Local Halloween celebrations = spooky fun

The Green Lantern gives the shaka while a princess at Maunaloa Elementary looks on.

Click the link on the bottom to see the Maunaloa Elementary School Halloween parade.

It’s Halloween on Molokai, which means lots of fun for keiki and adults alike.

On Friday, Hotel Molokai held its annual Halloween costume contest. Prizes were awarded for scariest, funniest, most original and most Hawaiian costumes. Music from Mobettah, “da band,” was featured.

Over the weekend, a Molokai Youth Center Halloween Haunted House was open free to the public Friday evening. On Saturday was a Halloween Bash sponsored by Kahale Mua and Onipa’s Tenant Association at the Maunaloa Recreation Center.

Today, Halloween, the Molokai Lions Club holds its annual costume contest on the Molokai Public Library lawn. Registration is from 4-4:45 p.m. with prizes awarded at 5 p.m. for cutest, scariest and most original.

Every Halloween, the Kaunakakai Baptist Church offers a Christian Halloween alternative called the HallowHim Festival. This takes place at the church from 5:30-8 p.m. and is free for all ages. Games, candy, stew, entertainment and many fun activities will be offered. Christian vocal artists Total Praise will perform.

And, of course, each school has its own celebrations. At Maunaloa Elementary School, students in K-6 could be seen marching around the campus today. Click here to see a video of the Halloween parade.


St. Francis ends Molokai’s run to repeat as state volleyball champions

The Molokai volleyball team will play its final consolation match Saturday morning against Radford after failing to advance on Wednesday versus St. Francis.

Molokai will not repeat as state volleyball champions after losing to St. Francis on Wednesday 25-27, 25-16, 25-15, 25-11 in the first round of the New City Nissan/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II Girls Volleyball State Championships in Kaimuki.

Senior Leenell Hernandez had 10 kills, one block and one ace for the Farmers, who also got nine kills and one ace from senior Natalia Levi and six kills, two blocks and an ace from sophomore Taylor Keli’iho’omalu.

St. Francis was led by Kololia Atoia-Williams with 18 kills.

On Thursday in Kaimuki, the Farmers defeated Ka’u in the consolation bracket, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 6-3.

Now Molokai (9-6) will face Radford in its final match of the season. Play starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena to determine seventh place in the Division II.

Annual Business & Food Expo returns Nov. 5

Chef Christopher Schobel from Hula Grill Kaanapali, along with Master of Ceremonies Lyndon Roxford Lanakila “Dog Walker” Dela Cruz, have a little fun while demonstrating some fresh recipes for the crowd at last year's Food and Business Expo. Both will be returning this year to the event at the Lanikeha Center on Nov. 5.

The Molokai Chamber of Commerce will host its ninth annual Business & Food Expo at the Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Pu Ke Pono Maika’i (Sharing the Goodness) offers an exciting venue that brings much-needed economic stimuli to Molokai and attracts both island residents and visitors alike. Last year the event attracted over 1,200 people.

Throughout the day, the expo will feature popular Maui County chefs creating unique culinary delights using Molokai products. The special dishes are prepared in front of onlookers and offered for sale.

Featured chefs will include Sherwood Hiro, Hotel Molokai, from East End, Molokai. Maui chefs in attendance will be Christopher Schobel, Hula Grill Kaanapali; Dean Louie, Maui Culinary Academy; Chris Speere, Maui Culinary Academy; Ryan Ferguson,Leilani’s on the Beach.

Headline entertainment will showcase Molokai local talent including Moana’s Hula Halau, Kala ‘n’ Friends and the Anahaki Box Band.

Most importantly, this green event features businesses and food service providers who directly or indirectly contribute to the overall economic sustainability of Molokai. By offering vital exposure and partnership opportunities to all businesses — from farmers, home businesses, financial institutions, food service establishments, to youth entrepreneurs from our Molokai High School business class — they are able to present value-added products and increase their sales.

“With endless opportunities for our businesses, this event truly helps strengthen our economy,” according to Robert Stephenson, president of the Molokai Chamber of Commerce.

Interested vendors can still set up a booth at the expo but the deadline draws near! Go to http://molokaichamber.org/expo and click the VendorAppTemplate to submit your application with payment by Monday, Oct. 31.

Finally! New fire station receives blessing and dedication

The new Kaunakakai Fire Station received its official blessing and dedication yesterday. Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, along with Councilman Danny Mateo who spearheaded this project years ago, were in attendance. Photo by Julie Lehua.

A blessing and dedication yesterday for the new Kaunakakai Fire Station represented the end of a long process in upgrading Molokai’s fire protection service.

It’s been 2-1/2 years since the project broke ground on five acres above the Molokai Education Center on Alanui Ka ‘Imi Ike Street.

But it’s been a lot longer when you consider that the original $10.5 million funding was appropriated in 2007. At the time, the bids came in over budget and the funding expired when it wasn’t used by the end of that year. The fire department returned to the Maui County Council for a new appropriation of $12.3 million in early 2008, enough to cover the higher construction costs.

Firemen begin hose uncoupling ceremony to dedicate the new station.Photo by Julie Lehua.

The project hit another snag when the county started taking steps to separate the five acres it wanted to purchase from a larger parcel owned by Molokai Properties Ltd. The subdivision process set off a series of additional requirements and reviews, and the sale stalled in state land court.

Initial plans called for a new station consisting of six-vehicle bays, capacity to accommodate additional personnel, an emergency helipad and room for emergency medical service units.

The new station has the most advanced firefighting training facilities in Maui County and will rank among the top in the state. The building includes a large classroom for public safety training. Towers in the new station design will be used for rope rescue training, confined space training and ladder training.

The new facility replaces the one in Kaunakakai town built in 1978. That station did not have adequate space and also sat in a flood zone. The former location next to the Mitchell Pau’ole Center and across from the Kaunakakai Ballfield also created safety and delay issues with the pedestrian traffic.

Farmers defend state volleyball title starting tomorrow

Senior Leenell Hernandez, shown on this kill against St. Anthony, led Molokai to two victories over Hana in the MIL tournament to help the team advance to the state tournament.

Last Thursday, down by a set to Hana in the semifinals of the MIL tournament, it looked like the Molokai Farmers might not be returning to the state championship volleyball tournament for a sixth straight year.

And then Molokai senior Leenell Hernandez — the only returning starter from last year’s team that won the division II state title — took over.

The Farmers were the third seed going into the Division II Maui Interscholastic League tournament at Baldwin Gym in Wailuku. Without a win over Hana — who had beaten them twice in Hoolehua during the regular season — Molokai had no chance of going back to the state tournament.

Behind Hernandez’s 22 kills and 14 digs, Molokai came back after dropping the first set 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 to advance to the finals on Friday against the undefeated Seabury Hall Spartans.

Helping the Molokai cause was sophomore Taylor Keliihoomalu who added 10 kills, seven digs and a block. Sophomore setter Heather Place had 30 assists and a block, and senior Carol Kahee had 11 digs.

The Farmers pushed Seabury to five sets in the MIL tournament championship on Friday before losing. Hernandez had 24 kills and 19 digs for Molokai. Heather Place had 38 assists and Carol Kahee had 19 digs. The final score was 25-18, 18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-8.

As the MIL runner-up, Hana had one more shot at Molokai on Saturday to try and advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.

In another four-set thriller, this time at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym on the Kamehameha Maui campus, Molokai defeated the Dragons 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17.

Hernandez again was the most valuable player, leading the Farmers with 25 kills, nine digs and a block. In speaking to The Maui News about Hernandez, Molokai Head Coach Matt Helm said, “Luckily we had one girl this weekend who had that experience, and just that one person having that experience plays a big part because the girls can follow her lead.”

The Division II state tournament begins tomorrow in Kaimuki. Molokai (9-5 season record) will take on Saint Francis (9-2) at 7 p.m. The winner of this match will play the No. 2-seed Roosevelt (11-6) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kaimuki. The loser plays the loser from the Ka’u-Sacred Hearts match at 3:30 p.m.

If Molokai continues to advance through the tournament they will play again on Friday in Kaimuki and then Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena.

Football team caps undefeated season with win over St. Anthony

Sophomore Noah Caparida breaks loose for one of his two rushing touchdowns Saturday against St. Anthony.

The seniors led the way Saturday at Molokai High School field in a romp over St. Anthony to end the football season.

While taking apart the Trojans, the Farmers also established a foundation for building future excellence in Molokai football.

After the 68-16 home victory over St. Anthony, the 13 seniors received special recognition for their hard work and leadership on the field from head coach Mike Kahale. The Farmers finished the second season of Maui Interscholastic League 8-man football 4-0, dominating their opponents with over 50 points in each of the two games each against St. Anthony and Seabury Hall.

Senior Kaloko Akina runs back this second half interception 40 yards for a touchdown to make the score 60-2. Akina had four interceptions in the game.

“(The seniors) are just awesome,” said Kahale after the game. “They are a great group of guys, I’m going to miss them a lot. There’s some special individuals — they’re all special — but there’s some unique guys in that group that I hope at some point come back into the program and support it and maybe come back and coach.”

With two rushing touchdowns, a TD pass and four long runs of over 40 yards, quarterback Keola DeMello, a senior team captain, had another strong performance. He also proved to be an anchor on defense, using his speed at defensive back to consistently break up Trojan pass plays.

But the senior who really made his mark on Saturday was Kaloko Akina, who recorded four interceptions, his last one run back 50 yards for a touchdown.

Seniors Shauden Pedro and Nolan Nartatez also scored rushing touchdowns for Molokai. Pedro also caught a second half pass from DeMello that went 40 yards for a touchdown.

Keola DeMello cuts across the grain on the Trojans on his way to another big gain. Helping with the blocking is senior Enoka Kalilikane (#53).

“I saw definite progress on both sides of the ball,” said Kahale. “Offensively, we executed better, we incorporated new plays throughout the year and the kids picked it up, they understood their responsibility. It’s about taking care of the little details and they did just that.”

Kahale admitted that he would have liked his team to have seen stronger competition this year, but believes it will eventually balance out.

“Football, and athletics, is very cyclical,” said Kahale. “Last year they got the best of us (St. Anthony beat Molokai 24-12), this year we had the athletes but we are losing a bunch of seniors. It definitely helps when you have really good, strong competition because sometimes you play down to the level of your competition and you have to keep the boys focused.”

Despite the player losses, Kahale is optimistic as the MIL heads into its third year with football. “Next year we got to come back tougher, we’re losing a lot of talent. So I just want to encourage all the boys in the high school to come out, ninth through 12th grade. We’re trying to build something great here, something positive, so see us in the off-season and the first day of practice in the fall.”

When football returns, Kahale expects the sport to have received full sanctioning from the MIL executive director Joe Balangitao Jr. Eight-man football has gained interest on the Big Island and among some smaller schools on Oahu, said Kahale. Once three leagues are actively playing 8-man football, a state championship can then be established.

Kahale looks forward to football being a school-sponsored sport instead of just a club sport. “The kids are excited and I’m excited for them,” said Kahale. “We got some good talent in the underclassmen so we’re looking forward to next year.”

Molokai High School first quarter honor roll announced

This week, Molokai High School announced its principal’s honors list and honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

The principal’s honors list is for students who have earned a grade point average of 4.0 or higher while enrolled in six or more courses, four or more of which are solid courses. For the first quarter of the school year, they are:

Grade 9: Edel Mae Alvarez, Makana Arce, Tiera-Lee Bishaw Marquez, MaryFrances Chow, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Alexandra Gilliland, Sarah Jenkins, Eliana Kalilikane Garces, Katalina Santiago, Kristin Tancayo.

Grade 10: Taylor Tamanaha, Kilo Au Lani Kaawa-Gonzales,.

Grade11: Michael Kikukawa, Esther Lopez.

Grade 12: Charisse Manley, Chelsea Simon, Kate Sandy Espejo, Moriah Jenkins, Julian-Daniel Bicoy, Mikayla Pico.

The honor roll is for students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 for the first quarter of the school year. They are:

Grade 9: Stazandra Dudoit Cuello, Olelo K.P.A Hamakua Poepoe, Luke Kikukawa, Trevor Takata.

Grade 10: Xrystina Bicoy, Mia Mendija, Paul Parker, Rizpah Torres-Umi, Teyani Domingo, Alohalyn Espejo, Jeremy Ilaban, Caulin Nelson-Angelsea, Michaella Tancayo, Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, Monaliza Espejo, Taylor Keliihoomalu, Rhye-Shae Puailihau.

Grade11: Ronalyn May Carino, Cara Connolly, Hauoli Falealii, Faron Kamakana, Kaiulani Laemoa, Kuilauokalani Lee, Francis Ventura, Lesley Escobar, Kenui Smythe Fujiwara, Kristina Torres, Amanda Venegas Makaiwi.

Grade 12: Dallin Tancayo, Tiffany Tanielu, Kailen Inouye, Jacob Kaholoaa, Kayla Matson, Jessica Sanchez, Petrisha Alvarez, James Duffy, Leenell Hernandez, Natalia Levi, Jordan Ramos, Brianna Tangonan.