The Mission of BYU–Hawaii

Brigham Young University–Hawaii (BYU–Hawaii) —founded by prophets and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—exists to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life and in their efforts to influence the establishment of peace internationally.

We seek to accomplish this by:

  1. Educating the minds and spirits of students within an intercultural, gospel-centered environment and curriculum that increases faith in God and the Restored Gospel, is intellectually enlarging, is character building, and leads to a life of learning and service.
  2. Preparing men and women with the intercultural and leadership skills necessary to promote world peace and international brotherhood, to address world problems, and to be a righteous influence in families, professions, civic responsibilities, social affiliations, and the Church.
  3. Extending the blessings of learning to members of the Church, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.
  4. Developing friends for the University and the Church.
  5. Maintaining a commitment to operational efficiency and continuous improvement.


Education Commitments

The earnest pursuit of BYU–Hawaii's overall mission is embodied in its commitment to prepare students for a life of learning and service in an expanding international church. To succeed in its mission, the University provides an environment sustained by those moral virtues that characterize the life and teachings of the Son of God. By fostering such an environment, the University aims to encourage its students to achieve the following goals:
  1. Enlighten their minds and spirits by helping them:
    • Learn the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    • Gain an abiding, life-directing testimony of Jesus Christ, His Church, and His leaders on earth.
    • Live a chaste, righteous life and develop Christ-like character traits.
    • Practice self-initiated service to others.
    • Encourage the pursuit of all truth.
  2. Enlarge their intellect by helping them:
    • Obtain a broad university education based on the world's arts, letters, and sciences.
    • Obtain in-depth knowledge in a major leading to job competence and/or graduate school.
    • Develop and use the ability to think clearly, learn independently, and solve problems effectively.
    • Communicate in English effectively with others.
    • Increase capacity to enjoy beauty, both artistic and natural.
    • Encourage scholarly research and creative endeavor in partnership with faculty.
  3. Provide an intercultural learning environment where harmony prevails amidst diversity by helping them:
    • Acquire knowledge and appreciation of one's own and others' cultures.
    • Have experiences in student life and in the curriculum that build intercultural understanding.
    • Gain a profound sense of the fatherhood of God and the kinship of the human family.
    • Acquire a devout love of God.
    • Develop genuine concern for the welfare of all members of the human family.
  4. Train individuals with productive work skills and a sense of stewardship and accountability by helping them:
    • Develop a strong work ethic and high work standard.
    • Assume greater responsibility for the successful pursuit of education.
    • Accept greater responsibility for managing time, money, and employment obligations.
    • Obey, honor, and sustain the honor code of the University and the law of the land.
    • Experience the principles of institutional stewardship, accountability, and productivity through the examples of all University employees.