Letters, Notes & Emails


Thank you so much for the podcast. I feel so connected. I feel as if I'm right there. I have the Hawaiian hymnal and order of worship—and (I am) gradually improving my Hawaiian. Keawala'i is again in my life. I can even pray with you. I have no idae who it (the podcast) works, but it's marvelous. Mahalo! May God be with you and bless you this day and always.

Bev Gruman
Lake City, Minnesota
April 28, 2015

Mother's Day

I was so happy to bring my mother and daughter to the 10:00 a.m. service on Mother’s Day. We enjoyed it so much. It was so sweet, my daughter Sara who is now ten and a half years old filled out an attendance card and on the question of “What is your regular Church?” she wrote “Keawalaʻi.” She also enjoyed connecting with sweet Kiko.

I will never forget what a beautiful space and ceremony that (was) held for Jim and all of us who gathered to honor him and to celebrate his life and our connection to him, and also for making us feel so welcome and at home ... at Keawalaʻi.

Thank you for all that you do in holding space for people to cultivate their inner relationship with God. It is a most precious and sacred gift to this community and to humanity as a whole. Mahalo!

Selagh Lampshire
Upcountry, Maui
May 15, 2015

Our visit

We found our visit to your church a peaceful and pleasant experience. The cemetery on the church grounds showed us how this church enriched the lives of the people of Maui.

Alfred R. & Elana M. Michenzi
Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
May 28, 2015

Much aloha

Dear members of Keawalaʻi Church,

I just received notification of your very generous gift of $1,000 to help pay down my wife’s day care bill I incurred while I was hospitalized in Honolulu. I pray God’s blessings on all of you ... I too am blessed with your generosity.

My wife and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary on the 11th of this month. Though I am pressured by many to put my wife in a foster care home, I am reminded of my wedding vow - “for better or worse, in sickness and health.” I will take care of her for so long as I am able, with God answering my prayers, and your ... gift I will be fine.

Name Withheld
Wailuku, Maui
June 4, 2015

The newsletter

Priscilla Southworth is a General Member of Keawala’i Congregational Church. Once full-time residents of Hawaiʻi, Priscilla and her husband, Fran, were active members of the church. Fran served as Treasurer for many years. He also served as a volunteer custodian of the church. In their later years they moved back to Concord, New Hampshire. Fran died several years ago. Priscilla continues to live in Concord.

My mom, Priscilla Southworth, turned 96 this year. Most of her mail comes here to me in Pennsylvania, and I send mail on to her that I know she will enjoy, such as your newsletter, “The Breath of God.”

In fact I noticed that your last edition was in full color, and her friend told me how much she enjoyed the colored photos as well as the newsletter. Thank you for thinking of her. I know how much she appreciates your caring thoughts.

Anne S. Ayer
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
June 9, 2015

What a delight

What a nice addition to the church newsletter—color photos!

Chris Switzer (via e-mail)
Estes Park, Colorado
July 16, 2015