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.

Interim Vice Chancellor of Information Technology, UH Maui College
Mike Albert

Mike Albert brings over 40 years of technology experience from the public and private sectors. A graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Albert holds a B.A. in telecommunications and an M.Ed from the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Albert feels a key responsibility of IT is to deliver customer-centric, advanced, sustainable technologies that support the new and diverse workforce required in this day and age.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UH Maui College
Debra Nakama

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: