The senior missionaries in the Centre for Academic Success “advertise” the services of the Centre, hoping that freshmen will visit the office to seek out advice and academic services.
As members – volunteers for FOLK (Friends of the Library of Kahuku) Elder and Sister McCollum are invited to enjoy a DUNCH (held before Dinner and after lunch) on Friday April 24th at 3pm. Before the DUNCH, the morning begins by catching a car-ride with grandsons Samuel and Henry as their mommy takes them to a pre-school library activity. Elder & Sister McC sort and stock shelves with donated/used books in the FOLK room in the Kahuku Public and School Library. The funds from the sale of these books is used to purchase new books for the library.
This library is just a few miles West of Laie on the MAUKA side of the highway. Some of the town of Kahuku is MAKAI side. Directions are hard to give along the North shore since the road zig-zags with the ocean coast. The locals give directions by saying the location or address is MAUKA (towards the mountains ) or MAKAI (towards the ocean) on either sides of the Kam (Kamemahela) #99 Highway. Other directions on the island include the expression LEEWARD COAST and the WESTWARD COAST. See the map below.
When locals leave Oahu and head to mainland USA, the expression “Off-Island” is used. Each locale certainly has its own expressions for travel. Eg: On Vancouver island when you head to Nanaimo, you are going “Up-Island” or to Vancouver, to the “Mainland“. In Calgary, Alberta you go “UP” to Edmonton and “Down” to Lethbridge.
On Ohau, #99 Highway begins in Pearl City (West of Honolulu), it has an exit for Hickam USA Air Force Base, heads across a farming valley where you can see pineapples growing, then towards the North Shore of Oahu with the 2-lane highway running mainly parallel to the ocean shore, continuing past Laie until it reaches the town on Kaneohe. The speed on this route is usually about 25-35 mph and slower depending on the tourist traffic to Sunset Beach, morning/afternoon rush hour from Honolulu and really slow from M-F if you get behind a school bus! So a drive to Pearl City from Laie takes between 1-1.5 hours.
Despite the lack of shopping venues, the blessing of living on the North shore of Oahu is the plentiful rainful which keeps the ground cover green and also the trees and bushes. The wind and the rain also help lower the temperature. North shore has a country atmosphere, definitely not big-city with towering hotels like Honolulu and better beaches than Waikiki!
Enough of the geography lesson…. At noon on April 24th our friends/senior missionaries Elder and Sister G pick us up at the Kakuku Library. We head towards WAIMEA VALLEY, a 30 minute drive along the Kam (Kamemaheha) Highway, #99 (towards Pearl City). The Hawaiian meaning of the name for the valley: Wai – water & Mea – reddish brown . The hike from the parking lot to the falls is 3/4mile/1000 metres and uphill. Yes a shuttle takes “old folks” to the falls. Renting swimming vests allows tourist to swim beneath the falls but there is a sign explaining the risk of infection! We choose NOT to swim in the brown water. The downhill leisurely stroll is through the beautiful valley that extends from the mountains to the sea. There are some replicated ancient huts and placards with the names of the plants, some local and many imported.
After our hike through the Valley, Elder and Sister G were able to drop us back at the Kahuku Public just in time for the DUNCH, the Volunteer Appreciate Event given by the full-time paid staff at the library.
Door Sign: Perhaps this “English” is a form of “Pidgin English”?? Hawaiian Pidgin is still used by many Hawaii residents in everyday casual conversation and is often used in advertising that is targeted toward “old” locals in Hawaii. ” Maybe this sign was written by an older Hawaiian but the target audience is the high school students in Kahuku who use this library …. VERY CURIOUS??!!
Leaving at 7am, Elder and Sister McCollum mount their bikes heading to the large Pacific Theatre at the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Centre) to get good seats for the Elementary School May Day Performance. (This is just as big a community event as the Cultural Night at BYUH campus in March.) The place is packed by 8am. Grandson Henry joins his grandparents and grandson Samuel sits in reserved seating with his mommy (since she is on the community school council.) The performance starts at 8:30am.
If there are close-ups you will see that the participants are children!
“Hawaii” begins the show followed by “New Zealand”.
This years theme is, Laie the Gathering Place. The cultural groups displayed include: Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Philippines, New Zealand and Fiji. Amazing costumes! Of course the cutest…the kindergarten group portraying the Maori of New Zealand. The most enjoyable? Hard to choose but perhaps the best….students representing the Fijians! Especially great music.
Even though Senior Service Missionaries serve under the leadership of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission Presidency, generally the group of 100+ is ignored by President Warner since he feels seniors have learned to “govern themselves”. Senior missionaries do not have the same rules as the younger 18-28 year old missionaries which includes, “No walking/running/playing on sandy beaches.” Senior Missionaries do follow the Mission Moto:
We are grateful to be in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, the ALOHA Mission. The
Atonement of Jesus Christ is our message,
Love of God and others is our motivation, and
Obedience to the commandments and mission rules is our strength.
By sharing the gospel with others we can give them the
HA, the Breath of Life, even Eternal Life.
Sunday May 3rd, Senior Missionaries gather for the monthly pot-luck dinner at a lovely luau spot with two waterfalls on the grounds of the PCC (it is closed on Sunday). This time the HH Mission President and his wife join the senior missionaries for dinner followed by messages shared by both Sister and President Warner! Sister Warner thanks the missionaries for consecrating time, talents and money to serve in various roles at the PCC and BYUH.
President Warner shares data: 191 young missionaries, 52 couples and 17 senior single sisters serving in the HH Mission. He reminds us that we are here to help bring the students who attend/work at BYUH and work at PCC to become men and women of God. His message also is to remind us that we are each entitled to the spirit of prophecy (Revelations 19:10) in our individual lives and for our family.
In the little town of Laie, there are 5 stakes. Elder and Sister McCollum are called to attend Laie Hawaii Married Student Stake, 3rd Ward.
Laie Stake Names & organizational dates:
|Laie Hawaii Married Student Stake||November 22, 1981|
|Laie Hawaii North Stake||January 16, 1983|
|Laie Hawaii Stake||June 30, 1935|
|Laie Hawaii YSA 1st Stake||January 23, 1977|
|Laie Hawaii YSA 2nd Stake||October 24, 2004|
Elder and Sister McCollum enjoy their 3rd set of VISITORS – Tuesday April 7th, 2015
(Sorry that Elder and Sister McCollum previously missed including this photo in their blog.) Sister McCollum answers her cell phone April 7th and Wyatt C. of Lethbridge Alberta is on the line. He & his family are on BYUH campus! Wyatt, his wife and their two sons are having a short 3 day visit on Oahu. Early in the morning, Wyatt and Tayson do baptisms at the Laie Temple; Keegan and Arlene see the Temple Visitor Centre. They get a quick look around the campus before Devotional begins. (Buildings are closed except for the Canon Activity Centre.) Elder McCollum shows them over to the ticket booth at the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Centre). They visited the Polynesian villages and take in the night show. What a great surprise!
Wyatt is the oldest son of Sister McCollum’s double cousin Linda C. (Their fathers are brothers and their mothers are sisters!) So Wyatt is like a nephew to us. Sister McCollum is grateful they took time to visit during their quick tour of Oahu!