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.”

Student Winner of Statewide Entrepreneur Competition

Kalin Uluave, Brigham Young University—Hawaii student majoring in business management, was selected by Entrepreneurs’ Organization Hawaii as the winner of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards statewide qualifier.

Uluave won for his North Shore retail business Tahitian Treasures, which he opened in September 2015 at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Debut Director’s Dream Come True

The Winter 2017 musical of “Into the Woods” sponsored by the English & Theater Department premiers this week.  This is the first production with new head of theater Kristl Densley, replacing the retired Dr. Craig Ferre. Before coming to BYU-Hawaii, Kristl Densley taught theatre and acting at Penn State and Indiana University. She has directed musicals, plays, and operas. Densley herself is a theatre practitioner and an actor.

Announcing New Academic Calendar for 2017-18

BYU‒Hawaii officially announces the new academic calendar that will run September-June. BYU‒Hawaii will implement this new calendar starting the semester of Fall 2017.  From the revision are significant changes of which to take note.

Brigham Young University–Hawaii Faculty Member Elected to CEC Board of Directors


Barbara Hong, Associate Professor of Special Education and the Program Coordinator of Special Education at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors in a recent member-wide election. She began her term as the Member-at-Large Non-Designated on January 1, 2017.