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Innovation Day Series May 1st – 3rd

UHMC baccalaureate students will host the third Innovation Day Conference this Thursday, May 1st – Saturday, May 3rd in the Kaʻaʻike building on campus. The series of events include project demonstrations of student work in electronics, optics, communication, space studies, agriculture and aquaponics, renewable energy, robotics, astronomy and related fields, as well as workshops and lectures by senior technology industry professionals. The public is invited to attend.

It’s an opportunity for the community and technology professionals to learn more about the latest innovations, and for engineering and science students to showcase their hard work, some with projects that took over a year to complete.

“Our goal is to connect students with senior industry professionals, and share what they’ve learned with the community,” said Dr. Anil Mehta, one of the faculty members in the STEM department at UHMC and a mentor to the students organizing the Innovation Day conference. “This gives them important feedback about their work, but also a wider perspective of the concepts they’re learning in the classroom.”

Lindsay Komai, a senior in the Engineering Technology program and volunteer for last year’s event, said, “By networking with global industry professionals of the world, you learn how to communicate briefly and effectively, you learn about team work and individual responsibility and above all to be a valuable member of the community by applying your knowledge for the good of the community.”

Industry professionals appreciate the opportunity to interact with the students as well. James Yenne, a former project manager at Microsoft Inc., enjoyed participating in the series last year and will do so again this year as a panelist. Yenne said, “I thought the event was well run and the exhibits were designed to help build understanding for the […]

UH Maui College Student Honored at White House

The White House honored Hawai’i native and UH Maui College student Jon Brito, 24, as one of two national conservation role models. Brito, who served as an AmeriCorps member with the Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps, or Kupu, was honored as one of the country’s “next generation of conservation leaders.” Kupu is one of 100+ corps across the country, connected through The Corps Network, geared to get young people involved in the environment and conservation.

The UHMC Engineering Technology student grew up in the town of Kualapu’u. After graduating from Molokai High School in 2008, Jon immersed himself in the world of environmental conservation as an AmeriCorps member with KUPU’s Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC).

“UHMC provided me the opportunity and privilege of furthering my education,” said Brito. “The college has provided hands-on and meaningful lessons/classes that have honed my skill base for my area of study. If UHMC was not here or was not what it is today, I do not know how I would be able to continue my education and career goals. I’m very thankful for everything UHMC has provided and look forward to all the wonderful things that will happen on this campus in the future.”

According to an AmeriCorps press release:
In addition to his school responsibilities, Jon serves as an energy efficiency and agriculture intern with KUPU’s vocational training program, RISE. In this position, Jon works with Maui’s business and agriculture sectors to improve the sustainability of their operations.

As his supervisors say, “Jon has a heart of gold and is a truly selfless person with all the right intentions.” As the only KUPU Corpsmember to have served in the RISE program as well as three HYCC programs, it goes without saying that Jon is dedicated to […]

Music Week at UH Maui College

The community is invited to an exciting week-long series of free events that includes musical performances, workshops, presentations, and even the opportunity to drop in on the music class of their choice. Beginning Monday, April 21st and continuing through Friday, April 25th, the series is your chance to explore your musical side and learn more about the opportunities to study music at UH Maui College.

“Our music faculty have vast knowledge and experiences in many musical styles”, said Dr. Keola Donaghy, interim coordinator of music studies at UHMC. “We wanted to share our passion for music with the community, and let everyone know that you can take a class in anything from steel guitar to classical piano. There’s an abundance of musical activities and learning opportunities right here on Maui.”

The series includes: piano workshops with and a piano recital by music lecturer Anne Ku, a piano recital by UHMC students of lecturer Karyn Sarring, a lecture and video presentation by the Vancouver, British Columbia-based group “The Boom Booms”, Maui-based performers Gilbert Emata and Jimi Canha, a presentation by UH-Mānoa Assistant Professor and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Aaron J. Salā, and an Open Mic night on Thursday evening.

All activities are free and open to the public. Students and the Maui community are also invited to attend any music class of their choice for the week of April 21st-April 25th. All are welcome. To learn more, please visit the Music @ UHMC website

UHMC Art Students Contribute to The Empty Bowl Project

Students at University of Hawaii Maui College ceramics department contributed nearly 70 handmade soup bowls all sold for a donation of $25.00 each to benefit Maui Food Bank and other local nonprofits.

Star Noodle and the Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts hosted Empty Bowl – a street celebration with entertainment, hand crafts and Asian dishes to delight any palate.

The Empty Bowl Project was launched in 1990 when an art teacher had students create ceramic bowls for a charity dinner. Attendees purchase bowls, use them during the evening celebration and take them home and soon became a way to support organizations that provide meals to those in need … since then, this grassroots project has expanded across twenty countries, each with a flavor all its own.

UHMC Career and College Transfer Fair

On Wednesday, April 9th, UH Maui College’s CareerLink program staged another well-attended Career and College Transfer Fair for the public, college students, soon to be graduates and alumni seeking to explore internship and/or employment opportunities. Attendees gained insight into the local job market, discovered skills employers are looking for and met with managers from companies currently hiring on Maui.

CareerLink is a program at UH Maui College that prepares students for the challenges of an increasingly competitive job market and connects them to businesses through internships and opportunities for employment.

The following businesses and colleges participated in the fair:

UH Maui College, Baccalaureate Programs
UH Manoa
UH Outreach
UH Hilo
UH Center
University of Phoenix
Hawaii Pacific University
Temple University, Japan Campus
Minit Stop
Medical Scribe Systems
Whole Foods Market
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
American Savings Bank
Wash & Save
Maui Oil Company
United States Marines

Fashion Tech Students Get Creative for Fantasia Ball 2014

UHMC Fashion Technology rocked the runway at the  Imua Family Services’ 3rd Annual Gala Celebration Fundraiser, Fantasia Ball 2014. Inspired by the 1964 film My Fair Lady, the collection featured the kind of gowns and broad-rimmed hats Audrey Hepburn made famous. This year’s Fantasia Ball theme was “Black & White”, and with flashbulbs snapping, student models lit up the stage for the event that took place April 5th at the Hyatt Regency Maui Monarchy Ballroom in Kaanapali.

The evening also featured a five-star chef-inspired dinner, a silent auction, and cutting-edge visual and musical entertainment with live musicians, drummers and dancers including vocal styling of some of Maui’s own young talent.

Imua Family Services Director, Dean Wong was thrilled with the turnout “It was a blast! Mahalo to each of you for making #imuaball 2014 a HUGE success.”

Imua Family Services’ meets the needs of over 3,000 Maui children, provides support and assistance to their families and helps maximize the potential of each child and family in society. With over 66 years of providing service on Maui and Lanai, Imua Family Services has a strong reputation in the community as a provider of high quality, comprehensive services that result in improved life outcomes for children and their families.

Interested in learning more about fashion technology? Visit the website at or contact program coordinator Cheryl Maeda at (808) 984-9292.

Staff Volunteer to Beautify the Maui College Campus

Equipped with shovels, picks, trowels and garden gloves, over sixty volunteers gathered on campus March 25th to help transform U.H. Maui College’s presence for our student body and community.

217 small multicolor bougainvillea were planted along the Ka’ahumanu Avenue berm to form a flower corridor, which, when grown, could be the longest frontage of flowers in Kahului. Due to the high turnout of volunteers, the planting was complete in one hour at which time participants were treated to coffee, juice, fruit and beautiful pastries.

Chancellor Sakamoto said, “to our faculty, staff and students, my sincere thanks for your time and participation in adding to the beauty of our university campus on Maui.”

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UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto to retire

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto announced he will retire at the end of October 2014. Sakamoto has served in the UH System for 41 years and has been the chief executive officer of the Maui campus since 1991. Sakamoto has also served as dean of instruction at the Maui campus and was executive director of Projects 2 and 4, which brought baccalaureate development to UH community colleges. The student population in fall 2013 was 4,076—a 74 percent enrollment increase under Chancellor Sakamoto’s leadership.

Sakamoto has helped secure more than $147 million in extramural funds for UH Maui College since 1997. In Fiscal Year 2013, Sakamoto secured the second largest extramural award for UH from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, ranking Sakamoto the #2 Principal Investigator throughout the UH system. Under Sakamoto’s leadership, UH Maui College was awarded over $20 million in extramural funds during Fiscal Year 2013, placing UH Maui College second among the ten UH campuses. Sakamoto has also overseen $22 million in federal Rural Development funds and has helped secure over $26 million for the Native Hawaiian programs. He has obtained and administered grants related to telecommunication infrastructure, gender equity, Hawaiian education and sustainable technologies.

“Clyde has been the singular face of higher education on Maui for decades. He has always been an innovator and visionary, with one example being his pioneering leadership in developing distance learning for the tri-isle Maui County that became a model for UH’s work throughout the state. Clyde’s legacy includes the beautiful UH Maui College campus, a robust suite of educational programs that support economic development, and a county-wide understanding of the importance of higher education to the […]

UHMC Professor Selected for Willard Wilson Award

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Professor Nancy K. Johnson has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University of Hawaiʻi.

Johnson was hired as a probationary instructor in the nursing program in 1983 and earned full professorship in 2007.

She went on to chair the allied health department from 1989 to 2012. During that time, the program grew from a few faculty members and one class per year, to more than 30 faculty, staff and clinical lecturers serving two new classes per year, with a total of 150 students per semester.

Johnson has served as a key player in local and state discussions on healthcare workforce needs, caring for the aging population, meeting dental care needs for the underserved and building the Hawaiʻi State Nursing Consortium, which allows students to seamlessly transition from Maui College’s program to UH Mānoa’s bachelor of science in nursing program, without leaving their home campus.

The award is named in honor of the long-time University of Hawaiʻi administrator and secretary to the Board of Regents, Willard Wilson, who set a standard for exemplary service to the university during his 40-year career.

Photo Slideshow: Allied Health Emergency Exercise

On December 6th, second-year, second-semester nursing students conducted an emergency exercise near the Allied Health Office on the lower end of campus. Some of the students pretended to be disaster victims complete with trauma make-up, while others played the roles of routine emergency patients and sick patients.