A Message from the President

President Tanner

Aloha! Welcome to Brigham Young University–Hawaii.

BYU–Hawaii was founded by a prophet of God, President David O. McKay. He envisioned a college of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laie that would prepare students from around the world to become learners, leaders, and builders. He foresaw students who would “study and treasure the things of education in all fields” as deeply engaged learners. They would be leaders of high moral character—“genuine gold”—“not only on this island but everywhere.” And they would be builders “whose influence will be felt for good toward the establishment of peace internationally.” I invite you to embrace this prophetic vision.

President McKay deliberately located BYU–Hawaii next to an historic temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To take full advantage of your educational opportunities here, it will be necessary for you to keep your covenants as well as your promise to live the Honor Code. You will find faculty and staff here dedicated to helping you learn “by study and by faith.” You will also interact daily with people from many countries in “a living laboratory in which individuals who share the teachings of the Master Teacher have an opportunity to develop appreciation, tolerance, and esteem for one another” (Marion G. Romney, 1973).

This is your holokai, your educational journey. It is your chance to sail in the direction of your dreams. If you strive with all your might to fulfill your dreams and the dreams of prophets for you, in time you will discover the truth of what the American writer Henry David Thoreau said:

“I learned this . . . that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”


                                                                              John S. Tanner