Chamber of Commerce seeks support for senate bill to fund improvements to the Molokai Irrigation System

To improve the Molokai Irrigation System, Senate Bill 1358, to allow the issuance of up to $3 million in general obligation bonds, passed the State Senate Monday on first reading.

The Kualapuu Reservoir holds water for the Molokai Irrigation System and other users on the West End.

The Kualapuu Reservoir holds water for the Molokai Irrigation System and other users on the West End.

The bill was then referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture
and the Senate Committee on Water and Land, which will hold a public hearing on the issue tomorrow, Jan. 31, at 2:45 p.m. in conference room 229 of the State Capitol.

Sen. J. Kalani English, who represents Molokai and Lanai in the State Senate, was one of the senators who introduced this bill.

Testimony on this measure can be accepted up to 24 hours prior to the hearing. Click this link to submit testimony.

The bill states, in part: “Sufficient funding is needed to maintain and improve Hawaii’s irrigation systems. The increasing incidences of water droughts and the extended length of those droughts, particularly on Molokai, which is constantly plagued with drought conditions, makes repair and maintenance of irrigation systems necessary for agricultural production and food sustainability. The purpose of this Act is to provide additional funding needed for the Molokai irrigation system.”

The Molokai Chamber of Commerce is urging the public to support this bill. “With the passage of this measure to better utilize the capacity of the Molokai Irrigation System, the Molokai Agricultural Community will be able to increase production and directly benefit the local Molokai community,” Chamber President Rob Stephenson wrote.

“Agriculture is an essential part of the Molokai economy and for it to continue to be a sustainable economic engine we need to come together and support this and other measures that strengthen our Agricultural Community,” Stephenson continued.

This is part of a large ongoing effort to improve the MIS. In February of 2012, Governor Neil Abercrombie authorized $1,250,000 in state capital improvement project money to be spent on the MIS for planning, design and construction to replace an above-ground concrete flume with an underground pipeline, installation of a new hydropower plant and structural stabilization of an access bridge.


Ka Moloka’i Makahiki attracts schools from Maui and Kauai

Kualapuu fifth grader Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (second from left) narrowly edges out Bucky James Torres (third from left) from Maunaloa in the Makahiki games kukini on Saturday.

Kualapuu fifth grader Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (second from left) narrowly edges out Bucky James Torres (third from left) from Muanaloa in the Makahiki games kukini on Saturday.

The traditional end to Makahiki season brought out an enormous crowd on Saturday to the Kaunakakai ballfield. After presenting the kupuna with traditional ho’okupu (gifts), and a hula performance, it was time for the elementary games to begin.

Participating in this year’s elementary division Ka Moloka’i Makahiki events for the first time were students from Kamehameha Maui and Waipa on Kauai. Kamehameha Maui brought 12 fifth graders and three chaperones while Waipa had 15 fourth, fifth and sixth graders along with three chaperones.

“We welcome them and thank them for coming to Molokai to proudly represent their school and island,” said Loretta Ritte from Ka Moloka’i Makahiki organizing group.

The Kualapuu fifth grade Huki Huki team prepares to win the finals at Saturday's Makahiki games. Kualapuu won six out of seven grades in the Huki Huki competition.

The Kualapuu fifth grade Huki Huki team prepares to win the finals at Saturday’s Makahiki games. Kualapuu won six out of seven grades in the Huki Huki competition.

Students in grades kindergarten through second grade compete in ulumaika (rolling stones to knock over sticks), haka moa (chicken fighting), uma (arm wrestling), kukini (40-yard dash) and huki huki (tug-of-war). Older students compete in all the same events as well as konane (Hawaiian board game similar to checkers).

As the largest elementary school on Molokai, Kualapuu Elementary School once again won more events than any other school.

Ka Moloka’i Makahiki 2013 results:

Kindergarten — Ulumaika, Josephine Torres-Balbirona (Maunaloa); Haka Moa, Koa Walker (Kuakapuu); Uma, Charleston Wallace Jr. (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Tayden Ka’awa (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Walker, Makani Poepoe, Maika Ku, Moses Reyes, Masina Borden-Phillips, Noelani Keanini.

Grade 1 — Ulumaika, Ella Jane Kaupu-Tollefson (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Cassidy Victorino (Kualapuu); Uma, Kiara Lima (Kilohana); Kukini, Kailana McGuire-Guerro (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Cassidy Victorino, Ku Adolpho, William Bentley-Smith, Kian Toledo, Kellyn Guzman, Leila Kahalewai.

Grade 2 — Ulumaika, Jasmine Stone-Place (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Mikaelyn Asuncion (Maunaloa); Uma, Jalen Lani (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Dion Agustiro (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Hokuau Arce, Kyan Montizor, Naia Starkey, Nika Crivello, Kamalino Mollena-Kamai, Morhummin Kamai.

Grade 3 — Ulumaika, Keala Puaoi-Traxler (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Justin Kahalewai (Kualapuu); Uma, Destin Gomes (Maunaloa); Kukini, Iokona Florendo (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Jewell Cariaga, Keale Keoni O’Sullivan, Justin Kahalewai, Sean Kamai, John Ventura, Joselito Corpuz; Konane, Pumehana Helekahi (Hana).

Grade 4 — Ulumaika, Trace Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Mahikili’ili’I Lopez (Maunaloa); Uma, Josh Hanchett (Kualapuu); Kukini, Lane Kamakana (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki: Kaunakakai – Kaimipono Kekahuna, Kaya Alcon, Yheslie Valete, Kamaha’o Poaha-Ka’ai, Sheldine Poaipuni, Anapuhi Naki; Konane, Johnny Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).

Grade 5 — Ulumaika, Cy Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Iverson Ka’apuni-Hirata (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kahala Palmeira (Kamehameha Maui); Kukini, Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Ritte-Camara-Tangonan, Ryden Puailihau-Sharpe, Pono Sagario, Eve Tuisamatatele, Courtney Tabil, Chylene; Konane, Maria Angst (Maunaloa).

Grade 6 — Ulumaika, Zeff Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Haka Moa, Chelsea Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kale Kamai-Cacpal (Maunaloa); Kukini, Po’okela Espanto (Maunaloa); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Alia Madela, Crystal Rubin, Clancey Wright, Richard Dayton, Jersey Paleka, Meleana Pa-Kala; Konane, Kanalu Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).

Local students dominate Maui Science and Engineering Fair

Both Molokai students and teachers were honored last Thursday at the 54th annual Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair. Photo courtesy Kimberly Svetin.

Both Molokai students and teachers were honored last Thursday at the 54th annual Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair. Photo courtesy Kimberly Svetin.

The commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education on Molokai has never been more evident than it was at last week’s 54th annual Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair. Three of the top 10 projects advancing to the state competition come from Molokai. Out of the 15 honorable mention winners, seven come from here.

By placing second overall at the Fair, Sarah Jenkins, a Molokai High School 10th grader, earned a trip to the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix from May 12-17.

Jenkins showed her project, titled “Artificial Nesting Structures For Hawaiian Coot Nesting Success,” last Thursday at the fair held at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center on Maui. Jenkins also will be attending the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair from April 7 to 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu.

Molokai teachers were honored as well. Judges for the Maui science fair recognized four Maui teachers for their outstanding efforts to support students in science, engineering and technology. This year’s winners were Jennifer Ainoa and Scott Hemenway from Molokai Middle and Lee DeRouin and Malia Lee from Molokai High.

Three other Molokai students advanced to the state Science and Engineering Fair. Eleventh graders Xrystina Bicoy and Shella Keahi from Molokai High showed a project called “Turning Erosion Into Accretion.” Middle School eighth grader Lily Jenkins will go to state because of her project “Effects of Non-Native Water Lettuce in Canal at Puko’o Pond.”

Honorable mention winners from Molokai, with their grade and project name, included:

• Momi Afelin, ninth grade, Molokai High School, “It’s Electric.”
• Edel Mae Alvarez, 10th grade, Remelie Manuel, 11th grade, MayRose Ragonton, 12th grade, Molokai High School, “Okra Mucilage in Handmade Paper.”
• Kea’a Davis, 9th grade, Molokai High School, “Relationships Between Personality Type and Learning Type.”
• Noah Keanini, 7th grade, Molokai Middle, “The Antenna Test: A Test to Find the Best T.V. Antenna.”
• Erik Svetin, 8th grade, Molokai Middle, “Additional Stitch Effect on a Baseball.”

Specialized awards were presented to these Molokai students:

• Monsanto Hawaii Award, Edel Mae Alvarez, Remelie Manuel, May Rose Ranontan.
• American Psychological Association, Kea’a Davis.
• Association for Women Geoscientist, Xrystina Bicoy and Shell Keahi, Molokai High.
• Yale Science & Engineering Association, Caulin Angelesa, Paul Parker, Molokai High.
• Air Force, Sarah Jenkins.

Both Molokai High School and Middle School would like to acknowledge financial support from Dow AgroSciences (Molokai High) and Goodfellow Bros. (Molokai Middle School). Both companies gave substantial donations, which helped with travel expenses to Maui.

Molokai High School releases second quarter honor roll

Molokai High School recently released its principal’s honors list for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year.
molokai high school
Students who have earned a grade point average of 4.0 or above, while enrolled in six or more classes, make the principal’s honors list. They are:

Grade 9: Khaylie Adachi Kawamae, Amber Afelin, Keaaokahonua Davis, Kaimana Kahale, Kysha Kawano, Oceana Madani, Cendall Manley.

Grade 10: Edel Mae Alvarez, Sarah Jenkins, Kristin Tancayo.

Grade 11: Xrystina Bicoy, Kilo Au Lani Kaawa-Gonzales.

Grade 12: Michael Kikukawa, Ronalyn May Carino.

The MHS honor roll students earned grade point averages of 3.5 to 4.0 for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year. They are:

Grade 9: Moses Don Espaniola, Giesha Mae Nunez, Sabrina Curtis, Misty Parker, Alexandria Simon, Jordan Boswell, Maile Kekino-Puaoi, Anna May Ewing, Rhe-Zhene Puailihau, Katelyn Emia, Kanekawaiola Vendiola, Tai Yamamoto, Precious Balai.

Grade 10: Alexandra Gilliland, Desiree Corpuz, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Luke Kikukawa, Katalina Santiago, Olelo K.P.A Hamakua Poepoe, Tiera-Lee Bishaw Marquez, Waipuna Kelly-Paleka, Sierra Pico

Grade 11: Caulin Nelson-Angelsea, Monaliza Espejo, Jeremy Ilaban, Karley Kaulili, Bernadette Aragon, Remelie Manuel, Taylor Tamanaha, Rizpah Torres-Umi, Caylee Ledesma, Mia Mendija, Michaella Tancayo

Grade 12: Cara Connolly, Hauoli Falealii, Lesley Escobar, Esther Lopez, Faron Kamakana, Tyler Lightfoot-Lani, Tyra Lynn Mollena Lopez, Francis Ventura, Hokualaka’i Blevins, Brittanie-Rae Nerveza.

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument honors Uncle Mac Poepoe with 2013 Umu Kai Award

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument News Release

Today, the 2013 Umu Kai Award will be presented to Uncle Mac Poepoe for a lifetime of conservation management along Molokai’s northern coast.

Uncle Mac Poepoe is not only an expert on conservation practices for coastal regions like Mo'omomi, but he is also a veteran and a strong advocate for Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans.

Uncle Mac Poepoe is not only an expert on conservation practices for coastal regions like Mo’omomi, but he is also a veteran and a strong advocate for Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans.

The presentation coincided with E Molo Nā Kaʻi o Nā Kai Molo, a public lecture on ocean awareness and conservation at the Kulana ‘Oiwi Kauhale in Kalamaula, organized by Ka Makahiki Molokai.

The Umu Kai Award, established by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Islands Region, is presented to a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner who “invokes the spirit of traditional fishing practices and management while adapting to modern fishing environments,” said Keoni Kuoha, Native Hawaiian Program Coordinator for Papahanaumokuakea.

The award, named after the traditional Hawaiian practice of enhancing fish habitat, honors the legacy of the late Uncle Eddie Kaanaana, a Native Hawaiian cultural treasure who was the first recipient of the award in 2008.

Other past recipients of the Umu Kai Award include Hawaiian Navigator and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kamehameha Schools Nainoa Thompson, Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair William ‘Aila, and Mahina Paishon- Duarte, the principal of Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School in Makiki, Oahu.

A fisherman, educator, Vietnam veteran, and conservationist, Uncle Mac has inspired generations of natural resource managers throughout the State of Hawaii. Through partnerships with organizations like the Castle Foundation, Na Pua Noʻeau, the National Park Service, and the University of Hawaii, Uncle Mac has developed resource materials, programs and curriculum that have in many ways set the standard for small-scale conservation management today.

For instance, his data collection and creation of the 2008 Pono Fishing Calendar — a localized guide on the lifecycles of fish and other natural resources of Moʻomomi, Molokai – has inspired communities on Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii to develop similar calendars for their designated areas and to adopt many other aspects of Uncle Mac’s conservation model.

“I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t really admire him for the kind of knowledge he has and what he’s accomplished, and what he means in terms of inspiring other folks,” says Eric Co, Program Officer for Marine Conservation at the Castle Foundation.

The evening will kick-off at 5 p.m. with a Marine Resource Fair. At 6 p.m., Uncle Mac himself will give a lecture on ocean awareness and conservation. Immediately after his talk, Papahanaumokuakea staff will present Uncle Mac with the 2013 Umu Kai Award for his outstanding efforts in marine conservation, along with a gift of a papa kuʻi ʻai (poi board). A 10-minute congratulatory video will be shown, featuring friends, family, conservation leaders, and students who have been touched by Uncle Mac, and who share their experiences in the Hawaii conservation community. The festivities are free and open to the public.

Community bids ‘aloha’ to Aunty Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo

Courtesy of Sust’ainable Molokai

Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo was a special individual who was a key person at the Sust’aina ble Molokai conference in 2009 and integral to the start up of the Sust’ainable Molokai non-profit organization. Her presence, passion and kindness motivated our community and her light will be dearly missed.

Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo

Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo

Annette Mililani Chieko Pauole-Ahakuelo, 65, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Annette was born on February 19, 1947 in Hoolehua to Robert and Helen Pauole.

Annette grew up on Molokai and was a proud graduate of Molokai High School in 1965. After high school she moved to California where she worked for Levitz Furniture of the Pacific, which was one of the largest furniture retailers in the nation. This opened the door for her to return to Hawaii and work for the well-known, family-operated furniture store, C. S. Wo & Sons on Oahu. She became the Warehouse Operations Manager and Special Projects Coordinator.

When Annette moved back home to Molokai with her more than 30 years of experience in retail, operations, and business management, she was the perfect candidate to serve as the Molokai Small Business Specialist for the County of Maui – Office of Economic Development – Kuhao Business Center. In this capacity, Annette used her leadership skills, business acumen, engaging demeanor, and special brand of aloha to not only put her clients at ease, but also empower them to build their own successful enterprises.

Her clientele included people of all ages, from school children to kupuna. She ascertained what was needed in her community and provided it through various projects, workshops, and programs. Whether her client was a farmer, artist, inventor, value-added food producer, or someone with just an idea, Annette drew on the strengths of her clients encouraging them to dream, be realistic, and acquire the skills they lacked in order to succeed.

She transformed the face of the community and strengthened the island’s economy, having directly inspired more than 100 business start-ups on Molokai. In 2007, she was awarded the Hawaii Financial Services Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition to this, Annette was an active Realtor Associate and served as a private design consultant for a number of years. She volunteered her design and planning skills to help organize a number of community events such as the annual Business Expos, agricultural fairs, and the Sustainability Conference. Annette left an indelible imprint on her island community. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by the many lives she has touched.

Annette is survived by her husband Clarence Ahakuelo, daughter Michelle (Quentin) Brown, grandson Ivan (Elizabeth) Pauole, twin sister Beverly (Dale) Pauole-Moore, sisters Irene (Charles) Kaahanui, Roberta “Cookie” Helm, Melinda Talon, brother Stanley “Mickey” (Nadine) Pauole, many nieces and nephews, cousins and extended ohana.

A Celebration of Life service for Annette took place at the Lanikeha Community Center in Hoolehua last Saturday.

West Maui community groups show appreciation to Mayor Arakawa

A group presentation to Mayor Arakawa of a Proclamation of Appreciation. From left, Joe Pluta, May Fujiwara, Mrs. Arakawa, Liz May, Mayor Arakawa, Lynn Donovan, Don Lehman, Vivian Ichiki, Theo Morrison, Bob Pure, Pat Endsley, Richard Endsley, Ruth McKay. Photo by Joe Makarewicz of MSI.

A group presentation to Mayor Arakawa of a Proclamation of Appreciation. From left, Joe Pluta, May Fujiwara, Mrs. Arakawa, Liz May, Mayor Arakawa, Lynn Donovan, Don Lehman, Vivian Ichiki, Theo Morrison, Bob Pure, Pat Endsley, Richard Endsley, Ruth McKay. Photo by Joe Makarewicz of MSI.

West Maui Taxpayers Association News Release

During the Jan. 10 West Maui Taxpayers Association (WMTA) annual meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center, nine West Maui community groups proclaimed their appreciation for Mayor Alan M. Arakawa’s support for and interest in West Maui activities.

After a short business meeting to install WMTA directors, WMTA President Don Lehman asked the mayor to come forward for a special presentation. After President Lehman read a West Maui Mid-term Appreciation Proclamation for the mayor, nine representatives of West Maui community groups came forward to express their thanks and to present lei to the mayor and Mrs. Arakawa. The mayor seemed genuinely surprised and gratified.

The groups represented were Lahaina Bypass Now!, Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Project, Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Lahaina Town Action Committee, Rotary Club of Lahaina, Soroptomists International of West Maui, West Maui Improvement Foundation, and the West Maui Taxpayers Association. The Proclamation is posted to the WMTA web site at, and the entire WMTA annual meeting will be rebroadcast several times on Akaku Community Television.

The mayor thanked all the groups for what they do to make West Maui such a unique and extraordinary community. He explained he was especially impressed by the effort to completely remodel the Lahaina Library with no public funding. He continued his remarks with some discussion of his agenda for the coming year. Senator Roz Baker and House Member Angus McKelvey followed the mayor with their legislative updates.

In the special presentations segment of the WMTA annual meeting, Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development LLC, gave an update on the Kahoma Village affordable housing project; Joe Pluta, President of the West Maui Improvement Foundation, gave an update on the West Maui hospital; and Charlene Shibuya from the State Department of Transportation presented an update on the bypass and the many DOT projects in West Maui.

WMTA is very proud to be a part of the West Maui community, and to be able to serve as a conduit of information to the community and as an advocate for West Maui. Learn more about WMTA by visiting our website. We encourage anyone who wants to join the effort to promote the WMTA goals and objectives shown on the website to consider joining WMTA. See the website for more information. The investment is small, and will be well spent.