Moana’s Hula Halau receives OHA grant for Festivals of Aloha

This Friendly Market team charges through the Mitchell Pau'ole parking lot in the cart race as part of last year's ho'olaulea following the annual parade for the Festivals of Aloha.

Moana’s Hula Halau News Release

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded Moana’s Hula Halau a $5,000 grant to support Molokai’s Festivals of Aloha this coming October. Thanks in part to this `Ahahui Events Grant, we are able to continue to run the event over a three-day period.

This is the second year that Moana’s Hula Halau has been awarded an `Ahahui Event Grant to continue the Festivals of Aloha event. The Halau is very appreciative of the support from OHA.

This year’s Festivals of Aloha, themed “E Hi`ipoi i Ka Lei Aloha” (cherished is the beloved child) is being held Oct. 13-15 at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center beginning with the investiture of the Royal Court and honoring of our kupuna on Thursday, Oct. 13. Friday night will focus on the youth in our community, of course followed on Saturday by the annual parade and Ho`olaulea.

As always, there are no admission fees or charges. There will be Festivals of Aloha ribbons and T-shirts available for sale.

Without the OHA `Ahahui events grants, many of the programs for this festival could not happen.

Thank you Office of Hawaiian Affairs!


Recycling and greenwaste operators needed for landfill

The Molokai landfill's recycling facility needs a new contractor to run the operation. A meeting and site visit is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Maui County is requesting proposals for two different operations at the Molokai Landfill.

The landfill in Naiwa, the only landfill on the island, is in need of a contractor to run the Molokai recycling facility and the certified redemption center. The county Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, is requesting bid offers from recycling facility operators to manage and operate the Molokai Recycling Facility and the Certified Redemption Center at the Molokai Integrated Solid Waste Facility (MISWF).

There will be a pre-bid meeting and site visit on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Molokai Recycling Facility.

On the same day at noon at the same location will be a pre-proposal meeting and site visit regarding a request for proposals from recycling facility contractors to manage the Molokai greenwaste operations.

Last November, Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares awarded a $200,625 contract for a recycling collection event program to Kitagawa Towing & Metal Recycling. Two recycling events were held in the past year.

Copies of the bid package for the recycling facility operator, or the bid proposal package for the greenwaste operations, may be obtained by request at the Purchasing Division, Department of Finance, 2145 Wells Street, Suite 104, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, 96793 or by submitting a request in writing to that same address, or by calling 808-249-2403.

Sealed bid offers must be submitted to the Bid Receiver in the Purchasing Division, Department of Finance, located in the Wells Street Professional Center, 2145 Wells Street, Suite 104, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, 96793 by or before 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

St. Damien Church gets a little help from its friends

Construction on the Saint Damien of Molokai Church in Kaunakakai proceeds swiftly. The parish anticipates Christmas Mass at the new church.

By Maria Sullivan

One hundred “Friends of Father Damien” gathered July 16 at the Oahu Koolau Golf Club in Kaneohe for an afternoon of Molokai-style hospitality and a construction update on St. Damien of Molokai Church. The reception was the parish’s annual mahalo to the non-parish donors who have contributed to the new church now being built in Kaunakakai.

The pastor, Sacred Hearts Father Clyde Guerreiro, narrated an upbeat slide show chronicling the parish’s journey from the fire that destroyed the old St. Sophia Church last year to the recent installation of the roof on the new church-in-progress.

Bishop Larry Silva plans to bless the completed church in early December. After years of celebrating Easter and Christmas liturgies at a local civic center, the Molokai parish is joyfully anticipating Christmas Mass in the new building.

Amid the buzz of happy talk, only one thing weighs on the mind of the pastor and his 300-family parish — the prospect of paying off the $1.4 million construction loan.

A long and expensive venture

Topside Molokai, which is composed of the entire island except for Kalaupapa peninsula, has needed a new church since the 1990s when an expanding congregation outgrew St. Sophia. Fund raising and planning began in 1995 under pastor Father James Orsini. Over the years, the estimated cost of the modest 250-seat church, located in Molokai’s main town, grew from $1 million to $3.4 million.

When fire destroyed the parish’s main church, St. Sophia, in February 2010, the parish had raised just over half the construction cost.

Bishop Silva directed that the construction of the new church proceed, guaranteeing payment to the contractor Nordic PCL. The parish has so far paid $2 million of the $3.4 million cost, and has agreed to reimburse the diocese the remaining $1.4 over the next 15 to 20 years.

The Friends of Father Damien is a group of about 100 non-parishioners who make regular contributions to the St. Damien Church Building Fund.

“I am most grateful for the Friends of Father Damien,” Father Guerreiro said. “The Friends’ support is critical to the parish’s ability to retire its debt. And we welcome with open arms all those who wish to join us. We definitely are looking for more Friends of Father Damien.”

Father Guerreiro said the idea for “Friends” goes back to the mid 1980s when a group of dedicated donors across the state raised more than $1 million for the restoration of Father Damien’s St. Philomena Church in Kalawao on the Kalaupapa peninsula. Today, St. Philomena is under the care of the U.S. National Park Service and stands as true gem among Hawaii’s historic churches.

“Similar to St. Philomena,” Father Guerreiro said, “the new church will serve as a primary venue where Father Damien’s story of compassionate service will be told on a daily basis.”

The walls are up, the roof is on, and in a few more months the basic building will be finished. The “no frills” structure will be adorned later with artwork and stained glass windows.

Pastor and parishioners are joyous with anticipation.

“After two decades of the many faithful sitting outside in the carport or on the church steps straining to hear the celebration of the Mass, the new St. Damien of Molokai Church will be as fine as any European cathedral!” said Father Guerreiro.

To join the Friends of Father Damien, contact coordinator Maria Sullivan, 553-5181 or, or contact the parish through http://www.damienchurch

Kualapuu teaches with heart

By Diane Abraham

The public school teachers on Molokai would like to thank The Molokai News for the opportunity to have our haumana share their experiences with their most beloved teachers.

Each month, a different school will be featured in articles written completely by the keiki themselves. This edition features student articles written by fourth graders at Kualapuu Elementary School.

Mr. Ryan Link (PE teacher)

Aukai O'Sullivan

One of my favorite teachers is our physical education teacher Mr. Link. I like exercising and playing games during P.E. We learn from him that we get a lot of strength and get healthier from exercise. While we exercise, our body’s muscle builds up. When we run, we can lose energy, but we need to exercise to keep our bodies going. (Written by Aukai O’Sullivan).

Ms. Earline Iaea (Grade 3)

Mai Kealoha Guerra

Ms. Iaea is a great teacher because she can teach us math, including multiplication and division. I liked it when Ms. Iaea helped us do our math when we didn’t know how to do it. She taught us plenty of things. Ms. Iaea taught us also how to do cursive writing, using the writing book. She is the greatest teacher ever. She tried her best to get us ready for fourth grade. Now that we are in fourth grade, we’re going to have to thank her for getting us there. (Written by Mai Kealoha Guerra).

Ms Geneva Castro-Lichtenstein (Counselor)

Channon Bush

When I was in kindergarten, I was having a very bad day. Ms. Castro saw me being bad and told me that I had to stay in for recess, and put my head down. That did not work, so she had me picking weeds. I did not like that. I wasn’t getting better, and Ms. Castro was about to give up, and she got an idea. She gave me a chart to keep track of good things I did. That really helped me because it made me do good things instead of bad things. (Written by Channon Bush).

Maui County hosts Punt, Pass & Kick competition in Kaunakakai Saturday

Maui County Parks and Recreation Department will host an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition this Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m., at the Kaunakakai Ballpark.

Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15.

For more information on the competition call the Kaunakakai Gym staff at 553-5141 or 553-5819. Entry forms are available online at or from the Kaunakakai Gym.

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Age classification is determined as of Dec. 31 of 2011.

The top finishers from each of 10 age groups at the local competition will advance to a sectional competition. The winners at the sectional competition will have their scores compared with other sectional champions. The top four scorers from the pool of sectional champions advances to the San Diego Chargers team championship, at a Chargers game to be determined later.

A number of NFL players have competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick, including top former NFL quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Brett Favre.

Interval House Molokai Investment Workshop tomorrow

Interval House Molokai Press Release

Have you ever heard of a ROTH IRA? How about a 401K or an ETF?

Interval House Molokai is presenting an Introduction to Investment Workshop tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. at the Kaunakakai School Library. Workshop instructor, William C. Rhyne, has taught an investing credit course at the Molokai Education Center covering investing basics, retirement planning and interpreting options. He currently manages family investment portfolios on Molokai and offers advisory input in a TD Ameritrade Communication Forum on current investing trends and socio-economic issues.

The workshop will cover topics that allow you to save and manage your finances such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts, 401Ks, traditional IRAs and ROTH IRAs. The goals of investing, common investment mistakes and tax considerations will also be covered.

The Introduction to Investment Workshop is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the workshop; however, you are encouraged to reserve a space. Please plan to join us for this valuable workshop.

Interval House Molokai (IHM) is a non-profit organization that works to strengthen individuals, families and our community by providing opportunities for education, personal development, and life-long learning. IHM offers financial education workshops on basic budgeting, financial management, savings and goal planning. We also offer career and jobs skills support including job search assistance, resume and interview preparation and career pathways exploration. If you are interested in these services, please call us at our Kualapuu office 567-9067. Open Monday Through Friday 10 a.m.-4pm. Mahalo.

Kalamaula fire disables fiberoptic phone line

At about 4 p.m., firemen could be seing dousing hot spots in the fire near the Naiwa Landfill

Two brushfires that broke out earlier today in the Kalamaula area is currently affecting phone service for Molokai and Lanai.

The Maui Fire Department says the brushfires, which were reported at 1:34 p.m., knocked out 911 service until it was rerouted at about 3:20 p.m. There were two fires in different locations. The first fire was located along Maunaloa Highway, mile marker 3 and burned approximately 5,000 square feet. The second fire was reported about a quarter of a mile past the first, heading in the airport direction, and burned an estimated 15 to 20 acres.

According to a Hawaii Telcom spokesperson contacted at 4:45 p.m., a helicopter was flying in technicians to the scene and was expected to land by 5 p.m. As of 5:15 p.m. land line phone service for many customers was still out as a result of the fire. Hawaii Telcom was uncertain as to how many people were affected.

Two firefighters working on the smoldering remains.

The fire, makai of Maunaloa Highway near the Molokai Landfill, forced the Molokai Police Department to close the highway in both directions between the intersection of Kalae Highway down to Likelike Road.

While many businesses were unable to handle credit card transactions, Rawlins Chevron was still able to accept cards because of its satellite Internet connection.

The Hawaiian Telcom spokesperson said I would be notified by cell phone when service was returned.

This blog will be updated as events progress.

Hawaiian Telcom called back at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday to notify that all repairs have been made and all phone lines are now working properly.