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Family, friends, colleagues, fellow entertainers, other Samoan cultural experts, fire knife dancers and many others bid a “fond farewell” to Pulefanolefolasa Feagaimaali’i Galea’i during three recent events spread over three days. It was an unprecedented tribute by professional fire knife performers in front of his long-time home on Kulanui Street in Laie followed
Academic Vice President John Bell is retiring after six years at BYU–Hawaii, and said he has many memories he will cherish upon his return to Provo, where he taught at BYU before coming to Laie.
Just as landline phones, iPods and printed-out assignments are fading into the past, so are paper bus passes on Oahu.
Samoan cultural icon, Pulefano Galea'i, remembered by family, friends and fire knife dancers
Retiring Academic Vice President John Bell said he cherishes his BYUH associations, the temple, birds and music
Breaking down how to use TheBus’ new HOLO card as it transitions away from paper passes
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Emilio Valenciano said he prefers making videos over photographs because he likes to tell stories and create an emotional connection with the audience.
Dating customs from around the world include couple rings, rental dates, sharing a meal and hanging out shared BYU–Hawaii students from Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Nevada.
Three returned missionaries at BYU–Hawaii spoke of the importance of understanding culture in missionary work. They noted respecting and learning a new culture on their missions helped them feel happy and shared stories and gave advice for prospective missionaries at BYUH.
BYU–Hawaii faculty members said learning about the history of the Hawaiian artifacts housed in the school Archives helps people understand the complexities of Hawaiian culture. They affirmed each artifact has its own unique purpose that contributes to Hawaiian history.
When Jean Okimoto first stepped foot on the BYU–Hawaii campus, she described the close-knit community as a few small portables for gatherings and learning, full of lively weekend activities. In the Lanihuli House where she lived, Okimoto taught her roommates how to make sushi she had previously learned to make from her mother’s restaurant in Kauai.
Longo Huhane is just one of the students who helped bring the Polynesian Cultural Center to the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy cadets, who are referred to as “at-promise” youth as opposed to “at-risk” youth. She said teaching the cadets about culture was impactful because it helped them realize they can draw strength from their roots.
Although she would have loved to have an in-person experience at the Missionary Training Center, Sister Tess Jones said Heavenly Father had a different plan for her as a missionary serving during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was difficult to miss out on traditional missionary experiences, she said, but she could see the miracles accomplished despite the changes.
Indra Lokatama, a senior from Indonesia majoring in psychology, said he is the only certified hapkido instructor on the entire island of Oahu. In addition, the BYU–Hawaii Hapkido Club, which he coaches, is the first and only Hapkido Club on the island.
Family is at the center of Chinese culture, traditions, food and celebrations. For example, Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, brings extended families together to decorate their homes, enjoy time away from school and eat family favorite foods, said two BYU–Hawaii sophomores from China.