More Rooftop Solar Coming for Molokai

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai is at the forefront of the country’s renewable energy future, and residents got a chance to talk story with their utility company, Maui Electric, ask questions and share what’s important to them last week.

With more than 100 Molokai customers waiting to install rooftop solar, photovoltaic (PV) challenges took a front seat at the discussion. Those residents had filed applications under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program — which pays customers the retail electric rate for excess energy generated from their panels — before the program was discontinued to new applicants last October.

Jamie Cook, Maui Electric’s director of renewable energy projects, said 107 applicants are currently waiting in the queue to be approved — the same number that were waiting in March of this year.…

MHS Gifted Life-Saving Device

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

MHS Gifted Life-Saving Device

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai High School may have an extra chance to save lives in an emergency thanks to an automated external defibrillator (AED) that was recently donated to the school by Hawaii Life Flight. An AED is an electronic device that can diagnose certain heartbeat irregularities causing cardiac arrest and administer electric shock to reestablish proper heartbeat rhythm. MHS’ new device will be located in the school’s cafeteria, and will join two other AEDs on campus — one in the gym and one in the health room.

“This is a function that anyone can do once you’re trained in it, and in conjunction with CPR, the survival rate is high,” said Lori Cannon, a nurse of over 30 years who now works for Hawaii Life Flight as a flight nurse.…

Molokai Races for the Queen

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Molokai Dispatch Staff

The women of Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club raced to second place in their division last Saturday in the Queen Lili`uokalani Canoe Race on Hawaii Island. They earned 23rd place overall out of 122 teams with a time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 1 second, and in the open 9 women’s division, they were the second team to cross the finish line.

The team was Honora Kalama, Bobbi Morris, Hayley Mae Greenleaf, Pua Sanchez, Kiani Dudoit, Heather Sluss, Teave Heen, Lehua Greenwell and Sarah Balangca. They were coached by Ekolu Kalama.

Queen Lili`uokalani Canoe Race was started in 1972 and honors the last reigning Hawaiian monarch, Queen  Lili’uokalani, whose birthday is Sept.…

Cross Country Runs Toward Season Start

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams begin their season later this month with trips to Maui to compete. The boys are led by 17-year coach Ghandharva Mahina Hou Ross and the girls are coached by Eugene Santiago, in his fifth season. Ross’s son and recent graduate Keaoalono Ross is helping his Dad this season.

Santiago has six girls on his team this year: Kamahina Kaiama-Kanuha (junior), Kelsey Juario-Bicoy (sophomore), Keeya Juario-Bicoy (freshman), Cameron Kahalewai (freshman), Kaitlyn Naeole (junior), and Kayla DeRouin (freshman).

Santiago said he is pleased with the team’s progress and their training.…

Recalling Kulaia History

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Molokai Canoe Festivals Committee News Release

Historical records dating back to 1865 note Hawaiian outrigger canoe race competitions as one of the many events our kupuna took part in during annual la kulaia, days of festivities honoring the Kingdom of Hawaii and especially honoring our beloved monarchy. During that era, kulaia generally occurred once a year during a national holiday or birthday celebration of a mo`i (monarch).

After the overthrow of our beloved Hawaiian Kingdom, kulaia festivities changed focus and no longer celebrated the Kingdom and monarchy. In historical records, we see the shift from national celebration to simply canoe race competitions.…

Facing the Flames

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

I awoke to the jarring blare of the settlement alarm siren. I got out of bed saying to myself, “Oh no! Not a tsunami!” Then as I quickly got into some clothing and shoes, I thought, if this is not a tsunami, it is one hell of an hour to get us out of bed (it was about 2 a.m. or shortly thereafter) for a tsunami drill. Then I climbed into my paddy wagon and started out for the evacuation area. As I drove up the hill, however, I realized that the large glow I had seen from my bedroom window was not a collection of vehicle lights but rather it was the glow from a huge fire.…

Calling Kalo Cooks

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

UHMC Molokai Farm News Release

Calling all island cooks with ono kalo recipes!  The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service (UH CES) will be hosting the annual Molokai Taro Variety Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.  Part of the festivities includes a Kalo Cooking Contest in which Molokai chefs are welcome to compete for prizes in the following categories:  appetizer, main dish and dessert.

All entries must include kalo (any part) as a main ingredient in the dish.  Entry forms can be picked up at the UH CES Office, Sustainable Molokai or UH Maui College, Molokai.  Entry forms must be turned in by 4:30 p.m.…

First Wins for Girls Volleyball

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

First Wins for Girls Volleyball

Photo by Rick Shonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Lady Farmers volleyball team got their first wins of the season last weekend on Maui when they took on the St. Anthony Trojans at War Memorial Gym. On Friday night, the Lady Farmers dropped the first set but then took the next three to defeat St. Anthony 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21). On Saturday, the Farmers won 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) to improve their record to 2-2 for the season. St. Anthony is 2-2 also.

Head Coach Mahea Rawlins was happy the team played well.

“We came back when needed to and the passers did a good job, the setters moved the ball around and the hitters attacked aggressively and were able to put ball away,” she said.…

Ferry Shutdown Imminent

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

The Molokai ferry, operated by Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc., is on the verge of ending its services.  Claiming falling ridership, loss of revenue and increased operating costs, company President and Captain Dave Jung has filed a request for shutdown with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He said if the request is not granted, he will be forced to declare bankruptcy.

“Ridership has really gone down in last year,” said Jung, pointing to cheap air flights scooping up their passengers. “Today we’re lucky if we get 20 people a run.”

The 100-foot, three-story boat can hold up to 150 passengers, and Jung previously said in 2013, the service suffered $108,000 in losses and then $288,000 in 2014.…

Fire Claims Kalaupapa Kitchen

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Fire Claims Kalaupapa Kitchen

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Library of Congress photo

The kitchen building that fed Kalaupapa patient residents and state employees went up in flames early Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, and only rubble remains. Sirens in the settlement went off just after 2 a.m.
“At first, many of us thought it was a tsunami warning, but then we saw the glow of the flames,” said Paul Hosten, acting superintendent for Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
By the time the fire truck arrived on the scene, the building was completely engulfed in flames. Without a county-supported fire department, five National Park Service (NPS) rangers are specially trained in firefighting skills.…