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President's Report: Together We Must Continue His Work

In October 2021, after more than 15 months at the helm, John S.K. Kauwe III was formally installed as the 11th president of BYU–Hawaii in a time-honored inauguration ceremony, presided over by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

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Getting a Start, Giving Back

“What do you think about me applying for a job in Hawaii?” Keith Wilson asked his wife, Ada, out of the blue. It was 1979, and Keith was finishing up his master’s degree in library science at BYU in Provo when the director from BYU–Hawaii’s library visited Utah to do some recruiting.

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Using Aloha to Advance the Church in Asia

Annie Wong could be a poster child for the mission and purpose of BYU–Hawaii. She came to Hawaii from Hong Kong as a new convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now she is helping to build the kingdom of God as the communication director for the Asia Area of the Church.

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Art from the Heart

BYU–Hawaii alum Sam Mangakahia is combining artistic talent, cultural values, and entrepreneurship to make a statement and a living.

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This Place is Our Promised Land

Husband and wife graduate together and honor their family for the support, motivation, and sacrifice that helped them succeed.

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Farmhand to Public Servant

BYU–Hawaii helped Karl Santiago go from working as a farmhand for money to buy school supplies to working as a clerk for the Hawaii State Legislature.

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BYU-Hawaii President's Report: A New Chapter is Unfolding

With a unique set of experiences, perspective, and passion, President John S.K. Kauwe III is poised to propel the university toward an exciting future.

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A Samoan Scientist? You Bet.

Stau Segi is working to change cultural norms and help conserve his country’s coral reefs.

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Retired but Not Done

“It’s not the end of our relationship with BYU-Hawaii or her students. It’s just a different way of supporting them.”

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Masks Save Lives in More Ways Than One

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ganaa Batgerel sprang back from a personal trial with a greater drive to serve others. Now she is pursuing two projects to help struggling families in her home country of Mongolia.

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Preserving Words That Matter

BYU–Hawaii alum Tereua Kainitoka from Kiribati is helping preserve her native language and culture through teaching the world’s first university course on the Kiribati language.

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Pipe Dreams and Beyond

Ofa came to BYU–Hawaii with a plan to start a plumbing business, but three mentors helped him go from fixing pipes to renovating a temple.

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For Time and All Eternity

For Balu Pilli of India, coming to BYU–Hawaii not only blessed him with an education but also an eternal family.

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Leaving a Legacy in Mongolia

The first mission president in Mongolia learned that “BYU–Hawaii had something that our members in Mongolia needed,” so he included the university in his estate plan to ensure that Mongolian students could receive those blessings.

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Buy a Bag, Feed a Family

Coney Pulla of India was born into the lowest level of the Hindu caste system. After attending BYU–Hawaii on an IWORK scholarship, he co-founded a multimillion-dollar social enterprise that donates rice to families in need throughout India.

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Blooming in Adversity

Pattica San was abandoned and left for dead as a baby but was saved by sympathetic saints and tender mercies from the Lord. Now he is an IWORK student at BYU–Hawaii, and he is building a social enterprise to help Cambodian women become self-reliant and escape domestic violence.

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BYU–Hawaii Leads The Nation In Social Entrepreneurship

BYU–Hawaii students receive international acclaim for empowering Filipino farmers to rise out of poverty.

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Now is the Time

After a sad childhood and a delayed dream, Mijin is using the power of prayer to work miracles in her life.

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Alumni Update: Eritai Kateibwi

Eritai is “literally saving his island nation” with his hydroponics project in Kiribati.

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You’re Hired

The new Asia Pacific Career Conference is helping students launch their life after BYU–Hawaii.

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BYU–Hawaii Launches Online Mentoring Platform

The new platform is helping students, alumni, and friends of the university connect and help one another.



Aloha ‘Oe: A Parting Gift to BYU–Hawaii

After President and Sister Tanner were called to serve at BYU–Hawaii, they found out that Sister Tanner’s parents had included the university in their estate plan.

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Young Champion of the Earth

Video: Eritai, a BYU–Hawaii alum from Kiribati, is using hydroponics to alleviate malnutrition and disease in his home country, and the United Nations recognized him for his effort with the Young Champion of the Earth award.


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The Lord is Building Me Up

Video: Ethiopian orphan Ephrem Smith finds love and a sense of belonging at BYU–Hawaii, being surrounded by people with similar hopes, values, passions, and dreams.

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Reconnecting with Her Roots

Jessika Lucero is a Hawaiian-Filipino American student from West Virginia who is excited to attend BYU–Hawaii and reconnect with her cultural heritage. Read Jessika’s story and learn about the university’s new domestic work-study scholarship that makes it possible for her, and others like her, to attend BYU–Hawaii.



A Second Chance at BYU-Hawaii

The IWORK program gives international students who can’t afford college a chance to attend BYU–Hawaii. For Soumya, a convert from India, IWORK also gave him a second chance at a career and an eternal family.

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Breaking a Pattern, Creating a Legacy

Suelaki wants to help make it a little easier for others to follow his path of getting an education. “My parents and my siblings didn’t have the opportunity to go to college,” he says. With the help of others through the university’s work-study financial aid program (IWORK) he is about to graduate and looking forward to increasing awareness in Samoa about the value of education.

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Heaven-Sent Angels

Video: BYU–Hawaii student Elizabeth Ramsay is from the tiny village of Holonga in the Kingdom of Tonga. However, these humble circumstances have not kept Elizabeth from dreaming big, aiming high, and looking beyond herself to bless others, both temporally and spiritually.


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From Child Laborer to Child Liberator

Video: Sery, an IWORK student from the Ivory Coast, was abandoned and forced into child labor at a young age. He found his way to BYU-Hawaii, and his experience there inspired and empowered him to return to his country and help children who are suffering the same circumstances that he endured.


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Weak Things Become Strong

Video: Kazu, a BYU-Hawaii student from Japan, struggled to learn English as a high school student. His desire to attend BYU–Hawaii motivated him to study hard, and he finished in the top of his class. Now he is enjoying opportunities he didn’t imagine were possible.

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I See a School

Video: At his inauguration, President John S. Tanner spoke powerfully on the inspired mission and purpose of BYU-Hawaii.

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Setting an Example

Video: Meet Siniteke Fotu, an IWORK student from Tonga. As the oldest of 11 children, Teke has been the example for her younger siblings by finishing high school, serving a full-time mission, and attending college. Her father is a humble farmer, but she is able to attend BYU-Hawaii thanks to support from generous donors. After graduating she plans to return home and work in government.”

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Opening Doors of Opportunity

Video: RJ, a BYU-Hawaii IWORK student from the Philippines, went from imitating artwork from Church magazines to studying art in Paris and New York thanks to scholarships and internships.


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Finding a Way and Forging a Path for Others to Follow

Battsey, a BYU-Hawaii student from Mongolia who is studying accounting, took English courses online before coming to campus. She is now an online mentor for students back home and an IWORK student.”

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Discover Your Potential and Become an Instrument in the Lord’s Hands

Video: Raife Cambell's mission launched him into new patterns of life and learning, and launched a desire for additional education. This led him to BYU Hawaii, where he built upon the tools he had gained serving the Lord. He also met his wife. He credits donors with blessing his life. Discover how you can become a blessing in the lives of students like Raife.

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A Father's Example, A Son's Dream

While growing up in a hard-working family on a small island in Tonga, Fehi saw his father working constantly as a fisherman to support his family. Fehi wanted an education, but getting one seemed to be out of reach. Learn how donations from friends like you helped this grateful young man come to BYU-Hawaii.



With Your Help, He Found His Way

Sebastian Alewa joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Papua New Guinea 14 years ago. He started a new journey that day - one that led him to BYU-Hawaii and will take him back home, educated and ready to bless his country. Read more about Sebastian and how BYU-Hawaii’s IWORK program helped him prepare for his future.


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At BYU-Hawaii, Raife Honed the Traits He Needs to Reach His Potential

Video: Raife, a BYU–Hawaii student from Australia, strives to stretch himself and achieve his potential through opportunities to develop communication, relationship-building, and leadership skills.


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One of Nine: Faith and Examples Lead Fijian to Laie

Video: Jone, a BYU–Hawaii student from Fiji, speaks of how the Lord took care of his family after his father passed away. He has learned peace building and made friends from around the world at BYU–Hawaii.

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Finding the Loves of His Life in Laie

Video: Nelson, a BYU–Hawaii IWORK student from Tahiti who works at the Polynesian Cultural Center, says he found the two loves of his life in Laie: his passion for art and graphic design and his wife, Rahei.



Discovering “Genuine Gold” in Mongolia and the Miraculous Refining Process that Followed

Hundreds of miles away from her home in Ulaanbaatar, Buyanerdene Chimedregzen shouted aloud with joy when she received news of her acceptance to Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Her three long, grueling years of studying English through the university’s online program were paying off: her dream of studying at BYU-Hawaii had finally come true.

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Service Continues for BYU-Hawaii Retiree

Napua Baker returned to Laie after serving as a missionary in Utah. She’s been associated with the school for many years and continues to be amazed and impressed with the university’s students.

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An Education, a Job, and a Life - Thanks to IWORK

Wanting to build a future for his family, Josaia Moimoi knew an education and a job were crucial. Not only has IWORK given him those, but also friendships and life experiences to last forever.

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Career Connect: Building Bridges and Confidence

Going to school in a foreign country was no small task for Hong Kong native Fion Lau. At first she felt out of place and homesick at BYU-Hawaii, but all that changed when she participated in Career Connect.

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Polynesian Cultural Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Utah

The Polynesian Cultural Center will mark its 50th anniversary with concert performances and other special events in Utah at the end of July.

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The Power of One: Faith Guides the Life of Lone Student from Vanuatu

Maklen Kapalu is the only BYU-Hawaii student from Vanuatu. “Even if I don’t know anyone, I feel like everyone on campus is my best friend,” she says. “I’m grateful to those who helped me get here and for the IWORK program. Without it, I don’t think I could be here.”

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76 Countries Currently Represented at BYU-Hawaii

BYU-Hawaii is the most diverse college campus in the nation with students from more than 70 countries represented at the school. The diversity blesses the students lives by opening up their eyes to the traditions of the world.

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Improving the Pacific Rim One Information Systems Student at a Time

Patrick Taufa, a native of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, dreamed of attending BYU-Hawaii ever since he was a child. Thanks to the university’s IWORK program, Patrick, an Information Systems major, began school almost immediately after his mission. The IWORK program assists students from the Pacific Rim in obtaining a college education, debt free.



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"Angels We Have Heard On High" - BYU-Hawaii Choir

Video: Celebrate Christmas this year with BYU-Hawaii and their choir singing "Angels We Have Heard On High."

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IWORK Aid Helps Thailand Student

Video: Thailand student gets donor-funded IWORK financial aid to help fund a culturally-fulfilling and educationally-rewarding experience at BYU-Hawaii.



Twelve BYU-Hawaii students interview in Boston for Japanese Jobs

The world’s largest Japanese-English job fair attracted a dozen BYU-Hawaii students and nearly 3,000 more from other universities and colleges last November. Each year the event provides a unique opportunity for stu­dents to talk to companies in many different fields. Over 170 com­panies were present, each seeking bilingual students to work in Japan, elsewhere in Asia, and in the United States.

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Taking these blessings back to Tonga

Video: Ruby hopes to use her BYU-Hawaii education to make a small difference in the lives of people back home in Tonga.

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Polly Finds Happiness in a Gospel-Centered Education

Video: Polly Mak had a dream about education and religion. Her odyssey took her from Hong Kong to Laie, Hawaii where donors helped her take her dream to reality.


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Video: Nanako, a student from Japan student prays to know about Heavenly Father's plan for her future. She finds her answer at BYU-Hawaii.

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Pioneers on Campus

Returned missionary from Myanmar is grateful to learn at BYU–Hawaii and eager to serve the Lord.



A Cool name, Coincidences, and Gratitude

New Guinea student builds faith, education, and opportunities through unique program at BYU-Hawaii.



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From Fiji to BYU-Hawaii

Video: Going to BYU-Hawaii from Fiji was one of the most unique blessings that Kalavati had ever experienced.

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BYU-Hawaii - Jin Hua Ho of China

Video: Jin Hua Ho, a Chinese convert reaps blessings from his Church membership. He discovers that doors open to family relationships, a mission, and most recently an educational opportunity at BYU-Hawaii—made possible by generous donors.

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Japanese artist Nanako finds herself at BYU-Hawaii

Video: Nanako was never really sure of her identity until she attended BYU-Hawaii on a scholarship.


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Yoko follows dream of attending university

Video: Yoko, a BYU-Hawaii student from Hong Kong, says her faith left her homeless but not hopeless. It took her 10 years to become a student. She says she learns and grows so she can better give and serve.

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Denzil Kumar of Fiji studies music through IWORK at BYU-Hawaii

Video: After he obtains his degree in music at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Denzil Kumar hopes to return to Fiji to teach music to others like him, who want to work in the field of music.

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Top-12 finish for BYU-Hawaii's Students in Free Enterprise team

The students of BYU-Hawaii’s Students in Free Enterprise team came away with a top-12 finish and a check for $1,500. SIFE is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote enterprise.

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New IWORK Program Improves and Expands

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Pineapple icon depicts BYU-Hawaii objectives

Because many people associate pineapples with Hawaii, Dr. Max L. Checketts, BYU-Hawaii Vice President for Academic Affairs, used the imagery to create an easy-to-remember representation initiatives and objectives derived from the university's two-fold mission and imperatives.

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President Wheelwright encourages devoted discipleship

President Steven C. Wheelwright of Brigham Young University-Hawaii began a new semester by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to improve in their efforts to become devoted disciples of Jesus Christ in his initial devotional address.