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

Hula Honeys Donate to Emma Veary Scholarship

The future of a lucky music student at UH Maui College will glow a little brighter thanks to a $3,000 contribution to the Emma Veary Scholarship fund by Robyn Kneubuhl and Ginger Johnson, otherwise known as the Hula Honeys. Their decision to make the donation came about as the result of a successful cultural exchange your between Kahului and the beach cities of Southern California. “Emma Veary continues to be a huge musical influence,” said Johnson, part of the award-winning jazz duo. “After playing to packed crowds at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach and Mar’sels Restaurant, we saw how far that musical influence has reached. We wanted to help nurture the next generation of musicians the way Maui has nurtured our careers, so we decided to contribute part of the profits from that tour to the Emma Veary Scholarship.” The multi-year Emma Veary Scholarship, named after Robin Kneubuhl’s mother, was established by a private donor in California who had enjoyed listening to Veary’s performances on the beach outside the Halekulani Hotel forty years ago. Veary would tell her paying audience that the next song was for ‘friends on the shelf’ or for her ‘scholarship friends’, and then she would then turn and sing to her fans on the beach who could not afford to buy a ticket to a Waikiki concert. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates ability and promise in all types of music, i.e. following the broad repertoire of the Golden Voice of Hawaiʻi, Emma Veary. “We’re hoping that others in the local music community in Maui will help grow this important scholarship so that it can support more deserving music students, and inspire them to pursue

UHMC Shows School Spirit, Promotes Registration

Driving past UH Maui College April 6th you might have noticed over 100 UH Maui College faculty, students and staff gathered along the W. Ka’ahumanu Avenue entrance. As part of the “Get Your Reg On!!!” campaign, they waved at passing cars and held signs to show their school spirit and help promote summer and fall class registration, which starts April 13th. “Right now there’s still financial aid available, and we wanted to get the word out about registration a week before it starts so people apply and get that financial aid paperwork underway,” said Cathy Bio, Vice Chancellor of Student Services. “But it was also an opportunity to show our school spirit – I think everyone driving by could see how enthusiastic we are about our students and the college.” Among the UHMC programs that came to support the event were Admissions & Records, Kabatak, Counseling, Dental Hygiene, Liberal Arts, and Hospitality & Tourism as well as executive staff including Chancellor Lui K. Hokoana. The event was broadcast live by Pacific Media Group, with hosts Trance and Tre Tre from Da Jam 98.3. Listeners to the broadcast were encouraged to honk their horns while driving by, and many did. “Our students really felt the spirit of the community supporting us,” said Francine Ching, Student Life Coordinator and one of the event’s organizers. “It’s still going on too, I hear the photos on Facebook have gotten over 6,000 views.” The class schedules for summer and fall semesters are available to view online at, and prospective students can apply online at (PHOTOS: Hi-rez photos from the event available on Flickr:

UHMC Wo Global Learning Champions Travel to New Zealand

UHMC’s Wo Global Learning Champions, Joyce Yamada and Liping Liu, recently returned from New Zealand. The Wo Learning Champion group had a very productive time observing classes and meeting with faculty and administrators of Waiariki Institute of Technology. “Their way of embracing biocultural learning into their academic programs and curriculum was exemplary,” said Liping. ” Joyce and I look forward to putting what we’ve learned into action to benefit our campus community.  As an exchange, two faculty/administrators from Waiariki will be invited to the UHCC campuses in the fall 2015.”  >> Read more on >> To see a video of the Hawaiian delegates singing a farewell waiata in te reo Maori, please visit

UHCC Day at the Capitol Event Wins Marketing Award

UHMC is part of the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges (UHCC) systemwide marketing team which recently received national recognition for its work on the 50th Anniversary UHCC Day at the Capitol event. The prestigious Gold Paragon in the government and community relations category was given by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at the NCMPR conference in Portland, Oregon. > Read the entire article on UH News UHMC programs/faculty/students that represented the college at UHCC Day at the Capitol included: Culinary Arts (Dean Louie, Chris Speere, Kristin Dougherty); Applied Business & Information Technology (Crystal Alberto, Alana D’Andrea); Sustainable Science Management (Tim Botkin); Engineering Technology (Dr. Jung Park, Anil Mehta); Hawaiian Studies (Papaikani’au Kai’anui); Allied Health (Denise Cohen, Leanne Higa); CareerLink (Juli Patao); Nontraditional CTE (Gregory Woronovich); Marketing & Community Relations (Nicole Beattie).

UHMC’s Liko Aʻe Program Receives Award

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently granted the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko A‘e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program an award of $187,000. Funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain a college degree throughout Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Since 2003, Liko A‘e has disbursed over 3,400 scholarship awards to Native Hawaiian students pursuing a diverse range of degree programs. Liko A‘e also offers mentoring programs focused on community service projects and online community building. “We would like to mahalo The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and our community partners for their unwavering support of our program,” said Kahealani Naeole, Liko A‘e’s Project Director. “With this funding we will be able to offer about 90-100 scholarships during the Fall 2015 semester as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education.” For more information about Liko A’e, visit: or contact us at

Spring 2015 Cultural Workshop at the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua

Over thirty Ka Hikina O Ka Lā students and six staff members attended a Spring 2015 Cultural Workshop at the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua at 525 Front Street, Lahaina on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Leaders from Hui O Wa’a Kaulua led several workshops providing an introduction of the historical importance of voyaging, the spirituality of voyaging, and the application of wayfinding techniques. The workshops set a foundation of culture-based knowledge centered around the importance of wayfinding skills, and how those skills could be applied to create positive solutions for the future.

Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Tours Molokai Fishponds

Faculty and staff from the Ka Hikina O Ka Lā program toured several fishponds on Molokai to explore possible place-based laboratory sites that would connect Native Hawaiian indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge with STEM education through the inquiry process. They were grateful for the opportunity to talk story with Leimana Naki, Kahinapohaku Fishpond, Hano Naehu, Keawanui Fishpond, Walter Ritte, Keawanui Fishpond, Noelani Yamashita, Ali’i/Kalokoeli Fishpond (Ka Honua Momona), and Mervin Dudoit, Ali’i/Kalokoeli Fishpond (Ka Honua Momona). The program, in conjunction with the DOE, is also working to support these community-driven initiatives on Molokai and Lanai.