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Chapter Nine

After the death of Pono, Mother Marianne decides that Haleola will not be allowed to visit Rachel. Sister Catherine ensures that Rachel gets to see her adopted aunt by inviting Haleola to come along anytime Catherine takes girls on outings away from Bishop Home. On many of these outings Haleola tells Rachel traditional Hawaiian folk takes, and Rachel retells them at Bishop Home. This makes Rachel a very popular storyteller with the other girls.

Rachel gets frequent letters from her father, but letters from her mother get less and less frequent until they stop altogether. Rachel tries to write to her mother, but the letter is sent back with a stamp that says "Moved--No Forwarding Address." Rachel is saddened and her behavior becomes more unruly than usual. Sister Catherine tries to write to Rachel's mother to see if some bad news at home can explain Rachel's behavior. Catherine's letter is returned with the same stamp.

Rachel is overjoyed when her father comes to visit. Catherine takes them to Kalawao so Henry can see Pono's grave and meet Haleola. During Henry's visit, he tells Rachel that Dorothy took the children and moved away.

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