In Memoriam

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

The morning meeting started right on time — Kalaupapa time that is — which usually means after the participants have done hugging, kissing, talking story and visiting the cooler for some libation. This day’s libation was cold, clear, refreshing Kalaupapa water, the best water I have tasted since my childhood days in the west of Ireland. It is almost as good as Uisce Beatha (water of life), the Irish version of Jim Beam or Jack Daniel’s — not that I am a connoisseur of either. Then the fun began. Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa president and Kalaupapa resident Boogie Kahilihiwa welcomed the gathered assembly as only Boogie can.…

‘Ohana Gardens and Grindz

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

UH CTAHR News Release

Have you tried Uncle Glennʻs famous egg in a pancake or Aunty Jenniferʻs ono garden fresh somen salad? If you’re raising keiki between the ages of 8 and 13, come join the Molokai ʻOhana Gardens and Grindz program on Saturday mornings in November! Together, you will grow your own veggies and use them to cook local favorites.

The program runs for three consecutive Saturday mornings — Nov. 3, 10 and 17 — at the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Extension office and farm in Ho’olehua. Parents, grandparents and keiki work together to plant, care for, and harvest beans, lettuce, tomatoes and other veggies and then use those foods to prepare, cook and eat somen salad, eggplant in garlic sauce, and veggie stir fry.…

Girls Volleyball Ends Season Short of States

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Girls Volleyball Ends Season Short of States

The Lady Farmers Girls Volleyball team hosted this year’s MIL DII Girls Volleyball Championships last week at The Barn in Ho’olehua. Molokai was the number two seed behind number one Seabury and faced off with number three Hana in a semifinal match last Thursday night. The Lady Dragons beat the Lady Farmers in four sets 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, and 25-22 to advance to Friday’s championship game against Seabury. The Spartans won the regular season title and beat Hana in three sets 25-18, 25-19 and 25-21 to claim the tournament championship and the number one seed from the Maui Interscholastic League in the state tournament.…

Cross Country Sends Three to States

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Cross Country Sends Three to States

Seven boys and seven girls represented Molokai in the Maui Interscholastic League Championship Cross Country race on Maui last Saturday. Three are now headed to the state championships on Oahu this Saturday, Oct. 27. Top finisher for the girls and headed to states in Keeya Bicoy who finished in 11th place overall with a time 22:53. The boy’s top finisher and headed to states in Alex Mawae who finished in 19th place with a time of 18:53. Also qualifying for states is Kamalu Kaawa Richardson who finished in 27th place with a time of 19:19.

Girls Head Coach Kabbie Bicoy-Juario praised her runners.…

Molokai’s Renewable Energy Future

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The forecast for energy on Molokai is looking renewable, according to Maui Electric officials. Company officials talked story with residents last week in three sessions around the island about both the company’s and community’s visions for how Molokai can reach 100 percent renewable energy in the near future.

Molokai has a lot of planned and potential projects on the horizon. The 37-acre solar project with battery storage, recently approved to be operated by Molokai New Energy Partners (MNEP), will be located near the Pala’au Power Plant. Manager of Renewable Energy Projects Gregg Kresge said the permit process for the project is currently underway and MNEP — a branch of mainland-based renewable energy company Half Moon Ventures — will hold additional meetings with the community for updates on the project.…

Busy Weekend for Local Youth

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Busy Weekend for Local Youth

Before Kaunakakai School’s movie night on the lawn last Friday, keiki played under a rainbow before dusk fell, pictured at top. At left, Molokai High’s robotics team 1037, led by coach Edwin Mendija, defended their Maui VEX Robotics Championship for the third year in a row, also winning the Robotics Skills, Judges and Sportsmanship awards and qualifying them for the state and national championships. Pictured at right, Kualapu’u School held their annual Ohana Fun Fair last Saturday, bringing families together and featuring free activities such as horseback rides, water slides, costume fun run, a keiki pageant and a helicopter landing.…

Molokai Art in Juried Exhibit

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Community Contributed

By Paula Scott, Hawaii Craftsmen Board of Directors, Molokai Representative

The Hawaii Craftsmen 2018 Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is proud to announce its 51st installation, which will be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Main Gallery. The exhibition is free to the public, and opens for viewing from Oct. 25 through Nov. 11. Our juror this year will be Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Co-Founder and Director of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation.

On behalf of the Hawaii Craftsmen Association, congratulations goes out to Molokai artists Dan Bennett, Terry Klerlein, Kim Markham and Paula Scott, whose submitted works was juried into the 2018 Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition.…

Air Riflery Finishes Season

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Air Riflery Finishes Season

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Air Riflery teams finished their seasons at the MIL Championships last Saturday at Baldwin’s Jon Garcia Gym.

The Lady Farmers were led by Maria Angst, who finished in 16th place overall with a score of 482. Melody Kaili-Kalua finished in 52nd with a score of 433. The girls took seventh place as a team.

For the boys, Gavin Makekau was the tops finisher in 54th with a score of 433 and Charles Kamai-Cacpal was 69th with 412 points. Molokai finished sixth in the team standings.

A total of 98 shooters from all over Maui County participated in this year’s championships.…

Lady Farmers Host Volleyball Tournament

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Lady Farmers Host Volleyball Tournament

The Lady Farmers Volleyball team will host the Maui Interscholastic League Division II Girls Volleyball Championships this week at The Barn in Ho’olehua. Molokai finished the season as the number two seed with a 10-2 record after winning two matches last week over Haleakala Waldorf. The Lady Farmers won both nights in three sets. Thursday’s score was 25-14, 25-19 and 15-17. On Friday, it was another three-set win 25-14, 25-16 and 25-15.

Last Thursday night was senior night, and six seniors were honored: Kawohi Duvachelle, Kaitlin DeRouin, Taye Mowat, Stasia Kaahanui, Mary Rose Ringor and Mary Grace Ringor.

“Overall it has been a great season and senior night was over the top,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins.…

Kalaupapa Airport Improvements

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Kalaupapa Airport Improvements

If all goes as planned, the tiny Kalaupapa Airport will receive improvements to its terminal, runway and safety measures in a $5 million project that would start later this year and last five years. The state Department of Transportation is proposing and funding the project to enhance operations and help mitigate safety hazards of flying into the remote peninsula.

Originally constructed in the early 1930s, the airport remains the lifeline for the peninsula. It is located on 42 acres on the northwestern tip of the Kalaupapa Peninsula and provides transportation for patient residents, employees and visitors; emergency support, supplies, and daily deliveries of mail, freight and perishable food; and transportation of solid waste off the peninsula.…