News and Events
♦  January through February 2020  ♦

Aha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 5-12, 2020

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” will be held on January 5, 2020. The annual event is a service of remembrance for members and friends who died in 2019. The service will be followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of prayer.” Members and friends will be 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 will cul-minate with the annual meeting of the church set for Sunday, January 12, 2020.

2020 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 12, 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The meeting will begin at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule. A luncheon will precede the meeting. The Outreach Committee will be coordinating the lunch for the day. Those wishing to offer their kōkua by providing a dish to share are invited to do so. Donations for the luncheon are welcomed, not required.

Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 19, 2020

In 2014, 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 will be highlighted at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

A Music Choir Retreat with Mark Hayes
January 24 - 26, 2020

The Music Ministry Team and the Choir Committee of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be hosting a weekend music choir retreat with Mark Hayes, January 24-26, 2020. Mark is an internationally known composer and arranger of contemporary Christian and sacred music. His music is found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. Mark is known for his vocal and instrumental writing and is widely acclaimed for his unique choral settings which draw from such diverse styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical music.

The retreat is designed to empower church musicians by providing fresh insights into improvisation, accompanying and congregational hymn playing. Participants will be taught a select number of compositions of church songs for the solo voice and for full choirs for a variety of worship settings. The intent is for participants to be able to share what is learned with their congregations and with the wider church body.

The retreat will be limited to 120 participants including church musi-cians, song leaders, choir directors, instrumentalists and anyone who enjoys singing. There is a $20 registration fee per person. The fee will cover all a choir music packet, meals and other resources. The registration deadline is: Saturday, November 30, 2019. For more information, contact the church at: (808) 879-5557 or at:

Youth Fund Special Offering
Sunday, January 26 , 2020

On Sunday, January 26, 2020 the annual offering for Youth Fund of the church will be received. The fund provides support for programs and activities for children and youth of the church. A total of $1,900 was received in 2019. The fund includes a provision for educational scholarships for children, youth and young adults 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 website at: 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.

2020 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 9, 2020

The 2020 Annual Silent Auction & Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020. The auction and luncheon 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, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. Silent auction items will include gift certificates for restaurants, golf courses and activities as well as art work and other special items. Bids on silent auction items will open from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

ʻŌpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund Offering
Sunday, February 16, 2020

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 gifts for the ʻŌpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ will be received. A total of $1,300 was received in 2019. It was ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s desire to return to Hawaiʻi to share the “good news” of Jesus Christ that inspired the first mission to Hawaiʻi in 1820. Each year on the third Sunday of February, an offering is received to support the development of pastoral leadership, especially leadership for small Hawaiian churches, and to help students with seminary costs and active ministers with continuing education needs.

Pau Hana for Kahu Alika
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Aloha everyone! Sunday, February 16, 2020 will be a day of celebration and thanks for the long and loving service Kahu Kealahou Alika has given to Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. After 29 years of leading this church in worship, Kahu will be retiring and moving on to continue his service to the broader community with his work with the Hawaiʻi Conference Foundation, the State Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches and the Tri-Isle Association. On February 16th we will celebrate this “Time of Passage” during the service followed by a luncheon with entertainment under the big lūʻau tent on the church grounds. The luncheon will be catered by Naluʼs South Shore Grill restaurant and entertainment will feature Jamie Lawrence, Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. and others. We invite all members and friends of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church to attend and share in this special celebration.

Give Aloha Foodland's Program
September 1 - October 2, 2020

Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program raised $1,395,223 statewide this year from customer donations alone. With Foodland and the Western Union Foundation's matching gift of more than $317,000, a grand total of $1,712,578 was raised to support non-profit organizations across Hawai'i. It has been a very challenging year for our community and world and customers gave generously. A big MAHALO for your donations as well as the matching donation from Foodland and Western Union -- $4,828.84 was raised for Keawala'i Congregational Church. The Program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

Blessings of the Animals
Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Annual Blessing of the Animals was held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the historic Keawalaʻi Congregational Church in Mākena. Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Readings, prayers, and a blessing were offered as well as pictures with Santa. Arrangements for the day will took into account the needs of the various animals and dogs and other animals. This year’s event included precautions due to Covid-19. Contract tracing, masks and social distancing of 6 feet were required.

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