Charity Walk Raises $33K

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

By Barbara Haliniak, Molokai Coordinator

Mahalo walkers who participated in this year’s Maui Hotel and Lodging Association Molokai Charity Walk, raising a total $33,150. Molokai Cancer Fund raised the most funds at $6,043.20.  To all nonprofit organizations who solicited funds and walkers trekking from Hotel Molokai to Friendly Isle Auto Parts and Supplies and back, mahalo for the effort to register your organization and walkers.

Fun times and success of the walk were attributed to many volunteers, monetary contributions and door prizes donors.  Mahalo to Michael Drew, Hotel Molokai general manager, Christine Christensen with Maui Hotel and Lodging Association and Malia from the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, all assisted at various capacities.…

3 Named Judo All Stars

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The Molokai High School Judo team had three judoka named to The Maui News 2017 MIL Judo All Stars last week. For the boys junior Ikua Deponte was the top all-star at 161 pounds and competed at the state championships. For the girls, freshman Maria Angst was selected top all-star at 98 pounds and competed at the state tournament and sophomore Cameryn Kahalewai was the top all-star at 122 pounds and placed sixth in the state championships in her weight class.…

Molokai Library Celebrates 80 Years

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The Molokai Public Library was celebrated as a community cornerstone at its 80th anniversary last Saturday.

“I know that many of you have memories of this library, and the books you’ve borrowed, and the answers you’ve found, and the wonderful staff that are here in Molokai,” State Librarian Stacey Aldrich told the crowd. “I’m grateful to the staff from 1937 to the present who have dedicated their professional lives to serving this community.”

Aldrich especially recognized Sri TenCate, who has been the Branch Manager of the Molokai Public Library for 31 years, saying “Your kindness and dedication are inspiring to us all.”

TenCate has helped carry on the library legacy that began on May 21, 1937.…

Softball Player and Coach of the Year

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The Maui News 2017 Maui Interscholastic League Softball All Stars were announced last week and Molokai senior Brooke Keliihoomalu was named Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by five Lady Farmer teammates. Juniors Kaydence Kalawe-Oswald, Sydney Rawlins and Camille Ledesma also made the firstt team, along with sophomores Cahlvrie and Cami Horner. The Lady Farmers had four players on the second team: seniors Precious Rawlins and Nadia Augustiro and freshman Kianne Demello-Galam and Felicity Pestrana. To cap off a successful season, Head Coach Kawehi Horner was named Coach of the Year.

Keliihoomalu, who is headed to play college softball at Lake Region State College in North Dakota, said she achieved her goal.…

Market Fosters Food Production

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A Mobile Market is connecting Molokai farmers with local consumers and creating a thriving system of produce commerce for the island. Launched and run by nonprofit Sust`aina-ble Molokai, the Mobile Market is a weekly online shopping venue that features Molokai products from vegetables to meats to locally-blended spices. Sust`aina-ble Molokai does the legwork, allowing farmers to focus solely on growing, and customers can pick up their weekly orders at various locations around the island.

“I’ve seen new farms start up from it and seen existing farms expand,” said Jamie Ronzello, Mobile Market operations manager who also runs her own farm, Barking Deer Farm.…

Carrying on the Torch

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Carrying on the Torch

by Officer Sepulona Falealii, Maui Police Department

Maui Police Department officers, family, friends and community members participated in the 2017 Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting Hawaii Special Olympics. On Saturday, May 13, officers and Special Olympic athletes carried the “Flame of Hope” from the Kalaiakamanu Hou Church parking lot to the Kaunakakai Ball Park.

The Torch Run is a fundraiser to promote awareness for Special Olympics and is a year-round commitment by officers to raise funds for Special Olympics. Proceeds from this Torch Run help to raise funds for our athletes here on Molokai. Big mahalo for this year’s participants and athletes.…

Polystyrene Ban to Begin Next Year

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A Maui County ban on polystyrene foam containers, used by many restaurants for take-out food, will go into effect county-wide on Dec. 31, 2018. Passed by the Maui County Council last week, the ban aims to address environmental concerns posed by the non-biodegradable substance. The bill is now on the mayor’s desk awaiting his signature. Maui County will become the first county in Hawaii to pass a bill restricting the use and sale of polystyrene, joining many states and counties on the mainland that already have such bans.

“Due to its lightweight nature and ability to break down into smaller fragments that persist for decades, polystyrene has significant negative impacts on the environment, contributes to the potential death of marine animals and avian populations through ingestion…” the bill reads.…

Class of 2017 Shows Academic and Athletic Excellence

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Seventy-four students proudly marched between balloons and streamers, in front of family and friends, to receive their diplomas from Molokai High School last Saturday. With seven valedictorians — signifying the class’ highest grade point average — and one salutatorian, or second highest GPA — the class exemplified both academic and athletic excellence.

Principal Stan Hao remarked that the Class of 2017 boasts five Maui Interscholastic League athletic championships, and 36 students from have already completed college classes.

“The Class of 2017 has to be the most accomplished in college and career readiness,” he said.

Senior Class President Kananiokeaolani Ah Van called her class independent, loud and hard working, with a lot of natural talent.…

Football Scoreboard Campaign

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Friends of MHMS Foundation News Release
A little over two years ago, the Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation kicked off a fundraising campaign to get a Scoreboard for our Maui Interscholastic League Championship eight-man football team. We are happy to announce that this March, we reached our targeted donation amount and that the scoreboard has been purchased, shipped, and has arrived on Molokai. The Friends Foundation, MHS Athletic Department, and the Farmer Football team would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations.

Special thanks go out to major donors Jeff and Crystal Egusa, Kevin Misaki at Misaki’s Inc., PAR Hawaii and Molokai Petroleum, Monsanto Molokai employees and their Malama Kaiaulu grants program.…

Student Athletes Honored at Banquet

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Student Athletes Honored at Banquet

More than 160 certificates were handed out to Molokai’s student athletes at last Wednesday’s 2016-2017 Molokai High School Athletic Recognition Banquet held at the Molokai High School Cafeteria. In addition to the certificates handed out by Athletic Director Lee DeRouin and his staff, fall, winter and spring sports were all recognized and there was also a Parade of Athletes and recognition of Maui Interscholastic League individual and team champions.

“This year’s athletic banquet is dedicated to Bill Umi [who passed away this year],” announced DeRouin at the event. “Bill was a passionate and devoted supporter of Molokai High School Athletics. His contributions included many hours as and official, volunteer coach, play-by-play announcer, supportive parent, cheerleader, and the Athletic Director’s go to guy.…