Hawaiian Airlines purchases planes to fly to Lanai and Molokai

The parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., announced recently it has purchased an airplane to begin scheduled service to Molokai and Lanai.

This Air Lithuania ATR 42 plane is the type of aircraft recently purchased by Hawaiian Airlines to provide service to Lanai and Molokai. A second ATR 42 aircraft will be purchased next month.

The Pacific Business News reported that the company will acquire a second ATR 42 twin turbo-prop airplane next month and begin service with both aircraft by next year. The two planes are being bought from ASL Aviation Group Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland for an undisclosed price.

The two planes will be configured to seat 44 to 50 passengers for the interisland flights, Hawaiian Airlines said.

Hawaiian Airlines announced July 17
that it would be creating a subsidiary to operate the planes flying to Molokai and Lanai. The name and details about this new company are still being developed.
“These are the ideal aircraft for service to the less-populated islands in our state,” Hawaiian Holdings President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said in a statement. “This new service will complement the (Boeing) 717 jet service offered by Hawaiian Airlines as well as provide the additional service that Molokai and Lanai residents have been requesting.”

Shortly after the announcement in July, Island Air said it had plans to double its interisland turboprop fleet by the end of 2013 by acquiring five ATR 42s and other aircraft.

At this time, Island Air is the only airline that offers flights to Molokai on the larger, 37-seat Dash 8 aircraft. The two other non-charter passenger airlines that come to Molokai — Pacific Wings and Go-Mokulele — fly in the small, 9-seat Cessna Grand Caravan turbo-prop planes.


An open letter from I Aloha Molokai: Hold off on undersea cable proposal until PEIS process is complete

To: Governor Neil Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz, State Energy Administrator Mark Glick and staff, Members of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, and Carl Freedman, IRP facilitator.

Aloha Honorable Officials:

Today three processes regarding our energy future are running on parallel tracks: (1) the IRP, or Integrated Resource Planning, (which involves 68 officials, experts and interested parties), (2) the Hawaii Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or PEIS (conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy), and (3) HECO’s request for proposals to build an undersea cable, or RFP. Together, these efforts could result in a smart, affordable state energy plan with public support — but only if they are carefully synchronized.

The I Aloha Molokai volunteer staff

According to the PUC and HECO, the RFP is expected six months before the IRP process is complete and at least a year before the results of the PEIS are released. To the general public this looks like putting the verdict before the evidence and the action before the plan. If this is allowed, it seems likely to revive suspicions that state energy planning is mostly a cover story for corporate profiteering. It will surely disillusion those who have participated with good faith in the planning process. It could crystallize opposition and provoke an unnecessary fight.

We believe you are all seeking an affordable energy plan that commands broad public support. We therefore respectfully urge you to delay the RFP until it can be shaped by the results of the IRP and the PEIS.

Haste makes waste. No one will fault you for making big decisions in a deliberate manner. In the interim, you can direct HECO, MECO and HELCO to improve their customer service, expand their capacity to accept rooftop solar, and upgrade obsolete plants and equipment. Since any large renewable projects are bound to involve further rate increases, it surely wouldn’t hurt to start building up a reservoir of consumer good will.

Though we oppose big wind and the cable for Molokai, we do share your goal of greater statewide energy self-sufficiency. We believe there is common ground between us, common ground which could be clearly identified through the IRP and the PEIS. In asking you to delay the RFP we are simply asking you to honor your own initiatives, the work of those you have appointed, the needs of consumers and ratepayers, and the fragile environment of our beautiful state.

If you look through our films and published statements, you will see that IAM does support many renewable energy projects. For us the key criteria are minimal damage and affordable cost. We think, for example, that Blue Planet and the Sierra Club are simply wrong about Big Wind. Giant turbines are not really “green” and their cost / benefit ratio simply doesn’t pencil out. On the other hand, IAM would like to work with the state to explore conversion to other renewables, including solar on Molokai. We believe each island has to find its own appropriate renewable energy mix.

No one has all the answers, but one thing is crystal clear: A premature “Christmas surprise,” which invites bidders to blast ahead with Big Wind and the cable, will send precisely the wrong message.

Mahalo for your attention.

Kanohowailuku Helm, President, I Aloha Molokai
Box 1498, Kanunakakai, HI 96748

Sports briefs: Volleyball season ends with semifinal tournament loss; Football team finishes with big win; UH men’s basketball practices at The Barn

Players from the UH men’s basketball team took some time after practice Friday evening to sign autographs for fans at The Barn. Photo by Rick Schonely.

The girls volleyball season came to an end for Molokai last Thursday when the Farmers lost to Seabury Hall in the semifinals of the Maui Interscholastic League Division II tournament.

Seabury won the MIL regular season title so it was not unexpected when they swept Molokai 25-10, 25-9 and 25-15 at the Seabury gym. Seabury went on to defeat Hana to win the overall MIL title for the second year in a row.

The day before, Molokai had beaten Lanai in the quarterfinals of the tournament in four sets. The wahine Farmers ended the season with a 5-6 record.


Like volleyball, the football season also ended for Molokai on Thursday. The Farmers defeated St. Anthony 42-0 at War Memorial Stadium. It was the second time this season Molokai had dominated St. Anthony in football.

Molokai ends its season with a 4-2 record. The only two losses came at the hands of Seabury by a combined total of 4 points.

College basketball

The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team visited Molokai over the weekend. It was already announced that UH men’s team will be returning to Molokai to play Chaminade at the Barn on Dec. 15. But no one knew they would be coming this past weekend.

And the players and coaches couldn’t let anyone know because it was a cell phone-free weekend for the team. The idea came from Head Coach Gib Arnold who thought that camping on Molokai with no cell phones would be a good way for the team to bond.

After a Friday evening practice, the players took time to sign autographs for fans. After an early morning practice on Saturday the team took off for some hunting and fishing around the island.

First quarter Molokai High School honors list released

Molokai High School released its principal’s honors list for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year. The list is made up of students who have earned a grade point average of 4.0 or above while enrolled in six or more courses, four or more of which are solid courses. They are:

Grade 9: Amber Afelin, Keaaokahonua Davis, Kaimana Kahale, Kysha Kawano, Cendall Manley, Giesha Mae Nunez.

Grade 10: Edel Mae Alvarez, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Alexandra Gilliland, Sarah Jenkins, Kristin,Tancayo.

Grade11: Caulin Nelson-Angelsea, Xrystina Bicoy, Kilo Au Lani Kaawa-Gonzales, Rizpah Torres-Umi.

Grade 12: Michael Kikukawa, Lesley Escobar, Ronalyn May Carino, Hauoli Falealii.

The honor roll students who earned grade point averages of 3.5 to 4.0 for the first quarter are:

Grade 9: Khaylie Adachi Kawamae, Jordan Boswell, Levi Horner-Villa, Keahi Imakyure, Thomas Tamanaha, Anna May, Oceana Madani, Misty Parker, Moses Don Espaniola, Barbara Ludgate, Tai Yamamoto, Alexandria Simon, Alden Abafo, Tricia Ann Aguirre, Joshaviah Cabreros, Joshua Gloor, Chelsen Victorino, Sabrina Curtis, Keaoalono Ross.

Grade 10: Luke Kikukawa, John Pol Espejo, Keneth Basubas, Tiera-Lee Bishaw Marquez, Kierstyn Esteron, Trevor Takata, Desiree Corpuz, Olelo K.P.A Hamakua Poepoe.

Grade11: Shellamarie Keahi, Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, Michaella Tancayo, Monaliza Espejo, Taylor Keliihoomalu, Taylor Tamanaha, Lucy Wilhelm, Mia Mendija, Noah Caparida, Jeremy Ilaban, Karley Kaulili, Caylee Ledesma, Apelila Ritte-Camara-Tangonan.

Grade 12: Cara Connolly, Brittanie-Rae Nerveza, Esther Lopez, Rachel Steffen, Francis Ventura, Faron Kamakana, Anuhea Tengan-Bush, Tyler Lightfoot-Lani, Ransyn Joao, Michael Onofrio.

Canonization of Saint Marianne inspires Molokai witness

Greta Martinez celebrates the canonization of Saint Marianne on Sunday with two other Hawaii visitors.

The reflections of Greta Martinez, librarian at Kualapuu Elementary School, show the depth and passion of the Catholics in attendance at Sunday’s canonization of Mother Marianne Cope at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

Saint Marianne follows Saint Damien as the second saint to come from Hawaii and, more specifically, from the Hansen’s disease settlement of Kalaupapa on Molokai.

By Greta Martinez

The canonization of not only Saint Marianne Cope but six other individuals from other parts of the world and different missions was an event that brought heaven to earth on this October 21, 2012.

It was said that about one million people were in attendance, according to our guide. This was easy to believe when you saw all around you, the masses of people from all over the world.

The banner of Saint Marianne displayed alongside the other newly canonized saints.

The celebration was not only realized here on earth but, as our faith was brought to life, we Christians felt heaven right here on earth. Why? These individuals are merited saints not just because two miracles have been proofed to be attributed to the faithful prayers to them, but also and most outstanding, because of their examples of lives of unselfish, unwavering love to humankind, and God, as well as their faith.

About half of the priests in attendance at Sunday’s canonization get ready to administer communion to the people.

Yes, our faith is brought alive in this heavenly celebration, words really cannot justify nor describe the meaning and how the Spirit of God moved us. I was brought to tears of joy and thanksgiving to our God for having these saints as true examples of Christian life. It is possible to live as Jesus taught us, but it does come with a loving self-sacrifice.

So, as of today, our Saint Marianne Cope has been added to the canon of saints in the Catholic Church, and whether we belong to this church or not, she is still a fine example that we should learn about and whose example we should begin to imitate, with love.

With God nothing is impossible, not even change in us.

An estimated one million people attended Sunday’s ceremony at St. Peter’s square.

Alex and Josie Mawae dominate Na Kama Kai Challenge during the finals of the Stand-Up World Series 2012

Alex Mawae, center, placed first in the Na Kama Kai Challenge. After the race he enjoyed charging down the waves at Turtle Bay.

By Clare Seeger Mawae

The final event of the Stand-Up Paddle World Series was held at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Oct. 13-14. This year a new event was added called the Na Kama Kai Challenge. This event was designed for those new to the sport and up-and-coming young racers under 15 years old. The kids were split into two divisions, the beginners and the advanced.

Alex and Josie Mawae, along with the two other finalists in the Na Kama Kai Challenge, Seachelle Rivereira and Sasha Kauhane. Josie Mawae is on the far right.

Turtle Bay was buzzing the day prior with the first north swell of the season kicking in earlier that week and another swell coming for the weekend. Josie and Alex Mawae from Molokai were excited to be part of this prestigious event.

The Na Kama Kai Challenge was all about the kids with the pros helping out, while the young kids raced their version of sprints on the east side of Turtle Bay. The racing was done with an elimination format along with repercharge rounds with a running sprint at the beginning and the end of the race.

Alex Mawae, 10, dominated all his heats along with his sister Josie, 12. The finals came and both brother and sister battled it out for first and second place. However, Seachelle Rivereira and Sasha Kauhane were also determined to take first place. The four kids in the finals have consistently astounded the adults with their ocean skills both in the waves and their long distance racing. This race was definitely an exciting heat. Alex had a flying start leaping from the beach and straight to his board in a racing position and off he went. The girls did not stand a chance. The young Naish rider Alex Mawae went onto a clear victory with Seachelle in second, Josie third and Sasha taking fourth place.

Josie Mawae taking advantage of the swells at Turtle Bay.

The day was far from over for the kids as they went to the other side to watch the start of the long distance race. The surf called all of them in and while the start buoys were being set, these kids took to the water and ripped in the surf. No fear was pretty much the game plan for the kids.

This was an incredible way to finish off the season for Josie and Alex Mawae who have gained credible status with the professionals while bonding with other likeminded kids who want to race. The Na Kama Kai race format will more than likely be introduced into the 2013 World Series events, which is great. After all, the kids are the future of any sport in the world.

Hawaii Health Connector to hold first meeting on Molokai Nov. 7

Hawaii Health Connector, an agency designed to improve access to affordable health care coverage, will hold an introductory meeting Nov. 7, 11 a.m., at the Molokai Community Health Center dining room.

Governor Neil Abercrombie established the Hawaii Health Connector through Act 205 in July of 2011 in accordance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Hawaii was the first state to issue its declaration letter of intent to be a State-based Exchange. In doing so, they are setting a precedent to be a leader for other states to follow.

The Hawaii Health Connector is a private non-profit quasi-governmental agency that will provide an easy to navigate web portal for consumers and small businesses to receive health insurance. Through the web portal, consumers will be able to determine eligibility for Medicaid services, determine if they qualify for federal tax subsidies and compare and purchase health plans; all of which will bring transparency and competition to the marketplace. Open enrollment will begin in October of 2013 and go live on January 1, 2014.

Part of their community outreach focuses on rural areas and smaller populations that may not, in other instances, be provided an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the benefits Hawaii will receive through ACA.

The Molokai Community Health Center is located at 30 Oki Place in Kaunakakai. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Molokai Chamber of Commerce is helping organize this meeting and would like to know how many people will be attending. Email Chamber President Robert Stephenson at rob@molokaichamber.org if you plan to attend.