Restoration & Renewal Project

Windows to Our Future

Also see: Restoration of the Great Organ

The Capital Campaign Celebrates the Queen’s Vision

Roth Puahala chants the oli for the WTOF celebration.

On Wednesday, June 6 [2012], the Cathedral’s Windows to Our Future Capital Campaign committee invited members of Hawaiian organizations and the Hawaiian community at large to a celebration of the vision of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. Beginning with an oli by Roth Puahala and opening prayer by Dean Brownridge, short presentations were offered by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, along with Sandra Theunick, head of school, St. Andrew’s Priory, who told the story of the beginning of the church and school in Hawai‘i and how the vision of the King and Queen lives on today. A highlight of the presentations was a short video produced by the Priory students, which spoke to their special relationship and responsibility to the vision of their founder, Queen Emma.

Some of our precious Cathedral historic archives.

Priory girls led the visitors to the Von Holt Room where Cathedral archivist, Stuart Ching, had placed on display selected items from the church archives that sparked everyone’s interest. Among those items were baptismal records for Queen Emma, Prince Kawananakoa, Prince Kūhiō, Prince Keli‘iahonui, and Princess Ka‘iulani, a ceremonial silver trowel used by Queen Lili‘uokalani and the original program for laying the cornerstone of Davies Hall. The trowel was a gift from Louise “Gussie” Schubert, in memory of her mother, Virginia Dominis Koch, Queen Lili‘uokalani’s granddaughter. Other items included old photographs, prayer books and Bibles belonging to the ali‘i. Fr. Franklin Chun, a church history enthusiast, and Gussie Schubert guided our visitors through this exceptional exhibit.

Cathedral's Wahi Kapu, 2016
New floor in the Wahi Kapu, 2016

Everyone then visited Davies Hall to view the ongoing restoration and renovation. John Condrey and Elizabeth Conklin gave updates on the project’s progress and what still needs to be done. The remodeled kitchen, the new Bride’s Room and expanded rest rooms are 99 percent complete. Robert and Paulette Moore eloquently shared the Cathedral’s vision for both the church and community’s use of these enhanced spaces.

The final stop of the tour was the Cathedral, where visitors were shown the Wahi Kapu (Hawaiian Chapel) by Hartwell Lee Loy and the kahili by Lei Lee Loy. John Hays provided a tour of the many historic and remarkable stained-glass windows. Bishop Fitzpatrick concluded the program by describing the history of the Great West Window.

Bishop Fitzpatrick shares the story of the Cathedral’s Great West Window with our honored guests.

Around 50 guests were in attendance including OHA board members, Trustee Robert (Bob) Lindsey (Big Island) and Trustee Carmen (Honolulu) Lindsey (Maui) along with Trustee Aide, Kama Hopkins and Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland. For most of those in attendance, it was a “coming home,” as so many had been baptized, married or had family members who were, in one way or another, connected to the Cathedral.

Davies Hall Renovation

Report from the Capital Improvement Team

At the completion of barely four months of construction, your Capitol Improvement Team is glad to announce that our Phase Ia – kitchen renovation, new toilet rooms, renovated solarium space and improved cloister walkway – was substantially complete on 15 June 2012. We are grateful to acknowledge that David Gima, a Priory parent, has donated materials and his firm’s services (Gima Pest Control) for the project’s ground treatment. Mahalo to David and his firm for this substantial gift!

Our renovated kitchen now boasts all new cooking and refrigeration equipment, a commercial dishwasher (with a two minute cycle), new cabinetry, improved lighting fixtures, and air-conditioning. The new windows substantially improve the day lighting in this space. The existing stainless steel counter tops were reused, but a new three-compartment sink had to be constructed – the old one was deemed to be too small during code review. The grease trap (may it always remain hidden) was replaced with a much larger unit about the size of an eight-man hot tub. The kitchen was fully functional, and used to great advantage during the events of Archbishop Tutu’s visit in August!

The new toilet rooms are handicap accessible, and also well lighted with artificial and natural daylight. The Bride’s Room has moved to the renovated solarium space, with its restored diamond pane windows and green glass. New furnishings for this room were donated by Best Bridal, along with the gracious donation of a full length mirror by long-time parishioner Marion Morrisson – thank you, Marion! The large brass bridal-gown hook is the only existing fixture to move from the “old” to the “new” space. Best Bridal, along with our own wedding couples, began using the Brides’ Solarium in late July. Mahalo to Karen Mukai and her Best Bridal team for a significant in-kind donation of furnishings for this room!

The new Bride’s Solarium marks completion of Phase Ia of the Davies Hall Renovation

The old Bride’s Room has been renamed the Clergy Vestry, and will be retrofitted for use as a clergy vesting space and as space for small groups and classes. Use of the Brides’ Solarium will be restricted to wedding functions, and available only as a pre-function waiting space or small Cathedral receptions, with the express permission of the Dean.

News of Phase Ib: This phase of construction includes cloister repairs between the Sacristy and Davies Hall, waterproofing of the undercroft wall (affectionately known as the Dungeon), and restoration of the Beretania Portico – made possible by a generous donation from the Davies family. Both Peter Davies and Susan Davies Sinclair have recently been in Honolulu attending the Cathedral and meeting with WTOF and the CIP team. We are grateful for their continuing friendship and the Davies Family support. Construction materials are already on order, although you will not notice a great deal of construction activity until September. You will notice, however, that the large windows flanking the makai entry to Davies Hall have been removed. This was done to create an accurate template for the restoration of both windows, with diamond-paned green glass.

So, what about the interior restoration, window replacement and air-conditioning of the Hall itself – Phase Ic? The WTOF team is hard at work with community and state partners to complete the original fund-raising goals; the CIP team is working with our architect, Glenn Mason, and construction team to establish priorities for the interior improvements at a variety of budget levels; the Dean and Junior Warden will coalesce a small group to begin a business plan for the use of the Hall, to be reviewed by Chapter. We are all still a part of this pending story!