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Love to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawaii – Maui College Wednesday November 18, 5 – 8 pm, Student Lounge. This popular open mic event for the last three years will be part of the International Day on campus in November. All UHMC students, staff and faculty are invited along with the whole community of Maui. All talents, All ages. Free admission and free food. This is a family event.

During the day the UH Maui College International Day will include performances featuring cultural dances, singing, music and crafts from Cameroon, China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm in Multi-Purpose Room and then continue into the evening with the open mic where the UHMC chorus and Institute for Hawaiian Musicians will give a special performances and surprise talent from the Maui community too!

The Music Club’s open mic will have the UHMC chorus start the evening with a performance of popular favorites where the audience can sing a long including a Beatles medley mashups and even the song “Imagine” sung in Hawaiian. Institute for Hawaiian Musician will have a guest performer and other surprise guest performers from Maui community to contribute to the evening’s festivities.

“This is the third year we have held open mics” says Karyn Sarring, advisor to The Music Club. “So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family. We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community and provide an opportunity for all of UH-MC performance classes (music, drama and language) and speech classes too. […]

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Music Recital Day – Oct. 28th in Kupa’a 104

They say things come in 3s! Wednesday Oct 28th there will be 3 recitals in Kupa’a 104. Piano 10:30 am, MUS 123 beginning singing noon and MUS 124 Intermediate singing at 1:30 pm. Come when you can or the whole time. solos, groups, duets even some original music….even accapella version of “Uptown Funk”, music from the musical Rent, Black Keys, John Legend, Amazing Grace, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin…..It’s free… ??s call 205-1241.

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Great Hawaii Shakeout – 10/21/2015

UHMC will be participating in the Great Hawaii Shakeout on October 21, 2015.

What: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 10:15 AM
Where: Maui College Campus

The probability of a destructive magnitude-6.5 or higher earthquake
striking the Hawaiian islands:
… in the next 10 years is 50%.
… in the next 20 years is 75%.
… in the next 50 years is 97%.

(Source: USGS Bulletin 2006

Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut
Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great ShakeOut is held on the third
Thursday of October each year.

Maui College will be participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
this year, but we will be participating on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 due
to schedule conflicts with preexisting Campus functions.

Our Campus has already signed up for the Great ShakeOut, you do not have
to sign up separately for this event.

On October 21, at 10:15 AM, a text message will be sent via the UH Alert
Emergency Messaging System*** (If you do not have text messaging on your
phone, proceed with the drill at 10:15 AM whether you are on Campus or at
home.) The text message will state the following:

UHMC Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill in progress. All participants should
“Drop! Cover! Hold On!” (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

***UH Alert Emergency Text Messaging is an “Opt-In” system. In order to
receive UH Alert text messages, you must be a subscriber:

What to do during the drill:

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or
desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down
for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect
yourself during earthquakes!

While still under […]

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Join Us in a Movement

Give it. Get it. Live it. A culture of respect can prevent sexual violence.

Respect is a concept that can represent a number of things to different people. However, at its core, it reflects a thoughtful consideration of others. Healthy relationships and positive experiences are based on respect. It doesn’t matter who it’s with or where it is… it could be with your partner, your classmate, your boss, a friend of a friend, or even a stranger you don’t know.

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Veterinary Assisting Program at UHMC

WCC is launching the Veterinary Assisting Program on Maui. If you have a passion for animals, this is an exciting opportunity for a career in Veterinary Studies! This program is 3 semesters long and offered only Jan-Dec 2016. Upon completion of the program, students will get a Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting and be able to work in the Veterinary field and have a life long career working with animals. The hybrid program is 31 credits with online and in-person classes. For more information please go to

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Open Mic Night, Wednesday, September 30th

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm in the student lounge, the Music Club is hosting an Open Mic Night. Free food, free admission for UHMC students, and special performances by the UHMC chorus. All talents welcome! Singing, skits, dance, drama, poetry, comedy, etc.

For more information, call 808-205-1241 or visit

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Maui Food Innovation Center Wins SBA Award

President Obama announced the winners of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition at White House Demo Day, with one of the awards going to the Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) at UH Maui College. The competition recognizes entrepreneurship and innovation to create a diverse and inclusive small business community.

The Maui Food Innovation Center will receive $50,000 to support a business start-up program, the Maui Accelerator Program (MAP), targeting women and minority-owned enterprises including Native Hawaiian led businesses. MFIC was one of eight selections made by a special panel of the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (“ONAA”) for programs that will serve Native American, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian populations.

Funds will be used to create a selective process to choose participating food companies, create a team of food industry mentors, design a website for the program, and develop the event which will culminate in a public pitch by the selected companies. As part of the program, MFIC will seek participation by angel investors, venture funders, public sector agencies, private foundations, and individual philanthropists to participate in or financially contribute to the program.

“The partnership between the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and the Maui Food Innovation Center is a natural because we share many of the same goals,” said MNHCoC President Doreen “Pua” Canto. “Mentoring the next generation of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs will be easier with the support of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund.”

“The Maui Food Innovation Center is an important program that will offer both the training and facilities needed by local food entrepreneurs to build a small business,” said UHMC Chancellor Lui K. Hokoana. “We’re excited the project has been recognized nationally, and this additional award will increase learning opportunities for students.”

The […]

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New Community Health Short-Term Certificates

Prospective students interested in community health can take advantage of two new short-term certificate programs launching this fall at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. The certificates can be earned in one or two semesters, with class schedules designed for participants already balancing work and family obligations.

The new Community Health Worker/Health Navigator 1 Certificate of Competence requires 15 credits, and will allow participants to finish in less than a year. New distance learning options will be also be available for Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Hāna, and Lāhainā.

Community health workers (CHWs) in Maui County hold job titles that include outreach specialist, wellness navigator, program assistant, and health aide. They serve as bridges between the community and healthcare and social services providers, helping to ensure services are accessible and culturally appropriate. CHWs often provide care coordination and supportive counseling. “This work is about trust and compassion,” said Haunani Kamakana, a navigator at Molokaʻi General Hospital. They also focus on prevention, leading outreach and education efforts and supporting individuals, families, and communities in making healthy changes. Dr. Joe Humphry, Medical Director of the Lānaʻi Community Health Center, notes that “CHWs connect people to the resources they need to stay healthy, detect problems early on and improve management of chronic conditions. They are essential members of our health care team.”

The CHW certificate was developed with input from local healthcare, public health, and social service employers, as well as national and state efforts like Hawaiʻi’s Healthcare Innovation Plan, and workforce studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project partners include Lānaʻi Community Health Center and Na Puʻuwai. Leadership and key staff from Lānaʻi Community Health Center, Na Puʻuwai, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Mālama I Ke Ola, […]

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First Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship Awardees Named

Today the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College announced the first awardees of the Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship, Jerome Texeria and Malia Ah Nee. Both UHMC students received $5,000 scholarships funded through an endowment that honors the legacy of Dr. Clyde Sakamoto, who retired as Chancellor after serving the UH System for 41 years. He led the university starting in 1991.

Texeria was born and raised in Maui, and graduated from Maui High School in 1997. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Business and Information Technology, and is expecting to graduate in 2017.

“I’m so appreciative – this scholarship will really help me reach my academic goals,” said Texeria, who also worked with Sakamoto as a student assistant. “I feel honored to be one of the first to receive this award. I love UH Maui College, and the support I’ve received here has been huge.”

Ah Nee is also pursuing her degree in Applied Business and Information Technology. “Receiving the award meant a lot to me, especially because it was the Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship,” she said. “At first I was a bit in shock, amazed, and grateful all at the same time. After the award ceremony I took a moment to truly reflect on my hard work and how it shaped me to be the person I am today. I will continue to be diligent and strive toward success in all aspects of my life. I would like to thank everyone who donated to this scholarship fund.”

To make a contribution to UH Maui College contact the UH Foundation at UH Maui College by phone at 808.984.3471 or email

(PHOTO: Malia Ah Nee and Jerome Texeria)

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Guitar Virtuosos Return for Free Concert at UHMC

Following the success of last year’s free concert which packed the house, once again guitar virtuosos will perform at UH Maui College to shine a light on opportunities to study music and inspire the next generation of musicians.

The concert is scheduled to take place Friday, July 10th at 3:00 PM in the ʻIke Leʻa auditorium, and will feature guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Christopher Mallett, and Aaron Cardenas. The program will include a variety of music for solo and duet, with a mix of classical guitar and ukulele pieces. A reception with pupus and refreshments will follow at 4:00 PM for all attendees.

Ian O’Sullivan, a Kamehameha graduate and UH alumni who became the first guitarist from Hawaiʻi to earn a Masters in Guitar from Yale University, performed last July and is excited to return. “As a performer, I always feel good when the acoustics are good. It’s nice to share music with another part of the University of Hawaiʻi and especially with the community. I look forward to talking to students after the concert.” OʻSullivan is currently a lecturer in classical guitar at UH Mānoa, and was a finalist in the 2014 Na Hōkū Hanohano awards for his first CD, Born and Raised.

Christopher Mallett has been awarded several prizes including the Eliot Fisk Prize for “outstanding guitarist” from Yale University, the Alumni Ventures Grant from Yale University, and as part of the Oberlin Guitar Duo received top Prize in the International Guitar Chamber Competition in Brownsville Texas. He has also been featured in Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard and the American Suzuki Journal. Aaron Cardenas is a current UH Mānoa student.

UH Maui College faculty are excited for the performance as well.

Joel Katz, who teaches guitar at the […]

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