Monthly Archives: February 2013


UHMC’s Institute of Hawaiian Music Presented with $10,000 Grant from the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement program recently presented the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) at University of Hawai´i Maui College with a $10,000 grant for new musical equipment. Funds were gifted from Fairmont Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs), a corporate grant program that focuses on the environmental, social and community wellbeing of the communities where Fairmont does business. The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music through establishing mentor relationships 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. Funds from the Fairmont CAREs grant will be allocated to new mobile audio performance and recording equipment, as well as an acoustic upright bass, allowing students to perform and produce professional quality recordings at the Wailea resort and across Maui. Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto of University of Hawai´i Maui College shares: “When Maui’s business community partners with our programs, it adds an important dimension to learning by letting students get hands-on in the ultimate classroom – the real world.  The Fairmont Kea Lani has been tremendously supportive of both our IHM and culinary programs, and the experience students take away is invaluable.” The $10,000 award is part of an ongoing partnership between The IHM and The Fairmont Kea Lani that, in the past, has included hotel concerts and fundraising efforts. “We so appreciate The Fairmont Kea Lani’s dedication to Hawaiian music and our program,” said IHM Program Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “This

Maui College Garden Brings Community Together

A community garden is going up on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. “We wanted to have a place where students and faculty and the greater community could come and learn about growing their own food,” said Jennifer Chirico, the executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. The institute is part of UH Maui College and is responsible for setting up and running the garden. Hundreds of volunteers, from middle and high school students to residents in their 60s, are working to transform the one-time, weed-filled lot into a thriving garden. “One of the big issues that we face in Hawaiʻi obviously is that we import 85 percent of our food,” said Chirico. “So one of the first steps in getting more food secure in Hawaiʻi is learning to grow your own food.” It’s been a team effort. On top of all of the work by the volunteers and Maui College employees, the Maui County Board of Water Supply put in the irrigation system, and Community Work Day is assisting in designing and building the garden. The non-profit focuses on teaching sustainability and brings school groups to work in the garden. “Sustainability doesn’t have to be this thing that is just for hippies on the homestead,” said Rebekah Kuby, Community Work Day’s garden coordinator. “Anybody can do it. We can show it is fun. We can show how wonderful it is to do, to grow your own food, how tasty the veggies are.” Students from Hui Malama Learning Center are among the many groups participating in helping to create the garden. They spent one day preparing the soil for planting. “Instead of a regular compost pile, we are actually doing it in the ground,” said