Stace Hall | University Advancement | 28 January 2008
Gordon B. Hinckley logged many thousands of miles while president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and through these travels he was well aware of the uniqueness of BYU-Hawaii and its surrounding entities.
"Nowhere in all the whole world do we have what we have here on this great campus in Laie, where we have the magnificent house of the Lord, and this tremendous BYU-Hawaii, [and] the PCC [Polynesian Cultural Center]. We have a gathering of institutions here which are unique and different," Hinckley said during a regional fireside in 2003.
"And all of this has come because of love on the part of the leadership of the Church for the people of these beautiful islands, this wonderful part of the world which is…so tremendously inviting and lovely."