August 1, 2017

Brigham Young University — Hawaii


Here’s a free collection of resources about Brigham Young University — Hawaii- BYU-Hawaii blogs, videos, groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who attend(ed) BYU Hawaii, etc.

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BYU-Hawaii Blogs

Here’s a list of BYU-Hawaii blogs- blogs written by people who attend BYU-Hawaii, or about BYU-Hawaii-.

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Psychology Department byuhpsychologydepartment.blogspot.com 2017
BYU-Hawaii Athletics byuhawaiisports.com 2017
BYU-Hawaii News newsroom.byuh.edu 2017
BYU-Hawaii Financial Aid financialaid.byuh.edu 2017
BYU-Hawaii Admissions admissions.byuh.edu 2017
BYU-Hawaii Devotionals devotional.byuh.edu 2017
Classifieds and Announcements byuh.uloop.com 2017
BYU-Hawaii Wikipedia Page wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigham_Young_University_Hawaii 2017
BYU-Hawaii Facebook Page facebook.com/byuhawaii 2017
BYU-Hawaii Twitter twitter.com/byuhawaii 2017
Marine Biology Saipan Trip Blog byuhsaipan.blogspot.com 2010

BYU-Hawaii Groups

BYU-Hawaii Groups On Facebook

  1. Buy and Sell Anything at BYU-Hawaii (8,747 members)
  2. BYU-Hawaii Off Campus Housing (5,007 members)
  3. Buy and Sell Textbooks at BYU-Hawaii (2,950 members)
  4. BYU-Hawaii Community Group (699 members)
  5. BYU-Hawaii: Japan Student Chapter (652 members)
  6. BYU-Hawaii: Taiwan Student Chapter (553 members)
  7. BYU-Hawaii: Korean Student Chapter (542 members)
  8. BYU-Hawaii: Filipino Chapter (312 members)
  9. BYU-Hawaii Center for Learning and Teaching (83 members)
  10. EIL Students at BYU-Hawaii (80 members)
  11. BYU-Hawaii: Australia Student Chapter (46 members)
  12. BYU-Hawaii Department of Public Safety (37 members)
  13. BYU-Hawaii Friends (35 members)
  14. BYU-Hawaii Pre Med (30 members)
  15. BYU-Hawaii Vivint Team (23 members)

Other BYU-Hawaii Groups And Forums


BYU-Hawaii Survey

We’re surveying people who attend(ed) BYU-Hawaii. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your first name, Years you attended BYU-Hawaii)


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BYU-Hawaii: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about BYU-Hawaii?

  • Chill, laid back, hang loose, aloha. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • Location, environment, wide variety of cultures. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Diversity and size. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • Close friendships. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Diversity. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • That it’s small. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • International students/friends. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • The girls. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • The athletics. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Small class sizes. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • The culture. (Maria, 2015-2016)
  • Being so close to the beach. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • Movies at McKay Auditorium every Friday night! (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about BYU-Hawaii?

  • It’s small, away from everything. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • Things usually take a lot of time to happen, some departments have horrible management. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Unfair honor code enforcement. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • No leggings at the gym. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Housing. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • Networking- don’t always hear about things that are happening on campus. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • How hard it is to get paperwork done on campus between housing, financial ofice, registrar, etc. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Honor Code. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • The semester changing constantly. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Arbitrary rules that seem to be intended to get people into trouble or live in fear and an unauthentic spiritual life. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • The food. (Maria, 2015-2016)
  • I felt like a lot of people were doing things they shouldn’t have been doing. I get it- it’s college, but it made me kind of sad for those who didn’t get accepted, but would have followed the rules. I also didn’t like that a majority of the girls would turn into the huge t-shirt, leggings, no shoes stereotype shortly after arriving xD. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • The lack of activities for students. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Things To Do

What are fun things to do while at BYU-Hawaii? Best kept secrets, etc.

  • They wouldn’t be secrets if we told you. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • Find someone with a car and explore the island of Oahu. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • The hub. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • If I told you it wouldn’t be a well kept secret. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Skydiving, parasail and hike. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • Make time for fun. School is important, but it’s also important to take advantage of the time you have here. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • Get involved, work at PCC, go crab hunting. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Availability to use facilities for hw, and other activities. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • Kalihi ice ponds. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Laie Falls trail. Keiki’s. Living on the point. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • Go on all the hikes. (Maria, 2015-2016)
  • School dances are actually pretty fun! Try to get involved- you’ll make more friends that way. (Christina, 2012-2014)

BYU-Hawaii: Recommended Classes/Professors

Any classes or professors you recommend?

  • None over the others. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • The HTM program. Hands down the best program at the school. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Daniel Sharp (New Testament I & II), Joseph Plicka, Randall Allred. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • Bro. Martins for religion and Econ online always. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Disaster Management, Terrorism- Dr. Houghton, Web Design (IT240)- Christopher Slade, HTM- David Preece. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • Professor Shute, Professor Bennett, Sister Merril. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • Brother Waite is an amazing Accounting Professor. I would recommend everyone takes his class to get basics of accounting. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • POSC 110. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • Professor Compton. Super smart guy and is fascinated by anything new. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Daniel Sharp for religion. Joe Plicka for English. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • Brother Bruner’s Advanced Anatomy class. Any of Brother Merrill’s Art Classes. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • Dr. Sherman Han. It doesn’t matter what you take, just take something from him. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Housing Advice

Any housing tips or recommendations?

  • Off campus. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • Harass the housing office- they don’t get anything done, make sure you have a place to stay. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Check your housing before purchasing a contract. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • Hales for the first two semesters, then move off campus. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Do not break any housing rules, they charge you like crazy…they love taking your $$$. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • On campus and off campus both have their pros and cons. Make the most of where you are the living and if you hate where you are, you can always move next semester. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • If you find something, take it! Housing is limited. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Off Campus Way Better. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • Find housing early and new let it go. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Live with roommates you like. The point gets a bad rep sometimes, but it’s the best. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • Moving off campus is such a great experience, but be prepared to have strange landlords. Even if they are “LDS” expect them to treat you like someone paying rent – that’s all. Buy a bike. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • Stay on campus, you’ll miss out on college life if you live anywhere else. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Places To Eat

What are the best places to eat near BYU-Hawaii?

  • Seven Brothers, Taco Bell. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • L&L, 7 Brothers. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • North shore tacos, Guadalajara grill. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • L&L, crepes at PCC Marketplace. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • Elephant truck, Wailua Bakery (both in Haleiwa). (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • Friday and Saturday Ahi Katsu stand by Hukilau Beach. Elephant truck by Shark’s Cove. Papa Ole’s in Hau’ula. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • 7-Brothers but if you’re worried about price L&L. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • Teddys bigger burgers, a drive or a bus ride away. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Seven Bro’s. Elephant Thai truck. North shore tacos. Dominos. Papa Ole’s. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • 7 Brothers. (Maria, 2015-2016)
  • Papa Ole’s, Bonzai Sushi, Ted’s Bakery. (Christina, 2012-2014)

BYU-Hawaii: Crime & Safety

How’s crime/safety at BYU-Hawaii?

  • Fairly safe, lots of theft. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • There’s a lot of theft at BYUH. Safety is pretty good though. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Good. I never felt threatened. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • I feel safe. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • No crime = more safety. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • I feel very safe in Laie. Keep my things locked and safe to prevent stealing. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • I felt pretty safe. There were a few instances of theft and fighting on campus when I was in the dorms. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Non-Issue. Well, I got my skateboard stolen once but I found it later. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • I’ve never had any problems. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • I felt safe. But lots of theft. Had a car stolen and house burglarized. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • Safe. (Maria, 2015-2016)
  • It was okay while I was attending – they had just switched security companies, but I feel it went downhill after I graduated. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • Almost none. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Cool Facts

Any other cool facts about BYU-Hawaii?

  • There’s almost always free food on campus. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Best school ever. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • The students can have a really close relationship with students. This is helpful when looking for jobs and making connections for the future. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • The outdoor sports fields may not be A1, but the views are unbeatable. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Lots of people apply and don’t get in, so make the most of it. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • School of Education, though far away from the main campus, was the first building erected by McKay, so that it’s closest to the temple and Laie Elementary School. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Advice For Freshmen

Advice for a new Freshman:

  • Run while you still have the chance. (Kelson, 2016-2017)
  • Don’t stay holed up in your room. Get out and explore, meet new people, you’re in Hawaii. (Kyler, 2015-2017)
  • Put yourself out of your comfort zone. (Michaella, 2015-2017)
  • Make lots of friends! They won’t all stay, but they will filter out and you’ll find your niche in the ones that do stay. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • Make use of this great opportunity you have at BYUH, because your time here is only short. Never lose focus on your dreams and the reason why your here. Go hard on everything- church, work, study, social media (lol), eat, date (remember to stay in the light, don’t go to the beach after midnight because that’s when the devil is fully awake), and never give up. (Elesi, 2014-2017)
  • Make friends and have fun! (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • Don’t be clicky. Branch out and make as many friends as possible! Be respectful to the locals and also be your best self. Represent the church, the school, your family, and yourself well WHEREVER you are on the island. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Date a lot. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • Try everything, because you may stumble upon a treasure. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • Respect the culture of the locals. Don’t come in and act like you own the place or that you’re better than anyone just because you’re there. Respect the land and the people who it belongs to. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • 1) GO. TO. CLASS. But don’t study so much you don’t spend time to enjoy where you live! 2) You don’t have to be a Business major like everyone else, lol. 3) Call your parents. (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • Never miss a class. Never miss a devotional. Never study on Sunday. (Barbara, 1993-1997)

BYU-Hawaii: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had at BYU-Hawaii (interesting/funny/crazy/dangerous, etc.):

  • The cookie run! One night I was with a group of friends and we wanted cookies really bad but it was 11:58pm and Foodland closes at midnight. We were feeling pretty ambitious though. We all jumped into our friend’s van and made our way to Foodland. We got in the door at 11:59 grabbed cookies and by the time we left Foodland it was 12am. We drove back to the parking lot between Hale 8 and Hales 4&6 to eat them. We made cookies sandwich with cookies and cookie dough in the center. That pretty much describes my freshman year. It was the best. (Andi, 2014-2017)
  • A friend asked me to go on a hike. I had a last minute thing come up for my church calling, so I couldn’t go. Turns out that hike wasn’t legal and everyone in that group got fined $2,000. (Kaelin, 2014-2017)
  • Dating is funny at BYU. It is a very small town, so be careful. One of the most embarrassing things that happened was when I was asked on a date for Saturday Night, but I cancelled a few hours before because I was so tired. I was asleep on the couch and then later realized that I needed to get cash from Foodland to pay my tithing.. while I was there I saw the guy that I had rejected because I was “tired”. This kind of stuff happens all the time with dating in this small community, haha. (Sarah, 2014-2017)
  • Saw a couple making out behind the temple. (Josep, 2013-2017)
  • First weekend there my friends got smashed by a shore break at Waimea. I swam out and watched it happen on top of the next set. Greatest memory ever. (Makaela, 2013-2017)
  • I wasn’t afraid to question the status quo of the way things were done at the university. Things don’t have to be done the way they are done just because that’s the way it has always been. (Sterling, 2013-2017)
  • Little did I know, I met my husband the second month in Hawaii – we jumped off the rock at Waimea together. He kept showing up at all of the trips I took with friends and then five months later I ended up “bonding” with him over video games while I was hanging out with one of his housemates, LOL. Eventually we started dating and got married the year I graduated. Having my twin sister attend with me, meeting my husband there, and finally having my family visit when I graduated was a pretty cool experience. I can’t wait to go back! (Christina, 2012-2014)
  • I never went to the beach for four years. (Barbara, 1993-1997)