High school football marks historic moment Saturday

The Molokai High School football team, 1960-61.

After a 50-year hiatus, football team to play two games this weekend

Call it history in the making. On Saturday, Molokai High School will take its squad to Maui to compete for the first time in 50 years. The 1960-61 school year was the last time Molokai High School fielded a football team.

Starting at 9 a.m., Molokai High School, along with Seabury Hall and St. Anthony, will take part in two eight-man touch football games at Kulamalu Field in Makawao. A coin flip will decide which team plays Molokai first.

Head Coach Mike Kahale will be taking 20 players to Maui on Saturday. Although he doesn’t know much about the competition, Kahale is confident in the skills of his players.

“They are good athletes and lot of them have experience in youth football,” said Kahale. Some of the players, however, have never played a game of organized football before. Jordan Kamali’i is slated to start at quarterback for the Farmers.

While the team does not yet have all the equipment it needs, it does intend to play in a full contact scrimmage on Oct. 23 in Maui. A home game is also planned for late October or early November, said Kahale. The exact date has not been set.

Kahale, a Molokai Middle School teacher and former physical education teacher at Kualapuu, has been working on bringing football to Molokai for a few years.

For more details on how this campaign to bring football to Molokai got started, see this story from The Molokai News published in June of this year.


Kalaupapa patient airlifted yesterday by U.S. Coast Guard

A Kalaupapa patient was airlifted yesterday from the isolated peninsula so she could receive emergency medical treatment.

A Kalaupapa Hansen’s disease patient was airlifted from the settlement by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter early yesterday for medical help.

The female patient, who has not been publicly identified, was picked up by the chopper at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Mike Maruyama, administrator for the Hansen’s disease branch of the state Department of Health.

Dr. Linda Rosen called for U.S. Coast Guard assistance for this patient late Monday night. The HH-65 Dolphin helicopter came from Air Station Barbers Point and arrived back there at 2 a.m.

Paramedics waiting at Barbers Point transported the patient to the Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu.

The woman, in her 70s, is one of only 19 surviving Hansen’s disease patients who still live in Kalaupapa.

Murayama called the operation to transport the woman from Kalaupapa “pretty routine.” He would not comment on her current condition.

West End water rates increase by more than 126 percent

Pu'u Hiaka overlooking Papohaku Beach. People living along the scenic and windswept West End will now be forced to pay more than double of previous water rates.

By Brandon Roberts

In a final ruling the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission admits as “large,” Molokai’s West End water users will receive no reprieve on water rates with an increase of 126.52 percent.

The Sept. 23 final decision and order comes two months after the PUC declared Molokai Properties Limited — parent company of Molokai Public Utilities and Wai’ola O Molokai, which provide water to roughly 3,300 West Molokai residents — responsible for a $500,000 reimbursement to Maui County for accrued legal fees. At the time, the PUC also approved a temporary rate increase of 125 percent while the parties negotiated the terms of the final decision.

MPU’s interim rates took effect on July 1. The final rates will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

The new mandated rates will equate to an annual revenue increase of $548,682 for MPL, which initially sought an increase of $886,259.

The PUC news release stated, “The increase in revenues is necessary for MPU to continue its essential water service in the Kaluakoi area on the island of Molokai, without interruption.”

Carl Caliboso, PUC Chairman, said he could not expand upon the PUC news release but that, “They (MPU) are expected to continue service and maintain reliable service.”

MPU and Wai’ola customers can expect to pay over $9 per 1,000 gallons of water. By comparison, the average family served by Maui County pays less than $2 per 1,000 gallons, according to the Maui County Department of Water Supply.

The PUC focused on the statutory requirement of a “just and reasonable” request for increased rates during their evaluation process. Caliboso said the decision speaks for itself in meeting these requirements.

In the wake of Molokai Ranch ending operations in April 2008, MPL notified its water customers of the termination of services and the continued service to be provided by the county of Maui. The judicial system found MPL the responsible party for continued service.

Peter Nicholas, CEO and president of MPL, was reached by phone but had no comment.

Team Bradley comes from behind to win Na Wahine O Ke Kai, extending winning streak to six straight years

Two crews push off from the shores of Hale O Lono Harbor yesterday at the start of the Na Wahine O Kei Kai Race.

In a race that celebrates the strength and stamina of its competitors, Team Bradley has now proved its staying power for six straight years.

The team of Hawaiian wahine from four different islands found the fortitude to overtake the Waikiki Beach Boys on Sunday in the 35th mile of the 41-mile Na Wahine O Kei Kai race across the Kaiwi Channel.

Flat water with a lack of open ocean swells kept Team Bradley from topping the course record it set in 2008. By catching a few bumps while approaching Maunaloa Bay, combined with some well-timed crew changes, Team Bradley finished in 5 hours, 54 minutes and 13 seconds, three minutes ahead of the Beach Boys.

In third place, in a time of 6:03.49, was Surfer’s Paradise team from Australia.

Team Revolusun, which combined members from New Zealand and Hawaii, finished fourth overall and first in the Masters 40-plus division in a time of 6:04.52.

The Outrigger Koa team won the Koa Division in which teams could only use wooden canoes as opposed to the modern fiberglass boats. The Outrigger Koa team from Hawaii finished in 6:38.53.

A total of 85 boats line up for the start of the Na Wahine O Kei Kai.

The team Kailua 50’s won the Masters 50-plus class by finishing in a time of 6:39.34. This was the third straight victory for the Kailua team which placed 21st overall out of 85 crews representing Hawaii, California, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The victory for Team Bradley tied it with OffShore Canoe Club of Newport Beach, Calif., for the longest winning streak in race history. OffShore claimed six straight wins from 1986 to 1991.

For complete times and results of all participants, visit www.pseresults.com

Seniors lead the way in final home match victories over Seabury

Senior Kalei Adolpho smashes the ball down the line against Seabury in one of her 16 kills Saturday afternoon.

Molokai’s wahine volleyball team has dominated the competition in Division II this season. The results were no different this weekend against previously undefeated Seabury Hall at home on Friday and Saturday.

For Senior Night Friday at The Barn, the team’s five seniors did not disappoint. Seniors Kalani Ritte-Camara and Kalei Adolpho led the way with 14 and 10 kills respectively in a straight set victory, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-16.

A full house Friday, adorned in ti-leaves and green shirts, greeted the Farmers for their next-to-last home match of the year. Senior Kawena Puhi dished out 32 assists on the way to victory. Junior Kalei Vaivai chipped in with nine kills and 14 digs.

On Saturday, the crowd for the final match of the year was not as big as the night before but the performances were just as dominating. This time, the 6-foot-1 Adolpho — who will be attending University of Hawaii next year on a basketball scholarship next year — was a force at the net, putting down 16 kills. The Farmers were again victorious in straight sets, 25-12, 25-17 and 25-23. Vaivai added nine kills, Ritte-Camara had six kills, junior Natalia Levi finished with five kills and three aces while Puhi recorded 35 assists.

The seniors were honored with this banner at The Barn.

After Saturday’s win, Coach Matt Helm spoke glowingly about his team.

“This group is very special,” said Helm. “They are natural leaders and understand the dedication and hard work it takes to be successful.”

Helm said the team played better in the first two sets Saturday than it did on Friday. “They were better prepared. I don’t know if that’s because it was Senior Night and it was emotional and the big crowd … but like our shirts say, ‘No Excuses’. ”

In the third set Saturday, Seabury had a real chance to win. The Spartans jumped out to an early lead and kept it close the whole way. Tied at 19, the Farmers played solid defense to counter some good scoring chances for Seabury.

Then at match point, 24-23, the game ended unexpectedly. Realizing that Seabury had earlier made an illegal rotation after substituting players, the referee awarded a point to Molokai, abruptly ending the match.

The Farmers are now 4-0 in an abbreviated regular MIL season. The team will be the top seed on Maui in a modified MIL DII tournament Oct. 7-9. This will determine the regular season champion and one of the bids to the state tournament. The other bid will be set after the MIL DII tournament Oct. 14-16. The top two MIL teams advance to the state tournament on Oahu Oct. 28-30.

“We still have a ways to improve,” said Helm. “I’m hoping that we peak at the end of the month.”

Team Bradley sets out to vanquish Na Wahine Canoe Race for 6th straight year

Busy weekend for local wahine sports: Volleyball girls tonight and tomorrow at The Barn; Na Wahine O Ke Kai launches Sunday morning from Hale O Lono Harbor

Team Bradley will be gunning for its sixth straight victory in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race on Sunday.

Often called the world championship or the “Super Bowl” of women’s canoe races, Team Bradley has set itself apart from the field by winning this race the past five years. In 2008 the team, which includes Hawaiian Canoe Club paddler and 2004 Olympian Lauren Bartlett, set the race record with a time of 5 hours, 22 minutes, 5 seconds across the 41-mile Kaiwi Channel.

In its 32nd year, the race will have approximately 85 crews launching from Hale O Lono Harbor at 7:30 a.m. With calm conditions predicted for Sunday, and stiff competition from crews coming from Australia, Canada, California and Tahiti, it will be a challenge for Team Bradley to repeat.

Registration and merchandise for the race will be today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at Paddlers Inn in Kaunakakai. There will be a coaches meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Paddlers Inn.

There will be four divisions in the race: Open, Junior Masters 40+, Senior Masters 50+ and Koa Canoe class. An awards ceremony will take place after the race at Ft. De Russy Beach in front of the Hale Koa Hotel.

The Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race is organized and conducted by race director Hannie Anderson and the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Association — Shelly Gilman, Haunani Campos-Olds, Carleen Ornellas, Sig Tannehill and Rosie Lum. The association was founded in February of 1979. At the 1979 election meeting, Puna Dawson christened this event Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women of the Sea) which took on a new meaning on October 15, 1979, the date of the first women’s Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race.

Undefeated girls volleyball team closes out regular season

Tonight and tomorrow, the wahine Farmers volleyball team finishes its Maui Interscholastic League regular season with two matches against rival Seabury Hall.

Tonight’s match begins at 7 p.m. in The Barn. Tomorrow, the action starts at noon.

Once the regular season is over, the Division II modified tournament begins Oct. 7-9 on Maui. The MIL DII tournament will be Oct. 14-16 on Maui. The state tournament will be Oct. 28-30 on Oahu.
Undefeated in the MIL this season, the Farmers are ranked third in the state in volleyball, behind only sports powerhouses Kamehameha and Punahou.

To celebrate the final home matches for the senior girls, spectators are asked to bring a ti-leaf or sign and wear green at tonight’s games. There will be an aloha ceremony tonight for the seniors: Kalei Adolpho, Dohna Bicoy; Kawena Puhi, Larriley Rawlins and Kailana Ritte-Camara.

For tomorrow, the crowd is asked to dress in white. The goal for this weekend is to get 1,800 people, or approximately 25 percent of the island, to cheer on the Farmers.

So be there and show your Molokai green-and-white spirit!

Head Start program receives federal funds

The Molokai Head Start program got a shot in the arm from a $225,000 grant that will be given to Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono announce on Tuesday that this is part of $2,581,287 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants that will support a wide-range of Native Hawaiian education programs throughout the island chain.

The MEO Head Start grant will also help programs on Lanai and Maui as well as Molokai. This funding is geared toward improving the quality of childcare in Maui County. The Head Start Early Learning Mentoring Coaches is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Congresswoman Hirono voted in favor of the Recovery Act in February 2009. President Barack Obama signed it into law that same month.

Head Start provides educational and health needs for low-income children and their families. Mentoring coaches who are well versed in early childhood education will help instruct Head Start teachers on how to improve their curriculum and test scores.

The funds will also go toward hiring substitute teachers and aides that will allow Head Start instructors to participate in the mentoring program. MEO operates 15 Head Start sites on Maui, Molokai, along with partnering with an agency on Lanai.