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.…

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Students Gain Cultural Insight

Photo courtesy of UHMCM

UHMCM News Release

This July, high schoolers had an opportunity to gain exposure to cultural resource management through a cohort of three college courses, Anthropology 165, Hawaiian Studies 231 and Hawaiian Studies 207. This was provided through a partnership between Ka Hikina o Ka La, UH Maui College and the UH Maui College Molokai (UHMCM) campus, Molokai Education Center.

Twenty-one students will have successfully completed their first class, giving them insight to archaeology and historical site preservation. Taught by Molokai’s own, Pulama Lima, the students were given first hand knowledge on archaeology. As their culminating assignment, the haumana were able to do field studies, archaeological inventory surveys, and rock wall restoration work down at Kalaupapa.…

Molokai Hosts State Regatta

Friday, August 5th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

They’ve practiced for months, spending hours on the water perfecting their technique and timing. They’ve raised funds for air travel, food and lodging. They’ve put their best paddle forward, earned a qualifying time, and are ready to test their speed against the state’s best crews. Thousands of paddlers of all ages are off to the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association (HCRA) State Championships this Saturday on Oahu.

For more than 60 years, the HCRA has held the state paddling championships. The organization, made up of six paddling associations, represents athletes from all islands, carrying on the Hawaiian tradition of outrigger canoe racing.…

Learning Disabilities Resource Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

LDAH News Release

“Paving Pathways” for youth and their families as they transition from high school to college or a career will be the theme of the 2016 Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) Traveling Mini-Conference (TMC) on Molokai.

The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Molokai Community Health Center and is free and open to all families. Registration is required and can be completed by calling LDAH at 1-800-533-9684 or emailing Rosie Rowe, LDAH Education and Training Coordinator, at RRowe@LDAHawaii.org. For more information visit the LDAH Facebook page at facebook.com/ldahawaii.pti.

The Molokai TMC is celebrating its ninth anniversary this year and is an opportunity for families and professionals to learn more about community resources and services available to help children with or at risk of disabilities.…

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Canoe Clubs of Molokai

Molokai Regattas in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Penny Martin

 

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai has a rich history of canoe paddling and is home to four canoe clubs. Molokai paddlers have represented the island and Hawaii in channel races and international competitions, bringing home top medals. Together, the four clubs form the Molokai Canoe Racing Association, and this will be the third year the organization has hosted the HCRA state race. This weekend, be on the lookout for 10 Molokai crews competing on Oahu — two from Molokai Canoe Club and eight from Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club. Below are brief histories of each club, submitted by their members.…

Molokai Business Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

KBC News Release

The public is invited to join us for the third annual Molokai Business Conference, Office of Economic Development Business Networking Reception, and the Molokai Office of Economic Development Grant Workshop August 4-5 here on Molokai. That’s right, it’s all happening here on Molokai and all three events are free!

The Molokai Business Conference will be held at the UH Maui College- Molokai Education Center Thursday, Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 12 speakers will be joining us for this annual event. We will have some great local speakers as well as some joining us from the outer islands.…

Celebrating the Bon Festival

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Celebrating the Bon Festival

Photo by Sarah Ching

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

Last Saturday at Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission, the community gathered to honor the memories of loved ones and keep a Japanese tradition alive. The annual bon dance brought hundreds of residents and visitors together for a lively drum performance, dancing and food. Draped from the temple roof, names of deceased love ones on slips of paper fluttered in the breeze as the beat of Taiko drums signaled a reunion with their spirits. Photo by Sarah Ching.

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Culture of Canoe Racing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Culture of Canoe Racing

Molokai’s Koa Canoe blessing in 2009. Photo by Ed Misaki

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Since ancient times, outrigger canoe racing has held an important place in Hawaiian cultural traditions.
According to Tommy Holmes in “The Hawaiian Canoe,” excelling in canoe races was of great importance historically, and special status and recognition was given to champions in the sport. Today, the tradition is carried on each summer as paddlers from around the state compete to represent their islands at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association state race.

Historically, canoes were carved from a log of the endemic koa tree, but now, canoes are often made from fiberglass or other manmade materials.…