Rosemarie Howard | University Advancement | 11 December 2007
Return-ability, a phrase coined by BYU-Hawaii administrators, encapsules their hope that students will gain an education, both secular and spiritual, and then return to their native land to not only become gainfully employed, but to also make a contribution as ambassadors for peace.
How does a native Hawaiian do that? Robert Lononuiakea Ikuwa, a 2003 graduate of BYU-Hawaii and native Hawaiian is a good example of the answer to that question.
Born in Kona, Hawaii, Ikuwa ( who goes by “Lono”) came to Oahu to attend the Kamehameha School as a seventh grader. After graduating in 1995, he served a mission to Japan, and came home with a desire to open his own Japanese fast food restaurant franchise.