Seeking a higher education on Maui will lead you to the doorstep of this fine college, an integral part of the University of Hawaii system. Established in 1966 to serve the local island community, Maui College has expanded its vision globally and graduated students from all walks of life.
An education on Maui will surely transform your outlook on the world.
University of Hawaii Maui College
is a learning-centered institution
that provides affordable, high quality
credit and non-credit educational opportunities
to a diverse community of lifelong learners.
We envision a world-class college that meets current and emerging Maui County education and training needs through innovative, high quality programs offered in stimulating learning environments.
The College mission, goals, and actions will be guided by the Native Hawaiian reverence for the ahupua`a, a practice of sustaining and sharing diverse but finite resources for the benefit of all.
University of Hawaii Maui College serves the educational needs of residents of the
three islands comprising Maui County: Molokai, Lana'i, and Maui.
The College is an outgrowth of the Maui Vocational School established in
1931. In 1958 the Department of Public Instruction authorized the name
change to Maui Technical School, denoting an upgrade of vocational
education to a technical level. In 1964, the Hawai'i State Legislature
enacted the Community College Act establishing a statewide community
college system under the University of Hawai'i. Maui Technical School
was incorporated into this system on July 1, 1965, and transferred from
jurisdiction of the Department of Education to the University of
In 1966, the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai'i authorized
the College to confer the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science
degrees and approved the name change to Maui Community College,
effective July 1, 1966. In September 1967, the first lower division
transfer courses were offered. Up until 2009 Maui Community College was one of seven
community colleges in the University of Hawai'i System and part of a ten
campus University of Hawai'i System. In Spring of 2010, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Accreditation Board approved the name change from Maui Community College to University of Hawaii Maui College.
The name change provides a more accurate reflection of the college's three baccalaureate degrees.
Maui College networked faculty to terminals connected to a DEC VAX Computer and
established the first higher education cable television channel
delivering instruction to its tri-isle service area in 1983. By 1988,
the college constructed a tri-isle interactive television system. With the
completion of Ka'a'ike Instructional Telecommunications facility in 2001, Maui College opened
its television and audio studios, digital media and electronic and
computer engineering technology labs, and seven interactive TV
classrooms. The college additionally began a National Center of
Excellence for High Performance Computing applying personal computer
cluster solutions to problems requiring high speed processing.
In Fall 2003, Maui College opened its culinary arts facility and began it Maui
Oral Health Center in Kahului. In the summer of 2005, the World Hula
Conference and, in summer of 2006, the IX Islands of the World
Conference will be held on campus and on Maui.
Apartment style housing is available for Maui County students who are
not within commuting distance to the Kahului campus. Since 1995 five new
classroom and computer lab supporting buildings have been added to the
campus: Ka Lama, Ka'a'ike, Kupa'a, Laulima, and Pa'ina. A new 400-bed
student housing apartment complex reached completion in 2007 and is located within a mile of the campus.
The College encompasses 78 acres at the Kahului site. The student
enrollment for the college numbered close to 4,400 students in Spring 2011.