Upcoming changes to The Molokai News

In the next few days, you will notice some changes to The Molokai News.

In an effort to better serve its readers and the entire Molokai community, themolokainews.com will be migrating to a new web host with a new look. The domain name will stay the same but it may create some temporary issues in viewing the site. Hopefully, any technical issues will be resolved within 24 to 48 hours.

With the new host, expect to see improved functionality. Videos, pictures and stories will be easier to access. There will also be boxes for display ads. This will lead to expanded coverage and information on a variety of Molokai topics.

The new look will also allow The Molokai News to start generating advertising revenue. This means local writers, photographers and videographers will be able to earn money for their submissions, all in an effort to create an excellent online news product.

Look for other improvements as we move forward with our changes. Mahalo nui loa for the continued support of all our readers!

David Lichtenstein, Editor and Publisher


2012 in review: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou to all!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

In 2012, there were 263 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,066 posts. There were 320 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 48 MB. That’s about six pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was Sept. 24 with 966 views. The most popular post that day was “Large waves swamp 10 boats before start of Na Wahine O Ke Kai race.”

The most popular story of the year was “Ke Nani Kai residents receive $3.87 million jury award against condo association” with 2,640 views and 13 comments since it was posted March 27, 2012.

Here’s a list of the next four most popular stories of 2012:

Large waves swamp 10 boats before start of Na Wahine O Ke Kai race, 1 comment, 1,143 views

Oregon man dies on Papohaku Beach, 6 comments, 594 views.

Kanoho Helm to challenge Kalani English for Senate seat, 4 comments, 560 views.

Demands to repeal Public Land Development Corporation voiced at public hearing, 15 comments, 518 views.

Since The Molokai News began publishing in July of 2009, the site has received 202,305 views and 1,118 comments. In 2011 the site received over 61,000 views and in 2012 over 100,000 views.

Mahalo to all our loyal readers and commenters, and even to our casual readers who believe Molokai needs another choice for its news coverage.

Mahalo nui loa and hauʻoli makahiki hou to everyone!

— David Lichtenstein, Editor and Publisher of The Molokai News

Aloha 2011! Aloha 2012!

Year in Review

The Molokai News saw strong growth in its numbers during the calendar year 2011.

According to the annual summary provided by WordPress:

The yellow-faced bees species Hylaeus hilaris was the face of this site's No. 1 story. Photo courtesy of Karl Magnacca, University of Hawaii.

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 61,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 23 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
In 2011, there were 276 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 803 posts. There were 296 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 102mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was September 14th with 2,630 views. The most popular post that day was Endemic Molokai bees deserve, but do not receive, endangered species protection, yet.”

I’m still not sure exactly why this endemic bee story garnered 2,495 hits in not more than one day. All I know is that StumbleUpon picked up the story and was the top referrer on that day. Of course, the most popular page was the Home Page with over 23,800 hits for 2011.

Here is a rundown of the 10 most popular stories on The Molokai News in 2011:

10. Gas hits highest price ever on Molokai
With rates climbing above the $5 mark the week of April 18, Molokai faced the highest gas prices it has ever seen.
As of April 20, the price for regular unleaded shot up 35 cents to $5.16 a gallon at Rawlins Chevron as well as Hayaku Go, Molokai’s only two gas stations.

9. Lawful Hawaiian Government reaches out to Molokai
“On March 13, 1999 the Kanaka Maoili (Hawaiian) people successfully reinstated the former offices of the Lawful Hawaiian Government of the Kingdom of Hawaii …”
So began the presentation of Henry Noa, Prime Minister of the Lawful Hawaiian Government, during his visit to Molokai on July 9. Noa, a former schoolteacher and an Oahu resident, shared the progress, goals and hopes of the LHG when he spoke to a room of about 30 people at Kulana ‘Oiwi.

8. ‘Battle at the Barn’ MMA fight Jan. 29 at high school gym
Known as “Battle at the Barn,” a mixed martial arts (MMA) event has been scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Molokai High School gym.
Presented by X1 World Events and KK Productions, a total of 15 MMA fights are planned to start at 5 p.m. at the school in Ho’olehua. Doors open at 4 p.m.

7. American Safari Cruises agrees to postpone visits
Lengthy meeting on cruise yacht issue leads to plans for community-oriented conflict resolution
Peacemakers and warriors alike gathered at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center Nov. 30 in an attempt to find a resolution concerning the American Safarai Cruise boat offering cultural tours of Molokai.
Principal and CEO of ASC Dan Blanchard, after hearing the thoughtful and impassioned comments on both sides of this issue, made a decision to postpone tours in the hopes of reaching a resolution with the community.

6. Helicopter crash kills five near Kilohana
A sightseeing helicopter crashed in east Molokai Nov. 10 near Kilohana Elementary School.
Maui Police and Fire Rescue confirmed that five people, including the pilot from Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours, were killed in the crash around noontime.

5. Dan’s NFL Picks
“Aloha Molokai! My name is Dan Gardner and I moved to Molokai in July with my girlfriend (now fiancee!), Erin Morrison, who got a job as a special education teacher at Kualapu’u Elementary. We’ve both really come to enjoy and appreciate the overall relaxed nature of the island and are happy to call it home.”
So begins Dan’s weekly NFL picks. His column also offers a quick synopsis of each upcoming game, Dan’s thoughts about each pick and then his pick for winner.

4. Message to Pattern Energy: ‘No Big Wind on Molokai!’
If there was any doubt whether or not Molokai residents want to be part of the largest wind power development in Hawaii history, the June 22 meeting at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center was pretty conclusive: NOT!
The meeting was the second of three meetings this week organized by Pattern Energy and Biological Capital, which have recently formed the exploratory group Molokai Renewables LLC to study the feasibility of bringing a 200-megawatt wind turbine generating project to Molokai.

3. Molokai shows population decline over the past decade
Figures have been released from the 2010 Census that show the population of Molokai has decreased over the past decade.
The population on Molokai declined from 7,404 to 7,345 since 2000. Much of the decline is attributed to Kalaupapa, where only about 10 patients remain in the Hansen’s disease settlement.

2. Molokai Ranch lays out options while seeking community input on wind energy project
Molokai Ranch has spoken and the speculation can end: The company which owns the majority of West End land will use the wind developer Pattern Energy Group if and when a large wind farm project comes to Molokai.
Peter Nicholas, president and CEO of Molokai Properties Limited, explained Molokai Ranch’s position to an audience of several hundred curious Molokai residents March 2 at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. He then turned the floor over to representatives of Pattern Energy Group, which presented its proposal for Molokai — including a 3D computer-generated graphic image of what an array of 90 windmills on Molokai might look like — and then fielded audience questions.

1. Endemic Molokai bees deserve, but do not receive, endangered species protection, yet
After a 12-month study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to place seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees on the Endangered Species Act list. One of these species, Hylaeus hilaris, is found exclusively on Molokai at the Mo’omomi reserve.

The Molokai News received exactly 61,179 hits in 2011, compared to 32,317 in 2010. Since the news blog first started in July of 2009, the site has received 99,077 views. I have not expanded or changed the format since its beginnings, but clearly the story-a-day offering is catching on.

With the continued support of my fans and followers, 2012 will be an even bigger year as I attempt to transform The Molokai News into a fully functioning online news site.

Good luck and a happy new year to all my readers and supporters!

Imua Molokai!

David Lichtenstein
The Molokai News