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Light in the Queen's GardenIda May Pope, Pioneer for Hawai'i's Daughters, 1862-1914$
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Sandra E. Bonura

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866440

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866440.001.0001

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The Changing Hawaiian Islands

The Changing Hawaiian Islands

(p.226) Chapter Seventeen The Changing Hawaiian Islands
Light in the Queen's Garden

Sandra E. Bonura

University of Hawai'i Press

Ida Pope’s first-hand account of the years that brought her pupils into womanhood during the loss of their kingdom tells an important story about the Hawaiians and a rapidly changing world. Pope fought vigorously for her pupils and alumnae as she saw them struggling under the weight of conflicting expectations imposed on them by the swiftly changing economy. To that end, she worked relentlessly to provide opportunities that would help her young women advance in their society. Pope devised a unique plan, establishing three different options for her graduates; the Honor and Trust Fund, the Kamehameha Alumnae Loan Fund and Relief Fund. Her alumnae could now cover their teacher and/or nursing training in higher education and pay back the money once they were working. History reveals the success of these funds. To keep close tabs on her graduates, Pope developed an alumnae association and constitutionally aligned it with the progressive General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). Founded in 1890, the nonpartisan, nondenominational organization was dedicated to empowering women. In Pope’s forty-eighth year of life, one of her alumna gave her a child to raise. Gladys was given in the hānai tradition to Ida May Pope at age four. Gladys Brandt grew up to be a fierce defender of Hawaiian traditions, and the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation recognized her as a “living treasure.”

Keywords:   Alumnae Association, Gladys Brandt, Honor & Trust Fund, Kamehameha Alumnae Loan Fund, Relief Fund, Hānai

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