Dominican Sisters

Steve Murray
Wednesday - September 28, 2005
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Dominican Sisters of Hawaii

It seems those musical sisters are at it again. Still looking to raise money for their elderly care and non-denominational worship center, God’s House of Aloha, the Dominican Sisters are again turning to music to lure in partygoers and bring in the much-needed finances for this important project.

“There is a big need in Hawaii for a care center, and there is a greater number of people looking for a place of peace and a place for prayer,” says Sister Leonarda Montealto, the Dominican Sisters of Hawaii Regional Superior.

At $6 million, the project isn’t a cheap one, but no home in Hawaii is - not even one intended for spiritual fulfillment and the care of our kupuna. Their last fundraiser in 2003 brought in ‘80s mild rock band Air Supply. This time the sisters are going for something a bit smaller, but no doubt just as much fun. The Oct. 8 event combines dining and ballroom dancing - plus some hot tunes by the sisters themselves.

“The Dominican Sisters are very musical and we love to sing,” she notes.

To be held at the Pacific Beach Hotel’s grand ballroom, the special event was the brainchild of Imelda Abamoanga, a Hawaii friend and benefactor of the sisters. “It was all her idea,” Sister Leonarda says.

Originally, the plan was for the center to be built in Waialua. But when the perfect spot along the Leeward coast became available, the sisters jumped at it. The new property already contains two buildings, one of which will eventually house the sisters and the residents. The other building will contain the house of prayer. The plans call for construction to begin in mid-April with completion slated for 2007. The hope is to provide services to 35 residents, but the worship center will be open to everyone.

The order of the Dominicans was founded by Dominic de Guzman in 1170. His goal was to educate priests in talking their message to the people. Today, the sisters’ mission is to carry on Father de Guzman’s work while “embracing the kaleidoscope of cultures and nationalities in meeting global needs, joyfully working independently, sharing our common vision, hopes and dreams.”

For an evening of great food and dancing, while helping out the aunties and uncles who will benefit from the sisters’ work, call Sister Aurelia Sanchez at the Dominican Center, 677-1202, Sister Rosario at Saint Elizabeth’s, 488-5322, or Sister Merced at Saint John the Baptist, 841-5551.

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