Board of Deacons

New Members Received

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Three new members were received into the membership of Keawala'i Congregational Church on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Linda Martin of Kihei was received as a General Member. Linda was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is a retired elementary school teacher, having taught for 20 years and having served as a principal for 13 years.

Linda has two sons, Jacob and Eric Barrientos, from a previous marriage. Between herself and her husband Robert Martin, they have six children, including Robert's sons and daughter Christian Martin, Jason Martin, Justin Martin and Hillary Keppler, and 12 grandchildren. Her interests include quilting, crafts, snorkeling, and learning new skills including watercolor painting and 'ukulele.

Of her decision to become a member Linda said, "I have been looking for a church for quite a while. Once I came to Keawala'i, it felt like I had found home. I agree and support (the) mission statement, especially the part that says, 'We welcome al and accept all.' How wonderful!"

She added, "I also appreciate that the church is continuing to honor the Hawaiian culture and that part of the service that is in Hawaiian. I am looking forward to sharing my talents and gifts."

Danette Sim Tsin Kiakahi Kong of Wailuku is also becoming a General Member. Danette is an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Church and currently serves as a chaplain at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Magdalena Ewa Kidom of Poland became an Associate Member.

In addition to the new members, William & Elaine Spaller of Williamsburg, Virginia, former Associate Members, were received as General Members of the church.

Kalaupapa Sunday

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It was at the 191st ‘Aha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ that delegates representing the member churches of the conference voted to establish an annual “Kalaupapa Sunday.” The date was set by the Justice & Witness Missional Team of the Hawaiʻi Conference for Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Hymns and songs, Scripture readings, poems and stories were a part of the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.

“ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka”

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” was traditionally celebrated in ancient Hawaiʻi to mark the first anniversary of a person’s death. It was the understanding of our kūpuna or ancestors that tears were initially shed because of the death of a loved one. “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” celebrated a year later was seen as a time when death itself was passed and so tears of joy, not sorrow, were shed in remembering a loved one. Each year the “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” is celebrated as a Service of Remembrance.

The names of those who now inurned in Pōʻaialoha, our columbarium, or those who have had their ashes scattered at sea and now have a plaque in-laid on the ground at the base of the columbarium as well as those buried in the cemetery were all remembered. On Sunday, January 5, 2014, the names of the following members and friends who died in 2013 or for whom a memorial service was held was read during the morning worship services.

Joachim Atadoutin
March 20, 1965 – Kpémé, Togo
January 30, 2013 – Kahului, Maui

Betina Berkitz
November 12, 1943 – Faaa, Tahiti
October 7, 2013 – Kīhei, Maui

Rachel Corrine Betti
March 21, 1920 – Platner, Colorado
April 10, 2013 – Kahului, Maui

Keith Richard Echeverri
January 15, 1937 – Riverside, California
September 24, 2013 – Kīhei, Maui

Francis Gary Frampton
August 15, 1933 – Pomona, California
May 17, 2013 – Kahului, Maui

Virginia Leah Galios
October 6, 1923 – Huntington Park, CA
July 18, 2013 - Kīhei, Maui

Jerry Wayne Hart
July 29, 1950 – Louisville, KY
September 26, 2013 – Louisville, KY

Elroy Roland Kane
October 29, 1940 – Wailuku, Maui
August 3, 2013 – Honolulu, Oʻahu

Jose Herve Krall
June 7, 1961 – Brissac, France
December 1, 2012 – Lost at Sea
Xander Munson
February 15, 2005 - October 20, 2013
William Edward Poole
November 17, 1933 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
December 9, 2012 – Salt Spring Island, BC

Janice Sue Riley
June 27, 1937 – Oroville, CA
December 1, 2012 – Wailuku, Maui

Roy Weaklend
June 19, 1924 – Osceola, Iowa
February 14, 2013 – Kīhei, Maui

William Choon Nyen Wong
February 9, 1930 – Kēōkea, Maui
May 21, 2012 – Maʻalaea, Maui


Emily Fradette
October 24, 1927
February 28, 2013

Charles Hevenor
April 2, 1941
July 27, 2013

Dick Kiebrutz
Phil Kiebrutz

Chuck Walker
1956 -1994

Mahalo to Christmas Volunteers

Mahalo to all who helped with the set-up and clean-up for the annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service held on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. We are grateful to the following:

Kathie Anderson, Tony Alleyne, Scott Beemer, Matti Christensen, Earlene Cummings, Pat Dawson, Gary Ditzel, Cindy Edgerle, Dale Edgerle, Matt Eller, John Fairbank, Buzz Fankhanel, Nick George, Taka Harada, Randy Hoehns, Linda Keys, Tim Mead, Pauline Mitterhammer, Tom Nelson, Abby Neufeld, Charlie Noland, Joe Noland, Norma Lei Noland, Kayo O'Gorman, Bruce Purvis, Doug Robertson, Sue Robertson, Victoria Smith, Fred Wolgamott

Reception of New Members

Sunday, October 27, 2013

On Sunday, October 27, 2013 eight new members were received into the membership of Keawalai Congregational Church. Five General Members were received including Anthony Alleyne of Kīhei; Clark & Sue Johnson of Mākena and Palos Verdes, California; and Richard & Matti Christensen of Wailea.

In addition former Associate Members Robert & Gwen Hunt of Wailea were received as General Members. Pamela Norris of Kīhei was received as an Associate Member.

Clark Johnson grew up in California. He has lived in Michigan and Japan. He married Sue Johnson in 1988 at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. He enjoys tennis, swimming, and snorkeling. Of his decision to become a member he said, “I love the spirit of the church and the love and sharing that comes from being a family.”

Sue Johnson attended Keawalaʻi in the 1960’s and 1970’s. She is a retired speech therapist. She enjoys reading, swimming, snorkeling, and playing tennis.

Sue said, “I have been involved in this church for many years. I am a Christian striving to be closer to Christ and striving to follow his path for me."

Sue and Clark Johnson have six children including Tracy & Scott Johnson, Roger Puccio-Johnson, and Brett, Todd and Reed Wills.

Matti Christensen grew up and lived in California until she and her husband Richard moved to Maui in 2010. “All my adult life,” she said, “I volunteered including community organizing, wildlife docent and non-profit treasurer.”

“From the first time I visited Keawalai . . . I knew I wanted to come back. From then on, my husband and I attended services on our semi-annual visits to Maui. We feel it is time to become more fully committed.”

Richard Christensen is a retired park ranger, law enforcement officer, and emergency medical technician. His interests include history, botany and philosophy. Of his decision to become a General Member he said, “Keawalaʻi to me is a spiritual haven. The congregation is warm and welcoming. I share Keawalaʻi’s philosophy in matters religious. I will ... Support the church and its mission in whatever way I can.”

"The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection"

"Are any among you suffering?
They should pray.
Are any cheerful?
They should sing songs of praise.
Are any among you sick?
They should call for the elders of the church
and have them pray over them,
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

The prayer of faith will save the sick,
and the Lord will raise them up . . .

Pray for one another, so that you may be healed."

James 5:13-16

What is "The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection"?

"The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection" is a part of the ministry of the Board of Deacons of Keawala‘i Congregational Church. The idea for the prayer connection was raised following the recent death of a member of the church. Some were unaware that requests for prayers were being made.

Over the course of a two-month period several members of the board reviewed how such a network might be established and implemented.

How does it work?

If someone has a special request for prayer during the week they are asked to call Kahu at the church office at (808) 879-5557. This will inform Kahu of a particular need.

Members of the Board of Deacons will then be contacted one at a time through a telephone tree and each one will be asked to include the special request for prayer in their prayer time.

In addition to the prayers offered during the week, prayers will also be included in the time of prayer at the following Sunday morning worship services (see page 9).

Another aspect of the board's ministry includes home visitations. A schedule has been set-up.

Once each month, Kahu and a deacon visit members and friends who may not be able to come to church. Some are at home in private residences; others are in care facilities such as Roselani Place in Kahului; Hale Makua in Kahului and Wailuku, and Kalama Heights in Kïhei.

If you or anyone you may know would like a home visit please call Kahu at the church office and let him know. The visit may include the sharing of communion, a time of prayer, and the anointing of oil.

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