A brief history of The Salvation Army Waioli Tea Room in Honolulu Hawaii. Built in 1922, the Tea Room served as an adjunct vocational training center for young women in residence at the adjoining Children's Home which was established by The Salvation Army in 1909. The book follows the historical chronology, its population of boys and girls who were "given" to the Salvation Army for custody when parents could not care for them or they were abandoned. For many, it was the only "home" they knew throughout their childhoood. Personal stories are included, details of the home and tea room development, financial struggles, and reclaimation maintaining its place in a very supportive community. Salvation Army officer names are used throughout.
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Bette Stillwell was born in Seattle Washington, the daughter of Salvation Army officers and ancestors back three generations. Her years as manager of the historic tea room led her motivation in researching the significance of the non-profit orphanage and tea room classrooms. The founding matron (Salvation Army officer administrator) was her own ancestor; Libby McAbee was a sister of her maternal grandfather. Through her own struggles after retirement, recuperating from breast cancer surgery and subsequent debilitating treatment, her efforts in completing the book were (she says) her "life-saver," keeping her mind occupied with creative writing.Review:
"Come Back to Waioli" is an apt title for this long awaited and needed historical documentation..." -- Commissioner Joe Noland, Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Commander and former commander in Hawaii.
Honolulu and all Hawaii have been touched by the spirit of the Waioli Tea Room, a very special historic landmark... -- Mary M. Cooke, Founding President of Malama o Manoa, whose mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities of historic Manoa Valley. A descendant of one of the early missionary families whose financial backing made the Home possible.
Tucked into the back pages ... are some pearls of information abaout orphans in Honolulu 75 years ago... -- Bob Krauss, columnist Honolulu Advertiser
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Book Description Bette McAbee-Vincent Stillwell, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110967482909