Make Plans to Attend 194th 'Aha Pae'aina

Registration packets for the 194th 'Aha Pae'aina ('Aha Iki, June 8-9; 'Aha Makua, June 10-11) were mailed to churches this week.  Deadline to register is May 9.  Click HERE to view this information on the website and to register on-line.

Help Share Welcome with 'Aha Pae'aina Guests

With formal partnership being established between the Hawai'i Conference and the South Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, visitors from Korea will attend the upcoming 'Aha Pae'aina.  Local churches are invited to help welcome and host these guests while they are with us.  A memo explaining the role of host is included in 'Aha Pae'aina registration packets.

Become a Creation Justice Church

Find out how to become a Creation Justice Church with a new United Church of Christ resource.  A six-step certification process helps churches to “grow green.”  Churches are also encouraged to take the Creation Care Challenge by starting an environmental ministry or enhancing an existing ministry in preparation for Earth Day (April 22).

  Workshop Looks at Morning After (a Disaster)

After disaster strikes a community or island, churches often play active roles in response and recovery.  Zach Wolgemuth, Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries, will lead a continuing education workshop for clergy on developing a checklist of responses and resources for ministers and churches “The Morning After a Disaster.”  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hawai'i Conference Office.  (This will take the place of the O'ahu clergy meeting.)  There is no cost (except travel for neighbor islanders), but make your reservation for lunch by emailing

Council Meets, Prepares for 'Aha

Last Saturday, April 2, Conference Council members voted to recommend to the 'Aha Pae'aina a budget for the new fiscal year 2016-17.  The Council also heard these updates from Conference Minister Charles Buck:
  • Controller Ann Hiyane resigned effective March 29 to take a new job with the State of Hawai'i.  Interviews have taken place, and a new controller will be announced shortly.
  • Churches are reminded that as 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, they may not actively campaign for or against particular candidates.  The UCC has prepared a helpful guide sheet on this topic.
  • John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President, will visit Hawai'i in September.  He will preach at a community worship service on Sunday afternoon, September 25, at Central Union Church.  He will be guest speaker at the Conference clergy retreat on September 26-28.
  • Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Executive for Disaster Ministries, will be in Hawai'i to lead a clergy continuing education workshop on Tuesday, May 10.  He will then attend the Micronesian Council UCC General Assembly in the Marshall Islands with Conference Minister Charles Buck.
  • Hawai'i Conference received a large gift from the Katherine Wery estate.  Council will consider a recommendation for use of these monies in the future. 
View materials and handouts from the meeting.  For more information, email Conference Chair Iese Tuuao ( or Conference Minister Charles Buck (

Use Jazz Arrangements for Pentecost

Worship in a New Key offers jazz arrangements for hymns that can be sung for Pentecost and after.  For more information and to purchase a download, click HERE.


Faith Community Discusses Honolulu Homeless

Faith leaders are invited to meet and discuss how to end homelessness in Honolulu with Lloyd Pendleton, Director of the Homeless Task Force in the State of Utah.  The meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church (720 N. King Street, Honolulu). 

Hawai'i Island Examines Mass Incarceration

Hawai'i Island Association churches will gather for the Spring 'Aha Mokupuni on Saturday, April 16, at Church of the Holy Cross, beginning at 9 a.m.  Following the business meeting, at 10 a.m., there will be a community conversation on mass incarceration, featuring a panel of state legislators and open conversation on how faith communities can help make changes. 

Kaua'i Association Gathers for Mele and Visioning

The Kaua'i Association Spring 'Aha Mokupuni will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church.  On Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a dinner and 'Aha Mele.  On Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to the business meeting, delegates will engage in a “hands-on” visioning process for the Association and its churches. 

O'ahu Association Addresses End-of-Life Issues

The Spring 'Aha Mokupuni of the O'ahu Association will be held on Saturday, May 7, at Makiki Christian Church.  The program will include panel sharing and workshops on end-of-life care and conversations.  


Job Openings at UCC National Offices

The national offices of the United Church of Christ has posted job openings for Chief Financial Officer, Accounts Payable Processor, and Executive Associate. 

 Koloa Union Seeks Music Director

Koloa Union Church is seeking a Music Director to lead congregational singing in English and Hawaiian, and to plan and implement special music for worship services.
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