Alumni Newsletter

March, 2011
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March 2011    
BYU–Hawaii's influence felt across the globe
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. Read more
Elder and Sister Bednar 'Isles of the sea' – First Apostle to visit the Marshall Islands
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve spent 13 days traveling in the Pacific Area during January. Stops on his itinerary included Tonga, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. "According to information provided by the mission president, it was the first time a member of the Quorum of the Twelve had been to and walked on Majuro," said Elder Bednar. "The people of the Marshall Islands were very warm." Read more

Alumnus becomes self-sustained through organic farming
A BYU–Hawaii Food Services employee has discovered a way to raise healthier plants and vegetables that are chemical free. Tevita Toafa has been farming his own plot of state-leased land for 12 years now. After 10 years of using chemical-laced fertilizer he...decided to make the switch to worm compost fertilization. Since switching, Toafa says he has seen an extreme difference in his yield. Read More
Pacific Banking Scholars Program
 Bank of Hawaii and BYU–Hawaii have recently partnered to create the Pacific Banking Scholars Program. The program will supply qualified students from American Samoa, Saipan, and Guam with scholarships, internships, and career opportunities. A reception was held on February 16, at which Bank of Hawaii presented BYU–Hawaii with $100,000 for the program. Read more
Making a difference in the Marshall Islands
Kaminaga and Lydia Kaminaga, BYU–Hawaii alumni from the Marshall Islands, made a decision. “We decided that we should be some of those people that make a difference…If we as Marshallese citizens don’t make changes for the better for our people, who will?” And since graduation in 2008, they have spent their time doing just that. As a Foreign Service Officer, Lydia travels often to represent her country to the world. Read more
What is Envision Laie?
Envision Laie, an organization made up of local residents from Kaaawa to Kahuku and Laie’s three main entities, hopes to relieve housing and traffic pressures felt by the residents of Laie and provide a better learning environment for the students of BYU–Hawaii. Its mission statement is “to plan a future that protects quality of life and emphasizes the values of the people who live in the Ko’olau Loa region,”  Read more
Art is a way of life for PCC Samoan
Kap Teo Tafiti is a talented artist with art that can be seen throughout the Polynesia gift shop at Polynesian Cultural Center. He now works for the PCC in the Samoan Village as an Ambassador. “I represent Samoa at PCC,” said Tafiti. “I go by Kap.”  He graduated in ‘95 as an art major, and started selling his art at the PCC in ‘97. “When I did my art show, my display was entitled ‘My Hands,’” he said. Read more

Alumni Spotlight – Mabel Eadie
Mabel Eadie ('86, BS, Computer Information Systems), originally from Marikina City, Philippines, came to BYU–Hawaii in 1982 at the age of 18 years.  While attending school Mabel worked in several different capacities. She first started cleaning the admin buildings and TVA and then became a "deelite girl" and sold pineapple deelites at the night show and finally became the cash verifier for the CIS department. Read more


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