Emma Veary Scholarship

Aspiring musicians at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College have a new student scholarship thanks to a small act of kindness by a Hawaiʻi music legend nearly 40 years ago. That’s when Dr. Laurel Lee Roberts, then a college student herself, sat on the beach outside the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, to hear the beautiful operatic range of Emma Veary.

“Ms. Veary would tell her paying audience that the next song was for ‘friends on the shelf’ or for her ‘scholarship friends’,” said Dr. Roberts. “She would then turn and sing to her fans on the beach who could not afford to buy a ticket to a Waikiki concert.”

While decades have passed, those memories are still strong for Dr. Roberts who is now an attorney in Southern California.

“I wanted to show my deepest appreciation to Ms. Veary for my fond memories through this named scholarship, and give opportunities to Maui youth to create even more beautiful music for future generations,” added Roberts.

Dr. Roberts started the scholarship, and others are joining her with their contributions to support UHMC students who have demonstrated excellence and potential in music.

For the academic year starting in Fall 2014 two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to UHMC students who have demonstrated excellence and potential in music.

“We are delighted to have a new student scholarship for music,” said Dr. Robert Wehrman, UHMC Music Department chair. “We are very grateful for the Emma Veary Music Scholarship, which will support Maui students in their musical aspirations and also highlight a great singer of Hawaiʻi.”

Honolulu-born Emma Veary studied opera in New York City, toured in Broadway shows, and performed throughout the world. As a headliner at top Waikiki hotels, she became known as the “Golden [...]

By |March 25th, 2014|blog, 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|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|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|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 [...]

By |December 16th, 2013|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 [...]

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

UHMC Veterans Center Grand Opening Ceremony Nov. 9

November 9th, 2013 the community celebrated the grand opening of the newly established Veterans Resource Center at UH Maui College. The Veterans Resource Center is the first center specifically for veterans in the UH school system, and will provide student veterans a dedicated space to study, network, and receive tutoring and counseling services. It includes a new, private study space, kitchenette, lounge area, and built-in computer desks.

State and Maui County officials recognized the community effort that launched this successful initiative. A $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation, volunteers from The Home Depot in Maui and the UHMC Veterans Club helped renovate the space on campus last September.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), said, “UH Maui College is showing leadership in Hawai‘i for providing necessary services and support for our returning veterans, active servicemembers and their families. Mahalo to all those who had the vision and drive, and put in the hard work, to create this resource and make today’s grand opening a reality. UHMC is working hard to serve our next greatest generation, and their support will be invaluable as our troops transition back into civilian life, and find ways to continue their mission, contributing in service to our communities.”

“My father, uncle and brother-in-law are all veterans, and I know they would have appreciated something like this center,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We can never fully repay their service to our nation but we can at least give our veterans every resource available to help them reintegrate back into civilian life.

“Today’s opening of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is an opportunity for all of us to express appreciation to our servicemembers and the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said UH Maui College Vice [...]

By |November 7th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Receives $1.5M

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program received its second year award after a successful first year annual report.  This award of $1.5M from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds the Program through August 2014.

This year marks the tenth year that Liko Aʻe has been assisting Native Hawaiian students with financial aid and student support services, now available on all islands and nationwide.  Since receiving its first USDOE award in 2003, over 2000 students have received college scholarships, college counseling, and critically-necessary mentoring and support services through the Program.  Our decade of service to the Hawaiian community has resulted in a deep understanding of how best to serve Hawaiian students, and the Program’s momentum keeps building.

“This second-year funding for our Leadership Program allows us to provide scholarships and wrap-around support services to Native Hawaiians students with a greater focus on serving those from rural and under-represented areas and non-traditional students,” says Program Director, Malia Davidson.

Participating scholars also are required to perform leadership service in their communities.  The Program has identified a number of specific community projects and organizations that scholars will serve this year on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu.  After-school tutoring sessions, mentoring programs, and focused assistance to high school students studying to complete their GED are just a few of the target areas through which the Program’s undergraduate scholarship recipients will provide community service this year.  Graduate recipients will act as team leaders for their undergraduate colleagues, and also will share their academic research through public and digital speaker events on various campuses.

For most of us, the cycle of education comes from multiple forms of schooling, as expressed by the famous [...]

By |October 16th, 2013|News|0 Comments|