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Harnessing AI for Language Learning: Empowering BYU–Hawaii’s International Students

February 15, 2024 08:00 AM
In an era where technology continues to reshape the educational landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly emerging as a promising catalyst for huge changes. For international students at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, the integration of AI is presented to be an innovative way to advance their proficiency in the English language.
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BYU–Hawaii Students Expand Perspectives at 25th Biennial Conference of the Pacific History Association

December 14, 2023 08:00 AM
Three Brigham Young University–Hawaii students had the opportunity to present at the 25th Biennial Conference of the Pacific History Association (PHA) held at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus from October 31 to November 4 in Warrnambool, Australia. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their proud Pacific Islander heritage and engage with diverse narratives of the Pacific amidst the conference’s theme, “Tracking the Kooyang: Truth Telling in the History of Oceania.”
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Ke Alaka’i News Wins 20 Awards at National College Media Convention

November 30, 2023 08:00 AM
The Ke Alaka’i news staff at Brigham Young University–Hawaii gained an extraordinary achievement at the National College Media 2023 Convention from October 29 to November 2 in Atlanta, Georgia, garnering an outstanding total of 20 awards. These accolades celebrated their contributions to producing a magazine that showcases writing, design, multimedia, and photography with the heart and talents of BYU–Hawaii in mind.
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The Pacific Church Schools Principals Conference Held at BYU–Hawaii

November 06, 2023 09:44 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii hosted this year's Pacific Church Schools Principals Conference, bringing educational leaders from various Pacific Island nations and Mexico together for five days. Other distinctive attendees included President Meurs from the Pacific Area Presidency, President Ashton from BYU-Pathway Worldwide, and Jason Willard from Seminaries and Institutes of Religion.
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BYU–Hawaii Students Inspire at the International Center for Law and Religion Symposium

October 30, 2023 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii students made a significant impact at the 30th Annual International Center for Law and Religion Symposium held in Provo, Utah, earlier this month. The event marked a momentous milestone for the attending students of BYU–Hawaii and the world’s efforts to safeguard religious freedoms worldwide.
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Kiribati Students From BYU–Hawaii Pioneer 'Regenerative Tourism' to Transform Christmas Island

October 04, 2023 08:00 AM
Kiribati students from Brigham Young University–Hawaii recently visited Christmas Island for the purpose of establishing a “regenerative tourism” program, as the country’s national government plans to reshape Christmas Island into a tourist attraction. With a firm mission in mind to educate Kiribati residents and government officials, four Kiribati students who are majoring in hospitality and tourism management (HTM) and their adviser ventured out to their homeland to improve not only the nation’s tourism industry but the lives of locals as well.
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New Travel Study Program Takes BYUH Students to Church History Sites

July 27, 2023 09:05 AM
Students from Brigham Young University–Hawaii recently embarked on the newly established Church History Travel Study Program. The program is an all-expenses-paid tour that visits dozens of historically significant sites for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With over eight central locations visited across multiple states, the trip is considered a once-in-a-lifetime venture students claim they would never have been able to undergo without acceptance into the program. Visiting these meaningful locations left a lasting impact on the students and faculty involved.
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Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship Announces Recipients of Emerging Entrepreneurs Scholarships

June 22, 2023 08:00 AM
The Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University–Hawaii is delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the Emerging Entrepreneurs Scholarships. This two-tiered scholarship program aims to equip all students on campus with the necessary skills to generate economic opportunities in Oceania and the Asian Rim through entrepreneurship, regardless of their chosen majors and minors.
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Intersections: Journal of Asia Pacific Undergraduate Research Launches Inaugural Print, Showcasing Young Scholars' Discoveries

June 06, 2023 08:00 AM
Last month the Jonathan Nāpela Center for Hawaiian & Pacific Studies hosted an event to celebrate the inaugural print of its new interdisciplinary publication, "Intersections: Journal of Asia Pacific Undergraduate Research." The journal contains student research focusing on Oceania and the Asia Rim and creates a venue for young scholars to share their discoveries with the world.
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BYU–Hawaii's Pacific Island Students Attend United Nations Conference in NYC

May 16, 2023 01:49 PM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii students network with United Nations delegates and other international organization representatives in New York City, New York, at The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The 2023 conference theme is "Indigenous Peoples, Human Health, Planetary and Territorial Health, and Climate Change: A Rights-Based Approach."
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Three BYU–Hawaii Alumni Among First Ph.D. Graduates Recognized at BYU Convocation

May 05, 2023 09:01 AM
On Thursday, April 27, 2023, Brigham Young University–Hawaii President John S.K. Kauwe III attended the College of Life Sciences Convocation at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
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Student Reflections on the Asian Perspectives on Human Dignity Conference

April 24, 2023 08:52 AM
The Asian Perspectives on Human Dignity Conference was a unique conference hosted by the Religious Freedom and Human Dignity (RFHD) Initiative here at Brigham Young University–Hawaii in collaboration with the International Center of Law and Religion at Brigham Young University Law School.
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Students "Create Opportunities to Celebrate Sustainability" at the Undergraduate Research Conference

April 06, 2023 09:21 AM
Every year BYU–Hawaii hosts an Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). This year's conference theme, "I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope - Through the past is future," encouraged students to draw upon traditional knowledge found within Oceanic and Asian cultures to create innovative and sustainable ideas that could change the world. Students prepared to educate and apply learned principles and practices and present their findings to peers, other scholars, and professionals.
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"Know Your Foundation" Asia-Pacific Career Conference Keynote Speaker Shares Career Insights with Attendees

March 28, 2023 12:00 PM
This year's Asia-Pacific Career Conference (APCC) kickoff event featured Brigham Young University–Hawaii alum Sylvia Hussey, chief executive officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as the keynote speaker.
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Holokai Foundations, Encouraging Student Kuleana

August 15, 2022 01:58 PM
Beginning in the Fall 2022 Semester, all incoming freshman and transfer students will be required to take Holokai Foundations during their first year at BYU–Hawaii. This development course prepares students to be effective stewards of the resources invested in their education, providing them with tools to improve their success, persistence, and spiritual outcomes. It applies the concepts of kuleana (stewardship) to encourage students' ownership of their studies and support the overall well-being of the campus community.
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Marine Biology Students Study eDNA As Part of Coral Restoration Efforts

June 08, 2022 08:40 AM
Did you know that environmentally, coral is like a desert? Initially, it grows in nutrient-poor areas, and through its existence, those areas can flourish with other sea life. However, several factors, including bleaching events caused by climate change, harmful human contact as seen with heavy tourism, and the biological evidence that coral in Hawaii's oceans is slow-growing, affect the overall health of the island's reefs. Without intervention, underwater ecosystems will soon be devastated as coral suffers from these factors, ultimately resulting in the death of the reefs. However, there's still hope.
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Students Recognized at Religious Freedom and Inclusion Conference in Washington, D.C.

June 03, 2022 08:00 AM
Fourteen Brigham Young University–Hawaii students participated in the Dare to Overcome Conference in Washington, D.C., an event sponsored by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation this past May. The conference promoted the principle of inclusion and religious freedom in the workplace. Representatives from Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Ford, and American Airlines attended and participated in panels and speeches where discussions on how businesses could make religious employees feel welcome should be part of a company's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Students could network with these professionals while serving as student "interns" or "company liaisons" throughout the three-day event. Out of the 18 student interns, BYUH students made up 14 of those instrumental in ensuring the event ran smoothly for the 250+ attendees.
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Gaining Valuable Work Experience Through On-Campus Internships

May 26, 2022 08:00 AM
The BYU–Hawaii on-campus internship (OCI) program combines sound business principles and real-world experiences for BYU–Hawaii students as they collaborate with various companies. They are referred to as a win-win-win situation. First, OCIs are a win for students as they learn and grow skills applicable in today's world. Secondly, OCIs are a win for companies to receive high-quality work from future professionals who are anxious to display their capabilities and education. Lastly, OCIs are a win for BYU–Hawaii as the program assists students in transitioning from their education into future professional careers.
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