Mission Valley professor publishes book with University of Hawaii press

Date: 
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dr. Sandra Bonura, professor of School Counseling and PPS Fieldwork coordinator at Mission Valley Regional Center has just published a new book titled "An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter, 1890–1893."  The University of Hawaii catalog for Fall 2012 describes the book in this way:

" When twenty-three-year-old Carrie Prudence Winter caught her first glimpse of Honolulu from aboard the Zealandia in October 1890, she had “never seen anything so beautiful.”
She had been traveling for two months since leaving her family home in Connecticut and was at last only a few miles from her final destination, Kawaiaha‘o Female Seminary,
a flourishing boarding school for Hawaiian girls. As the daughter of staunch New England Congregationalists, Winter had dreamed of being a missionary teacher as a child. During her
three years at Kawaiaha‘o, Winter wrote often and at length to “beloved Charlie,” her fiancé. Winter’s lively and affectionate letters provide readers with not only an intimate look at nineteenth- century courtship, but many invaluable details about life in Hawai‘i during the last years of the monarchy and a young woman’s struggle to enter a career while adjusting to surroundings that were unlike anything she had ever experienced. In generous excerpts from dozens of letters, Winter describes teaching and living with her pupils, her relationships with fellow teachers, and her encounters with Hawaiian royalty and members of influential missionary families, as well as ordinary citizens. The work is augmented by more than fifty photographs, four autobiographical student essays, and an appendix identifying all of Winter’s students and others mentioned in the letters."  http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu