OKAKOPA/October: Conference, Birthdays and Harvest

OKAKOPA (pronounced O-cah-koh-pah)= OCTOBER

Of course, you certainly don’t have to be able to speak Hawaiian to get around in the Hawaiian Islands because you will seldom hear a conversation spoken in Hawaiian.  You WILL hear a lot of beautiful music using Hawaiian language lyrics.

You will find that a knowledge of the Hawaiian language is most useful when pronouncing the names of towns, streets and people.

Ho-no-lu-lu, Ka-ne-o-ha, Hai

Ho-no-lu-lu , Ka-ne-o-ha, Ha-la-wa

Here is a quick lesson.

PROUNCING HAWAIIAN WORDS: The Hawaiian alphabet was developed to have only one symbol for each sound and uses only 12 letters. Pronunciation rules have few exceptions.

Rule 1. Break up the word. Hawaiian often makes wide use of many compound words.  (usually a consonant and followed by a vowel/vowels)

Rule 2. Symbols:

– okina or [ ‘ ].    It is used in many words, example La’ie.  It is the symbol for a short break.

– macron [ ¯  ] over a vowel extends the sound.

Rule 3. Vowel sounds:

a    makes a “ah” sound like the a in “father”

e makes an “eh” sound like the e in “resume” or “play

i makes an “e” sound like the e in “easy”

o makes a short “oh” sound like the o in “pole”

u makes an “oo” sound like the oo in “moo

Vowel combinations:

ai = sounds like “eye”

au = sounds like “c-ow

Example: the town of Hau’ula  – Ha-u’-la  (phonetically: Haa- oo- lah)

Rule 4. Most consonants (with some exceptions ) are the same as pronounced in English. h,k,l,m,n,p, and w

*In the Hawaiian language a consonant is always followed by a vowel which also means all Hawaiian words end in a vowel.

*Inside of words, W may sound like V.


OK! Let’s have some fun and see if you can learn to say the name of the smallest fish in Hawaii, yet it has a very long name: Humuhumunukunukuapua

REMEMBER: a consonant is always followed by a vowel

Hu-mu–hu- mu–ku-nu-ku – a–pu –a

Pronounce the name of the town where Elder and Sister McCollum live:                     La’ie –  (Phonetic Pronounciation:  L-ah- ee- eh! )  it has a little bit of Canada in the pronunciation, eh!

FACT: A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten her whole name to fit on her driver’s license and state identification card.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele  (KAY’-ee-hah-nah-EE’-coo-COW’-ah-KAH’-hee-HOO’-lee-heh-eh-KAH’-how-NAH-eh-leh) received her new license and ID after her campaign to have her full name on her license.  The state Department of Transportation, Hawaii  changed its policy and expand the number of characters on the license/identification.

The new policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.


It’s October! Canadian’s celebrate Thanksgiving and locals harvest coconuts. Elder McCollum takes harvest photos from across the street on the front patio.  Thanks go out to the “ground spotter” for sharing the harvest technique!

Coconut Palms sway in the strong trade winds.

Coconut Palms sway in the strong trade winds.

Notice the worker near the top.

Notice the worker near the top.



Down come the coconuts!

Down come the coconuts!

Trimming the branches too

Trimming the branches too

Moving on to the next tree.

Moving on to the next tree.


Faculty Meeting with new BYUH President John Tanner:  In preparation for this meeting, faculty are asked to read from the ground breaking and dedicatory prayers associated with BYUH, formally called the Church College of Hawaii.

President and Sister Tanner

President and Sister Tanner

February 12, 1955  Quote from Dedicatory Prayer (given by prophet David O. McKay) at the Church College of Hawaii, (now BYU Hawaii):

“…Our Heavenly Father, we feel that the channels of communication between Thee and us have been opened on this sacred occasion….. the breaking of ground for the Church College of Hawaii…… We dedicate our actions ….. that this college, and the temple, and the town of Laie may become a missionary factor, influencing not thousands, not tens of thousands, but millions of people who will come seeking to know what this town and its significance are….”

This “prophecy” has certainly come to pass as thousands of visitors every week pass through the gates of the Polynesian Cultural Centre, learning about Polynesian heritage as portrayed by the  BYUH students and locals of the town of Laie.

 December 1958 – David O McKay “…..the paramount ideal permeating all education—in the grades[elementary school], high school, throughout college and university—should be more spiritual than economic for the good of our country….”

 January 26, 1973 –Dedication of the Aloha Center on BYUH campus by Marion G. Romney of the first presidency of the LDS church “….. we do not anticipate that the Church College of Hawaii will ever become an institution with a large enrollment, we do desire and we expect the spiritual and academic and social life to be as rich as possible. ….We hope, too, that those who instruct here are ever willing to see ……the mere accumulation of facts is an empty exercise….without pursuing  and …..learning from fundamental values and truths. ….. Individuals who share the teachings of the Master Teacher have an opportunity to develop appreciation, tolerance, and esteem for one another….”

——- These three historical and spiritual documents are the background material for the discussion and brain storming about what BYUH should “look-like” in 30 years!

185th October General Conference of the                                                          Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Every fall as the first Saturday/Sunday of October arrive, Elder and Sister McCollum happily enjoy hearing from the prophet, apostles and general authorities of the Church.

For the first time in over a century the membership of the church sustain three new apostles to the quorum of the twelve:  Elders Rasband, Stevenson and Renlund who fill vacancies left with the recent passing of Elders: Packer, Perry and Scott.  This is a historic and memorable conference.  During this worldwide conference, speakers advise listeners on a variety of subjects: keeping the Sabbath, the influence of women in the church, Christ’s atonement etc.  Elder Hales advices finding a marriage partner…  particularly applicable to many students on BYUH campus…don’t marry perfection but potential.”

Conference Center Salt Lake City, Utah

Conference Center Salt Lake City, Utah

BUT Elder and Sister McCollum also remember Glen, their 3rd child’s birth which falls the same weekend….

Baby Glen McCollum & his parents 1974

Baby Glen McCollum & his parents 1974

AND…. grandson Henry’s birthday is one day before his Uncle Glen.

Grandson Henry wearing this "3rd" Happy Birthd;ay shirt

Grandson Henry wearing this new 3rd birthday shirt


The two new Hales are built on the original foundations of the first and second floors and a third floor was added on top. The old Hales were built by “labor missionaries” several years ago.


400 young men on campus move into the newly remodeled three storey Hales 3 and 5.  Check-in took a lot of planning: 5 people every 10 minutes from 4-10 pm for 3 days. Before the move-in day, an open house is held.

Elder and Sister McCollum tour the  a spacious courtyard, computer labs, large communal kitchen on each floor, a large lounge (with a pool table) on each of the main floors, an elevator and more natural ventilation (but no A/C). Each apartment/unit has three bedrooms (2 beds, desks, closets in each), a bathroom with two: sinks, showers, toilets, and a small kitchen with sink, cupboards, fridge, stove, microwave and table/chairs.  There is also an apartment for each of the Hale “parents”.

Students say the new Hales are: “…spacious, clean, cockroach free…”


1. Theatre – Drama classes present the “March Tale” set in 1603, London and Stratford England.  The tale has 3 love-story lines: William Shakespeare & Anne Hahaway; a young woman a part of Queen Elizabeth court; a young man part of Shakespeare’s theatre troupe.  The final scene Will tells Anne he plans to still write but his family will be his top priority.  Well done.

Will and Anne

Will and Anne

Elizabeth 1 and her lady in waiting

Elizabeth 1 and her lady in waiting

2. Concert – University Brass Ensemble lead by Dr. David Kammerer and the University Chorale lead by his wife Elizabeth Kammerer perform beautifully for a packed audience.  Sister Kammerer reminds some of the local polynesians in the audience that the event is a formal concert and not a rock concert so no cheering sections!

3. Drums – The loud percussion sounds of the Tahitian style drummers, Ka Pa Kani Ko’ele O Laie fill every inch of the McKay Auditorium.  The non-profit HEA (Helping Every Angel) children’s dance  group performs various Polynesian dances to the wide variety of drum rhythms.  It was a hand clapping foot stomping event!


Ka Pa Kani Koe’ele O Laie Drumers

Then the stage is cleared and the SHAKA STEEL DRUM performance begins.  Yet another opportunity for the audience to really gets into the calypso and light jazz music! Elder and Sister McCollum remember their first steel drum entertainment experience back in the summer of 1968 when they lived in Toronto and attended “Carribana” on Toronto Island. Back then the drums were made from recycled oil barrels!


Shaka Steel Drums

4.Fashion Show – sponsored by the the student Fashion/Theatre Club and the Honor Code office.  NOTE;  Only Sister McCollum attended.



Other Fashions....

Other Fashions….

The Centre for Academic Success (CAS)

CAS participated in a Pirate theme Library activity.

Get to Know the Library - Pirate Activity

Get to Know the Library – Pirate Activity

Sister McCollum wears pirate gear borrowed from her grandsons.

Sister McCollum wears pirate gear borrowed from her grandsons.

Library Study Hall with its Fall Decorations

Library Study Hall with its Fall Decorations

The Centre is mighty busy throughout October.  Sister McCollum takes time to “dot” the world map showing students home lands.



From Thursday – Saturday October 29-31st students will be in stress mode as Fall Semester Exams take place.


  1. Bob & Orleta

    Sam, love your ’74 smile & orange shirt! Jeanine, you make a good pirate! Keep up the good work! We love you!

  2. Bob & Orleta

    Mahala! We’re finishing trip to UT & AZ for funeral & visiting friends/relatives in good/poor health. Also chance to visit Grand Canyon and Orleta’s stomping grounds. From SLC, put 1670 miles on rental car in week — how many times around Oahu would that be?

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