Alumni Newsletter

May, 2011

Alumni eNewsletter 
                                                                                                                                     May 2011 

Laie Hawaii Temple
Laie: 'spirit of aloha'
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. Sister Soren would know. Her roots in the island community run deep. Read more
Alumni Office
International clubs become Student Alumni Association chapters
After speaking with a vice president of the Shell Oil Company in Japan, the Japanese club here at BYU–Hawaii has learned that participating in campus clubs may be more than simply a social outlet. The Alumni Office, located in the Aloha Center, is helping students connect with alumni from their own countries and providing them with the tools necessary to network with people from all parts of the world. Read more
April Commencement welcomes newest BYU–Hawaii alumni
Approximately 380 students participated in the BYU–Hawaii commencement exercises on April 9, 2011. As the distinguished guest speaker, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared his vision of the future with graduates. The audience laughed at his observation, "There is good news and bad news," and listened intently to his hope for the future. Read more , Commencement speeches
Don Carey Laie brought to life in Bumpy Landings, a novel by BYU–Hawaii alumnus
When he was eleven years old, Don Carey moved with his family to the Hawaiian town of Laie, where his father taught at BYU–Hawaii. Don is a graduate of Kahuku High School where, when he wasn’t in the band room, he could be found in the library with his nose in a book. Don was awarded the David O. McKay scholarship to attend BYU-Hawaii, where he met his lovely wife, Kara. Read more, Read first chapter
Iosepa Canoe
Iosepa launched today, May 2nd
Iosepa is scheduled to be taken out of PCC on Monday, May 2, at 8:00 a.m. The intended route is through Naniloa Loop, past the temple, and on to Hukilau Beach. This will be followed by the hoisting of the mast.  The projected time is around mid-day when the canoe will be ready to be pushed into the ocean and moved to its mooring. See voyage schedule, Read more about the Iosepa
 Alum travel the world 20 countries and counting: Alum couple travels the world
At first glance, BYU–Hawaii alumni Jenne and David Paddock seem like any other young Laie family. On an evening in their small rented apartment above their two-bedroom garage on the point, Jenne bounces their fussy infant, Zalea Sage, and talks about how much weight her new daughter has gained this week. David comes in from weed whacking the backyard and takes his own turn holding the baby, mentioning his workday and cracking jokes. Read more
Mo'ale Finau
Alumni Spotlight: Mo'ale Finau
Mo'ale Finau (Political Science, `86) became one of the first representatives in Tonga’s new democratic parliament, established November 25, 2010. The new form of government allows the people to elect most of the representatives as the King leaves more power to a Prime Minister elected by the Parliament. Mo’ale has actively been engaged in the democratic movements, pushing for greater freedoms. Read more