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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 […]

Dedication for New Campus Art January 29th

A playful mother monk seal and her cub immortalized in stone is the most recent artistic addition to the UH Maui College campus, and on January 29th the sculpture named Kūlapa Kai (to frolic in the ocean) is set to be officially blessed at 4:30pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The sculpture, carved from a solid block of New Zealand marble by local artists Bruce Turnbull, and Kim Mosley, is part of a gift from Jim and Mary Hirshfield’s “Summit Foundation” which seeks to leave artistic legacies in the form of sculptures, notably of animals that live in a particular region.

“Ever since we honeymooned here 47 years ago, Maui has held a special place in our hearts,” said Jim Hirshfield. “We are pleased to be able to return some of the joy we have received by supporting the college and through it the broader Maui community with this gift.”

Kūlapa Kai is set on a small, grassy knoll between the campus’ Kalama and Noiʻi buildings, and provides a contemplative spot for faculty, students, and visitors. The sculpture took nearly a year to complete, with the majority of the carving done at Turnbull’s Kahakuloa studio. The piece was lifted by crane and placed on campus last August. Students at the college particpated in sanding and finishing demonstrations, and learned how to grind, polish, and chisel the stone with power and hand tools for the statue’s finishing touches.

“We sincerely appreciate this beautiful addition to our campus,” said Chancellor Lui K. Hokoana. “I’ve already heard from faculty and students about how much they enjoy the new piece, and it was a wonderful opportunity for our art students to get some hands-on learning as well.”

“I love walking around the piece […]

New UH Maui Chancellor Lui Hokoana’s top priorities

In this series of videos, new University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana, who officially started on December 1, 2014, discusses his top three priorities, the Ka Hikina O Ka Lā program, and why being chancellor of UH Maui College is his dream job. (courtesy UH System News).

Hokoana discusses his top three priorities.


Hokoana discusses Ka Hikina O Ka Lā —a specialized program at UH Maui College that provides a learning environment that integrates Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge and practices into modern scientific technology and instruction.

Hokoana explains why being chancellor of UH Maui College is his dream job.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.