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How does culture influence primary teaching in Hawaii?

Primary Boy

While on our trip to Laie Hawaii we interviewed several primary teachers that work at the Polynesian Cultural Center to find out how culture has an influence on their teaching.

In this interview we visit with Misty Rose a floor manager at one of the restaurants at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie Hawaii.  She has taught a CTR 7 class for nearly 3 years and has always been in primary callings as an adult.  We learn from her how she deals with the challenges of teaching a class with so many different cultures blended together.  Her class and many primary classes in Hawaii can easily have children with heritage from Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Hawaii and many other diverse places.  It’s fascinating to hear her experiences. Our site visitors can enter to win a trip for 4 Hawaii here.

Bottom line is the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and touches lives all over the world. Follow the spirit which will guide and inspire you how to best touch your class as you pray for inspiration.

Visit the Laie Hawaii Temple and Visitors Center



The Laie Hawaii Temple and visitors center are breathtaking. Enter to win a trip for 4 to this amazing place here.  In this picture we capture the visitors center Sister Missionaries standing in front of the temple.  Over 60,000 visitors came to this visitors center this summer, nearly double previous summers traffic average for the past 20 years.  Why you might ask?  Elder and Sister Swinton shared with us the inspiration they received to invite buses full of Tourists from Mainland China to stop and visit instead of stopping on the road out front for a quick photo and then driving past.  Hear the full story from Elder Swinton and the sisters serving at the visitors center regarding missionary work being done in the following videos:


Laie Hawaii – The ultimate family vacation destination.

Before visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie Hawaii this past week, if you asked me the best place to take a family on vacation I would’ve said Disney World.  My opinion has completely changed.  I’ll share with you some of the amazing experiences in store for you and your family if you choose to visit or stay in Laie, Hawaii.  Enter to win a trip for 4 to this amazing place here.

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Laie and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So much better than staying in the tourist trap Waikiki. I highly recommend staying here as it’s walking distance to the Polynesian Cultural Center, amazing restaraunts, shops, the beach and attractions that will make your trip more memorable than Disney World.

Here are some fun short videos I took of families enjoying the activities in the #polynesianculturalcenter Continue reading

Our favorite summer tradition

I thought I would share one of my favorite summer traditions with you today.  Some traditions are passed down from one generation to the next.  Other traditions can be started with you and your family.

Our tradition is very simple and yet has become very meaningful to our family.  What is this tradition you ask?  Well, a couple of years ago it started by packing up some food, board/card game, soccer ball, frisbee, etc. and taking our meal outside once a week.

We choose a different location each time (mountains, park, swimming pool, concert, etc.), and we choose different activities each time but the most important thing is it has become dedicated time for us to eat, talk and play together.

One of our favorite games right now is Tapple….(pictured here):

It has been fun to get out of the house, enjoy different parks/scenery and spend some one-on-one time together. We all look forward to our meal outside…without electronics and daily distractions.

Our family traditions are important, because they help our children see the value and priority we place on family, particularly OUR family.  What are some traditions you’ve started with your family?