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Thursday, September 26, 2013

REMARKABLE WOMEN OF HAWAII


Last month the Hawaii Council for the Humanities hosted the 7th Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program.  Click on that link for details.


In 1883 Mother Marianne Cope and six sisters of Saint Francis arrived in Hawaii to help Hansen's disease patients on the island of Molokai.  My wife Pearl was especially linked to St. Francis because she earned a nursing degree from their program and worked there on several occasions.  Alas, St. Francis hospitals shut down operations two years ago.  We had to visit the statue of St. Francis of Assisi in Rome, which was the work of Giuseppe Tonnini in 1927, 700 years after Saint Assisi's death.  During the past year Saint Marianne of Molokai was canonized.  I noticed that the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities are hosting a gathering in Pittsburgh, where two trips to Hawaii next week will be raffled.

This past Sunday, Oahuan Meredith Novack swam from Lanai to Maui AND BACK, breaking the Guinness record held by a man, Peter Attia.  The swim was roughly twenty miles, taking her 11 hours and a close encounter with a 15-foot tiger shark (she did have an electronic shark shield).  You can donate to her cause.  The Surf Channel will air her accomplishment.

Then, on Monday, First Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen, wearing an 80 pound explosive ordnance disposal suit, ran a mile on the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus in 11 minutes and 6 seconds, breaking the existing record by more than two minutes.  I find this awesome because she would have lapped me in the process.



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