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The Mokio Preserve Blessing

Mokio Preserve
Photo by Butch Haase

On May 11, 2013, I had the honor of attending the Mokio Preserve blessing. It was interesting learning some of the challenges in getting to this point of having the land put into the Molokai Land Trust for preservation. These lands have an ecosystem that is rich in natural resources and native habitats, with five miles of coastal seashore, a dune ecosystem, seasonal wetland, and ancient Hawaiian sites, including an adze quarry at Pu`u Kaeo. Stories were shared about this journey of many years, and countless hours of meetings with Molokai Ranch, Molokai Land Trust, and the Molokai Community. Volunteer work and the heart of this land supported a vision of having these lands protected for the future of the people of Molokai.

The Molokai Land Trust is proud to have the Ho`olehua Field Office as a partner in the restoration activities on the Mokio Preserve. Restoration work using Farm Bill programs to re-establish the coastal dry forest and shrublands of west Molokai has been a learning experience with many successes and challenges. One of the projects showcases native revegetation of barren hardpan. This is seen as an encouraging possibility for the restoration of native plant systems across the thousands of acres occupied by invasive plant and animal species, and stressed by erratic climatic changes, most notably, increasing frequency and duration of droughts.
 
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Mokio Preserve Blessing

This past weekend Clay Rumbaoa, our CEO, joined with the Molokai Land Trust and other Molokai community members to celebrate and bless the Mokio Preserve.  The Mokio Preserve is a 1,718 parcel of land that Molokai Ranch recently donated to the Molokai Land Trust.  According to the Molokai Land Trust website, the Preserve ‘contains about five miles of rugged shoreline, remnant native coastal strand and dune ecosystems, seasonal wetland, and several ancient Hawaiian sites, including an adze quarry at Pu’u Kaeo.

Oahu to Molokai Race Season Begins

OAHU TO MOLOKAI RACE SEASON BEGINS
By Nancy Schmicker

A Beautiful Race Morning
Photo by Don Miralle

This year’s Molokai-to-Oahu canoe racing season kicked off on Sunday, April 21 with the Steinlager Kaiwi Channel OC-1 race that left from the Kepuhi Beach area and finished at Hawaii Kai, Oahu. There were nearly 75 participants, with an equal amount of escort boats accompanying the racers at a one-to-one ratio.

With four races scheduled to leave from the Kepuhi Beach area this year, Molokai Ranch has been working closely with race organizers to ensure smooth and safe experiences. Racers train months and sometimes years in advance to compete in these endurance competitions. Even the race organizers need a fair amount of passion to be able to undergo the lengthy process of organizing and producing the races, as they stand to potentially lose money, or break even at best, each year.

Said Mike Takahashi, organizer of the Paddleboard World Championships, “Organizing the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race is a tremendous undertaking, and I sometimes wonder why I have done it for 16 years. The last time I did the race was 9 years ago, so it is easy to forget the exhilaration of doing the race. All the training, the logistics, and the excitement of the start can be forgotten. What can’t be forgotten are the faces of the paddlers after every race, the joy of exhaustion and the sense of accomplishment. To be able to make that happen is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had. I hope that feeling never gets old for me.”

Even with so much passion fueling the competitors, each race has its associated issues. Many Molokai residents have expressed concerns about water safety and overfishing when hundreds of escort boats descend on Molokai’s usually empty coastlines. In addition, with a lack of operating hotels on the west side, there are concerns that some of the escort boat crews might camp illegally on private property, leaving trash behind.

Molokai Ranch has teamed up with the race organizers, the Molokai Police Department and the west end residents to address these issues. Working together, Molokai Ranch, Molokai police officers, Takahashi and Byron Espaniola, a Maunaloa community representative, agreed on a set of rules that will be enforced among all escort boat crews during Mike’s race in late July. These rules include a no wake zone 500 yards from shore, a no fishing zone 500 yards from shore, no littering, no opihi picking, and camping only in designated camping areas. Escort boat crews that are found breaking these rules will be banned from participating in the races.

Working together, Molokai Ranch is looking forward to supporting these important cultural sporting events well into the future.

For questions or concerns, please contact Nancy Schmicker at (808) 534-9509.

Wagyu Cattle – Mainland Ranch Visit

Clay Rumbaoa and Dathan Bicoy were on the mainland this week checking out a ranch.  The ranch, located outside San Francisco, is selling off their Wagyu herd.  While Molokai Ranch may not buy any animals, Clay and Dathan was able to learn best-practices for grass-fed Wagyu.