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The University of Hawai‘i Maui College

The University of Hawai‘i has seven community colleges — University of Hawai‘i Maui College is located on the island of Maui — among the best value in higher education today.

Like No Place On Earth

Situated on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, UH Maui College is the largest neighbor island college in the University of Hawaiʻi system, and serves the educational needs of residents of the three islands that comprise Maui County: Molokai, Lanaʻi and Maui. It is an accredited college that offers three bachelor of applied science degrees, a wide variety of associate degrees and certificates, as well as distance learning degrees through its UH Center on campus.

Campus Points of Pride

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  • UH Maui serves a tri-isle county and its rural communities, on the Kahului campus and educational centers on Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Hāna, and Lahaina.
  • All Maui County high school students can earn college credits via the UH Mauiʻs “Running Start” program. This year the college awarded an Associate degree in Liberal Arts to a 17-year-old on Molokaʻi.
  • UH Maui College offers 3 Applied Baccalaureate degrees in Business and Information Technology, Engineer Technology, and Sustainable Science Management, 21 Associate degrees, and additional Bachelor and Masters degrees through the Maui University Center.
  • Chef Sheldon Simeon, a runner-up on Bravo TVʻs Top Chef, is a graduate of UH Maui College culinary arts program. The program has graduated many successful and noteworthy chefs throughout the state and US continent.
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  • The college is a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant aimed at addressing the inherent conflict between the development of the Daniel Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakala and the Native Hawaiian and Maui community.
  • The college encourages internships and hands-on learning experiences. As part of an art class project, Kammy Kaiwi painted a mural measuring 300 feet by 50 feet on the Kaʻaʻike building wall. The mural is titled “Makahiki” and depicts the events that occurred during the Makahiki season.
  • The Institute for Hawaiian Music won a Na Hoku Hanohano award in the Hawaiian Language category.
  • UH Maui College graduate Jaquie Kapu was honored as Hawai’iʻs distinguished Phi Theta Kappa member at a ceremony held in Chicago.
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Wave of Momentum

UH Maui College is riding a wave of momentum. The size and quality of our student body continues to grow. We’ve added new bachelor’s degree programs to equip students to thrive in the shifting economic marketplace.  Other academic programs, from culinary arts to digital media to oral health, continue to grow in quality and in popularity. We’ve created a 21st-century learning environment, including the recent addition of our new $26 million science facility.

Despite these achievements, there is no room for complacency. We must continue to improve, expand and reach out to students, families, and communities to create a bright future for all of Hawai‘i.

That’s worth fighting for. That’s worth investing in. That’s why we need you.

Please join us as together we Journey Beyond.

Funding Priorities

Student Scholarships

We strive to ensure that every student can afford to attend UH Maui College, regardless of family finances. Nothing else we do to improve the quality of a University of Hawai‘i education will matter if students and families cannot afford the opportunities we offer. In the last four years, the College has increased the number of students receiving financial aid by 250 percent. But our student body has doubled in the last five years — and many require additional support to pursue their degrees in a wide range of two-year programs, such as Hawaiian Studies, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Liberal Arts and Culinary Arts.

Your gift will help keep the cost of higher education within reach for many of these students as they pursue their ambitions, including those who remain on Maui to complete one of our four-year degrees.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss naming possibilities for endowed scholarships.

Endowed Faculty Chairs

Attracting strong faculty to Maui College — and creating more high-quality jobs, and diversifying Hawai‘i's economy.

Endowed faculty chairs will provide incentives to recruit and retain high-level talent and leadership.

We seek gifts to fund chairs in programs of emerging strength, particularly our bachelor’s degree programs in engineering, information technology and sustainability. Doing so will place a prime focus on STEM-related degree programs as we diversify Maui County’s economy and infuse a spirit of entrepreneurship across campus.  Endowed chairs give donors the opportunity to connect their names, or the names of loved ones, to academic excellence in perpetuity.

Naming opportunities are available for donors interested in funding endowed chairs.

Faculty Development Fund

To ensure that a great teacher today remains a great teacher tomorrow, UH Maui College must increase its institutional commitment to the professional growth and development of our faculty. As teaching becomes increasingly complex, it’s critical that our faculty conti

Gifts to the campaign will be used to create a faculty development fund to support our professors as they pursue new training opportunities and seek out “best practices” that they can bring to the classroom and share with their colleagues.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss naming possibilities for gifts to fund faculty development.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Modern equipment keeps our faculty and students connected to current technologies in science, engineering and the arts — including 3-D printing, robotics, advanced optics and creative digital media. These are the currencies of a shifting economy; these are the investments that keep a UH Maui College education relevant and innovative.

We must also upgrade existing programs in online learning, such as nursing and healthcare which increasingly rely on simulation technology. Even traditional areas of study such as automotive technology, one of the oldest vocational programs at the College, now require training on advanced monitoring equipment for new hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.

Educational and Training Labs that address critical economic issues on Maui are central to the Journey Beyond campaign. These include:

  • Nursing SIM Lab Upgrade. The future of nursing lies in information technology, data management and simulation (SIM) labs, which require SIM robots for simulating patient care. The Senator Inouye Allied Health Building for Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs includes the relocation of a successful dental outreach center to the UH Maui College campus, providing additional donor funding opportunities.
  • Food Innovation Center. Our new Food Innovation Center is jump-starting the commercialization of agricultural projects for exports and to creating new jobs on the island. The center provides consulting services for local agricultural businesses and serves as a hub for manufacturing local food products.
  • Hospitality Academy of Maui. The Hospital Academy will provide hands-on training for students in a fully operational small hotel setting, while also providing competitively-priced lodging in the underserved Kahului/Wailuku communities. The host Academy will serve as a laboratory for all of UH Maui College, including programs in energy, culinary arts, construction, electric vehicles, software development, public relations and marketing, and aquaculture.
  • Ike Le‘a Science Center. This facility, opened in 2013, will transform Maui’s future in science and technology — two emerging staples of Hawai‘i’s 21st-century economy. The center includes the island’s first teaching observatory and seven new labs, ranging from optics to physics to marine sciences and biology.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting University of Hawai‘i Maui College, please contact:

Cordy MacLaughlin
Director of Development, UH Maui College
(808) 984-3471 • cordy.maclaughlin@uhfoundation.org