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WAYNA MAE BUCH
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Wayna Mae Buch, was born on the island of Oahu on Christmas Eve 1945 to William and Christine Buch. Wayna was the fourth of five children and the family’s second daughter. Her siblings were Yvonne, William, Jr., Walter, and lastly, Paula.
Within a short time, she would lose her father and mother, and all of her brothers and sisters would be separated because of the unforeseen events to come. In December 1950, when Wayna was 5 years of age, her father was left injured and paralyzed during an altercation with a neighbor. He passed away in a hospital a few months later from injuries incurred in that fight. On December 11, 1952, Wayna’s mother died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an admirer who then shot himself. This left five young children orphaned. The children were separated and sent to different families. Bill, Jr., the oldest son and Paula, the youngest, were adopted by relatives and taken to the mainland. The Buch siblings would not see one another again until they were adults.
In 1965 Wayna married Michael Manguchei. They met while working at the iconic Coco Palms Resort. Wayna was a PBX operator and Michael was a cook. Wayna was happiest as a wife and homemaker. Family was of the utmost importance to her. She enjoyed Hawaiian quilting, sewing, cooking and spending time at home. Shortly after they were married Wayna and Michael became foster parents.
During Wayna’s life, she would care for over 280 children, and would adopt several of those children as their own. In 1968 she adopted Karen Michelle Leialoha. In 1976, Wayna fostered three siblings, two teenager sisters and their 8-year-old brother, John Chong. The three siblings had just been orphaned after their father was found murdered in Chinatown.
In the early 1980s, the family moved back to Kauai where they continued to care for foster children. They adopted Kira Justine. As her children grew older, moved away or gained their independence, Wayna began to make a life change. She harnessed her free time and energy to educate herself.
Wayna first attended Kauai Community College where she graduated with honors. She received her BA (summa cum laude) and her Masters in childhood development from Concordia University. She received multiple certificates of achievements over the years in early childhood education. With the support of Ted Sakai, the former warden of Waiawa prison, she created the innovative Model of SKIPP, an in-prison workshop that bonds families through reading. SKIPP was one of her proudest accomplishments.
In her later life, Wayna’s life experiences and education catapulted her efforts into an advocacy career. She made it her mission to increase the bonds of Hawaii’s families through literacy and non-violence. She was truly a quiet and mighty champion for Hawaii’s disadvantaged families and keiki. In 2009 Governor Linda Lingle signed a framed declaration award recognizing Wayna for her outstanding community service.
During the past few weeks, Wayna had been surrounded by her children, her family, associates and friends at Kalakaua Gardens. Wayna, was amongst the most determined and giving of souls. She has left many footprints for us to remember and emulate, all the while rising above her own personal struggles. She survived against the odds to overcome adversity, caring for and protecting many children, and along the way did this with enormous grace.


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