Greta Martinez, library teacher at Kualapu’u Elementary Charter School, received the Teacher of the Year award at the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry contest on Maui Saturday.
A large contingent of about 15 students and parents from Molokai traveled to Pukalani for the contest sponsored by the International Peace Poem Project. Held at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, first and second place winners read poems on the theme of peace.
When the readings were finished, Martinez was named Teacher of the Year for her work in opening up the world of poetry to these students.
Rod Antone, communication director for Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office, was there to hand out awards. He said that Martinez’s role in getting the largest-ever group of off-island participants to the contest was instrumental in her receiving the award.
“There was some very talented kids with some beautiful poems about peace, and certainly the Molokai kids were among them best of them,” said Antone.
Adolpho selected for Hall of Honor
Kalei Adolpho capped an outstanding high school athletic career by being named as a member of the 2011 class of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor on Sunday night.
Adolpho will be attending the University of Hawaii in the fall on a basketball scholarship. In her four years at Molokai High School she led the Farmers to a state championship in volleyball this past October. In 2009, as a sophomore, she led the basketball team to a Division II state title.
Most recently, Adolpho won the state high jump title at the state track and field championships with a leap of 5-foot-2.
Ho’okuleana celebration tonight
Twenty-one elementary teachers on Molokai have participated in the Ho’okuleana program. The public is invited to come see what the local students have done tonight from 4-6 p.m. at QLCC at Kulana ‘Oiwi in Kalamaula. Students have been conducting a scientific investigation of comparative water quality at beaches across Molokai. Refreshments will be provided.