BETA

BYU-Hawaii: 50 years and counting

Jubilee celebrations include re-enactments, devotionals, concerts

BYU-Hawaii alumni, faculty, staff and students in Laie celebrated the jubilee of BYU-Hawaii in a big way Oct. 15-23. Among myriad events commemorating what was once called the Church College of Hawaii, founded in 1955, were a Gladys Knight concert (Oct. 15); devotional with BYU-Hawaii President Eric B. Shumway (Oct. 18); an Evening with the Governor, during which Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle spoke (Oct. 19); a re-enactment of the 1921 flag-raising ceremony that led to then-Elder David O. McKay's vision of a future university in the community (Oct. 20); a devotional with President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, and Presidential Luncheon during which Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann addressed guests (Oct. 21); and a multi-stake conference during which President Monson, along with Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve and Bishop Keith B. McMullin of the Presiding Bishopric, delivered addresses.

Spectators gather on street leading to the Laie Hawaii Temple to watch a parade that was part of BYU-Hawaii's Jubilee events. President Thomas S. Monson served as grand marshal of the parade, which had more than 70 entries.
Spectators gather on street leading to the Laie Hawaii Temple to watch a parade that was part of BYU-Hawaii's Jubilee events. President Thomas S. Monson served as grand marshal of the parade, which had more than 70 entries. Photo: Photo by Gerry Avant
Dr. Barlow Bradford conducts the Honolulu Symphony in world premiere of his orchestral composition, "From the Fowl's Perspective," during Extravaganza at BYU-Hawaii Oct. 22.
Dr. Barlow Bradford conducts the Honolulu Symphony in world premiere of his orchestral composition, "From the Fowl's Perspective," during Extravaganza at BYU-Hawaii Oct. 22. Photo: Photo by Monique Saenz
President Thomas S. Monson pauses on his way out of Hawaii multi-stake conference to interact with young children. Each gave him a "high five," slapping their palms together.
President Thomas S. Monson pauses on his way out of Hawaii multi-stake conference to interact with young children. Each gave him a "high five," slapping their palms together. Photo: Photo by Gerry Avant
R. Eric Beaver of Hawaii Reserves speaks at dedication of a marker at the site of the Church mission school when David O. McKay attended flag-raising ceremony.
R. Eric Beaver of Hawaii Reserves speaks at dedication of a marker at the site of the Church mission school when David O. McKay attended flag-raising ceremony. Photo: Photo by Wally Barrus
Even in the rain, parade performers dance with enthusiasm and smile broadly.
Even in the rain, parade performers dance with enthusiasm and smile broadly. Photo: Photo by Gerry Avant
Flags at BYU-Hawaii.
Flags at BYU-Hawaii. Photo: Photo by Monique Saenz
During jubilee celebrations at BYU-Hawaii on Oct. 20, Randal Allred portrays then-Elder David O. McKay during re-enactment of a 1921 flag-raising ceremony in Laie, Hawaii.
During jubilee celebrations at BYU-Hawaii on Oct. 20, Randal Allred portrays then-Elder David O. McKay during re-enactment of a 1921 flag-raising ceremony in Laie, Hawaii. Photo: Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU
President Thomas S. Monson, center, of the First Presidency, Elder Robert D. Hales, right, and Bishop Keith B. McMullin attend multi-stake conference Oct. 23.
President Thomas S. Monson, center, of the First Presidency, Elder Robert D. Hales, right, and Bishop Keith B. McMullin attend multi-stake conference Oct. 23. Photo: Photo by Gerry Avant
Dallas Low, 96, labor missionaries supervisor, took photos when President David O. McKay dedicated Church College of Hawaii in 1955.
Dallas Low, 96, labor missionaries supervisor, took photos when President David O. McKay dedicated Church College of Hawaii in 1955.

Sorry, no more articles available