Raising the Minimum Wage is Good for Hawaii: A Rebuttal

Conservatives and economic professors can often be heard making claims that raising the minimum wage is a “job killer”. On a first impression this makes sense; if a company has to spend more money per

The Student Ohana for Sustainability Club President: Pali O’Connell

The Student Ohana for Sustainability, known as SOS, is Maui College’s sustainability club here on campus since 2011. The SOS mission statement is: “As a diverse group of independent thinkers, SOS is committed to promoting

Profits Over Planet AND People?

There’s lots of confusion, misconceptions and little information for consumers about Maui’s energy, which leaves us all feeling powerless in a controversy revolving around just that: Maui Power and Electricity.   The Auwahi Wind Farm, South-East Maui. At

Maui Campus Sustainability: Part 1

Tim Botkin, SSM Program, UHMC Sustainability Committee Member On Monday, January 25, 2016 the UHMC Sustainability Committee had its first meeting of the semester and its first meeting under the new structure of an elected chairperson

The Uber-Friendly Isle

By Ali Hanna   What if there was an app that could find someone near you to give you a ride? That could get you home safely after a long night of…studying? Many of us who have

Aquaponics Entrepreneurship Courses at UHMC

  Dec. 23, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Susan Miller 808-295-0659 Maui College student/entrepreneurs dreaming about how to launch an aquaponics microenterprise in 2016 are in luck. The Maui College Business Program is offering two new topic courses starting in January. “Aquaponics Entrepreneurship” (Bus 190v) and “Aquaponics Microenterprise Marketing” (Mgt. 190v) are the subject courses for those interested in starting new small-scale aquaponics food production start-ups. If you’ve a business plan or are seriously pondering a microenterprise, it’s important to understand the basic fundamental concepts of business and marketing. These courses will help in develop microenterprise business and management and marketing plans. Technical knowledge and skills related to natural resources production and business management to successfully establish and run a micro-agribusiness to be competitive in Hawaii’s economy.” Geared to address the more of the business-side of aquaponics microenterprise, the courses are designed to assist entrepreneurs at all stages in understanding fundamental concepts and skills that can be applied to start-ups and early-stage business agribusiness using aquaponics as a Natural Resources Production microenterprise. The course will include discussions of entrepreneurship, the role it’s played in Hawaii’s island economy, and its relevance to aquaponics. All aspects of managing and marketing a business are covered, including operations, management and planning principles, record keeping and budgeting, and problem solving. Marketing will include understanding customer and markets and operating within constrained resources. Applicable business and production models as well as entrepreneurship practices will be examined through discussions and hands on applications. Students will work in groups to explore small-scale production using applied aquaponics startup systems. In keeping with state and federal health and food standards, students will acquire competencies in applied aquaponics sciences, industry-aligned standard operating procedures (SOP), food

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


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

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.

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).