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Alvarez Playing Basketball at Dakota College

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Alvarez Playing Basketball at Dakota College

Molokai High School Alumnus Mark Alvarez playing Jacks, his team at Dakota College at Bottineau. Photo Courtesy of Dakota College

Molokai High School basketball alumni Mark Alvarez is attending Dakota College at Bottineau, North Dakota as a freshman, and is playing basketball for the Jacks. The Molokai Sports Report got a chance to do a Q&A with Mark last weekend.

How have you adjusted to leaving Molokai and college life? “Adjusting to college life was challenging, mainly because of homesickness and balancing school, basketball and fun. I miss my family so much but I am thankful for the technology and they are only a FaceTime away.” How has your basketball season been going and how is it different from high school basketball?…

Molokai Students Compete in States Cross Country on Kauai

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Molokai Students Compete in States Cross Country on Kauai

Photo by Kabbie Bicoy-Juario

The Molokai HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to Kauai last Saturday for the 2017 Honolulu Marathon State Cross Country Championships at Kauai Community College.

The Farmers had four qualifiers and two alternates who traveled to the Garden Isle with coaches Kabbie Bicoy-Juario (girls) and Mahina Hou Ross (boys). More than 400 runners from all islands went competed on Kauai.

For the boys, Caele Manley finished in 141st place with a time of 19:42 and Rockwell “Kaina” Adolpho finished 184th with a time of 20:25. Manley and Adolpho are both seniors.

In the girls race, Molokai had two sophomores who qualified.…

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Lady Farmers Gain Experience on Oahu

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Lady Farmers Gain Experience on Oahu

Despite losing the last three preseason games on Oahu, the Molokai Lady farmers performed well and came close to a win in their last two games. Photo by Natasha McCutcheon

The Molokai High School Lady Farmers Girls Basketball team, under first-year Head Coach Shane Mokiao, traveled to Oahu last weekend to play three preseason games at The Hanalani Lady Royals Challenge in Mililani.

In their first game of the new season, Molokai lost to a good Kamehameha (Kapalama) II team 40-25. Coach Mokiao was pleased with his team’s performance, “We gave up only 11 points in second half and the girls played great defense.…

Pumpkin Party

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Pumpkin Party

The Arce family held their annual Oktoberfest to celebrate the fall season at their Ho‘olehua homestead Oct. 28. Keiki picked out their favorite pumpkin and enjoyed horseback rides, while the whole ‘ohana enjoyed a variety of ono food and took photos with scarecrows at a hay bale backdrop.

bale backdrop.…

Unity March Followed by Gathering in Maunaloa Saturday

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Unity March Followed by Gathering in Maunaloa Saturday

Upon learning the island’s largest landowner, Molokai Ranch, put its assets on the market, a handful of community members saw the need to be proactive and come up with a plan to attract a buyer who would align with the community’s vision for Molokai. They held four meetings islandwide earlier this month, and are now organizing a community event this weekend.

This Saturday, the Unity March followed by a gathering is the latest step toward unifying a vision to be presented by the community movement We Are Molokai Pule O‘o to any potential buyers of roughly one-third of the island.

“It wouldn’t be wise for us to wait until a new buyer comes in, not knowing who that buyer is, now knowing if that buyer knows what Molokai is all about, dealing with them after the fact,” said Matt Yamashita.…

Lady Farmers Stopped in MIL Semifinals

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Lady Farmers Stopped in MIL Semifinals

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Thayer/Maui News

The Molokai High School Girls Volleyball team traveled to Baldwin High School on Maui last week for the Maui Interscholastic League Division II Girls Volleyball Championships. Molokai defeated St. Anthony in their quarterfinal match in three sets straight: 25-9, 25-7 and 25-16.

The Lady Farmers then advanced to the semifinals and faced the #2 seed Hana Dragons. Molokai played tough splitting the first two sets before losing to the Dragons in four sets: 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-18. Molokai finished the season 9-5.

“I am very proud of how we fought until the end of season, and especially at MIL’s,” Head Coach Mahea Rawlins said.…

Company Pitches 37-Acre Solar Project

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Company Pitches 37-Acre Solar Project

Stakeholders during the Oct. 2 meeting, left to right, HMV Executive Director Mike Luo, HMV CEO Mike Hastings, HMV Executive VP of Corporate Development Charles Magolske, and community member Matt Yamashita (Akaku video grab)

A utility-scale renewable energy project pitched to Molokai residents a couple weeks ago could help to stabilize a portion of their electric bills while significantly reducing the island’s reliance on fossil fuel. Additionally, a revised plan now includes the potential for a local nonprofit to purchase the plant after a few years.

Officials from a Chicago-based company that acquired a former solar power project on Molokai a couple years ago are saying their renewed plan would provide cleaner, cheaper electricity to more than a third of Molokai’s energy needs, including battery storage that would provide energy after sundown.…

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