When John S.K. Kauwe III realized he was being offered the position of president at BYU–Hawaii, he and his wife, Monica Kauwe, said their first thought was, “What? Us?”
During his closing remarks at the October 2020 General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced a new temple in Vanuatu. BYU–Hawaii students, faculty members and Church members in Vanuatu said they felt indescribable joy because of the announcement and said it is a blessing for the Vanuatu people.
As a clinical counselor at Counseling and Disability Services, Elizabeth “Liz” Rago said the best part of her job is witnessing people improve and feeling better. Colleagues said they admire Rago’s work and likewise advocate students to use the resources available to improve their emotional well-being.
John and Monica Kauwe share experiences that prepared them to lead BYU–Hawaii
Church members share their overwhelming joy from the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple announcement
Counselor Liz Rago encourages students to use campus resources for mental and emotional health
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BYU–Hawaii New Student Experience hosted a second New Student Connect event for the freshman class on Oct. 16, 2020. The virtual online event hosted more than 80 incoming students with tours of different campus facilities and the Hukilau Marketplace. New students expressed excitement for their eventual in-person education.
At the close of the October 2020 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced a new temple to be built in Kiribati. BYU–Hawaii students from Kiribati and those who served there described the announcement as an answer to prayers.
The victorious Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James, tied the Boston Celtics for most NBA championships with 17 by defeating the Miami Heat in six competitive games in the series ending on Oct. 11. Students and faculty said these final games were “high-level” and the approach of teams playing fewer games were interesting to see.
Students share voting, protesting and being involved in your community are ways to make lasting change
As the United States approaches the 2020 presidential election after a summer marked by nationwide protests, BYU–Hawaii students said voting along with protesting are important to make lasting change.
The live action remake of "Mulan," released Sept. 4 on Disney+, was met with excitement and anticipation by members of the BYU–Hawaii ohana wondering if the new movie would live up to its animated predecessor. While some BYUH students from around the world shared they enjoyed the new version, others thought Disney should have stuck to the original 1998 version.
After returning to their home countries from BYU–Hawaii in the last several months, students from Asia shared how dealing with the coronavirus pandemic looks in their home countries, from military enforced lockdowns and strict social distancing rules to taking care of plants.
Students shared how social distancing brought on by COVID-19 helped people see the importance of family, friends and social situations. They said they learned to spend quality time through online sites while building stronger relationships with God.
Russell M. Nelson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared on June 1, 2020, the following message on his social media accounts in response to “recent evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life,” along with violence and unrest following the Black Lives Matter protests.
The BYU-Hawaii Human Rights Club met via Zoom for its opening event on Sept. 22. Club members shared their vision of spreading peace and awareness of basic human rights and hope to unite people and help them feel connected despite uncertain times.