On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in the Cannon Activities Center, Elder Jeffery R. Holland, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and member of the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young University–Hawaii, formally installed Dr. John S.K. Kauwe III as BYU–Hawaii’s eleventh president. The Inauguration Ceremony included a musical number from the BYU–Hawaii Concert Choir and greetings from representatives from the community, faculty, students, and alumni. The ceremony also included remarks from Elder Clark G. Gilbert, General Authority Seventy of the Church and commissioner of the Church Educational System, and Elder Holland. Read the full recap of the inauguration.
"For ye are all children of God. For ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
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"President Kauwe, we, as faculty, will seek for unity, diversity, inclusion, and equity to navigate our university to a new academic harbor under your wise leadership as the first Native Hawaiian president and the eleventh president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii."
"If I had to describe the Kauwes in one word, it would be LOVE. The Kauwes love you. Their love for you is evident in the way that they serve. They pray for you and your families. Everything they do is to ensure your happiness and success."
"Today we inaugurate a bright, educated, and administratively capable president, but above all we inaugurate a president who wants to do what the Lord directs him to do. President Kauwe is interested in the future of this school as he receives prophetic guidance."
"I testify to you that this university is a vital part of God’s work on earth. He has established it through His prophets to educate His children and help them make and keep sacred covenants. Through honoring those covenants, we learn more of our Savior, grow closer to Him, and become more like Him."
"I confer upon you all the rights, responsibilities, authority, and prerogatives necessary to act as the university’s chief executive officer, institutional spokesman, and overseer of its assets."
"Those great purposes of BYU–Hawaii will demand the very best of us. They will demand the very best of Keoni Kauwe. We have looked far and wide to find the very best to lead out in this next chapter of the quest."