Land purchase to expand UH Maui College's Molokai Education Center

Maui College
Nicole Beattie, (808) 984-3549
Director, Marketing & Community Relations, University of Hawaii Maui College
Posted: Aug 31, 2012

Molokai Properties Ltd, which does business as Molokai Ranch, announced recently announced that it has sold 3.2 acres of land in Kaunakakai to the University of Hawaiʻi. The parcel is located adjacent to the existing UH Maui College Molokai Education Center and will help the UH System realize its master plan goals of expanding its educational facilities on the island.
“This purchase will eventually expand the college's Molokai Education Center and strengthen our capacity to provide more higher education and economic opportunities," said UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto. "Critical to this outcome will be community input to realistically leverage public and private resources to create new possibilities for Molokai. Long-range planning will now begin in earnest. We'd also like to express our deepest thanks to Molokai Properties Ltd. for facilitating this purchase, which will greatly benefit the community."
“UH Maui College on Molokai provides great opportunities for our kids on the island and we couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in their expansion through this sale,” added Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Ranch. “We look forward to being able to partner with them in the future to bring specialty workshops and other activities to the residents of Molokai.”
Approximately 250 students call University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai their home campus. Through the Molokai Education Center, students can pursue certificate and associate degrees in seven primary majors from UH Maui College, including liberal arts, agriculture and natural resources, business careers, early childhood education, Hawaiian studies, human services, and allied health. Plans to include UH Maui College’s three bachelor’s degrees are underway.
A wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees are also available from other UH campuses, facilitated by the University Center, Maui, which connects Molokai students to UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UH West Oʻahu through interactive television, off-island travel, and the Internet.
Molokai Ranch is Hawaiʻi’s second largest ranch, spanning 54,000 acres of beach and countryside. The Ranch has a long and proud history on the Friendly Isle since its founding more than a century ago by Prince Kapuaiwa, who later became King Kamehameha V.
For more information about the parcel sale, call Molokai Ranch at (808) 534-9509.