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Alumni - Where are They Now?
Welcome to the first installment of Alumni-Where are They Now?
This quarter, we honor Rose Marie Duey, Sacred Hearts School Alumnus who graduated in 1954.
Activisim....taking action to bring about change. Rose Duey has devoted her life to activism, and we applaud her for it. She follows the path set by her ancestors in doing what is pono for the people of Maui and the 'aina.
Rose Marie's activism begins with her work at Alu Like, Inc. but certainly does not end there. She has been involved with so many worthwhile causes, we don't have the space to list them all! They span from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to a rehab home for addicted mothers, to the Girl Scouts of America.
Her most recent act of giving back was to agree to come speak to our very own Sacred Hearts Students.
Her story is below. Read on!
Twice a week Rose Marie Duey, Class of 1954, meets for hot chocolate at IHOP with a few of her Sacred Hearts School 8th grade classmates! She stopped by Room 8 in May to visit the Class of 2014 and stayed to be interviewed by the Class of 2013 who chose her to be the Distinguished Alumni at their graduation ceremony on May 22nd. Not only did she share dozens of memories, she was full of interesting information. For example, her 8th grade classmate, Robert Andrade, was the school bus driver! He would drive the school bus to pick up students and then come into class after his route. No worries about permits or licenses then. When asked where she went to high school, Rose Marie explained that the Pali was a single lane so it took quite a long time to get to St. Anthony High School. After one semester, her father decided Lahainaluna was a better choice. At Sacred Hearts, Kindergarten and 8th grade were her favorite grades and her best subject was math because she finally started to comprehend that math was in everything. “If I wanted to make a recipe, sew a dress, math was important,” she realized.
She named every nun at the school during her nine years at Sacred Hearts but she especially remembered Sister Mary Anthony, a very short but powerful nun who had a look that you knew meant, “Go to the closet “ or “get spanked with a yardstick or a ping pong paddle”. Sister Doreen was her favorite because “she was always with us. She would roll up her sleeves and pin them to her habit and play baseball and basketball with the us every day.” Rose Marie told the students that Pioneer Mill owned the field where the Spinnaker Apartments are today but they allowed the students to use it so that is where sports were played. When asked by Zoe Hirschson how it was having nuns for teachers, Rose Marie responded, “I wonder how you students function without them. They were the symbols of virtue for us. We enjoyed knowing the guidelines, knowing how far we could go. We made sure we were prepared for the assignment. We needed consequences.” Yes, the students really would write 100 times on the board what their infraction was and what they would not do again.
What a storyteller Rose Marie is. The 8th graders learned how about opelu fishing and why some students came to school smelling like fish or came to school with red feet (red dirt from Ka’anapali). She was very clear in explaining, “All of the values that I’ve learned were from Sacred Hearts.” Dylan West asked her what her interests are now and she said that she continues to focus on trying “to help our Hawaiian people” so that they can be “Born Again Hawaiian” and get the proper training and skills necessary to hold a job. This is done through her over 33 years working for Alu Like, a private, non-profit for building self-sufficiency amongst Hawaiians. Ka’elo Lindsey was especially proud to ask questions of his auntie and along with the other students was paying close attention when she summed up that Sacred Hearts School taught her the value “Hard Work Pays Off”.
Rose Marie is a brilliant example of what it means to be an active participant on the journey of life and to uphold the values we stand for at Sacred Hearts. We are proud to count her as a
Distinguished Alumnus. For a list of previous alumni honored, stop by the school office to see our plaque.