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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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Twenty new students participated in a virtual meeting with President John S.K. Kauwe III, on Nov. 10 and said his words made them excited for their future at BYU–Hawaii.
Students from Mongolia and Mexico noted how they helped people in need through various fundraising and business projects. Bayartsetseg Ganbaatar, Carolina Beristain Cruz, Tsetsgee Enkhbold, Nasanbold Sukhbaatar and Ganchudur Batgerel shared their experiences of how they raised funds to help women and children in their countries.
Being a leader was his childhood dream, said Edmond Saksak, a senior double majoring in political science and social work from Vanuatu, and he wants to serve his people in the future. His professors and friends shared how great a leader he will be in his home country.
With fires raging on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii’s recent near-miss with Hurricane Douglas, NASA climate scientists and Hawaii’s local environmental educators and activists said the increase of natural disasters is no coincidence. Rather, they said, if actions are not taken immediately, the ongoing climate crisis is an event that could lead to fatal repercussions for the earth and its inhabitants.
After 29 years of military service and a lifetime serving God, Harvey Alisa Toelupe left a legacy impacting his country, posterity and the Laie community. Toelupe passed away in 2018 at the age of 88, but his family carries on his love for America.
Skyler Rasmussen, a sophomore from California majoring in computer science, said, “I think someone who is a good citizen is someone who is involved to the best of their ability. Someone who reaches out to help others in their community and tries to be a positive force the best they can. Some have opportunities to do more than others, but as long as we’re trying our best to reach out to serve others and make a small difference here or there, to me that makes a good citizen.”
Students from Korea, Mongolia and Singapore said they persevered and overcame difficulty while serving in their home countries’ military. All three said their service refined them and helped them cultivate meaningful bonds with fellow soldiers they served beside.
Students and faculty members share they have learned the Church was true through individual experiences, feeling the Spirit and living the gospel.
Missionaries serving on Oahu said they love to serve others, especially during the difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Facebook they offered to do wash cars, yard work, cleaning, home improvement projects and home scripture study.