Happy Retirement, Mr. Louie! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Happy Retirement, Mr. Louie!

Posted on August 23, 2014

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 23, 2014

IMG_4435.jpgWe wished Louis Rivera a happy retirement at the school assembly this past week. Mr. Louie, as everyone has called him for over thirty years, drove the little school bus for ten years at Mid-Pacific and also worked as the handyman, bus driver, security guard, and groundskeeper at Epiphany School for nearly twenty years. Before working in schools, Mr. Louie was employed by Honolulu Ironworks and helped to construct H-1 freeway in the early sixties. He drove the large hydraulic trucks to unload sheet metal, concrete, and iron rods for the freeway infrastructure. Many former Epiphany faculty had stories to share about Mr. Louieʻs caring ways, such as picking up students on their way back from Kaimuki District pool, a good 15-minute walk back to school that seemed twice the distance on a hot day. Or how Mr. Louie thwarted a robber climbing out of a school office window. For sure we will miss his happy whistling and singing through the office, but especially the service he provided as bus driver for so many Mid-Pacific students. He has promised to return as Santaʻs Helper for our annual Christmas assembly -- thereʻs still a ho!ho!ho! in him -- and the children know Santaʻs helpers do not take Christmas vacations. Happy retirement, Mr. Louie!

When he dons his dark wire-rimmed glasses, he is just about the coolest Santa we know.

Back in the late 1980s: behind the wheel as he waits for the children to board the little yellow school bus for a field trip. His bus driving to various sites related to curriculum brought the childrenʻs learning to life! (Mid-Pacific will soon be enlisting the services of a new bus driver.)

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Weʻll see Mr. Louie back in his red suit in December. A hui hou, Mr. Louie!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey

E Kūlia Kāhou! Letʻs strive and aspire together