President Obama announced the winners of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition at White House Demo Day, with one of the awards going to the Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) at UH Maui College. The competition recognizes entrepreneurship and innovation to create a diverse and inclusive small business community. The Maui Food Innovation Center will receive $50,000 to support a business start-up program, the Maui Accelerator Program (MAP), targeting women and minority-owned enterprises including Native Hawaiian led businesses. MFIC was one of eight selections made by a special panel of the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (“ONAA”) for programs that will serve Native American, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian populations. Funds will be used to create a selective process to choose participating food companies, create a team of food industry mentors, design a website for the program, and develop the event which will culminate in a public pitch by the selected companies. As part of the program, MFIC will seek participation by angel investors, venture funders, public sector agencies, private foundations, and individual philanthropists to participate in or financially contribute to the program. “The partnership between the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and the Maui Food Innovation Center is a natural because we share many of the same goals,” said MNHCoC President Doreen “Pua” Canto. “Mentoring the next generation of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs will be easier with the support of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund.” “The Maui Food Innovation Center is an important program that will offer both the training and facilities needed by local food entrepreneurs to build a small business,” said UHMC Chancellor Lui K. Hokoana. “We’re excited the project has been recognized nationally, and this additional award will
Prospective students interested in community health can take advantage of two new short-term certificate programs launching this fall at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. The certificates can be earned in one or two semesters, with class schedules designed for participants already balancing work and family obligations. The new Community Health Worker/Health Navigator 1 Certificate of Competence requires 15 credits, and will allow participants to finish in less than a year. New distance learning options will be also be available for Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Hāna, and Lāhainā. Community health workers (CHWs) in Maui County hold job titles that include outreach specialist, wellness navigator, program assistant, and health aide. They serve as bridges between the community and healthcare and social services providers, helping to ensure services are accessible and culturally appropriate. CHWs often provide care coordination and supportive counseling. "This work is about trust and compassion," said Haunani Kamakana, a navigator at Molokaʻi General Hospital. They also focus on prevention, leading outreach and education efforts and supporting individuals, families, and communities in making healthy changes. Dr. Joe Humphry, Medical Director of the Lānaʻi Community Health Center, notes that “CHWs connect people to the resources they need to stay healthy, detect problems early on and improve management of chronic conditions. They are essential members of our health care team.” The CHW certificate was developed with input from local healthcare, public health, and social service employers, as well as national and state efforts like Hawaiʻi’s Healthcare Innovation Plan, and workforce studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project partners include Lānaʻi Community Health Center and Na Puʻuwai. Leadership and key staff from Lānaʻi Community Health Center, Na Puʻuwai, Hui No Ke Ola Pono,
Today the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College announced the first awardees of the Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship, Jerome Texeria and Malia Ah Nee. Both UHMC students received $5,000 scholarships funded through an endowment that honors the legacy of Dr. Clyde Sakamoto, who retired as Chancellor after serving the UH System for 41 years. He led the university starting in 1991. Texeria was born and raised in Maui, and graduated from Maui High School in 1997. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Business and Information Technology, and is expecting to graduate in 2017. “I’m so appreciative - this scholarship will really help me reach my academic goals,” said Texeria, who also worked with Sakamoto as a student assistant. “I feel honored to be one of the first to receive this award. I love UH Maui College, and the support I’ve received here has been huge.” Ah Nee is also pursuing her degree in Applied Business and Information Technology. “Receiving the award meant a lot to me, especially because it was the Chancellor's Legacy Scholarship,” she said. “At first I was a bit in shock, amazed, and grateful all at the same time. After the award ceremony I took a moment to truly reflect on my hard work and how it shaped me to be the person I am today. I will continue to be diligent and strive toward success in all aspects of my life. I would like to thank everyone who donated to this scholarship fund.” To make a contribution to UH Maui College contact the UH Foundation at UH Maui College by phone at 808.984.3471 or email Cordy.MacLaughlin@uhfoundation.org. (PHOTO: Malia Ah Nee and Jerome Texeria)
Following the success of last year’s free concert which packed the house, once again guitar virtuosos will perform at UH Maui College to shine a light on opportunities to study music and inspire the next generation of musicians. The concert is scheduled to take place Friday, July 10th at 3:00 PM in the ʻIke Leʻa auditorium, and will feature guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Christopher Mallett, and Aaron Cardenas. The program will include a variety of music for solo and duet, with a mix of classical guitar and ukulele pieces. A reception with pupus and refreshments will follow at 4:00 PM for all attendees. 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, performed last July and is excited to return. “As a performer, I always feel good when the acoustics are good. It’s nice to share music with another part of the University of Hawaiʻi and especially with the community. I look forward to talking to students after the concert.” OʻSullivan is currently a lecturer in classical guitar at UH Mānoa, and was a finalist in the 2014 Na Hōkū Hanohano awards for his first CD, Born and Raised. Christopher Mallett has been awarded several prizes including the Eliot Fisk Prize for "outstanding guitarist" from Yale University, the Alumni Ventures Grant from Yale University, and as part of the Oberlin Guitar Duo received top Prize in the International Guitar Chamber Competition in Brownsville Texas. He has also been featured in Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard and the American Suzuki Journal. Aaron Cardenas is a current UH Mānoa student. UH Maui College faculty are excited for the performance as well. Joel
The 2015 'Aipono Restaurant Awards drew over 450 attendees to recognize Maui's best restaurants and benefit students of the Maui Culinary Academy. This year was the largest gala to date, transforming the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa’s Ocean Lawn into a Casbah for a unique celebration with a Mediterranean/North African-theme. The 13th Annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards recognize Maui’s best restaurants in three-dozen categories as voted by Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine readers. More than 2,000 readers voted this year. The prestigious “Chef of the Year” title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by Maui chefs and industry insiders. Since its launch in 2003, ticket sales have generated more than $200,000 for the Maui Culinary Academy, and scholarships for deserving students. In addition, academy students gain the invaluable experience of working with sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event as they help to prepare the evening’s dinner. More than 52 students worked alongside the chefs and banquet/stewarding teams. Throughout the year, ‘Aipono raises additional funds for MCA with wine dinners held at ‘Aipono-winning restaurants.
May 17th hundreds of students took center stage to walk at the combined UH Maui College and UH Center, Maui commencement ceremony held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. More than eight hundred degrees and certificates were awarded to UH Maui College students, with eighty-eight degrees awarded to Maui County residents from other UH Institutions through the UH Center, Maui. UH Maui College’s valedictorian, Jonathan Garcia, graduated from Maui High School in 2013 and was awarded his AA in Liberal Arts this year at commencement. He plans to continue his education in Oregon with the goal of becoming a medical doctor, a dream he wasn’t sure he’d be able to achieve before attending UHMC. “Family, friends, and UHMC were supportive by believing that whatever I want to be, it is possible. I had hands-on experience working within the labs in ʻIke Leʻa, and the courses I took as electives were science classes such as chemistry and biology. I’ve also had the opportunity to perform biomedical research and present our research at John A. Burns school of Medicine.”
Graduating students in the Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET-AS) and the Engineering Technology (ENGT-BAS) programs held an exhibit in April showcasing their projects with prototypes, product demonstrations and hands-on activities. Engineering Technology student Malatone Bouasym is also a Coast Guard member, and she created a Search & Rescue Drone. "Since we, the USCG, do not officially use drones, I wanted to put them to use to be able to find victims in distress without worrying about manpower, resources, budget, or time. My project involved assembling a multicopter that could autonomously fly waypoint patterns while searching for objects in the water."
Outstanding students from each of the academic programs at UHMC were recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the year at a special 'Student Appreciation Night'. John Morton, Vice President of the University of Hawai'i Community College System was in attendance, as well as over a hundred students, family members, faculty and staff. "We believe that when students are recognized for their success it helps motivate them to continue their academic pathway," said Student Council Member Tasha Kama. "We are always excited when we hear instructors passionately talk about their students and how their students have touched their lives. I commend all the students who will be graduating next month and am grateful to all the faculty and staff who contributed to Student Appreciation Night."
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College as part of their ongoing effort to give back to local communities and foster students’ pursuit of higher education. The CEO of MCAA, John R. Gentille, was scouting for a location to host a group luncheon prior to MCAA’s Annual National Convention. One of the possible lunch venues was Leona Wilson’s burgeoning flower farm at the top of Wailuku Heights where Wilson also offers small tours to showcase Native Hawaiian plants and varieties of local honey. “Of course I immediately thought we should see if the Maui Culinary Academy at UH Maui College could cater, and once we were on the topic I mentioned what a great program it is, and how so many students struggle to earn enough to keep the lights on and get their education,” said Wilson. “I didn’t think much about it afterwards and had no idea that they would make a donation so quickly, and for such a large amount. I’m thrilled.” “Simply put, MCAA is a national trade association that greatly appreciates the value of education and training, and I was moved by Leona Wilson’s passion for providing educational opportunities for Maui’s young people. MCAA wanted to express that gratitude by supporting local students at UH Maui College,” said John R. Gentille. “Higher education is the infrastructure for building better lives, and we’re excited to play a part in that.” The MCAA Annual Convention took place March 8th – 12th at the Grand Wailea and the Wailea Beach Marriott and featured speakers like the Honorable Leon Panetta, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and
The public is invited to attend a GIS Showcase on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Maui Brewing Company in the Kihei Tech Park. UH Maui College students earning Certificates of Competence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Ecosystem Management will share final projects including endemic Hawaiian tree snail populations in Maui County, energy efficiency mapping, and effects of East Maui Irrigation seepage on stream health. “The GIS Certificate program has given me the freedom to choose where I would like to go in my education and has opened new career options for me,” said UHMC student Heather Kotok. The student presentations will offer the opportunity for interested employers, internship sponsors, prospective students, and community organizations to learn more about GIS. “A world of opportunity awaits people developing skills in GIS,” said Craig Clouet, Solutions Engineer at Esri, a global GIS software company with an office in Honolulu. “Many jobs use GIS extensively, and Esri supports that Maui College has been so proactive in educating and promoting GIS to their students. Students leaving the program with these abilities can go anywhere to meet the needs of both existing jobs, and those not yet invented,” he said. GIS skills are in high demand on Maui through the growing high-tech industry. “At the Pacific Disaster Center, we are currently using GIS to help coordination of international disaster relief operations in Nepal by producing maps ranging from damage assessments to the location of international Search And Rescue teams. GIS is an integral part of the technologies employed at PDC for disaster risk reduction,” said Ray Shirkhodai, Executive Director. UHMC students are also finding local jobs with companies like ArdentMC and IUE after completing the UHMC program. “We look