Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lost Biker Spends Night in Mountains

MFD News Release

At 7:19 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, Molokai firefighters and police began searching for an overdue bicyclist that went for a day trip ride on the Makakupaia Trail, which overlooks the Waikolu Valley.

A 50-year-old man from Mountain View, California, rented a bicycle at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning and planned to go for a day trip biking up to the Waikolu Valley lookout. He was to return the bike to the rental company at 6 p.m. that evening, but failed to show up at the designated meeting point. The rental company then reported the man overdue to fire crews.…

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Molokai Boy Heads to ‘World Series’

Photo courtesy of ripkenbsaeball.com

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Trayce Young, a 12-year-old baseball player, was born and raised Molokai to parents Minky Hoopai and Ikaika Young. Trayce moved to Oahu in 2015 to attend Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. He is a player for the Go Nuts White baseball team. Trayce’s positions are pitcher, first baseman and outfield.

Trayce has been only playing with this team for seven months and in that short time, Go Nuts carried a perfect season of 24-0, took state champs and recently earned the title of champs of Pacific Southwest Regionals, They will be heading to Aberdeen, Maryland for the Cal Ripken World Series July 26-Aug.…

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Storm Darby Brought Closures and Rain

NOAA satellite imagery shows Darby passing the state as of 4pm Sunday

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Tropical Storm Darby, which hit Hawaii last weekend, brought minimal impacts to Molokai but caused cancellations of some events and closures of parks and stores.

After making landfall on Hawaii Island Saturday, the storm carried with it high winds, drenching rain and surf advisories. A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Maui County through Sunday. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 40 miles per hour, with gusts nearing 50 miles per hour.

Molokai High School was opened as an emergency shelter on the island.…

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Closing Time for Paddlers Inn

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Paddlers Inn will be closed temporarily for construction and a turn-over of ownership, according to current management. The bar and restaurant, which has been in operation for about 12 years and has gone through nearly half a dozen owners during that time, is in the process of being purchased by a Molokai family. One of two bars on Molokai, the current business’s last day of operation was Saturday.

Current part owner Jerry Johnson said construction underway in the parking lot is to install a steel structure for solar panels for all tenants of the two buildings on the property.…

Puko`o Fire Station to be Relocated

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

With flood zones changing and concerns about rising water levels, Molokai has been participating in an important discussion that’s taking place globally: where can we move? Recently, that conversation focused on the Puko`o Fire Station, a small outpost that provides emergency services to the east Molokai community. Its current location near the ocean has been identified as a flood zone during tsunamis and hurricanes.

Contrary to some rumors, a meeting held earlier this month was not to announce the closure of the Puko`o Fire Station but rather to discuss its relocation.

“It is our hope that we can have a dialogue as to what you hope to see; the fire dept.…

NextEra Electric Merger Rejected

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A $4.3 billion merger deal between Hawaiian Electric Companies and Florida-based NextEra Energy was rejected last week by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Many Molokai residents, along with others around the state, had raised concerns about the merger and what it could mean for Hawaii’s energy future. Commissioners of the PUC shared many of those concerns in the decision they issued last Friday.

Commissioners based their rejection on two major factors: whether the merger was in the public interest, and if the utility company was fit and able to perform the service currently offered. The PUC identified five major areas of concern: 1) benefits to ratepayers; 2) risks to ratepayers; 3) Applicants’ clean energy commitments; 4) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on local governance; and 5) the proposed Change of Control’s effect on competition in local energy markets.…

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

4-H Youth Earn State Awards

Nainoa Bishaw-Mokiao and his hog earned the title of Grand Champion Market Hog. Photo by kuulei Arce

Community Contributed

By Ku`ulei Arce

Acey Reyes was named Hig Senior Shownmanship Champ. Photo by Kuulei Arce

On the weekend of July 7-11, we traveled to Kualoa Ranch, Oahu with 10 Molokai 4-Hers to enter their animal projects into the State Farm Fair. It was a great weekend to meet and greet new friends and create new memories for all participants. Club leader Clement “Sonny” Reyes leads with great example for the Molokai 4-H Livestock Club. Molokai competitors earned top honors at the event.…

Molokai Gets a Choice for County Council

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Molokai Gets a Choice for County Council

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Campaign News Release

In June 2016, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez officially filed her candidacy for Maui County Council to represent her home, Molokai. Keani and her two young children are rooted in the Molokai community as far as they can trace her mo`okuu`auhau (genealogy). She is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor Degree and certificates in both Native Hawaiian Rights and Environmental law. She also received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration this past semester, right before moving home.

Her vision for a better future for her children and Molokai drove her decision to participate in local government.…

College Prep Program Success

Friday, July 15th, 2016

College Prep Program Success

UHMCM photo

UHMCM News Release

Planning and preparing to attend college after high school can be challenging; however, there are very clear rewards for students who plan early and work hard towards achieving their goals while still in high school.   It also takes a great amount of support from the ohana to help these students along the way.  To prepare Molokai families for the transition to college, UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM), the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) partnered up again to offer a fourth year of Ke Kukui Mohala.

The main goal of the program is to support families in the process of preparing Molokai High School seniors to successfully achieve their post-secondary goals and objectives. …

Makani Kai Air Expands Molokai Service

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Makani Kai News Release

Makani Kai Air is expanding its daily round trip flights between Honolulu and Molokai beginning July 15. Due to continued high demand, the airline is adding six roundtrip flights a day, seven days a week.

“We are encouraged by the growing support from the Molokai community,” said Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air. “The people of Molokai have embraced our service to the point that, on some days, there is not a single empty seat remaining. That means that people who want to fly with us are forced to fly with Mokulele and for that I apologize.”

In order to accommodate the increase in flight frequency, Makani Kai Air just took delivery of
another Cessna Grand Caravan, the company’s fourth.…