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Pathway to BYU–Hawaii

September 02, 2022 08:00 AM
President John S.K. Kauwe III and Sister Monica S. Kauwe were joined by special visitors Elder Clark G. Gilbert and Sister Christine Gilbert for the fall 2022 new student orientation. Each had the opportunity to address those embarking on their educational journey at Brigham Young University–Hawaii in Sunday's devotional.
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Phase Two of TVA Construction Officially Underway

August 29, 2022 08:00 AM
With phase one of the Temple View Apartments (TVA) complete, phase two is now in effect. This phase includes the demolishing of TVA Buildings A, B, N, and P, along with the Multi-Purpose Building, which was located amongst the married-student housing. These buildings were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Demolition includes the selective interior demo, building destruction, and grading. Construction hours are between 7 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday. Students living nearby will continue to be notified of specialized construction activities outside those hours.
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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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New BYUH Women's Services & Resources Office Now Open

August 09, 2022 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii Student Life Vice President Kala Kau announced the Women's Services & Resources (WSR) as a new BYU–Hawaii area with an information and referral network for students, staff, and faculty. As a Student Life program, WSR collaborates with different BYU–Hawaii offices, departments, and the community to best serve both the women and men at BYU–Hawaii. Services, events, and educational initiatives are under development to help meet the needs and enhance the student college experience.
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BYU–Hawaii Completes Renewable Energy System

June 29, 2022 10:54 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions completed the campus-wide renewable energy system. The system's annual electricity production is estimated to meet 39% of the university's energy needs, significantly reducing its carbon footprint and dependence on the grid.
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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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Taekwondo Club Earning International Titles

May 02, 2022 08:00 AM
Did you know there is an internationally recognized and decorated taekwondo club on campus? The Changmookwan Taekwondo club became an official presence on campus in the fall of 2019. Indra Lokatama, a senior from Indonesia majoring in psychology, is the founding member who built the club up from ground zero. With the help of fellow students, international organizations, and a committee of grandmasters, he registered the club under the World Taekwondo Changmookwan Federation (an organization that supports the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters) within two years and now serves 40 registered club members.
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BYU–Hawaii Enactus Captures Its Fifth National Title in Eight Years by Winning the 2022 Enactus U.S. Championship

April 26, 2022 09:41 AM
BYU–Hawaii will represent the United States at the Enactus World Cup for the fifth time in program history after a convincing win in New York City on Friday.
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Students Present on Religious Topics at Undergraduate Research Conference

April 12, 2022 09:44 AM
“Already writing a research paper for religion class? Why don’t you also submit it to the BYU–Hawaii Undergraduate Research Conference (URC)?” These are the words from a religion professor that was later replaced by “I was so happy when I heard your name and paper announced! Congratulations on your research paper that was awarded $1,000 and several other prizes!”
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A Puni Ka Honua, Around the World

April 12, 2022 08:22 AM
The crowd fell silent as the Brigham Young University–Hawaii choir students filed on stage. Within moments a captivated audience listened intently to a slower yet sacred start of a beautiful rendition of "Me-Na-Ri," a Korean piece featuring soloist Dr. Melissa Walker Glenn. It was an incredible start to the following songs performed by the Seasinger Singers, including pieces from Samoa, South Africa, Australia, and East Africa.
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Culture Night 2022

March 24, 2022 04:31 PM
Culture Night is a unique annual tradition at Brigham Young University–Hawaii. Culture and special interests clubs on campus gather their members to learn and rehearse dances and skits representing their culture at this two-night event. It is an opportunity for students to develop an understanding and respect for cultures worldwide as they engage through dance and song. Culture Night celebrates the university's mission and cultural diversity and promotes international peace.
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Supporting Ukraine Through Music

March 10, 2022 11:14 AM
Dr. Erica Glenn, a visiting assistant professor of choral activities and voice, and Professor Maclaine Day, an assistant professor of intercultural peacebuilding, both share a deep connection and love for the people of Ukraine. As returned missionaries, Dr. Glenn of the Donetsk Ukraine Mission and Professor Day of the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission (now Dnepr Ukraine Mission) both had fallen in love with the country of Ukraine and its people. They felt a responsibility to act when hearing of recent tragic events in Eastern Europe.
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Special Screening of "Waterman" the Documentary

March 07, 2022 11:40 AM
On Friday, March 4, a small crowd gathered for a private screening of the documentary "Waterman," a biography film of Duke Kahanamoku. The screening was held at the Hawaii Journey Theater, at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Amongst this group came a handful of significant figures in the surfing community here on the North Shore. Many received special recognition from Isaiah Walker, Academic Vice President of BYU–Hawaii. He thanked them for the roles they continue to play as fellow watermen of Hawaii.
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Students From Tonga Persevere

February 03, 2022 01:46 PM
This week, students of the Tongan club gathered to sing for a Tonga relief project they are participating in, a community-led effort to aid and support the people in Tonga. However, this wasn't the first time students gathered together as a show of strength and support to their families and loved ones in Tonga. Just weeks ago, on January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano erupted, causing a tsunami to wash through the isles of Tonga, followed by a blanket of ash that coated their islands, contaminating natural water and food sources. This natural disaster has also made it extremely difficult to communicate with the outside world. As a result, many students from Tonga who are currently studying here at BYU–Hawaii still have yet to hear from their families and friends.
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Vocal Performance Students Place In Regional Competition

January 21, 2022 09:05 AM
Several students from the BYU–Hawaii Music Program placed in a regional competition through the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Dallin McKinney, Brandon Sorilla, Ralph Mallapre, and Aimee Johnson all placed in the competition and study voice privately with Dr. Melissa Glenn. Two singers are advancing to nationals: Mia Malit, who studies with Dr. Melissa Glenn, and Julia Hernandez, who studies with Dr. Erica Glenn.
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BYU–Hawaii: A Centennial Celebration to Commemorate David O. McKay’s 1921 Vision

November 23, 2021 03:00 PM
On November 11, 2021, over 200 people gathered for a special centennial celebration at BYU–Hawaii to commemorate Elder David O. McKay’s inspiring vision during his visit to the island on February 7, 1921. Posters displaying early photographs recounted the story of those early years and President McKay’s prophetic vision that “God has had His hand over this entire valley and from this school [BYU–Hawaii] … will go men and women whose influence will be felt for good towards the establishment of peace internationally.” Attendees viewed early images that included the flag raising ceremony at the elementary school in 1921, where President McKay observed 127 children from various cultures and backgrounds (e.g. Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipinos, Chinese, and others) coming together as one. He later wrote, “That ceremony brought tears to my eyes. Truly the melting pot. … [and] an example in this little place of the purposes of our Father in Heaven to unite all people by the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
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