Looking Back
♦  January through December 2019  ♦


Jon Hampton in Concert
Saturday, January 5th, 2019

“A New Beginning” featured Jon Hampton on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Keawalaʻi. The concert was a part of Nā Makana, a cultural series celebrating the abundance of Mākena in both its natural and cultural manifestations.

Anthropologists E.S. Craighill Handy and E.G. Handy noted the following: “The sky, seas, and earth, and all in and on them are alive with meaning indelibly impressed upon every fiber of the unconscious as well as the conscious psyche. Hawaiian poetry and folklore reveal this intimate rapport with the elements.” It is a rapport that Nā Makana celebrates through music, dance, art, poetry and film in a local and global context.

‘Aha ‘Aina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 6-13, 2019

“ʻAha ‘Aina 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 that tears were initially shed because of the loss of a loved one. The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka" was seen as a happy occasion, a time when death was accepted by the family and so tears of joy were shed.

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 a time of remembrance was included as a part of the morning worship services. Members and friends who have died over the last year were remembered.

The service of remembrance was followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of Prayer.” The Greek word hebdomas means one week or seven years. In Latin, it also alludes to prayer.

Hence, hepedoma in Hawaiian refers to "a week of prayer" that continues to be practiced in churches such as Kaumakapili and Kawaiahaʻo churches on Oʻahu and other historic Hawaiian churches. 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. A calendar of prayer was provided during both services.

The week culminated with the annual meeting on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Both the "Feast of Tears" and the "Week of Prayer" come out of the work of the Board of Deacons and the commitment the board has made to preserve and perpetuate various aspects of Hawaiian tradition and culture.

2019 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was held on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Reports were received from the various boards and committees as well as from Bruce Burkitt, Moderator and Kahu Kealahou Alika. The agenda included action to review and approve the 2019 Proposed Budget, an amendment to the Bylaws, and the election and appointment of officers, board members and committee members.

A pot-luck luncheon preceded the meeting. The Outreach Committee coordinated the lunch for the day. Any monetary donations that were received for the day were designated to the Local Mission Fund. The fund provides grants for individuals and families in need who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 20, 2019

It was at the 191st ‘Aha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ in 2013 that delegates representing the member churches of the conference voted to establish an annual Kalaupapa Sunday. Kalaupapa Sunday was held at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Hymns and songs, Scripture readings, poems and stories were part of the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. January 21, 2019 marked the 152nd anniversary of when the first 12 people were taken from their families and sent to the Makanalua Peninsusula in 1866. We join with the member of Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa in remembering their names: “Kaaumoana, Kahauliko, Kainaina, Kini, Kipehe, Lakapu, Liilii, Loe, Lono, Nahuina, Puha & Waipio.”

2019 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The 2019 Silent Auction & Luncheon was held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Silent auction items included gift certificates from local businesses including restaurants, resorts, golf courses, and many others.

The fund provides support for families and persons in need who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. Mahalo to all who participated in this special day.

ʻŌpūkahaʻia Sunday Scholarship Fund Offering
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Churches throughout the Hawaiʻi Conference of the United Church of Christ received gifts for the ʻŌpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund on Sunday, February 17, 2019. ʻŌpūkahaʻia died on February 17, 1818 of typhus fever. He was 26 years old.

ʻŌpūkahaʻia’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 1800s, 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.

Members and friends were invited to give in memory and in celebration of ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s life and the lives of men and women entering the Christian ministry today. Mahalo!

2019 Lu'au
Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Hana Hou! One more time” was the theme for the 28th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church that was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 on the grounds of the church and we welcomed JOHN CRUZ, HŌKŪLANI HOLT and KAPONO‘AI MOLITAU & SISSY FARM-LAKE. Everyone enjoyed a day of family, friends and food; oli, mele and hula. In addition to music, dance and food there was an area for children and a gift center.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, March 31, 2019

On Sunday, March 31, 2019, members and friends were invited to share their gifts through the annual special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). For 65 years, OGHS gifts have provided support for refugee, relief and development work in more than eighty countries around the world.

Palm/Passion Sunday
Lauhala Pāpale Sunday
Sunday, April 14, 2019

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, April 14, 2019, women and men had an opportunity once more not only to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem but to commemorate the events of the week that led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion.

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 18, 2019

The annual Maundy Thursday Service was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The service included The Lord’s Supper.

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 21, 2019

The annual Easter Sunrise Service was held at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2019 on the grounds of the church. The outdoor service included the sharing of The Lord’s Supper and the Easter floral cross. Jim Spector, a friend, shared his music. 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.

22nd Annual Hoʻokūkū Kolepa - Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 11, 2019

The 22nd annual golf tournament was held at the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The tournament was a benefit for the Local Mission Fund of the church, a fund that provides assistance to individuals and families in need who are residents of Maui County. As host for the one-day event, the Mākena Golf & Beach Club was joined by other participating sponsors and prize donors. Mahalo to all who participated.

Maui Classical Music Festival
Monday, May 13 and Friday, May 17 2019

The Maui Classical Music Festival celebrated its 37th season welcoming the Formosa Quartet and the Koinonia Trio back to Maui. The festival featured four concerts. Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was the site of two of the concerts in Mākena on May 13 and 17. For the festival audiences, the churches were chosen for their scenic and historical qualities as well as their excellent acoustics. Mahalo to everyone who participated!

Healing Services
Sunday, May 12

The annual healing services was held on Sunday, May 12, 2019 during the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. The anointing of kukui oil, the laying on of hands, and prayers was offered for those in need of healing. Members of the Board of Deacons and others assisted in both services.

Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day was celebrated at Keawalaʻi at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. This year’s celebration coincided with the annual healing services. Roses marked the occasion.

Recital Series
Marti Kluth Music Studio, Kīhei
Saturday, May 18

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church once again was the site of a series of recitals for students of the Marti Kluth Music Studio of Kīhei. The Holiday Recital was Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations received at the recital support the work of the Outreach Committee of the church.

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 19

General Members and Associate Members attended the Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Sunday, May 19, 2019 beginning at 12:00 noon. The meeting was preceded by a light lunch. The agenda included the ongoing work and business of the church. Updates on the work of the various boards, committees and programs was provided.

Hospice Maui
Interfaith Celebration of Life
Monday, May 27

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church welcomed the annual Interfaith Celebration of Life, Hospice Maui, back to Mākena. The celebration was held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 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. All were welcome!

197th ʻAha Paeʻaina
Kaumakapili Church, Kalihi-Pālama
ʻAha Iki - June 5-6, 2019
ʻAha Makua - June 7-8, 2019

The 197th ʻAha Paeʻaina or annual meeting of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ began with the ʻAha Iki or gathering of Hawaiian churches on June 5-6, 2019. The ʻAha Makua or gathering of lay and clergy delegates from all of the member churches of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ followed on June 7-8, 2019. Both the ʻAha Iki and the ʻAha Makua were held at Community Kau-makapili Church located in Kalihi-Pālama. Keawalaʻi delegates included Edie Kapiko, Secretary; Danette Kong, Interim Choir Director; and Kealahou Alika, Kahu.

Pentecost Sunday
Sunday, June 9 , 2019

Pentecost was celebrated on Sunday, May 9, 2019 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.

Father’s Day
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Red and white carnations marked the celebration of Father’s Day at Keawalaʻi during both worship services on Sunday, June 16, 2019. The white carnations were in memory of fathers who have died. The red carnations were in celebration of fathers who are living.

Sunday School
Summer Session
June 2 - July 28, 2019

The Summer Sunday School session ran from June 2-July 28, 2019. Members of the Sunday School teaching team were on break during the month of August.

Daniel Rodriguez
Guest Musician
Sunday, August 18, 2019

We welcomed Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn-born, now-retired police officer, who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack. He visited Keawalaʻi and sang in the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, August 18, 2019. Formal voice training began early, with Danielʼs first recital in Carnegie Hall at age 16. Singing has been his lifelong passion, however it didnʼt always pay the bills. He worked at a series of jobs until joining the NYPD at age 30, where he became known as "The Singing Policeman". September 11, 2001, Officer Rodriguez was driving to work when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Arriving at the site as a first-responder, he witnessed the destruction of both towers, nearly losing his own life. At "Prayer for America" in Yankee Stadium his inspirational voice gave hope and strength to a grieving nation. His music career had turned into a calling. Danielʼs philanthropic and patriotic efforts have been recognized with numerous honors, such as the USO Lifetime Achievement Award, the DAR Medal of Patriotism and others. Now known as "America's Beloved Tenor," he continues to uplift and inspire in performances for his chosen charities, at high profile events, and concert halls around the world.

"Give Aloha"
Foodland's Program
Raises $4,955.01
September 1-30, 2019

Mahalo to all those who participated in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gift Program created in 1999 in honor of Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan to continue his legacy of giving back to the community. This year, customer donations to all participating organizations statewide totals $1,451,055.16. With Foodland and Western Union’s matching gift of more than $326,000, together a grand total of $1,778,045.43 was raised for the community! Keawalaʻi received $4,117 in donations and a match from Foodland and Western Union of $838.01. Since the program was created in 1999, a total of more than $32 million has been raised in Hawaii for non-profit organizations to build a better Hawaii.

Naomi Niskala, Pianist In Concert
Friday, November 15, 2019

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church welcomed Naomi Niskala, Pianist, to Mākena for an evening concert that began at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2019. A “meet and greet” reception with Ms. Niskala preceded the concert. Refreshments were provided. The concert was presented by Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc. in partnership with the Music Ministry Program of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. Admission was by donation.

Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon was held on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The service began at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. A potluck luncheon followed at 12:00 noon and turkey and trimmings were provided. Members, friends and visitors were invited to bring a side dish to share. Mahalo to all who joined us in being thankful.

Advent Service
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The annual Advent Service was held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The evening featured the music of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir. All were welcomed to an evening of worship as we marked the beginning of the season of Advent.

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 14, 2019

The 10th Annual Blessing of the Animals was held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 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. Arrangements for the day took into account the needs of the various animals that included dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. We welcomed 28 dogs, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 1 parrot, 1 fish and 1 turtle, and at least 44 human beings. Mahalo to everyone who helped and were a part of the service.

Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale
Sunday, December 15, 2019

The 2019 Annual Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale was held on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Handmade crafts included Christmas ornaments, cards and other holiday items along with homemade baked goods. Proceeds from the faire and bake sale go to the Local Mission Fund to support the mission of the Outreach Committee. Members of the Outreach Committee hosted the faire and bake sale. Mahalo to everyone who helped and donated to raise over $1100 to provide grants from those residing in Maui County who are in need.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The annual outdoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was held on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. Members and friends who attend were invited to bring a single stem flower or lei for the two outdoor floral Christmas trees.

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