How to find BYU-Hawaii's Lost and Founds

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Makaila Bergeson ~ Multimedia Journalist

Six out of 10 students polled said they have absolutely no idea where the lost and found of BYU-Hawaii is located. How can students find their lost items if they can’t find the lost and found?

Blake Vaaulu, a freshman in accounting from Samoa, said, “It’s bad that students don’t know where to look for their lost stuff. Because I worked at the library, I know where the lost and found is, but if I didn’t work there, I don’t think I’d know where it was.”

There are actually Lost and Founds located in multiple places on campus - at the Aloha Center Information Desk, the ID office, the Joseph F. Smith Building, and soon to come, the Stake Center. However, to quickly find something that you’ve lost, it would be best to go to the Aloha Center, or as Vaaulu called it, “the mother of lost and found.”

Information Desk Worker Ben Cates, a senior in biochemistry from Oklahoma, said, “The information desk has been the lost and found since I don’t know when. But we always update the system with newcomers, new departments, and merging. Every Friday, all the items from the Joseph F. Smith building are brought here (to the Aloha Center), and we log them into our system. We have everything that has been turned into us by the month, per semester, logged into our system. At the end of each month, we will create a new log,”

According to Cates, if anyone loses an item they can go to the information desk where “I look it up on the computer. I have them describe to me what the item was, when they lost it, and give a description of the item. I then direct them which location to go to, if it’s in our system.”

Cates continued to emphasize how safe and efficient their system is: “If someone loses a phone, we don’t just bring out all our phones and say, ‘Which ones yours?’ If they lost it, they’ve got to earn it.”

Items that are left unclaimed by the end of the semester will be taken to Give n’ Take. “If people don’t get their things by the end of the semester, they don’t need them that bad,” said Cates. Surprisingly enough, the No. 1 thing that people lose is their scriptures, and “they don’t come back for them.”

Bo Tito, an undeclared freshman from Laie, agreed with Cates when he said, “I think if you lost something that you needed, you’d go and look everywhere for it. Other people just lose things and forget about them.”

In the months to come, BYU-Hawaii staff members said they hope to make some changes and improvements to the lost and found system. Cates talked about some of these changes. “What is going to change is that when we get these lost items, we’re going to have the person who turns it in have their name in our system. If an individual does not come back and claim that item, the person who turned it in then has the option, that if by the end of the semester no one claims it, to have it if they want it. So if a person turns an iPhone, halfway through the semester, no one claims it, they can either take it, or we take it to Give n’ Take. “