Known around Laie as “Aunty Kela,” Kekela Miller said she has been dancing hula since she could walk. She looked back on her time performing in the first cast at the Polynesian Cultural Center, as well as her years competing in hula competitions and starting her own hula hālau.
As a young boy, Junior Ah You moved from a small village in Samoa to the town of Laie, Hawaii. His parents had sold all of their worldly possessions in order to bring their family to Hawaii to be sealed in the temple. It was his parent’s example of dedication to God, community, and family he said that led to Junior Ah You’s life of selfless service.
Each morning for the last four years, John and Rhonda Bell have gone plogging, which is jogging through Laie, picking up trash they see along the way. They shared a desire to plog wherever they live. Inspired by the Bells’ love for the land, others have started to pick up trash as well.
Kekela “Aunty Kela” Miller recalls hula journey from performing at PCC to opening hālau
Junior Ah You’s parents example and his love for community of Laie led him to life of service
John and Rhonda Bell care for the environment by picking up trash wherever they go
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Winning the 2020 BYUH Music Scholarship Competition via video during the pandemic, says music majors, includes financial help and self-assurance
Participants and judges gave thanks for the ability to hold the 2020 BYU–Hawaii Music Scholarship Competition virtually and shared their deep love in music’s power to find peace throughout troubling times.
Missionaries who studied at BYU–Hawaii said they are learning the importance of discipleship and how to serve others from home after returning from their mission due to the coronavirus pandemic. They said they are yearning to return to where they were serving their Heavenly Father and gathering his sheep.
Although the differences can be subtle, BYU–Hawaii faculty and students said there are important distinctions between religion and spirituality, and said the two depend on each other for someone to be fulfilled.
Living in the region where Christ ministered, according to students and an alumnus, is not only special because of historical context, but also because of the service faithful Church members show daily.
Discovering more than 5,000 names, photos and sources of her family, Suzanne Blattberg Bowen said she is devoted to genealogy work, inspiring those around her to do the same. Through family history work, she met her husband, Religion Professor Matthew Bowen.
It’s Saturday afternoon. Ceiling fans gently spin above about 100 children seated cross-legged on the La’ie Elementary Cafeteria floor. All heads face a single figure sitting just above them on the faded green steps, smiling as she softly prompts them to repeat after her.
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Following a daily routine and thinking of others, students said, helped them tame fear and anxiety in midst of the coronavirus
To take care of their mental health during COVID-19’s uncertainty, BYU–Hawaii students shared they are creating daily schedules and routines to stay productive, busy and peaceful.