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Photo Slideshow: Allied Health Emergency Exercise

On December 6th, second-year, second-semester nursing students conducted an emergency exercise near the Allied Health Office on the lower end of campus. Some of the students pretended to be disaster victims complete with trauma make-up, while others played the roles of routine emergency patients and sick patients.

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Photo Slideshow: PV Carport Construction

The PV carport project with Johnson Controls and HNu Energy is under construction. The goal is to transform the campus into a center of excellence for sustainability. The 565 KwH PV carport will increase the college’s ability to generate electricity, and provide 8 stalls for electric vehicle charging stations.

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Groundbreaking for the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center

Kahului, HI – December 15, 2013 – Today the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center. The first floor of the college’s Noiʻi building will be renovated to house the center, which will increase clinical training space for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs and integrate the Maui Oral Health Center (MOHC) currently located off campus.
Attending today’s ceremony were Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, State Representative Joseph Souki, State Senators Rosalyn Baker and Gil Agaran, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, UH Interim President David Lassner, UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, UHMC Dental Advisory Committee members, UHMC faculty and staff, as well as community dentists, supporting community partners, and friends.
The MOHC setting has served as a teaching lab, as well as a place where students gain practical clinical experience by providing affordable and accessible oral/dental health care to the underserved, low-income, uninsured families and children of Maui County. Last year, the MOHC provided dental care to more than 3,000 patients in more than 11,000 appointments, and by May 2013, approximately 176 dental assistants and 19 dental hygienists completed their respective programs and are employed as dental professionals.
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Leis Family Class Act Named a Top 100 Restaurant by OpenTable.com Diners

December 12, 2013 — The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable 2013 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.  OpenTable determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.
“We are thrilled to have won such a prestigious award,” said Juli Umetsu, Dining Room Instructor.  “I could not be more proud of the students at Maui Culinary Academy”.  Chef Tom Lelli agreed, stating “I am honored to work with the students in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant. We are proud to know that our diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience and gave us such high marks.”
“We congratulate the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America on achieving excellence in culinary creativity and hospitality,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “Their skill at delighting diners on every level has consistently earned them rave reviews and a well-deserved spot on this exclusive list.”
Based on feedback collected from OpenTable.com diners between December 2012 and November 2013, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores.  For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please

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Maui Culinary Academy serving up an innovative education

Think you’ve got the chops to make it in the culinary industry? Find out why so many students are choosing UH Maui College’s Maui Culinary Academy to launch their career.

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UHMC Veterans Center Grand Opening Ceremony Nov. 9

November 9th, 2013 the community celebrated the grand opening of the newly established Veterans Resource Center at UH Maui College. The Veterans Resource Center is the first center specifically for veterans in the UH school system, and will provide student veterans a dedicated space to study, network, and receive tutoring and counseling services. It includes a new, private study space, kitchenette, lounge area, and built-in computer desks.
State and Maui County officials recognized the community effort that launched this successful initiative. A $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation, volunteers from The Home Depot in Maui and the UHMC Veterans Club helped renovate the space on campus last September.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), said, “UH Maui College is showing leadership in Hawai‘i for providing necessary services and support for our returning veterans, active servicemembers and their families. Mahalo to all those who had the vision and drive, and put in the hard work, to create this resource and make today’s grand opening a reality. UHMC is working hard to serve our next greatest generation, and their support will be invaluable as our troops transition back into civilian life, and find ways to continue their mission, contributing in service to our communities.”
“My father,

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Maui Culinary Academy and Celebrity Chefs to Share “The World on a Plate”

The Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC), in partnership with the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Youngs Market Company of Hawai‘i will present the 17th annual Noble Chef benefit on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The event begins with a VIP reception at 5 p.m., followed by a full reception at 6 p.m., and an elegant gourmet dinner with entertainment and auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250 for preferred seating and $185 for general seating. Table sponsorships begin at $3,000.

The Noble Chef is MCA’s largest annual fundraiser, and features a mentorship program that pairs together many Maui’s celebrity chefs and MCA students. This year’s event theme is “The World on a Plate”, represented by a celebrity chef-designed reception menu spanning the culinary “hot spots” of the world, including Japan, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, Great Britain, India, Greece, New Zealand, and Mexico. After the reception, guests will sit down for a multi-course gourmet French dinner and dessert prepared by MCA’s faculty chefs. Wine and spirits throughout the evening are provided by Young’s Market Company of Hawai‘i, Ocean Vodka, and Maui Brewing Company.

In addition to preparing the evening’s meals together, the celebrity chefs and the students they mentor spend several days together beforehand in an intimate learning exchange, providing invaluable hands-on experience for MCA students. This year’s celebrity “noble chefs” are:

Chef Greg Gaspar, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Chris Kulis & Brian Etheredge of Capische?

Brett Martin of Andaz Maui at Wailea

Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events & Catering

Marc McDowell of Makena Resort Maui

Anton Haines of Pacific‘O

Bret Pafford of Gannon’s

Wes Holder of Pulehu, an Italian Grill

Bryan Beneke of Four Seasons Maui Resort

MCA faculty chefs include Jake Belmonte, Tom Lelli, Craig Omori, Jeff Scheer, Theresa Shurilla and Christina […]

Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Receives $1.5M

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program received its second year award after a successful first year annual report.  This award of $1.5M from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds the Program through August 2014.

This year marks the tenth year that Liko Aʻe has been assisting Native Hawaiian students with financial aid and student support services, now available on all islands and nationwide.  Since receiving its first USDOE award in 2003, over 2000 students have received college scholarships, college counseling, and critically-necessary mentoring and support services through the Program.  Our decade of service to the Hawaiian community has resulted in a deep understanding of how best to serve Hawaiian students, and the Program’s momentum keeps building.

“This second-year funding for our Leadership Program allows us to provide scholarships and wrap-around support services to Native Hawaiians students with a greater focus on serving those from rural and under-represented areas and non-traditional students,” says Program Director, Malia Davidson.

Participating scholars also are required to perform leadership service in their communities.  The Program has identified a number of specific community projects and organizations that scholars will serve this year on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu.  After-school tutoring sessions, mentoring programs, and focused assistance to high school students studying to complete their GED are just a few of the target areas through which the Program’s undergraduate scholarship recipients will provide community service this year.  Graduate recipients will act as team leaders for their undergraduate colleagues, and also will share their academic research through public and digital speaker events on various campuses.

For most of us, the cycle of education comes from multiple forms of schooling, as expressed by the famous ʻōlelo […]

Kalaupapa Exhibit On Display at UH Maui College

An historical exhibit developed by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa will be on display in the atrium of the Ka`a`ike Building at UH Maui College from October 16-December 6. The exhibit, “A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,” emphasizes the strong relationship between the people of Kalaupapa and the Royal Family of Hawaii, a chapter of the history of Kalaupapa not often told.

“The ‘Ohana is so excited to bring this exhibit to Maui College, “ said Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa, a resident of Kalaupapa for more than 50 years and President of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Kalaupapa as told by the people themselves.”

A blessing will be held at 6 p.m. October 16 followed by a Powerpoint presentation, “Bringing The Families Home,” by ‘Ohana Coordinator Valerie Monson who will also lead walkthroughs of the exhibit on October 19 and 26 and November 2, all beginning at 1 p.m. The public is invited to all events; there is no charge.

Between 1866 and 1969, an estimated 8,000 people were taken from their families and sent to Kalaupapa because of Hawaii’s leprosy isolation policies.  About 5,200 of these individuals were sent to Kalaupapa prior to the annexation of Hawai‘i by the United States, approximately 97% of whom were Native Hawaiian.

Members of the Royal Family were deeply moved by the situation facing so many of their “beloved people” who were sick.  They visited Kalaupapa, read petitions, wrote letters, mourned friends who had been taken from their midst and did what they could to make life better for those afflicted with the disease.  Leprosy was not an abstract problem, but a very real presence in their lives.

At the same time, the […]

Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Receives $1.5M

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program received its second year award after a successful first year annual report.  This award of $1.5M from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds the Program through August 2014.
This year marks the tenth year that Liko Aʻe has been assisting Native Hawaiian students with financial aid and student support services, now available on all islands and nationwide.  Since receiving its first USDOE award in 2003, over 2000 students have received college scholarships, college counseling, and critically-necessary mentoring and support services through the Program.  Our decade of service to the Hawaiian community has resulted in a deep understanding of how best to serve Hawaiian students, and the Program’s momentum keeps building.
“This second-year funding for our Leadership Program allows us to provide scholarships and wrap-around support services to Native Hawaiians students with a greater focus on serving those from rural and under-represented areas and non-traditional students,” says Program Director, Malia Davidson.
Participating scholars also are required to perform leadership service in their communities.  The Program has identified a number of specific community projects and organizations that scholars will serve this year on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and

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