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Mokulele Airlines lei’s island hoppers on King Kamehameha Day

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mokulele Airlines lei’s island hoppers on King Kamehameha Day

Mokulele Airlines News Release Mokulele Airlines celebrates King Kamehameha Day tomorrow by lei’ing the first 500 passengers who travel from all nine Hawaiian airports, including Molokai and Kalaupapa airports. “Mokulele was founded in 1994 by a native Hawaiian, Rebecca “Kawehi” Inaba with the goal to share the beauty of the islands with passengers,” said Ron […]

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Remains of Saint Marianne return to Hawaii

| August 1, 2014 | 5 Comments
Remains of Saint Marianne return to Hawaii

The remains of Saint Marianne of Molokai — “beloved mother of outcasts” — returned to Hawaii yesterday, drawn by a hearse to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass. Ste. Marianne Cope was 80 when she died of natural causes in 1918 at Kalaupapa where she served […]

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Makani Kai Air keeps Kalaupapa air service contract

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Makani Kai Air keeps Kalaupapa air service contract

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded Makani Kai Air a four-year, essential air service contract for Kalaupapa. The DOT first selected Makani Kai for the service in November of 2011 and the new contract will mean service will continue uninterrupted. The DOT’s EAS program subsidizes commuter airlines for routes servicing rural communities across the […]

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State of Hawaii names Jan. 23 as Saint Marianne Cope Day

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
State of Hawaii names Jan. 23 as Saint Marianne Cope Day

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Cause of death released for State Health Director Loretta Fuddy

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cause of death released for State Health Director Loretta Fuddy

On Monday, the Maui Police Department released the cause of death for the State Director of the Department of Health Loretta Fuddy who died when her plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa about a month ago. The MPD official statement said that Fuddy, 65, died of cardiac arrhythmia as a result of stress. An […]

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Saint Marianne Cope returns to Hawaii in 2014

| December 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
Saint Marianne Cope returns to Hawaii in 2014

Hawaii received its second Catholic saint on Oct. 21, 2012 when Blessed Mother Marianne Cope was canonized as Saint Marianne in a Vatican celebration. Now, Ste. Marianne will be returning to Hawaii in the upcoming year. The Sisters of St. Francis — who still supply nuns to Kalaupapa where Ste. Marianne worked with leprosy patients […]

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Opinion: Hawaii loses health director in tragic plane crash that ‘birthers’ seek to exploit

| December 17, 2013 | 7 Comments
Opinion: Hawaii loses health director in tragic plane crash that ‘birthers’ seek to exploit

By David Lichtenstein Wednesday’s death of Hawaii Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy in a small plane crash off Kalaupapa was a tragic loss. Although I never met her, all reports indicate that she was a dedicated and compassionate public servant. We are left with final images of Fuddy standing at the Kalawao overlook on Wednesday […]

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Molokai bids farewell to Larry Helm

| August 1, 2013 | 1 Comment
Molokai bids farewell to Larry Helm

By David Lichtenstein “He achieved success because he lived well, laughed often and loved much. We ‘ll miss you forever.” These fond words, printed in his Celebration of Life program, helped to capture the life of Hilarion “Larry” Hugh Helm on July 27 at St. Damien Catholic Church in Kaunakakai. They also offer the best […]

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Miracle on Molokai: How a retired schoolteacher helped make Damien a saint

| July 16, 2013 | 2 Comments
Miracle on Molokai: How a retired schoolteacher helped make Damien a saint

By David Zax via The Big Roundtable It was a little over a decade ago that Audrey Toguchi, a retired Hawaiian schoolteacher, first visited Father Damien’s grave on the island of Molokai. Passing through the gate in a low cobblestone wall, where stray cats sometimes rested in the shade of St. Philomena Church, Mrs. Toguchi […]

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Sen. Hirono meets with new Secretary of Transportation to discuss needs of Kalaupapa

| July 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sen. Hirono meets with new Secretary of Transportation to discuss needs of Kalaupapa

Mazie Hirono, Hawaii’s newest U.S. Senator, met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to discuss the essential air service for Kalaupapa. The meeting, held during the second week of June, also covered the importance of Honolulu’s rail system, for which the city secured a full funding grant agreement in December […]

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