President Shumway addresses return-ABILITY

March, 2003
  • President Shumway's discussion on the need improve the percentage of international students who return home after attending BYU-Hawaii — or what he prefers to callreturn-ABILITY.
  • News-bytes, including the men's basketball Pac West championship and the NCAA II Western Regional tournament hosted in BYU-Hawaii's CAC; other BYU-Hawaii sports reports; the announcement of a multi-million-dollar facelift for Hale La'a Blvd; Laie from the Heart, a new BYUTV broadcast; and a new president is named at BYU.

President Shumway addresses return-ABILITY

The BYU-Hawaii Futures Committee, following up on a 2001 recommendation from the Church Education System Executive Committee, set the returnability of international students to their homelands after graduating as a key objective.


Soon after that recommendation, a campus-wide Returnability Committee chaired by Professor Norm Evans studied the issues for eight months and recently reported the following:

  • Returnability is a complex, emotional and very personal matter.
  • Returnability is also almost always an economic issue inseparably connected with job placement.
  • BYU-Hawaii needs to insure international students have "return-ABILITY" — the skills and connections to succeed economically and spiritually as leaders within their families, communities and the church.

"Returnability is not understood merely in terms of the act of returning, but having the ability, the wherewithal, and the connections to return and succeed economically; and to contribute spiritually and socially as a leader within the family, the Church, and the community. Hence the emphasis on "return-ability," President Shumway recently told the University's faculty and staff.

"To provide an educated leadership base throughout the Pacific and Asia regions is at the heart of the University's mission."

President Shumway explained that this "ability" to return should encompass at least seven areas of preparation on campus:

  • Spiritual development, "as supported by Church activity, Religion courses and the overall spiritual environment of the campus."
  • General knowledge, "as achieved through required General Education courses, Interdisciplinary studies, World Communities courses, and major programs."
  • Employable skills, which are "achieved through academic training, work experience, and internships."
  • Leadership abilities, "as developed through Church organizations, club participation, work-study, service learning, and specific leadership training."
  • Cultural awareness, which is "achieved simply through participating in our living laboratory and our mini-nation environment."
  • Personal confidence "is the consequence of all the above."
  • Connections back home "can be achieved through career guidance, internships, and placement."

President Shumway also pointed out that following through will take time and University-wide effort. "In many of these areas, our effectiveness is already considerable," he said. "In others we are just on the verge. In still others we have many of the ingredients but have not organized appropriately."

For example, President Shumway explained the University recently organized a Leadership Task Force with Religion professor Marcus Martins as chair. "This task force will address, among other things, the leadership dimensions of returnability."

"Another area that we are just beginning to explore is developing articulation agreements with major universities within our target area so that our graduates can be placed in graduate programs there.  For example, Dr. Darren Heaton of our Chemistry department helped one of his students secure an internship this summer at Yonsei University in Korea, which he thinks will lead to graduate admission," President Shumway continued. He added that "one of our university fund raising priorities is to establish an endowment that will help fund international internships."

"Considerable study has also been done on how our Placement Office must operate in establishing in-country connections and coalitions to help prepare the way for our young people to effectively return to their home areas. Placement Councils, placement ambassadors, alumni organizations, and Church Employment Centers are all brought into the Placement mix," he said, adding that return-ability initiatives must also include strong personal and family commitments as well as local ecclesiastical participation during recruitment

"Clearly, in the final analysis our young people who are close to our Heavenly Father will be guided in their decisions as to where to learn and serve," President Shumway stressed.

"We realize that there are many reasons why some international students will not go back. In some cases parents and family have already migrated elsewhere, in other cases marriage will dictate where a person might settle, in other cases their return and contribution to their home areas will take different forms down the years. But the opportunities to return with honor and testimony and talent will increase and the whole kingdom will benefit."


The Iosepa during
Nov. 3, 2001 launch

Hawaiian Studies program
continues to prep the Iosepa

BYU-Hawaii's 57-foot traditional twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, Iosepa, was recently moved from its carving site at the corner of Naniloa Loop and Kamehameha Highway to a lot behind Women's Dorm 5, mauka of the softball field, so more students would have access to it.

"While I was attending a conference in New Mexico, I had a strong impression we needed to bring the canoe on campus so it would be more available to our BYU-Hawaii students," said "Uncle" Bill Wallace ('72, History), director of the University's Hawaiian Studies program. "Because the Iosepa is eventually moving to Hukilau Beach, if we hadn't brought it on campus at this time, it may never have come here."

Asked why the Iosepa has not sailed since it was launched over a year ago, Hawaiian Studies instructor and master carver Kawika Eskaran ('84, Art) explained they have been refining the canoe's safety features since then. "We're in the final stages of preparing it for long-distance sailing."

Hawaiian Studies professor Kamoa'e Walk ('87, Business Management) added that the first voyage will be a short sail to nearby Kualoa. Read more about the Iosepa.



Seasiders capture Pac West crown:

The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team captured the Pacific West Conference title on March 8 with a 93-88 victory over Chaminade.

The win meant the Seasiders finished their overall 19-3 season with a perfect 13-0 home court record, and gave BYU-Hawaii enough respect to rank 17th in the national Division II rankings. This was the first year BYU-Hawaii broke into the rankings since it joined the NCAA II in 1998.

The conference title also gave the Seasiders top seed in the NCAA II western regionals, and the right to host the regional tournament in the CAC. Unfortunately, the Seasiders lost their first tournament match against Cal State-Bakersfield, 50-41. Read more about it.

For the second year in a row 6' 6" the Pacific West Conference named senior forward Alexus Foyle its Player of the Year, and BYU-Hawaii Head Coach Ken Wagner its Coach of the Year. Foyle, who was also the highest NCAA II scorer this past season, averaging 27.6 points per game, was named to the Pac West First Team along with teammate Scott Salisbury, and to the Daktronics NCAA II All-West Region Men's Basketball Team (Salisbury was named to its Second Team).

Junior guard Beau Nobmann and freshman guard Shawn Opunui received Honorable Mention in the Pac West, and sophomore guard Spencer Lynn was the only BYU-Hawaii player named to the conference's All-Academic squad.

Other sports reports:

The BYU-Hawaii women's tennis team is 13-0 for the season with their latest victory over Bowdoin College in Laie. The Lady Seasiders have won 143 of their last 144 matches. They will play Alabama in Montgomery on March 29, West Florida and several other teams in Pensacola from March 31-April 7, and Montana State in Billings on April 29.

The men's tennis team recently improved their record to 9-0 for the season with a win over Division I Marquette.

The women's softball team, who were 15-15 for the season as of posting time, will play a series of games in Orange County, California, from March 25-29.

HRI announces major beautification project on Hale La'a Blvd.:

An enclosed garden suitable for meditation
and baptismal services will be constructed
on the site commonly called "Temple Beach."

Hawaii Reserves, Inc. recently announced that LDS Church authorities have authorized a multi-million dollar project later this year to transform Hale La'a Blvd. into a showpiece corridor extending from the ocean's edge to the Laie Hawaii Temple grounds.

"Laie plays an important role in the LDS Church as the home of BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center; but more importantly, Laie has been the home of the Laie Hawaii Temple since 1915," said HRI Executive Vice President Eric Marler. "We want Hale La'a Boulevard to be recognized by all our friends and neighbors as an extension of the Temple grounds. The results of this project will be beautiful."

Plans call for an enclosed garden suitable for meditation and baptismal services at the site commonly called Temple Beach, blue rock walls, beautiful landscaping including Cuban royal palms lining both sides of the boulevard, and a new traffic circle at the intersection of Naniloa Loop and Hale La'a Blvd.

 "This project is going to cost millions. That's such a huge statement about the importance of this community. We're so pleased for this enhancement, and we hope the renewed beauty it adds will inspire the rest of the community," said HRI President & CEO R. Eric Beaver ('87, Business Management), who added the groundbreaking for the project is tentatively scheduled on October 25. Read more Hale La'a project details.

Laie from the Heart:

BYUTV will broadcast a new one-hour program, Laie From the Heart, featuring the Shaka Steel and Jazz Ensembles, the Polynesian Percussion Ensemble, the BYU-Hawaii Men's and Women's Choruses and the Concert Choir on:

  • March 22 at 8:00 p.m.
  • March 26 at noon.
  • March 29 at 2:00 a.m.

The BYUTV program, co-sponsored by BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center will be aired in over 90% of all US major cities.

A new president at BYU:
President Gordon B. Hinckley announced March 18 that Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., a member of the Presidency of The First Quorum of the Seventy, will succeed Elder Merrill J. Bateman, also a member of The First Quorum of the Seventy, as president of Brigham Young University, effective May 1.

Elder Samuelson is a medical doctor who previously taught at the University of Utah and is a former dean of its School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Sciences. Elder Bateman, who has served at BYU for the past eight years, will resume his fulltime General Authority duties.


Chapter Updates


More than 250 alumni and family members attended the official opening event of the newly organized BYU-Hawaii Arizona Alumni Chapter. BYUH Vice-President Napua Baker and Ira Fulton — a member of the BYU President's Leadership Council — presented Kepiloni ('95, Accounting) and Shauna Foliaki ('95, Travel Management) with their certificate of appointment. Joey Pauga ('97) who serves as assistant to Kepi, was the master of ceremony that evening. Besides the delicious meal and the renewing of friendships, the crowd was favored by a special performance by fellow Maori alumni group from Utah, headed by our chapter chairs David and Sue Settle. Kudos to Kepi, Joey and their families for organizing the Arizona Chapter's first event. The next day, many of those there attended the annual Arizona Aloha Festival which was also fantastic, especially since BYU-Hawaii alumni are on the organizing committee. For example, Varen Berryman ('88, Travel Management), Herman Lavata'i ('92), Pauga and many others performed. The Chapter had an informational booth and were able to sign up and update several lost alumni. Great job, Kepi!

Kaua'i alumni teamed up with the visiting BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir on February 28 at the Kaua'i Stake Center for a special concert performance for the Garden Isle Saints. Chapter Chairs Gaugau Tavana (BYU, '94), Alroy ('68, Physical Education) and Lorna Enos ('65, Secretarial Science) and the alumni committee hosted a potluck dinner that night, held an alumni meeting to discuss among other things the Keith & Carol Jenkins Matching Fund, and then enjoyed the spectacular performance by Dr. James Smith and the Concert Choir. Many alumni and friends were so touched with the performance that they made a contribution toward their very own scholarship fund to benefits students from Kaua'i.

The Maui chapter, headed by Melony ('85, Travel Industry Management) and David Nesmith ('90, Physical Education), held a potluck dinner at the Kahului Stake Center on March 14 to host the visiting BYU-Hawaii Jazz and Shaka Steel bands. Afterward stake members joined the alumni for a great program. Personal updates on several Valley Isle alumni are found below.

Check out the Utah Chapter's new website, with kudos and mahalos to webmasterChristoph Malzl ('96, Psychology). Utah Chapter leaders Dave and Sue Settle are very busy lining up the March 22 Alumni Meeting in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, and the Holoku Ball on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom (Sunday or Aloha best, tickets cost $25 each, with proceeds going to the Chapter scholarship fund; contactDoug Miller ('84, Travel Industry Management), (801) 798-0728, for more information or tickets).


Personal Updates

1950s & 60s

Aloha from Maui: Warren Soong attended CCH up to '63 then graduated from BYU Provo in '65. "I still remember my professors," he said. Soong, who served a Southern Far East mission and in the military, now teaches at Maui High.

Merv Tano ('69, History) sent a short e-mail to say he loves our Alumni e-Newsletter. He now lives in Denver and is the president of an international indigenous resources management company.


Marsha Rocha ('78) is another Maui alum who attended the band concert in Kahului. She's a homemaker who lives in Haiku.

"I would be most ungrateful if I do not write and express my deepest appreciation for the alumni award you bestowed upon me," writes BYU-Hawaii Business Professor Bill Hsu('79, Travel Industry Management), who received School of Business honors during Homecoming in February. "I had no idea of the true significance of this award, and now realize that I need to double up my efforts in promoting the welfare of the Campus and the alumni whenever and wherever I am to be worthy of what this award stands for. I am truly honored and humbled for the task ahead of me.  I hope to live up to your expectations and will continue to be of service to my alma mater to the best of my ability. Mahalo and aloha."

We also met Herb Yuen ('81, Travel Industry Management) and his wife, Marilyn Anzai('76, Social Work) at the Maui alumni potluck dinner. Herb runs his own entertainment and production company, Envisions, and Marilyn teaches at Kihei Elemenary. Their youngest child is currently serving a mission.


More Maui: Haroldeen Brown Ortiz ('81) has four children and is a homemaker in Wailuku. She's Harry Brown's ('69) sister.

Newman Soloai ('82, Social Work) and his wife, Luisa Kavea ('82) live in Temple View, New Zealand. He is the CES Country Director for Religious Education in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. "BYU-Hawaii has helped us achieve major goals: mission, marriage, and education; but even more so, has helped us develop habits, talents and character that have helped us endure in serving the Lord and our fellow men."

And the last Maui alumni contacts, brother and sister Ryan Shimoda ('82, Accounting) and Lori Shimoda Sanada ('82, Business Administration): He earned a master's in accounting from UH in '87 and is now a CPA in Kahului, and she teaches business at Maui High. Her son is going to BYU-Hawaii next year.

Marlo Lopez ('84, Biology) is the CES Institute Director at the University of Hawaii: "I treasure the friendship of the faculty. They were not only teachers but also friends. They respectfully listened to us and demonstrated great care in our well-being. Truly, the brotherhood and sisterhood between students and teachers are the unique qualities of the spirit of aloha at BYUH," he wrote. Marlo and his wife, Memnet Panes ('84, Biological Sciences) live in Honolulu.

The pep band, 1987

Yang Huo ('85, International Business Management), who now holds a Ph.D. and is an associate professor in Utah Valley State College's Hospitality & Tourism Program, e-mailed indicating he and his wife plan to attend the March 22 Alumni meeting in Salt Lake City.

Steve Lombard ('86, Social Work) e-mailed to say a friend forwarded a copy of the last Alumni e-Newsletter to him. "Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the e-mails have been happening for the last year. I enjoy it, but how do I go about getting it e-mailed to me?" [Note: Steve's name has been added to our e-mail database, but please let this be a lesson: There are a lot of our fellow alumni out there who have e-mail addresses. Help us get them signed up, too.]

Zingyung Song, who was a visiting scholar in 1986-87, and now teaches at the School of Foreign Languages in Dalian, PRC, e-mailed that she cherishes the fond memory of BYU-Hawaii "ever since I came back to China. The experience still helps me in my career as a language teacher. I miss the professors and old friends there, wishing them to have a prosperous life and hoping to meet again one day."

Bill Holzendorf Jr. ('88, Business Information) recently went to work for Altiris in Utah after working for Novell for 12 years.

Jennifer Metcalf-Garrison ('89), who now lives in Coos Bay, OR, e-mailed: "I went to BYUH right after high school and had one of the best experiences of my life. I made life long friends and learned a lot about life. I'd do it again in a heartbeat."


Randy ('91, Commercial Art) and Malie Niu Sasaki ('97, Biological Sciences) and keiki attended the recent Arizona Chapter Alumni event. They currently reside in Flagstaff where Randy works as a graphic designer at a local community college. Of course they miss Hawaii but are enjoying their new experiences there.

Aaron Nicholes (93, International Business Management) was recently called as a bishop in Post Falls, northern Idaho. "Thank you all for your terrific friendship," he wrote.

Rokson Lau ('93) is back in Singapore where he works as a wellness consultant. "My stay at BYUH was the best time of my life. It was like a big family going to school together. I enjoyed the friendship I had with my fellow students as well as the lecturers. I especially enjoyed the spiritual aspect of my whole educational experience: The religion classes, devotionals, firesides, etc., and being able to go to the temple nearly every week at anytime I liked was the highlight. To all my BYUH friends: I miss you."

Kevin Mork ('95, International Business Management) and his wife, Traci Lyn Garner('94) live in Folsum, CA, where he is the CEO of Illuminous LLC and previously worked for ETRADE as its international general manager "The experience I had completing the international business program at BYUH was phenomenal. I have used it over and over again in the course of my work." He added he could not have done his overseas work "had I not had the background, cultural experience as well as spiritual insights given me at BYUH. I am grateful to have been a student. I am grateful to have worked with fine professors like Brothers Kimzy, Bradshaw, McKenzie and Neal."

Darwin J. Russell ('96, Social Work) and Sophia Aiu Russell ('93, Home Economics) are both Realtors in Phoenix, Arizona. Sophia's parents, Faigalilo ('72, TESL) and Diann Aiu('93, Elementary Education) reside in Kahuku. Lilo works for BYU-Hawaii Physical Facilities and Diann teaches 2nd grade at Kahuku Elementary.

Former faculty members Roger and Melva McKenzie wrote they recently built a new home in Caldwell, Idaho, near Boise. After leaving Laie, they served as English teachers for three years in China and also as missionaries at the main Family History Center in Salt Lake City.


Belinda Moey ('00, Information Systems) lives in West Murray, UT, and works as an interpreter for the Church.

June '02 Elementary Education grad Cynthia Leany got a DOE contract, now lives in Kihei, Maui, and teaches at Lokelani Intermediate.


Editor's Note:

Two things: I had a request to put a link up to for any of our alumni who graduated from or might be interested in Kahuku High; and I'm on my way to Salt Lake City to attend the special Utah Chapter alumni meeting in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on March 22. Our April Alumni e-Newsletter will contain coverage of this first-ever event, as well as updates from some of the alumni there. You don't have to wait for a special meeting or my travels, however, to let us know where you're at, how you're doing, or to share your mana'o about CCH/BYU-Hawaii days and experiences. Just drop us an e-mail. Until then, soifua!

— Mike Foley ('70, TESL)
Editor and Alumni Association President