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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)

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)

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 […]

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.

“ 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. “ 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 […]

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.

Popular Food Innovation Courses to be Offered Online

Kahului, HI — July 3, 2014 — This past April, UHMC’s Office of Continuing Education (commonly known as EdVenture) held it’s first food industry workforce development and training series, Food Industry Fundamentals, which helped participants develop differentiated, value-added, and safe specialty-food products. Courses included Food Trends and Food Marketplace Overview; Food Technology and Product Development; Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles; and Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Producers. Due to its popularity, the series of courses will be offered again in July, this time in an online format to accommodate more participants.

“It was exciting to connect with so many food enthusiasts with dreams of moving their career forward or launching their own food industry business last April,” said Lou Cooperhouse, a consultant to UHMC’s Maui Food Innovation Center. “It just confirms the project’s core mission and the demand for food industry workforce development and training.”

The participants of the Spring session were also excited about the course. Tim Parsons, Owner of Adoboloco, thought the courses offered a useful perspective for many in the food industry, saying, “the Food series has a bunch of really good tips and reminders for anyone in or planning to be in the food service/ manufacturing business. Owners, operators and every employee should attend to learn about best practices.”

The insights offered in the Fundamentals series are designed to empower participants to better understand the market and where they might find their niche in it, while providing a solid foundational understanding of food safety and regulation. This helps employees, managers, and business owners avoid common pitfalls associated with the early stages of product development and distribution.

Mat Seavey, prospective food innovator and course participant, was amazed at the amount of information he learned and said the Fundamentals series was a “rich source of information… answered all of my questions (including some I didn’t […]

Joel Rand Scores Hole-In-One at 24th Annual Golf Tournament

Kahului, HI — July 9, 2014 — Joel Rand of Wailea, Maui recorded his second hole-in-one Saturday, June 28 at the Wailea Old Blue golf course during the 24th annual UH Maui College Chancellor’s Golf Tournament. On the 12th hole, par 3, Rand used a pitching wedge, hit the ball 135 yards and made the hole-in-one. Witnesses were Sandy Fujitani and Dan Regan.

Rand said he felt “awesome”, as these hole-in-ones “do not come along frequently”. He plays golf once a week, usually at Wailea Old Blue or other Wailea golf courses. On Maui since 1979, Rand is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Investment at its Kahului office. His first hole-in-one in 2001 was also at the Wailea Old Blue course (18th hole, par 3).

UHMC Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto said: “The entire UHMC faculty, staff, and students congratulate Joel Rand for his memorable hole-in-one, and hope he and his team-mates enjoyed the golf tournament at the spectacular Wailea Old Blue course.”

Chancellor Sakamoto expressed his gratitude to lead tournament co-sponsors Wailea Old Blue Golf Club, the Wailea Beach Resort & Spa, and Dorvin Leis Co., Inc. He added: “This year we had a record 56 sponsor teams, including three gold sponsors: Sodexo, Maui Soda & Ice Works, and Johnson Controls, Inc. The Maui business community has participated in our golf tournament and supported UHMC in many areas.”

Over the past 24 years Chancellor Sakamoto said that $800,000 has been raised for several key UHMC programs. Proceeds from this year’s tournament benefit the UHMC Lanaʻi Ed Center, Baccalaureate Development, Faculty and Staff Development, and the Maui Culinary Arts Academy.

Also, this year will mark UHMC’s 50th anniversary as Maui County’s only institution of higher education. Several unique prize packages […]

A & B Foundation Supports Maui Workforce


Kahului, HI — June 6, 2014 — Today the Alexander & Baldwin Inc. presented a donation of $15,000 to the A&B Training Grant program at UHMC’s Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET—also known to many as EdVenture) to continue helping Maui’s entrepreneurs and small businesses advance their job skills, careers, and business.

This is the sixth consecutive year of funding to provide additional skills training for Maui’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits and individuals who seek further education to improve their performances.

Funds are used to reduce tuition for Career Training, Business and Computer courses offered through EdVenture, with $100 off many courses, and 80% off most courses under $100. Eligibility is based on course categorization and is limited to one grant per employee or student per year (limit of 2 employees from businesses with 20 or less employees).

A&B offers financial support towards training for entrepreneurs and small business owners, that will impact the success of their businesses here in Maui County and the state. We are fortunate to have an organization like A&B that cares about the community it is in.

Those interested in applying for an A&B individual training grant should visit:, or call EdVenture at (808)984-3231.

Commencement 2014

Kahului, HI — May 15, 2014 — Two-hundred and sixty UH Maui College students and thirty-five University of Hawaiʻi Center, Maui students walked at the combined commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 4:30 p.m. The commencement address was given by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, with the State Anthem, Hawai‘i Pono‘ī, performed by UHMC’s Institute for Hawaiian Music students.

This year’s UH Maui College valedictorian was Anna Miller. It was the first time the two commencement ceremonies were combined. Seats were limited during last year’s UHMC Commencement Ceremony held indoors at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and each graduate could only invite a maximum of five family members.

During the course of exploring other venues for 2014, expanding outdoors appeared to be the best solution and the most inclusive—under the Yokouchi Pavilion and in the A&B Amphitheater. This area would accommodate the UHMC as well as the University of Hawaiʻi Center Maui graduates and families to celebrate commencement at the same time.

“There’s a breadth of opportunities for higher education here on Maui, and having a combined commencement for both UHMC and the UH Center illustrates just what’s available to our community,” said UHMC Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cathy Bio. “It also shows the continuum from associate’s degree to master’s degree, which will inspire students to consider all their degree options.”

“We’re excited at the prospect of a combined commencement,” said UH Center, Maui Director Karen Hanada. “It’s important that Maui County residents understand their options when it comes to choosing a degree path, and not everyone can or wants to leave Maui County to pursue their higher education. The UH Center offers our community the chance to work, meet their family obligations, and still reach their […]

Ka Ip Kukui Program Completes 7th Year

Kahului, HI—May 14, 2014—The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program recently completed its seventh year and is now seeking applicants for the 2014-15 session. A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the program is a yearlong endeavor designed to promote and train community-identified future leaders of Maui County, and is coordinated by UHMC’s Office of Continuing Education & Training.

Since it began seven years ago, 85 fellows have completed the program, including 11 graduates who were honored during a commencement ceremony held on Wednesday, May 7, at the Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu. Members of the Ka Ipu Kukui Class of 2014 include Charles Yeaman, Candace Thackerson, Akili Jones, Alison Cohan, Adam Radford, Nicole Nanea Spalding, Susan Clements, Sonya Niess, Ali Martin, Jennifer Chirico, and Jordan Molina. A number of business representatives, program supporters and community leaders attended the graduation ceremony, including Hawai‘i State Sen. Roslyn Baker, Joe Pontanilla, and Maui County Council members Gladys Baisa, Don Couch, Elle Cochran, and Stacy Crivello.

“There is no magic wand to wave that will give us the answers for all the challenges that face Maui,” said Class of 2014 Fellow Candace Thackerson. “Being a leader is not only about finding solutions, but also about compromise and understanding. An effective leader must first listen to the wide range of voices within the community, truly understand their concerns and then use all the information they have available to create the best solution possible for Maui’s future.”

“Ka ipu kukui” means “crucible of light; a test and a furnace for seeking and taking the best path ahead.” In response to concerns first expressed by Decisions Maui in the 1980s and reinforced by the 2003 Focus Maui Nui visioning process, the program was conceived to develop leaders through a community-based curriculum designed to address all aspects of planning for […]