House of Aloha

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Background and Milestones

During its 1998 Regional Chapter meeting, the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary voted and added in their ministry a retreat center.  In their commitment of growing their missionary work, the Sisters’ envisioned a center that will provide spiritual renewal to the religious and lay communities and support the elderly with their day-to-day health and spiritual needs through an elder care facility, which is part of the center.

In December 2000, a 5-acre parcel in Poamoho, Hawaii was purchased and initially slated as the future site of the God’s House of Aloha.  Fund raising efforts and a project timeline were formally organized in 2001reaching out to benefactors and supporters in Hawaii and the Bay Area (California) this also started the formation of planning and building committees mainly to help and provide guidance in fulfilling construction plans and funding opportunities for the project.

In 2002, the master plan for the God’s House of Aloha was established and submitted to then Bishop of Hawaii, Most Reverend Francis DiLorenzo, who supported and approved the plan. The generosity of many Benefactors and Friends has helped raise funds for the project.  A variety of fund raising activities that included caroling, bake sale, direct mail appeals, and dinner dances were conducted with the help of its many supporters in both Hawaii and the Bay Area.

In the Fall of 2004, the Poamoho Homeowners’ Association disapproved the proposal to build a retreat center in the property bought by the Sisters in 2000.  This was quite a disappointment but not a deterrent to the Sister’s vision. The 5-acre property had to be sold.  In June 2005, the Dominican Sisters bought a 3.6-acre Waianae parcel, which included a 2-story building.  With renovations and a permit approval to convert the property into a convent and an Elder Care facility, the place is deemed more conducive to the House of Aloha (new name).  The solemnity is emphasized with its fenced surroundings and fully-grown vegetation including matured and healthy fruit trees. The Sisters and its community of supporters felt that the Waianae property was the answer to their prayers.  The renovation began in mid-2006.  Meanwhile, the Sisters went through rigorous training to prepare them in the administration of the center.  They took courses and certifications on health care management, elder care facilities management, nursing certification, special training on Spiritual Gerontology, and others.

In the summer of 2008, Phase One the House of Aloha, which included renovations to establish the elder care facility and convent have been completed. Phase Two, which begins in the fall of 2008, will focus on the establishment and building of the chapel.  The chapel will fulfill the spiritual nourishment of the center’s community of elderly, school children, lay people, and the religious.  A sacred place that will accommodate 40-50 people, it will become the center of all religious activities – a place for prayer and silence – for those who visit the House of Aloha.

The Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary remain committed in their multi-faceted ministry serving communities locally and globally.  The House of Aloha will touch many lives in Hawaii and people from other places in their longing for spirituality, health, and education.

Written by:
Ben Fernandez, Development Director of the House of Aloha

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Contact Us

Holy Angels Convent
20 Reiner St.
Colma, CA 94014
(650) 755-2712/(650) 291-2343 srleonarda@aol.com