A new friend and senior missionary Elder G speaks at the weekly Tuesday BYUH Devotional held on campus.  Elder and Sister G’s service at BYUH has been cut short with a new call extended to them to serve in Ghana, Africa as President and Matron of the Ghana LDS Temple. Elder G began his devotional message with a 1969 quote of Elder Richard L. Evans, “There is an old man or an old woman up there ahead of you on this road of life that you ought to know. Whether he or she is happy or sad depends on you. For you made him or her. He or she is you grown older.”

Old man walks on path through urban park. England

The old man up ahead of you on this path of life….

This a thought-provoking sobering quote, for a 70  + or – year old Elder and Sister McCollum… since there may still be ahead 20+ years of life here on Earth!  No matter a person’s calendar age, the daily choices being made and the way trials are accepted and handled, are the building blocks for the character of the old man or woman on the path ahead. When we catch up to this aged person, as the end of our Earthly path is reached, may there be no regrets!


The directors of the VisitorsCentre located beside the LDS Laie Temple are Elder and Sister Priday (who a few years ago served as Calgary AB Mission President & wife).  TheVisitors Center also has two sets of senior couples and at least 20+ single “Sister” Missionaries.  These missionaries welcome the many visitors, non-members and members, from all over the world.  The young Sister Missionaries also ride a trolley bus that goes back and forth between the Polynesian Cultural Centre (PCC) and the Temple site, visiting with passengers and pointing out sites in Laie.

Drawing of Laie Temple

Drawing of Laie Temple

Early on a Sunday evening young Sister Missionaries present a most enjoyable musical and testimonial evening.  As Elder and Sister McCollum leave, an excited young woman, Nohealani M. (from a nearby town) comes up and hugs Elder and Sister McC.  NM was excited to share that she is in the process of submitting her mission papers and will keep the McC’s posted.  Both Elder and Sister McC t-r-i-e-d to help this freshman student with her academic problems.  It is hoped that a mission will give maturity to this beautiful young Hawaiian woman and upon her return to BYUH, perhaps she will show more commitment to her studies.  NM is much more commitment to her dancing in the night show at the PCC!  A similar trait of several other ++ students!!


Elder and Sister McCollum take time one afternoon  to visit one of the PCC villages  and check out the newest sulpture.

Sister McCollum enjoying a tune played by

Sister McCollum enjoying a tune played by Joseph!

The newest statue on the grounds of PCC.

The newest statue on the grounds of PCC.

The sculpturer, Leroy Transfield (a BYUH alumni living in Utah) visits Laie for the unveiling of the plague and the life-size bronze statue.  L. Transfield, his wife and son just happen to stay with the next-door neighbours of the McCollum Family on Kulanui Lane.

HISTORY: How did the steel guitar get invented?  Joseph Kekuku loved to play the guitar.  One day his metal comb fell out of his pocket and onto the strings.  He thought, “Wow, the sound is so beautiful!”  It took him seven years to perfect the guitar and share the skill.  He started a band, toured the US mainland and Europe, and even established a music school in Chicago but never returned to his home island, Oahu.

White Hibiscus decorate the grounds of the new Marketplace at PCC

White Hibiscus decorate the grounds of the new Marketplace at PCC


Elder and Sister McCollum enjoy a rare “dining-out” experience at a lovely new restaurant at the PCC Marketplace, named after the nearby Pounder Beach. Pounder for the strong waves that hit the beach.

Pounders Restaurant at PCC Market Place.

Pounders Restaurant at PCC Market Place.

Large Wall Decoration in restaurant.

Large Wall Decoration in restaurant.

The “wave” motif looks golden with the lighting in the restaurant.  The “wave” is actually prices of dried drift wood.  VERY BEAUTIFUL!  Elder McCollum and Elder G each enjoy a honey bacon burger.  The senior sister missionaries enjoy vegetarian pizzas.


A Snail Catching a Piggy-Back Ride

A Snail Catching a Piggy-Back Ride

Snails may travel at the top speed of one metre per hour. Obviously much slower for small snails. This little guy decides to conserve energy by climbing aboard his bigger buddy.  This scene unfolds in slow motion right on the front step of the McC home.


QUESS WHERE? A Parking lot!

This shot is taken in the parking lot of COSTCO at Moaniani Street, Waipahu, Oahu;  just a short drive from Sam’s Club in Pearl City but over an hour drive from the other side of the island where Laie is located.


Remember the Cattle Ergot Birds!

Remember the Cattle Ergot Birds!

Yes! So here again are the Cattle Ergot Birds that frequent the grounds of BYUH when the grass is mowed.  But this day they are not Lawnmower Birds but Coconut Birds!  The Coconut Palm Trees are being trimmed, so the birds collect just outside our office back door despite the risk of getting hid on the head.

Cattle Ergot Birds or _____________ birds!

Cattle Ergot Birds or
_____________ birds!


The BYUH Enactus Club are champions of the 2015 US National Enactus Expo held in St. Louis Missouri by beating out 177 other college teams.  University Enactus Clubs provide students with a  platform to make a meaningful difference in their communities and improve people’s lives around the world, with non-profit sustainable projects, while gaining the experience, skills and contacts necessary to build a successful career.  The team will now represent the USA as one of 36 countries at the Enacts World Cup in October 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

BYUH Enactus Team 2015

BYUH Enactus Team & Advisors 2015

Top Left: Advisor, L. Harper is a Canadian from Lloydminister AB. He is a volunteer serving on the BYUH campus. Elder and Sister McCollum have become friends of L & his wife, A Harper.

The Enactus team visit the Laie Senior Missionary FHE group to share their winning power point and oral presentation. Amazing!! Club president Scott Fisher shares, “For 20 years, BYUH sends a team to the competition.  Our 2015 team decides that we are not going with a goal of winning but by our actions show and share with others our very special small university.  We reach our goal and WIN the competition. We attribute our success to the Lord, His support and His guidance.”

A few of the BYUH Enacts projects:

LOCAL – Revamp the local (KHS) Kahuku High School’s scholarship fund project which sells KHS logo apparel.  Many famous KHS graduates play on mainland USA professional sport teams. The new outlet kiosk at the PCC Market Place is projected to generate $120,000 annually to fund the scholarship project.

IVORY COAST of AFRICA – #1 Women’s co-op market place; #2 Building a school for 330 former child slaves; #3 Reduce malaria; #4 Introduce Bee Keeping; #5 Experimental project to provide struggling cacao farmers with inexpensive fertilizer.

NOTE: The Malaria project involves building concrete ponds that are stocked with fish that feed on the mosquitoes and thus reduce the numbers of the insects and therefore the risk of malaria spreading.  A by-product is the selling of the mature fish.

Students at BYUH campus perform research and discover through much experimentation that ground-up cocao shells and small amounts of fertilizer produce healthier crops than crops treated with just expensive fertilizer!

The BYUH Enactus extended group of over 100 students, plan to franchise these projects all across African villages.



Mural depicts the early missionaries blessing the Hawaiian Islands for the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mural depicts the early missionaries blessing the Hawaiian Islands for the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Hawaiian Princess who defied the "ancient gods" that

Opposite wall of foyer: A Hawaiian Princess who becomes a Christian and defies the “ancient gods” to whom maidens were sacrificed.


Purchasing of dragon fruit.

Purchasing of dragon fruit.

The dragon fruit is a combination of the taste of watermelon and kiwi BUT with very little flavour, at least according to Sister McCollum.

Fried Banana

Fried Banana

Now this was very tasty!


In the 1940’s the Hukilau was organized by members of the Laie Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS as a way of raising money to rebuild their chapel, which burned to the ground.  The word \”Hukilau\” literally describes the process of pulling (huki) the ropes of fishing nets, woven with leaves (lau) along the outside, in from the sea.

Laie is a good hour’s drive from Honolulu today, and was even more remote in the 1940s, so the village didn’t see that many visitors. But those who did come — many of them servicemen — would stop and watch men fish at a beach, offering to pay if they could help pull the large nets from the ocean.  Eventually word spread and busloads would come from Honolulu to participate, be fed and then entertained with hula and song.

R&H make their way along the beach.

R&H make their way along the beach to view the Hukilau.

Elder McCollum(with hat) in middle of photo watches as the nets are loaded into the row boat.

Elder McCollum( with hat) in middle of photo watches as the nets are loaded into the row boat.

Today, the tradition continues but only on special occasions as seniors of families teach and share their heritage with the younger generation.  On the holiday Monday, at 8am Elder and Sister and R&H McCollum make their way to Hukilau Beach and join the crowd assembling for the Hukilau.

The boat is loaded with nets and ready to head into the surf.

The boat heads out ready to drop the nets.

Local senior, "Billy" ready to teach the younger generation.

Local senior, “Billy” ready to teach the younger generation.

Ready to pull.

Ready to pull.

Into the surf.

Into the surf.


Reminder of Service Assignment at PCC on Saturday.

Reminder of Service Assignment at PCC on Saturday.

NEXT BLOG ENTRY:  GUESTS ARRIVING      The next blog will feature the upcoming visit to Hawaii of our “Japanese Daughter”, Haruko whom Elder and Sister McCollum have not seen for over 12 years! Her husband, two children and mother-in-law arrive on Oahu June 10th!


  1. Oonagh Keeler

    Love to read of your daily adventures and the interaction with the students and missionaries. As I drive by your townhouse on Gladwin, I feel a tug at my heart
    missing your welcoming voice calling me to come on up when I arrived even if
    I was not expected. Jack has just had a heart procedure intended to increase
    the blood flow to his heart, Unfortunately it was not successful and he is
    naturally quite disappointed. This creates a barrier to travel as no insurance
    company will cover him as he is considered a high risk. Love to hear from you

  2. Kathie Carlson

    Thank you for the lovely pictures and time it took to share so many interesting things. Happy you are there and enjoying it! I just sent an email so hope you get a few details of what we’re doing. Stay healthy and yes, keep sharing. Best wishes from Elder and Sister Carlson at Family and Church History Headquarters Mission.

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