Monthly Archives: September 2013


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

The Home Depot Partners with UH Maui to Support Veterans

Kahului, HI — Veterans enrolled at UH Maui College will have a new place to study and network thanks in large part to a $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Funds were used to renovate the college’s Veteran Resource Center, and today a group of volunteers from UHMC and Home Depot worked together to complete the project. “We were really excited when the UH Maui College Veterans Club approached us about the project,” said Michael Miyashiro from The Home Depot in Maui. “The company is a strong supporter of our veterans, and we saw this as a great opportunity to help our community.” The renovated center is a comfortable place for veterans to study, receive tutoring, hunt for jobs, network with friends, or just take a break. It includes a new, private study space, a kitchenette, new flooring, a lounge area, and built-in computer desks. “We had a great volunteer crew put in some long hours already to prep for today,” said Cody Snyder, President of the UH Maui Veterans Club. “It’s amazing to see it come along so quickly. We deeply appreciate The Home Depot Foundation’s contribution, and can’t wait to introduce our veterans to their new space.” For more information about the UH Maui Veterans Club, contact or call (808) 984-3242.

The Home Depot Supports New Veterans Center at UHMC

KAHULUI - The University of Hawaii Maui College will become the first campus in the university’s statewide system to add a resource center for veterans when a new center opens on Monday to student and local veterans. The 700-square-foot space on campus was renovated in a day’s time on Friday by 15 volunteers from The Home Depot's Kahului store, who took the day off to tackle all of the renovations. The project was funded by a $9,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation. Cody Snyder, president of the UH Maui Veterans Club, is a 10-year Army veteran with three deployments under his belt. He has been a student for the past year, helping to launch the UH Maui Veterans Club in January of this year. He envisions that this center will encourage more veterans to enroll in school and take advantage of the G.I. Bill. “By setting up this resource center, we want to start upping the attendance and enrollment at college. Veteran students can come to school and receive up to $1,800 a month if they get good grades,” he said of available support. “There are a lot of veterans out there who are a little timid — it can be very intimidating to go into an office and speak to someone who is not a veteran who has a lot of other things on their plate. They come directly to us and we can have a fellow veteran show them around.” Currently there are between 80 and 100 veterans enrolled at UH Maui College... >>Read more about the UH Maui College Veterans Center from Pacific Business News >> Connect with the UH Maui Veterans Club

UH Maui College ‘Top of its class’

KAHULUI - Maui Community College's name change to University of Hawaii Maui College was one sign of its far-reaching ambitions. No longer simply MCC, the school shed its junior college status in an effort to better compete with four-year universities as a school where students can earn a baccalaureate degree. With about 4,400 students, enrollment at the Maui campus exceeds the populations at UH's neighbor island colleges, including UH-Hilo. And UH Maui College is the only UH community college that offers its own four-year degrees alongside the more typical associate's degrees and vocational certificates. The name change — approved in 2010 by UH and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges — speaks to the college's commitment to adapt to the needs of Maui County residents, said longtime Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, who helped push for the change. "It wasn't that simple," Sakamoto, 70, said. "But it really had to do with offering students and residents opportunities to access higher-compensating jobs in the community. Having a bachelor's degree makes them eligible to compete." "What we were seeing for some time, especially in the area of tech, was that higher-paying jobs were going to candidates outside Maui County and Hawaii," he said. "We knew we had to create the kinds of programs that would help our residents be responsive to those opportunities." The college designed three baccalaureate degree programs that it says were developed in direct response to Maui's workforce needs. The initial four-year degree program, a bachelor of applied science in applied business and information technology, graduated its first class of three students in 2007. The program has an entrepreneurial focus. Bachelor's degrees in engineering technology and sustainable science management have since been added, and 44