News and Events
♦  January through December 2017  ♦


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24th, 2017

The annual outdoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. Members and friends who are planning to attend are invited to bring a single stem flower or lei for the two outdoor floral Christmas trees. More information will be included in the November-December issue of this newsletter and journal.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 9th, 2017

The 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The service will be coordinated through the Board of Deacons with the kōkua of Cindee Burkitt and Ellen Caringer. Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals that may include dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cats and other animals must be safely contained.


2017 Advent Service
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The annual Advent Service will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The evening will feature the music of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir. All are welcome to an evening of worship as we mark the beginning of the season of Advent.


Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon washeld on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The service began at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. A potluck luncheon followed at 12:00 noon. Turkey and trimmings were provided. Members, friends and visitors were invited to bring a side dish to share. A sign-up sheet was made available at the Greeter’s Table beginning on Sunday, November 2nd. Drinks as well as plates, napkins and utensils were provided.


2017 Ho'okupu Makahiki
November 2017

The Hoʻokupu Makahiki or Annual Appeal is held each year throughout the month of November. Members and friends of the church will be invited to share a special gift to support the ongoing mission and ministry of the church.

The annual appeal is a part of the stewardship program of the church. This makahiki season will mark the tenth year of the appeal for special gifts during the season of harvest and thanksgiving. In 2017, a total of $68,945.00 was received.


20th Hoʻokūkū Kolepa
Annual Golf Tournament

Sat., September 30, 2017

Mahalo for your support of the 20th Annual Golf Tournament of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. Through your generous kōkua, the Outreach Committee of the church will continue to respond to the needs of individuals and families who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻ and Lānaʻi.

We are also grateful to our sponsors and donors who made this year’s tournament a special event for the planners, participants and people of Maui County. Mahalo piha! So far this year, over 70 grants totaling over $35,000 have been approved. Housing continues to be the greatest need for residents, especially on Maui and Molokaʻi. Alcohol and drug rehabilitation recovery continue to be a major concern, especially for mothers with children who are in recovery.

Over the last decade, the Local Mission Fund has responded to a variety of needs including but not limited to housing, food, medical, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and utilities. The total amount of grants made available to individuals and families in need and in partnership with other community organizations from 2008 to 2016 totaled well over $350,000.


Foodland's "Give Aloha" Program
September 1-30, 2017

In 2016, members and friends of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church donated a total of 5,499.00 to the month-long Give Aloha Program through Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. The “Give Aloha” Program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan and continues his legacy of giving back to the community. Together with a donation of $985.20 from Foodland and a total of $175.43 from Western Union, the total received for 2016 was $6,659.83 Since the program began in 1991, over $20,000,000 has been raised for Hawaiʻi’s non-profit organizations. Laura Moore and Elleanna Moore will again coordinate the annual program for Keawalaʻi.


Violin Concert
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Robert Pollock, Executive Director for Ebb & Flow Arts, concluded the Violin Synergy Festival with a concert at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Sunday, August 6, 2017 beginning at 4:00 p.m. The festival featured four violinists from the San Francisco Symphony. Ebb & Flow Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 1999. Ebb & Flow Arts is committed to enriching the community by presenting international festivals of excellent quality contemporary music concerts and cutting edge multi-media events. Ebb & Flow Arts is also committed to breaking down the barriers between the arts and bridge artistic expressions and cultures.


Family Movie Night
Saturday, July 15, 2017

A family movie nightwas held on the grounds of the church. Walt Disney’s “Moana” was featured on a large outdoor screen. The event began at 6:00 p.m. Pizza, popcorn and drinks were provided. Children, youth, parents, grandparents and other adults were welcome to attend. They brought beach chairs, blankets and other ground cover.


Master Guitar Concert
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The 18th Annual Master Guitar Concert was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Fourteen guitarists from across the U.S. and other parts of the world gathered in Mākena to share their music following a week-long class with Benjamin Verdery, John Olson, and Ian O’Sullivan. As well as Martha Masters, Tom Donahue, and Gioia Di Cari. The concert featured solo performances. The evening also featured John Olson on guitar and Thomas Donahue on organ as they performed Fugue, BWV 539 by J.S. Bach.

Ian OʻSullivan opened the evening with the Maui Honu Guitar Orchestra with an arrangement of Wahine Ilikea by the late Dennis Kamakahi. He also led the debut of his arrangement of David Kapohakimohewa’s Kilakila O Haleakalā. Martha Masters led the Maui Honu Guitar Orchestra in Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and arranged by Roland Dyens. Soprano Gioia De Cari was featured as the soloist.

Verdery continues to serve as the Chair of the Guitar Department at Yale University School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut. This is the fourth year that the weeklong class has been held at Keawalaʻi.


Pentecost Sunday
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pentecost was celebrated on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. Members and friends were reminded to dress in colors of red, yellow and/or orange. The colors represent the “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-3) that describes how the gift of the Spirit fell upon the disciples and others to mark the birth of the church in the first century.


Hospice Maui Interfaith Celebration of Life
Monday, May 29, 2017

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was again the site of the annual Interfaith Celebration of Life, Hospice Maui. The celebration was held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Members of the staff gathered with families who have gone through the Hospice Maui program as a result of the death of a loved one. The service included clergy from the various faith communities of Maui.


ʻAha O Nā Mokupuni ʻO Maui, Molokaʻi a me Lānaʻi
(Tri-Isle Association)
“Water & Spirit”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church hosted the annual meeting of the ʻAha O Nā Mokupuni ʻO Maui, Molokaʻi a me Lānaʻi (Tri-Isle Association) on Saturday, May 13, 2017. “Water & Spirit” was the theme for the meeting. The theme is based on the scripture reading from The Gospel According to John (3:1-17)

The business portion of the meeting included a reviewing and adopting of minutes of the previous meeting, receiving a financial report, adopting a budget, and electing a President/Vice President-Elect and Treasurer as well as members of the Church & Ministry Committee. The agenda also included the Recognition of the Licensure of Jimmy ‘A‘arona as Licensed Minister of the association. A lūʻau reception followed the meeting.


Healing Services
Sunday, May 14, 2017

The annual healing services were held on Sunday, May 14, 2017 during the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. The anointing of oil, the laying on of hands, and prayers were offered for those in need of healing.


Maui Classical Music Festival
Monday, May 8, 2017

The festival’s history began in 1982, when the Kapalua Music Festival was founded by Colin and Margaret Cameron. More recently, it has reorganized as the Maui Classical Music Festival. For the festival audiences, local churches have been chosen for their scenic and historical qualities as well as their excellent acoustics.

Back for their 36th year as music directors of the festival were one of the pianists — Katherine Collier — and her husband, violist Yizhak Schotten. Concerts were May 5 at Makawao Union Church, May 8 and 12 at Keawala‘i Congregational Church in Mākena and May 10 at Wananalua Congregational Church in Hāna.


Floor Refinishing Project
April 10-21, 2017

Over two decades have come and gone since the project to replace the floor of the sanctuary was completed in 1994. In 1992, members voted to replace the floor that was constructed out of Douglas fir with ʻōhiʻa that was milled and shipped to Maui from Hawaiʻi island. The wear-and-tear on the floor has been a concern for the trustees of the church and over the course of the last year a decision was made to have the ʻōhiʻa floor refinished. That work was done by Walk on Wood Maui from April 14-23, 2017. Walk on Wood Maui has been installing and refinishing hardwood floors island wide for over 30 years. The cost for the project was covered by funds designated for “Building Maintenance.”


Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 16, 2017

The annual Easter Sunrise Service was held beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017 on the grounds of the church. The outdoor service again included the sharing of The Lord’s Supper and the Easter floral cross. Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, and special guests were part of the time of worship. Members and friends were invited to bring single stem flowers or lei for the cross. These were placed on the cross during the sharing of The Lord’s Supper.


Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The annual Maundy Thursday Service was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. under the pavilion. Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, sang with John Rowehl, Director of Music, who directed the choir. Ellen Caringer was the accompanist on keyboard.


Palm/Passion Sunday
Lauhala Pāpale Sunday
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm/Passion Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week. The tradition of members and friends wearing their finest lauhala pāpale or hats woven out of pandanus leaves continued. On Palm/Passion Sunday, Aril 29, 2017, women and men not only commemorated the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the events of the week that led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion.


2017 Annual Lūʻau
Saturday, March 11, 2017

The 26th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017.


2017 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa
Sunday, March 5, 2017

The 19th annual golf tournament was held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, in Kahului. Each year the tournament provides members and friends of the church with an opportunity for fun and fellowship. At the same time the tournament is also a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund. The fund provides assistance to individuals and families in need throughout Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.


ʻOpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund Offering
Sunday, February 19th, 2017

On Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 gifts for the ʻOpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund of the Hawai‘i Conference UCC were received. Here at Keawalaʻi, a total of $1,033.00 was received in 2016. ʻOpūkahaʻia died on February 17, 1818 of typhus fever. He was 26 years old.

ʻOpūkahaʻia’s story is familiar to many in our Hawaiian churches – a young Hawaiian boy fleeing wars between the aliʻi who finds himself in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1880's, alone and looking for a new life. His determination to return to Hawaiʻi with "good news" of Jesus Christ is what inspired the first mission to Hawaiʻi in 1820. The offering is used to support pastoral leadership, especially in smaller Hawaiian churches, and to help students with seminary costs and active ministers with continuing education needs.


2017 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The 2017 Silent Auction & Luncheon was held on Sunday, February 12, 2017. This event is a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Through the work of the Outreach Committee, the fund provides support for individuals and families in need throughout Maui County, including residents of Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i. Silent auction items included gift certificates from local businesses including restaurants, resorts, golf courses, and others; as well as art work and other special items.


Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 22, 2017

In 2013, the 191st ʻAha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ voted to establish an annual Kalaupapa Sunday. Hymns and songs, Scripture reading, poems and stories focusing on Kalaupapa were highlighted at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017.


2017 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 15, 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was held on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The meeting began at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule.

Reports were received from the various boards and committees. The 2017 Proposed Budget was presented for review and approval and officers and board and committee members were elected.

A luncheon preceded the meeting. The Outreach Committee coordinated the lunch for the day. Those wishing to offer their kōkua by providing a dish to share were invited to do so. Donations for the luncheon were welcomed, not required.


ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 8-15, 2017

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” was held on January 8, 2017. The annual event is a service of remembrance for members and friends who died in 2016.

The service was followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of prayer.” Members and friends were invited to be in prayer for the various ministries of the church and for ways in which they may offer their kōkua throughout the year. The week culminated with the annual meeting of the church on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

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