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Nene O Molokai News Release
The kolea, Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), is revered in Hawaiian mythology as Koleamoku, a messenger of high chiefs, and was considered to be the embodiment of the god of healing. On their northern migration Kolea may have aided ancient navigators with the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. Within a few weeks the kolea will make a transoceanic southbound migration between breeding grounds in Alaska to wintering locales as far away as Madagascar. Research using light level dataloggers have tracked kolea at speeds from 36 to118 miles per hour, and with an average flight between Hawaii and Alaska taking 40 hours.…
By Ric Ornellas, MHS Teacher
There is good and bad news for Molokai teens. The bad news is summer vacation ends Aug. 3 with back to school classes at Molokai High School (MHS). The good news is AVID at MHS.
AVID – which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination – is an exciting program for all students in elementary, middle and high-school, for college and career preparation. Incoming MHS nineth graders will be able to sign up for an AVID class with Ms. Laura Peterson during period six. AVID activities are slated for classes of the seven AVID trained MHS teachers which will expand throughout the new school year.…
By Natasha Westhoff
On the cloudless, starlit night of April 9, a group of five women padded down the path from Kepuhi Beach Resort to the water, to watch and wait. On the horizon, one tiny light moved slowly across the Ka`iwi Channel, heading toward the pounding shore break at Kepuhi beach. An hour later, after a slightly chaotic kayak landing and the jostling of gear and crew into and out of the surf and onto the waiting escort boat, two women: Liz Fry and Marcella MacDonald, stood together wearing bathing suits, swim caps, and vaseline, timing their entry into the sea.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
Nainoa Bishaw-Mokiao and his hog earned the title of Grand Champion Market Hog. Photo by kuulei Arce
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.…