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Nā Momi Ho‘oheno: Ione Rathburn Ryan

Nā Momi Hoʻoheno Oral History Series
Featuring: Ione Rathburn Ryan

filmed in 2022, produced in 2023

The Nā Momi Hoʻoheno oral history series was created to capture the treasured life stories of our Hawaiian people so that future generations might be enriched by these priceless moʻolelo of our cherished and unique way of life.

Inspired by Women’s History month, we are honored to present three distinguished wāhine Hawaiʻi, beginning with Dr. Ione Jean ʻAlohilani Rathburn Ryan, or “Aunty Ione” as she is affectionately known.

Aunty Ione was born in Honolulu on October 18, 1926 and is a 1944 graduate of the Kamehameha School for Girls. She has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a counselor and educator and holds the distinction of being the second Hawaiian woman to obtain a doctoral degree. We hope you enjoy the conversation as Aunty Ione is joined by her cousin, Robert Clarke Paoa, and her nephew Manu Boyd.

To access a transcript of the full interview, please click below.
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