Monthly Archives: August 2012


Welcome Back Video from UH President Greenwood

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood welcomes students, faculty and staff of UH's ten campuses back to school for the 2012 fall semester.

Land Purchase to Expand UHMC’s Molokai Education Center

KAHULUI, HI – Molokai Properties Ltd, which does business as Molokai Ranch, announced it has sold 3.2 acres of land in Kaunakakai to the University of Hawaiʻi. The parcel is located adjacent to the existing UH Maui College Molokai Education Center and will help the UH System realize its master plan goals of expanding its educational facilities on the island. Said UH Maui College Chancellor Dr. Clyde Sakamoto, “This purchase will eventually expand the college's Molokai Education Center and strengthen our capacity to provide more higher education and economic opportunities. Critical to this outcome will be community input to realistically leverage public and private resources to create new possibilities for Molokai. Long-range planning will now begin in earnest. We'd also like to express our deepest thanks to Molokai Properties Ltd. for facilitating this purchase, which will greatly benefit the community." “UH Maui College on Molokai provides great opportunities for our kids on the island and we couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in their expansion through this sale,” added Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Ranch. “We look forward to being able to partner with them in the future to bring specialty workshops and other activities to the residents of Molokai.” Approximately 250 students call University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai their home campus. Through the Molokai Education Center, students can pursue certificate and associate degrees in seven primary majors from UH Maui College, including Liberal Arts, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business Careers, Early Childhood Education, Hawaiian Studies, Human Services, and Allied Health. Plans to include UH Maui College’s three bachelor’s of science degrees are underway. A wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees are also available from other UH campuses, facilitated by University

IHM Musicians to Present Free Concert August 31st

KAHULUI - Students in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music will join Hawaiian music icons for a free outdoor concert from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday August 31st at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s Palm Court. The college’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, which is dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music, offers students the opportunity to form a musical mentorship with professional Hawaiian musicians. The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Students are also required to complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art. Students will perform alongside musical mentors, including four-time Grammy Award-winner George Kahumoku Jr., Kevin and Sheldon Brown, and Richard Ho‘opi‘i. The concert will include slack key guitar, ukulele, keyboard, vocals and hula performances in both traditional and contemporary styles. “The students are really coming along — we had to turn people away at the door when they played at the (Maui Arts & Cultural Center) for their first showcase in May,” said Kahumoku. “The free concerts over the summer at the Fairmont are giving them even more experience playing live.” Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information about the UH-Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music, email or visit  

Scholars from the Philippines To Visit UHMC As Part of Cultural Exchange

Kahului, HI — August 7, 2012 — Four scholars from Mariano Marcos State University will visit the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College in early September, meeting with administrative officials at the college and teaching a special lecture series. The visit is part of a larger plan to develop cultural exchanges between the respective institutions’ Hospitality and Tourism programs, and advance international understanding while providing more professional training opportunities for students. On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, the college, in collaboration with the Kabalikat Council and Filipino community, will host a Welcome Reception at the King Kamehameha Golf Club from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and formal Pinoy attire is requested for all guests. Attendees of the event will include Maui county officials, UH Maui College administrators and faculty, and leaders in the community. The event will showcase entertainment from a variety of cultures including Japanese Taiko drummers, hula, and traditional Philippine dances. A silent auction will raise funds for the advancement of Filipinos in higher education at UH Maui College. Contact Marilyn Fornwall (UH Foundation Office - 984-3261) for tickets. Also planned by the College’s EdVenture program and the Filipino Cultural Society is a “Visiting Scholar Lecture Series,” from September 6th through the 13th. The series will offer Maui’s community an opportunity to meet the visiting scholars and learn about the close connection between the county and the Philippines, while exploring exciting new opportunities for Maui. The sessions will be from 6:00-8:00 pm in UHMC Laulima Building. The cost for each session is $45, or students can take the entire 5 lecture series for $149. Call 984-3231 to register. For more information on the visiting scholars from Mariano Marcos State University, contact:

UHMC Students to Host Decision 2012 Live Election Night TV Show

Kahului, HI — August 8, 2012 — This Saturday night will be a late one for University of Hawaiʻi Maui College students hosting Decision 2012, a live televised show covering the August 11th elections, which airs 5:30PM – 12:00AM on MCTV Cable 55. Students will be both behind the scenes working on the production and coordination of the show, as well as on camera asking questions of Maui County candidates as the election results roll in. This is the third time that the College has partnered with Pacific Radio Group to produce an elections night show, which will be simultaneously broadcast on KNUI AM 900 and through a live Internet feed on “Not only does Decision 2012 provide Maui County viewers with local, homegrown coverage of the issues,” said Mike Albert, UHMC Media Coordinator. “It also provides an opportunity for students to work side-by-side with professionals in the industry.” "Our goal is to get out the information people want, while we also provide a perspective of what the results mean to Maui County from candidates, supporters and students," said Wendy Osher, News Director for Pacific Radio Group, who will co-host along with PRG’s Fred Guzman and Alaka'i Paleka. “Decision 2012 gives our students the opportunity to engage in the process of politics live,” added Malia Davidson, Program Director of Liko A'e and Student Coordinator of the event. “Our students come from a diverse demographic, which lends to their synergy on air. They will be learning every moment by hearing, seeing, and being a part of a production that comes every two years.” Candidates currently scheduled to make an appearance in the studio, by phone or by Skype include: Erin McLaughlin, Simon Russell, George Fontaine,

Kahikina O Ka Lā Now Accepting Applications

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College students interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related fields within a Hawaiian Studies and cultural context can now apply for performance-based incentives through the Kahikina O Ka Lā program. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Kahikina O Ka Lā combines current STEM and STEM-related curricula with traditional Hawaiian cultural knowledge. Over the course of the next academic year Kahikina O Ka Lā will develop multiple STEM and STEM-related programs to assist youth from K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels as well as provide instructional opportunities for teachers and community leaders. “Kahikina O Ka Lā is committed to guiding UHMC students to careers and leadership roles both locally and on a global stage,” said Damien K Cie, Project Director for Kahikina O Ka Lā. For the 2012-2013 academic year approximately sixty students in STEM and STEM-related fields will benefit from the program. Applicants will be ranked on preference using multiple criteria such as GPA, course units completed, and academic interests and goals. Awarded students will receive continuous academic support through program counselors and an annual performance-based stipend award in the amount of $3,500 or $5,000. To continue in the program, participants must meet minimum semester requirements, including but not limited to 1) maintaining a GPA of 2.5 ($3,500) or 3.0 ($5,000) 2) enrolling in STEM and STEM-related curriculum, with a minimum of one Hawaiian Studies course per year 3) creating an academic plan and meeting with a counselor twice per semester and 4) participating in academic enrichment (i.e. tutoring, mentoring) and providing campus and community outreach. The Kahikina O Ka Lā program is funded through The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative awarded by the