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Summer Students tell about internships and studying abroad 6

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Get to know your BYUHSA Presidency 4


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DEWEY KEITHLY Hea d p hot ogra p h e r COPY EDITORS


Kel sey R oye r G a b r i e l l S a ba l o n e s Amy Han s o n

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Me e t th e Presi dency of BYU HSA MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISTS Ja m es C h o i Aa ron P u zey M a r i ssa E l d e r Tayl or R i p py

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Kristine Magnusson spent her summer as a marine biology intern in Tahiti working with Professor David Bybee and three other students doing research. Photo by Bart Jolley.


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year’s singing competition will be held on Sept. 27 and 29. The auditions will take place in the Little Theatre from 7 to 11 p.m. The contest itself will be held on Oct. 7 and begin at 9 p.m.

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Management Society Open23 BYU ing Social; 3:45 to 5 p.m. GCB


185. Learn about Business Management or Hospitality & Tourism majors. Free pizza & beverage. Book Sale - One night only; textbooks only. Books only from 7 to 9 p.m. ACB.

in the Sun” - Kick off the 24 “Grub new semester with BYUHSA at


group “Musical Truth” musi25 Local cal fireside; 7:30 p.m. CAC.


Hukilau Beach in Laie. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to all students. Standards will be enforced.

Blood Drive on Sept. 28 28 Two-day & 29: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ACB. Goal is 80 pints.

Political Science students had the opportunity of a lifetime interning in the Cook Islands. Photo by Monique Saenz

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or a month this summer, 10 political science students interned in the Cook Islands. Professor Jon Jonassen said the students had the opportunity of a lifetime seeing first-hand how a small government faces global issues. Lanea Snow, a senior in political science, worked in the Tourism Department in the Cook Islands. “I was the luckiest girl in the whole group,” she said. “I had the opportunity to go on boat tours, mountain tours, and even luaus.” Snow enjoyed her time touring the island, but she also had to work very hard. “I was placed out of my comfort zone and forced to work in an advanced professional environment of people who had much more experience than me. But I learned more in one month than I have working at my current job for two years.” Brad Gilger, also a senior in political science, worked in the Office of the Opposition in the Cook Islands. He said, “The best part of the whole trip was simply being able to participate and be involved within the Cook Islands parliament. The people were so welcoming.” Gilger was able to attend the opening of a water tower on an outer island with the high commissioner and prime minister of the Cook Islands, which he said was a very unique celebration. “I felt like I was living in the 1950s,” Gilger said. While working with parliament, Gilger said he was able to implement all his writing, speaking and leadership skills. Additionally, he said while attending social celebrations, he embraced every moment of culture integration. The group of BYUH students were able to represent the LDS Church and the school in a unique way. Professor Jonassen said the local people were very impressed with the way the students interacted with them. - Gise lle Ramire z

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-TAYLOR RIP P Y Richard and Shawn Tanner stand in front of the CIE office. The couple will be replacing the Ritchies as the directors of center. Photo by Bart Jolley

Left to right, Mandy Leuluai, Chase Carlston, and Chak Yan Wong are the trio leading BYUHSA this year. Photo by Mei Yin.

Get to know the presidency of BYUHSA President

Chase Carlston

Southern California Mathematics Mission: Switzerland


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What is your favorite food? Kona Mud Ice cream What are your favorite hobbies? Spending time with my fiancé, surfing, hiking, jumping off the rock at Waimea, jumping off the point, and skateboarding. If you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be? Abraham Lincoln How did you get involved in BYUHSA? Nick Narayan asked me to run with him as Vice President and I said no. Manny Alboroto also insisted that I do it and I told him no. I thought about it, pondered and prayed about it and thought that I should do it. Just like in a mission, I started to get used to the language and to becoming useful. What is your favorite subject? I have three favorite subjects. Physics, chemistry and math. They are my favorite things. Math has always been my saving grace in school. Physics is like math only cooler because you apply it. What is your advice for new students? Get a day planner, be organized and get involved in as much as you can. If you come to school just to play you won’t be ready for the outside world. Experience is everything. Right, the presidency is pictured with the rest of their team: the directors over the different departments in BYUHSA. Photo by Mei Yin.

Executive Vice President Chak Yan Wong

Hong Kong, China Accounting, Finance Mission: Sydney South, Australia

What is your favorite food? Sushi What are your favorite hobbies? All kinds of sports; biking, hiking, and spear fishing. If you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be? Suen men, the “father of China” How did you get involved in BYUHSA? Chase and Mandy asked if I would interview. I refused because I was so busy. I prayed about it and felt it was a great opportunity to learn and do something I like. I like serving communities and I like to help better overall student life. Why did you come to BYU-Hawaii? I chose to come here because it is cheap. I have chosen to come back after my mission because the spirit I have felt here is so strong. This is the place that I was truly converted. I feel deeply indebted to this school because the gospel knowledge and spirituality it has brought me. What is your favorite subject? Religion. I like the scripture classes, in particular, the Book of Mormon. What is your advice for new students? For international students: You probably feel homesick and tend to be friends with people from your area. You can’t do that for four years. You need to get involved and step outside your box. Learn new things, be involved, learn new cultures. It’s not just about studying; it’s about experience. Gain as much experience as you can while in school at BYUHawaii.

Executive Vice President Mandy Leuluai

West Jordan, Utah Accounting Mission: Santiago Chile East

What is your favorite food? Chicken with rice and vegetables. What are your favorite hobbies? I like lip syncing, playing basketball, eating ice cream and learning how to sew. If you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be? George Washington and Joseph Smith. How did you get involved in BYUHSA? Chase asked me to run with him. The first event that I participated in was the “Give and Take” event. I was invited to that by Raj and Dondon. What is your favorite subject? I like math. What is your advice for new students? I would tell new students to get involved with new people. Get outside of the box. Also, be aware of those around you. Most people are going through the same things as you. Be nice to others. Say “Hi” to people. Live the Aloha spirit. Be Aloha. - Su zanne Tu tt le

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Ambree Klem, Washington D.C.

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enior Ambree Klemm traveled cross-country this summer to accept an offer to work as an intern for a highly sought-after position at the International Affairs Office for the LDS Church in Washington D.C.—“the experience of a lifetime,” according to the ICS anthropology and peace building major. Klemm said she had seen flyers advertising the position around campus; first at a table during the Career Fair, and later at Career Services and around campus. “I picked it up and read it. I was so sick of seeing that little flyer around!” she said with a laugh. “After reading the description, I realized how awesome it was. The more I read, the more convinced I was that it was the perfect opportunity.” Soon after her cover letter and résumé were sent off, Klemm was contacted for a telephone interview and a few weeks later, after missing the first call and making a frazzled return call from the library, she was offered the job. Klemm was one of seven people working in the church’s surprisingly small International Affairs Office, which focuses on building relationships with prominent international figures and is located in a beautiful part of D.C. “In a nutshell, the office exists to make friends with important people, or ‘opinion leaders’ who are prominent people whose influence affects others in the world, so we have relationships established that are necessary for communication.” While working as an intern, Klemm worked as a Jackof-all-trades, juggling tasks from monitoring the news and making sure the office was aware of what was going on globally, to labeling photographs taken at events and choosing the best ones to send in thank-you cards. Klemm also did a lot of event planning, which included “keeping up on the R.S.V.P. lists, networking, and writing lots and lots of letters.” “I sent out cards congratulating people and their countries. Some would say things like, Happy Independence Day to your country! Stuff like that. I wrote a letter to the ambassador of a country with a newly dedicated temple and told him about our church and how much we appreciate their allowing missionaries and building of temples.” Klemm said her experience at BYU-Hawaii prepared her well for her role this summer. “Being a student at BYUH helped so much. I was more comfortable, knew what was appropriate when interacting with diverse groups of people; I would know where their country was. I could say hello in their language or tell them a classmate of mine is from their country.” -


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Pictured: Ambree Klemm. Photo by Dewey Keithly

Callie Johnson, Tahiti

Takaroa Island. Unlike the islands of Hawaii, Exploring biodiversity many islands in French Polynesia sink in the middle, appearing as a ring of land with YUH students Callie Johnson and a lagoon in the middle. Because Takaroa Kristine Magnusson share their summer is so remote and seldom studied, all of the experience that not many others have had, students’ findings on marine invertebrates researching marine life in French Polynesia as were new. part of Dr. Bybee’s trip June 4 – 19. “In Hawaii, we know a lot about “It’s really cool that we got to the wild life because it’s always being reresearch…and get real world experience, searched, but in Tahiti, it was cool that we something that will give me an edge in my were studying things most people don’t know future career.” Johnson said. She, as well about or have ever seen.” Magnusson says. as Magnusson, are biology majors with an Though it was tough working long emphasis in marine biology. hours, typically from 6 am to 4 p.m. every The students first went to the island day, Magnusson relates that she enjoyed the of Tahiti as ambassadors. They spoke with constant learning that correlated with her administrators of French Polynesia to discuss classes at school, as well as learning about issues such foreign exchanges. Their goal the Tahitian culture. She says that it was was to encourage more Tahitian students to more beneficial getting hands-on experience come to BYUH and for French Polynesia to outside of her classroom, and it was rewardrecognize their degrees as they finish school. ing to see how their studies have real world The group also met scientists in various applications. research stations. Most of their biodiversity Dr. Bybee shares that he enjoyed research, however, was done on the remote giving students a unique opportunity to find


data for their senior research projects and also expanding their knowledge of handson research in a remote location. He shares that his students had a very positive cultural experience, making many friends in French Polynesia. Now, months later, many of the natives of Tahiti still contact him to ask about his students and see how they are doing. -ELLEN WYNN

Pictured above: Johnson. Photo by Bart Jolley. Below: BYUH Research team in Tahiti. Photos courtesy of Kristine Magnussen

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Ryan White, Tonga

Teaching at Liahona


Photo by Dewey Keithly. Photos from Tonga courtesy of Ryan White

YU-Hawaii senior Ryan White, from Spring City, Utah, spent about a month of his summer as an intern and teacher’s aid at Liahona Middle School in Tonga. White spent his internship tutoring students outside of class, helping around the school, and being a substitute teacher. “I learned a lot, and loved it there,” said White. “I would love to go back. The people there are so spiritual. I look up to many of them. They were all great examples to me,” he said. White said he became interested in visiting Tonga before he even thought of being an intern there. “I work at the Polynesian Cultural Center as a tour guide, but I used to work at the night show. Many of my friends are Polynesian, and one day one of them just walked up to me and asked me when I was going to Tonga, and that’s when I became interested,” said White. One of White’s friends Tevita Funaki, said, “About a year ago or so during World Fest, I met Ryan when he came to sign up for the Tongan Club. He also participated in all of the Tongan Club activities in my term of service as the Tongan Club president, and participates even now.” White has been active in the Tongan Club, as a member and as a leader. While deciding on an internship, White, who is an ICS Communications major, spoke with one of his friends, who told White he had relatives in Tonga who could help him get an internship there. White said he jumped at the chance. “I think White sacrificed a lot so that he could go to Tonga. I am sure his visit to Tonga was something that he [will never forget], and also those who he worked with in Tonga appreciated his time,” said Funaki about White’s internship. ICS Communications Professor Tevita Ka’ili said White is a student who “is very respectful and willing to learn about other cultures.” Ka’ili has taught White in multiple classes and described him as a “hard working student who is willing to go the extra mile.” While teaching White in a Winter Semester 400-level anthropology class, Ka’ili said White helped organize a special project on campus after the devastating tsunami in Japan. “I don’t know if you remember, but last year during the tsunami in Japan, some students made a Japanese flag and hung it on campus. Ryan was one of the more active members of that project,” said Ka’ili. - C AMRON STOCKFORD

Camille Shepherd, Jerusalem

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Camille Shepherd and Kristal Sabaitis in Jerusalem. Photos courtesy of Camile Shepherd

Kristal Sabaitis, senior in ICS communication from Utah, also studied at the amille Shepherd, a senior in psychology center. She gushed, “I loved walking around from Texas, was one of seven BYUthe “Old City” every day. Getting to know Hawaii students to spend three and a half the shop owners was my favorite. It was so months living in the Old City and taking diverse. The city isn’t very big, but in it there religion classes this summer. are so many people who believe so many dif “Although we might have the gos- ferent things.” pel, other religions also have faith and prac- Students studying at the center tice what they believe. I saw so many people typically take a trip to Egypt and see the who are living their religion. They still have pyramids; this year, however, security conpersonal relationships with God and Christ,” cerns following the Egyptian uprisings led said Shepherd, after returning from the BYU summer’s group to Turkey instead. While Jerusalem Center. there, they traced the apostle Paul’s travels “I had a lot of friends who had and visited the seven churches of Asia. attended the center before; also, being in Students also traveled to several the Peace building program, Dr. Chad Ford other sites of biblical importance, including talks a lot about the conflict in Jerusalem. I the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Galilee. wanted first hand experience,” said Shepherd. “I loved Galilee. Every story you


read in the gospels, we went and saw where it happened. We read about the Sea of Galilee while on the Sea of Galilee . . .I felt myself become so much closer to Christ doing that,” Shepherd said. Shepherd and Sabaitis lived, ate, studied, and traveled with 78 other students while there, most of whom are undergraduates at BYU Provo. Both girls agreed that the group of 80 students became incredibly close during their stay, particularly because they shared so many spiritual experiences walking where Christ walked. “Everyone was there for everyone else. We were all there to help each other . . .We became friends and family,” said Sabaitis.


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Kristine Magnusson, Saipan

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tudents of any discipline dream of the day in which the lessons they learn in the classroom become a tangible reality. For 12 marine biology students that dream came true in the beautiful Micronesian waters of Saipan from July 2-22.  There the students implemented their knowledge of marine biology to collect samples and studied them under the direction of Dr. Roger Goodwill, the BYU-Hawaii department chair of Biology. The work the students did in Saipan was truly hands on. They did everything from scuba diving to retrieving samples and from operating lab equipment to studying samples. The work done by the students and faculty provided an opportunity to contribute real and useful information to the country of Saipan. Kristine Magnusson, a senior in biology from California, said the trip made her feel like she “was a real marine biologist in the field gathering and recording specimens and data.”  No doubt she was, as the research and data she helped to collect will be used in the real world.  The Biology Department’s work in Saipan was to collect and monitor species diversity among the aquatic life. They brought in samples, took pictures, and recorded the life forms they observed. During their work they even recorded some rare and unknown species that were sent to specialist for further examination.  The trip was part of a much larger project being run by Dr. Goodwill.  All of the data collected was recorded and put into a book, which is used to regulate and monitor fishing and marine harvesting in the area. There are also plans to publish the data in a tourist-friendly book to help visitors identify various shells and aquatic life. Dr. Goodwill also hopes their diligence in recording their findings will help future researchers in their work. Experiences like these not only help future researchers but the futures of the students who are able to go on these trips. Magnusson said, “I used all of the knowledge of my college education on this trip.”  -AUSTIN FACER Far left: Kristine Magnusson SCUBA diving in the South Pacific. Left: The students who went to Saipan. Photos by Bart Jolley


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Sea siders Sm a s h Opponents in V o l l e yb a l l


Pictured Michelle Chen, a freshman from Taiwan. Photo by Mei Yin

he Lady Seasiders had easy victories against Notre Dame de Namur on Sept. 20, and over Chaminade University Sept. 17. The Seasiders dominated Notre Dame de Namur sweeping the Argonauts 3-0. The Seasiders blasted the visitors 25-14, 25-19, 25-19 to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the PacWest. They also swept Chaminade in Game 1 with a score of 25 to 9, continued their winning streak in Game 2 with a score of 25 to 12, and finish the match in Game 3 with a score of 25 to 12. The BYU-Hawaii volleyball team made few forced and unforced errors against Chaminade and was on the top on their game, hitting beyond their normal percentages. According to BYUH Sports Information, “The Seasiders hit an astonishing .418.” The Seasiders also have some interesting changes in the lineup. BYUH SI reports, “Navalta switched two-time First Team PacWest outside hitter Losaline Pula to the libero position and brought senior Aika Becker from the bench into the starting outside slot.” This change led to 18 fantastic digs and a rather low hitting percentage for the opposing Silverswords. Highlighted players in both games were Lauren Hagemeyer, Stella Chen, Courtney Skaggs and Ariel Hsu. In the Notre Dame games, Chen hammered 17 kills while putting up four blocks for BYU-Hawaii to lead the attack. Hagemeyer powered 13 kills and hit a careerhigh .526 for the night. Hsu put up nine blocks to dominate the net for the Seasiders as a team held a 12-5 advantage in blocks. Skaggs nailed seven kills while hitting .462 for the Seasiders and setter Michelle Chen had 41 assists in the win. Against Chaminade, Chen managed to get 14 kills and put up four blocks. Meanwhile, Hagemeyer had a hitting percentage of .476 and 13 kills. Skaggs put up four blocks and five kills for the Lady Seasiders as well. According to BYUH SI, “Ariel Hsu nailed six kills with no errors to hit .545 and also put up four blocks.” The Seasiders go on the road to Utah, Arizona and California and have their next home game on Oct. 8 against Hawaii Pacific University. - m arissa elder BYUH vs. Chaminade Game 1- 25-9 Game 2- 25-12 Game 3- 25-12


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BYUH vs. Notre Dame Game 1- 25-14 Game 2- 25-19 Game 3- 25-19

Soccer Undefeated


he BYU-Hawaii men’s and women’s soccer team had a phenomenal three days of competition, dominating both Chaminade University and UH-Hilo in three intense matches. The men’s team beat UHHilo 2-0 on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Chaminade University 2-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The women’s team played an excellent match against UH-Hilo on Saturday, defeating the team 3-1. Both teams are undefeated and have a record of 5-0, with four of the games being conferences matches. All three of the games played by the Seasiders and the Lady Seasiders were engaging games, with most of the important action occurring late into the second halves. When the women played against UH- Hilo, this was particularly evident. According to BYU-Hawaii Sports Information, “Edman scored her fourth goal of the year on a breakaway down the right side in the 72 minute to complete the scoring for the day.” The same concept held true for the men’s games. When the men played UHHilo, both goals scored by the Seasiders were late into the second half, leaving the crowd feeling anxious for the first half of the game. The game considered most anxiety inducing by fans was the men’s match against Chaminade. BYUH Sports Info reports: “The Seasiders were given a red card in the 63rd minute and were forced to play short-handed the rest of the way, causing some anxiety in the Seasider faithful. However, freshman Dillon Richens did a great job of allaying the BYU-Hawaii fears when he headed in a goal off a free kick from Eric Lowe in the 72nd minute. Richens second goal of the year gave the Seasiders a much-

needed cushion and the defense held firm the remainder of the game.” Even in a sticky situation, the Seasiders pulled through and produced excellent goals and a fantastic win. The two teams are both under new leadership and their new tactics and hard work at practice seem to be playing out well. Aaron Drewery, a senior defender from England and a business major, said, “By focusing and giving a 100 percent in practice you can take it to the games and be 100 percent ready.” Drewery also commented on the team’s new leadership: “We’ve got a new head coach and play with a new system now and I think it’s working well for us.” The women’s team also underwent leadership changes this summer and are training with new tactics and strategies. Natalie Drewery, a senior from Utah studying HTM, said, “[The new coaching style] has been great and a good transition. We’ve been blessed with really talented coaches and

Pictured: Sadie Kamoe, junior from Idaho. Photo by Mei Yin

though there have been different styles, we’ve yon on Sept. 26 at home. The women’s game been able to do well with this coach. It’s will be at 12:30 p.m. and the men’s game will been great so far.” be at 3 p.m. The men and women’s soccer -MA RISSA ELDER teams will next face off against Grand Can-

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The future Marriott. Photo courtesy of Evnision Laie

MarriotT hotel gets go-ahead to be built in Laie After months of meetings and much discussion, the Honolulu City Council voted 8 to 1 at the meeting on Friday, Sept. 16 to approve the Special Management Area Permit needed to rebuild the hotel in Laie. This permit makes it possible to move towards breaking ground for the new 222-room Courtyard Marriott Hotel, which is being built to replace the Laie Inn. The 46-year-old Laie Inn was torn down in 2009. “I am pleased with the outcome,

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and I look forward to moving this forward,” said R. Eric Beaver, president of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., in a Honolulu Star Advertiser interview. “As we move forward… we will have to take under consideration all of those issues that have been raised to make sure that we’re doing our very best to mitigate any impacts.” Several council members said the standards for the permit were higher than normal and said the project met the requirements of the Department of Planning and Permitting, says Honolulu Star Advertiser information. “I believe that they’ve really done their due diligence to put forward a workable project,” said Councilman Ikaika Anderson. The proposed hotel will have buildings of one, three and four stories and include a swimming pool, restaurant and banquet facilities on 9.84 acres — along with a bike path and crosswalk to get to the beach on the other side of Kamehameha Highway. The construction phase of the Mar-

riott hotel is expected to generate 150 jobs with $2.5 million in wages, says Envision Laie information. Additionally, the new hotel will have 220 rooms and provide 125 jobs for BYU-Hawaii hotel and tourism majors and community members. Although the site is already zoned for hotel and business use, a special permit is needed due to the site’s proximity to the shoreline, says Envision Laie info. The goal is to have the hotel open for the Polynesian Cultural Center’s 50th Anniversary in 2013. “We’ve suffered, along with our neighbors, packing friends and relatives into our homes when they come to visit. We all look forward to the relief of having affordable accommodations in our community again,” says Beaver on the Envision Laie Website. “The replacement hotel will benefit those enjoying the Polynesian Cultural Center and visiting our community. The entire region will benefit from reinstating this important economic driver in Koolau Loa.”

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PCC’s Haunted Lagoon offers student rates for first two weeks “There’s something lurking in the water” and it’s not the friendly sea turtles at Castles. The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Haunted Lagoon is back and slated to be better than ever, with two new attractions and ramped up scare fare. Prepare for long nights of eerie music drifting over Laie from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31. “It’s bigger and better,” said Larie Manutai, who has been involved in the planning process of this year’s Haunted Lagoon. “We’ve got a lot of new characters and props being brought in from the mainland.”

Not only is the famed lagoon ride back, but PCC is also planning a haunted house and walk-through maze for patrons to enjoy. Guests can look forward to newly introduced animatronics as well; from jumping skeletons to unexpected snake encounters. Students can go get their shriek on Sept. 30 through Oct. 15 for $5 off of regular admission with their student IDs. If you want to be part of the action, contact the on-campus Haunted Lagoon Club to sign up as a volunteer actor. - T AYLO R RIPPY

The Lady of Laie Lake returns as Haunted Lagoon starts up again this year on Sept. 30. Photo courtesy PCC

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Run 1/2 marathon along the trails of Gunstock Ranch After last year’s successful Gunstock ½ Marathon and 5k Trail Run, event coordinator Angle Naivalu said this year’s event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m. Naivalu hopes this year’s running event will encourage “more BYUH students and members of our local ohana will commit to taking charge of their health and fitness. It can drastically transform your life.” Naivalu is a BYUH alumnae from Laie and is a life coach. After giving birth to her second son, she was not happy with her state of health. “I realized that my baby weight was more than a year old. I could no longer chalk it up to being, ‘big boned.’ The fact was that I had enjoyed a few too many luaus and not enough physical activ-

People can ride the trails at Gunstock Ranch just outside Laie, but you can run the trails at the 2nd annual Gunstock 1/2 Marathon and 5K Trail Runon Oct. 15. Ke Alaka’i file photo.

ity.” With the help of her friend Natalie Christensen, Naivalu took extreme measures to improving herself physically. “I committed to changing my health by registering for a full marathon.” Four months later, Naivalu competed in her first marathon. “I am in better shape now at 34 than I was at 24,” she said. “It is a blessing to our whole family...

because of all of the activities we are able to do together. “ To register for the 2011 Gunstock ½ Marathon and 5k Trail Run, go to www. or active. com. To volunteer at the race’s aid stations, contact Kevin Schlag at



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