LAIE, Hawaii Alberto Hotus, president of the hereditary council of elders and a former mayor of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, visited BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, last month. During his weeklong visit, he presented the university with copies of his studies on the traditional language of Rapa Nui and its etymology as well as a genealogy of Rapa Nui families from the time the island was first populated.
Mr. Hotus visited Laie upon the invitation of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve during the apostle's visit in February 2004 to Easter Island, which is part of the Chile Santiago North Mission.
"I can see that the Church has taught the students morality and that they shouldn't be smoking or drinking, that they observe standards which promote discipline," he said during his visit. "The quality of life for the people on the island has been improving, and it's important to keep that going, but I can also see future possibilities by following the model you have here."