News and Events
♦  January through December 2017  ♦


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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