This "ULU" quilt was made sometime before 1914 by the girls of the first Kamehameha School and given to Ida Pope. It is now housed in the Lyman Museum. Thank you Barbara for displaying it for my talk. What a blessing!
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Sandee Bonura's PRESENTATION on the historic connection between HAWAII & Hotel Del Coronado
What a beauty!
Herald June 2015
Hilo, Hawaii LYMAN MUSEUM June 2015
Thank you Office of Hawaiian Affairs for supporting this November 2014 event!
HAWAIIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Iolani Palace speaking engagement
Ida May Pope: Haole Mother in Hawaii 1862-1914
Queen Liliokalani - The Picture of Grace
Honolulu Book Festival 2013
The Class of 1904
Ida May Pope, Katherine Pope and Lydia K. Aholo in Hana, Maui 1902
"Dear Charlie" (from Carrie Winter , 1890-1893 Honolulu to Boston)
1890 Honolulu by Barron Storey for Sandee Bonura
Sandee "Talking Story" at Native Books
Informal Book Talk at Native Books, Honolulu September 2012
American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: The Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter 1890-1893 Book Release - Native Books in Honolulu - First signing, September 2012
An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands Earns AAUP Outstanding Rating
Each year the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) compiles its University Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools Libraries, a bibliography of titles submitted by member presses as a tool for collection development. The books are rated by committees of public and secondary-school librarians from two divisions of the American Library Association.
In the 2013 collection, An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter, 1890–1893, received a top “Outstanding” rating. As defined by the selection process, Outstanding titles have “exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential additions to most library collections.”
" The use of Carrie Prudence Winter’s original letters is what allows this book to become a rare primary source on topics such as: women missionaries, the last days of Hawaii’s monarchy, and a long-distance 19th century courtship. Ms. Winter’s use of language paints a compelling picture, engaging a reader’s imagination while they learn of a world few knew so intimately.”—Stacey Hayman
An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands also was also one of three finalists in the biography category of this year’s San Diego Book Awards.
At her death in 1914, one alumna sobbed:
She gave the best part of her young life to develop in the Hawaiian girls a character of true womanhood. She was a woman of dignified, businesslike personality; firm yet kind, leading a life of true self-denial, sincerity, and all that makes a life of noble Christianity. She was a teacher, a principal, and above all, a mother and there is in the heart of every true Kamehameha girl a great “ALOHA” for her.
LIGHT IN THE QUEEN’S GARDEN: IDA MAY POPE, PIONEER for HAWAII’S DAUGHTERS (1862-1914):
Miss Ida M. Pope:
Ida May Pope c 1880
You came to our Islands at a time
When we needed you the most—
When women were thought to be
Some lesser creature.
You raised us out of ignorance and superstition
Into our rightful places in the sun.
You were our teacher, counsellor, doctor,
Confidante, friend, and
You taught us a lesson
We’ll never forget:
To think on things that are true and honest,
Just and pure,
And of good report.
You taught us always to uphold
The principles of Womanhood.
You taught us to love and befriend,
To clean, to feed, to help.
You made us Women.
1954 Kamehameha School for Girls class project
Lovely! Note Princess Kailauni's image worn around the neck.
Lyman Museum, Hilo Hawaii June 2015
tells Aholo’s story in an article titled “Lydia K. Aholo—Her Story, Recovering the Lost Voice,” written with Sally Witmer, in the 2013 issue of The Hawaiian Journal of History (volume 47).
The Queen and Lydia K. Aholo
EVENT FEBRUARY 14, 2014
IOLANI PALACE GROUNDS
The Hawaiian Historical Society members and friends heard the story of a remarkable woman who lived for more than a century and knew Queen Lili‘uokalani “as the only mother I had.” The woman—Lydia K. Aholo—was the subject of an illustrated talk presented by Sandra Bonura at the Society’s membership meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Kana‘ina Building (Old Archives Building) to a standing-room-only crowd.
Lydia Aholo was born February 26, 1878, in Lahaina, Maui, to Luther Aholo, minister of interior during the reign of Kalākaua. He had earlier represented Lahaina in the legislature and served as postmaster general. Her mother, Keahi, died shortly after Lydia’s birth, and she became the hānai daughter of Queen Lili‘uokalani. She was reared in the royal household, attending Kawaiaha‘o Female Seminary, Kamehameha School for Girls, and Oberlin College, where she studied music. She discussed her life with the queen and at school in oral history interviews with Helena Allen in 1969. She died at the age of 101 on July 7, 1979.
Sandra Bonura -An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter 1890-1893. This book includes love letters by a Kawaiaha‘o Female Seminary teacher to her fiancé that were found in a forgotten attic trunk. During her research for the book, Bonura located the taped interviews by Lydia Aholo and facilitated their return to Hawai‘i, where they are now held at Kamehameha Schools Archives.
THE CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY BLOG:
An Archival Trip to Hawaii Posted on November 20, 2013 by Archivist Barbara Austen
The Connecticut-Hawaii connection is still going strong. My post about Cooke’s letters home led to correspondence with a descendant of Cooke, which led to correspondence with scholars of Hawaiian history and educators in both Connecticut and Hawaii. The archivist at the Kamehameha Schools, Stacy Naipo, and her assistant Candace W. Lee , have offered to have their library assistants, their partners at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and college interns transcribe Amos’ letters for us (and them). This will be a great help since some of Cooke’s letters contain sentences and phrases in Hawaiian, which I would never understand. I have also made contact with a descendant of Henry Obookiah’s family, the person who brought Henry back to Hawaii for reburial, and a scholar in California, Sandee Bonura, who is writing about education in Hawaii and is interested in Amos Cooke. The circle widens
Governor Abercrombie holding rough draft of American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands
Queen Emma Day at the Palace October 2013 with my favorite "Daughter" Sally
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When Ida May Pope died unexpectedly in the summer of 1914, it was front-page news in virtually every publication in Hawaii. Remembered as Mother Pope, this gentle-but-tough Midwesterner was deeply mourned. It has been said that more people are affected by teachers than by any other occupation. Ida Pope lived her life with a passion of someone who believed this. With strength and perseverance, she led by example, and paved a way for Hawaii’s daughters to seek their own fulfillment. Her eulogist told the assembled mourners, “Someone should write the biography of Miss Ida Pope. It would make interesting reading.” A century later, here it is. May it tell her story honestly and lead us to press forward with the same passion and zeal.
I first discovered the indomitable Ida May Pope while reading antique love letters that had been retrieved from a steamer trunk found in a forgotten California attic. The trunk was crammed with century-old photographs, rare artifacts, and letters about life, love, politics, and education in nineteenth century Hawaii. The letters were from Carrie Winter, a Connecticut teacher who journeyed to Honolulu with Ida Pope. Each letter chronicling her three years with with Ida has been preserved in its original postmarked envelope. They were systematically transcribed, edited, researched and published in An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter (1890–1893) . As my research continued, the name, “Miss Pope” kept appearing in multiple collections of the era. I soon found myself intrigued by this woman, who inspired and motivated a multitude but had been historically ignored.
“Light in the Queen’s Garden” chronicles the life of Ida Pope, a transformational type of leader in any era, who was handpicked to establish the Kamehameha School for Girls. This institution was established in 1894 by the estate of Princess Pauahi, the last of the royal Kamehameha line, and dedicated to the education of girls of Hawaiian ancestry. When twenty eight year old Ida left Ohio, to accept a “temporary” teaching assignment in Honolulu, she couldn’t have imagined it would become a lifelong career of service to Hawaiian women. Nor could she have envisioned she would become closely involved in the greatest political turmoil the Hawaiians had ever experienced.
Ida’s personal impressions of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, her interactions with members of the group who overthrew the monarchy, and her account of the days leading up to the Revolution and long after, give an insider’s perspective on crucial events in Hawaiian history. Ida was present during the life celebrations of the last king of Hawaii, and then his sad death rituals. She then had the extraordinary opportunity to travel with the last queen of Hawaii on her controversial visit to the “leper colony” on the Island of Molokai. Liliuokalani’s adopted daughter, Lydia Kaonohiponiponiokalani Aholo, was placed in her care and Ida played a significant role in mothering Lydia and shaping her future, especially during the years the queen was involved in the fight to restore her kingdom.
Ida Pope’s firsthand account of the years that brought her pupils into womanhood during the annexation of their kingdom tells an important story about the Hawaiians and a rapidly changing world. Ida often portrayed her pupils as struggling under the weight of conflicting expectations imposed on them by the swiftly changing economy. To that end, she worked relentlessly to maintain relationships with important islanders, both Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians who could help young women advance in their society. Nowhere is this more evident than in her cordial but sometimes tense working relationships with two of the most influential and complex figures in Hawaii, the affluent Charles Reed Bishop and Queen Liliuokalani. As she worked with forces like the queen and Charles Bishop, Ida in turn became a force shaping society for future generations of Hawaiian women.
Over a week-long period in September 1969, Helena Allen recorded Lydia Aholo's oral history on one reel-to-reel magnetic tape. She later transferred this approximately three-hour tape onto individual cassettes. Allen also returned to Maunalani in January and June of 1970 to record “Miss Lydia’s” dictation by hand. Back home, Allen began compiling notes for the book with the focus on Lydia Aholo with the working title A Queen’s Daughter and then a few years later changed it to Through the Eyes of Love. In the late 70s, the title and direction changed to The Spirit of Liliuokalani: Queen Born out of Time and once a publishing contract with the Arthur H. Clark Company was secured; it was changed to its final title. Lydia would never read the book as she had hoped because she died three years prior to its 1982 release.
This 37 page article unfolds the "real" Lydia using both the tape recording and the transcript.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
LONG-LOST LETTERS REVEAL TUMULT IN PARADISE....
by THERESA WALKER
Published: Dec. 27, 2010
The scene plays out in Sandee Bonura's imagination like the opening of a Hollywood movie.
Carrie Prudence Winter, all of 23, steps off a steamship docked at the bustling Honolulu harbor. The year is 1890 and Carrie, a proper example of prim Victorian womanhood, is fresh out of college and in Hawaii as part of a three-year assignment to teach at the Kawaiaha'o Seminary for girls.
A scene from the Kawaiaha'o Seminary for girls in the 1890s where missionary teacher Carrie Prudence Winter, taught. Winter, 5,000 miles away from home and her fiancé, taught at the school during the most turbulent time in Hawaii's history.
Carrie was 5,000 miles away from home and walking into the most turbulent time in Hawaii's history.
Bonura, a professor at Chapman University and co-author of a book based on more than 100 handwritten letters Carrie sent overseas to her fiance, imagines Emma Watson from the "Harry Potter" films playing the young schoolteacher.
Over the two years spent bringing Carrie Winter back to life, they've been encouraged by Hawaiian scholars to keep going. Carrie was a Connecticut Yankee in the court of Queen Lili`uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch. The young teacher witnesses the tumultuous events that in 1893 led to the Queen's forced removal from her throne and the establishment of a provisional government backed by predominantly American planters and businessmen.
"Her letters are vivid," Bonura says. "She will put you right on a dusty street in Honolulu in 30 seconds."
That story was buried for decades inside a trunk hidden in the attic of the Berkeley home that she and Charles Kofoid shared.
During a roofing project in 2008 to prepare the house for sale, several trunks were found behind a support wall. Carrie's letters, written in tiny script on both sides of thin, delicate paper, were carefully stored in envelopes amid 100 years' worth of dust and dead insects.
The letters, along with rare photos, a botany collection, student essays and more, are housed in the Scripps archives, a small part of 40 cubic feet of Kofoid's legacy.
Many of the seminary girls were orphans or from poor families and attended the school with the financial help of Queen Lili`uokalani. Carrie's descriptions of the punishments doled out to the girls moved Day and Bonura to tears and anger. Discipline included whippings or being locked in a closet for such cultural infractions as speaking the Hawaiian language or dancing the Hula.