Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Molokai Musicians: Bob Underwood

Photo courtesy of Roberta Cross

By Roberta Cross, Community Reporter

Editor’s note: In a series highlighting Molokai musicians, the Dispatch asks local artists about their roots, passions and influences.

Bob Underwood was born in Indiana, grew up in Pensylvania and Colorado, and moved permanently to Molokai in 2003. He is a first grade teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School.

Underwood spent the first 20 years of his musical life performing all kinds of pop and jazz music. He plays many instruments, although bass is his main instrument and guitar his second choice. “I can play decent violin, but I wouldn’t hire me as a violinist,” he said with a laugh.…

Community Plan Update in Final Stage

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai Community Plan has begun the final step in the update process. In May, the Maui County Planning Department transmitted the draft document to the County Council for review and adoption. Once completed, the plan — a comprehensive blueprint for the island’s economic and environmental resources, infrastructure and cultural values — will help guide Molokai’s future over the next decades.

This is the final step in the process for updating the 2001 Molokai Community Plan that began more than a year ago. Revisions to the plan were initially prepared and recommended by Planning Department staff, then reviewed by the Molokai Community Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), a 13 member committee of Molokai residents, which provided its recommended revisions during public meetings and workshops held from March through October 2015.…

Vendors For East End Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Waialua Congregational Church News Release

Vendors are invited to register for the East End Farmer’s Market at Waialua, sponsored by the Waialua Congregational Church on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are interested in selling your goods, handcrafted items, fresh produce and plants, livestock, fresh fish, baked goods, hand crafted items, apparel, household items, woodcarving, ancient Hawaiian weapons, etc., we are looking for all types of good things.

Registration deadline is May 20. For more information contact tinahelindsey@gmail.com or pkikukawa@yahoo.com or call 808-658-6454. Reasonably priced space fees at $10 per six-foot space, please make your checks payable to Waialua Congregational Church and if possible, bring your own table and chairs, limited number available.…

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Boys Volleyball State Runner-ups

Photo by Hale Domingo

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team finished as runner up in the state Boys Volleyball Championships on Oahu last weekend. The Farmers were seeded number two and defeated Kaimuki 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-18) and Damien in a thrilling five-set match broadcast live on Oceanic XCast 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 15-9) before losing in the final at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, and also live on TV, to the number one seed Hawaii Baptist 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20).

Hawaii Baptist has won five straight DII Boys Volleyball Championships and six out of the last seven.

Head Coach Hale Domingo was very excited for his team.…

A Bird in the Hand Volunteers band shearwater shorebirds

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A Bird in the Hand Volunteers band shearwater shorebirds

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

As dusk fell on the Mo`omomi coastline, silhouetted birds began to swoop over the shore and across the grasses and native plants of the dunes. Donning their headlamps, a dozen biologists, conservationists and volunteers stood by, waiting for the birds to settle. Then, in the pitch blackness and gusty wind, the group broke into small teams and vanished into the darkness.

Brandishing their flashlights and tools, the teams searched the ground for piles of sand and holes that would indicate a burrow. The inhabitants pf the holes are Wedge-tailed Shearwater, or `Ua`u kani, an indigenous shorebird with gray-brown and white feathers, a long, hooked beak and a wingspan of more than three feet.…

Cop Corner

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Maui Police Department News Release

As the end of the school year approaches, the Maui Police Department would like to extend our congratulations to the graduating class of 2016. With the increase in celebrations, police will be placing an emphasis in the detection of underage drinkers, distracted drivers, and conducting sobriety checkpoints.

An underage drinker is defined as any person below the age of 21 years who consumes or is in possession or custody of liquor in any public place, gathering, beach or park, or in any motor vehicle on a public highway.

Hawaii’s law bans the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.…

Tennis Doubles Take on States

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Tennis Doubles Take on States

Pictured, Preston, William Casino (asst coach), Kanahele, Kaiea. Photo by Kanahele Montizor

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Tennis Boys doubles team of Kaiea Dowling and Preston Pascua-Kahookano traveled to the 2016 Carlsmith Ball State Tennis Championships two weeks ago on Hawaii Island. The boys lost in the first round against a team from Punahou 6-0,6-0 but Head Coach Kanahele Montizor said it was a great experience.

“Our boys had an amazing experience and they made a run for it!” he said. “The caliber was on a whole different level and it sparked a whole different perspective into them. They are determined to get better and train in the offseason for another epic battle possibly at the state tournament!…

Molokai Musicians: Zelie Duvauchelle

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Molokai Musicians: Zelie Duvauchelle

Photo by Debbie Delatour

By Roberta Cross, Community Reporter

Editor’s note: In a new series highlighting Molokai musicians, the Dispatch asks local artists about their roots, passions and influences.

Zelie Duvauchelle was born and raised in Puko`o on the east end of Molokai. She is currently working on her album entitled “Hu,” which means “to pour forth.”

For the last 20 years, she has been performing, composing songs and preparing for this album.

Duvauchelle’s big news is that her album will be co-produced with recording engineer Milan Bertosa. Bertosa recorded Israel Kamakawiwo`ole singing “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” and “White Sandy Beach” for the first time in a spontaneous late-night studio session in 1988.…

Ukulele Ohana Molokai to celebrate Mele O`o 

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Full Heart Productions News Release

This coming Memorial Day weekend, May 27-31, the sounds of the happiest instrument on earth will once again fill the lodge at Pu`u O Hoku Ranch as the Ukulele Ohana Molokai workshop and its teacher Lono, return for the fifth year.

The theme this year will be Mele O`o or powerful music.  Participants will learn the deep roots of Old Style Hawaiian music with Lono on their ukulele, and to experience the vibrant community of Molokai. When asked what inspires him to write and teach Lono says, “The line between the past and the present, through our ancestors, prepares us for the future.…

Rep. DeCoite Files Election Papers

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Rep. DeCoite Files Election Papers

Rep. DeCoite News Release

Last week, Representative Lynn DeCoite (D- East Maui, Molokai, Lanai) filed her papers to seek election to the District 13 seat in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, the seat she was appointed to by Governor Ige on Feb. 19, 2015 to fill the remainder of the two year term of the late Mele Carroll.

“Being appointed to represent District 13 was a tremendous honor. It has been a whirl-wind adventure; I don’t think I’ve ever been so inspired, amazed, overwhelmed, tired, and energized all at the same time- and I wouldn’t change one second of it!…