molokai Arts Center for adults, and classes for credit through UHMC.…

Services for Those with Disabilities

Friday, November 20th, 2015

CCC News Release

On Nov. 12, the Molokai Community Children’s Council (CCC) put on a workshop regarding data keeping and the importance of data keeping for individuals with disabilities. The speakers were Verna Waikiki for Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Yolanda Tanielu, Parent Co-Chair of Molokai CCC. Yolanda has received state wide recognition for her program of data keeping based on her child with exceptions needs and spoke at the State Planning Proposal meeting several years ago.

Dawn Mains, principal of Molokai Middle School, was critical to the success of this Department of Education (DOE) driven presentation exemplifying the role of DOE and community agencies bonding together to better serve students and their families.…

`Aha Moku Advisory Seeks Feedback

Friday, November 20th, 2015

DLNR News Release

The `Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC) has scheduled a series of public meetings this month to seek comment from communities in `ahupua`a districts as it develops and adopts rules for its operation and administration.

Created by the Legislature in 2012 via Act 288, the `Aha Moku Advisory Committee is attached to the State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and is mandated to bring the voices of the `ahupua`a communities forward to the Department on issues related to natural and cultural resources.

“AMAC may advise the DLNR on issues related to land and natural resources management through the ‘Aha Moku system of best management practices,” said Leimana DaMate, AMAC executive director.…