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ABIT Student Project Showcase Nov. 20th

Kahului, HI — November 17, 2014 — Students with entrepreneurial aspirations in UH Maui College’s Applied Business & Information Technology (ABIT) program invite the public for a sneak peak of their beta businesses next Thursday, November 20th during two sessions: 10:30AM – 12:00PM and 5:30PM – 7:00PM in the campus’ Kaʻaʻike building.

What kinds of small businesses might be arriving in Maui County soon? Student plans range from an exotic, hand-made jewelry company using local sources, to a cyber-security consultancy, a company distributing ‘culturally inspired Hāna-made products’, a raw food restaurant, and a centrally located furniture refinisher/paint warehouse.

“This is an important next step for our students. They’re taking their business idea from a vision to a professional presentation, and are looking forward to feedback from the community to hone their plan and launch a successful enterprise,” said ABIT program coordinator Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya. “The program’s goal is to incubate the next generation of small businesses that will help our local economy thrive.”

Misty-Rayne Fontanilla, an ABIT student in her final year, will be presenting Makana ʻo Hāna, which translates in English as a “gift of Hāna”. Makana ʻo Hāna will provide its malihini (guests/visitors) with the opportunity to “take a piece of Hāna home” with them by offering “culturally inspired, Hāna-made products” handcrafted by the locals themselves.

“The ABIT program has helped me to take a business idea and turn it into a working reality,” said Fontanilla. “A Hawaiian proverb states, “ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi”, which can be understood as “one does not learn from one source alone”. With the help of mentors and guides, I’m learning step-by-step how to start a successful business.”

Another student, Jeremy Bac, is developing a cyber-security startup. “I’ve learned […]

By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

UH honors military veterans with tuition policy change

The University of Hawaiʻi’s student veterans are celebrating a recently approved policy change that grants in-state tuition to all qualifying veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The UH Board of Regents unanimously approved the policy amendment in an effort to expand veterans’ access to higher education.

“It’s the right thing to do for the veterans who have served our country. But just as importantly, it’s the right thing to do for Hawaiʻi. The veterans have a wealth of knowledge and experience and a University of Hawaiʻi education will enable them to unlock their capabilities for them and their families to thrive in their communities throughout our state,” said UH President David Lassner.

“I think it’s important for the veterans because a lot of us struggle coming out of the military. The transition from military life, structured life, the way everything works to being a civilian again is a big change, especially financially. It’s a big financial hardship for a lot of us,” said UH Mānoa undergraduate student and Army veteran Andrew Hinesley.

Hinesley, a California resident who dreams of becoming a doctor, joined the fight to win resident tuition because the G.I. Bill pays only about half of his non-resident tuition costs. The policy change has made his dreams more attainable, he said.

“It means a lot to me. We’ve been pushing hard in the Student Veterans Organization to get in-state tuition for the past couple of years. And so for this to happen is just pretty amazing,” said Kenith Scott, a UH Mānoa graduate student and Marine Corps veteran. “I think it’ll mean more opportunities to attend school in Hawaiʻi. Many veterans come here from the mainland. They got stationed here for several years and then they want […]

By |November 13th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

UHMC Offers Free Book & College Advising for Adult Learners

Kahului, HI — October 27, 2014 — Interested in moving your career forward, exploring a different field, or earning an academic degree or short-term certificate? If you’re a Maui County resident and answered yes to any of those questions, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at the University of Hawai`i Maui College is a great place to start. For a limited time, the EOC is offering free copies of 100 Things Every Adult College Student Needs to Know, a comprehensive overview of the steps needed to start your academic journey.

“We’re getting into the full-swing of college fair season for high school seniors, but we want everyone to realize that the EOC is here to support adult students too,” said Mona Stevenson, EOC representative. “A lot of times parents deferred their own dream to provide for their family, and many Maui County residents are holding down more than one job just to make ends meet. But there are many high-wage, rewarding careers here in Maui if you have the qualifications and skills.”

According to the “55 by ‘25” campaign, by 2020, 70 percent of jobs in Hawai‘i will require some college. And if that isn’t reason enough, on average college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than those who don’t graduate.

“The EOC can help with advising, filling out applications and financial aid paperwork, and finding scholarships for any school, not just UH Maui College,” added Stevenson. “It’s a great, free resource for our community.”

EOC is a federally-funded college admissions program that helps Maui County adults and college-ready high school seniors get into college on Maui or elsewhere. Services are free and include college admissions advising and help finding money for college through federal financial aid and […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Open Mic Nights at UH Maui College 10/23 & 11/20!

Kahului, HI — October 20, 2014 — Love to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawai’i – Maui College Thursday October 23, 6 – 9 pm, Student Lounge. UHMC students, staff and faculty invited along with the whole community of Maui. All talents, All ages. Free admission and free food. This is a family event with food and all kinds of talent found in Maui.

“So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family.” says Karyn Sarring faculty advisor to the Music Club. “We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community.”

Next open mic will be November 20th which will include a performance by the UH-MC Chorus.

Please e-mail or call 808 205-1241 for any information.

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Hokoana appointed UH Maui College chancellor

At a meeting on October 16 on Maui, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Lui Hokoana as chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s. His appointment begins on December 1, 2014.

Hokoana started his higher education career at the University of Hawaiʻi in 1991 and currently serves as the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH West Oʻahu since 2013. He also served as associate vice president for student affairs for UH System, vice chancellor of student affairs at Windward Community College and director for various programs at UH Maui College.

Hokoana has secured more than $20 million in county, state, federal and private funds to support various UH systemwide initiatives that have contributed to unprecedented enrollment growth, financial aid access, service to underrepresented groups and overall student success. He was named State Manager of the Year by the State of Hawaiʻi in 2011.

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Hokoana recommended as new UH Maui College chancellor

Lui Hokoana has been recommended to the Board of Regents to be the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s chancellor. The selection of the next chancellor for UH Maui College is subject to final approval by the full Board of Regents at its next meeting on October 16, 2014.

Hokoana started his higher education career at the University of Hawaiʻi in 1991 and currently serves as the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH West Oʻahu since 2013. He also served as associate vice president for student affairs for UH System, vice chancellor of student affairs at Windward Community College and director for various programs at UH Maui College.

Hokoana has secured more than $20 million in county, state, federal and private funds to support various UH systemwide initiatives that have contributed to unprecedented enrollment growth, financial aid access, service to underrepresented groups and overall student success. He was named State Manager of the Year by the State of Hawaiʻi in 2011.

Hokoana earned a doctorate of education degree from the University of Southern California. He received a master’s degree in communications from UH Mānoa and bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Hilo.

(story courtesy of UH News)

By |October 10th, 2014|Categories: blog, News||0 Comments

UHMC Music Club to Host 2nd Open Mic Night 9/25

Kahului, HI — September 18, 2014 — Love to sing, play an instrument, act, dance, hula, perform slam poetry, magic tricks, stand-up comedy, or karaoke? Come showcase your talent (or just watch the show) at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Open Mic Night Thursday September 25th, from 5–8pm in the Student Lounge. Presented by the college’s Music Club, everyone in the community is invited to this family-friendly event. All talents, all ages are welcome, and admission and refreshments are free.

“So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and are not for families,” said Karyn Sarring, faculty advisor to the Music Club. “At the last open mic we had over 200 people come with their families. We want to showcase all the different talents in our community.”

Other upcoming open mics are scheduled for October 23rd and November 20th, which will include performances by the UHMC Chorus.

Please e-mail or call (808) 205-1241 for more information.

(PHOTO UHMC Music Club left to right: Alison Iga, David Heckmann, Morgan Miyahira, Julie Agaran)

By |September 18th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

UHMC Engineering Students Help Launch Rocket

Wallops Island, VA – June 28 – UH Maui College ECET/ET students, Dominic Agabin and Derric Torricer attended the Rockon 2014 workshop on June 21 – 26, 2014 at the NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), VA. They were accompanied by Jung W. Park, PhD, Assistant Engineering Technology Professor and Associate Director of the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC). During the workshop, they built a sounding rocket payload from a kit in three days and launched it into space on June 26, 7:30 am. The WFF provided the rocket (two stage Terrier-Orion) and launch operations during the workshop that was supported by the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs with significant cost sharing from Wallops and NASA Education.

Here’s what they had to say about the experience:

Between June 21, and June 26, Dr. Jung Park, (UHMC faculty), Dominic Agabin, and Derrick Torricer (Juniors in the Engineering Technology program) attended the RockOn 2014 workshop at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to construct a research payload–under the guidance of the staff at the RockOn workshop–that would be launched with a sounding rocket. The rocket carried objects used in research into space momentarily in order to collect data on the environment there.

Working on the research payload was an exciting experience. We were able to learn about and implement sensors we had yet to work with. The payload was able to measure, radiation, pressure, temperature, humidity, acceleration and orientation. In addition, we were also excited about learning more about programming languages, such as C to incorporate with micro controllers like the Arduino board which was a central component in controlling the sensors in the research payload. When all the sensors were in place and tested the payload was then complete […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

New GIS Certificate Program Offers Hi-Tech Training

Kahului, HI — July 1, 2014 — Starting this August, UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College and Kaua‘i Community College will offer two accelerated, eight-week credit courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leading to a Certificate of Competence in GIS. Instruction will be delivered through online classes and in-person labs.

GIS allows users to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. Using specialized software systems and techniques, students will apply hands-on skills to solve real world problems while learning to think geographically. The versatility of GIS technology makes the certificate applicable for higher skill, higher wage jobs.

“[GIS is] no longer used solely by geographers. GIS concepts are used by real estate professionals, the Visitor’s Bureau, local government, environmental groups and many more businesses in our community,” says Carol Kennedy, GIS administrator for the Maui Electric Company. “With the wide variety of industries that now depend on GIS information and analysis, providing training locally only makes sense.”

Jill LaBram, Natural Resource/GIS Technician for the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership, uses GIS to help protect forested watersheds. “GIS allows us to document and map priority invasive weeds that may need treatment, take a location of a rare species that we need to find again in order to monitor its status, or show a potential route for a fence line to prevent ungulates from damaging the native forest,” says LaBram. “[It] gives conservation and natural resource managers the ability to look at data on a spatial scale to guide management direction and make effective decisions.”

The certificate is part of a FAST TRACK curriculum, which can be completed in one semester. GIS 150 and GIS 180 will be offered consecutively August 27th-December 18th 2014. Students must enroll at UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College or Kaua‘i Community College […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Free Guitar Concert July 25th at UHMC

Kahului, HI — July 9, 2014 — A trio of virtuoso guitarists are set to perform a free noon concert at UH Maui College on Friday, July 25th to help shine a light on opportunities to study music at UHMC and inspire the next generation of musicians.

The concert features students of world-renowned classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery who serves as chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music – Ian O’Sullivan, a Kamehameha graduate and UH alumni who became the first guitarist from Hawaiʻi to earn a Masters in Guitar from Yale University, Arash Noori who is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music from the Yale School of Music, and Ray Zhou, who will begin Yale School of Music’s highly competitive Artist Diploma program.

Sponsored by the UH Maui College’s Music Department, the program will include baroque guitar, classical guitar, and ‘ukulele, and will take place in the science building lecture theatre (‘Ike Le‘a 144) at 12:00 PM.

“We’re thrilled to have these gifted guitarists appear at UHMC, and demonstrate the depth and variety of music that can be heard here on Maui,” said UHMC music studies coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “Maybe the next Ian O’Sullivan will be in the audience and find inspiration to take a music class at UHMC.”

UHMC is offering a variety of hands-on music classes starting August 25th, including Piano, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Beginning ‘Ukulele, Voice Class and Digital Recording Techniques. There’s still time to apply and register, but it’s recommended interested students do so soon.

To learn more about music opportunities at UHMC, visit or to fill out an online application.

By |July 9th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments