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Laie can grow while yet staying 'country'

By Kalolaine Mataele Soukop

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 06, 2013

~~<p>When I graduated from the Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University-Hawaii) in 1962, Laie seemed to have reached a turning point. The college was now a fully accredited four-year university. The Polynesian Cultural Center was under construction and would soon become internationally known while providing local jobs. Everyone &mdash; and I mean everyone &mdash; was working hard to build this community, to bring opportunity to the families living in this special place.</p>
<p>In those days, Laie families could see a viable future for their children. But now, grandparents and parents are unsure the next generation can hang on in their hometown. They are worried about losing the community's family-centered life that has fostered many generations.</p>
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When I graduated from the Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University-Hawaii) in 1962, Laie seemed to have reached a turning point. The college was now a fully accredited four-year university. The Polynesian Cultural Center was under construction and would soon become internationally known while providing local jobs. Everyone — and I mean everyone — was working hard to build this community, to bring opportunity to the families living in this special place.

In those days, Laie families could see a viable future for their children. But now, grandparents and parents are unsure the next generation can hang on in their hometown. They are worried about losing the community's family-centered life that has fostered many generations. Login for more...



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