BYU-Hawaii: Prophetic Destiny, the First 60 Years

by Alf Pratte, Eric B. Shumway

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In celebration of BYU-Hawaii’s 60th anniversary and Laie’s 150th anniversary, this beautiful, full-color photo book tells the story of President David O. McKay’s visit to Laie and his vision of a college being built there. From humble beginnings in a cane field, the Church College of Hawaii grew in importance, eventually becoming the gorgeous BYU-Hawaii campus. This book begins with a chronology and tells the stories of its presidents, including important details of how the university came to be.

"This book has so much to say that is important! The historical chapters document in an interesting, readable way the administrations of every president. I have been a close observer of BYU–Hawaii for many years, but I learned much in every chapter. Interspersed within the history are short vignettes—sacred memories and testimonies of many former students, faculty, administrators, donors, and friends of the university. My eyes have clouded with tears many times as I have read these wonderful contributions. If you want to read a book that will rescue your fainting heart and elevate your love and trust in God and humankind, read this book."—R. Lanier Britsch, noted scholar of Asian and Pacific histories and former academic vice president at BYU–Hawaii

About the Authors

Alf Pratte

Paul Alfred Pratte started his journalism career at the Lethbridge, Alberta, Herald, first as a proofreader, then a columnist, then a sports writer and worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1964 to 1969. In September 1984 he was hired as a professor of communications at Brigham Young University, freelancing for the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, and papers in Pennsylvania and Canada. After retirement in 2003, he served as a volunteer missionary at Laie to write the history of BYU-Hawaii with Eric B. Shumway.

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Eric B. Shumway

Eric B. Shumway was the president of BYU-Hawaii from 1994 to 2007 and has served on the board of directors of the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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