Alumni Newsletter April & May 2013

April, 2013

Following a wonderful fireside with alumni, prospective students and parents, we had a gathering of the alumni in Suva.  Although the group was small, they were enthusiastic in their gratitude for their education at BYU-Hawaii and excited about the new buildings on campus, the growing numbers of returned missionaries and the opportunities available for even more young people from Fiji to attend BYU-Hawaii for both a spiritual and an academic education.

Laie Hotel Developer Selected   
Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to replace what used to be the Laie Inn. Construction of the new hotel is expected to begin later this year.
Mormon Messages
Alum Featured in Mormon Messages
Peter Xie [‘10] and wife Eugenia Chu [‘10] were recently featured in two Mormon Messages. Click here to watch.  
Mormon and China
Mormons and China
A new website is being launched with specific information for those from the People's Republic of China who have joined the Church while living outside of China.
Quality Affordable Housing    
More than two-thirds (68 percent) of Ko’olau Loa district residents support growth that improves the quality of life for families that live there.
Graduation Council to Graduates
“Can you and will you justify your credentials by your character?” Elder Richard J. Maynes addressed the largest graduating class in BYU–Hawaii history.
New recruiting program in Japan
New Recruiting Program in Japan   
Alumnus Kenichi Kurokawa, a [05 Information Systems] has been appointed as the first Japan recruiting representative.
Hula on Ice
Hula on Ice   
A group of students from the Polynesian Cultural Center performed at the 64th Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan. 
Global Leadership Award  
Mark H. Willes was honored with the Global Leadership Award by the BYU–Hawaii student chapter of the BYU Management Society.
Students Visit the Middle East    
Peace Players International (PPI) hosted three BYU–Hawaii students and Professor Chad Ford on a visit to the Middle East. 
TESOL Students at International Convention
Ten BYU–Hawaii students presented at the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Convention & English Language Expo. 
Andra Blaylock
April 2013 Spotlight: Andrea Blaylock 
Andrea Blaylock attended BYU–Hawaii in the early 2000's. She chose BYU–Hawaii because her mom had attended here and very regularly shared her many great experiences of her time at the university. During her junior year of high school she went on a trip to Hawaii, visited the campus and fell in love. While she attended school she worked in the cafeteria and the library. She was also a member of several clubs. Andrea said “BYUHawaii gave me a unique perspective on life and how to relate...


 Rich Paongo May 2013 Spotlight: Rich Paongo 
Rich Paongo ['94, Accounting] thought that coming to BYU–Hawaii for school would be the perfect stepping stone coming from the little island of Tonga. He attended one year of school then chose to serve a mission and was called to New Zealand. After his mission he worked at the PCC and performed a variety of different jobs there. While he was attending school he was able to meet his eternal companion. They now have a 4 year old daughter named Leila. BYU–Hawaii prepared Rich for his life by teaching him how to work...