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Near the North Shore of the island of Oahu, BYU-Hawaii is bordered to the north by the town of Laie (population 6,000), to the northwest by the Hawaii Temple, to the south and west by the beautiful Ko'olau Mountains from which comes the town's fresh water, and to the east by the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Pacific Ocean. Check out the pics below that Stamps took while living there.
BYU-Hawaii, Polynesian Cultural Center, & Laie
This is a map of my island.  Laie is way up near the northern most point, in the middle of nowhere. (Before I came, I didn't know Hawaii had any countryside, but it's surprisingly rural here!)

It's MY island!

Chief Sielu of Samoa making fire. I watched his show everyday. I loved that job. Shashin dozo!
Some of the villagers at the Polynesian Cultural Center posing by our lagoon. They're not posing, they're always standing around like that!
Dancers from each of our island villages.  From left to right: Samoa, Hawaii, Marquesas, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Fiji. They're not posing, they're always standing around like that!
I finally broke down and got a Maori tamako.  Don't worry, it's not permanent.  This shot was taken in the Maori village at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Notice the traditional structure in the background. Didn't even hurt.
The famous Hawaii Laie Temple was located only couple minutes walk from my house. Hawaii Temple
Here's a pic of Toby relaxing at Hukilau Beach...hey wait! What's his picture doing here? This page is supposed to be about MY time in Hawaii! Woot!
View from Laie Point. It's a beautiful place to watch a sunrise, but it's always windy. The geologic features of the point show ancient wind patterns, and the rocks off shore are bird sanctuaries. Kids like to jump off the point into the ocean below, except when it's the time of day when sharks are feeding. Is that a shark in the water?
Some of the coconut trees on campus. Because of it's many uses, from food to shelter, to tools, Polynesians call the coconut tree the tree of life. Yashi no ki to Kokonatsu no ki no chigai wakarimasuka?
View at the front of campus looking North. Hata desune.  Hato janain desu.
The front of campus looking southwest with the Ko'olau Mountains in the background Nihon no hata ga miemasuka?
The BYU-Hawaii campus as seen from the Northwest looking Souteast with the ocean and Ko'olau Mountains in the background. BYU-Hawaii Campus
One of the gekkos that lived in my room.  We keep the gekkos around because they eat all the bugs. Gekko degozaimasu.
Me and Jai, my Australian classmate.  He's majored in FIS, Fun In the Sun, and graduated the same time as me. Shashin dozo!
Me teaching the hula in Japanese. This is the part of a hula dance where you're hugging someone.
Me giving a canoe tour in Japanese at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  I'm the dashing one at the lower left. Titanic

 

Why are the islands so special? Check out this article that appeared in the Sierra Times about the Polynesian Cultural Center and the town of Laie. If you can understand what journalist Keith Wood is saying, you can almost understand why this is a special place. Unfortunately, the rest of it, the warm weather, rich cultures, and breathtaking scenery you would have to experience for yourself.

 

Now you can plan your trip to Hawaii! That's right, just check out the page that Stamps made because everyone and their dog kept asking him about the best sites, hotels, da kine, etc.

 

Welcome to paradise!Polynesian Cultural Center

Why travel thousands of miles to paradise only to never really experience it? If you only go one place in Hawaii, go here!

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