Sister Richard Marie Toal, of Kalaupapa, celebrates 94th birthday

Sister Richard Marie Toal, at her 94th birthday celebration, holds a picture of Bishop Estates convent in Kalaupapa where she served for 40 years. Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

It was two weeks ago today that Sister Richard Marie Toal, a former nurse in Kalaupapa, celebrated her 94th birthday.

She worked in the footsteps of Mother Marianne Cope for 40 years as a Franciscan nun for the order of the Sisters of St. Francis, serving the Hansen’s disease patients at the Kalaupapa settlement. At her birthday celebration, Sister Richard Marie spoke about how she would sweep leaves and leave flowers at the grave of Mother Marianne, who is now being considered for sainthood. A stroke five years ago forced Sister Richard Marie to leave Kalaupapa to live in a Manoa convent where she still resides.

During her birthday celebration she held a photo of the Bishop Home convent in Kalaupapa that she had cared for and loved for so many years.


Tennis teams opens up season with loss at Lahainaluna

The spring sports season has begun with the Molokai boys and girls tennis teams taking on Lahianaluna at Lahainaluna on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Farmers, both teams dropped all their matches in straight sets.

The boys’ only match victory was by default as they lost to the Lunas four matches to one. In number-one singles, Stephen Adolfson, Lahainaluna, defeated Dino DeSlavio of Molokai 6-2, 6-1, while at No. 2 singles, Mehran Karimabadi lost to Jackson Britt 6-1, 6-1. The Lunas won both doubles matches — Evan Pascual and Wasseem Bel were 6-4, 6-3 winners over Tanner Trout and Nathan O’Hanlon at No. 1, and at No. 2 Ty Scott and Jordan Baclay teamed for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Raymond Vo and Evan Blumer.

For the girls, No. 2 doubles team of Abi Sauers and Davyana San had the best showing for Molokai, pushing Lakiesha Ching and Mae Bautista of Lahainaluna to 6-4, 7-6. None of the other Farmer girls won more than one game in a set as the team lost five matches to none.