Young Brothers to sail smaller barge to Molokai during two-month maintenance program

As part of its Preventative Maintenance (PM) program, Young Brothers has announced a change to its interisland cargo barges, including those that sail to Molokai and Lanai.

The Kamaluhia barge, shown at port in Honolulu, will not be coming to Molokai on Tuesdays during Young Brothers’ Preventative Maintenance program taking place during September and October. Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Starting this coming week, a smaller, leased barge will replace the Kamaluhia barge that arrives on Molokai on Tuesdays. This smaller barge will travel to Molokai and Lanai on Tuesdays before returning to Honolulu.

The Kamaluhia will remain on the Sunday sailing schedule to Molokai.

The PM program continues through September and October and will not affect the sailing frequency or schedule to any neighbor island port.

The purpose of the PM Program is twofold: 1) to ensure that the barges are maintained to provide the reliability of schedule that customers have come to expect, and 2) to avoid more costly repairs in the future, resulting in savings which will benefit customers. The PM program will take two barges, Ho`omaka Hou and Ha`aheo, out of their respective rotations one at a time.

During the PM Program, Young Brothers will substitute the Kamaluhia into its Wednesday sailings from Honolulu to Maui and for the return voyage on Thursdays from Maui to Honolulu. The Kamaluhia has less carrying capacity than the barge normally utilized in the Wednesday sailing.

Young Brothers’ customers that utilize the Wednesday sailing from Honolulu to Maui are being asked to move less time-sensitive containerized and general cargo to the Monday or Thursday sailings.

For more information on these changes contact Young Brothers Molokai office at 553-5431. Molokai Chamber of Commerce President Rob Stephenson is also available to help anyone with questions on this matter (646-0928 or email


I Aloha Molokai expands efforts with new IAM West and West Molokai Association

IAM News Release

I Aloha Molokai (IAM) is delighted to announce the formation of IAM West, which includes members from the Maunaloa community and the 800-member West Molokai Association.

West Molokai is the planned site for a proposed 90-turbine industrial wind power plant. Members of all three groups unanimously agreed to oppose this project, no matter what so-called “benefits” may be offered. This is a big step toward our goal of uniting the entire island of Molokai in opposition.

IAM is already a partner with Friends of Lanai and Kupa`a no Lanai. Because it appears that Hana on Maui may be the next scenic, rural community threatened by large scale, profit-driven development, we are currently working with people in Hana to create an IAM Hana.

IAM is an organization formed on Molokai in response to the state’s Big Wind proposal for an undersea electrical transmission cable and industrial wind complex of up to 200 wind turbines covering 11,000 acres.

The next IAM meeting will be held on Sept. 3 at the OHA conference room at the Kulana ‘Oiwi Center starting at 6 p.m. The next IAM West (IAM members invited) will be a potluck meeting on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

For more information or to join the effort, contact Cheryl Corbiell at or call 553-9009.

Congresswoman Hirono promotes sustainability on Molokai tomorrow

Representative from 2nd Congressional District to meet with students, veterans and businesspeople

Mazie Hirono News Release

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) will travel to Molokai tomorrow (Thursday) to promote a sustainable future for Hawaii.

U.S. Rep. Mazie K. Hirono

The Congresswoman will visit Molokai High School to observe Sustainable Molokai’s green waste project and talk to students about how they can actively build sustainable communities. Congresswoman Hirono will also meet with local farmers, veterans, and businesses.

Hirono’s schedule for tomorrow:

• Molokai High School, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Book Donation: 9-9:15 a.m.
Sustainable Molokai Green Waste Project: 9:15 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Lunch with Sustainable Molokai students: Noon-1:30 p.m.

• University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Ho’olehua farm visit: 10 a.m.-Noon

• Molokai Drive Inn, meeting with Molokai veterans: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

• Kaunakakai downtown business walk-through: 3:30-4 p.m.

Oceanic Time Warner under fire at franchise renewal meeting

Majority of comments praise Akaku: Maui Community Television

Members of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs heard strong support for Akaku: Maui Community Television and strong criticism for Oceanic Time Warner Cable as the cable TV giant begins the renewal process of its franchise agreement with the state.

Three members of the DCCA’s Cable Television Division — Glenn Chock, Steve Jolin and Don Yabusaki — came to Molokai yesterday for a community meeting at Kulana ‘Oiwi as part of the franchise renewal process. Typically, franchise renewals only take place every 20 years, making this meeting particularly urgent for those not satisfied with the current service.

Three members of the DCCA Cable Television Division came to Molokai for a community meeting yesterday. From top: Glenn Chock, Steve Jolin and Don Yabusaki.

After all the meetings across Maui County have been completed, a “Community Ascertainment Report” will be written, explained Yabusaki. The DCCA will then return for formal public hearings based on the community concerns.

Copies of two questionnaires distributed at the meeting — a customer satisfaction survey for Oceanic Time Warner and another one on community needs and Akaku’s services — soon ran out as close to 40 people crowded into the conference room.

Also under consideration is the consolidation of the Maui County and the Lahaina/West Maui franchises. With both franchises expiring on Dec. 31, 2013, the DCCA is looking at the feasibility of turning these into a single franchise.

As the local franchising authority, the state DCCA regulates the quality of service, including customer service. What these regulators heard was a litany of poor quality and unresponsive customer service offered by Oceanic Time Warner.

The biggest and most repeated complaint involved the poor quality of service combined with unfair rates. Why should customers on Molokai pay the same as those on other islands that have superior service? This same question was asked over and over again in various ways.

Arleone Dibben-Young of Kawela testified that when the television reception went out she had to wait on hold for 30 minutes after calling Oceanic Time Warner. “They said they couldn’t get here for a week and then they ended up being no-shows,” she said. Dibben-Young said her service is out “all the time,” reception is often fuzzy and the sound quality is poor. “We are being held hostage by Oceanic,” she said.

Although the DCCA does not have immediate jurisdiction over Oceanic Time Warner’s broadband Internet service, they still accepted testimony on this issue. While Internet is not regulated by the state, the service still travels through the same cable lines that have been granted right-of-way easements by the state.

Allan Uemura, a technician at Dreamworks electronic store on Molokai, testified that most people on Molokai receive Internet signals from a microwave transmission from Ocean Time Warner. Apparently, this is slower and inferior to the fiberoptic service on other islands and on the mainland.

“We are not getting the 10-megabytes per second (download speed) yet we are being charged the same as everyone,” said Uemura. “We rarely get 5-megabytes per second … Oceanic is abusing its monopoly.”

Uemura suggested that the franchise fees be waived for those customers using the microwave service on Molokai. “They need to improve the underlying infrastructure,” he added.

Daniel Emhoff, director of the Akaku Media Center since 2004, read his testimony to the DCCA.

“It has been one of the greatest honors to serve this community,” Emhoff began. He then discussed the PEG (Public, Education, Government) mandate required of all cable television franchises. At this time, Oceanic Time Warner pays 3 percent of its revenue to support public access PEG programming. In response to this mandate, Oceanic Time Warner simply raised its rates to customers by 3 percent, said Emhoff.

“The company shows the lowest consideration” to Akaku and public access community television, said Emhoff. “Things could be a lot better … we receive half the service, we should pay half the rate … they care more about profits than people.”

Emhoff asked the DCCA to increase the franchise fee to 5 percent as allowed by law. With Maui County budget cuts, Akaku has struggled in recent years to stay above water.

Other testifiers, including Artice Swingle, praised Akaku and the valuable service it provides Molokai. She mentioned the difficulty of running Akaku with one employee after it had two for many years. “We cannot be an informed community without access to public television,” she said.

Another Akaku supporter was local activist and OHA candidate Walter Ritte. “Akaku is putting the three islands of Maui together, it is critical,” he said. Ritte mentioned how Akaku helped educate the public on the proposed development of La’au Point before it was defeated. Ritte also discussed the educational benefits that come from Akaku. “It needs greater support than it is being given.”

Ritte said the contribution from Ocean Time Warner should be “15 to 20 percent,” not just 5 percent.

Written comments on the franchise renewal and the service of Akaku will be accepted until Sept. 14. Email comments to or send by regular mail to DCCA-CATV, P.O. Box 541, Honololu, HI 96809.

For more information, contact DCCA-CATV by calling 808-586-2620.

Demands to repeal Public Land Development Corporation voiced at public hearing

Public outrage against the newly formed Public Land Development Corporation migrated from the Big Island last week to Molokai last night.

The names and faces may have changed but the sentiment from the two islands remains the same: the PLDC is a breach of public trust and the law must be repealed.

Molokai kupuna and kumu Moke Kim testifies against the PLDC last night: “These kind of meetings put me in touch with our ancestors … my kuleana is to say a’ole! When they pass laws they try to take it (the land) away sneakily.” PLDC Executive Director Lloyd Haraguchi sits in the back.

One speaker after another at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center rejected this newly formed branch of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The public hearing, the fourth of six being held statewide, offered an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed administrative rules governing the PLDC before they are adopted.

The purpose of the PLDC — created by the state legislature in 2011 as SB 1555 and enacted as Act 55 — is to “… enter into cooperative agreements with qualified persons for the development or financing of projects that make optimal use of public land for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of the people of Hawaii,” according to a statement from Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The final testimony of the evening came from Kanoho Helm, recent candidate for the State Senate 7th District. “Raise your hand if you support this (PLDC),” asked Helm. Looking around the packed conference room, not a single hand went up. “If you impose this on the people it will be considered rape. Repeal this law!” Helm concluded.

Two central criticisms of the PLDC arose at the public hearing: 1) The proposed rules exempt the PLDC from land use and zoning laws and bypass the typical public reviews for a development project; and, 2) Because many of the public lands in question represent ceded lands owned by the Hawaiian people and held in trust by the state government, the state does not have the right to partner with private companies to develop these lands.

Former Campbell Estate land manager Lloyd Haraguchi, executive director of the PLDC, opened the meeting by explaining the scope and purpose of the PLDC. “We are seeking revenue from underused public lands,” he said. An abandoned school building, for example, could be developed and the revenue could, in part, benefit the Department of Education. He added that the PLDC will not be exempt from environmental laws and assessments. He also added that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will continue to receive the same rent money it always has for the state’s use of ceded lands.

But, in fact, it was former OHA Trustee Moani Keala Akaka who first raised questions about the PLDC after it sailed through the legislature with little public scrutiny. As the fine print within the administrative rules received review, the public outcry against the PLDC grew louder.

Glenn Teves, from the University of Hawaii Extension Office on Molokai, asked why the PLDC is exempted from certain rules. “Why have rules if you can waive your own rules?” asked Teves. He also wanted to know what projects the state had in mind, what is the definition of the “highest and best use of land,” the transparency of this process and how many people will be on the PLDC board.

In response to the question about waiving its own rules — an issue raised at the public hearings already held in Kona and Kahului — the PLDC released this written statement: “One of the public concerns that has been raised was that the PLDC may waive its rules. However he said this provision ONLY applies to Chapter 301, Rules of Practice and Procedure, and is in place to enable the PLDC Board to have greater flexibility in accepting testimony from the public. It does not apply to Chapter 302, Public Land Development Program, nor Chapter 303, Project Facility Program.”

Scott Ka’uhane Adams, like many of the testifiers, expressed concern over the lack of public input received in passing this law and the lack of public input needed to create a development project. “It is dangerous to put public lands in private hands,” he said, perhaps unknowingly composing the first anti-PLDC sign-waving slogan.

One of the strongest testimonies came from Molokai homesteader and resident Adolph Helm. “I am disappointed as well as appalled that our legislators and the government of Hawaii passed legislation that gives the DLNR and the PLDC the authority and power to supersede county zoning and existing state land use laws that were intentionally designed and created to protect our public trust resources and ceded lands,” said Helm, in reading his written testimony.

Helm continued: “Our state government is poised to run amuck with fast track boondoggle projects that benefit the private developer and the pockets of the well connected. Special interest and government are driving a reckless-at-all-cost agenda that will forever alter the political and environmental landscape of Hawaii.”

Helm went on to say that he believes there are ways to streamline the permitting process to make development “more efficient and cost effective.” But bypassing public input and environmental oversight is not acceptable, he said.

Helm concluded by asking the DLNR, “to support the wishes of the people and recommend you repeal the PLDC from moving forward and that you get back to your department’s mission and kuleana in protecting Hawaii’s precious resources.”

The public hearings about the PLDC continue tomorrow on Oahu at the DLNR Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI 96813. On Friday, the final meeting will be held on Kauai at Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School, 4319 Hardy St., Lihu‘e.

Comments on the PLDC will be accepted until Sept. 14 by email to: to or by regular mail to: PLDC, PO Box 2359, Honolulu, HI 96804.

More information on the PLDC is available at Copies of the proposed rules change are available on-line at

Two important meetings Monday: Franchise renewal for Oceanic Cable and new rules for public land development

OHA seeks limits on PLDC exemptions

This Monday, Aug. 27, will be a busy day for those who like to speak out on Molokai’s future.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Kulana ‘Owi conference room will be a community meeting to consider the renewal of the franchise for Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Maui County. The state regulator, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Cable Television Division, is now considering this franchise agreement, which normally only gets renewed every 20 years.

You got one beef with Oceanic Time Warner Cable? Monday is the time to be heard by the state regulators. Meeting runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the DHHL Conference Room at the Kulana ‘Oiwi Center in Kalamaula.

The DCCA seeks public input and comments on how the community may be able to benefit from services provided by Oceanic and its cable television system on Maui County. The three meetings next week in Maui County are also looking for feedback on the services currently being provided by Akaku: Maui Community Television.

The meetings will provide information on the cable television franchising process. All interested people will have an opportunity to submit their comments, both orally and in writing, at the community meeting. Those commenting will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire to help identify cable-related community needs and interests on Hawaii.

Following the meetings, written comments may also be submitted to DCCA no later than Sept. 14 by email:; fax: 808-586-2625 or regular mail: DCCA-CATV, P.O. Box 541, Honolulu, HI 96809.

The second meeting on Monday begins a half hour after the DCCA meeting is scheduled to end. The Public Land Development Corporation begins its meeting at 6 p.m. in its first ever visit to Molokai. It will run until 8 p.m. at the Mitchell Pau’ole Community Center in Kaunakakai.

The PLDC, created by the state legislature in 2011, is looking at ways to develop state lands and generate revenue for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Through public-private partnerships, the corporation aims to attract private companies as joint partners in development opportunities.

Monday’s meeting is an attempt to adopt administrative rules for the PLDC. These rules will contains general provisions relating to the office location and hours, board meetings, and delegation of authority to the Executive Director; and sets forth procedures for proceedings before the board, contested case hearings, declaratory rulings, and petitions for amendment, adoption, or repeal of administrative rules.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has expressed concerns regarding the scope and power of the PLDC. According to OHA, the PLDC is exempt from numerous laws that protect wahi pana (sacred or legendary places), the environment, Native Hawaiian traditional rights, public health and safety, workers’ rights and the rights that protect Native Hawaiian traditions and customs.

OHA is now demanding a limit on these exemptions and is asking to hear your voice at the one of the six public meetings scheduled statewide this month. If you miss Monday’s meeting, you can speak up at the Honolulu meeting Aug. 29 at Kalanimoku Building, room 13; or Aug. 31 on Kauai at Wilcox Elementary School.

Written testimony will be accepted until Sept. 14, by email: or by regular mail at: P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu, HI 96804.

Molokai Education Center acquires land from Molokai Ranch

Donna Haytko-Paoa, coordinator for the Molokai Education Center, shows the expansion plans for the campus last year to the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors — Molokai.

The University of Hawaii announced today that it has purchased 3.2 acres from Molokai Ranch to help expand the Maui College Molokai Education Center campus.

the state legislature appropriated $500,000 for this land purchase back in 2009. Then in 2011, Chancellor Sakamoto of UH Maui College announced that Governor Abercrombie had released these funds for the purchase.

But then the sale got held up. Last year Donna Haytko-Paoa, coordinator for the Molokai Education Center, announced that negotiations with Molokai Ranch had reached a standstill. Molokai Ranch owns 20 acres of land surrounding the two-acre campus and the company was not satisfied with the terms of the offer last year. The final purchase price has not been announced.

Now that the parcel has been bought, the Molokai Education Center can expand into new programs and strengthen its current programs.

At this time, approximately 250 students study at the Molokai Education Center. They can pursue certificate and associate degrees in seven primary majors, including liberal arts, agriculture and natural resources, business careers, early-childhood education, Hawaiian studies, human services and allied health.

“UH Maui College on Molokai provides great opportunities for our community and we couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in their expansion through this sale,” said Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Ranch.