Kalaupapa canoe ready for delivery

the crew of The Earth Trot Project. For more information, or to follow this project visit EarthTrot.org

News Release by Earthtrot.org

Maui, Hawai’i – October 28, 2010 – After two months of hard work restoring Kamali’i, the canoe is finally ready for its voyage from Maui to Kalaupapa, Molokai. For Michael Neubauer, Kevin Gavagan, Kimokeo Kapahulehua and the entire crew of The Earth Trot Project, this weekend has been circled on their calendars for months.

On Saturday morning, Oct. 30, the crew took their newly restored fiberglass canoe and paddled it from D.T. Fleming Beach Park to Kalaupapa. Once there it was met by the residents of Kalaupapa where it was donated to the community.

A week ago Saturday as the harvest moon was setting, the final rigging was being completed on Kamali’i. Shortly before sunrise the canoe stepped back onto the water and began the first leg of its journey from Kihei Canoe Club to D.T. Fleming Beach. Now with the eve of its final Maui voyage just ahead, the crew is making the final preparations to the canoe. Fitting it for a canvas, working out the details of the escort boat, paddlers and transportation from Kalaupapa.

Kamali’i, which was donated in August by Kihei Canoe Club has been fully restored and repainted by the non-profit organization The Earth Trot Project for the purpose of cultural perpetuation for the community of Kalaupapa. The canoe will be the first step for the community of Kalaupapa to bring back a Hawaiian way of life that has been absent for many many years.

As the winter season is coming upon us, this crossing from Kapalua to Kalaupapa stretches over rough channels like the Pailolo and will encounter some brute forces at play in the deep Pacific off the North Shore of Molokai.

“The way the ocean has been setting up, it looks like we only have a very small window before winter rolls in and the crossing would have to wait until next spring,” says Neubauer. “Saturday’s conditions are shaping up to give us a light wind out of the East and a manageable swell out of the East by Northeast. What this means is that although we’ll likely have to deal with a little swell and wind, most of it will be behind us and we’ll be able to ride the ocean nicely once we make it around Halawa.”


Aloha football! After 50 years, the game returns

Dayson Gomes came in to replace Jordan Kama'ali'i at quarterback in the second half after Kama'ali'i injured his throwing hand in the first half.

HO’OLEHUA, MOLOKAI — The final score of 24-12, St. Anthony over Molokai, hardly seemed important compared to the mana felt at the Molokai High School field on Saturday in the first high school football game played here in 50 years.

The fiery, competitive spirit of Molokai did receive a minor setback with the loss. Yet in a greater sense, the players, coaches and fans celebrated a game that was an achievement much larger than the score.

“Looking out at the fans and seeing all this … just gave us all chicken skin,” said an upbeat Head Coach Mike Kahale after the game. “This exceeded our expectations.”

Starting even before 11 a.m., it was tailgating Molokai style. The packed parking lot at the high school field was filled with EZ Up canopies, coolers and lawn chairs. Originally the game had been planned for the regional ballpark in Kaunakakai. Unable to meet Maui County’s $1 million insurance policy requirement, the game was moved to the high school.

Uncertainty about the field meant that only a few weeks ago Kahale was unsure if a home game would be scheduled in the inaugural season of football. Molokai had already played a couple of games of touch football against St. Anthony and Seabury Hall on Maui. The Maui Interscholastic League considers this a trial season for 8-man football and will not consider officially sanctioning the league for another couple of years.

Another problem was that the team lacked all the pads and helmets necessary. “St. Anthony was gracious enough to lend us the equipment,” said Kahale.

By dyeing the gold St. Anthony jerseys green, most of Molokai’s 20 players were able to wear an unusual shade of lime green. A few players wore light blue jerseys while one player, Noah Caparida, found a number 19 jersey colored traditional Farmer dark green. New helmets are on order, said Kahale, so that the players won’t have to wear St. Anthony gold helmets again.

Caparida, a freshman, stood out for more than just his jersey color. On four occasions, Caparida broke for runs of over 20 yards. His longest run — a 50-yard sprint around the right corner — was called back for an illegal block. “He was a big surprise for me,” said Kahale about Caparida’s performance.

Kamakana Duvauchelle powers through the middle on one of his two touchdowns.

Senior Kamakana Duvauchelle scored Molokai’s first touchdown in the second quarter after the team fell behind 12-0. The St. Anthony touchdowns came on a first quarter 10-yard run and a second quarter 10-yard pass to the back of the end zone. Playing on an 80-yard field with no goalposts, teams were limited to two-point conversions after touchdowns. All were unsuccessful.

Following Duvauchelle’s 12-yard touchdown run around the left side, St. Anthony returned the ensuing kickoff down the sideline for a touchdown and an 18-6 lead going into halftime.

Coaches and players had positive attitudes going into the second half, knowing that they were just one bad penalty away from being 18-12. “We made a couple of mental mistakes with penalties that can change the momentum,” said Kahale. “I preached to the kids staying mentally in the game.”

For many of the upperclass Farmer players who did not play peewee or midget football, this was their first experience playing full contact, tackle football. “The kids gave a good effort. They have the physical ability but this is just the first year … they were working out some nerves,” Kahale added.

In the third quarter, St. Anthony scored on a long run to push the lead to 24-6. Duvauchelle added another rushing touchdown.

The Farmers had two missed opportunities in the second half. The first came on a snap fumbled by St. Anthony on its own 3-yard line and recovered by Molokai. But in four plays Molokai could not find the end zone. Another drive stalled at St. Anthony’s 5-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Kahale plans to take at least a month off and then get back to training with the players. Most likely, this is the team’s first and last full contact game in what is considered an exhibition season.

With a team made up of only five seniors and predominately underclassmen, Kahale has high hopes for the future. “We are generating enough interest that we can get more kids to come out,” he said. “We’re getting kids coming up who are more familiar with the game.”

As other Maui schools watched this year’s games between St. Anthony, Seabury Hall and Molokai, the athletic directors from schools such as Hana, Lanai and Kihei Charter will be making decisions about next year. “This is all a work in progress,” said Kahale.

The coach added that he was proud of how his kids played. “They can tell everyone that they were the first team to play in 50 years. This will be cemented in their brains and their hearts.”

Click here to see full photo album from the game.

The 2010 Molokai High School football team: First Row (sitting) - Sione Kaalakahi Mauula, Noah Caparida, Hauoli Falealii, Reagan Morris, Ehukai Rawlins, Solomon Kawai, Jordon Gorospe. Second Row - Matthew Tancayo, Jordan Kamalii, Perry Tongonan, Chance Aka Ne, Kaloko Akina, Jayvin Dudoit Tabilongan, David Rapanot, Carlos Ybarbo, Kaio Kalawe, Kalawaia Paleka, Third Row - Kamakana Duvachelle, Dustin Bishaw, Dhavin Basa, DJ Kaai, Coach Hanohano Naehu, Coach Kaleo Puaa, Head Coach Mike Kahale, Coach David Lima, Raymond Lightfoot Lani, Haloa Hamakua, Dhaylen Basa, Dayson Gomes.

High school football returns to Molokai tomorrow

After 50 years, Molokai will play host to a high school football game.

The historic event happens Saturday at the Molokai High School field. St. Anthony High School will be visiting from Maui with the game starting at 11 a.m.

The 1960-61 school year was the last time Molokai High School fielded a football team.

Rumors were floating around that the game would be held at the Duke Maliu Regional Ballfield in Kaunakakai where the peewee and midget football games are played. The game will definitely be played at the high school field, according to head coach Mike Kahale.

The Farmers played their first game of eight-man touch football on Oct. 2 at Kulamalu Field in Makawao on Maui. The successful scrimmage was played against Seabury Hall and St. Anthony.

Tomorrow’s game will be a full contact tackle game, not touch or flag football.

“Come out and support our Molokai Farmers and be a part of a historic event!” said Kahale. “Mahalo to those of you who support our efforts to bring football back to Molokai,” he added.

Wahine kick off state volleyball tournament against St. Francis tonight

Seniors on the girls volleyball team honored at The Barn.

Ranked third in the state, Molokai’s volleyball girls begin their journey in the HHSAA Division II state tournament championship today against St. Francis. The quarterfinal match begins at 5 p.m. at Kalani High School.

Although seeded second behind University, many have picked Molokai as the favorite to win the tournament. University received the top seed by winning the ILH, considered the top league in the state. The Rainbows did defeat Molokai in the final of the Kamehameha Maui preseason tournament. However, Molokai played that match without star player Kalei Adolpho.

The 6-foot-1 Adolpho, The Maui Interscholastic League player of the year, will be finishing her high school career at this tournament along with seniors Kawena Puhi, Larriley Rawlins, Kailana Ritte-Camara and Dohna Bicoy. These five seniors are leaders on the court and off, as all are strong students who plan to attend college next year.

St. Francis advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Ka’u 25-12, 25-18, 25-13 Wednesday at Kalani.

Molokai (21-6 overall, 9-0 MIL record) has never won a state volleyball championship since the MIL was formed. In fact, no MIL team has won the state girls volleyball tournament.

The other MIL qualifier, Seabury Hall, was knocked out of the tournament last night at McKinley High School by Leilehua in four sets, 26-24, 25-13, 21-25, 25-21.

Molokai Planning Commission meets today for first time in three months

The Molokai Planning Commission (MoPC) meets today for the first time since July 28 to consider two Special Management Area issues and other regular business.

Molokai’s only local political representation normally meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. A lack of quorum, combined with a lack of local land use issues to consider, have contributed to the cancelled meetings.

Chair of the Molokai Planning Commission Steve Chaikin talks while Commissioner John Sprinzel listens.

Chairman of the MoPC, Steve Chaikin, attributes some of the cancellations to the economy. According to Chaikin, there just aren’t many development plans to approve given the current recession.

Cost of holding a meeting that only includes minor agenda items may also be a factor in the cancellations. Staff from the Maui County Planning Department must fly to Molokai for each meeting.

Maui Electric Company will request an SMA minor permit today to conduct an environmental site assessment in Kaunakakai. This will be a subsurface drilling investigation to look at the impact at the Galiger-Ono property, the former Molokai Electric Company power plant. The property was used as a transmission and distribution warehouse, storage and a motor pool but has sat vacant and in disrepair for several years.

An exemption from an SMA assessment will be considered for the Pu’uone Waterbird Preserve Project and related improvements. The request comes from Lance “Kip” Dunbar for his East End property in the Kainalu area, 19 miles east near his beachfront cottages.

Today’s meeting begins at noon at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center.

Manila Camp home damaged in Sunday fire

A Manila Camp home received an estimated $5,000 in damage in a fire Sunday night.

According to Fire Battalion Chief Edward Taomoto, no one was hurt in the fire at 164 Miomo Plane, reported at 8:16 p.m. Sunday.

Taomoto said at least one occupant found the fire with a garden hose. Police officers at the scene also fought the fire until the first fire crews arrived at 8:21 p.m. Fire crews from Kaunakakai and Ho’olehua responded along with the water tanker from Kaunakakai. Apparently, a mother and daughter were at home at the time of the fire.

Structural damage was estimated at $3,000 and $2,000 to its contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

American Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire to assist affected residents and ensure their immediate need for food, shelter and clothing were met. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

High surf on east facing shores

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the high surf advisory for east facing shores of Maui and Molokai now in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. Originally, the advisory only extended to Thursday.

Game bird hunting season announced by DLNR

Press Release by DLNR

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the opening of the 2010-2011 game bird hunting season on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Department biologists are predicting a below average season of bird hunting with ongoing dry honditions in many parts of the state and extreme drought conditions in parts of the Big Island.

The fall game bird hunting season will run through Monday, January 17, 2011, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

On Molokai, the forest reserve (Units C, D, and E) will be open for the season on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, and closed for mammal hunting on open game bird hunting days.

Due to a Dec. 31, 2007 appellate court ruling, game bird stamps and fees are waived, and only a hunting license is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.

Specific details on open areas, bag limits, and conditions are provided in HAR 13-122, “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Additional information is available on the Division of Forestry and Wildlife website, http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw under “Announcements” and through the district offices listed below.