Richard “Bing” Chock

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Richard “Bing” Chock

Richard “Bing” Chock, 95 years young, a Honolulu and Molokai resident, passed on May 27, 2021 in Honolulu. He was an Army Air Corps veteran and retired in 1980 from Pearl Harbor Shop 31. He was also a pioneer scuba diver, a deer and boar hunter, a woodworker and gardener.
He is survived by his wife, one son, three stepsons, a devoted niece, and brother, Lester (Barbara). Many relatives and old friends are awaiting him to his new home. Aloha Oe.
A celebration of his life with friends and family will occur in September on Molokai.…

Ralph T. Kanemitsu

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Ralph T. Kanemitsu

Ralph T. Kanemitsu was born Aug. 28, 1938 and died June 25, 2020. Services will be held on June 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Ho’olehua. Drive-thru lunch to follow at the Molokai Seventh Day Adventist Church.…

Molokai College Financial Assistance

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

UHMCM News Release

Interested in attending college in the fall? Contact UH Maui College Molokai EOC program advisor Nahiwa Naki at mkkeoc@hawaii.edu or call 553-4490 opt. 2 for application and FAFSA assistance. You may even qualify for the Manaiakalani Scholarship, intended for first time (or minimal college experience) students who will attend UH Maui College next semester. For more information, visit manaiakalani.weebly.com.…

Hunting Licenses, Stamps for New Season

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

DLNR News Release

A new hunting season opens from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Effective June 15, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will begin issuing hunting licenses and stamps for this new season.

DOFAW offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hunters can purchase licenses and stamps online by credit card. Individuals without internet access or needing other purchasing options can contact island-specific DOFAW offices by phone. A valid license is required for hunting on public and private lands.

For additional information please call your local DOFAW office on Molokai at (808) 553-1745, or the statewide DOFAW administration office in Honolulu can be reached at (808) 587-0166.…

Golf Wins

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Golf Wins

By Rick Schonely | Sports Reporter

Last Friday’s Summer Classic at iconic Ironwood Hills Golf Course produced two winners. Lee DeRouin (low gross) and Kaleo Len Wai (low net) took home the trophies! A great time was had by all and the tournament was dedicated to Maurice Sonny “Bully” Lindsey and his ‘ohana.

Earlier in the week, recently retired MPD dispatcher Henrietta Helm was named the June Ace winner for the Hui O Kukui Golf Club. Etta shot 40-44 for a gross score of 84 and with her 18 handicap her net 66 secured the win.…

Rodeo Celebrates Paniolo Heritage

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Rodeo Celebrates Paniolo Heritage

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A King Kamehameha Day rodeo brought the heat, the crowd and the paniolo passion last Saturday.

“Paniolo has a lot to do with our culture and being a cowboy all my life, I am pretty proud of our culture, our lifestyle,” said Jimmy Duvauchelle, one of the older generation of Molokai Ranch cowboys, at Molokai Ranch’s Maunaloa arena named in his honor. He brought up to the stage a handful of fellow Ranch paniolo to honor them. Duvauchelle began working for the Ranch in the 1960s.

“You either worked pineapple field or you became a cowboy,” he said.…

Hurricane Season Predicted ‘Below-Normal’

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor

Weather officials are predicting a “near-or below-normal” hurricane season this year, which runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Forecasters say to expect two to five tropical cyclones — including tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes — for the 2021 Central Pacific season, and an 80 percent chance of near or below normal season. A near-normal season has four to five tropical cyclones.

“This year we will likely see less activity in the Central Pacific region compared to more active seasons,” said Matthew Rosencrans, NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. “Less activity is predicted since ocean temperatures are likely to be near- to below average in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean where hurricanes form, and because El Niño is not present to increase the activity.”…

A Diverse Class of 2021

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

A Diverse Class of 2021

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

In addition to Molokai High, two other on-island high schools celebrated the graduation of members of the Class of 2021 this year. Ho’omana Hou High School, graduated seven seniors this year, pictured here.

Aka’ula School celebrated four graduates.

Aka’ula School students spent the first half of this year with staggered in-person and virtual classes at their Kualapu’u campus, said Vicki Newberry. In January, the school, which encompasses grades five through 12, went back to full in-person learning.

“Because of the COVID pandemic, you were asked to grow up a little faster than usual and you were asked to make sacrifices in the senior year that you have been looking forward to for a very long time,” Dara Lukonen told this year’s graduates at their commencement.…

Duane Michael Puaoi Dawson

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Duane Michael Puaoi Dawson

With grace, Duane “Uncle Duane” Michael Puaoi Dawson left this earth on Sunday May 2, 2021. He was brought into this world by his mother, Juana Hernandez, in Panama January 22, 1956.

Duane was adopted, raised and nurtured by William and Carol Dawson of Killeen, Texas till the age of 18. His brothers are Dean (Jo Ann), Dymon, Danny (deceased) and Dion (Kathy). Duane was hanai by Severino and Corazon Behic of Wahiawa and their children Gwen (Tony), Joe (Elenore), Francis (Laverne), Severino (Maggie), Rex and Marc (Maria). He graduated from Leilehua High School (class of ’74). Duane’s greatest treasures were his wife, Elizabeth Pualani, their children, Duane (Jade), Dayton Kaimikaua, Loraine Lei Ilimalani (Bronson) and David Kaena, and loved by seven grandchildren.…

Graduation Mahalo

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

The Molokai High School Class of 2021 graduates and advisors would like to thank everyone who gave their time and resources to make this unprecedented Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony a great success and a special event for the Class of 2021. Once again the Molokai community has demonstrated their aloha and commitment to be there for the ’Opio of Molokai.
There were so many people who helped put this event together with their time and resources.

Thank you to Anoi Lima English, Bahar Yaghoubi and Perry Buchalter for helping with the class of 2021 legacy project. Thank you to the MPD for painting the lines in the MHS student parking lot and keeping the ceremony safe — Capt.Tom,…