Joe Sowa

First post: Aug 1, 2022 Latest post: Aug 15, 2022
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In 1945, Joe left Baltimore, headed west and never looked back. He joined the Navy, which enabled him to see the world. He ended up in San Diego and went to USD on the GI Bill. He made his way to his beloved Hawaii when he was offered a teaching position at The Kamehameha Schools, where he worked from 1956-1985, and where he continued to substitute for the next 15 years. He signed Iwalani Carpenter's yearbook in 1957 when she graduated, and they were married two years later. Over the next 10 years they welcomed 4 children. The family eventually grew to include 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, all who love and adore their Grandad.

Joe, Iwalani and family lived up at Senior Cottage on the Kapālama campus for about 12 years after they married, eventually moved to Kailua, and owned a property in Pupukea for many, many years. He had a sailboat in the early years (until it got too time consuming and too expensive), and was an avid tennis player until he broke his neck in 2007. That didn't stop him, though. He joined the Kailua YMCA and had a posse of 5am friends there that worked out daily. 

Joe has always been an avid reader: Louis L'Amour, James Patterson, anything about Teddy Roosevelt, Time Magazine, The Economist, the newspaper and especially the cartoons.  He sent articles and comics to all of us regularly, underlined and highlighted, and expected a follow-up call to discuss. His faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and his Auwaiolimu Church 'ohana, have brought joy and blessing throughout his life here in Hawaii, and he has always credited Tutu Louise Carpenter (his mother in law) and Aunty Sarah Meyer for teaching him about the Lord. His favorite verse is Micah 6:8 which reads, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."  

Thank you for your prayers for Joe as he rests now in hospice, attended to by his family and the gentle nurses of Navian Hawaii.




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