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.
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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.

Basketball boys split two on a weekend trip to Lanai

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali'i, Tani Faleali'; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali'i.

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali’i, Tani Faleali’; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali’i.


The Molokai High School boys basketball team traveled to Lanai this past weekend and split a pair of games.

The win on Friday and the loss on Saturday left the Farmers with a 6-2 record, second place behind Seabury Hall (6-1) in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II standings.

Hau’oli Faleali’i led the way for Molokai on Friday with 21 points on the way to a 55-51 win over Lanai. David Rapanot helped the effort by hitting five three-pointers to finish with 19 points. The win put the Farmers into a first place tie with Seabury.

But Molokai’s time in first place would be short-lived. The noontime game on Saturday brought Molokai back to second placed after losing 57-50 to the Pine Lads.

The Farmers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lanai 25-11. But a strong third quarter performance from Lanai was too much. Jestonie Molina hit five 3-pointers on the way to 18 points for the Pine Lads, who now have a 2-6 MIL record.

For Molokai, Paka Adolpho scored 21 points while Faleali’i scored 19 points, who trailed 48-25 after three periods.

NFL players coming to Molokai for one-day football clinic

After just one year of playing league-sanctioned football, Molokai High School will host a football clinic led by former Miami Dolphin standout player Nat Moore.

The clinic — on Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the MHS football field — is open to all interested youth in grades five through 12. Registration forms can be found at Kilohana School, Kaunakakai School, Maunaloa School, Molokai Middle School, Molokai High School and Kualapuu School. For more information contact Molokai Athletic Department at 567-6959.

Former Miami Dolphins receiver and all-pro player Nat Moore speaks with Molokai High School and Middle School students at The Barn. He will be returning to Molokai to run a one-day clinic Jan. 28.

Former Miami Dolphins receiver and all-pro player Nat Moore speaks with Molokai High School and Middle School students at The Barn. He will be returning to Molokai to run a one-day clinic Jan. 28.


For 13 years, Moore was a standout player for the Miami Dolphins. Moore was a third round pick, played in Super Bowls XVII and XIX, started in the 1977 Pro-Bowl and stands 30th on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list with 74. In 1984 he was name the NFL “Man of the Year,” an honor bestowed on the player who gives outstanding service to his community. He then earned the Byron White Humanitarian Award in 1986 for his service to his team, community and country.

Since retiring from the NFL, Moore continues to dedicate his service to all communities. As the executive director of the Pro Bowl Clinic, he brings NFL stars and children together for fun, football and education. He also has made several appearances on Molokai talking to high school students about his career and offering advice on how to succeed in life.

Joining Moore will be Vince Manuwai, a free agent who played most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, Mercel Reece from the Oakland Raiders and Samantha Ruiz, Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

For more information contact Molokai Athletic Department at 567-6959. Forms are due by Jan. 25. Forms must mailed to: Molokai Athletics, Attn: Hoku Haliniak, P.O. Box 158, Hoolehua, HI 96729.

Farmer boys and girls top Lanai over the weekend

Paka Adolpho puts up two of his 16 points against Lanai on Friday night on the way to a 62-53 Molokai win. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Paka Adolpho puts up two of his 16 points against Lanai on Friday night on the way to a 62-53 Molokai win. Photo by Rick Schonely.


Both the Molokai boys and girls basketball teams remain in the hunt for the Division II Maui Interscholastic League title courtesy of Lanai.

Over the weekend, both teams swept Lanai on both Friday and Saturday to remain securely in second place in the MIL behind Seabury Hall.

Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes, David Rapanot and Hauoli Faleali'i at Kaunakakai Gym Saturday. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes, David Rapanot and Hauoli Faleali’i at Kaunakakai Gym Saturday. Photo by Rick Schonely.


At The Barn on Friday, three Molokai boys scored in double digits on the way to a 62-53 win. Hauoli Faleali’i scored 22 points for Molokai, David Rapanot added 19 and Paka Adolpho had 16.

The venue for Saturday’s noontime game changed from The Barn to the Kaunakakai gym because rains in Hoolehua left the gym floor wet. A different gym did not change the outcome as Molokai came out on top 49-39. Faleali’i scored 25 points and Adolpho added 10 for the Farmers, The boys now have a 3-1 record.

The girls traveled to Lanai to defeat the Pine Lasses in a one-sided game on Friday, 49-15. Shaniah Mollena-Lopez scored 12 points, and the Farmers won for the first time in three games.

The next day it was more of the same as Molokai again routed Lanai 43-19. Hepuakea Falealii scored 11 points and Lehiwa Pedro added 10 for the Farmers.
The lady Farmers have an MIL record of 4-2, behind Seabury at 4-0.

Rapanot leads Farmers to first league win of year

A hot-shooting David Rapanot led the Molokai High School boys basketball team to its first league win of the season Saturday night against St. Anthony on Maui at War Memorial Gym.

David Rapanot

David Rapanot


Overcoming a sick stomach and hurting knees on Friday, Rapanot, a junior, scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half as the Farmers defeated a young Trojan team 57-41. With the win, the Farmers are 1-1 in the Maui Interscholastic League.

The team’s first MIL game came Friday night against Seabury Hall at the Erdman Athletic Center on Maui. The Farmers could not hold on to a 1-point halftime lead and ended up losing 51-41 after the Spartans outscored them 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Oli Falealii led the Farmers with 21 points in the game.
After dropping four preseason games to mainland teams in the Lahainaluna Invitational Tournament, Saturday’s win was crucial in a regular season that only lasts nine games.

St. Anthony, which does not have a senior on the roster, trailed 21-15 after one period and 38-24 at halftime. The Trojans came out strong in the second half, outscoring Molokai 12-10 in the third quarter. The Farmers picked it up on defense and held St. Anthony to only 5 fourth quarter points.

Molokai Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes spoke to The Maui News about how the MIL is shaping up for this season: “Seabury is big, but the opportunity is there for teams like us. A lot of chance to break through. Today was a big difference between going home 0-2 and 1-1 in league. It is a morale booster for the boys.”

Girls basketball

Seabury visited Molokai this past weekend and took two games from the lady Farmers on Friday and Saturday at The Barn.

Molokai dropped a heartbreaker Friday night, losing 24-23 in overtime. Lehiwa Pedro scored 6 points for the lady Farmers.

On Saturday, the girls dropped another game to Seabury, 30-20. After defeating Lanai twice last week, the lady Farmers now have a 2-2 season record.