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UHMC’s Liko Aʻe Program Receives Award

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently granted the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko A‘e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program an award of $187,000. Funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain a college degree throughout Hawaiʻi and the U.S.

Since 2003, Liko A‘e has disbursed over 3,400 scholarship awards to Native Hawaiian students pursuing a diverse range of degree programs. Liko A‘e also offers mentoring programs focused on community service projects and online community building.

“We would like to mahalo The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and our community partners for their unwavering support of our program,” said Kahealani Naeole, Liko A‘e’s Project Director. “With this funding we will be able to offer about 90-100 scholarships during the Fall 2015 semester as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education.”

For more information about Liko A’e, visit: or contact us at

Spring 2015 Cultural Workshop at the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua

Over thirty Ka Hikina O Ka Lā students and six staff members attended a Spring 2015 Cultural Workshop at the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua at 525 Front Street, Lahaina on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Leaders from Hui O Wa’a Kaulua led several workshops providing an introduction of the historical importance of voyaging, the spirituality of voyaging, and the application of wayfinding techniques. The workshops set a foundation of culture-based knowledge centered around the importance of wayfinding skills, and how those skills could be applied to create positive solutions for the future.

Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Tours Molokai Fishponds

Faculty and staff from the Ka Hikina O Ka Lā program toured several fishponds on Molokai to explore possible place-based laboratory sites that would connect Native Hawaiian indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge with STEM education through the inquiry process. They were grateful for the opportunity to talk story with Leimana Naki, Kahinapohaku Fishpond, Hano Naehu, Keawanui Fishpond, Walter Ritte, Keawanui Fishpond, Noelani Yamashita, Ali’i/Kalokoeli Fishpond (Ka Honua Momona), and Mervin Dudoit, Ali’i/Kalokoeli Fishpond (Ka Honua Momona). The program, in conjunction with the DOE, is also working to support these community-driven initiatives on Molokai and Lanai.

Tune in for Success Tips on MCTV

Having a hard time managing stress or need some tips on how to concentrate? UH Maui College’s MCTV channel will be airing a new television series as part of a ‘What it Takes to Succeed’ (WiTTS) project that seeks to integrate learning and study skills into curriculum. While the focus is primarily for college students to develop the ‘soft skills’ needed to stay on track and succeed, the strategies can be applied to any profession.

WiTTS Project Director Anne Ku encourages all community members to tune in. “When I talk to college graduates and people who have succeeded in their jobs and relationships, I notice a consistent, core set of skills that echo throughout their stories: mastery of time management; goal setting; self-regulation,” she said. “These skills are essential to get us through whatever stage of life we’re in.”

In each of the 30-minute episodes, WiTTS TV will help viewers develop or refine these skills through interviews and discussions with experts from UHMC and the community. The show will cover a range of topics, including Concentration and Focus, Stress and Crisis Management, and Overcoming the Fear of Mathematics. The first episode, Why College? Short-Term Versus Long-Term Goals, airs on Saturday, March 14, and will feature two UHMC graduates who will discuss how goal setting and self-awareness strategies set them on the pathway to academic success.

Ku, who will also host the WiTTS TV episodes, said, “The idea for WiTTS came about when I saw the need to integrate these skills into our academic disciplines so that they can be reinforced—and not just covered in a single workshop.”

Ku is working with UHMC Faculty & Staff Development Coordinator Joyce Yamada to involve their colleagues through WiTTS Luncheon Workshops. “Lifelong learning […]

UHMC Brings Home Sustainability Awards

UH Maui College received notable awards for academic and student work in sustainability last week at the 3rd annual statewide Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit held at the UH Manōa campus.

Nominated by UH Maui Chancellor Lui Hokoana for leadership in building Hawaiʻi’s green economy, Executive Director Alex de Roode accepted the UHMC Campus Sustainability award for the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui on behalf of a team including Melanie Stephens and Austin Van Heusen.

“The knowledge that we are within a system that supports and recognizes sustainability efforts and achievements inspires and motivates us to broaden our scope and increase our impact within our local community and beyond,” de Roode said.

UHMC student Pierre Parranto received a system-wide award for leadership in student and community engagement from UH President David Lassner. Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Science Management, Parranto helms the Student Ohana for Sustainability at UHMC, and raises awareness about sustainability on campus as President of the Student Activities Council.

“Our student projects focus on community service including beach clean-ups, rain gardens, water-bottle refill stations, and awareness campaigns. Bringing this award home to Maui encourages us to continue our efforts like organizing an upcoming campus Earth Day event,” Parranto said.

Recognized for leading the first degree program in sustainability in the UH System, UHMC Program Coordinator Tim Botkin accepted the faculty award for leadership in advancing sustainability from President Lassner.

“To me the award recognizes that the Sustainable Science Management program is more than just ‘curriculum’—it’s a connector for developing knowledgeable leadership for Maui, Hawaiʻi and beyond,” Botkin said.

The Summit was also a historic moment for the University of Hawaiʻi system as President Lassner electronically signed a new executive policy on sustainability. The policy sets specific […]

UHMC Holds Cybersecurity Workshop for Teachers

Maui County high school teachers and administrators took part in a special Cybersecurity workshop March 7th at the UH Maui College campus. Sessions included topics and course modules to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity, covering an “Introduction to Cybersecurity Education and Training at UHMC”, “Introduction to Information Security and Networking”, “Ethical Hacking”, “Digital Forensics”, and “Cybercamps.”

UHMC will also be offering free, week-long online Cybercamps starting March 23, 2015 that are open to students and teachers from Maui County. All tools and software are based on open source licenses, free and available for download online.

Cybercamp Timeline and Content (at introductory level)
Week 1 – March 23-27 – Intro to Information Security: Policies and Ethics
Week 2 – March 30 – April 3 – Operating Systems: Windows and Linux
Week 3 – April 6 – April 10 – Networking Basics
Week 4 – April 13 – April 17 – Hardening Defenses
Week 5 – April 20 – April 24 – Cryptography
Week 6 – April 27 – May 1 – Penetration Testing
Week 7 – May 4 – May 8 – Digital Forensics
For more information about the upcoming cybercamps, contact Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya at

Institute of Hawaiian Music Holding Auditions

Interested in learning the craft of Hawaiian Music from industry professionals? The Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui College is gearing up for its Fall 2015 semester with a special information session for prospective students, parents and other interested parties Friday, March 13th, 2015 from 4PM to 6PM in the college’s Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Students learn the instrumental, vocal, and technical skills needed to be successful in the industry, with formal university classes supplemented by direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Visiting mentors have included Keali‘i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakāne, Mailani Makainai, Keola Beamer, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aaron Salā, Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan, Mark Yamanaka, and former IHM director and Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku, Jr.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said the institute’s Faculty Coordinator, Dr. 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.”

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2013 from 9AM to 4PM at Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD. Prospective students will be expected to perform for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song(s), sing and play their instruments, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Reservations are required, and prospective students may select from the following time slots: 9-11am, noon-2pm, or 2-4pm.

Please email or call (808) 984-3622 to receive additional information about […]

Hawaii Writing Project Accepting Applications

The Hawaiʻi Writing Project is accepting applications for the 2015 Invitational Summer Institute held at UH Maui College. Teachers share and apply effective teaching strategies and explore their own writing at Hawaiʻi Writing Project Invitational Summer Institutes. Graduates then become teacher leaders at their school sites, sharing best educational practices with their colleagues during meetings and workshops. The deadline for applications is June 15th, but interested teachers are strongly encouraged to apply soon since space is limited to 20 participants.

The Hawaiʻi Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, whose goal is to improve writing instruction in schools across the nation, and promote the use of writing as a tool for thinking and literacy learning across disciplines.

“Summer is the perfect time for teachers to refresh and re-discover the joys of writing,” said Marnie Masuda, Hawaiʻi Writing Project Director and UHMC English faculty member, “and the effects last far beyond the institute’s end – participants become Teacher Consultants who can provide the motivation, literacy leadership, and professional development needed to improve literacy in their own schools and complexes.”

This will be the 5th year the institute has been offered at UH Maui College. Workshops will cover current theory and research on the teaching of writing, writing study groups, writing demonstration lessons, and topics for teacher-research inquiry projects. The Hawaiʻi Writing Project Invitational Institute is 100% supported through the National Writing Project Teacher Leadership SEED grant, and absolutely free to all selected participants.

Stephanie Young, a 5th grade teacher at Pomaika’i Elementary, had this to say about her experience. “The HWP is my support system. My ʻohana. I feel fortunate to have access to a community of dynamic teachers that believe in teachers as writers. The experiences […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Aid

If you’re a high school student or parent of a high school student, you probably know that February is an important month to apply for financial aid and scholarships, but that’s also true for anyone thinking about attending college this fall. Last year 59% of UHMC students qualified for and received some kind of financial aid, with over $9 million awarded in scholarships and grants. Here are some tips to get you started.

FAFSA isn’t just for High School students. UHMC student Lorelei Estrada-Cachola is a single mother with two daughters of her own, one who is now applying to colleges. Lorelei’s financial aid award helps cover her tuition and provides enough so she doesn’t have to work full-time. “People think it’s a lot of work filling out the application, but it’s all online now and last time it took me about thirty minutes. If I didn’t have financial aid, I wouldn’t be able to go to school, so that half hour was definitely worth it.”

Make sure you fill out your FAFSA. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it’s used to determine the amount of money a family (or student) is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. It’s free to apply at the official website, although you’ll find plenty of websites that charge for assistance. Just know that if you apply on the official site, it’s free. Awards take the form of grants (such as Pell Grants), work-study programs and loans (such as Federal Stafford and Parent PLUS loans). A grant is aid that a student doesn’t have to pay back, an opportunity too many students miss by not applying. A recent Washington Post article, […]

UHMC Blessing for Monk Seal Sculpture

Written by UHMC student Abigayle DeLaveaga, reprinted courtesy of Ho’oulu Student News.

On Thursday Jan. 29, a crowd of about 30 people gathered in front of the Kalama Building to witness and take part in the blessing of our UHMC’s newest sculpture, Kūlapa Kai (“to frolic in the ocean”).

The crowd consisted of many people who had helped to bring the statue to the UHMC, such as the benefactors, Jim and Mary Hirshfield, who came to Maui for their honeymoon 47 years ago. Since then, the Hirshfields said that they have wanted to return the joy that they received during that time by supporting the college and gifting it with this sculpture.

The sculpture itself is solid marble that weighed six tons when it was first brought here from New Zealand. Now, after being chiseled and beautifully carved by artists Bruce Turnbull and Kim Mosley, it weighs around two to three tons and has taken the form of a mother monk seal and her child. When Bruce and Kim approached finishing the sculpture, they decided to bring it on site, to the spot that is now it’s home, so that the campus could be a part of the final steps of its creation. Workshops were also held on Mondays, after the sculpture was brought onto campus, in order to give students the opportunity to actually get in there with the artists and partake in Kūlapa Kai’s finalization.

Also at the blessing was UHMC’s newly elected chancellor, Lui Hokoana, who gave a few words of thanks to Jim and Mary for their gift that, in his words, “will continue to sculpt our students and allow them to become contributing members of society.” After showing much appreciation and aloha, Lui then […]