Audrey Iwalani Ho Pacheco Vance and Alexa Keaulani Ho Ohta Hashimoto

Heaven’s Newest Angels

Audrey Iwalani Yuk Lin Ho was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 27, 1927 to Alice Nailiuluikalani Woodward Ho and Alexander Yuen Sing Ho. They had five children of their own and adopted two children. Audrey grew up in Pauoa Valley with her siblings and attended school at Sacred Hearts Convent and graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, Class of 1945. After graduating, she danced hula professionally with her friend, Maiki Aiu, for several years.

Audrey married Albert Pacheco in 1947 and raised her two sons and daughter while working for the Federal Government at Pearl Harbor in the Educational Services Division, Advancement Branch. She later went back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian & Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaii. After retiring from work, Audrey successfully returned to the University of Hawaii to further her educational goals and obtained a Masters degree in Pacific Island Studies. She was also involved with and committed to the Iolani Palace and its restoration and development of the docent program. Her favorite past time was gardening. She enjoyed studying indigenous and endemic plants. Audrey was also an avid traveler, both domestically and internationally.

Our beloved Mother taught us many of life’s lessons and instilled in us an appreciation for principles and values which our family has held in high regard for generations. She often reminded us “to always be kind”; “to grow old gracefully”; and for her that meant to be your own person, be independent, be positive with the attitude of gratitude, be self-sufficient, and a good, skilled listener. She would often tell us of how important it might be to mimic a willow and that survival by bending with the wind was key to successfully living life. Whenever she saw any of her children struggling or challenged, she would remind us of how that obstacle would make us stronger when we resolved the issue and saw it as an opportunity for growth and change.

Our Mother would often repeat inspirational quotes like: “…real change happens one step at a time” OR “…when one door closes, another will open”… if you keep your mind focused! She spoke often to us of the importance of education and that this was the best gift you can give anyone, for in the acquisition of knowledge, it will build character and respect, gives you the power to make informed decisions, and boosts your confidence. Audrey was more than our Mother, she was our cheerleader, our mentor, our confidante and more. She would tell us of how her children were her source of pride, and in the same breath remark, “…so don’t forget which family you come from”. Audrey lived by her beliefs. She lived a full life surrounded by those who loved her so dearly to the end. And she is missed immensely.

Alexa Kehaulani Ho Ohta Hashimoto was born on September 29, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, class of 1959. Alexa worked 26 years for the State of Hawaii as an Account Clerk for the Department of Public Safety and also worked for Macy’s department store for more than 16 years.

She was adventurous and loved to travel but was happiest when she was surrounded by family and friends. Alexa was a loving wife, devoted mother, fun auntie, and loyal friend.

She passed away at home surrounded by her family at the age of 79. 

With profound appreciation our ‘ohana wishes to thank you for your presence with us today to honor our Mothers. We are grateful for the many expressions of loving support, concern and kindness shown to us during this time of bereavement. Your prayers and thoughtfulness have touched our hearts.

Aloha Paul Kealoha, Celebration of Life Mass

Paul and Faith were married for 51 years and were close to celebrating their 52nd anniversary. Paul and Faith were inseparable. Paul would take Faith to the beauty salon every Saturday morning because he wanted his bride to keep her hair looking beautiful. Paul started going to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace when he was 9 years old. He and Faith were married there. He was a lector, so was Faith until the pandemic. Paul had a gentle soul, a smile that brightened the room, and a heart that made you feel you are special. Please pray for comfort for Faith and the family. Paul, God embrace you with his eternally blazing love. Pray for all of us. Eternal rest grant unto Paul, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May Paul Rest In Peace. Amen. Hail Mary… (by Easter Almuena).

Paul and Faith Kealoha

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines Live March 16, 2021 6pm

Bishop Silva announces local commemoration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

12/11/2019 BY HAWAII CATHOLIC HERALD

Parol at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. (Photo: Dann Ebina)

In anticipation of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines in 2021, Bishop Larry Silva is encouraging Hawaii parishes hosting the Filipino Advent traditions Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi this year to follow homily themes based on the “Nine-Year Spiritual Journey of New Evangelization” implemented by the bishops of the Philippines.

“Let us find ways to integrate the nine pastoral priorities of the church in the Philippines into the pastoral life of our respective parishes and ministries in the Diocese of Honolulu,” the bishop wrote in a letter to all Hawaii priests and parishioners, Dec. 3.

The nine pastoral priorities of the church in the Philippines are:

  • Integral Faith Formation: Toward Maturity in Christ
  • The Laity: Choose to be Brave, Called to be Saints and Sent Forth as Heroes
  • The Poor: The Gaze of the Crucified Lord
  • The Eucharist and the Family: Missionary Disciples of the Eucharist
  • The Parish as a Communion of Communities: A Pilgrim Community
  • The Clergy and Religious: Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization.
  • Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered
  • Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue: Unity in Diversity
  • Missio Ad Gentes (Mission to the Nations): Graciously Gifted to Give

“For those parishes without Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi, I also encourage that this news be disseminated through publication in parish bulletins and announcements,” Bishop Silva said.

According to a pastoral letter by the Philippine bishops, Christianity came to their nation with the first Mass celebrated in Limasawa Island on Easter Sunday March 31, 1521. That year also marked the baptism of Rajah Humabon who was given his Christian name Carlos and his wife, Hara Amihan, who was baptized Juana.

The first Filipino Catholics that year received, as a gift from explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the oldest religious icon today in the Philippines, Santo Nino de Cebu.

“In Hawaii, a great majority of immigrants here are Filipinos who brought with them their tradition, culture and most importantly, their faith,” Bishop Silva wrote. “And so, I am calling for our participation in that great jubilee” to be done locally, called “500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines — Hawaii celebration.”

“I look forward to a grand celebration sometime in Easter 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace,” he said.

“I am also planning to lead a Pilgrimage to the Philippines in 2021 for us to understand and appreciate even more the gift of faith of our Filipino brethren,” the bishop said.

Funeral Mass Father Scott Bush

Priesthood was second, much richer, career for island-born vocation

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Father Scott Bush, an Oahu-born, part-Hawaiian former moving company manager who left a business career to embrace God’s call to priesthood, serving more than 25 years in parishes on the Big Island and Oahu, died Jan. 2 at Island Hospice in Palolo. He was 70 years old.

According to Bishop Larry Silva, his death was due to complications from kidney failure and was not COVID-19-related.

The bishop last visited Father Bush at the hospice on Christmas day and gave him Viaticum (Holy Communion for the dying).

“Afterwards, although he was weak and could only speak softly, he gave his “Nunc Dimittis,” speaking of his readiness to die and meet the Lord. He gave thanks to God for the many blessings of his life, especially for the blessing of the priesthood,” the bishop said.

“He said he wanted nothing more than to serve the Lord and his people, and he was richly rewarded in doing so,” Bishop Silva said. “He said he wanted to continue that priestly service forever in heaven. It was beautiful and quite moving.”

The bishop offered a word “of thanks and of consolation” to the priest’s close friend, Allene Ishikawa, who helped care for Father Bush through times of ill health. She was present when he died.

Father Cosmenio “Sammy” Rosimo Jr., who worked with Father Bush at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Ewa Beach, sent condolences to the bishop in a Jan. 3 email from the Philippines, where he is a priest of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

“Father Scott was like a brother to me more than my pastor,” said Father Rosimo. “We were transparent to each other and bared our souls to one another.”

He said Father Bush had “a kind and generous heart always aflame with love for the poor and homeless.”

“He delegated a lot of things to me in the administration of the parish except for one thing, the social action ministry,” he said. “He wanted very much to lead in serving the poor and the least.”

“I remember how we cried together about the fate of one homeless family which he eventually adopted in his own townhouse,” Father Rosino said.

“I have lost a brother and a friend on earth,” he said, “but am sure I have gained an intercessor in heaven.”

“I am a second career vocation,” Father Bush told the Hawaii Catholic Herald in a 2018 interview. Of his earlier career managing a Hilo-based moving company, he said, “I was a person who could handle anything. And I was proud of that. I could take on anything; I could do it.”

“But then there also came a time when I couldn’t. And I went into a depression,” he said. “It was a blow to me. And in the depths of my depression, I found God. He lifted me up.”

“It profoundly changed my life. I decided to give my life over to the Lord. I asked the Lord if he was asking me to become a priest. He said, ‘I am not asking you, I am telling you.’ I said, ‘I am 36 years old. I lived a bad life.’”

Nevertheless, the diocese accepted him as a candidate for ordination.

Father Bush entered St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 1986, and was ordained a priest at age 42 on June 6, 1992.

Father Bush, who is of Hawaiian, English and Portuguese ethnicity, was born April 7, 1950, the son of George and Priscilla Bush. He has a brother, George, and a sister, Carol. Growing up on Oahu, he attended St. Anthony School in Kalihi and Maryknoll Grade School before enrolling at Saint Louis High School, graduating in 1968.

He went to Seattle University where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He then earned a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hawaii.

After working about five years on the Big Island in the moving business, he returned to church and rekindled a childhood desire to become a priest.

Father Bush served as a parochial vicar or pastor at Sacred Hearts Parish in Naalehu, Big Island; Holy Rosary Parish in Pahala, Big Island; St. Joseph Parish, Hilo; Malia Puka O Kalani, Keaukaha, Big Island; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach, St. George Church, Waimanalo, and at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Honolulu.

He retired for health reasons on Jan. 1, 2018, and lived at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace rectory, assisting with sacramental duties when he could.

Father Scott said that in recent years, when faced with failing health, he would pray Jesus’ prayer — “Father, I place my life in your hands.”

For the former high-achiever, that surrender “became a source of serenity and peace.”

“All is good, because God is here,” he said. “And I am in God and God is with me. And I am at peace. I live life day-to-day as a precious gift, and I thank God for everything I have.”

Father Ryan’s funeral

Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Jack Ryan, who died Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It would have been his 71st birthday. Father Alapaki Kim will preach. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page, since his two sisters, who live in Pennsylvania, will not be able to attend in person.

Funeral Mass Father Jack Ryan

Father Jack Ryan

Former Paulist, Hispanic minister, radio host joined diocese in 1991

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Father Jack Ryan, a former Paulist priest engaged in communications and Hispanic ministry who joined the Diocese on Honolulu in 1991, died Dec. 7 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu where he once served as a chaplain. He was 70 years old and ordained for 44 years.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Father Ryan spent his priesthood exploring the link between faith and culture. Besides serving as pastor in several Hawaii parishes, he was involved in ecumenical affairs, campus ministry, Hispanic ministry, Catholic radio and TV and other pursuits.

A priest with an impish sense of humor, one could always count on him for a fresh joke or a wry observation about current events.

In a 2007 interview in the Hawaii Catholic Herald, he said his favorite childhood memory was “Christmas with my family.”

“We have a close family and had wonderful times together,” he said. “My grandmother had an old Irish tradition of taking a candle down to the church to get blessed. Then she would take it and go to every room in the house.”

Vicar general Msgr. Gary Secor said Father Ryan blessed the diocese with his many talents and interests.

“He did a lot of things in his priesthood. He had many talents and sensitivities that were certainly beneficial to our diocese,” he said.

“The time he spent with us was very appreciated,” he said.

On a personal note, Msgr. Secor said his family will be forever grateful for the concern and comfort Father Ryan provided as a chaplain at Straub Medical Center when the monsignor’s father Donald Secor suffered a heart attack a couple of decades ago.

Father Ryan was born on Jan. 15, 1950, in Philadelphia. He grew up there and in California with two sisters.

He received a political science degree from George Washington University before entering the seminary. He was ordained a Paulist priest on June 15, 1976.

Father Ryan served in hospital ministry in Toronto and in inner-city Memphis before earning his master’s in Latin American studies from Georgetown University. He spoke Spanish fluently, living in Ecuador and Nicaragua while studying for his degree.

He worked with Hispanic communities in Toronto, Memphis and Washington, D.C. For five years he was the director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

As an undergraduate, Father Ryan studied communications and as a seminarian worked extensively in radio and television. While in the seminary, he spent a year as a disc jockey for KNOM, a radio station owned and operated by the Bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska, that provides religious and educational programs, as well as music, to a widely dispersed population.

Father Ryan also developed a nationally syndicated program in Spanish called “Cinco Minutos,” produced by Paulist communications.

As a priest, he continued his communications work with a weekly program on CFRB in Canada called “Between Ourselves” that used an interview format to discuss social and religious issues. In San Francisco, he produced a weekly radio program in Spanish which included a weekly homily and interviews with people of interest to the local church. Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco was a frequent guest.

He also worked on the movie “Romero,” about the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, translating the archbishop’s diary for the production.

One of his more challenging media tasks was providing television translation and commentary for Pope John Paul II on the Spanish language stations in northern California during the pope’s visit there in 1987.

Coming to Hawaii in the late 1980s, his first ministry in the Honolulu diocese was as a Catholic chaplain at Queen’s and Straub medical centers. He was incardinated into the diocese on July 9, 1991. He served as pastor of St. Benedict Church, Honaunau; St. Michael Church, Kailua-Kona; St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi; and Holy Spirit Parish-Newman Center, Manoa.

From 1990 to 1992, he co-produced and cohosted with Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Kathleen Marie Shields the weekly hour-long live Catholic radio program “Nana I Ka Pono.” The program ran for 112 shows and hosted 162 guests.

Father Ryan also served as the diocesan ecumenical and interfaith officer and on the Diocesan Review Board, the committee that addresses allegations of sexual abuse.

He retired on Jan. 1, 2019.