Looking Back
♦  January through December 2016  ♦


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Saturday, December 24th, 2016

The annual outdoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was held on Saturday, December 24, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. The service featured Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, under the direction of John Rowehl and Maui Singsation under the direction of Marti Kluth. John is the Director of Music at Keawala'i; Marti is a friend of the church and currently is the director of the Marti Kluth Music Studio in Kīhei.

The adult choir sang "Christmas Lullaby" by John Rutter. The children's ensemble sang a medley of carols including "Mary's Little Boy Child," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "The Little Drummer Boy."

Members and friends who attended were invited to bring a single stem flower or lei for the two outdoor floral Christmas trees.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 10th, 2016

The 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals was held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The service was coordinated through the Board of Deacons with the kōkua of Cindee Burkitt and Ellen Caringer.

Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The Feast Day of St. Francis is usually held on the first Sunday of October. Our annual celebration is held in December. In addition to readings and prayers, a blessing was offered for the animals.

Arrangements for the day took into account the needs of the various animals that may include dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. Dogs were leashed at all times and cats and other animals were safely contained.


2016 Hoʻokupu Makahiki
November 1st - 30th, 2016

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 2016, a total of $68,945.00 was received.


Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon was held on Thursday, November 24, 2016. 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.


2016 Advent Service
Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The annual Advent Service was held on Sunday, November 27, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The evening featured the music of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, under the leadership of Choir Director John Rowehl. All were welcome to an evening of worship as we marked the beginning of the season of Advent.


Five Wishes” Workshop - “End-of-Life” Planning
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hui Mālama O Keawalaʻi, the caregiving group providing short-term assistance for members and friends in need, held a workshop on how to prepare a living will. The workshop was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Cindy Mead serves as the Chairperson for the Steering Committee. Committee members include Bob Nelson and Tom Nelson as well as Anne Rowehl and Edie Kapiko, Intake Coordinators for the hui. Beverly Lundquist, Social Services Supervisor at Hospice Maui, served as the resource person for the workshop.

Five Wishes” is designed to provide participants with a living will that talks about personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes. The document was written with the help of The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and the nation’s leading advocates for end-of-life care.

Five Wishes” began through the work of Jim Towey. For 12 years he worked closely with Mother Teresa, and for one year, he lived in a hospice that she ran in Washington, D.C. Inspired by that work, Towey sought a way for patients and their families to plan ahead and to cope with serious illness. Today, “Five Wishes” when properly filled out and signed meets requirements under the law in 42 states and the District of Columbia, including Hawaiʻi. It is available in 27 languages.


Maui Classical Music Festival
Makawao & Hāna - May 6th & May 11th
Mākena - May 9th & Kahului - May 13th

The Maui Classical Music Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary with exuberant brass. That would be the artistry of horn player William VerMeulen, acclaimed as “one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene.”

VerMeulen joined nine other acclaimed musicians for a series of concerts between May 6th and 11th at historic churches and May 13th gala where the audience were seated around the musicians on stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The others included violinists Soovin Kim, praised for a “brilliant luster” and Robyn Bollinger; cellists Edward Arron, who plays with “a satiny tone”; and prize-winning Desmond Hoenig; Violist Aloysia Friedman, another prize winner; pianists Gloria Chien and Heng-Jin Park.

“Horn virtuoso William VerMeulen may be the best of the lot, commanding his difficult instrument with suavity and grace,” says Fanfare magazine, adding to the superstar description by In Tune magazine. VerMeulen has been principal horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990.

The festival’s history began in 1982, when the then Kapalua Music Festival was founded by Colin and Margaret Cameron. More recently, it has reorganized as the Maui Classical Music Festival and become a non-profit organization. Leading the festival, as they have since 1982, are violist Yizhak Schotten and his wife, pianist Katherine Collier, both University of Michigan faculty members.


Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, March 27, 2016

The annual Easter Sunrise Service was held at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016 on the grounds of the church. The outdoor service included the sharing of The Lord’s Supper and the Easter floral cross.

Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, sang “ʻOia Kuʻu Hau‘oli - He Is Our Joy!” 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, March 24, 2016

The annual Maundy Thursday Service was held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, sang “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”, Clairvaux, Gerhardt & Alexander.

Stephen Haines, Director of the Music Ministry Program, directed the choir. Ellen Caringer was the accompanist on keyboard. The service was based on an ancient service known as Tenebrae that comes from the eighth century. It symbolizes the suffering and death of Christ and the darkness that filled the earth when Jesus was crucified. Candles were used in the service to represent Jesus Christ as the Light of the World.


Palm/Passion Sunday
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Palm/Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The tradition of members and friends wearing their finest lauhala pāpale or hats woven out of pandanus leaves continues. On Palm/Passion Sunday, March 20, 2016, women and men had an opportunity to once more not only to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem but to commemorate the events of the week that lead to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, sang “Benedictus” by Brian Lewis.


In Concert with Mark Hayes
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Maui residents and visitors had an opportunity to enjoy the music of Mark Hayes, an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor in an evening concert that was held at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Members of Nā Leo Nahenahe, sang three anthems arranged and composed by Hayes. They included “Grace,” “To Love Our God” and “Be Thou My Vision.”

In addition, to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Hayes arranged, orchestrated and co-produced received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986.

In June 2010 he released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City artist, Monique Danielle. Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Hayes is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”


2016 Annual Lūʻau
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The 25th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016.


2016 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa
Sunday, March 6, 2016

The 2016 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa, the annual golf tournament, was held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, Kahului. A dinner reception followed at Café O Lei.

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.


Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 24, 2016

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.


Youth Fund Special Offering
Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 a special offering was collected for the Youth Fund of the church. The fund provides support for programs and activities for children and youth of the church.

Over the last two years, the fund has included a provision for educational scholarships for children and youth between the ages of 12-26 who are active members of the Sunday School Program and Youth Program of the church. Criteria and guidelines for scholarships are available on the church web site at: www.keawalai.org.

The special offering is intended to help the fund continue to grow over the coming years so that support will be available for scholarships and other programs and activities. Action was taken by the Board of Trustees in June 2012 approving the recommendation for the special offering.


2016 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was held on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The meeting began at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule.

Reports were received from the various boards and committees. The 2016 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.


ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 3-10, 2016

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” was held on January 3, 2016. The annual event is a service of remembrance for members and friends who died in 2015.

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 set for Sunday, January 10, 2016.


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