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A couple from Tonga, Mele and Tevita Lavulavu, said they were grateful for the kindness of the leaders and students on campus who they encountered during their 23 years of work. The roles they tried to fill as parent figures for BYU–Hawaii students, they said, were just as important as their jobs.
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.
Retiring from BYUH after more than 20 years, the Lavulavu’s say they love and treat students as their own children
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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Buyanzaya Altansukh’s father, Altansukh Jamsranjav, said his daughter has a nervous system disorder that makes it difficult to walk due to weakened joints. The disorder developed from a case of severe laryngitis she had when she was 2, resulting in a 10-day coma. She said she had great difficulty walking on her own but had a great desire to attend Institute. When she prayed, she said she “felt like someone was holding my arms to help me to go to the church.” She attended Institute every week for four years, which she said strengthened her spiritually and physically.
BYU–Hawaii students said the traditional clothing and accessories from their home countries reflect a piece of who they are and where they are from. They shared wearing their favorite pieces makes them feel proud of their culture, motivating them to share who they are with others.
Munkhzul Galbadrakh, who goes by Muugii, has worked at BYU–Hawaii’s Sustainability Center as a chicken team lead for two years.
BYU–Hawaii students brought 21 wedding gowns back to life in a bridal fashion show to raise awareness for the wedding dress rental service available to all students looking for a dress, which doesn’t cost a penny. The school has more than 50 dresses, sizes zero to 28, for brides to choose from.
Most Micronesians in Pohnpei make a unique snack by mixing Kool-Aid powder with Ramen noodles or fruits, like unripe papayas and takuan, a picked radish comparable to kimchi, explained Ellisa Hadley Edeyaoch, a student from Palikir, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. “It’s so unhealthy, but it’s so good.”
Just as landline phones, iPods and printed-out assignments are fading into the past, so are paper bus passes on Oahu.
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.
Every Monday during Spring Semester 2021, employees at Counseling & Disability Services host a mindfulness workshop called the Mindfulness Monday Meeting for all students to join in a meditation designed to help students cope with the challenges of everyday life.
Surrounded by the death and chaos of the Vietnam War as children, Alexander and Janet Tam shared their survival stories of near-death attacks from pirates with swords and communist guerilla fighters, to their escape on boats and airplanes through three different countries to arrive in the United States, where the now missionary couple met.