News briefs: Two Kalaupapa workers place in swim meet; Hawaiian language summer school announced

Erika Stein, left, and Kellie Ellis, right, finished strong in a 2000-meter swim meet at the Ala Moana Beach Park on April 21. Kelly Quin, in the middle, won the race.

Submitted by Julie Lopez

Erika Stein and Kellie Ellis, both workers at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, entered a 2000-meter swim meet and took second and third respectively in the women’s division at Ala Moana Beach Park on Oahu April 21. Stein finished in 31 minutes, 3.8 seconds. Ellis had a time of 31:36.9.

Kelly Quin won the race in a time of 30:53.1. It’s great to see these women from Molokai do very well.

Hawaiian language summer school opens

Submitted by Manuwai Peters

Kualapuʻu School will be site for a four-week Hawaiian language summer school. The program, sponsored by the Department of Education and Kamehameha Schools, will be open for students in grades K-8.

Called Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela ʻo Molokaʻi, the school will run from June 5 to July 6. Students do not need to be from an immersion classroom or have any Hawaiian language experience to enroll. All students should be motivated to learn and use Hawaiian for the duration of the program.

Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela offers students with remedial assistance as well as academic enrichment. All students will receive daily instruction of Hawaiian culture in the areas of music, dance, chant, mālama ʻāina-kai.

Application deadline is Monday, May 21. There is a tuition cost of $190 per student. A limited number of vouchers is being provided by Alu Like, Inc. Registration forms and voucher application are available at the offices of Kualapuʻu, Kaunakakai, Molokai High, and Molokai Middle schools.


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