A Lifetime of Love

Anna Penhallow Bishop Sloggett

"A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops."

Henry Adams

Born in 1906, Anna Sloggett has become a living legend, known for her irrepressible wit, and honored as a talented, dedicated, and caring teacher.

Anna attended Kauaʻi High School (Class of 1924), Mills College in Oakland, California, and San Francisco State College. She returned to Hawaiʻi and spent the next 35 years teaching.

"I was the first to take students on excursions," said Anna. "We would go to see the waterfalls and go to places like Barking Sands." Her students remember her fondly. "She gave up her lunch for students who forgot theirs. She took athletically challenged third graders by the hand and helped them run their bases in our baseball games," said Jocelyn Fujii. "She had eight-year-olds writing and producing plays." "She never dwelled on what you couldn't do, only on what you could. I never had a bad day in her class," said Laka Morton another former student.

On Anna's 100th birthday, friends, family and former students attended an old-fashioned poi luncheon at Gaylord's in Kilohana and played in a golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course to honor Anna and raise funds to establish an endowed scholarship in her name.

Today, thanks to this scholarship, Kauaʻi students pursuing a degree in Education at Kauaʻi Community College or students transferring to UH Mānoa or to UH Hilo for their baccalaureate degree are continuing Anna's legacy of love.

One teacher has inspired a community to create more teachers like her, teachers that will go on to inspire generations to come.