September 6, 2002

6 September 2002

Today in the Marist Parish where I am staying, after Mass with the local school children, we blessed a statue of Mary, Star of the Sea. It is situated in the school grounds and is a memorial to a fallen marine. I was asked to sing at the blessing. I sang Ka Waiata kia Maria. I believe our little ceremony will be on Hawaiian Television tonight. One of the teachers at the school, Keith Haugen is an accomplished songwriter and musician here in Hawaii. He is a personal friend of John Rowles. His wife is Hawaiian. Keith along with others have been instrumental in the recovery programme of the Hawaiian Language. He was telling me that they have modelled the programme on our Kohanga reo.