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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, uncle and brother-in-law are all veterans, and I know they would have appreciated something like this center,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We can never fully repay their service to our nation but we can at least give our veterans every resource available to help them reintegrate back into civilian life.

“Today’s opening of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is an opportunity for all of us to express appreciation to our servicemembers and the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said UH Maui College Vice Chancellor […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

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 […]

By |October 16th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

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 […]

By |October 16th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

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 […]

By |September 30th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

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 veterans@hawaii.edu or call (808) 984-3242.

By |September 20th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

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

By |September 17th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

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 students are currently pursuing one […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

High-Tech Gurus Gather for Engineering Innovation Day

Maui high-tech experts will gather for the inaugural Engineering Innovation Day at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) campus on Thursday, April 18.

Students in the college’s engineering program will be showcasing technical innovations they have been working on throughout the year. Maui experts in engineering and electronics will then have the opportunity to view and provide comments and feedback to students on their projects.

Students from the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET), an associate’s degree program, and Engineering Technology (ET), a 4-year bachelor of applied science degree program, will demonstrate their engineering projects from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the foyer of ʻIke Leʻa, the new science facility.

“We have worked hard to bring this event together,” said Spencer Eldred, a senior in the Engineering Technology program and chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student group on Maui that is hosting the event.

“We have many innovative engineering projects being presented during the [EI] day.”

“By participating in out-of-classroom activities such as EID, students learn teamwork and project management — important skills for success in the workforce,” said Dr. Jung Won Park, UHMC faculty member, who is also the program coordinator for the ET program, in a media statement from the college.

“It is a delight to see students gain critical entrepreneurial and networking skills. When we host a conference we bring people from various backgrounds in one place, and the outcomes from such interactions are phenomenal. Jobs for students, collaborations [between academia and industry] are all possibilities,” added Dr. Anil Mehta, a UHMC faculty member in the ET program.

The EID is a free and open event for all members of the community. Following the student demonstrations, there will be a panel discussion […]

By |April 23rd, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

MCA Student Peamsook Park Awarded the Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship by The Fairmont Kea Lani

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui presented the first annual Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship to Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) student, Peamsook Park on Thursday, March 14. The scholarship was awarded at the academy’s First Year Graduation Celebration Ceremony at University of Hawaii, Maui College. As the selected recipient,  Park will complete an 8-week paid work experience at The Fairmont Kea Lani that will include mentorship with resort chefs, orientation to hotel departments, kitchen experience at Kō restaurant and the chance to develop a dish that will be included on Kō’s menu. At the completion of the program, a $2500 cash scholarship will also be awarded. The work experience and cash award will total $5,000.

The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship is available to full-time students majoring in either culinary or pastry arts with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Students are required to submit a scholarship application, as well as a resume and cover letter for consideration. To be selected, Park demonstrated personal, professional, and leadership growth through participation and contribution to MCA’s culinary and pastry arts programs. Her eagerness to gain a deeper understanding in the food & beverage sector of the hospitality industry also contributed to her selection.

“This 8-week work experience will provide Peamsook with industry experience and the chance to work alongside the culinary team at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. “We have many graduates of Maui Culinary Academy working in our kitchen that are sure to be strong mentors in her development. She will be a wonderful addition to the team this summer.”

The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship was developed in honor of the hotel’s Executive Chef, Tylun Pang who is a member of Maui Culinary Academy’s advisory board and a […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

HMSA Awards $100,000 to UHMC’s “Improving Oral Health fro Native Hawaiian Prenatal Mothers and Children” Project

The HMSA Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support the UH Maui College “Improving Oral Health for Native Hawaiian Prenatal Mothers and Children” demonstration project.  The program will provide educational sessions and oral health screenings for the 3rd and 7th grade students, and women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant at Maui schools, churches, and health fairs, while providing an opportunity for UH Maui College students to have hands-on service-learning experience.

Through this outreach, women and children will receive oral health and blood pressure screenings and recommended preventative dental care including dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish, and referral for further treatment when necessary.

Allied Health Department Chair at UH Maui College Nancy Johnson stated, “ We aregrateful to HMSA Foundation for supporting the collaboration between UHMC, Hui No Ke Ola Pono and Maui school to document and address oral health needs in Maui children and prenatal women,” Johnson continued, “It is well documented that early identification and treatment of oral health disease is a cost effective way to reduce school absences, emergency room visits, diseases like diabetes and hypertension, and the tragedy of preterm births. This program will screen hundreds of children and approximately 50 prenatal women.  The vast majority of individuals do not realize they have dental disease and the potential consequences. When dental needs are identified during the screening, the women and children will be referred for care.”

The program uses Healthy People 2020 Oral Health goals and is a collaborative effort involving UH Maui College Oral Health Center, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene faculty and students, Native Hawaiian students and faculty members, and the Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc. Native Hawaiian Health Care System.

“Developing a healthy, dental routine starts at an […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments
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