Uncle Hartwell, a beloved member of the Cathedral, died on January 29, 2019. His funeral was held on March 1. Because of his long and devoted service to the Cathedral and our community, he was honored by a special Evensong on June 2, 2019, with the Cathedral Choir and Orvis choral scholars, under the direction of Music Director Todd Beckham. Service music featured Charles Villiers Stanford’s Evening Service in C, as well as the anthem, Evening Hymn by Henry Balfour Gardner.
Here are some slides from this event (photos by Ann Hansen):
Following is a tribute from Nohona Hawai‘i, formerly known as the Hawaiian Committee, of which Uncle Hartwell was a key member, by Ann Dugdale Hansen, current Chair.
Hartwell was a member of the Hawaiian Committee for decades. He was a good listener and long-time DOE administrator who knew how to work within large organizations. When he presented his ideas he did so thoughtfully and respectfully so they were immediately recognized as being wise and the right approach for that issue.
For years, Hartwell and his wife, Leimalama cared for the Cathedral’s kāhili. In 2012, our sesquicentennial year, we created the two dignified kāhili that flank the high altar. Kāhili Master, Paulette Kekuewa Kahalepuna, guided the project organizing it into small approachable steps which we could manage without prior skill. Leimalama Lee Loy as President of the ʻIolani Guild, Paulie Jennings as Chair of the Hawaiian Committee and Aggy Kusunoki serving as liaison to the Saint Andrew’s Priory, plus members of Hālau i ka Wēkiu, Hawaiian Civic Clubs all joined forces to work our way through the stages needed to produce our magnificent kāhili with their dyed Canada goose feathers and koa standards. The kāhili remain in place as signals of being in the presence of Hawaiian royalty.
The following slide show includes photos (by Ann Dugdale Hansen) from 2012 and 2013 as we, led by Leimalama and Hartwell worked with individual feathers to tie the clusters that went into being the kāhili that frame our altar, as well as other photos of Uncle Hartwell and his beloved Auntie Lei.
Hartwell continued to care for the six (three pairs of) kāhili in our Cathedral. There are the two kāhili in bright red and yellow feathers from the early 1970s that flank the lectern and pulpit. There are two yellow ones that usually flank the icon in the Chapel of our Royal Patrons that are in storage right now while the original icon is undergoing restoration at Pacific Gallery and Frames. And then there are the two magnificent ones alongside the altar that we made to honor our sesquicentennial. Hartwell coordinated with Hawaiian Civic Clubs to clean and maintain the kāhili whenever the feathers needed dusting or one of the velvet paʻu (skirts) sagged.