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classes and conditions of men-overtopping and covering both race prejudice and color. Many nations and races are represented here in this little kingdom of the sea,this “rainbow-land,” this “Paradise of the Pacific."
ALOHA, HAWAIL! ALOHA NUI!
[Reprinted from The Churchman. )
I readers of The Churchman would like to hear something of “Iolani College," the Bishop's School in Honolulu, a school for native boys—would like to know how a Church school for Hawaiians is conducted. When I tell you that the Bishop's favorite text is “God hath made of one blood all nations on the face of the earth,” you will cease to wonder why in a “native school ” there may be seen not only Hawaiians and half-castes, but English, American, German, Nor
the same love and protection, the rich are treated as well as the poor, the high-born no better than the lowest, all eat at the same table, meet as one family in the college chapel at sunrise and at sunset daily, worship in the Cathedral together Sundays and Saints' days, share the same dormitories, and play in the same games. The Bishop is a true missionary, not so much in word as in deed, for he is a man of very few words, and one must often exercise great patience in waiting to hear him speak on any given subject. It is the hope of his life, doubtless, that the seed sown in
the hearts of these boys, by the example of his own most unselfish and self-sacrificing life, will spring up and bear fruit, not only on Hawaii but “unto everlasting life.” “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall not only—” It is now nearly twenty years since Bishop Willis came to Hawaii, and at once opened the doors of this school, to help on Church missionary work on these islands, believing that to rightly train the child is to make the Churchman! And however discouraging and dark all has seemed at times, he has never lost heart nor faith—but like a true and good shepherd has gone on giving of his life, strength, time and substance to the fold under his care.
The poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind come to the college knocking for admittance, and never will the Bishop say them nay, if it is possible to keep them. Nor that alone, for quite a family of boys is entirely dependent upon his bounty the year round..
Iolani College is on the Bishop's own grounds, which are quite extensive, including his residence, the chapel, dining-hall, dormitories, bath-houses, cook-house, stable, and several cottages. It is about a mile and a half from the middle of the town, and from St. Andrew's Cathedral, in most lovely Nuuanu Valley, facing the south and the sea, and on high land, overlooking the town. Vessels and steamers can be seen when entering and leaving port, to the boys' great delight. There is a large play-ground for baseball and other games, which must never be encroached upon in any way. Three or four times a week the boys go farther up the valley for a swim.
Everything at the college goes on like bell-work, for a different boy is appointed each week to ring the bell on the chapel, and it becomes.a“ point of honor” with them not to defraud themselves nor any one else the ecook, for instance out of half a minute! And woe to the ringer if he rang a minute too soon, when a game of baseball was impending! He would better dive for the Bishop's study to find a friend! There is the most perfect good-fellowship between the Bishop and his boys, and to him they go, for the study door is ever open, with all troubles and difficulties that the headmaster cannot settle. He is their father and their friend at all times. The boys seem to believe, with perfect faith, that all their needs can be met by simply going to the Bishop's study and go there they will and do for a :string to their top, or a rag for their toe! There is no demand too great or too small for them to believe he will not meet! “Go tell the Bishop,” “Go ask the Bishop-he knows," can be heard any time in the day, and never do they meet with a rebuff or hear a harsh word from him.
The Hawaiian boys are (with good training) experts often where a correct eye and steady hand are requisite and some of their penmanship and mapdrawing was sent to the Paris Exposition. The master excels in teaching drawing -- if he can be said not to excel in anything needed in a school like this. His models in chalk, pencil and colors are so fine that the boys are enthusiastic and bound to copy if they can!
Not a few of them are born orators. In mathematics they can figure rapidly until close reasoning and steady.concentration are required-then, they are all" at sea" and in a muddle and the other boys outstrip them “every time,” to their chagrin. This simply proves the rule of having generations of culture behind one! The capability of deep thinking-and determined perseverance must come as a rich heritage from father to son, be he black, brown or white. There are exceptions to all rules-but the laws of heredity can not be gainsaid in any way. And no one knows this better than the teacher!
There is religious instruction every morning—the first half hour of school-and when a boy has been an “Iolanian " (bread of Heaven) even two years only, he is the owner of a mental rosary strung, alternately, of Catechism and Collect-canticles, hymns and psalms, which will go with him through life, whether he will or not. There are matins and evensong, daily, at 6:30 in the chapel, excepting on Friday, when evensong, and instruction, followed by a half hour of “choir practice,” is at the Cathedral. And on Saints' days when morning prayer is said at the Cathedral at nine, with instruction; then, after a short school session, there is often a half-holiday. There is also “choir practice” in the chapel two mornings in the week, directly after breakfast. All work of this kind is conducted by the Rey. Mr. Barnes, who is a very