Walking Tour: Varney Memorial Fountain

Varney Memorial Fountain in middle of Varney Circle. Who was Varney? She was Susan Ada Varney. Working at the Territorial Normal School, a previously separate institution which had joined UH in 1931, she trained teachers for Hawaii’s schools. Built in 1934, the circular fountain commemorating Ms. Varney signals an important point: UH exists thanks to the enduring individual and collaborative efforts of both women and men. Even the design of the fountain, created by art instructor Henry Rempel and graduate student Cornelia McIntyre Foley working together, reinforces this message. Stylized bas reliefs of the male Hawaiian god Ku in a fighting stance alternate with fronds that suggest some of women’s traditional agricultural work—another signal that qualities we consider feminine and masculine both contribute to building and supporting the University.

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Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain, showing fountain details.
Ada Susan Varney Memorial Plaque Ada Susan Varney Memorial Plaque Memorial plaque for Ada Varney stating "In Grateful Memory Ada Susan Varney Territorial Normal School From 1911 to 1980"
Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain, showing the whole fountain.
Artist Plaque Artist Plaque Artist plaque "Henry H. Rempel and Cornelia McIntyre Foley Varney Circle Fountain, 1934 Cast Concrete"
Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain Varney Circle Fountain with the Queen Liliuokalani Student Services Center in the background.
   
   
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