Three principles for success in starting a business

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, August 2008]

An entrepreneurship professor at the BYU Marriott School of Management told BYU-Hawaii business students they don’t necessarily need a lot of experience, exceptional training or even much money to start a successful business.

Gary Williams [pictured at right], a successful entrepreneur in Utah before joining the BYU business school faculty three years ago, shared three principles on Sept. 23 with the BYU-Hawaii students that could help them “evolve into entrepreneurs.”

Number one: “Don’t kill yourself trying to change the world.”

“Some of the best companies out there didn’t change the world,” said Williams, who encouraged budding BYU-Hawaii entrepreneurs to “search for the not so elusive angle, or new twists on something that already exists.”

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Rapa Nui leader pays official visit to BYU-Hawaii, PCC

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” April 11, 2005

Alberto HotusIn February 2004 when Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Quorum of the Twelve served in residence as President of the Chile Area, he became the first LDS Apostle to visit Easter Island — or Rapa Nui as its approximately 2,500 Polynesian inhabitants call their isolated homeland, which has had a small branch of members since 1981 and is currently part of the Chile Santiago North Mission.

While on Easter Island, Elder Holland invited Alberto Hotus [pictured at right], 75, president of the hereditary council of elders and a former mayor of Rapa Nui, to visit BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Easter Island, considered one of the most remote spots in the world, is located about halfway between Chile and Tahiti and is world-famous for its large stone statues or moai. It has been a part of Chile since 1888.

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Chinese religious studies delegation visits BYU-Hawaii

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” October 8, 2004]

A delegation of 10 faculty and staff from the China Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of World Religions in Beijing spent October 7-8, 2004, at BYU-Hawaii where they toured the campus, experienced the Polynesian Cultural Center, and held a roundtable discussion with faculty members.

The group stopped over on their way home from BYU in Provo where they participated in an academic exchange and attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School’s 11th annual international symposium on law and religion.

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BYUH students learn about service dogs

[Story and photos by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” March 5, 2009]

Susan LuehrsBrigham Young University Hawaii Honors students learned in their colloquium on March 4 about a unique program in nearby Kahuku — one of only 40 in the world — fully accredited to train highly skilled service dogs to help disabled people, and how they differ from other assistance, therapeutic and “seeing eye” guide dogs as well as other service animals.

Susan Luehrs [pictured at right], Executive Director of Hawaii Fi-Do, which is based in the makai parking lot of Kahuku Medical Center, was a special education teacher at Kahuku High when she first got involved with training the unique dogs in 1999 as a way to help her students. She brought Ehu [pictured below: the name refers to its hair color], a year-old Labradoodle that is part of the program, who lay quietly near Luehrs for most of the presentation. Labradoodles are an evolving hybrid originally cross-bred in Australia between Labrador Retrievers and Poodles for their temperament and low-shedding hypoallergenic fur.

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Desperately needed products

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” January 20, 2004]

Humanitarian marketing: selling desperately needed
products for people who can’t afford to buy them

Will HartzwellThe co-founder and partner in a unique water pasteurization equipment company with widespread potential in developing countries faces the challenge of trying to market a desperately needed product to people who can’t afford to buy it.

Will Hartzwell [pictured at right], president of the Honolulu-based Safe Water Systems, told BYU-Hawaii business students in the Jan. 20 Entrepreneurship Lecture Series that he and his partner formed their company about nine years ago with the “very powerful humanitarian mission…to significantly improve the health quality of life worldwide” through clean water.

“Our philosophy is the more we make, the more we can help people…and benefit the entire world,” he said.

Hartzwell shared some startling statistics: [Read more…]

The ‘big payday most entrepreneurs dream of’

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” September 12, 2006]

A Honolulu attorney advises business students on exit strategies

In the first entrepreneurship lecture of Fall Semester 2006, Honolulu attorney Larry Gilbert provided BYU-Hawaii School of Business students with “some real world lessons” on the “big payday most entrepreneurs dream of” — the exit, or selling off a start-up company.

“I will tell you what they never taught me about [exits] in school or law practice,” said Gilbert, of counsel with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers and an expert in providing legal and management assistance to technology growth companies who has been personally involved in three exits.

Speaking in the McKay Auditorium on September 12, Gilbert said exits typically fall into three categories: IPOs — initial public offerings of stock, acquisitions or mergers, and organic or cost-effective growth from within.

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Effective habits of entrepreneurship

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” September 11, 2007]

Stephen GibsonStephen W. Gibson [pictured on the right], the new Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the BYU-Hawaii Mark and Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship shared seven highly effective habits with School of Business students during the first lecture in the CIE’s 2007-08 series.

Gibson, who sold his multi-state medical oxygen business in 1993 and then became an entrepreneurship professor at BYU in Provo, is perhaps better known here at this point for participating in the CIE’s annual business plan competitions. In 1999 he and his wife, Bette, founded the Academy for Creative Enterprise (ACE) in Cebu, Philippines; and he was named the BYU-Hawaii Executive of the Year in 2002. He also recently started the Utah Angels, a venture capital group that helps aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Shakespeare scholar explains value of Bard’s first folios

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” February 13, 2009]

Prof. Neil Freeman

A prominent Shakespeare scholar who is on campus co-directing the Brigham Young University Hawaii Fine Arts production of Twelth Night, detailed to students in the February 12 Honors Program colloquium in McKay 101 how 18th century-through-modern editors of Shakespeare’s plays have removed or altered many intrinsic directions found in the Bard’s first folio printings.

Professor Neil Freeman [pictured at left] — originally from Southport, England, and a weekly stock actor, author, lecturer, director, John Gielgud Scholar at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, current professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and Shakespeare consultant at numerous other universities, theaters and festivals — is an authority on using Shakespeare’s original scripts. He has also been associated with BYU Provo and BYU-Hawaii for 20-plus years.

The white-bearded Freeman, whose presentation was filled with dramatic flair and interaction, recalled when he first started looking at “what we call the old scripts, the stuff that was given to the first actors, it was like a light bulb going off in my head… I promise you, if you gave a modern edition of Shakespeare into the original actors’ hands, they wouldn’t understand a thing, because of the way things have been set down on paper and totally revamped. They’re totally different now than what they were before.”

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Missionary explains Book of Mormon ‘wordprint’ analysis

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii “Newsroom,” April 17, 2007]

Elder Gale Bryce [pictured at right], a volunteer service missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, explained in the heavily attended April 17. 2007. BYUH School of Computing InForm meeting how two former colleagues used “wordprint” statistical analyses to authenticate Book of Mormon authorship.

Elder Bryce — retired BYU Provo Associate Dean of the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences and former chairman of its Statistics Department who now helps PCC with quality assurance analyses — explained wordprints are analagous to fingerprints: “They are based on the theory that an author develops subconscious habits over time in the way he or she writes.” He added his colleagues, Wayne Larsen and Alvin Rencher, used statistical analysis software he partially developed to help us understand how the Book of Mormon was translated and who wrote it.

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History missionary traces close PCC/BYU-Hawaii ties

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Published originally in the online  BYU-Hawaii “Newsroom,” September 26, 2003]

Elder BritschElder R. Lanier Britsch [pictured at left], a service missionary working on writing the 40-year history of the Polynesian Cultural Center, traced the close ties between BYU-Hawaii and the popular visitor attraction during the University’s Sept. 25 devotional address.

“The history of the Polynesian Cultural Center is closely bound to BYU-Hawaii,” said Elder Britsch, the former BYUH Vice President of Academics and author of several history books on the growth of the Church in Asia and the Pacific. He is collaborating with the Center’s first employee and long-time executive, T. David Hannemann, on the PCC history book.

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Elder Ballard speaks on BYUH, PCC impact

[Story by Mike Foley: Published originally in the BYU-Hawaii online “Newsroom,” June 11, 2008]

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the TwelveElder M. Russell Ballard [pictured at left] of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, emphasized the importance of the generosity of members of the BYU-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Center President’s Leadership Council (PLC) at their April 7, 2008, meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, by underscoring the role the Lord would have the sister institutions accomplish, especially in Asia.

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China journal: Shanghai’d!

[Blog and photos by Mike Foley: Originally published July 17, 2009]

Shanghai, 2006, with the Yellow River and Bund in the foreground

In July 2006 a small group of BYU–Hawaii students, professors and family, and I participated in the China Study Abroad program that took us to Shanghai for four weeks of intensive Mandarin and other coursework at Fudan University, followed by a week of touring around Beijing.

Though I have already forgotten most of the Mandarin we learned, the rest of the experience was unforgettable for me. I published quite a few of my impressions in the BYUH Alumni Blog at the time, but those are now well buried . . . and I thought I would reprise  some of them here.

[More photo caption: The central commercial district pictured is just a small part of Shanghai’s skyline which, with a population of approximately 17 million when we were there, was said to be punctuated with over 2,000 high-rise buildings.] [Read more…]

Nearly 1,000 attend Iosepa launch

Almost 1,000 people attended a community-wide launching ceremony for BYU-Hawaii’s 57-foot traditional twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, Iosepa, held May 5, 2009, at Hukilau Beach in Laie.

I have been writing stories and taking photos of the Iosepa since the logs first arrived from Fiji in February 2001…and thought you might enjoy these most recent images of this amazing canoe and the community’s response to it.