Skate Jam

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Skate Jam

Photo by U’i Kalani and Andrew Beerer

County of Maui News Release

Molokai youth got an opportunity to tear it up in the skate park last month during the annual Skate Jam. On Friday, July 15, Maui County Parks and Recreation held the Skate Jam event for the keiki of Molokai. We had an awesome turn-out from our Molokai Summer PALS and Molokai Youth Center. The children rotated to various locations at the Mitchell Pauole Complex, which included skateboarding at the skate park, swimming at the pool, playing dodgeball in the gym, and participating in a cultural story time at the Mitchell Pauole Conference room.…

Jeff Davis Sentenced to 25 Years for 2014 Death

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Molokai resident Jeff Davis pleaded no contest to manslaughter and three firearms charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Koshari Waits in 2014. Waits was found by a motorist on an east end driveway on May 20, 2014, killed by a single, small caliber bullet in the back of the head, according to police.

Davis was sentenced at the end of last month, during a court hearing in which the defense and prosecution presented differing positions on how the victim died. Davis and Waits were family friends.

“I know I was responsible for him dying, but I did not kill him,” Davis said in court, as reported by The Maui News.…

Preventing Hepatitis A on Molokai

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is investigating an increasing number of Hepatitis A cases on Oahu, and Molokai residents are advised to take preventative action. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus that can be found in the stools of infected people and spread by eating contaminated food or drinking water or through close personal or sexual contact.

With more than 150 confirmed cases on Oahu, many of which are restaurant workers, some Molokai residents are wondering what they should do to prevent the disease. Vaccination is the best form of prevention, but frequent handwashing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A, according to the DOH.…

Third Time a Charm for Mo`omomi Cleanup

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Third Time a Charm for Mo`omomi Cleanup

Kama Han, center left, and Mac Poepoe work to cut off fishing gear while Kahi Pacarro, center, and young assistants look on during the Mo’omomi beach cleanup. Photo by Leo Azambuja

By Léo Azambuja, Special to The Molokai Dispatch

Molokai residents and volunteers picked up thousands of pounds of trash in the third annual Molokai Cleanup at Mo`omomi Beach Aug. 13. It was a considerable increase in weight collected compared to both previous cleanups at this pristine beach on the island’s northwest coast.

“This year, there was way more (trash),” said Kahi Pacarro, executive director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, the nonprofit organization that put the event together.…

Funding to Enhance Kupuna Care

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Na Pu`uwai News Release

An Ahahu`i grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) awarded to community-based Native Hawaiian health organization Na Pu`uwai will fund a Kupuna and Caregivers Day. This upcoming event will offer interacting and socializing together, networking with friends, participating in activities to improve kupuna functional abilities to enhance self-esteem and to prevent memory loss and forgetfulness. It will also provide resources to inform kupuna and caregivers of signs and symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and how to support those who have these conditions.

Na Pu`uwai was initially formed in 1984 as the advisory board for the Molokai Heart Study.…

Youth in Motion Takes on Channels

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Clare Seeger Mawae

During the last week of July there were two major channel paddle events, the Maui Jim Maui 2 Molokai Challenge crossing the Pailolo channel on Saturday, July 23, and the Molokai 2 Oahu Race crossing the Kaiwi Channel on Sunday, July 31. Tropical Storm Darby through a curveball making the Molokai organizers cancel the Maui to Molokai event. However, a few days later Molokai’s young paddler Alex Mawae and his paddling buddies decided they still wanted to cross and bring their boards over in epic Pailolo Channel conditions. So the impromptu photo shoot with local filmmaker Matt Yamashita and Mickey Pauole took place with Alex, age 14, Slater, 13, Kali`a, 15, Lara, 16, Jack, 11 and Dylan, 15 .…

Managing Stress Workshop

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Maui Adult Day Care Centers News Release

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging invite you to a free caregiver workshop, Healing From Within, Nutrition and Meditation for Stress Management, held on Molokai this month. Luis Fuentes, an author, Mind Body Coach, Nutritional Advisor, Holistic Health Practitioner and Manager for Vitamin World will present information on stress, its effects mentally and physically, how to manage stress with supplements, nutritional wellbeing and meditation and movement techniques to promote calmness and serenity.

The workshop will be held on Molokai at the Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 9:30am.…

Molokai Voters’ Election Guide

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Molokai Voters’ Election Guide

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Primary Election day is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 13. Your vote is your voice and one of the most powerful forces to shape the future by electing a representative government who will make decisions which affect you, your family and your community. This year, many Molokai candidates appear on the ballot. While some of them, such as the Molokai seat for the Maui County Council, won’t appear until November’s General Election, the primaries are an important opportunity to vote for who you think best represents your vision for the future.

The options can be confusing, though, and seeing the ballot for the first time at the polls can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared.…

Swimmer Goes to States

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Swimmer Goes to States

Photo courtesy of Aka’ula School

Community Contributed

By Kamauliola Pupuhi, Aka`ula School, grade six

Editor’s note: The State Age Group Swimming Championships were held on Oahu from July 14-17. Mauli Pupuhi was the only Molokai swimmer to make the AAA national time standards required to enter the meet. Mauli trains with Aka`ula School and swims for Maui Dolphins. He was joined on Oahu by five Maui Dolphin swimmers from Maui. Mauli wrote about the experience for the school newsletter, reprinted with permission here.

Swimming at states was the hardest thing I have ever done. I was the only Molokai swimmer to qualify for state championships.…

Golf for a Cause

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Golf for a Cause

Photo by Nathan Ignacio

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely
On July 30, Nathan Ignacio and his ohana and friends hosted the Trucker Dukes Golf Tournament to help Trucker’s ohana as he battles brain cancer. Trucker Dukes is 3 years old and has endured many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries to try to beat the disease.
Ignacio works for Maui County Fire Department and so does Trucker’s dad, Ua. Ignacio wanted to thank all who helped put on this tournament.
“Our first thank you is to Lord Jesus for providing such a beautiful sunny day for all people to enjoy,” he said.…