State, local honors for BYU-Hawaii

LAIE, Hawaii — In conjunction with BYU-Hawaii's Golden Jubilee Anniversary, the City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives all honored BYU-Hawaii with ceremonial certificates and proclamations of recognition and congratulations. The honorary certificates acknowledge and congratulate BYU-Hawaii for its significant accomplishments over the past 50 years.

"We appreciate and value the recognition and endorsement from the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii," said Rob Wakefield, director of University Communications. "We couldn't have come as far as we have without the support of government officials, and we are happy to contribute as much as we can to the community."

The BYU-Hawaii delegation included university President Eric B. Shumway and members of the president's council, as well as representatives from BYU-Hawaii Student Association, Alumni Relations, the Jubilee Celebration Committee, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Hawaii Reserves Inc. The delegation was accompanied by the university's Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. James Smith — who will be retiring this year after 30 years of teaching at BYU-Hawaii.

The delegation first visited Honolulu Hale, where Council Chair Donovan de la Cruz, on behalf of the City and Council of Honolulu, presented BYU-Hawaii with a certificate of recognition and congratulations for its Golden Jubilee Anniversary. In return, the choir performed "Let Me Fly," an African-American folk spiritual.

After the public ceremony, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann invited the delegation into his office for a more intimate exchange. He recounted how his grandfather helped build the Church College of Hawaii and reminisced about when his wife was a teacher at the college and he substituted for her from time to time. "Both as the mayor and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is a pleasure to welcome you in this office," he said. "I am grateful for BYU-Hawaii — for your values, your morals and what you do in the classroom."

Mayor Hannemann presented the university with a proclamation, establishing Feb. 23, 2005, as "Brigham Young University Hawaii Day" in the City and Council of Honolulu to celebrate this milestone.

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