Sister Bitrina Kirway, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Hawaii
In 1991, Sister Bitrina Kirway, M.M arrived in Hawaii to work as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education at St. Rita’s parish in Nanakuli, Hawaii. She also served as an advocate for abused women and children for the Child & Family Services and volunteered for prison ministry on Sundays providing communion services at the Halawa Correctional Facility.
In 2000, Sister Bitrina served as the Program Director for Communities in Schools Hawaii (CIS); the program that strengthens families and communities with special attention to the disproportionate minority in all risk categories of education, economics, social, health and culture especially in Waipahu and the Leeward Coast of `Oahu as well as outreached throughout the state by partnering with many different organizations. As a certified trainer for ‘Ohana Management System (OMS) she provided culturally coherent training of the Ohana Management System and mentor-ship for community leaders and provided opportunities for Marshallese families by nurturing healthy and safe environments. In 2008, she was elected to the Congregational Leadership Team where she lived and worked at the Maryknoll Sisters Headquarters in Maryknoll, New York for six years.
Sister Bitrina returned in 2015 to Hawaii and started the Keolaniau- Wholeness: (Free Flowing Energy) project providing educational awareness about how stress affects the body and providing tools to reduce and to prevent stress. Keolaniau provides these skills through workshops to nonprofit organizations, schools, community & church leaders, as well families and individuals.
Sister Bitrina also volunteers in the community by providing services to the unwed mothers, women in transition and to the women who are incarcerated at the Windward Correctional Community.