Kahului – 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 CBS Sportscaster James “JB” Brown. The convention drew over 2,500 attendees to Maui.
“I really admire organizations that come to a community like Maui and feel a responsibility to support it on a deeper level. Their event boosted the economy by bringing an influx to local businesses, but they also left behind a gift that will help students reach their potential. Perhaps this donation will inspire more organizations to follow their example.”
The check for $5000 was presented to Chancellor Lui K. Hokana by Leona Wilson on the MCAA’s behalf in early April.
To make a contribution to the Maui College scholarships, or learn how to create a scholarship in your, or a loved one’s name, contact the UH Foundation at Maui College by phone at 808.984.3471 or email Cordy.MacLaughlin@uhfoundation.org.
Conservation groups, student clubs, artists and musicians are coming together on the UH Maui Campus to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The activities kicks off at 11 a.m. on the Great Lawn, with a native tree planting ceremony and blessing, followed by music, games and booths until 2 p.m.
UHMC students have taken the lead in organizing the event on campus this year. The event will focus on fostering conversations with businesses, community organizations, and students about sustainability, and celebrating Earth Day through education, music and play.
“We want to raise awareness about how students can get involved in supporting our island. The whole community is invited to join us for workshops, interactive activities, networking and fun,” said UHMC student Pali OʻConnell, Earth Day Coordinator for the campus Student ‘Ohana for Sustainability club.
“The hope is that this event will plant the seed for ways that students can become involved in an aspect of sustainability that is meaningful to them – both on and off campus – whether it be through joining a community club, or through volunteer, paid, or internship work opportunities,” said Alexander de Roode, Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui.
Entertainment will include live music from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a photo booth, a large Earth Ball game, volleyball, tug-of-war, and more. Artistic expression is encouraged with free write or sketch activities, photography, video and a wall exhibit of artworks from Maui Open Studios.
Music instructor Anne Ku will lead an Earth Day Music Jam at 9 a.m., and again at 6 p.m. in Kupa’a 104. “Earth Day Jam is open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring your own instrument or join us on one of the 22 digital pianos and two acoustic grand pianos to make music,” Ku said.
“We hope to inspire folks to learn more about volunteering through projects like the Great American Cleanup and Art of Trash. There are so many ways to make a difference on Maui,” said Jen Cox of Malama Maui Nui.
Groups participating in the event include Blue Aina, Coast Processes, Hawaiian Humpback Whale Sanctuary, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, KIRC, Maui Ocean Center, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Malama Maui Nui, MISC, Rising Sun Solar, the Sustainable Science Management program at UHMC, West Maui Kumuwai, West Maui Ridge 2 Reef Initiative and Whispering Winds.
For more information, visit the Student Ohana for Sustainability Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pages/Student-Ohana-for-Sustainability
The future of a lucky music student at UH Maui College will glow a little brighter thanks to a $3,000 contribution to the Emma Veary Scholarship fund by Robyn Kneubuhl and Ginger Johnson, otherwise known as the Hula Honeys. Their decision to make the donation came about as the result of a successful cultural exchange tour between Kahului and the beach cities of Southern California.
“Emma Veary continues to be a huge musical influence,” said Johnson, part of the award-winning jazz duo. “After playing to packed crowds at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach and Mar’sels Restaurant, we saw how far that musical influence has reached. We wanted to help nurture the next generation of musicians the way Maui has nurtured our careers, so we decided to contribute part of the profits from that tour to the Emma Veary Scholarship.”
The multi-year Emma Veary Scholarship, named after Robin Kneubuhl’s mother, was established by a private donor in California who had enjoyed listening to Veary’s performances on the beach outside the Halekulani Hotel forty years ago. Veary would tell her paying audience that the next song was for ‘friends on the shelf’ or for her ‘scholarship friends’, and then she would then turn and sing to her fans on the beach who could not afford to buy a ticket to a Waikiki concert.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates ability and promise in all types of music, i.e. following the broad repertoire of the Golden Voice of Hawaiʻi, Emma Veary.
“We’re hoping that others in the local music community in Maui will help grow this important scholarship so that it can support more deserving music students, and inspire them to pursue careers in the industry,” said Kneubuhl.
To make a contribution to the Emma Veary Scholarship, or learn how to create a scholarship in your, or a loved one’s name, contact the UH Foundation at Maui College by phone at 808.984.3471 or email Cordy.MacLaughlin@uhfoundation.org.
WAILUKU – The Maui Police Commission has announced that they are holding this month’s meeting on the University of Hawaii Maui College Campus. The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 21, at 9:30 a.m., in Laulima Room 106.
The change in venue comes in response to an ongoing request from members of the public who say they would like commission meetings to be held outside of the Wailuku police station. This meeting is part of a pilot program to encourage more public attendance.
As always, the police commission meeting is open to members of the public. Students with the college’s Administrative Justice Program may also be in attendance.
Honolulu, HI – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced nearly $10 million in federal funding to community colleges across Hawai‘i. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education, will help support job-training programs at seven colleges in Hawai‘i.
“One of the best ways to grow our local economy is to invest in programs that will give Hawai‘i’s workers the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Senator Schatz said. “The $10 million in federal funding will help community colleges offer new, in-demand courses focused on information technology and health care, giving Hawai‘i’s students new career opportunities and a better shot at success.”
The $9,999,870 investment will benefit seven schools which include UH-Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College in Hilo, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.
Funding will be used to hire or train instructors to expand their capacity to offer in-demand courses or certifications, leverage online learning, develop new curricula and training models, purchase new equipment to ensure students train on what employers actually use, and solicit feedback from local employers.
Kahului – The public is invited to join the Maui Disability Alliance at its 18th Annual Legislative Forum on Wednesday, September 24th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the UH Maui College campus. The forum will discuss housing, employment, transportation, and mental health issues impacting those with disabilities. Participants will be able to engage with Maui policymakers, individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and other advocates to discuss, list, and prioritize needs and concerns.
The Maui Disability Alliance is comprised of 36 public, private, government and non-profit agencies, the community at large and state-level organizations working together to bring community and political awareness of issues impacting persons with disabilities and to effect positive change.
Candidates who have committed to participate in the forum include: Mayor Alan Arakawa and candidate Tamara Paltin; Council Member, East Maui – Bob Carroll and candidate Nick Nikhilananda; Council Member, West Maui – Elle Cochran and candidate Kaala Buenconsejo; Council Member, Makawao-Haiku-Paia – Mike White and candidate Mike Molina; Council Member, Kahului – Don Guzman; Council Member, Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapu candidate Joe Blackburn; Council Member, Upcountry – Gladys Baisa; Council Member, Molokai Stacey Crivello; State Senator District 5, Gil Keith-Agaran; State Senator District 6, Roz Baker; State Rep. District 8, Joe Souki; State Rep. District 11, Kaniela Ing; State Rep. District 12, candidate Richard Pohle; Governor, candidate Jeff Davis.
The event will start with refreshments and the opportunity to network with other disability advocates, followed by a moderated question and answer panel with candidates, and ending with dessert, evaluations, and continued conversation.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on the UHMC campus in the Pilina building’s Multi-Purpose room. For more information, questions or concerns, or those who require access accommodations, please call Rob Tarver at (808) 984-8218 or email MDAmaui2014@gmail.com.
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