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|News|0 Comments|

UHMC AutoFest 2014

Car enthusiasts and their family and friends attended the third annual wildly popular “Autofest” Sunday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the main parking lot of U.H.M.C. Campus. The event was free for the entire community, with live entertainment, hydraulics exhibition, ono food trucks and a hot rod Cacklefest® tribute to beloved fellow car enthusiasts that have passed.

Hosted by Da Jam 98.3 morning Zoo Crew, “Autofest” showcased classic cruisers, imports, 4×4’s, muscle cars, mini trucks, street bikes, low-riders, exotic vehicles, drag racers, rock crawlers, VW’s, custom Harley’s and more, bringing recognition to the Automotive Technology and Auto Body programs.

By |March 23rd, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Phi Theta Kappa Encourages Degree Completion

Kahului, HI — March 19, 2014 — Today over a hundred students signed a pledge to complete their degree or certificate during an event hosted by UHMC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society outside the campus’ Paʻina building. The drive was part of the national Phi Theta Kappa’s “Commit to Complete” initiative as well as the UHCC System’s “Agree to Degree” campaign to honor one of the most important commitments a student can make –finishing college.

The national “Commit to Complete” campaign states that in less than five years, 65 percent of all new jobs will require a postsecondary credential. And according to the Census Bureau, over an adult’s working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate’s degree holders earn about $1.6 million, earning them $400,000 more than someone with just a high school diploma.

“Because degree completion is shown to drastically improve people’s lives, it is a high priority within the UHCC System and nationwide,” said Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor, Emma White.

Members of the UHMC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa serve as the student arm of The Community College Completion Corps – a national education initiative. In April 2010, leaders of six national organizations representing the nation’s 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate, and it launched the community College Completion Corps in response to this call.

The UHCC System launched their “Agree to Degree” campaign last fall to encourage students to: promise to attend their classes; get good grades; check their UH email at least once a day; talk to instructors when having [...]

By |March 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

UHMC Dental Assisting Students keep our Community Healthy

Recently the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Dental Assisting Program students partnered with Iao Intermediate School English as a Second Language (ESL) students to share proper oral health care information. Students created interactive dental education modules that the Iao students used to promote dental health awareness in their community – with their peers at school, at home with family and extended relatives, or at church.

Iao Intermediate School librarian Jayne Hori said, “Service Learning provides students an opportunity to address the oral health challenges in the community while helping them grow individually.”

This service learning project has:

Provided an authentic service learning experience for students which target an actual need in the community.
Extended beyond the classroom into their own communities. It provided the students with newly acquired knowledge for real life.
Provided them with important information about dental care as well as exploring it as a career.
Provided contact with a mentor from the UH Maui College.
Built resiliency skills which addresses drop-out rates (poor attendance, grades and behavior).
Fostering a sense of caring for others.

UHMC course instructor Joyce Yamada said, “This partnership allowed UHMC Dental Assisting Program students to gain experience in teaching and engaging others, as they would as dental professionals. Students were role models who guided and effectively communicated dental education information and possible career and college options.”

By |February 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments|

UHMC HOSA Students Score Big at State Leadership Conference

The Hawaii HOSA Future Health Professionals Student Leadership Conference was held February 19th and 20th, 2014 at the Hawai’i Convention Center.  Four UH Maui students competed in various health-related skill competitions with Sai Furukawa taking first place and Jonathan Garcia placing second, respectively, in Medical Terminology.  Ruby Riker and Chris Castro also competed working diligently to make a great showing on behalf of Maui College.

After the awards ceremony, UHMC students were treated to an encouraging and inspiring hands-on look at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Dr. Ivy Nip Asano, Director of Admissions introduced the program, Dr. Steven LaBrash presented a hands-on anatomy lab, and Dr. Damon Sakai delighted the students with stimulation manikin Mary Wong and active learning activities. Congratulations to our UHMC HOSA students!

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. Hawaii HOSA membership has increased to over 1,300 members representing 22 high schools and 8 post-secondary institutions.


By |February 21st, 2014|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|