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Academy of the Sacred Heart

Serving In Hawaii
March 18, 2023
Community: Kauai
Partner: Kanaka Charter School, St John's Episcopal Church, St.Paul's Episcopal Church
Staff: Justin Jones, Halecia Wimpy, Jennifer Wernimont

We Made It!!

by Halecia Wimpy | March 19, 2023 4:17 AM

After a long day of travel, we've arrived in Waimea, Kauai! We enjoyed delicious brick oven pizza before settling in at our YWAM bunkhouse. 

We Made It!!

Sunday Morning Worship

by Halecia Wimpy | March 20, 2023 2:27 AM

This morning, we worshipped at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ele ele. What a beautiful building!

Sunday Morning Worship

Gifts from the Church

by Halecia Wimpy | March 20, 2023 3:05 AM

Children from St. John's Episcopal presented team members with handmade leis created from a traditional Hawaiian weave in royal Hawaiian colors of purple and gold. Church members from Na Ohana Haipule Iloko O Cristo (The Family in Christ Church). 

Gifts from the Church


by Jennifer Wernimont | March 20, 2023 3:13 AM

Today we brought the girls to Kanaka, the school where we will be serving this week, to see the gardens and the animals they tend to there. 


Coffee Paradise

by Jennifer Wernimont | March 20, 2023 3:14 AM

The  team visited a local coffee plantation today and enjoyed a walk through the fields of coffee plants. 
Coffee Paradise


by Halecia Wimpy | March 21, 2023 3:58 PM

There are chickens EVERYWHERE on Kauai! We even found one at Kauai Coffee Company! 


Inside Kanaka

by Jennifer Wernimont | March 21, 2023 4:35 PM

Yesterday we began work at Kanaka school! They welcomed us with a tour before we broke ground in the garden. Unlike schools on the main land, here on the island we take off our shoes before entering the building.

Inside Kanaka

Kuha Kerry & The Teaching Tree

by Jennifer Wernimont | March 21, 2023 4:40 PM

Yesterday part of our team spent the morning painting the new tree fort that adorns the teaching tree behind the St. Paul Episcopal Vicarage where Kuha (Pastor) Kerry lives. Here is a picture of Kuha Kerry posing with our girls during a quick Girl Scout cookie break. 
Kuha Kerry & The Teaching Tree

Poipu Beach

by Halecia Wimpy | March 21, 2023 6:35 PM

Our last stop on Sunday evening was at Poipu Beach where we stuck our toes in the sand for a short time. 
Poipu Beach

A Warm Welcome

by Halecia Wimpy | March 21, 2023 6:49 PM

What a warm welcome we received from the staff and a few students from KANAKA (Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha) Charter School, one of our community partners in Kekaha! 

A Warm Welcome

Garden Project

by Halecia Wimpy | March 23, 2023 10:29 PM

Our first task in the raised garden beds was removing the vegetation.  The staff and students at KANAKA have been growing taro and sweet potatoes, two staples in their daily food supply.

Garden Project

From the Ground Up

by Halecia Wimpy | March 23, 2023 10:40 PM

Our biggest project this week is assembling a new play structure for the children at KANAKA Charter School! We started at ground zero with some foundational concrete blocks. They had to be carefully spaced and leveled. 

From the Ground Up

Beach Time

by Halecia Wimpy | March 24, 2023 4:28 AM

The ocean feels amazing after a long, hard day of work! Our young ladies enjoyed a swim and a little exploring at Salt Pond Beach on Monday evening.  This local beach was the perfect end to our day!

Beach Time


by Halecia Wimpy | March 24, 2023 4:36 AM

Pule is an integral part of Hawaiian life. We paused each morning before work and each day before lunch for pule. What a beautiful way to pray and ask for blessings on our work and food. 



by Halecia Wimpy | March 25, 2023 3:53 AM

The platforms were the first parts of the play structure to go up! Uncle Sal and Uncle Peter worked with our team to be sure everything lined up correctly. 


New Soil

by Halecia Wimpy | March 25, 2023 5:48 PM

The staff and students at KANAKA tend the garden beds and grow vegetables for the school's meals. We helped remove clay dirt from the garden beds and replace it with new soil to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other veggies. 

New Soil

Treehouse Painting Complete!

by Halecia Wimpy | March 30, 2023 5:13 AM

Painting is completed at the teaching tree at St. Paul's Episcopal Church! What a great place for Children's Ministry to take place!

Treehouse Painting Complete!

Full of New Soil

by Halecia Wimpy | March 30, 2023 5:23 AM

The garden beds at KANAKA are now full of new soil. They are ready for students to plant seeds next week when students are back from spring break!
Full of New Soil

Play Structure

by Halecia Wimpy | March 30, 2023 5:29 AM

Check out this amazing feat accomplished by our group this week! The KANAKA students are going to love it! 
Play Structure


by Halecia Wimpy | March 30, 2023 5:31 AM

Our last group selfie...safe travels, ladies! 

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