Seabury earns MIL title with two wins over the Farmers

Junior guard Hauoli Falealii goes up for two of his nine points in Saturday's loss to Seabury Hall.

Seabury Hall clinched the Maui Interscholastic League Division II regular season championship with two wins over a shorthanded Molokai team at The Barn this weekend.

The Farmers are playing the rest of the season without some of their biggest players who were suspended for violating school rules and team rules. Dressing only seven players, none of whom are over 6-feet tall, the Farmers were unable to keep the larger Seabury boys from dominating the boards. The Farmers have now played four games without most of their starters.

“Last weekend we had to deal with adversity,” said head coach Lester Delos Reyes. “There are some issues here that made it hard to focus on basketball.”

Molokai could not slow down the Spartans on Friday night as they moved the ball inside at will in a 63-42 victory. For the Farmers, junior Hauoli Falealii was the top scorer with 19 points. Sophomore David Rapanot added 10 points for Molokai.

“Hauoli Falealii and David Rapanot are great players good team captains,” said Delos Reyes.

Sophomore David Rapanot fights for an offensive rebound but loses out to the taller Shane Jacob of Seabury.

With some good three-point shooting to start Saturday’s game, Molokai was able to take a 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Then it looked as if Molokai got tired, missing shots and having a hard time penetrating the Seabury defense. Molokai scored eight points over the next two quarters and was never really in the game.

Delos Reyes said tired legs were affecting the team “big time.”

“When you have only two guys on the bench it’s hard to sub out,” said Delos Reyes. “We try to control tempo and control the ball.”

But without the ability to box out a larger Seabury team, Molokai had no real chance. At one point midway through the fourth quarter, Seabury had three consecutive offensive rebounds off missed free throws. Final score: 54-32. Seabury is 5-0 in MIL season play.

Top scorers for Molokai were Falealii, nine points, Rapanot seven and senior guard Edison Ringor seven.

Molokai (1-3) will travel to Lanai (2-2) on Friday for two games.

To prepare, Delos Reyes said the team, “has to work on building the chemistry again. When you lose that many players you have to retool again and rebuild.”


Four brush fires in three days keep crews busy

Maui County firefighters were still hitting hot spots this afternoon in Kalamaula where a brush fire burned 200 acres.

A busy weekend for Molokai fire personnel who continued today to target hot spots left over from yesterday’s fire in Kalamaula. Over the past three days four separate fires broke out.

It started Friday afternoon on Kalae Highway where fireworks were blamed for a brush that burned about 100 feet alongside the highway. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 3:30 p.m. when they found two “flower bloom with report” fireworks taped together. No injuries or property damage was reported.

On Saturday, two separate brush fire started in Hoolehua. Also occurring on Kalae Highway, this fire started at about 11:20 a.m. Within minutes, fire crews were able to get the 1,600-square-foot fire under control and extinguished.

Firefighters put out hot spots in thick stands of kiawe trees in Kalamaula today. A second firefighter with a chainsaw removes dead limbs to keep the area safe for fire personnel.

Later that afternoon, a second Hoolehua fire started near the intersection of Keonelele Avenue and Launui Street. That fire was about 9,000 square feet and was extinguished in about an hour after it was initially reported at 3:10 p.m. No one was injured and no personal property was damaged in either fire. A cause has not yet been determined in either fire.

Fire crews are still mopping up yesterday’s 200-acre fire in Kalamaula, mauka side. No injuries were reported although the fire did come within 50 feet of homes. The fire damaged a shipping container holding furniture inside on Hoomalu Drive. It sustained $5,000 in damage.

A total of 28 fire personnel, two county tankers, and one county loader were also assisting in fighting the blaze yesterday. The department’s Air-1 helicopter was also on the scene. Although 100 percent contained, three engines and a tanker remained on the scene overnight to monitor the situation.

Today, fire crews with chainsaws and hoses were spraying smoldering areas among the thick kiawe trees.

State to hold community meeting on modified security presence at Kaunakakai Harbor

State to reduce time for security zone to 20 minutes once Safari Explorer reaches Kaunakakai buoy

DLNR News Release

The State of Hawaii and the U.S. Coast Guard will hold a follow-up community meeting to present updated information on security operations for future American Safari Cruises port calls to Molokai. The meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at Mitchell Pau‘ole Community Center in Kaunakakai.

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Joanna Nunan and DLNR Chairman William Aila talk with protester Leimana Naki during last Saturday's protest at Kaunakakai Wharf.

In continuing the State’s open dialogue with the community, this meeting will provide a progress report concerning port calls by American Safari Cruises to Molokai. The next arrival of the vessel will be on January 31.

“Our objective is to ensure the safety of people and the natural environment while minimizing disruption of normal activities at Kaunakakai wharf,” Aila said. “I am pleased with the progress made with Safari Explorer as well as with the protestors who peacefully expressed their concerns last week.

“The people of Molokai have shown leadership in seeking a peaceful resolution to concerns that were raised about tour operations, and we want to thank them for continuing to engage the state and Coast Guard,” he said.

Chair Aila will be joined by officials from the state Department of Transportation, the Maui Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, who oversee and ensure environmental, public and navigational safety in the harbor.

Since December, Molokai residents and officials have held meetings to discuss the future of tour operations on Molokai. Chair Aila has been actively participating in those discussions on behalf of the state.

The U.S. Coast Guard is still seeking public comment on a temporary security zone that has been established for the waters of Kaunakakai Harbor. Specific details on the security zone, including instructions on submitting comments, can be reviewed here.

In response to concerns voiced by Kaunakakai Harbor users and observations made during security zone enforcement operations last weekend, efforts will be made to alter the timing of the zone and reduce its duration for upcoming transits by the Safari Explorer.

Specifically, the security zone will be enforced after the Safari Explorer’s arrival at the Kaunakakai Harbor entrance buoys and kept in place until the vessel is safely moored at the pier. It is anticipated that the zone will only be in place for approximately 20 minutes during inbound transits. Notice of the zone’s activation will be provided by broadcast notices to mariners and the display of a red flag at the entrance gate of the Kaunakakai wharf.

“I enjoyed meeting with Kaunakakai Harbor stakeholders and Molokai residents last week and greatly appreciate their feedback,” said Captain Joanna Nunan, Commander of USCG Sector Honolulu. “As a result of the input we received, we are adjusting the timing and duration of our security zone enforcement to better balance safety, commerce, and recreational use of Molokai’s only port.”

“I’d like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and State DLNR for working together with the Maui Police Department on this,” said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. “This was all about ensuring public safety, not just for those on the cruise ship but also that of the protesters. Let us hope we can have more successful partnerships like this in the future.”

Molokai Renewables partner, Bio-Logical Capital, names Dr. Keiki-Pua Dancil as VP, Hawaii

Bio-Logical Capital News Release

Bio-Logical Capital, a land investment, development, and conservation company, formally welcomes Keiki-Pua Dancil, Ph.D. as its vice president of Hawaii operations. In her role as vice president, Hawaii, she oversees Bio-Logical Capital’s activities and investments in the islands.

Keiki-Pua Dancil, Ph.D., vice president of Hawaii operations for Bio-Logical Capital.

Bio-Logical partnered with developer Pattern Energy earlier in 2011 to form Molokai Renewables, LLC and pursue a wind turbine project on Molokai and undersea transmission cable to Oahu.

The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission issued a request for proposals in October, 2011 for 200 megawatts or more of renewable energy on any island. So far, Molokai Renewables is the only company that has placed a bid with the PUC for a project on Molokai. The PUC ruled in July of 2011 that Hawaiian Electric Company must rebid half of its $2.3 billion Big Wind project that would bring wind energy from Lanai and Molokai to Oahu via an undersea cable.

“If we are fortunate enough to be selected, we believe harnessing the strong winds of Molokai would provide many benefits, including a homegrown source of clean energy, lower electricity rates and also a unique opportunity to provide residents with meaningful community benefits,” Dancil said. “Working with the community on a thoughtful and meaningful community benefits package for Molokai will be a top priority.”

Dancil most recently was the president and CEO of the Hawaii Science and Technology Institute and the Hawaii Science and Technology Council, with which she was involved in developing strategic partnerships between state and federal agencies, private and public schools, and the business community on issues including workforce development and economic revitalization in science and technology.

Previously, Dancil was the executive vice president of a diversified medical technology company involved in the manufacturing of raw materials for various pharmaceutical applications.

She received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. Currently Dancil is on the board of PBS Hawaii and Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation.

Sports briefs: Boys split two basketball games with St. Anthony; Seven local wrestling champs; Girls place third at MIL regatta

Boys basketball team members, from left, Edizon Ringor, Hauoli Falealii, David Rapanot and Ben Lin Kee get in some road work to condition themselves for a rigorous season.

A busy sports weekend as all the Molokai athletes saw Maui Interscholastic League competition.

The weekend had a promising start as the boys basketball defeated St. Anthony on Friday evening at War Memorial Gym, 47-36.

The Farmer boys, outscoring St. Anthony in all four quarters, were led by Oli Falealii with 16 points. David Rapanot added 13 points while Eddie Ringor had 11 points, Haloa Hamakua, four points and Braden Willing-McCutcheon with two.

The next day the Farmers started strong, leading 20-11 at halftime. After three quarters Molokai still was ahead 35-28. But in the fourth quarter, the Spartans picked up their energy and came back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Farmers 46-43. Molokai only dressed seven players as several team members were not eligible to play for disciplinary reasons.

Scoring for Molokai were Falealii with 13 points, Eddie Ringor, six, David Rapanot 12, Paka Adolpho three and Brauhansen Kaai 9. The loss gives Molokai a 1-1 MIL record.


Four girls and three boys from Molokai claimed titles Saturday at the Kamehameha Maui gym at an MIL meet.

Dhavin Spencer-Basa defeated Lahainaluna’s Bodean Bates, the defending MIL champion at heavyweight, by a 3-2 decision. Spencer Basa transferred back to Molokai this year after wrestling last year for Campbell as a freshman. The win raises his season record to 6-0.

Also earning titles for Molokai were Kailen Inouye at 135 pounds and Julian Daniel Bicoy 140 pounds.

For the girls, Mikayla Pico continued her dominance at 98 pounds by beating Lahainaluna’s Chanel Sijalbo. Also winning their weight classes were Kaila Cabanting (108 pounds), Rizpah Torres Umi (120 pounds) and Charisse Manley (130 pounds).

Canoe Paddling

At the MIL Regatta No. 4 on Saturday, Molokai girls placed third in a time of 4 minutes, 25.42 seconds. Seabury Hall girls won the regatta at Ka Lae Pohaku in a time of 4:14.25.

With the win, the Seabury girls clinch the MIL title. The team point standings through four of five regattas is: Seabury Hall 33, Kamehameha Maui 27, Molokai 24.

Girls end MIL regular season with two wins over Lanai

Senior guard Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi splits the Lanai defense in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. Molokai held on to win 46-44.

Two wins over Lanai at The Barn this past weekend completed the Maui Interscholastic League regular season for the Molokai girls’ basketball team.

The two victories left the Lady Farmers with a 2-2 season record.

The senior guard Brianna Tangonan led the Farmers in scoring in both Friday and Saturday’s games. She scored 14 points Friday to help Molokai to a 40-32 victory.

Brianna Tangonan goes hard to the basket for two of her team-high nine points on Saturday.

The Molokai girls led Lanai 24-16 at halftime on Friday. Molokai increased the lead to 11 points after three quarter behind strong defense and scoring help from senior Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi and junior Tyra Mollena-Lopez. The two players finished with six points apiece.

The Pine Lasses gave the Molokai girls a harder time in the Saturday afternoon game. Using a full court press to create turnovers, Lanai jumped out to a 19-16 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Lanai continued its pressing defense but had a hard time generating any offense. Meanwhile, Molokai did a better job of beating the press and scored 14 points to take a 30-22 lead.

The game got tight in the fourth quarter as the full court press created more turnovers for Lanai. Scoring as many points as they had in the previous three quarters, Lanai came within two points but could not overtake Molokai.

Freshman Shanrese (Lehiwa) Pedro chases down a ball as it goes out of bounds in Saturday's game.

With time running out, Lanai had a chance to tie the game on the final possession but could not get a shot off. Final score, Molokai 46, Lanai 44. Tangonan finished with nine points. Sophomore guard Dezsiree Dameg led Lanai in scoring with 25 points.

Other top scorers for Molokai were Shaniah Mollena-Lopez with eight points; Tiare English, seven points; Kalyn Kaulia-Makaiwi ,seven points and Rebecca Adolpho seven points.

Molokai will play Lanai again on Thursday in the first round of the MIL Tournament. The game is at 4 p.m. at the Erdman Athletic Center on Maui.

Safari Explorer tour boat returns under intense security

Protesters temporarily block a van of visitors. Law enforcement created a clear passage for the tourists without difficulty.

Security measures on Molokai were at an all-time high Saturday as the Safari Explorer luxury tour yacht docked at Kaunakakai Harbor under the scrutiny of U.S. Coast Guard, a Maui County SWAT team, FBI, Department of Land and Natural Resources officers and the State of Hawaii Judicial Department security forces.

The DLNR and Coast Guard created a security zone around the harbor in response to protests of the 145-foot American Safari Cruises ship. On Nov. 26, a group of local protesters on surfboards and small vessels successfully blocked the Safari Explorer from coming to Molokai. Although an agreement had been reached between the protesters and ASC that would allow the boat to return, Governor Abercrombie’s office decided a security zone would still be needed.

The Safari Explorer at Kaunakakai Harbor surrounded by coast guard security.

A group of approximately 50 peaceful protesters were watched over by an equal number of law enforcement officials in the early morning hours. At 6:30 a.m. all vehicular traffic on wharf road was blocked. When the Safari Explorer docked at 7:30 a.m., it was strategically surrounded by jet skis, Zodiac boats and a coast guard cruiser. No protesters attempted to enter the water and no arrests were made.

Some protesters expressed anger toward the Safari Explorer. But a larger contingent, many of whom never protested the cruises, were upset by the excessive law enforcement presence.

“What next, marshall (sic) law?” asked one protest sign. “We are not terrorists” was written on a few signs. The feeling that Kaunakakai wharf was now under martial law seemed to resonate with the crowd.

“Molokai has always peacefully demonstrated,” shouted activist Hano Naehu through a bullhorn. “Yet you guys come here fully loaded, armed and ready to shoot, what’s up with that? What you gonna do, shoot our kids? Gonna shoot the kupuna? What’s next, martial law, huh?”

Protesters asked the visiting law enforcement how much this security zone action would cost taxpayers. Without a clear answer from the DLNR, many questioned if this was the best use of resources.

Could the Safari Explorer have come in to Kaunakakai Harbor with a simple coast guard sweep of the water instead of a security zone?

A pule to end the peaceful protest.

“We did look at all of our options,” responded U.S. Coast Guard Captain Joanna Nunan when asked this question. “We wanted to have an option where we would be able to take action if folks actually got in the water. So to be able to do that we need a bit more than just a sweep.”

After the Safari Explorer passengers — apparently a group of 28 Peruvians — drove through the crowd of protesters, they were met by a group of sign-waving supporters in Kuanakakai town. The group then spent the weekend enjoying Molokai’s beaches on Saturday and then hiking to Moa’ula Falls in Halawa Valley on Sunday.