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BYUH peacebuilding alumni return to share their experiences of building peace in the field

Professors Chad Ford and David Whippy, of the Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts, said it has been their dream for the past seven years to bring BYU–Hawaii peacebuilding alumni back to the campus to share how they are building peace around the globe.
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Owners of Bananza and BYUH alumni say they owe the success of their frozen banana food truck to winning Great Ideas

Tess Moncur said she and her husband Max, who are owners of Bananza and BYU–Hawaii alumni, believe winning the Great Ideas Competition in Fall Semester 2020 gave them the emotional boost they needed to endure the hardships of opening a small business during the pandemic.
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‘Don’t drop it’ and ‘impress the judges’ were Junior Fireknife Champion Elway Tora’s main thoughts during his winning performance

Moments before taking the stage to perform various spins and catches in his fireknife routine, the 2022 Junior World Fireknife Champion, 11-year-old Elway Tora of Laie, said he had butterflies in his stomach. “[I] tried my best not to think about going on stage, tried not to be nervous.”

The Banyan Dining Hall, a mix of memories, culture and modernity, is having its grand opening after eight years of preparation

After eight years of preparation and construction, the Banyan Dining Hall is a combination of community memories, Hawaiian culture and BYU–Hawaii’s diversity in a modern setting.

Creating a safer campus for women

A faculty forum was held on Sept. 8 to educate professors and instructors on how to build a safer community for all women on BYU–Hawaii’s campus. Sponsored by the BYUH Faculty Advisory Council, Women in Academia and the BYUH Title IX Office, all of campus was invited to the Heber J. Grant Building 135 to learn the importance of acting against sexism.

Honoring our standards: Student Honor Team hosts a week of activities to promote commitment to living BYUH standards

Inspired by a 1978 talk called “On My Honor” given by President Spencer W. Kimball, the Student Honor Team Manager Rishon Prasad said he used the talk’s title as the theme for BYU–Hawaii’s Honor Week to focus on how the students embrace the Honor Code.

Elder Clark C. Gilbert invites incoming freshman to ponder about their journey at BYUH

At the conclusion of New Student Orientation Week, incoming BYU-Hawaii freshmen received spiritual guidance at a Sunday devotional hosting Elder Clark C. Gilbert, the commissioner of the Church Education System, as the main speaker. He was accompanied by his wife, Sister Christine Gilbert, as well as BYUH President John S.K. Kauwe III and his wife Monica Kauwe.

BYUH student Kyle Acain shares two of his talents to help find and spread joy

BYU–Hawaii sophomore Kyle Kristian Acain said he grew up in a musical Filipino family and was inspired by his father's love of music and his older sibling's ability to play instruments. However, he said he had to conquer stage fright to discover singing and playing the guitar are the strengths he uses to survive in society and bring people joy.

Shaka documentary team films Grand Hukilau held in Laie

People of all ages, from children to longtime local kupuna, lined the shore of Hukilau Beach in Laie on Saturday morning Aug. 20 when a traditional grand hukilau was filmed for a documentary on the origin of the shaka sign.

After 15 years, Spencer Tan has retired from serving as a chef for BYU–Hawaii

Prao Rongthong, a junior accounting major from Thailand and student Banyan Hall Dining worker, said Chef Spencer Tan would never forget to say hello to her when he sees her. She said seeing him always makes her feel better whenever she is feeling down or having a bad day.

Championing cultural traditions

Students represent their home countries while padding canoes across Kahana Bay

Joanna Thompson remembered for sharing aloha with everyone, working with 4 BYUH presidents and teaching life lessons through Scrabble

Longtime BYU-Hawaii administrative assistant to four university presidents, Joanna Kaimalino Lua Thompson was remembered for her aloha, service, intellect and talents by her large extended family and friends on Saturday, July 16.