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 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!
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