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)

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

‘Aipono Awards Benefit MCA

The 2015 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards drew over 450 attendees to recognize Maui’s best restaurants and benefit students of the Maui Culinary Academy. This year was the largest gala to date, transforming the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa’s Ocean Lawn into a Casbah for a unique celebration with a Mediterranean/North African-theme. The 13th Annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards recognize Maui’s best restaurants in three-dozen categories as voted by Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine readers. More than 2,000 readers voted this year. The prestigious “Chef of the Year” title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by Maui chefs and industry insiders. Since its launch in 2003, ticket sales have generated more than $200,000 for the Maui Culinary Academy, and scholarships for deserving students. In addition, academy students gain the invaluable experience of working with sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event as they help to prepare the evening’s dinner. More than 52 students worked alongside the chefs and banquet/stewarding teams. Throughout the year, ‘Aipono raises additional funds for MCA with wine dinners held at ‘Aipono-winning restaurants.

Congratulations Graduates!

May 17th hundreds of students took center stage to walk at the combined UH Maui College and UH Center, Maui commencement ceremony held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. More than eight hundred degrees and certificates were awarded to UH Maui College students, with eighty-eight degrees awarded to Maui County residents from other UH Institutions through the UH Center, Maui.

Engineering Technology Students Present Capstone Projects

Graduating students in the Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET-AS) and the Engineering Technology (ENGT-BAS) programs held an exhibit in April showcasing their projects with prototypes, product demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Student Appreciation Night

Outstanding students from each of the academic programs at UHMC were recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the year at a special ‘Student Appreciation Night’. John Morton, Vice President of the University of Hawai’i Community College System was in attendance, as well as over a hundred students, family members, faculty and staff. “We believe that when students are recognized for their success it helps motivate them to continue their academic pathway,” said Student Council Member Tasha Kama. “We are always excited when we hear instructors passionately talk about their students and how their students have touched their lives.  I commend all the students who will be graduating next month and am grateful to all the faculty and staff who contributed to Student Appreciation Night.”

Mechanical Contractors Association Makes Scholarship Donation

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College as part of their ongoing effort to give back to local communities and foster students’ pursuit of higher education. The CEO of MCAA, John R. Gentille, was scouting for a location to host a group luncheon prior to MCAA’s Annual National Convention. One of the possible lunch venues was Leona Wilson’s burgeoning flower farm at the top of Wailuku Heights where Wilson also offers small tours to showcase Native Hawaiian plants and varieties of local honey. “Of course I immediately thought we should see if the Maui Culinary Academy at UH Maui College could cater, and once we were on the topic I mentioned what a great program it is, and how so many students struggle to earn enough to keep the lights on and get their education,” said Wilson. “I didn’t think much about it afterwards and had no idea that they would make a donation so quickly, and for such a large amount. I’m thrilled.” “Simply put, MCAA is a national trade association that greatly appreciates the value of education and training, and I was moved by Leona Wilson’s passion for providing educational opportunities for Maui’s young people. MCAA wanted to express that gratitude by supporting local students at UH Maui College,” said John R. Gentille. “Higher education is the infrastructure for building better lives, and we’re excited to play a part in that.” The MCAA Annual Convention took place March 8th – 12th at the Grand Wailea and the Wailea Beach Marriott and featured speakers like the Honorable Leon Panetta, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and CBS Sportscaster

GIS Showcases A World of Opportunity

The public is invited to attend a GIS Showcase on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Maui Brewing Company in the Kihei Tech Park. UH Maui College students earning Certificates of Competence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Ecosystem Management will share final projects including endemic Hawaiian tree snail populations in Maui County, energy efficiency mapping, and effects of East Maui Irrigation seepage on stream health. “The GIS Certificate program has given me the freedom to choose where I would like to go in my education and has opened new career options for me,” said UHMC student Heather Kotok. The student presentations will offer the opportunity for interested employers, internship sponsors, prospective students, and community organizations to learn more about GIS. “A world of opportunity awaits people developing skills in GIS,” said Craig Clouet, Solutions Engineer at Esri, a global GIS software company with an office in Honolulu. “Many jobs use GIS extensively, and Esri supports that Maui College has been so proactive in educating and promoting GIS to their students. Students leaving the program with these abilities can go anywhere to meet the needs of both existing jobs, and those not yet invented,” he said. GIS skills are in high demand on Maui through the growing high-tech industry. “At the Pacific Disaster Center, we are currently using GIS to help coordination of international disaster relief operations in Nepal by producing maps ranging from damage assessments to the location of international Search And Rescue teams. GIS is an integral part of the technologies employed at PDC for disaster risk reduction,” said Ray Shirkhodai, Executive Director. UHMC students are also finding local jobs with companies like ArdentMC and IUE after completing the UHMC program. “We look to hire

Makana Aloha Foundation Funds New Scholarship

The Makana Aloha Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to fund a scholarship for a full-time student pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in the Culinary Arts program at UH Maui College.  The award funds four semesters of tuition and fees, and will be awarded all at one time.  It is the largest scholarship gift at UH Maui College. Jami Burks Jami Burks, president of the Makana Aloha Foundation said, “The Makana Aloha Foundation wanted to make an immediate and profound impact in the life of a culinary student.” Burks continued, “We decided to establish this two-year scholarship so that a talented culinary student can focus on school and successfully graduate without financial concerns. We are humbled to be able to provide the support students need to achieve their goals and dreams.” UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana said, “Many students receive funding for their first year of school but not the subsequent ones, creating barriers to on-time graduation.  We are most grateful to the Makana Aloha Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support. This scholarship will make a big difference in the life of the scholarship recipient.” To find out how you can support the students and programs at UH Maui College, please contact Cordy MacLaughlin at or 808-984-3471. You can also make a gift online at

Music Week April 18th – April 25th

UH Maui College’ s Music Studies faculty will once again open the doors of its classes, hold special events, and share their knowledge and expertise with the public for a week-long celebration of all things musical from Apr. 18 to 25, 2015. “We held the first Music Week last year, and it was a huge success thanks to the support of students and the entire Maui community,” said Music instructor Karyn Sarring. “We not only opened up over 20 music classes to all students and the entire Maui community, but had guest lecturers, hosted performances by professional musicians on campus, organized an open mic, and offered master classes. It was so beneficial for everyone involved, and was also great fun!” Kicking off the festivities is UHMC’s Institute of Hawaiian Music’s “Aloha Maui Music Festival” benefit concert April 18, featuring Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning musicians, food, crafts, a silent auction and more. The inaugural “Aloha Maui Music Festival” will be held in Maui Nui Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Funds raised will benefit the Institute of Hawaiian Music program. Beginning Monday, Apr. 20, music classes and all other special events will be open to all students and the entire community of Maui for free. Some of the highlights for this year’s UHMC Music Week are: Guest artists will visit music classes on other days of that week including keyboard and guitar/voice duo of Gilbert Emata and Jimi Canha, mezzo-soprano Anne Shapiro, and Peter Swanzy of Ebb and Flow Arts. (check calendar for dates) On Tuesday Apr. 21, instructor David Fisher’s “Art and Business of Music” class will feature a panel