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50 years ago

The Church College of Hawaii, now BYU-Hawaii, was dedicated Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1958, by President David O. McKay, according to the Dec. 20, 1958, Church News. The article reported that the college at Laie on the north shore of Oahu was built at a cost of $3,500.

The article stated: "Twenty gleaming new buildings of modern design comprise the campus, located on a 100-acre site near the famed Mormon Temple at Laie. Three years in construction, the college is the product of the unique 'labor missionary' plan of the Church."

The article continued: "A faculty of 23 conducts training in business and vocations and offers the first two years of academic training in science, fine arts, education, engineering and other fields."

It added: "The school is the fulfillment of a project conceived 37 years ago when President McKay, then a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, visited a small school in Laie taught by Mormon missionaries."

As recorded in a subsequent article in the Dec. 27, 1958, Church News, President McKay said: "Our Church schools are free to teach and train the boys and girls to be useful citizens in various walks and traits of life but they are also free to teach which is greater, belief in God, His goodness and in His existence and to teach that without hesitance condemnation of any group or nation that decries these things."

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