I wanted to share this tribute for Mother Marianne that we have been working on for the past 5 years. In 2005 I was diagosed with Severe Heart Failure after an illness. Mother Marianne helped me through my illness and I promised I would keep her memory alive. The Sisters of St Francis have been insturmental in supporting me in my journey back from total personal loss. Our choir will be performing this song live on the Perry & Price Saturday morning radio show this week at around 9:45am.
The song came about after my father, Eugene Tiwanak, found that one of our relatives (aunty) was a leper on Kalaupapa at the time Mother Marianne was there. Inspired by this, he put together the concept based on Mother Marianne's personal letters then asked me to create a song based on what he came up with. The resulting song is our tribute and Mahalo to her. I am persnally indebted to carry on her legacy due to a promise I made to her when I was praying for my own health and recovery from severe heart failure. Needless to say, I am very inspired by Mother Marianne and the extraordinary life she led.
Our origninal choir consisted of 15 female singers, mostly from the Symphony Orchestra Choir. We first performed this in 2008 at St Theresa's celebrating Mother Marianne's canonization. It's taken nearly 5 years to complete the recording as envisioned; inspired by Hawaiian instruments (Slack key guitar, ipu, ili ili, and ukulele) along with an orchestra and choir. I've been getting requests for sheet music from schools and churches the past couple years, including the mainland. Our youtube video has almost 24,000 hits. (See below)