AUDREY SUTHERLANDAUDREY SUTHERLAND Audrey Sutherland of Haleiwa, Hawaii died on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 from complications of Alzheimer's-like dementia. She was 94 years old. She was born Audrey Helen Schufeldt on February 11th, 1921 in Canoga Park, California, a small town in the San Fernando Valley north and inland from Los Angeles. She attended public schools and grew up during the Great Depression. She began UCLA when she was only 16 and graduated with a degree in International Relations. In her diary, she predicted war with Japan months before December 7th, 1941. She and her two sisters worked as riveters building airplanes during WWII. After she moved to Hawaii she earned her Master's degree in Education Counseling from the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus. She was a life-long learner. Audrey married John Lauren Sutherland, a young Coast Guardsman, in the spring of 1942 and henceforth was known as Audrey Sutherland or in the phone book as A.H. Sutherland. They had four children; two boys and two girls. They moved to Hawaii from California during the Korean War in 1952. John was by then an officer with the Coast Guard and became the Captain of the buoy tender, Buttonwood, stationed at Sand Island. He patrolled all over the Pacific and brought home many artifacts from islands as far away as Samoa. The house was full of Pacific arts and crafts. For many years, a Samoan tapa covered a whole wall of the living room When they first arrived, the Sutherland family lived in several neighborhoods on Oahu then in the Summer of 1954 moved to an old house on the ocean near Haleiwa which became Audrey's life-long home. During her years on the North Shore of Oahu, she taught swimming, substituted for local elementary schools, and began working for the Army. She became director of Education Centers at Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center, and last worked for the Army at the Federal Building on Ala Moana Blvd. During this time with the Army, Audrey was flown around the islands and up to Alaska to give speeches to inspire students to graduate from school and always continue their education. While flying over southeast Alaska she saw many smaller islands from the air and vowed to visit them from the water if need be. She was a veteran of paddling the north coast of Moloka'i and was ready for colder water and expanded horizons. She also greatly expanded her career as an avid sea kayaker. She has written three published books and numerous articles and was often interviewed about her sea kayaking adventures. Paddling My Own Canoe was published by University of Hawaii Press both in hard cover and paperback, first in 1978. It details numerous summer solo experiences; swimming, paddling, hiking then camping on the north shore of Molokai. The book has been loved as an adventure read full of Hawaiian and nature references and as a text on philosophy by students at Chaminade college. It is no longer in print but fans are looking for a possible reprint by Patagonia Books. Audrey's second book, Paddling Hawaii, was published by The Mountaineers of Seattle in 1988. It is a how-to of island paddling with details of streams, rivers, ocean coasts, and how to dry and pack your own food to take along or find it by foraging. Audrey's third book, Paddling North, published by Patagonia Books of Ventura, CA in 2012, details several of the many trips to paddle to small, mostly friendly, islands in Southeast Alaska. She famously went solo on these trips but would occasionally take a friend or one or two family members. She sometimes met "killer whales", wolves, and even bears. She always ran the risk of wild winds and seas even in the "calm" summer months, and always came back with photos and finely written journals of each and every day on the trip. By the time of the publishing of Paddling North, Audrey's mind was beginning to wander and some memories were fuzzy but her meticulous journals provided much of the detail and her numerous photos became lovely water color type prints in all of the chapters. This book is still in print in a slim hard-cover edition and is available at book stores and kayak shops around the Hawaiian islands and on the East and West Coasts. The most recent bookstore to request more copies is in Rockland, Maine. Many of Audrey's dearest friends and supporters are named in the acknowledgements section of this book. Many articles interviewing Audrey, often with beautiful pictures, have been published by Honolulu newspapers and magazines, notably Honolulu Magazine and Hawaiian Airlines magazine, Hana Hou! Audrey also lectured widely with her slide show, kayak and gear on display. She was many times the key note speaker for L.L. Bean's East Coast Sea Kayaking Symposiums. She has spoken for Sierra Club, local kayak groups, senior gatherings, libraries, book stores and Elder Hostel on Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui, and Kona and Hilo on Hawaii island. She was an originator and board member of Hawaii Bound. At age 92 Audrey was still driving her tough little truck around Haleiwa but was persuaded to give up driving when the paperwork to renew her license became too confusing. She continued to live in her sea-front home supported by friends and family. Kaiser Hospital finally convinced her family that she needed more active care so she went into hospice in December 2014 and succumbed to dementia-related symptoms shortly after her 94th birthday in February of 2015. Audrey was pre deceased by her ex-husband, John L. Sutherland, and later by her two sisters, Dorothy Schufeldt Bowles .and Marjorie Schufeldt East. She is survived by her daughters and sons, Noelle H. Sutherland (Mrs James M. Conti), John "Jock" Carson Sutherland, Ann Lauren Sutherland of Seattle, and James D. Sutherland of Hilo. Audrey also has three grandsons; Matthew J. Sutherland, Gavin F. Sutherland, and Samuel C.M. Sutherland. Audrey was an early dedicated member of the Willed Body Program of the John A Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii. She said, "Now I will still be able to teach even after I die." A memorial celebration of the remarkable life of Audrey Sutherland will be held in her ocean-front yard near Haleiwa in May 2015. Call Noelle at 808) 622-0857 for dates and details.
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