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Institute of Hawaiian Music Seeks New Students

For the first time since the program’s launch, the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is accepting new students starting in fall 2013.

An information session is scheduled for Friday, March 8, at the UH Maui College campus in Kaʻaʻike 105BCD. Attendees will learn more about the history of the program, entry and graduation requirements, and availability of financial aid. The first auditions are scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priority for the auditions will be given to those who attend the information session.

To receive additional information about the program and to reserve a spot in the informational session and audition, email ihm@hawaii.edu or call (808) 984-3622.

Musical mentorship program preserves Hawaiian music
The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Students selected for the program will receive exclusive opportunities for personal training, guidance and knowledge through these mentor-mentee relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said Institute of Hawaiian Music Program Coordinator Keola Donaghy. “Aspiring musicians are often left to their own devices to locate willing mentors and performance partners, receive personal training, find gigs, gain performance experience, produce a recording, and learn the steps necessary to break into the industry. Many don’t reach their true potential because they don’t receive career guidance from experienced, professional musicians.”

The program offers classes in music theory, repertoire development, composition, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Students will be given training on their instruments, voice, and harmony. They will be directed in repertoire growth, […]

By |March 6th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

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 past summer they opened […]

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

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 Hui Malama student Tylar Purdy. “So it […]

By |February 10th, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

UHMC Holds Dedication Ceremony for New Science Facility

Over a hundred guests attended a special dedication ceremony for the newest addition to the UH Maui College campus, a $26 million science facility appropriately named ʻIke Leʻa (to see clearly).  ʻIke Leʻa provides laboratories and classrooms to respond to the challenges in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  The astronomy, optics, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology and the marine sciences laboratories will connect students and faculty with STEM needs, problems, and opportunities in our county and state.

 

Highlights from the day’s event included remarks from Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutsui, John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges, University of Hawaiʻi, and John Pye, UH Maui College Science Faculty Professor. A portrait of State Representative Robert “Bob” Nakasone was unveiled, recognizing his dedication and commitment to higher education for residents of Maui County including the funding of the science facility. The dedication ceremony ended with a blessing of ʻIke Leʻa by Reverend Kealahou C. Alika of Keawalaʻi Church.

 

Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui said, “I am extremely proud and gratified to see the completion of the new science building, ʻIke Leʻa, come to fruition. This project is the culmination of the vision and concerted efforts of many, led by Chancellor Sakamoto, Representative Bob Nakasone, and many others throughout the community. The presence of a state-of-the-art facility for Maui, and for the State, will significantly advance our science and technology education and industry in the 21st century. I am honored to have played a small role in its realization and to have the opportunity to witness the instruction and advancement of our young students and future leaders.”

 

Clyde Sakamoto, Chancellor of UH Maui College said, “We now have a science facility where students, faculty and […]

By |January 21st, 2013|Categories: blog||0 Comments

UHMC Faculty Member, Microsoft Team Up on Language

In a major step forward in promoting and perpetuating the Native Hawaiian language, Microsoft’s recent launch of Windows 8 includes support for the Hawaiian language, thanks to a collaborative effort with University of Hawaii faculty.
The Windows 8 operating software includes a Hawaiian keyboard layout in the operating system, many fonts containing the diacritical marks used in the Hawaiian language, and other localized resources such as the ability to show days of the week and months in Hawaiian.
This development was made possible by the joint efforts of staff of Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Microsoft.
Keola Donaghy, formerly of Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani and now a faculty member in the music department of University of Hawaii Maui College, collaborated with programmers in Microsoft’s Local Languages Program for several years to develop these resources and see that they were included in Windows 8.
“We’re getting very close to the day that Hawaiian speakers will be able to take for granted the fact that they can simply type in Hawaiian when they buy a new computer, tablet, or smart phone without installing special software,” Donaghy said.
“Providing technology support in a native language is critical to helping people access the tools they need to create better economic opportunities,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “Language preservation and support also helps preserve cultural identities for the next generation of learners.”
Keiki Kawaeaea, a faculty member of Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani added, “We are thrilled that Microsoft has recognized the significance of the Hawaiian language to its people, and how important it is for us to be able to use it on our computers. Given the […]

By |November 14th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments

Open Table Diners Choose UHMC’s Leis Class Act Restaurant #1 for Hawaii

The best restaurant in Hawaiʻi might just be one you haven’t heard of. Open Table Reservations, a nationwide online restaurant booking service used by 350 million diners, recently revealed that the Leis Class Act Restaurant run by the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) was rated number one on their list of “Best Overall Restaurants Hawaii.”

What’s their secret? It could be the enthusiasm of MCA students who enjoy the opportunity to shine both in preparing and serving exotic menu items like Salmon and Scallop Paupiette with Pea Shoot Coulis, Chicken Bastilla with Shaved Fennel and Harissa Yogurt, or Mocha Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Pistachio Gelato to their discriminating clientele.

“Leis Class Act is a real, five-star restaurant where students learn under fire what it takes to succeed as a culinary professional. We challenge them with menu items that most have never tasted, and can be hard to pronounce! So it’s a thrill for their success to be reflected in the real opinions of Open Table diners,” said MCA External Program Coordinator Chris Speere. “It’s also a testament to the dedication and passion for student learning demonstrated by Juli Umetsu, Teresa Shurilla and Craig Omori who lead the MCA’s efforts in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant.”

The acclaimed fine-dining restaurant can seat up to 75 patrons and has a breathtaking ocean view. At the center of this living classroom is the Exhibition Kitchen, where diners can watch up-and-coming chefs as they deftly wield pots, pans, knives and spatulas to prepare cuisine. Appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts highlight the Island’s freshest locally-grown produce. The restaurant is open Wednesdays and Fridays with seating starting at 11:30am. Reservations can be made through Open Table, or by phone at (808) 984-3280.

Culinary aficionados […]

By |October 17th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments

Whole Foods partners with UHMC Maui Culinary Academy to Support Students

Whole Foods customers put their extra change to good use last September with checkout donations supporting the culinary aspirations of students enrolled in the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Maui Culinary Academy (MCA).

Whole Foods Market’s quarterly ‘Recycle Your Change’ fund drives give customers the opportunity to contribute change or additional donations to a designated community group. To-date, Whole Foods Market’s Community Support Days have raised more than $100,000 for Maui nonprofits, and over $900 was raised for Maui Culinary Academy students.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the UHMC Maui Culinary Academy,” says Mark Martinez, WFM Kahului Store Team Leader. “The school continues to be a shining example of Hawaiʻi’s rich culinary heritage and we are particularly proud to have some of the Academy’s graduates as fellow team members.”

“Whole Foods Maui continues to step forward to support MCA in a number of ways,” said MCA External Program Coordinator Chris Speere. “They provide sponsored employment opportunities for our students, donations of food and beverages for our fundraising activities, “Guest Chef” demonstrations in the art of healthy food preparation, and they serve as a sponsor of our MCA hosted Taste Education Series offered in partnership with Slow Food Maui.”

‘Recycle Your Change’ is part of Whole Foods commitment to supporting local communities. Whole Foods Market Maui partners with local nonprofits in a variety of ways, including donations to local foods banks, change drives, team member volunteer days, and clothing drives.

For additional information on Whole Foods Market Kahului, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/maui/ or call (808) 872 -3310. Whole Foods Market Kahului is also on twitter,www.twitter.com/wfmkahului and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/WFMKahului.

UH Maui College’s Maui Culinary Academy was recently recognized by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation as one of only 71 “Exemplary” Culinary Programs across the nation.  […]

By |October 17th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ at UHMC

Ponolove, the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Sexual Violence Prevention Taskforce, in collaboration with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Women’s Center and Women Helping Women, will be hosting its second annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an internationally recognized men’s march to stop rape, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and gender violence.  This event will take place on Friday, October 19th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on the UH Maui College Great Lawn. Prior to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”, there will be a “General Dynamics of Domestic Violence Training” in the Pilina Multi-Purpose Room from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is being held to increase awareness about issues of violence towards women. It encourages men to be the leaders in the fight towards preventing violence against women, and asks men to walk a “mile” in women’s high-heeled shoes to support the saying: ”You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” The goal is to open up communication about sexual violence and to help men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, and it also highlights the fact that sexual violence does not just affect women but also the men, family, and friends who care about them.

The first 200 participants will get a free t-shirt and a chance to win a $100 cash drawing. The event will be emceed by the ZOO CREW from the Da Jam 98.3 FM morning show, and there will be music and informational services from Maui County agencies.

The public can confirm their participation by calling 808-984-3278, or registering at www.whwmaui.net. For more information, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org or “LIKE” the event’s FaceBook page atwww.facebook.com/WAM.UH.MAUI.

By |October 17th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments

Maui College’s New Program Preserves Future of Hawaiian Music

The first ever class of the Institute for Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is a talented group says institute director George Kahumoku, Jr.

“This is the cream of the crop of Hawaiian music,” said four-time Grammy Award winner Kahumoku. He is considered by many to be a living legend when it comes to Hawaiian music.

There are about a dozen students in the program, which is dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Students have to go through a very competitive application and interview process before they are accepted into the 18-month program.

Institute for Hawaiian Music students are mentored by some of the greatest Hawaiian musicians around.

“If they want to learn falsetto, we hook them up with Uncle Richard Hoʻopiʻi,” said Kahumoku. “If they want to learn slack key, Uncle Ledward Kʻapana, ʻukuele, Herb Ohta. That kind of thing.”

“I always love their music. I get to meet all these guys and they get to teach me and it’s like, sometimes I have to think about and wow, is this really happening?” said Axel Menezes, a student participating in the program.

Students take a variety of music classes, a music business course and perhaps, most importantly of all, Hawaiian language classes.

“Hawaiian music is not just the music itself,” said student Travis Orozco. “It’s the culture, it’s the people, it’s the land and everything. Just learning all these bits and pieces, piecing it all together is awesome.”

The students also perform on a regular basis at actual paid gigs and have to produce their own CD for commercial release before getting their certificate of completion. The goal is to adequately prepare them for a career in music, but the program is also instilling a sense of responsibility.

“Hawaiian music that was […]

By |October 17th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments

IHM Students Win “Shower of Stars” Competition

Three students from the Institute for Hawaiian Music placed first in the annual “Shower of Stars” talent competition sponsored by the Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club on Aug. 4. Finals were held at the Iao Theater, where the ‘ukulele and bass trio, comprised of Axel Menezes, Brad Bordessa, and Travis Orozco, took top honors in the 18-and-older category.

Preliminary eliminations were held at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center on July 16. The group was one of 17 that earned a place in the finals. “I really thought we’d missed out chance to place,” said Bordessa as the second and third place winners were announced. The three students had entered the competition to gain experience and practice their live performance skills and were surprised when it was announced that they had won first place in their category.

“The extra effort these students have put in to play additional gigs beyond their IHM work has helped their performance tremendously,” said UH Maui College Instructional Designer and IHM planning team member Marty-Jean Bender. “If they keep it up, they should go far in the music industry.”

On Aug. 31, the IHM students concluded their “Aloha Friday” summer concert series at The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea. The free 8-week series provided IHM students with valuable experience in playing live shows. Mentors George Kahumoku, Jr. and the Brown brothers, Kevin and Sheldon, took the stage alongside their students for the final performance of the summer.

The Institute for Hawaiian Music at UH Maui College provides mentorships and training to aspiring musicians in performing, singing, composition, repertoire development, recording techniques, and marketing of Hawaiian music. Students also complete coursework in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art, […]

By |October 10th, 2012|Categories: blog||0 Comments