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.

Culture Night 2016

*UPDATE: If you missed Culture Night 2016, you can watch it online at the following links: 

Night 1
Night 2 

One of Brigham Young University’s flagship student events is happening this weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 - and you won’t want to miss it. 

Seasider Tennis Reaches National Title Match

The top-ranked BYU–Hawaii women's tennis team played a closely contested 5-3 match to defending champions No. 3 Armstrong State in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Regency Athletic Complex in Denver, Colorado. 

Armstrong State (32-1) has won the Championship seven times in the last nine years. The Seasiders (25-1) are 7-time national champions. It was the third meeting in the last five title matches between the two schools.

University of Utah choir to perform on Saturday

The University of Utah Chamber Choir will be coming to BYU–Hawaii on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 PM. This renowned ensemble will present "Dichotomy," a concert program centered on poignant contrasts of style, meaning, and emotion.

If You Go:
Where: David O. McKay Auditorium, BYU–Hawaii Campus, Laie, HI
When: 7:30 PM
Cost: Free

Two conferences showcase student excellence


Two major university events, the Undergraduate Research Conference and the Empower Your Dreams Competition, will take place this week – and all are invited to get involved in both, to learn and to support fellow students.

NOTE: No formal classes will be held on the day of the conferences (Thursday, May 12), allowing students and faculty to attend and participate in the presentations.