September 30, 2010
Ke Alaka i Volume 94: Issue 3
The perfect breeze Octopi and sailboats fill the sky at first annual Kite Festival
Student stars Hawaii Five-0 gives students acting opportunities
Heavenly beauty Temple interior designer shares his sources of inspiration 12
Bryan Rae, kite festival volunteer and biology major from Washington state, takes some time out to join the festivities. Photo by Leisa Tapia.
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Ke Alaka i September 30, 2010 • Volume 94: Issue 3
Amanda hansen edi tor-i n - c h ie f
KENT CAROLLO art director
Sam Sukimawa photo editor
LEEANN LAMBERT advisor
Copy Editors N i col e C lark Val e ri e Th orn e Bl ake Bax te r Suzann e Tu ttle Rebe c c a S abalon e s
podcasters Keith Borgholthaus Brian Poppleton Bart Jolley Aaron Knudsen Lindsay Bancroft
Marketing Chri stop h e r M an n in g
art & graphics E m i l y Me a r n s Kent Carollo
STAFF WRITERS Car r i e Collin gridge , Maggie J o hns o n, A m y H a ns o n, Tr i j s ten Leach , Geof f Lo, Jam es C ho i , J es s e Ma ns ci l l , B r i an Popplet on , K e lse y E l d er , A a r o n P uz ey
PHOTOGRAPHERS Le isa Tapia, S am S u ki m a w a INTERNS Ai ssa M itton R ac h e l A u Ie on g
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Our very own Sister Goodwill and Brother Kimball to be on Animal Planet TV show
What students have to say about being extras on TV series Hawaii 5-0
Adventures with student Emily York
Interior designer spends month working to prepa re for Laie temple rededicati on.
The Associated Press asserted this month that the nation’s poverty rate has risen to 14.3 percent, the highest among working-age poor since the 1960s. According to these statistics, 1 in every 7 Americans is in poverty. The Census Bureau reported 43.6 million citizens are below the poverty line, a startling jump from 2008’s 39.8 million. For local reaction and more information visit http://kealakai.byuh.edu/. - AMY HANSON
NOTE WORTHY NEWS HEADLINES
Samoans worldwide reflected Wednesday, Sept. 29, on the tsunami that wreaked havoc on their homeland exactly one year ago. Caused by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, the tsunami waves reached over 40 feet and killed nearly 200 people. Residents continue to live in tents due to the destruction of over 200 homes. Signs of the disaster still remain, though efforts toward reconstruction continue to be made. Kahuku High School has retained its ranking on this week’s National Prep Football Poll. The Red Raiders are ranked ninth in the West Coast. They have won their first six games of the season. Trinity of Euless, Texas, holds on as the top-ranked school in the nation. It has outscored opponents 261-36. -Associated Press
The first woman priest in the Catholic Church has stepped into the limelight in a global movement that now contains a female-ordained following of about 185. While the number continues to increase, the Vatican does not validate these ordinations, considering it a great offense for male priests to ordain females. A long line of eager guests waited to board the first voyages of the Haunted Lagoon’s flotilla on Friday’s “Media Night.” Armed with cameras and notebooks, media personnel and diehard Haunted Lagoon fans were not disappointed by the presentation. Following a similar storyline to last year’s ride, the Haunted Lagoon illustrates the story of the Laie lady and her lost son. This year, however, the son plays a prominent role and the ride ends with an interesting twist. “There were good effects and a really surprising ending,” said Curt Christiansen, construction project manager for the BYU-Hawaii Physical Plant.
Photo courtesy of lds.org Kallie Roderick NOTEWORTHY NAME: THOMAS S. MONSON WHY HE’S NOTEWORTHY: MonsonPhoto is theby16th and current prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is the prophet, seer, and revelator for the LDS faith. Monson will be speaking along with other church leadership in the 180th Semi-Annual General Conference airing Oct. 2-3. HIS TAKE: General Conference is an important time for members of the LDS faith to apply the messages to their lives. President Monson said, there “are many tools to help you learn the lessons which will be beneficial to you.” He advises those who listen to general conference “to study the messages [of conference], to ponder their teachings, and then apply them in your life.” The First Presidency invites all members of the church to participate by attending, viewing or listening via television, radio, satellite or Internet transmission at www.lds.org.
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Campus computer, why are we spending the money for the subscriptions?” The increase in student body size also impacted these decisions. “Our building is small,” said Chew. “The student population is growing. We are trying to reclaim more study space for students and we can’t afford the luxury of duplicating in paper what we have online.” The Library administration is reassuring everyone that the resources that were physically removed from the shelves are not actually gone; they are simply available in a different format. “Nothing is gone,” said Moffat. “We never send something out the door unless we have it available in a better or different format.” The use of online subscriptions enables more sources to be accessed for less money. It also allows multiple users to access a source at the same time. Kimball Boone, a library employee, said, “We have access to about as much stuff as BYU Provo. We are
really fortunate. We want to help people find what they are looking for.” Online there is an interactive tutorial of the library’s Web page, called Holokai Tutorial. It shows users how to search for online articles step by step. Chew offered a brief explanation on how to search the online system. She said there is a link on the library home page named “journals.” After clicking, all you have to do is enter the name of the journal or magazine in the search bar. For the titles that are not available in hard copy or online, students can request copies at no cost through the Inter-Library Loan service, which also has a link on the library’s home page. The magazines that were removed were offered to the other BYU campuses, then to other Hawaii libraries. “Unfortunately, as there is no pulpier in Hawaii that would accept bound periodicals, we had to throw away the ones that no one wanted,” said Chew. - C ARRIE COLLINGRIDGE
gospel of Jesus Christ, the modern family and the pursuit of happiness. Students were asked how they prepare for the big day. “I like to spend a day in fasting and prayer in preparation for general conference,” said Sone Naunau, junior in accounting and Members of the LDS Church believe in a business from New Zealand. “It is really living prophet that receives direct revelation important to me that I pay attention to the from God. Twice a year, church members spirit while the leaders speak, and fasting and have the opportunity to hear from the praying definitely helps.” prophet, apostles, and other church leaders in Maika Tuala, a junior in psychola general conference of the church broadcast- ogy from Missouri, also shared proactive and ed all over the world. The conference, which practical ways to prepare. “I make sure I get begins Oct. 2, is divided into sessions that a good night’s sleep before general conferspan over two days. ence,” said Tuala. “They all have such sooth All are invited to tune in, watch ing voices that sometimes, it’s hard to not fall and learn. Church leaders speak and give asleep. I also like to get into Sunday dress counsel on various topics including the and go to the chapel. It becomes an occasion
for me this way and not something I watch on TV.” Often times, general conference is seen as an opportunity to have one’s questions answered. Masaki Sato, a sophomore in accounting from Japan, said, “I like to always have a few questions written down. I like to prayerfully approach general conference hoping that my questions are explained. I definitely like to dress up in my Sunday best and go to the chapel. It’s more formal that way.” Whether you watch conference at home on TV, dressed in comfy pajamas with a pancake breakfast, or watch it dressed in ‘Sunday best’ at the chapel, student said general conference is sure to lift your spirits and reveal ways to improve your life.
On l i n e p e ri odic a ls r e p l a c e h a rd c op ie s at BY U H l i bra ry Over the past five years the magazine collection in the Joseph F. Smith Library has diminished from 1,000 to 400 subscriptions. Online subscriptions are slowly replacing hard copies of the magazines. Marynelle Chew, head of library technical services, said, “We are only keeping in print those titles with no online access and those whose content is either LDS or about the Pacific.” The decision to go digital was mainly the result of the routine update of library resources, in addition to being cost effective. Riley Moffat, history professor and library personnel pointed out that “If we can get the full text of the magazine on the
Students prepare for this weekend’s general conference
- J ames Choi
Above: Asami Asada and Angelica Co pose with their kite at the Kite Festival held on the front lawn of the university on Saturday, Sept. 25. Bottom left: A Laie youngster is mesmerized by colorful kites. Bottom right: Crowd comes together to get one of the giant octopus kites off the ground.
Above: Laie community comes out to enjoy the fun at the event sponsored by the Ke Alakaâ€˜i, BYUHSA and the universityâ€™s Sustainability Task Force. Left: Blake Baxter assists Kenson Prybil with his flying machine made of recyclables. Photos by Sam Sukimawa, Leisa Tapia, and Bart Jolley
september 30, 2010
Emily York, senior in university studie gan, has climbed many of Oahuâ€™s kno hikes. Photos by Bart Jolley.
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Emily York is from Michigan and is a senior at BYU-Hawaii, majoring in university studies, focusing on Hawaiian studies and music. York arrived in Hawaii six years ago and has spent her time squeezing in as much excitement and adventure as she can. York loves chasing adventure, but of all of them, her most significant experiences have come from living the gospel. “It is way more of an adventure when you live righteously. You actually get somewhere,” said York. She lives by her personal mantra: getting closer to nature to be closer with God. York, who is an avid hiker, said about hiking Hawaii’s difficult trails, that the “most exciting part is going with a new group every time.” “I am drawn to hiking because it has a lot of soul,” said York. “Life seems really intense up there. I think everyone sort of becomes a more pure form of themselves when they are on a mountain. All you have before you is a path to walk up.” York believes getting to the top is what draws her through each climb. “Every time I look at a mountain, I want to be on it. Things feel more right up there. Everything just becomes clearer up there.” While hiking, York will often slip ahead of everyone to get some alone time. She loves using the solitude for meditation and prayer. “Usually I end up hiking by myself, so I always have good prayers. If I’m hurting, I’ll just sing songs to myself to keep me going,” said York. York feels the most important thing for people is to individually find their own adventures and their own ways to be closer to God. “Someone else might not need the same thing,” said York. “Everyone has a different mission on earth.” York experienced some of her earliest adventures with Carrie Stephens, senior in mathematics from Texas. York and Stephens were roommates when they were in the dorms. One of their most daring adventures involved a spontaneous trip to the Na Pali Coast of Kauai with no
reservations or accommodations. “We picked up a tourist map and asked someone which way to go. We hitchhiked there and the guy said, ‘You know this is a really dangerous hike.’ Once they got there, they noticed everyone else hiking the 20-mile Na Pali Coast was prepared to camp along the way, carrying large backpacks with tents and sleeping bags. All they had were their clothes and water, but they decided go anyway and made sure they left early in the morning. “We ran into these little hippy camps in a valley. It’s just people who feel happy with simplicity, themselves, nature, God. You can trade with them, but we didn’t bring anything to trade,” remarked York. After many intense hours of hiking they completed their roundtrip journey. They went down to the beach hoping for a bath in the ocean and a soft plot of ground where they could sleep. “On the way, this guy was like, ‘Where are you going?’ and we said we were going to the beach to shower. He said, ‘You can come to my house.’ He fed us and we hung out there for the next day, and then we flew back.” Some other adventures the two friends set out on together included circumnavigating Maui by hitchhiking, and being picked up by a family who shared their Cheezits with them. “We were starving,” York recounts. “One time, at 2 in the morning, we were going to spend the night at Waimea. We went outside to try and find anyone who would like to hike it with us,” York said. After recruiting a third hiker they biked to the Waimea trailhead and made it to the summit by 5 a.m. “We made it up in the dark without a flashlight,” said York. York dreams of her future travels: the newer the experience, the better. York would like to spend some time living in Africa and some time living somewhere in the mountains. - C ARRIE COLLINGRIDGE september 30, 2010
Life & Entertainment S tude n t s c om e f ace -t o- f a c e w i t h f a m e After a 30-year hiatus, the hit TV-series “Hawaii Five-0” is making its way back onto the screen. The original series, which depicted a crime-fighting force in Hawaii, aired on CBS from 1968 to 1980. The new version premiered Monday, Sept. 20. Because the characters fight crime on the island of Oahu, most of the shooting for the episodes will be filmed relatively close to the BYUH campus. Most recently the set for Hawaii Five-0 was stationed at various North Shore locations. Many scenes required several hundred extras to ensure a natural, crowded beach appearance. The need for extras provided the opportunity for a handful of BYUH students to give acting a try. Justin Smith, Rachel Raynor and Matthew Suamataia were just a few of the students who helped out on Sept. 7, being on set for nearly 14 hours. Smith, a senior in university studies from California said, “It was actually a lot
From left, Scott Caan as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, left, and Alex O'Loughlin as Det. Steve McGarrett, are shown in a scene from "Hawaii Five-0." AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming
more fun than I thought it would be. Most of the action really only involved the main actors. I just kinda sat on the beach all day, got fed great food and made money doing it.” Smith added, “Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t mind doing it again.” Rachel Raynor, a senior in exercise and sport science from California, also had no complaints about the experience. “It was a blast!” said Raynor. “I was asked to actually be pretty close up to the action in some of scenes. I had to actually do a little bit of acting. It was a really cool, new experience — kind of nerve racking, but fun. I actually got a callback from the casting director the other
day to help with some scenes this Friday. I’m pretty excited about it.” Matthew Suamataia, a junior studying computer science from California, said, “ ‘Hawaii Five-0’ has granted one of my all-time wishes of becoming a famous Hollywood actor! I can’t wait to see where this experience takes my career. It can only get more glamorous and exciting. I guess we’ll see what happens.”
-AARON P U ZE Y
F o r m e r s tu dent gets t wo profe s sors on A ni mal Planet show Teaching and grading papers by day but acting by night, BYU-Hawaii professors Sanoma Goodwill and Kevin Kimball have experienced the life of a television star. They were recently chosen as actors for Animal Planet’s show, “I’m Alive.” “I thought it was just funny that they were having an accountant trying to act and show certain expressions that aren’t part of my normal repertoire of expressions,” said Kimball. “I’m Alive” is a show that reenacts real-life experiences. A former student of Goodwill and Kimball was previously on the show and although he was too busy to act himself, suggested that Goodwill and Kimball take the parts of the mother and best friend, as they looked similar to the real people. Goodwill and Kimball were both contacted by phone to play their respective roles. “Why I said yes, I don’t know, but it was kind of exciting and [the lady on the phone] was this really enthusiastic person,” said Goodwill. Goodwill and Kimball did not have to learn lines because they were voiced over by the real people, but they had to act out the story line. Kimball plays the friend of a young father of three living in Cape Town, South Africa. The father and his family invite his parents (mother played by Goodwill) over for Christmas dinner. To prepare for the dinner, the father invites his friend (Kimball) down
to the beach to scuba dive and catch lobster. On his way back to the surface, the father is attacked by a shark. Both of his arms were in the mouth of the shark. His friend (Kimball) calls for help and the father is transported to the hospital. He survives and the doctors are able to reattach his hands. “There was one scene when we come rushing in after we’ve gotten to the hospital and we were trying to find where our son is; and I go up to the desk and I’m very quiet and say, ‘We want to know where our son is. He was attacked by a shark.’ And the director’s going, ‘No no, you are concerned. You are upset. More emotion!’ So I’m trying and she goes, ‘No! You’re really upset!’” laughed Goodwill. “It was just fun.” “What I was amazed at was how hard these people work. You think of film industry as the life of the movie star but they work hard and long days. It’s not an easy job,” said Kimball. Both Kimball and Goodwill enjoyed their experiences in front of the camera and being able to try something new. “I enjoyed getting to know the lead character and talking to him. We are supposed to be best friends and I can see how we can really get along,” said Kimball, when asked about his favorite part of his experience. “I would do it again but I’m not going to give up my day job. I decided that when it airs I’ll be prepared to give autographs,” joked Goodwill. The show will air sometime in January.
Top: English Professor Sanoma Goodwill and Above: Accounting Professor Kevin Kimball are both acting in an Animal Planet show that will air sometime in January. Photo by Sam Sukimawa and Monique Saenz
- N IC O LE C LARK
September 30, 2010
Sports Sophomore soccer star Johnson never backs down Rachel Johnson has been a competitor her whole life, on and off the soccer field. “I come from a pretty competitive family,” commented Johnson. “I am the second oldest of six and I have always been in friendly battles with my siblings. That’s why I want to always be the best.” The 5-foot, 2-inch sophomore defender from Utah is more than meets the eye. While she may not be the tallest on the pitch, she has never let it prevent her from winning and coming out on top. BYU-Hawaii’s women’s soccer coach, Carolyn Theurer, noted Johnson’s ferocious play. “She has always played consistent in the back,” said Theurer. “She’s very quick and dependable. While she may be one of the shortest on the team, she always plays up to anyone taller than her. She’s been solid ever since she was a freshman.” Playing at high intensity is something that came naturally for Johnson, even at an early age. “Ever since I was little, I loved playing soccer,” said Johnson. “I remember being really fast and being able to dribble and score goals.” Johnson’s speed and talent only increased as she learned to play new sports growing up. “I did gymnastics when I was younger,” said Johnson. “That helped me learn how to do a flip throw-in.” Johnson is one of the few who has mastered the much-admired flip throw-in, the aerial maneuver that sends fear into every 10
Rachel Johnson, sophomore from Utah and defender for the Women’s Soccer Team, sprints for the ball during a game. Photo by Leisa Tapia.
player’s eyes and makes the crowd “Oo” and “Aa.” One of her most memorable soccer moments came from hurling the ball from the sideline, using one of her flip throw-ins, all the way into the opponent’s goal. “When I was in high school, I scored off a flip thrown-in,” recalled Johnson. “I threw it right over the keeper’s head. It was pretty cool.” While attending Riverton High, Johnson excelled on the women’s soccer team. She was named Region-3 MVP in addition to being Team MVP and being selected for the Second All-State Team. While attending Riverton, Johnson also ran track, a great cross-training sport for soccer to improve speed. “I ran the 100, fourby-one, long jump, medley, 200 and 300,” said Johnson. “We did really well and took state in track my senior year.” Fitting for a track athlete, Johnson’s sports hero is track star and Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones. “I like her because she is quick,” said Johnson. “She takes her performance to a
greater level with every meet. She is a winner.” Johnson credits her parents, Steve and Patrece, for much of her success. “They have always provided me with opportunities and given me great encouragement to be the best I can,” she said. One of the statements Johnson lives by was offered to her by her mother: “I can do hard things.” Such words ring in her mind when facing off against tough opponents on the field or taking on a challenging exam for school. Johnson doesn’t back down from any challenge. Fellow teammate Chloe Ence, a sophomore from Idaho majoring in biochemistry, reaffirms Johnson’s fine capacity to accomplish difficult tasks. “Rachel brings great defense to our team,” commented Ence. “She is always positive and works really hard. Not only do I trust her to keep opponents out, I trust her with my very life.”
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Greg Hill is the interior designer who was in charge of decorating the renovated Laie Temple. Photo by Rachel Au Ieong
Temple designer inspires through beauty On a sunny afternoon, Greg Hill wanders the grounds of the Laie Hawaii Temple in cargo shorts and a T-shirt. His tan skin, tousled hair and relaxed presence suggest that he is a “man of the islands” – a surfer or a fisherman, perhaps. Few would tag him as the interior designer type, but the last 22 years have turned this Utah native into a world traveler, making the final interior touches on over 80 LDS temples worldwide. He began his work on the Laie temple in mid-August, working closely with teams of workers until mid-September. Hill, whose designer jurisdiction covers the Asian and South Pacific regions, didn’t always aspire for his current 12
position. He began his studies at BYU Provo in pursuit of a degree in business. “To be a designer you have to have a knack for it,” he said. “I didn’t recognize that as my talent and I struggled with business administration. I’m more right brained, so that realization led me to interior design.” Hill graduated top of his class and was immediately hired at a prestigious design firm in Salt Lake City, where he worked for 10 years. When Hill was offered a position with the church’s “Temples and Special Projects” department, he initially declined. “I was happy where I was and didn’t see a real need to change,” he said. It wasn’t until years later, when the church called him a second time, that he felt prepared to accept. “I had some experiences that helped me to recognize what an opportunity it would be to work on not just homes but the house of the Lord,” he said.
Hill works on “everything you can see” inside LDS temples, including art, furniture, carpet, lighting, glass and drapes. His inspiration, he said, is always drawn from the culture surrounding the region of the temple he’s working on. “My philosophy as a designer… is to use wherever I can design, motifs, colors, woods and styles that reflect the Hawaiian culture.” Wall coverings inside the temple, for instance, depict ferns in a similar style to one already reflected in some of the art around the temple. Hill also worked with Bishop Museum in Honolulu to research specific styles, and said the model for chairs inside the temple come from one used by a Hawaiian queen. Some of Hill’s most significant experiences have occurred while working on each of the five Australian temples. “Australia is where I served my mission and where my greatgreat grandfather joined the
church… The Brisbane temple is on the same site, on Kangaroo Point, where I served as an elder and went to church.” The most meaningful of Hill’s experiences, however, came one evening in Tahiti when he realized the value of the work he is doing. “I walked out about sunset just as the sun was setting over Mo’orea,” he said. “The water was shimmering and turned gold. As I took in that scene before me… the thought that came at that moment was that Christ, our Savior and older brother, created this earth in such a beautiful way because of his love for us.” That evening at a remote Tahitian lagoon, Hill’s convictions as a designer were strengthened. “I knew then that everything beautiful around us is because of Him, and I feel in some way I’m able to use my God-given talents to do the same in His home.” - Valerie Thorne
Published on Feb 3, 2011