Volunteers Carry on Search for Missing Plane

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Volunteers Carry on Search for Missing Plane

A private plane with three people onboard disappeared off Molokai’s Ilio Point on Dec. 30. After taking off from Ho`olehua Airport en route to Honolulu that evening, the Cessna 172 disappeared off radar around 7 p.m., four miles east of Ilio Point.

John Mizuno, Michael Childers and Whitney Thomas went missing in a Cessna 172 on Dec. 30. Courtesy photo

The plane’s pilot was Michael Childers and passengers were John Mizuno and Whitney Thomas. The Coast Guard and Fire Department began searching for the plane that night, and continued until Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, respectively, finding no debris, remains or evidence of a crash.…

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Breaking News: Search for Missing Cessna Continues Off Molokai

The search continues today for a downed aircraft off Ilio Point that was reported missing last night. Around 7 p.m. on Dec. 30, a Cessna 172 with the tail number N174LL, with three people on board, disappeared off radar about four miles east of Molokai’s Ilio Point after departing the Molokai airport for Honolulu.

The plane’s pilot has been identified as Michael Childers, with passengers John Mizuno and Whitney Thomas, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is leading the search for the missing aircraft and has widened the search up to 17 miles northeast of Ilio Point. HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point along with the crew of USCGC Kittiwake from Honolulu are searching by boat and air, with the assistance of Molokai Fire and Police departments.…

Farmers Rake in Wins

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Farmers Rake in Wins

Photo by Lily Jenkins

The Molokai High Canoe Paddling team had a strong weekend on Maui. The girls’ team finished first in their first heat and second in the finals behind Seabury. The mixed crew finished third in their first heat and fourth in finals.

Molokai Wrestling head coach Randy Manley took seven wrestlers to Oahu last weekend for the prestigious Officials Tournament on Oahu. Jayse Lalim-Rillon, Jake Samaniego, Caele Manley, Hauoli Caparida, Tekoa Torres-Umi, Jarron Boswell and Makananui Kaahanui competed against the top wrestlers in the state. Lallim-Rillion took second at 106 pounds, Caele Manley took fifth at 138 pounds and Kaahanui took third at 220 pounds.…

A Boatload of Cheer

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A Boatload of Cheer

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

Earlier this month, a boat docked at the Kaunakakai wharf loaded with 800 toys and clothes for Molokai keiki. The holiday blessing was brought to Molokai in a partnership between the Coast Guard Station Maui and the Salvation Army. The 45-foot Coast Guard vessel docked at the harbor on Dec. 10, where staff helped to unload hundreds of Christmas gifts.

In previous years, the Molokai ferry has assisted the Salvation Army Kahului office in the mission, but after the ferry closed operations earlier this year due to financial hardship, the Coast Guard stepped in to help.…

Christmas Bird Count

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Christmas Bird Count

Community Contributed

By Arleone Dibben-Young
The 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Molokai on Monday, Dec. 19. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual nationwide count that takes place in established areas during the same time period in the month of December. The information compiled over time provides a useful tool indicating bird population trends.

The Topside Molokai count extends 6.5 miles out from a point near Kualapu`u and is divided into three locations. Seabirds, shorebirds and waterfowl are counted via a northern pelagic route that includes the cliff known as “Cables” on Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Molokai Irrigation System’s Kualapu`u Reservoir, and a second cliff location where seabirds can be viewed.…

Cheer: A Way of Life

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Cheer: A Way of Life

Community Contributed

By Louise Manley, Cheerleading Head Coach

August ushered in the return of Cheerleading as the new official Molokai High School sport. This was made possible through the pioneering efforts and perseverance of Nicole Kahale last year, the support of Molokai LIVE, and the vision of the Molokai High School Athletic Department.  This year’s fall season has been exciting as nine girls embraced the vast challenges that the sport of cheerleading demands.

Cheerleading is different from other sports in that it is actually a way of life.  The foundation of this program is best defined through the acronym for C-H-E-E-R:  We are “C” committed, “H” to be humble, “E” to encourage, and “R” to be radiant as we shine our light in this community! …

County Employee Recognized

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

County Employee Recognized

Photo courtesy County of Maui

Each year, the County of Maui honors those who serve on each island with Employee Recognition Awards. On Molokai, Guillermo Dela Cruz was named the 2016 Employee of the Year.

Dela Cruz is a Building Maintenance Repairer II with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“We are very pleased with Guillermo’s performance,” wrote his supervisors. “He is quick and has a positive attitude. He has a personality and is fun to be around.”

Calling him “a talented individual,” they said Dela Cruz exemplified the county Parks and Recreation mission, which is to provide safe, satisfying and cost-effective recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to Maui County.…

Bucks for Bots

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Bucks for Bots

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

At first glance, it might have appeared to be a group of kids playing with a collection of innovative toys. Though they were having fun, the students at the Malamalama Education Fund dinner and fundraiser last Saturday were actually showcasing learning tools that may help them become engineers, mathematicians or scientists.

The goal of the event, put on by the Molokai Island Foundation (MIF), was to benefit the island’s education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Along with donations from corporate sponsors, proceeds from the dinner and silent auction held at the Molokai Community Health Center will go into a fund to assist with equipment and travel expenses for STEM-related activities.…

E. Coli Found in Ualapue Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the water source for Ualapue in east Molokai tested positive for E. coli bacteria. The water remained safe to drink, however, because water in the distribution system is disinfected, according to county Department of Water Supply (DWS) officials.

The water sample that tested positive for the bacteria was collected on Dec. 7 in the Ualapue Shaft, a well source water located mauka of the highway near Ualapue. No E. coli was found in the distribution system, so officials gave the all-clear to continue drinking the water.

The presence of E. coli can indicate contamination in the water from human or animal waste, according to the DWS.…

Strings Concert Showcases Community Talent

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

MAC News Release

An instrumental concert at Hotel Molokai on Dec. 14 will put community musical dedication on display. Mr. Bob Underwood, a teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary school, is known for his patience and sense of humor. He also has a great love for music, which he shares by teaching strings and woodwinds through the Molokai Instrumental Music Education (MIME) Program, a program he created which is sponsored by the Molokai Arts Center (MAC).

Mr. Underwood’s classes are open to all ages and are free to the community. The MIME Program also provides instruments on loan, which ensures that music education is available to everyone.…