Alumni Newsletter

October, 2010
Alumni eNewsletter
  October 2010
Labor missionaries gather to celebrate 50 year reunion
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 this gathering. Read More
Depicting a vision: the story of the McKay mosaic
Upon driving around the Flag Circle into the entrance of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, the scene that captures the attention of most visitors is the grand mosaic depiction of President David O. McKay at a flag-raising ceremony. For Norman Burr, the sight brings back a humbling sense of accomplishment. Read More
Haunted Lagoon returns to PCC
Yes, the eerie apparition of the Laie Lady has returned to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). It's rumored that the ghostly star of PCC's much-anticipated Haunted Lagoon ride is desperately searching for her long lost son to keep her company for all eternity -- but any guest may do. Read more
From 'Monk to Missionary,' BYU-H grad shares his conversion story
Mani Seangsuwan, has published a 90-page book about his life experience being in a monastery in Thailand and then later becoming an LDS missionary. "Despite the deep love that I had for the Thai people and culture, I was haunted with feelings that there was still something missing in my life." Read more
Mavis Loo: Leaving a legacy of service
BYU-Hawaii is sad to see another employee leave in the coming weeks. Mavis Loo has been a part of the Seasider staff for 19 years, working in various jobs around campus. "I have been in the student development aspect of things, I was an academic adviser, in the career services. I just enjoy serving!" Says Loo. Read more
New Bike Path from Laie to Kahuku
On a recent morning drive here from Kahuku, Pane Meatoga's truck passed two women, both jogging while pushing baby strollers along the narrow bike lane hugging Kamehameha Highway. "I saw that and my heart skipped a beat," said meatoga, presidentof the Laie Community Association. "There's a big safety issue." Read more
Alumni Spotlight-Corbin Thomander, Alumni Relations Manager
Corbin Thomander's love for BYU-Hawaii began long before he was appointed as the new Alumni Relations Manager for the BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association. "I have a great passion and love for BYU-Hawaii, and I have always personally identified with its purpose and mission," says Thomander. Read more
Chapter Events in October
  • October 9th - Washington Chapter at 6:00pm at Seattle North Stake Center
  • October 15 - Hong Kong Chapter Event at 7:00pm at Kowloon Tong Chapel
  • October 24 - Nevada Reno Chapter Event at 7:00pm at TBD Chapel

Alumni return to Laie to host 5k run, half marathon at Gunstock Ranch
A half marathon will be held at Gunstock Ranch on October 30, 2010. If you are interested, please register online here. BYU-Hawaii alumni have collaborated to organize this event celebrating health, wellness and human potential. Runners of all ages are invited to participate. Aid station volunteers are also needed. For further inquiries, contact

New Chapter Chairs

  • Welcome to Melony ('85) & David NeSmith ('90) of the Hawaii Maui/Molokai/Lanai Chapter!
  • Welcome to Khumbulani Mdletshe ('91) of the Africa Chapter!

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