Letters, Notes & Emails
Dear all of our Keawalaʻi family: Thank you for the lovely “send off.” We already miss you tremendously. Russ and I will be in [the] Chicago area and then in Portland, Oregon as soon as he gets his prosthesis.
Russ & Leanna Stodd
October 22, 2019
Sharon really appreciated the “Passing on Ceremony” at church on Sunday [October 13, 2019]. It was moving. Someone gave her a small feather lei that she is going to frame. She and the boys had a good time but were very busy for ten days. Our best regards to everyone.
Sharon & Howard Pearson
October 19, 2019
I really miss the church and am sorry that my [choir] CD wore out. I enjoyed playing it on Sunday mornings.
October 13, 2019
Blessings to your congregation
Our family loved your church . . . We truly felt the love of Jesus. We will definitely be back when we visit Maui again.
Bob & Laura Huffman
September 18, 2019
Yes, God is love
It has been almost five years since my wife Melva and I have been able to journey to Maui and worship with you due to [health issues] . . . you have been in our prayers for a long time. I thank the members of the church for your prayers. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to purchase several copies of the choirʼs album. I play it often, and rarely a Sunday passes that it does not accompany us at breakfast, as does my sister and her husband in Phoenix for whom I made a copy when [the] originals were no longer available. What a wonderful remembrance of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. Aloha ke Akua. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Merle & Melva Richman
Amelia Island, Florida
August 19, 2019
This donation is given to honor the May birthdays of my cousins Sandy [Farmer-Wiley] and Jean Walker. Thank you for being their family when the rest of us are far away.
Dee Ann McKinney
Jefferson City, Missouri
August 11, 2019
Returning to Maui
We once again hope to be back in Maui in 2020. At that time, I look forward to attending a service at your church.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Sincerely, Grateful and Thankful
Four thank you letters were received from grant recipients from grants that were provided by the Outreach Committee through the Local Mission Fund of the church. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, the names have been withheld.
I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for the assistance I received a few years ago. I would not have pushed through and made progress in my life without your help. I made progress with housing, school and other opportunities that opened up for me with your help.
August 1, 2019
Just a note to say how grateful we (landlord and leasee) are for this rent assistance. I know it eats away at self esteem when a person is in debt and/or living on the street. Aloha.
July 11, 2019
I would like to extend my gratitude to you for assisting me in paying for my program fees here at Mālama Family Recovery Center. This helps me to be able to focus on gaining the tools needed for a sustainable sobriety.
July 3, 2019
I would like to give my full gratitude to you for helping me in my recovery so I may prosper forward in my life that I may get my daughter back and stay sober. Mahalo ke Akua for your financial help for my program fees!
July 3, 2019
My wife and I attended service at your church while on our honeymoon 12 years ago. We were welcomed by all of the congregation. It is one of our many fond memories of our beginning as a new couple.
Kurt & Carolyn Fromme
June 24, 2019
My husband and I were married at the Maui Prince in October 1999. We walked down to worship at your church then and many other times since. We visited there during the week last October on a day trip since the Maui Prince was being torn down. So sad to see but we have wonderful memories of being there and worshiping with you. God’s blessing!
Kathy & Don Shoffner
Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 23, 2019
Both our daughter Courtney and her husband Jon Mackey [were married at Keawalaʻi]. They took great joy [in returning to Maui with their sons] Hutch, 7 years, and John Benjamin (JB), 4 years old during Easter week. Your summer appeal letter came at the perfect time as we had been meaning to send a note. Enclosed is a small contribution towards the church’s summer appeal goal. Happy summer!
Ben & Patti Berry
June 11, 2019
Best wishes and aloha
For many summers, my parents and I have vacationed in Maui and attended Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. We are not able to get there this summer. We are hopeful that we might get back this winter or possibly even this fall. We have always enjoyed attending your services. In honor of my parents, Rex and Helen Wiant, I would like to offer some financial kōkua to Keawalaʻi [in response to your summer appeal]. Until we meet again.
June 11, 2019
Enclosed please find a donation in response to the “Summer Appeal.” Many fond memories of my 10 winters spent at Keawalaʻi.
June 10, 2019
We so deeply appreciate Keawalai Church's extraordinary generosity and compassion. You all really make a huge difference in the lives of the women, children and families we serve. Mahalo.
Malama Family Recovery Center and Aloha House
May 22, 2019
May our paths cross again
Don and I were thrilled to receive the January-February issue of your church newsletter when we returned home to Cincinnati. Your church has a special place in our hearts. There is something in the music and atmosphere that speaks to us in so many ways. We don’t get to Maui often, but since attending your services twice while visiting, we will always make the Keawalaʻi Congregational Church an important stop during our stay on island. We hope to visit Maui again soon and to attend another service at your wonderful church.
Margie & Don Paulsen
May 19, 2019
We will return in November.
We have been coming to Maui for many years and always attend your church. The Hawaiian/English way of carrying on your Sun-day service is so unique and pure peace for the soul. We pray that will never change.
Bonnie Williams-Paquette & Don Paquette
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
May 15, 2019
Thank you for the blessings
[I am] a “return” visitor every time [I am] on Maui. Aloha for re-storing my faith with your music.
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 12, 2019
Aloha from Wisconsin
Thank you very much for the newsletters and information on Reneé and Fred. We are saddened to hear about Fred and will miss them so much. Although we are unable to attend the memorial service, we will say a prayer for Fred on the 25th of May. Good blessings to your beautiful church.
Don & Carole Oker
May 11, 2019
Love and blessings
Remembering Keith Campbell and what a loving wonderful island family you all are.
Barbara Campbell & JC Campbell
Indian Land, South Carolina
April 23, 2019
Joy at Easter
We think of our Keawalaʻi friends so often! Sending you much aloha as we celebrate Easter and the Risen Christ.
Janet Olson & Lee Ridgeway
April 19, 2019
Happy Easter to Everyone
We wish we were there for the sunrise service. Love to all our church family.
Nick & Anita George
Spruce Grove, Alberta
April 15, 2019
Wishing you a wonderful Easter
We will be thinking of you and all the special Easters we spent at Keawalaʻi Church. We certainly miss all our friends at Keawalaʻi. May the blessing of this Easter be with you all. With love and aloha . . .
Cindy & Dale Edgerle
Winter Park, Florida
April 6, 2019
I attended [Keawalaʻi on] March 24th with my friend. [I] loved the service and hope to return some day.
Brigantine, New Jersey
April 5, 2019
Dear Keawala‘i Church
This letter [is] to greatfully thank you for donating the amount you’ve given to help pay my rent at Mālama Family Recovery Center. If there’s any way that I can give back to you, please let me know. God bless you.
This letter was received from a recent recipient of a grant through the Outreach Committee program of the church. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, the name and location of the recipient is being withheld.
Music is important
Attending church on Sunday (March 24, 2019) meant a lot to me. It opened my heart. I enjoyed hearing the choir practice. I thought of my dad and his wonderful voice. [Danette] did a good job. I was pleased that the choir sang a song during the service. Of course, the singing during the offering was a surprise - the grandson [and his grandfather] made the difference. Not a dry eye in the sanctuary.
Estes Park, Colorado
March 26, 2019
Blessings to all
Thank you for the blessing [of the] obituaries in the newsletter. Most of the members were my personal friends at church. I knew Brenda Albright for about 30 years, having served on a committee together at a church in Pleasanton, California. Calvin and I became friends when he brought Kiko back from their morning walk. We had great conversations. I knew Fred and Dixie from [being the greeter] and at cof-fee hour. [Please] continue the obituaries because many members do not know the interesting background of our great members.
March 15, 2019
We have been visiting for many years and always feel blessed to join you in worship.
Steve & Janice Spencer
February 10, 2019
We visited your church 13 years ago and wanted to attend again on this trip to Maui.
Don & Margie Paulsen
February 10, 2019
Aloha and God bless!
A card was received from recipients of a recent Outreach Committee grant. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, the names and location of the recipients are being withheld.Thank you so much. It’s so nice to have someone to help when you really need it. Mahalo for the help with rent. I knew God would provide for our family. Thankfully there are people on this planet like you!
February 8, 2019
I have such fond memories of our winters spent there [on Maui] from 2000 to 2009. I enioy the newsletters and thank you for sending them.
December 26, 2018
Greetings Keawala‘i Friends
The Bauman ‘ohana continues to support the work of the Outreach Committee with an annual Christmas gift.We appreciate the efforts of the Outreach [Committee] in locating and providing support for those on Maui who face struggles that are beyond their means. We believe your work makes a difference. Best wishes for a joyous Christmas sea-son and New Year.
Terry, Stu & Elliot Bauman
Mission Hills, Kansas
December 17, 2018
With Christian love
Thank you for all the work you do through our Lord. May he bless your richly.
Ricky & Lori Benson
December 3, 2018
With our warmest aloha
We remember fondly the beauty, the historical footprints left by kūpuna, and the peace of lovely Keawalaʻi. May all be blessed this holiday season.
Elise & Allen Teagle
Walnut Creek, California
Best wishes for a joyous Christmas and New Year.
Dan & Judy White
November 28, 2018
Mele Kalikimaka to everyone at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. E hoʻomaikaʻi mai ke Akua iā kākou.
Richard & Matti Christensen
November 27, 2018
Blessings on your ministry!
Jim & Diane Scovil
Green Valley, Arizona
November 24, 2018
Wishing you the blessings of peace, love and joy this holiday season.
Donna Riesen & Don Plank
November 22, 2018
My [late] husband and I always visited [Keawalaʻi] during our trips to Maui for many years. Since he passed away in February of this year, my son and I attended in August. I hope [the] church will continue in Mākena for another two hundred years or more!
November 2, 2018
We have supported the Building Fund for 30 or so years. Thanks for the newsletter.
Bill & Peggy Mills
November 2, 2018
God bless you all
Sometime I hope we can return to you.
Indian Wells, California
November 1, 2018
I sure miss seeing you [all]. I pray for the church ʻohana.
October 31, 2018
I trust all is well with . . . Your very special house of worship. My son Scott Kaneshige and Linda Sasajima were married last December 13, the last wedding of the year at [Keawalaʻi]. Best wishes to you [all] as you carry on the Lord’s work.
October 31, 2018
Love in Christ
Enclosed is a small donation for [the] ministry at Keawalaʻi Church. My son Scott Kaneshige and Linda (formerly Sasajima) are so blessed to have ... [had] their wedding ceremony in December , the last one of the year. The service and your beautiful church have often been in my thoughts.
Madeline Ishida, Montebello, CA
May 11, 2018
Me ke aloha pumehana
(Members of the State Board of Hawaiian Congregational Churches met on Maui on April 27-28, 2018. The weekend included a huakaʻi or visit to historic Native Hawaiian churches in Wailuku, Mākena, Kīhei, Olowalu, Honokowai, Lāhainā, Waiheʻe, Kahakuloa and Pāʻia. Among those attending were Uncle Frank Mulec, Council Treasurer, and his wife Elouise Mulec.)
Being on the island of Maui [in mid-April] ... Brought back memories of living on Maui for five years and aiding the Christian Endeavor movement at Pāʻia Hawaiian [Protestant] Church. My grandfather William K. Keliʻihoʻomalu was [the] Licentiate . . . and served the mokupuni of Maui [nui]. Visiting our churches was a blessing [for] me. Please accept our donation to [Keawalaʻi].
Elouise (& Frank) Mulec
'Opihikao Congregational Church, Pāhoa, Hawai'i
May 24, 2018
2018 Annual Appeal
Enclosed please find a contribution to [the] annual budget appeal. Although I have not returned to Maui and Keawalaʻi in four years, I do cherish the memories and time spent there with my late husband, Ralph, for ten winters. Working on the Golf committee, [the annual] lūʻau and other church events including washing windows with Pat Dawson were just some of the highlights of our winter stay. Thank you for your welcoming aloha spirit.
Susan Gilbert, Vancouver, WA
June 8, 2018
2018 Annual Appeal
We recently returned from our spring/summer trip to Tokyo and recently received the monthly church bulletin which reminded us of [the] kōkua letter. Please find enclosed our modest kōkua to support the operating budget of the church.
Frank & Noriko Stiene, Irvine, CA
July 7, 2018
May You All Be Blessed
I received your [newsletter] ... today and was thrilled to even be included in your mail out. We will be coming back to Maui, I hope, this coming winter and will be sure [to see you all] again.
Bonnie Williams-Paquette, Nanaimo, BC
July 9, 2018