Hunters Rescued from Pelekunu

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

MFD News Release

Two weeks ago, a group of Molokai hunters and their dogs got stranded in Pelekunu Valley due to poor weather and were rescued by the Maui Fire Department.

On Saturday Oct. 29, the six people and their nine hunting dogs arrived by small boat to go pig hunting in the remote valley. At around 3 p.m., weather and ocean conditions worsened, which resulted in only three of the six individuals making it back out to the boat.

Two males aged 18 and 30, a 15-year-old female, and the nine hunting dogs were not able to make it safely out to the boat and remained on shore.…

New Rules to Guide State Aha Moku

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Molokai Aha Kiole News Release

Historic rules have been adopted by the state’s `Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC). After almost two years of administrative rules discussion, AMAC voted to approve its Administrative Rules draft, thereby fulfilling a mandate handed down by the legislature in 2015.

The rules reflect the `ike (traditional knowledge) shared by Hawaiian cultural practitioners and kupuna throughout Ka Pae `Aina (the Hawaiian Islands).  The rules also reaffirm statutory and constitutional protections of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary rights and practices and the public trust.  The rules incorporate by reference the Paoakalani Declaration in order to protect Hawaiian traditional knowledge as a resource in itself that must be managed carefully and safeguarded from misappropriation. …

Sending Prayers to Sea

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Sending Prayers to Sea

Photo by Rick Schonely

Floating lanterns were released onto the ocean at sunset last Saturday in an observance honoring loved ones who have passed away. The third annual Floating Lantern Ceremony, hosted by Molokai’s Hospice Hawaii and Guzeiji Soto Mission, brought hundreds together in grief and gratitude with a theme of “in peace and harmony.”

Participants wrote messages on the paper lanterns, mounted on a wooden base with a waterproof candle. Standing at the water’s edge, they pushed their vessels into the breeze, releasing their prayers for the deceased. Later, the lanterns were retrieved by volunteers from the Wa`akapaemua Canoe Club.…

Kaunakakai Brownfield Cleanup

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Kaunakakai Brownfield Cleanup

Image Courtesy of Maui Electic

A Kaunakakai property with known contamination from operations of the former Molokai Electric Company is slated for comprehensive testing and cleanup, beginning in the coming year. Maui Electric, which inherited the company but not the site, is initiating the first steps in the effort, and shared their plans with the community last month.

“Maui Electric has never operated out of this site, we inherited the site, but we want to make sure we get the site cleaned up and ready to be repurposed into something else,” said Greggory Kresge, Maui Electric environmental compliance engineer.

The brownfield property — a term used to describe a former industrial site with hazardous pollutants — is located on the lot currently occupied by Molokai Supply across from Paddlers Inn.…

Molokai Highlighted at Product Festival

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Molokai Highlighted at Product Festival

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

Last weekend, 16 Molokai businesses joined the county’s best crafters, artists, designers and food creators at the third annual Made in Maui County Festival in Kahului. With more than 10,000 attendees, the event offers local vendors a step up to market their products, secure wholesale deals and network with eager customers. Marked with green flags in a prime location at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Molokai booths were an event attraction, led in popularity by Kanemitsu Bakery, which boasted a long line across the lawn.

With the largest representation of Molokai businesses in the festival’s three years, a mixture of new and veteran and vendors showcased Friendly Isle products alongside more than 140 other vendors from Maui and Lanai.…

Call to Molokai Artists

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is gearing up for its fifth annual member art show by opening up the call for submissions. For the first time in the show’s history, cash and other prizes will be awarded in the categories of: Keiki Award, College Student Award, Board of Director’s Award, Best in Show and People’s Choice Award.

MAC studio members are invited to submit up to three pieces of art in any medium for the selection process, with a maximum of two pieces accepted into the show. The deadline for submission is Thursday, Nov. 17 by 5 p.m.—no late entries will be accepted.…

Floating Lantern Ceremony

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Join us for the third annual Floating Lantern Ceremony “In Peace and Harmony” to honor our loved ones who died with gratitude, love, peace and harmony. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Molokai Community Health Center.  Free floating lanterns will be passed out one per family.  Pens will be available to write messages to loved ones.

The holidays are approaching and often we want to remember our loved ones who died.  It is important for good emotional and physical health to grieve and mourn our losses.  The event is sponsored by Hospice Hawaii and Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission.…

Cross Country End Season at States

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Molokai HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams were represented at this year’s State Championships at Hawaii Prep Academy on Hawaii Island. Three boys a one girl qualified to run at the event. Jake Samaniego was the top finisher for the Farmers as he came in 46th out of 200 runners with a time of 19:46. Kaina Adolpho finished in 148th place (21:17) and Karter Kester was 189th (22:11). Cameryn Kahalewai was the only girl from Molokai to run and she finished in 186th place with a time of 27:59. Keeya Bicoy-Juario traveled with the team as an alternate.

Boys Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross, in his 17th year as head coach, enjoyed this year’s team.…

Strong Performance for Volleyball at States

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Molokai Girls Volleyball team made its first appearance at the Division II State Volleyball Tournament since 2010. They won their first match against Kohala (23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 15-5). Shaelyn McCutcheon had 11 kills, Precious Rawlins had 15 digs and 23 assists and Brooke Keliihoomalu and Taye Mowat had nine kills each. Sejah Pedro added eight kills and Mary-Rose Ringor had nine digs and Mary-Grace Ringor added 13 assists.

In their next match, the Lady Farmers facednumber one seed Hawaii Baptist and lost in three sets (25-8, 25-4, and 25-12). Molokai then faced Waianae in the consolation bracket and lost in two sets (25-12 and 25-8).…

Shooter Ranks 13th in State

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Molokai senior air riflery marksman Jershon Kaalekahi was the top shot from Maui County and finished in 13th place overall at last week’s Air Riflery State Championships on Oahu.  Kaalekahi, a three time state qualifier, shot his personal best with a combined score of 522, placing 13th out of 60 competitors and the top marksman from the MIL.

Head Coach Chinky Hubbard, along with his assistant coach Keith Imakyure, was proud of his marksman.

“I’m totally stoked on Jershon’s performance,” said Hubbard. “His hard work and determination paid off, putting him at the top of all MIL competitors.  His score of 522 surpassed his expectations. …