Register by May 7 for 'Aha Pae'aina

The deadline to register for the 2012 'Aha Pae'aina is next Monday, May 7. Information was mailed to churches and can be viewed on-line HERE. To register on-line, click HERE. After May 7 a $25 late fee will be charged.

Youth Invited to 'Aha Pae'aina

Churches Encouraged to Register Youth
Youth attending the 'Aha Pae'aina, June 8-9, either as delegates or visitors, will be included in all 'Aha activities and will have opportunities to assist with some of the events. Click HERE for registration information. Youth are also invited to a youth night on Friday evening at Waipahu UCC and to sleep over at the church. See the next article for more information.

Conference Youth Gathering
On Friday night, 'Aha youth and O'ahu youth not attending the 'Aha are invited to a special youth gathering at Waipahu UCC from 7 to 10 p.m. There is no cost for 'Aha registered participants; all other youth are $5 each. O'ahu youth leaders are asked to RSVP by May 21 to Diane Weible by phone at 808-791-5633 or by email at Click HERE for more information.

Conference Council Highlights

The Conference Council, which oversees the ministries of the Hawai'i Conference, met on April 21, 2012, to worship, share reports and take the following actions:

1) To recommend to delegates of the 190th 'Aha Pae'aina (June 2012) the adoption of the Agenda, Rules and Procedures, and the Conference budget for fiscal year 2012-13. (These materials will appear in the 'Aha Handbook available in mid-May.)
2) To elect Monty Richards to the Hawai'i Conference Foundation Board of Trustees as a Class C delegate (nominated by HCF Trustees and elected by the Conference Council).

Also, the Council, as the members of the Hawai'i Conference Foundation, met the same day to approve the HCF budget for fiscal year 2012-13. To view submitted reports, click HERE. For more information about any of these actions, contact Conference Minister Charles Buck ( or HCF Executive Director Sherman Hee (

Clergy Invited to Participate in Study

Clergy are invited to participate in a study on suicide intervention and aftercare being funded by the Association of Theological Schools. The survey, which takes about 30 minutes to complete, asks clergy about their engagement with suicide, and results will be used to develop resources, including web-based training, to help clergy address suicide in their congregations.  Click HERE to participate.

Stay at Waineke Cabins on Kaua'i

Waineke Cabins, located at Koke’e State Park on Kaua'i, are available for use as a retreat for Hawai'i Conference ministers or active laypersons, and their families, or any Conference church group. Nightly rates are $15 per person ($10 per person for youth groups). Click HERE to learn more about this Kaua'i Association ministry and how to make reservations.


Messiah to Be Performed

Hilo Community Chorus will perform Parts II and III of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m., at the Palace Theater in Hilo. For more information, click HERE.
Submitted by the Rev. Thomas Olcott

2030 Clergy Network Announces Summer Gathering

UCC clergy in their 20s and 30s are invited to gather for fun, fellowship and faith-filled learning at Boston University School of Theology from June 5–7. The gathering, "Shepherding the Shepherd,” is sponsored by the 2030 Clergy Network. For more information, click HERE. To register, click HERE.

Interim Ministers Meet at Annual Conference

Interim Ministry Network (IMN) will hold its annual conference from June 11-14, in Buffalo, New York. Click HERE for details and registration information.

Holy Cross Vacation Bible School

Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo invites children ages 3 to 17 to its Vacation Bible School from June 18 to 22, 5:30-8 p.m. each day.  Among the week-long activities offered are two evening workshops on ‘ukulele building (click HERE) and songwriting (click HERE) for youth ages 13- 17, led by Ken Makuakane, Hawai`i Conference Program Associate.  Deadline to register for these workshops is May 11.  Additional workshops and Bible study classes will be available for younger children.  There is no cost for the VBS program and dinner will be provided for the participants each evening.  A special dinner and program for families will be held Friday evening.  Contact the church at 808-935-1283 for more information.


Lana'i Kids Win Earth Day Contest

A music video created by fourth graders at Lana'i Elementary School won the Best Original Song and Video award from the Project Earth 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest. Kisha Sigrah of Lana'i Union Church was one of six students in the video, and teacher Matt Glickstein of Lana'i Union helped the students write, record, and sing the song, "Every Day is Earth Day." (This is the same class mentioned in an earlier Coconut Wireless for the peace video they also created.) Click HERE to view the video.

In Memory: Daniel R. Nebres (Correction)

Daniel Nebres, who died April 18 in the Philippines at the age of 77, served as Pastor of Cosmopolitan UCC, which merged with Moanalua Community Church, as the church known today. The church was incorrectly named in last week's Coconut Wireless.

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