Track, Judo, Softball Prep for States

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Judo
The Molokai Famer Judo team participated in the MIL Championship last weekend at Baldwin High School on Maui. The Farmers will be sending four student athletes to the State championships on Oahu this weekend. For the boys, Ikua Deponte was champion in the 161 pound division. For the girls, Maria Angst was the champion at 98 pounds, Cameryn Kahalewai was champion at 161 pounds and Payton Kaalekahi was second place at 129 pounds.

The state Judo Championships will be on Saturday, May 6 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Track
The Molokai Farmers Boys and Girls Track and Field teams completed in the MIL championships last weekend at the War Memorial Stadium in Kahului.…

Volleyball MIL Champs

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Volleyball MIL Champs

Photo by Anjo Hoopai-Waikoloa

The Molokai Farmers Boys Volleyball team won the Maui Interscholastic League Division II Championships in Hana last weekend.  As the regular season league champion and the number one seed, Molokai advanced to the championship game by defeating Lanai.  The championship game was against Seabury, as they had beat Hana in the semi-finals.

In the championship game on Friday, the Farmers found themselves down 2-0 but rallied to force a fifth set with the Trojans, coming out on top in the last set 16-14.  Because Molokai was the league champion, it forced a winner take all playoff on Saturday for the championship and a berth in this week’s State Volleyball Championships on Oahu.…

Baseball Finishes Fifth in State

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Baseball Finishes Fifth in State

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai Farmers Boys Baseball team came home with a fifth place showing at the Wally Yonamine Foundation 59th Annual HHSAA State Baseball Championship on Oahu last weekend. The Farmers picked up two victories after dropping their first game to the Kauai Red Raiders 4-3 in eight innings. Molokai came back with victories over Radford 3-1 and then advanced to Les Murakami Stadium on the campus of the University of Hawaii for the fifth place game and beat Farrington 10-4.

Kauai ended up winning the State Championship by beating Damien 5-4.

Molokai was coached by Head Coach Ilika Kaahanui, along with his assistant coaches Kenny Adachi, Milton Loo and Armondo Habon.…

Kaawa-Gonzales Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Molokai’s own Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales has been named a national recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive federal award given to juniors in college for their leadership potential and public service commitment.  Kaawa-Gonzales, a 2014 Molokai High graduate, was previously announced as a finalist for the honor. Now, he’s become one of 62 college juniors around the country to receive a $30,000 scholarship to a graduate school of their choice from The Truman Foundation.

Kaawa-Gonzales, currently studying at Colorado State University, was one of two recipients from that school. The two thought they were meeting with a CSU alumnus regarding undergraduate scholarships.…

Molokai Couple Publishes Children’s Book

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Molokai Couple Publishes Children’s Book

Photo courtesy of Kananikala Bishaw-Juario

A husband and wife team from Molokai took on the task of creating their own children’s book to fill a void they discovered as parents. “Haloa the Little Huli,” written by Kananikala Bishaw-Juario and illustrated by Kyle Ikaika Bishaw-Juario, was written to help teach local children about the process of making poi.

“We actually wrote the story to teach our kids’ preschool [class] how to make poi,” said Kananikala. “I couldn’t find a book that would catch their attention, so I started writing this book just to show them what other kinds of plants we have in Hawaii and what we use them for.…

Molokai Kids Are Saving Lives

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Molokai Kids Are Saving Lives

Photo by Diane Abraham

By Diane Abraham

This past February, a group of sixth graders at Kualapu`u School were selected to participate in Unicef’s Kid Power mission. We were outfitted with “kid power bands,” a kid’s version of a Fitbit, and as the teacher/coach, I was given a special tablet to sync the bands and keep track of fitness points.

The idea is to “get active and save lives:” Unicef, as the humanitarian component, pairs with Target and Star Wars corporations, to provide special high-protein food packets to children suffering with severe acute malnutrition based on the number of steps the children take.…

Lion Tamer Of Kalaupapa

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

Today, while preparing a homily, I read a story about a young man who was trying to get a job in a circus. He approached the circus manager, who decided to give the young man a chance to be the assistant lion tamer and took him to the lion’s cage. Now it so happened that the head lion tamer was a beautiful young woman who was just about to rehearse her act. She stepped into the cage, removed her cape with a grand flourish, revealing a gorgeous costume as well as a gorgeous figure, and gave a command to the lion.…

Paddling Prowess

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Paddling Prowess

Photo by Pamela Mathis

Molokai’s Chad Lima (left) and John Russel Phifer won first place in the OC2 iron division of the 2017 Ozone/Kai Waa/Maui Jim Maui to Molokai two weeks ago. The 26-mile race started at DT Fleming beach on Maui and finished at the Kaunakakai wharf. Other Molokai paddlers also joined the race in other divisions.…

The Woman Behind the Movement

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The woman who started an international movement of more than six million participants around the globe visited Molokai last week. Teresa Shook, founder of The Women’s March on Washington, led a community discussion last Tuesday that drew a small crowd eager hear about how the retired attorney and grandmother of Hana, Maui, had found herself in the position of organizing the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history, on Jan. 21.

“Over 6 million people in the world stood in solidarity with us,” Shook told the group. “I still, daily, hear from people all over the world who reach out to me to tell me how their life was changed.…

A Changing Climate

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

This year’s 25th annual Molokai Earth Day celebration brought focus to an important theme: climate change. Dozens of local, state and federal organizations shared with residents how changing temperatures, rising sea levels and other global effects are impacting life on Molokai and what we can do.

“This Earth Day, we hope that you have found out that there are many things we can do about climate change,” said one of the event organizers, Penny Martin. “And so we recognize this group that was created to especially look at this very important issue.”

This year’s Malama Kuleana Honua award — presented annually to someone in the community who contributes significantly to Molokai’s environmental conservation — was a group, the Molokai Climate Change Network.…