TIME OUT for a MOVIE – “Once I was a Beehive”
L to R: Sister & Elder Noel, MOVIE POSTER, Sister McCollum

L to R: Sister & Elder Noel, MOVIE POSTER, Sister McCollum

Elder and Sister Noel invite us to attend with them in reserved seating the premier showing of Once I was a Beehive.  The owners of this Laie Palms Theatre are the parents of a gal that served her mission when Elder Noel was her Mission President.
Following the movie, guests get to chat and ask questions of the director and one of the actresses in the movie.  The highest paid actor of the movie is Bart the real life grizzly bear. The move was cute, spiritual, funny and not cheesey humour.  Even if you’ve never been to YoungWomen’s/Girls Camp you will enjoy this flic.
 Jack’s Bean Stock
Remember the previous photos of the stocks growing in the back yard, out of this plant?
One day as grandson Samuel looks out the patio window, he is very surprised!  He yells out, “One of “Jack’s bean stocks has fallen to the ground.”  The fall of the plant pulled the roots right out of the dirt. It is going to  take Jack’s giant to haul this plant away!
"Jack's fallen bean stock"

“Jack’s fallen bean stock”

Sunday Evening Musical Devotional
The Samoans, the Fijians and the Malaysians present a beautiful evening of spiritual musical entertainment.  The North Chapel of the campus Stake centre was filled.
There were so many events being held in the Stake Centre that the refreshments were served in the foyer/rotunda of the North end of the building.  It was fun to meet with the students and thank them for the lovely evening.
Refreshment Time: cake and ice-cream

Refreshment Time: cake and ice-cream

Do You Have a Need For a Time Management Calendar?
Over 100 students of the Fall 2015 semester have thus far, taken advantage of having  a personalized Time Management Calendar created by Elder McCollum, using an excel spread sheet with a template.  Word of mouth continues to spread about this helpful and needed tool since most students have part-time jobs, many work 19 hours a week,  attend classes, fit in study time, church assignments and LIFE!


First: List all church assignments   & time needed: Sunday services, Family Home Evening, church callings, daily scripture study, temple visits:
No excuse to not go to the temple since it is 5 minutes away. The Laie temple has drop-in time am/afternoon for baptisms for deceased ancestors whose names have been sent to the Laie Temple. This baptismal ordinance “work” is a way for un-endowed students and those who have not served a mission, yet desire to give temple service.  Many of Laie temple ordinance workers are returned missionaries and/or young married couples.
Second: List all classes (on-line and classroom): days and times.
ThirdWORK –  many BYUH students work up to 19 hrs a week, so this is all plotted. Students receive an excel spread sheet of this calendar so they can change the day off work since often it may rotate through the week.
Fourth: Study Hours – Rate whether each class is easy/average/hard:
(1 hr class=1 hr study time), average (1 hr class=1.5 hr study time), hard (1 hr class-2hr study time).  Students working towards earning a 4.0 GPA and scholarships may choose to devote more time to study.
Fifth: Other: jogging, swimming, surfing (some get up at 6am to hit the surf before classes) dating, date time with spouse etc.
Elder McCollum is so busy with these calendars, that he uses a part-time library student worker to do some of the basic design which speeds up the process.  After the design work is complete, Elder McCollum meets one on one with each student to go over the calendar, making changes as necessary before the student receives a color-coded final calendar.  The student is also emailed their electronic version to update or juggle as needed, but never delete study hours!  If a study block must be moved, then find an empty position on the weekly calendar.
STUDY RULES: Never more than 1 hour of study in a row on a specific subject.   Try to do a subject’s homework shortly following the class.  After 2 hours of study, take a 15  minute break.  No Sunday study except for Religion classes.  Enjoy a day of rest. No late night homework. Try to make study hours like a day-job: 9-5. Once a students sets the study hours, stick to them.  If there is no homework or study necessary for a subject, then use the time to review previous chapters.
Robb & Kimberly McCollum enjoy buffet dinner at Turtle Bay Resort

Robb & Kimberly McCollum enjoy buffet dinner at nearby Turtle Bay Resort

Grandpa and Grandma McCollum enjoy the blessing of babysitting Samuel and Henry on a Friday evening so their parents can enjoy time together.
Saturday 7:45am Elders & Sisters: Noel and McCollum make their way through the quiet grounds of the Polynesian Cultural Center to find their way to that Tahiti Village.
Polynesian Islands

Polynesian Islands

On the way they come across this sign: RAPA NUI.  Why do we find this display at the PCC?
Strolling through the ground of PCC to find the Tahitian Village

Strolling through the grounds of PCC to find the Tahitian Village

FYI: According to Wikipedia, this is the name that has been given to the early inhabitants of Easter Islands. Easter Island belongs to the country of Chile (annexed in 1888) and it is the most southeastern of the Polynesian Island Triangle in the Pacific Ocean.  There are 887 monumental statues, called “Moai” that were created by the early Rapa Nui people.  In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within a National Park.

The Rapa Nui Polynesian people created a thriving and industrious culture as evidenced by the island’s numerous enormous stone moai and other artifacts. However, human activity, the introduction of the Polynesian rats and overpopulation led to gradual deforestation  and extinction of natural resources which severely weakened the Rapa Nui civilization.  By the time of European arrival in 1722, the island’s population had dropped to 2,000–3,000 from an estimated high of approximately 15,000 just a century earlier. European diseases and Peruvian slave trading in the 1860s further reduced the Rapa Nui population, to a low of only 111 inhabitants in 1877.

Replaca of the m stones

Replaca of the moai stones

Cave dwellings of early residents

Cave dwellings of early Rapa Nui people.

At the Tahitian Village, the McCollums, Noels and all the other guests enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, the highlight is freshly baked coconut bread!

Guests at the buffet table while others await the devotional.

Guests at the buffet table while others await the devotional. Sister McCollum in photo.

Sister McCollum is dressed in blue aloha wear, to the centre right of the photo.

The breakfast is followed by the Tahitian Flag raising ceremony and national anthem. Guests gather outside around the flag circle.

Tahitian Flag blowing on the windy morning.

Tahitian Flag blowing on the windy morning.

As you can see from the flag, the TRADE WINDS have returned.  Sister McCollum finds it VERY curious that as a native of Southern Alberta, the strong westerly winds were a threat to crops and a force of nature to be endured by residents.  Here on Oahu’s north shore, the return of the Trade Winds are like a best friend coming to visit.  The winds drive away the humid air and give comfort to the residents.

The choir for the devotional sings both in Tahitian and French.

The choir for the devotional sings both in Tahitian and French.

Notice the hanging tea tree grasses used to decorate of the village meeting house.

Tahiti is a bi-lingual country with both the Tahitian and French languages used in the country. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia. French Polynesia is a semi-autonomous territory of France with its own assembly, president, budget and laws. France’s influence is limited to subsidies, education and security.  Not too many Tahitian’s attend BYUH because of language implications; they must be tri-lingual. Tahitian’s speak their own language but then must learn and use French in the schools and government.  If they come to attend BYUH, they must also study and learn English, a third language for them. 

NOTE: At this devotional there was not any of the sensual Tahitian dancing!

The theme for the devotional:                                                                                                  English -“Decisions Determine Destiny”; French – “Nos Decisions Determinant Notre Destinee”; Tahitian – Na to tatou mau faaotiraa e aratai atu ia tatou i nia i tatou       tapaeraa hopea”. To go along with the these we sing Choose the Right in three languages.

A story is told about a young boy who wants to trick a wiseman. With a captured butterly in his hand the boy asks, “Is the butterfly alive or dead?”  To trick and disprove the old man, the boy, depending on the answer, will either squash the butterfly or open his hand to let the butterfly fly free.  The wiseman replies, “As you wish.  Life is in your own hand.”

President Grace, CEO of the PCC attends each monthly devotional.  Today he quotes Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series of novels, “It is not our talents but our choices that define who we will become.”  He also quotes from the scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants Section 1, verse 1: Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high…..hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the seas, listen together.”

Elder and Sister Keyes from Victoria BC attend the devotional.

Service Missionaries, Elder and Sister Keyes from Victoria BC attend the devotional.


Laie, Oahu McDonalds

Laie, Oahu McDonalds

Over 2.5 years ago, the building housing Laie’s McDonalds fast food chain was torn down; it needed upgrading.  The re-opening is a big long awaited event for town folk.  Elder and Sister McCollum wait a few weeks before making a visit and discover the restaurant in not “fast”.

Elder McCollum gets his order.

Elder McCollum gets his order.


Firstly, note the title.  Sister McCollum has not forgot how to “spell” Canadian English!

The beautiful blooms of the hibiscus, plumeria, bird of paradise and blue and yellow ginger are NOT the only colours to enjoy on Oahu’s north shore.

Just look across the street at the neighbour’s colourful clothes line!  Also note the out-door laundry room, very common in these parts.



On September 29th, Elder and Sister McCollum will mark NINE months of having served their mission.  They are at the half-way point of their eighteen month mission.  Time does fly when you are serving a mission.


    • Linda Arnold

      Wow what a great photo of you two. Looks like your mission has been very good for you. What amazing experiences. So fun to be with grandchildren while on your mission. We are doing well. Sending our love your way. Brian and Linda

  1. Petrina

    I always enjoy reading your posts, your example continues to inspire me and encourage me. I want one of Elder McCollum’s time organization spread sheets! What a valuable tool to help students manage their busy lives. I’m back in my college course this year and finding it challenging to fit everything in. What a blessing for the students in Hawaii.
    I love you both, Petrina.

  2. Marlene Whitehead

    Enjoyed your experiences as usual. Time seems to go by so fast. Imagine you are half way through already. Your photos show you both thriving. Lots of love!

  3. Glenda

    so much going on and keeping you busy. Love reading about all your activities. Love you both so much and keep the blog coming!!!

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