Skip to main content
For former BYU–Hawaii President John Tanner, and his wife, Susan Tanner, the end of the Spring 2020 Semester closes five years of steering the university towards Zion. The Tanners shared their love and gratitude for meaningful interactions with faculty and students, trips to Laie Point and connections to their ancestors and the Pacific.
After years of suffering from a debilitating medical disorder that causes painful muscle spasms, Jennifer Kajiyama Tinkham said her testimony of God’s love and His divine plan helped her through the darkest moments of her life.
Otgonchimeg Chimedregzen, from Mongolia majoring in social work, said she managed to successfully graduate while struggling with the loss of her father, being a new mother, a full-time student, and working part-time as a manager of the Give and Take. Despite her challenges, which she said felt overwhelming at times, she believes it was all worth it.
The Tanners express gratitude and say goodbye to students and BYUH ohana
Jennifer Kajiyama Tinkham says she overcame medical adversity by trusting in God
Graduating senior Otgonchimeg Chimedregzen overcame challenges to achieve her goals
overrideTextColor=#000000 overrideTextAlignment= overrideImageAlignment= overrideHideMedia= overridebuttonBgColor=
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?”
In the 1980s, elementary schools across Oregon allowed animals and insects to entertain and educate us each month in a coordinated rotation.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87 from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the New York Times reported.
Each person is responsible for stopping the spread of the COVID-19, said students, a faculty member and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials. Students shared further precautions to keep themselves and others safe, including wearing and mask and washing their hands frequently.
The Fall 2020 Semester Ohana Meeting for staff and faculty was live streamed due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. President John S.K. Kauwe III and Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon also spoke in the meeting held on Zoom on Aug. 27.
In their first devotional as president and first lady of BYU–Hawaii, John S.K. Kauwe III and Monica Kauwe urged students to take full advantage of their educational experience and said understanding and living by the principles of the gospel would bring blessings.
BYU–Hawaii students said pandemic-related changes were challenging, but helped them grow in different ways, including learning new skills, improving existing skills, and strengthening their testimonies in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
BYU–Hawaii students shared their expectations about going to college and how the reality of BYUH exceeded them in many aspects. They highlighted learning about new cultures was unexpected, yet they said it was the best part of studying at BYUH. They also said BYUH is a rigorously academic and spiritually nurturing environment.
The New Student Experience for the Fall 2020 Semester was held virtually on Aug. 29, the due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, workers from the New Student Experience and students who attended said they can still have a BYU–Hawaii experience even if they are at home.