These are great photos (not bad for a Wal-Mart special.)
What I would like to know is how did you ever keep your attention focused on your classwork with a clear view of the beach so close and the sweet smells of the sugar cane burning?
Thanks for sharing these photos and tidbits of your childhood memories. This was a very interesting post.
I was in my final year in college when Iniki hit, but my family's house in Waimea took extensive damage. Took years to repair.
Yes, I grew up for 10 years on Kauai. I consider Kauai home and Kekaha & Waimea my hometowns. It was a great experience to say the least. Many of my friends now reside on Oahu, so I visit them often there.
I hope to move back, at least to build a vacation home for me and my family (parents). Plan to retire there unless I have a family of my own.
It was a tremendous growing experience to say the least. One of the few haoles that passes for a local lol.
Tito, would you believe one of our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity just returned from St. Theresa's today amid snowy skies here in Wisconsin?! Sister Adrianna reported that all of our Franciscan Sisters are doing well in Kekaha. Mary Jean Buza-Sims is really doing a great job as principal. We are planning on doing some filming of our ministries in that beautiful oceanside location. I alerted more of my Sisters to your blog entry hoping that they would also leave a comment. Peace and all good.
Sister Julie Ann Sheahan,
Thank you for your kind comments. I surelly miss my school, island, and friends the most. St. Theresa (Catholic) School (or STS as we call it) is certainly needed on the island for the Catholics living there.
Let's pray for the continuous improvement of all the sisters and teachers there for the proper education and catachesis of all the children (keiki in Hawaiian).
In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,
What wonderful memories! Seeing the pictures of St. Theresa and the surrounding area of Kekaha filled my mind and my heart with so much good. I spent five years there living and working with the wonderful people of St. Theresa Parish. What a blessing in my life that time has been.
I am Sister Myra Jean, one of the many Franciscan Sisters who shared the life of the people there. I came to love them and to appreciate the beauty of the life they live. There is a spirit of o’hana that still fills my heart. I am so blessed to have taught the upper grades. Memories of class trips, graduations, May Day Programs, singing with the adult choir, sharing faith during the Mass, are still vivid for me.
We experienced Hurricane Iniki together. There was many an evening that we spent with island friends who supported us through the loss of our convent home and our school. The difficult times just bound us more closely to each other. It is good to see and hear from the Sisters there that the school is doing well and the people are still so loving and caring toward each other.
I pray for the good of the people of the islands. I have a blessed treasure of memories from there. Mahalo to all those who helped to make that treasure so rich.
Sister Myra Jean
My wife, born Susan Chalmers, in 1947, believes that she was baptized in St. Theresa Church. Our daughter now wants her to see if the records of that baptism still exist. From your blog, I see that the church burned down, so records may be lost. Do you know how we can contact the church (without traveling to Kauai)?
Her father, Roy Chalmers, worked in a nearby sugar cane mill for a couple of years in the late 40s before moving permanently to California. His father, George Chalmers, was, I am told, instrumental in the erection of the first St. George's Church at Waimanalo.
Thank you for posting the pictures of the church.
Hello,I'm fr.Canada and I was in kauai Jan.22,2011.Went to tour the island with relatives.Went to see Holy Cross Church and had no time to go inside St. Theresa's.Thank you so much for your pics. I'll make sure to go in next time and say a prayer of thanks,hope in the near future.I'll also pray to GOD to keep away hurricanes coming to your beautiful island.Mahalo..dory..
I came across your blog, I like the photos and remembrance. I loved the old church, more character...and the school: beach, highway, and classrooms. I left Kauai years before the hurricanes hit, never went back (too busy, or so I tell myself)...but I still remember.
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