BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir Gives Historic Performance at Meiji Shrine

On June 27, as part of their “Many Nations, One Family” tour through Japan, the BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir received the high honor of performing at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, a major site for Japan’s native Shinto religion. This is the second time the choir has performed there, the first being on their last tour to Japan in 2004. They remain the only Christian group ever permitted to do so.

Zhang Named PACWest Female Athlete of the Year

BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis player Nannan (Dallas) Zhang was selected by the PacWest sports information directors as the 2015-16 PacWest Female Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

This is the third consecutive year a player from BYU-Hawaii has won the award after Shi Ting (Stella) Chen won the past two years. Zhang ended the year as the No. 1 singles player as ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and was also No. 1 in doubles with Xin (Summer) Wen.

BYUH Hosts Steph Curry Camp

The Overnight Camp featuring Stephen Curry for the Warriors Basketball Camp was held at BYU-Hawaii this past week July 2-5, 2016.  The four-day/three-night camp took place on the campus for the first time ever. Camp was directed by Warriors Youth Basketball Staff, consisting of collegiate players as well as high school and college coaches. Registration for the camp took place back in February this year.

BYU-Hawaii's Department of Education Recognized in National Rankings

The Department of Education at Brigham Young University–Hawaii has been recognized in’s National Rankings for the best education programs in the United States. With an overall score of 9.91, Brigham Young University Hawaii came in fourth place, tying evenly with BYU in Provo. The Education Department ranked number one in the State of Hawaii.

Royal Couple of Tonga Visits PCC for Remodeled Tongan Village

His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga were joined by dignitaries and guests, as well as hundreds of Brigham Young University–Hawaii students and community members, for the “grand reopening” of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s recently renovated Tongan Village.

Concert Choir Prepares for Tour to Japan


From June 14 to June 30, the BYU–Hawaii Concert Choir will literally traverse the whole of Japan by train, plane, and bus, from the distant southern island of Okinawa to the northern island of Hokkaido. The choir will perform at concert halls in Naha (6/17), Hiroshima (6/18), Osaka (6/21), Sapporo (6/23), and Tokyo (6/27), with an additional fireside in Sendai (6/25). With concert tickets already nearly sold out, the choir expects to perform for audiences totaling more than 5,000 people across the country.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong to speak at Spring Commencement

Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address Brigham Young University–Hawaii’s 250 graduates and their families at this Spring’s commencement ceremony held on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 9:30 AM in the Cannon Activities Center in Laie, Hawaii.

The university will award 224 bachelor’s degrees and 26 associate’s degrees. Graduates range from 19 to 46 years old. There are 169 single students and 81 married students in this Spring 2016 class.

Student sculpture of the Apostle Peter finds a home in the President’s Office

Esther Candari, a student from Kaneohe, Hawaii, majoring in Visual Arts, completed a sculpture of the apostle Peter and presented it as a gift to President John Tanner and the University as a “small token of gratitude for all he does to help achieve the mission and vision of this special place.”

“Esther is a very dedicated and passionate student of the arts. She is equally gifted as a sculptor as well as a painter,” says Dr. Jeffrey B. Merrill, a professor of visual arts at BYU–Hawaii.