One-vehicle crash takes life of Kualapu’u man

The Ford F-150 driven by Scott Furtado tore a hole in the maintenance shed at Molokai Shores Condominium.

The still of a quiet Molokai night was shattered by a violent single vehicle crash that ended the life of the sole occupant.

Police investigating the Monday night accident on Kamehameha V Highway suspect that alcohol use was involved in the crash that killed Scott Furtado, 24, of Kualapu’u.

Furtado was westbound at 11:04 p.m. when he lost control of the 1999 Ford F150 pickup he was driving by himself about a mile east of Kaunakakai. The truck went off the road on the right shoulder, collided with a sign post, crossed over the center line into the oncoming lane before going onto the left shoulder. The vehicle then struck another sign post, a fire hydrant and a fence post when it overturned and collided into a maintenance shed at Molokai Shores Condominium.

Furtado was ejected from the vehicle, which tore a hole through the back wall of the shed. Emergency responders attempted to revive Furtado who had been pinned under the truck. He died at the scene.

Furtado was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to Sgt. Winfrey from the Molokai unit of the Maui County Police Department. Furtado was an employee of Zac’s Fumigation here on Molokai.

This is the fourth traffic fatality in Maui County for 2010, compared to six at the same time last year.

(The photo of the turned over truck and the covered body was removed from this website. I apologize if the photo offended anyone. — David Lichtenstein)


Farmers compete in Blue and Gold Invitational

The Molokai Farmers participated in the Blue and Gold Invitational track meet at the Yamamoto Track and Field facility on Saturday.

The Molokai girls finished sixth with six team points behind Maui High that won the team meet. Candice Pauole of Molokai placed third in the high jump by clearing 4-foot-9.

On the boys side, Molokai placed eighth as a team with nine points as Maui High finished on top. Placing eighth in the 100-meter dash for Molokai was Mahi Kan-Hai in 12.5 seconds.

Placing sixth in the 1,500-meter run was Molokai’s Akona Adolpho in 4:53.22. In the 3,000, Molokai’s Michael Kikukawa placed 12th in 13:28.02. In the 400 relay, Molokai was fourth in 50.77 seconds. Kaili Levi finished fourth in the shot put for Molokai with a throw of 42-feet-7-inches. He finished seventh in discus with a throw of 103-feet-7-inches.

Sale Sproat wins amateur title at Destiny – No Ka ‘Oi 2

Sale Sproat defeated Danny Lopez Saturday to earn the 185-pound amateur title.

The mixed martial arts fight event called “Destiny — No Ka ‘Oi 2” took place Saturday at Maui Memorial Gym in Wailuku. Matches in five weight classes on the main fight card pitted Maui and Molokai fighters against Oahu fighters.

Taking the 185-pound amateur title was Molokai’s Sale Sproat. Staying true to his family’s paniolo heritage, Sproat entered the ring wearing a cowboy hat. He then proceeded to defeat Bull Pen’s Danny Lopez by technical knockout at 1:52 of the first round, using an overwhelming flurry of punches.

Weekend sports: Baseball team takes doubleheader from Lanai, tennis teams fall to Maui High

The Molokai High School baseball team opened its Maui Interscholastic League season Friday with a disappointing 6-5 loss to Lanai in Lahaina after leaving the tying run on third base.

The next day the Farmers came back with a vengeance, defeating Lanai 12-4 and then 12-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Lahaina Ball Park on Saturday.

Molokai’s two wins leaves all four teams in the MIL Division II ranks within one game of each other. Molokai is tied with St. Anthony for first place at 2-1 while Lanai and Seabury Hall are tied with 1-2 records. This year only one MIL D-II team will go to the eight-team state tournament after the nine-game regular season with no D-II league tournament this year.

In the first game Saturday, the Farmers put up four runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead. Keaka Kamakana, an MIL first team all-star last season, led the way in the first game, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Raymond Lani was 3-for-4 with a run, and Maverick Dela Cruz and Kaoli Place each had two hits and scored twice. Kamakana and Place each doubled in the opener and Place knocked in four runs.

In the second game, junior Jubilee Tabilangan pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out the side in both the first and second innings. He finished with eight strikeouts and no walks.

The Farmers have next week off, then face St. Anthony in Maui before Seabury Hall comes to Kaunakakai.

In tennis, Maui High visited Molokai and defeated both the boys and girls on both Friday and Saturday. The girls team was shut out three matches to none Friday with Molokai’s Christina Rabino having the closest match, pushing Christina Levarg to three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. The boys lost 4-0 in match play with only the third singles player, Alvin Ringor, taking it to three sets in his loss to Mike Jaramillo, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.

On Saturday, the girls tennis team lost 3-1 with Molokai’s second doubles team of Brittanie Nerveza and Denichel Ruiz defeating Brianna Nakasone and Shy Piso of Maui High 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The Molokai boys lost all three of their matches Saturday in straight sets.

USGS book on south shore reef earns two awards

This USGS image of Molokai's South Shore was part of a long-term study of the fringed reef.

It was in November of 2008 that an important book about Molokai’s south shore coral reef was published. “The Coral Reef of South Moloka’i, Hawai’i — Portrait of a Sediment-Threatened Fringing Reef” was published by the U.S. Geological Survey after an in-depth multiyear study.

The book used vivid photographs and color illustrations while maintaining a strong scientific basis. For these reasons, the book earned two awards in 2009: the 2009 National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil Award of Excellence, announced in April 2009, and the Association of Earth Science Editors 2009 Outstanding Publication Award in the print category, announced in September 2009.

Both awards acknowledge the work of scientific editors Michael Field, Susan Cochran, Joshua Logan, and Curt Storlazzi of the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team; and text editor Peter Stauffer and designer and layout artist David Jones of the Menlo Park Publishing Service Center.

The reef off south Molokai is the longest fringing coral reef in the Hawaiian chain and one of the best preserved. However, it is also severely threatened by large loads of sediment that wash off land heavily altered by farming, ranching, grazing by wild goats, and other activities.

USGS scientists and their colleagues placed instruments on the sea bottom for months at a time. The instruments collected numerous samples, and mapped coral locations. This gave scientists an opportunity to monitor in detail how the reef functions.

Soft-cover copies of the book are available to purchase for $39 at the USGS Store. Call 1-888-ASK-USGS.

Budget shortfall results in cancellation of TV coverage for Molokai Planning Commission

Earlier this month, Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares announced that the Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal has a $53 million gap for county programs and services.

According to Mayor Tavares, the total county revenue available for FY 2011 is $530 million, which is 6 percent or $33.4 million less than the allotted budget this fiscal year. This projected revenue will provide funding for an operating budget of $461 million and a capital program budget of $83 million.

One service that has been cut from the budget is television coverage of county board and commission meetings. Although coverage of Maui County Council meetings will not be affected, various boards and commissions will not receive coverage, including the Molokai Planning Commission.

A county contract paid for coverage of about 10 meetings per month and required that the videos be available online as well as on television. This contract, which would have run through the end of the fiscal year, included meetings on Lanai and Molokai.

The Molokai Planning Commission meets twice a month and is the only political representation for the people of Molokai that actually meets on Molokai.

Akaku's coverage of the Molokai Planning Commission has ceased until funding from the county can be obtained.

Akaku Maui Community Television had placed a bid of $70,000 to cover 65 meetings during the year. out of Kihei, Maui had won the contract with a bid of $54,750 to cover 120 meetings a year before the county canceled the contract. Akaku had filed a protest of the contract award, stating that the county had not followed its own rules. The county did finally agree that the winning bid did not meet all the requirements.

Daniel Emhof, director of Akaku’s Molokai Media Center, believes that this decision hurts Molokai. Emhof said the Molokai Planning Commission represents “our most grassroots level of governance.” Emhof added that covering the planning commission meetings was the most important thing that Akaku did on Molokai. For many people who could not attend the noontime Wednesday meetings, the Akaku television coverage was the only way to follow the actions of the Molokai Planning Commission.

Said Emhof: “Any type of economic downfall should not take away from our right to democracy. The county does this at the cost of transparency in its decision-making process.

Public hearing today offers fishing registration and information on new state bottomfishing rules

An important public hearing today for those interested in fishing on Molokai. Representatives from the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources will be at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center conference room today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide registration information for fishermen.

DLNR reps will be able to answer questions or concerns about marine resource management issues. They will be able to issue commercial fishing licenses and provide information on the new on-line commercial fish catch reporting system as well as the recent amendments made to the state’s bottomfishing rules.

For information on the laynet registration requirements, call 243-5294 or 268-2162, or visit the website