You may know Brigham Young as the famous Mormon university in Utah, but did you know that BYU also has a 2,500-student campus in the small, beautiful community of Laie, Hawaii, historically known as a "place of refuge"? The Latter-Day Saints have been in Hawaii since the mid-19th century, long before the archipelago became the 50th state. As a faith-based school, BYU cares for each student's academic, spiritual, and professional development. At this top Hawaiian college, professors are known for their mentoring and time spent with students outside of classes. The Polynesian Cultural Center, a major visitor attraction, was founded by the LDS in 1955 and has since developed a strong relationship with BYU: over 700 students per year work there, gaining experience and financial support for their studies.