celebrates Spirit Week on
campus with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends
from February 11-17, 2013, in honor of its founding on February 12,
1955. Click here to view a full list of events for the week.
With each passing year, students at BYU–Hawaii come and go. From the
time a student is admitted to this University until the time they
graduate, each young man and young woman is being shaped and molded
according to the vision and prophecies this institution was based upon.
“More than anything, I wanted to be a positive influence in the lives of
people on a grander scale,” mused Lara Leimana Fonoimoana, BYU–Hawaii
student graduating in December, wife, and mother who recently completed
her reign as Mrs. America.
employees from the Micronesia Guam Service
Center, travelled approximately 1714 miles (2758 km) by plane, train,
and bus to assist in clean-up efforts in Japan.
BYU–Hawaii celebrates Spirit Week on campus with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends from February 6-11
The first of several phases of construction for BYU–Hawaii officially began on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The renovated facility now has an expanded capacity of 24,400 square feet within the 27,000 square-foot building.
Students obtained invaluable employment knowledge and skills, while
simultaneously serving as ambassadors for the University, and ultimately
Women’s tennis player Hewenfei (Elwen)
Li Boud has been named one of nine finalists for the 2011 NCAA Woman of
the Year Award.
Political Science alumnus Evan Fa organized a body boarding competition and beach clean-up at Laie Beach Park.
Dr. Ishmael Stagner, author of, “KUMU HULA,
Roots and Branches,” spoke... about the
importance of the role of Laie in hula dancing.
from 14 Pacific nations took part in the voyage aptly
named, "Te Mana o te Moana" or "The Spirit of the Sea."
The Brigham Young University–Hawaii Concert Choir visited two countries,
held five major performances, and participated in dozens of cultural
exchanges during a two-week tour in May 2010. Based around the theme
"Voices of Peace in Harmony", the choir shared a message of values,
hope, and unity through music with thousands of concertgoers...
On a quiet street in Laie, Hawaii, Flora Kapualahaole Soren demonstrates
the true spirit of aloha. Following the example of the generations before
her, she extends an open-door, open-refrigerator invitation to a reporter
from Salt Lake City. Sister Soren shares her stories, her photographs, her history, her time
and her food.
My dear brothers and sisters, Aloha! You look wonderful to me. You have
great leaders and teachers here. I feel a spirit of goodness coming from
all of you. This is the Spirit of God.
It comes from Him and,
depending on the purity of our lives, flows into us and through us to
those around us, bringing peace and joy to them and to us.
Standing in a Sugarcane field in Laie, Hawaii, on Feb. 12, 1955,
President David O. McKay founded the Church College of Hawaii. On that day he spoke of a vision he saw 34 years earlier when he
witnessed a group of international school children participating in a flag
ceremony at the Church school in Laie. President McKay recounted that he
had seen in those children the ability of the gospel of Jesus Christ to
unite all people.
The 2011 Founder’s Week/Homecoming festivities kick-off on Tuesday,
February 8 and end on Saturday, February 12. All week, the Student
Alumni Chapters/Cultural Associations will be holding Skype events with
alumni across the world.Foodfest caps off the week on Saturday with
great food, free music
performances, children’s activities, and all our neighbors in one big
mixed plate of aloha!
The scent of orchids and plumerias blended with the anticipation in the
air Friday, December 17, as students, families, and community members
made their way to the Cannon Activities Center (CAC) for the 2010
Commencement exercises. The CAC filled up quickly, and once inside, parents and family members
fumbled with cameras and shifted in their seats
The Laie Hawaii Temple has been the centerpiece of Latter-day Saint
faith in the Hawaiian Islands since its initial dedication in 1919. "The
Hawaii Temple ... is the reason for this great celebration," said
President Monson at a cultural celebration held Saturday inside the
Center on the campus of Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
The public is invited to tour the recently renovated Laie Hawaii Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first temple
constructed outside the continental United States. The First Presidency
of the Church has announced a public open house
that will run from Friday, 22 October 2010, until Sunday, 13 November
2010, excluding Sundays.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The
week before LDS General Conference
is typically when missionaries gather for their annual reunions.
This was a different type of reunion: These missionaries built the
Polynesian Cultural Center and parts of what is now BYU-Hawaii in the
1960s and traveled from all over the world for
In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, there will also
be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 20
2010. The Laie Hawaii Temple was originally dedicated 27 November
1919 by then President Heber J. Grant. It was the fifth operating temple
the world and the first completed outside the state of Utah.
The Brigham Young University–Hawaii Concert Choir visited two countries,
held five major performances, and participated in dozens of cultural
exchanges during a two-week tour in May 2010. Based around the theme
"Voices of Peace in Harmony", the choir shared a message of values,
hope, and unity through music with thousands of concertgoers..
LAIE, Hawaii – Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided over BYU–Hawaii's April 10th Commencement Exercises—notably the largest number (353) to have marched at a BYU–Hawaii commencement—held in the Cannon Activities Center.
Faculty-staff ohana meeting marks start of a new school year; 'Exemplary' faculty named; 'Envision Laie' process gains momentum; PCC launches new night show; 2010 reunion weekend activities outlined; Alumni join BYU–Hawaii faculty-staff; feedback from California-San Diego, Utah-Central and Washington State chapters; and, of course, personal updates...
Elder Snow of the Presidency of the Seventy reminds new grad that responsibility comes with their education; Tew named new dean; BYU–Hawaii SIFE team reaches top-12 in the nation; the community honors the Iosepa, again; Elder Choi is called to the First Quorum of the Seventy; and much more, including personal updates and the memorial list.
BYU–Hawaii men's basketball team has best-ever season; the Church commissions "Envision Laie" project, IWORK absorbs IWES, PCC reorganizes upper management, and Pacific Institute reorganized; CCHers hold Las Vegas reunion, alumni deliver devotions and presentations; and, of course, personal updates and more...
President Henry B. Eyring urges new BYUH graduates to pursue eternal education; the university reorganizes into four new colleges and launches a new academic calendar; and more on distance learning, new role of councils, Dr. Dale Robertson retires, lots of alumni news, and more...
The President's Council reports on progress and objectives in the latest Ohana meeting; the Council also presents its annual Exemplary Service Awards; WASC reaffirms BYUH accreditation for 10 years; 15 alumni join the university ohana; and much more..
Special August 2008 issue
This issue contains information about the reorganization of Alumni Association into the Student Development and Affairs division.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve tells the new graduates: "Don't be a slave"; PCC opens a new home for BYUH's voyaging canoe; Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve talks about the future roles of BYUH, PCC; the Design Team and President's Council add more reorganization details, including a new new alumna VP, while another alumna VP retires; and more...
Design Team proposes new President's Council reorganization; WASC team leaves "very positive" oral report; BYUH revises Moana St. housing plan, HRI pulls Malakahana plans; annual business plan competition results; Coach Porter passes 1,000-win mark; retiring alumni faculty/staff honored; CCNZ alumni hold "golden" anniversary; and more...
CES Board of Education exec committee convenes on campus; BYU–H remembers President Hinckley's visits; BYUH gets new academics VP; McKay lecture focuses on war paradox; 2008 Genuine Gold honorees; chapter leaders meet on campus; four former presidents address alumni in Utah; and more...
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve urged the Fall 2007 graduates to use the Internet and other new media to share their views and correct inaccurate information about the Church; BYUH and PCC are developing a new set of student work standard that will better integrate their job and classroom experiences; Elder Paul Sybrowsky of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and a CCH alum, speaks to the grads during the Alumni banquet; and much more...
President Henry B. Eyring of The First Presidency installs Dr. Steven C. Wheelwright as the ninth president of BYU-Hawaii; the PLC convenes on campus; BYUH, PCC and others break ground for Iosepa's new home in the PCC's Hawaiian village; the 2008 Genuine Gold representatives are named; alumni deliver devotionals and other addresses on campus; and much more...
President Steven C. Wheelwright outlines the mission and imperatives of BYU-Hawaii to the faculty and staff at the outset of the new school year; the Presidents Council presents the Teacher of the Year and annual "exemplary service" awards; lots of campus and alumni news; and, of course, personal updates.
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve gives "concrete suggestions" to graduates; President Steven C. Wheelwright succeeds President Shumway; read about the Concert Choir tour to China and Mongolia; more new chapters and chapter leaders are named; CCHers prepare for their mini-reunion in Kona; and personal updates
President Shumway thanks the donor members of the BYU-Hawaii/PCC Presidents' Leadership Council during a presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah; lots of news items, including a report on a recent Hawaiian sailing canoe voyage, our new "newsroom" web page, and an online collection of old photos; and association, chapter and personal updates
President and Sister Shumway are called to serve in the Tonga Temple; Chapter leaders meet on campus; news of the annual entrepreneurship conference and business plan competition; new chapters increase and other leadership changes; Genuine Gold alumni are honored; original faculty member Wylie Swapp passes away; and more...
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses the largest-ever mid-year graduating class, encouraging them to be 'true disciples of Christ'; Susana De Leon Berardy ('85) is the alumni guest speaker at the graduation luau; there's a new Alumni gifts web page, plus personal updates.
Business, PLC conferences on campus yield spiritual harvest; BYUH's sailing canoe, the Iosepa, to make its permanent berth at PCC; BYU-Hawaii Magazine goes online; lots of "news-bytes," such as the School of Education getting preliminary accreditation, three alumni "stars," and a "Businesswoman of the Year" award; plus, of course, chapter and personal updates.
Three alumni deliver BYU-Hawaii devotionals within one month; Hawaii earthquake ripples through Laie; read reports from the Philippines and Washington state alumni; and personal updates.
Executive Director Rowena Reid shares an Alumni Association status report; President Shumway challenges singles on marriage in the first devotional of the school year; the BYUH women's volleyball team ranks 9th in the NCAA II; three new chapters are formed; various alumni make their marks; and personal updates.
President Shumway welcomes a record number of new faculty to campus and urges the university 'ohana to pursue excellence; VP of Academics Keith Roberts outlines BYU-Hawaii's growing reputation and its importance; accounting professor Glade Tew is named 2006 "teacher of the year"; U.S. News survey ranks BYU-Hawaii in the top tier in the west, again; plus association, chapter and personal news.
This double-issue contains Elder Richard G. Scott's commencement address, honors for the international student internship benefactors, the traditional graduation luau, and CCHers hold their first reunion; also news of the Concert Choir's appearance in New York City, a new distance learning initiative, an alum is named School of Business 'teacher of the year,' and more; plus chapter items — including a new Alumni Blog — and personal updates.
President Shumway delivers first Spring Term devotional on the need for personal revelation and attending the temple; we also have powerful messages from two members of the Seventy; news of a new professional society student chapter; the women's tennis team win's their sixth NCAA II national championship; and chapter and personal updates.
President Shumway speaks at a BYU-Hawaii/PCC alumni fireside in Utah; new "genuine gold" alumni representatives are named; a new dean is named for the School of Business...and the first women's basketball coach; plus chapter news and personal updates.
BYU-Hawaii President Eric B. Shumway delivers his semi-annual "state of the University" address; a Pacific West Conference decision will result in changes to the line-up of sports at BYU-Hawaii next school year; heavy rains hit Laie and the rest of Hawaii; and chapter and personal updates.
Alumnus and current BYU-Hawaii faculty member Dr. Mark James ('79) delivers the annual David O. McKay Lecture on the impacts of English language. The CCHers Network (1955-64) are planning a Hawaii reunion this June. Read about alumni in the media, and more.
Alumni President Les Steward sets the association's "culture of beliefs" and desired results; President-Elect Arapata Meha invites nominations for our annual alumni honors awards; Executive Director Rowena Reid extends New Year's greetings and announces some changes to the Board of Directors.
Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve, addresses BYU-Hawaii's December graduates. President Shumway summarizes the Golden Jubilee celebration. Plus Association, chapter and personal updates.
This combined issue includes an extensive overview of BYU-Hawaii's Golden Jubilee Week, including President Thomas S. Monson's conference and devotional addresses, the largest-ever alumni chapter chair conference, and personal updates from old classmates who were there.
The Golden Jubilee Steering Committee co-chairs invite everyone to the upcoming celebration. President Shumway introduces a new "culture of beliefs" for BYU-Hawaii. Also in this issue, the president of Mongolia visits the campus, and the Alumni Association conducts its first-ever tour; plus, of course, the latest updates from classmates.
Get ready: Our Golden Jubilee week-long celebration is less than two months away. Read the latest news and register online now if you're coming. Also in this issue, Barbara Barrington-Jones gives us insights into our divine destiny; and, of course, we share the latest updates from your former classmates over the past 50 years.
BYU-Hawaii President Eric B. Shumway and PCC President Von D. Orgill report on their recent trip to the People's Republic of China as part of a Hawaii state delegation. Also, CCH President Owen J. Cook passes away; and learn the latest renovations taking place on campus, as well as association, chapter and personal updates.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the Seventy addresses the 248 "jubilee graduates" and other June commencement news. Alumnus Gordon Morton speaks at the graduation luau. Also: Gladys Knight jubilee concert tickets are now on sale, BYU-Hawaii hosts a prestigious Chinese educational technology conference, and much more, including personal updates.
The Executive Committee of the Church Educational System Board of Trustees gives high marks to BYU-Hawaii during a special Golden Jubilee visit. Also, President Shumway completes a South Pacific Jubilee tour, lots of Alumni Association and chapter news as well as our customary personal updates.
New CES Commission Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, visits BYU-Hawaii for the first time. Read all about Dr. Smith's choral reunion and other Golden Jubilee news, including new logo souvenirs; also Association, chapter and personal updates.
President Eric B. Shumway gives his mid-year 'state of the campus' address, the new Alumni office officially opens, and there's a link to an exciting new online "alumni community" web site where it's easy to look up old friends and classmates. There's also lots of Golden Jubilee news as well as alumni personal updates.
Economics profesor Beth Haynes, with her David O. McKay lecture on poverty, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of The First Quorum of the Seventy's reminder of our prophetic heritage have set a high standard for the BYU-Hawaii Golden Jubilee. There's also some interesting sports news, two new Alumni Association board members, and updates on classmates.
BYU-Hawaii begins its 1955-2005 Golden Jubilee year of celebration with a host of activities and new tools for you to stay in even closer contact. Also read about a "living treasure," an alumni reunion for Dr. Smith's choir members, other newsbytes and, of course, chapter news and personal updates.
President Gordon B. Hinckley returned to Laie to dedicate the Hale La'a Blvd. beautification project, the new front entrance to BYU-Hawaii, and to address the 248 winter graduates. This issue also carries news of several more sports honors and, of course, a selection of updates from alumni.
Jeffrey N. Bunker, Dean of Admissions and Records, reviews the latest demographic trends and explains how BYU-Hawaii is going to help some international students overcome two new visa hurdles. Also, President Hinckley is tentatively scheduled to return to campus, sports reports, chapter news and personal updates round out this issue.
This issue contains a Chinese religious studies delegation shares intriguing insights, new-bytes: the Women's tennis team gives up a championship in favor of the Sabbath, Sidewalk engineering in Laie is exciting, Alumni recognized as one of Hawaii's top high tech leaders, The Asia-Pacific Basketball Tournament in November 12-13, 2004 and other sports. Other reports include PCC offers first Maori workshop in California, Association and Chapter News and Personal Updates.
This issue contains results of a survey done by the Class of 2000; news of a visit by the Crown Prince of Tonga and the addition of two prominent musicians to the faculty; a donation matching fund change to the David O. McKay Legacy; a new BYU-Hawaii Student Alumni Association; and the latest in chapter and personal updates.
This issue includes a report on the faculty-staff "family" meeting which kicks off the beginning of the new school year and includes the President's Council "Teacher of the Year" and annual service awards. There's also news of a first-ever trip to China by the basketball team; and, of course, chapter and personal updates.
Dean Robert Hayden explains the objectives and directions of CITO. Our new Alumni Association president, Les Steward, offers his greetings. News from campus includes the passing of a popular professor and the return of Iosepa from the Big Island. Of course, we also have Association and chapter news, as well as updates from former classmates.
Elder L. Tom Perry of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encourages the June graduates to hold on to "enduring values." Alumni representative Dr. Caroline Kwok from Hong Kong shared some of the compelling lessons she learned at BYU-Hawaii during our largest-ever graduation luau. There are also news updates from the Association, chapters, the Polynesian Cultural Center and, of course, our fellow alumni.
President Shumway shares an update on BYU-Hawaii with the other independent universities in Hawaii. The voyaging canoe Iosepa has gone to west Hawaii. The University honors five for their service to the surrounding community. The women's tennis team wins their third consecutive NCAA II title. Also, BYU-Hawaii is ranked as the "top value," computing leadership changes, chapter news and classmate profiles.
President Shumway is called as Area Authority Seventy for Hawaii and California. Long-time English professor James Walker, and several staff members, announce retirement. The Laie-based Mormon Pacific Historical Society tours New Zealand, again; and, of course, chapter updates and personal news.
The Golden Jubilee steering committee releases a preliminary schedule of activities slated for the October 16-23, 2005, heart of the celebration. This newsletter also includes a lecture on the communications relationship between media and conversation, plans for an alumni tour to the Big Island, and lots of classmate feedback.
The February newsletter covers the 2004 Homecoming events and awards. Also the Seasider Men's Basketball team clinches the Pac West Conference title, other sports news, chapter updates and personal feedback.
President Eric Shumway reminds the University 'ohana [family] that the prophetic promises of BYU-Hawaii also include admonitions of worthiness; and delivers a "midterm" report on the University's progress. Among other news items, BYU-Hawaii's basketball team breaks into the top-25, the Homecoming schedule is outlined and, of course, we share feedback from fellow alumni.
Elder Russell M. Nelson of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivers the Winter 2003 commencement address and Elder John H. Groberg receives the BYU-Hawaii Distinguished Service Award. The issue also includes news updates, chapter reports and comments from classmates. Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou.
Brother William Neal, Assistant to the President of BYU-Hawaii, reports some of the results of two recent alumni surveys in this issue. Coverage also includes the second annual Asia-Pacific Basketball Classic, other highs and lows in sports, chapter news from the Far East and classmate updates.
We experienced an incredible week of activities during the Polynesian Cultural Center's 40th anniversary, including a visit by President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Sister Marjorie Hinckley. He attended the PCC alumni luau and the following day blessed a new $5 million-plus project that will completely rebeautify Hale La'a Blvd. and create a new front entrance at BYU-Hawaii. Don't miss this issue!
The BYU-Hawaii faculty convocation sets "leadership as moral engagement" as their theme for the academic year. Dr. Dale Robertson used the Hawaiian concept of making things pono to introduce the theme. Also, more on the PCC's upcoming 40th anniversary, a new Linux training program on campus, the 50-year history of CCH/BYU-Hawaii as well as sports reports; and, of course, chapter and classmate updates.
The University faculty and staff "family" meet for the first time in the new school year to hear of accomplishments and directions; Prof. Norman W. Evans is named President's Council Teacher of the Year, and annual staff Excellence in Service awardees are named; News-Bytes looks at the upcoming basketball season and "e-mail for life"; Chapter News from the western U.S.; and, of course, more personal updates.
BYU-Hawaii bestows an honorary doctorate on President Gordon B. Hinckley, who addressed the June 2003 graduates; President Shumway outlines the University's 'uniqueness'; Newsbytes include a reminder that PCC 40th anniversary alumni tickets are on sale, a major land acquisition for Laie, and others; Chapter News from Korea to Utah; and Personal Updates from classmates.
As the campus prepares for June graduation and President Gordon B. Hinckley's visit, read about our new international students, a study on how well returned missionaries retain their languages, the Iosepa undergoing sea trials; and, of course, more news from campus, chapters and old friends.
This issue covers new BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson's first official visit to BYU-Hawaii, the Seasider men's and women's tennis teams historic back-to-back national championships, a young couple who want to help alumni in The Philippines, news from around campus including the PCC's 30-millionth visitor, chapter reports from Korea to Minnesota, and news and thoughts from your classmates.
Read a report on the special Utah Chapter reunion meeting on Temple Square, along with news of alumni called as Area Authority Seventies, Hawaii 'mothers of the year,' a Hawaiian Studies professor taking on a scholarly historical assignment, chapter plans and personal updates from classmates down through the years.
The March issue includes an article explaining BYU-Hawaii's objective to increase the number and ability of international students returning to their homelands, an update on the status of the Iosepa — the University's 57-foot twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, and of course news-bytes of campus, alumni chapters and classmates.
This issue, which marks the first full year of publishing our BYU-Hawaii Alumni Newsletter, contains coverage of alumni receiving honors and awards during Homecoming a brief review of our largest-ever chapter chair conference, an update on PCC and BYU-Hawaii news, the longest-ever list of chapter notices and news, and classmate updates.
As we start a new year, the Utah alumni plan to hold a special fireside. BYU-Hawaii's enrollment total and mix will change. The Golden Jubilee steering committee is forming subcommittees for the 50th anniversary in 2005. Also sports briefs, upcoming events, chapter news — including our biggest-ever chapter chair conference, and personal updates from fellow alumni.
Mele Kalikimaka. We recap the Winter 2002 graduation, including President Thomas S. Monson's commencement address, and the alumni luau which filled the CAC. During the latter, President Shumway shared a powerful example of gratitude. Also, the Lady Seasiders bring home another NCAA II national volleyball title, more news and chapter items, and the latest round of alumni feedback. Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
New directors for the Alumni board, the formal opening of the pool, the first Asia-Pacific Basketball Classic, chapter news, and lots more.
BYU-Hawaii is sponsoring its first-ever international basketball tournament. Also, start thinking about the University's golden anniversary in 2005, and the Polynesian Cultural Center's 40th anniversary next year. We have chapter news ranging from Utah to Hong Kong, and lots of personal updates from classmates.
Nine of the University's top-ten annual service award recipients are BYU-Hawaii alumni. Also, meet new alumni faculty and staff; gain insight into nationalism from the research of a BYU-Hawaii professor at the World Cup games; and, of course, enjoy feedback from alumni chapters and former classmates.
This "back-to-school" issue includes a status report on the Alumni Association, President Shumway's annual orientation address to the "university family" of faculty and staff as well as his Daily Living Conference address on "The Abundant Life," our usual News-bytes and personal updates from a range of alumni.
Our best-yet e-newsletter includes two powerful addresses by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, including the dedication of the new BYU-Hawaii multi-stake center and June 2002 commencement; a special graduation luau speech by President Shumway that will help everyone evaluate personal commitment; and, of course, our usual News-bytes and alumni updates.
All in this issue: BYU-Hawaii swimming pool undergoes renovations; we bid farewell to retiring faculty and staff; PCC projects move forward, including a new Easter Island exhibit; plus we share a record number of alumni updates.
The latest developments on campus: historic NCAA-II tennis championship for both men and women's tennis teams, President Shumway's powerful Devotional on the Atonement, breakfast in the Ballroom, PCC discounts for alumni, Koolauloa service awards, national and international scholarships, another national championship, and looking for IK knights.
President Shumway thanks the alumni for their overwhelmingly positive reception of the new newsletter. Also, coverage of the alumni luau reunion, tennis triumphs, and lots of feedback from classmates.
In our inaugural newsletter, President Shumway shares his objectives for increased communication with and involvement from alumni. This issue also includes profiles of alumni honored during the 47th Homecoming celebration in February 2002.
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