LuiHokoana3Chancellor, Maui College
Dr. Lui Hokoana

Dr. Lui Hokoana serves as the chancellor and chief executive officer of UH Maui College. Hokoana started his higher education career at the University of Hawaiʻi in 1991, and prior to his role as chancellor served as the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH West Oʻahu, associate vice president for student affairs for the UH System, vice chancellor of student affairs at Windward Community College and director for various programs at UH Maui College.

Hokoana has secured more than $20 million in county, state, federal and private funds to support various UH systemwide initiatives that contributed to unprecedented enrollment growth, financial aid access, service to underrepresented groups and overall student success. He was named State Manager of the Year by the State of Hawaiʻi in 2011.

Hokoana earned a doctorate of education degree from the University of Southern California. He received a master’s degree in communications from UH Mānoa and bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Hilo.

McKeeVice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Maui College
Dr. John McKee

Dr. John McKee was appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in August, 2010, after serving in the role on an interim basis for several months. McKee joined Maui College in October of 2009 as the Assistant Dean of Instruction.

Dr. McKee has applied his executive leadership skills toward the college’s efforts to fulfill its missions to meet workforce training needs of employers today while preparing Maui College students for the STEM career opportunities of the future.

Prior to joining the UHMC administration, McKee was Division Dean for Science and Engineering at Portland Community College (PCC), where he had oversight over a range of science and technology programs — including biology, physics and chemistry, computer science, information technology systems and engineering. While at PCC he led the development of a comprehensive “Green Technology” program and curriculum comprehensive plan for the 90,000 student, multi-campus, district. Moreover, he served as the President of the Oregon Academy of Science and in this role led efforts to promote and expand science and technology educational opportunities for Oregon high school and middle school students.

Prior to PCC he served as Dean of Business and Technology at Clark College and as Co-Director of the Washington State University, Vancouver Science and Engineering Institute.

Originally from Stevenson, Washington, McKee holds a doctorate of education in community college leadership from Oregon State University. He earned a master of arts in teaching and his bachelor of arts in social science from Alaska Pacific University. His early career included service as executive director of an agricultural development project for Alaska natives, as project director for Habitat for Humanity in Bend, Oregon, and as a consultant developing a telemedicine business plan for the Central Oregon Hospital Network.

TamanahaVice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Maui College
David Tamanaha

David Tamanaha became Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at University of Hawai‘i Maui College in December, 1997.

Before assuming the Vice Chancellor’s position at UH Maui College, he served at University of Hawai‘i Manoa as a Fiscal Officer at several colleges, Outreach College, John A. Burns School of Medicine, School of Hawaiian Asian and Pacific Studies, and Co-Curricular Programs, Activities and Services. He also served at the University of Hawai‘i System, General Accounting Office.

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Tamanaha attended UH Maui College (then known as Maui Community College) and transferred to UH Manoa and earned a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration.

cathy-bioInterim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Maui College
Cathy Bio

Cathy Bio was appointed Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs in July 2013. Prior to this position, Ms. Bio spent 19 years working in Financial Aid and Scholarships, where she witnessed the financial aid population grow from 350 to 3000 students. As the lead Financial Aid Director at UH Maui College, Ms. Bio helped to increase the financial aid participation rate to exceed all targets set by the UH Strategic Outcomes. She also helped to increase the number of Native Hawaiian Pell grant recipients beyond all measures set by the Achieving the Dream Initiative.

As a financial aid professional, Ms. Bio was elected twice as President of the Pacific Islands Financial Aid Association (PacFAA), representing Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, and actively participated as an Executive Council member in the regional association (WASFAA). In 2005, she earned the honor of the Excellence in Service award at UH Maui College, and in 2011, received the Excellence in Debt Management Award from USA Funds for her work in helping to manage student loan debt.

Ms. Bio graduated with a Masters degree in Educational Administration from University of Hawaii at Manoa and double majored in Applied History and Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

GroomsInterim Assistant Dean of Instruction and
Program Coordinator, Maui College
David Grooms

David Grooms joined UH Maui College in 1996 and since 2010 has served as Interim Assistant Dean of Instruction and Program Coordinator for the college’s Accounting Program. Mr. Grooms holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Bakersfield and a Master of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Mr. Grooms represents administration on the college’s Curriculum Committee; and he was the lead faculty in the development of the college’s first baccalaureate degree in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT). Prior to coming to Maui College, Mr. Grooms worked at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and was a small business owner in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Grooms can be reached at (808) 984-3376 or email: grooms@hawaii.edu.