UH Manoa performs Mo'olelo play Nā Kau a Hi’iaka at BYU-Hawaii

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The Hawaiian Theatre and Dance Program from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa performed the Hawaiian play “Nā Kau a Hi’iaka” in collaboration with BYU-Hawaii from Mar. 9-11. Written and directed by Puakahiki Kau’i Kaina, the play portrayed Ko Mo’olelo o Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, or “The Epic Tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele.”

The entire performance was performed in Mo’olelo, the Hawaiian language. The play featured traditional Hawaiian dance, Hawaiian drums, and native Hawaiian costumes.

One of BYU–Hawaii’s most notable alumni passes away

LAIE, Hawaii – Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, former U.S. Congressional Representative for American Samoa and BYU–Hawaii alumnus (Class of 1964), passed away on February 22 surrounded by loved ones in his home in Provo, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Hinanui, and five children, two of whom also attended BYU­–Hawaii.

Title IX Updated

BYU–Hawaii learned on Tuesday, February 21, that the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is adding the university to its list of more than 227 postsecondary institutions under investigation. These investigations relate to the federal government’s requirements for responding to reports of sexual harassment.

A February 8, 2017 report from the Department of Education listed 309 open investigations involving 227 institutions, including one other Hawaii university.

Business Program Receives Top Ranks

Brigham Young University‒Hawaii has been named as one of the Best Value Small Colleges for a Business Administration Degree in a recent ranking by Best Value School. BYU‒Hawaii was ranked 2nd on the feature and was additionally recognized for the specialization in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Elder Oaks To Speak At Winter 2017 BYU–Hawaii Graduation

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at BYU‒Hawaii’s Winter 2017 Commencement in the Cannon Activities Center on Saturday, February 25, at 9:30 a.m. where more than 200 students will receive diplomas.

BYU–Hawaii Registrar Daryl Whitford said, “204 students are to receive bachelor’s degrees and 52 associate’s degrees; however, not all students will be marching.” The graduates range in ages from 19 years old to 53 years old, Whitford said, and they come from 29 countries.

BYU–Hawaii Basketball Seasiders Go Down In History

On Monday, February 20, the community came out to support the Men and Women’s Seasider basketball teams in the Cannon Activities Center as they played their last Seasider basketball games. The athletics department recognized that this special evening for players and the community by arranging special activities to send them out with a bang. Besides a white out theme, ice cream and giveaways, including the opportunity to win a car by shooting and making a half court shot, though the community member just barely missed on that chance!

New Vice President of Construction and Facilities Appointed


The BYU-Hawaii Board of Trustees has appointed Eric W. Conrad as Vice President of Construction and Facilities at BYU-Hawaii. President John S. Tanner made the announcement at a department staff meeting on February 14, 2017. This new position will work closely with the Special Projects Department (SPD) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Annual Food Fest Tradition Continues

Brigham Young University—Hawaii’s annual Food Fest event will be held on Saturday, February 4, at the Flag Circle on the BYU-Hawaii campus.  The event starts at 5 PM and finishes at 10 in the evening.

Sponsored by Student Events & Student Leadership, Activities and Service, the purpose of Food Fest is “to experience cultural cuisine, unite community and students, and support associations through fundraising.”