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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.

By |April 5th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

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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By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 20th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

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.

By |December 17th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

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.

By |December 17th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

Photo Slideshow: PV Carport Construction

The PV carport project with Johnson Controls and HNu Energy is under construction. The goal is to transform the campus into a center of excellence for sustainability. The 565 KwH PV carport will increase the college’s ability to generate electricity, and provide 8 stalls for electric vehicle charging stations.

By |December 17th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

Groundbreaking for the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center

Kahului, HI – December 15, 2013 – Today the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center. The first floor of the college’s Noiʻi building will be renovated to house the center, which will increase clinical training space for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs and integrate the Maui Oral Health Center (MOHC) currently located off campus.

Attending today’s ceremony were Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, State Representative Joseph Souki, State Senators Rosalyn Baker and Gil Agaran, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, UH Interim President David Lassner, UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, UHMC Dental Advisory Committee members, UHMC faculty and staff, as well as community dentists, supporting community partners, and friends.

The MOHC setting has served as a teaching lab, as well as a place where students gain practical clinical experience by providing affordable and accessible oral/dental health care to the underserved, low-income, uninsured families and children of Maui County. Last year, the MOHC provided dental care to more than 3,000 patients in more than 11,000 appointments, and by May 2013, approximately 176 dental assistants and 19 dental hygienists completed their respective programs and are employed as dental professionals.

UH Interim President David Lassner said, “Senator Daniel K. Inouye understood how vitally important it was to make both healthcare and higher education accessible for all Hawaiʻi residents, including on the neighbor islands. The UH Maui College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs provide vital workforce development, giving Maui students the education and skills they need to serve their communities in high quality jobs. The UH Board of Regents naming of this Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center is a truly fitting recognition that honors the […]

By |December 16th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

Leis Family Class Act Named a Top 100 Restaurant by Diners

December 12, 2013 — The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable 2013 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.  OpenTable determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.

“We are thrilled to have won such a prestigious award,” said Juli Umetsu, Dining Room Instructor.  “I could not be more proud of the students at Maui Culinary Academy”.  Chef Tom Lelli agreed, stating “I am honored to work with the students in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant. We are proud to know that our diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience and gave us such high marks.”

“We congratulate the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America on achieving excellence in culinary creativity and hospitality,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “Their skill at delighting diners on every level has consistently earned them rave reviews and a well-deserved spot on this exclusive list.”

Based on feedback collected from diners between December 2012 and November 2013, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores.  For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit

About the Leis Family Class Act: Located with an ocean view in Maui, Hawaii, the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant offers a prix fixe 4-course menu that changes weekly.  It serves lunch on Wednesday and Friday, with cuisines of the world that vary from Contemporary Moroccan to French, Italian to American and more.  The chef’s tasting bar is a popular location to sit and watch the students in action.  In addition, there is a private dining room with views to Kahului Harbor that seats […]

By |December 12th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments

Maui Culinary Academy serving up an innovative education

Think you’ve got the chops to make it in the culinary industry? Find out why so many students are choosing UH Maui College’s Maui Culinary Academy to launch their career.

By |December 10th, 2013|Categories: News||0 Comments