'Aha Pae'aina Packets Mailed to Churches

Registration packets for the 192nd 'Aha Pae'aina ('Aha Iki, June 3-5; 'Aha Makua, June 6-7) have been mailed to churches.  Deadline to register is May 5.  Click HERE to view this information on the website and to register on-line.

 Conference Council Prepares for 'Aha

The Conference Council, which met on April 5 at the Conference Office, heard updates and reports from the Conference Minister, Missional Teams and Associations, and discussed communication of the work of the Council and teams.  The Council also took the following actions:
  • Appointed PKF Pacific Hawaii as independent auditor for the 2014 audit
  • Changed Kenneth Makuakane’s job title to Commissioned Minister for Church Vitality
  • Approved changes to the Personnel Handbook (for Conference Office staff)
  • Nominated Kealahou Alika to a second four-year term as HCF trustee (for election at the 'Aha Pae'aina)
  • Recommended approval of the 2015 budget and an amendment to Conference bylaws (see article below)
The Council also convened as members of the Hawai'i Conference Foundation and took the following actions:
  • Appointed PKF Pacific Hawaii as independent auditor for the HCF 2014 audit
  • Approved the 2015 budget
  • Received notice of a proposed amendment to HCF bylaws (see article below; to be voted in June)
For more information, contact Council Chair Roberta Jahrling (rnjahrling@gmail.com) or Conference Minister Charles Buck (cbuck@hcucc.org).

 Amendment to Bylaws Proposed

Delegates to the 192nd 'Aha Pae'aina on June 6-7 will be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the bylaws of the Hawai'i Conference.  A workshop will be held at the 'Aha Pae'aina to explain the proposed change.

 View Clergy Retreat Pictures on Website

The Clergy Retreat was held at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel from March 31 to April 2.  Click HERE for pictures.

 Resources Available for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Justice and Witness Missional Team encourages churches to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, April 27.  Click HERE to download worship and study resources.

Church Scholarship Supports Windward O'ahu Students

The Holmes Fund Scholarship of Windward UCC provides aid to college-bound students from Windward O'ahu.  For information and to apply visit www.windwarducc.org or call 808-254-3802.  Application deadline is April 30.



 Hawai'i Island Announces Spring 'Aha Mokupuni

The Hawai'i Island Association 'Aha Mokupuni will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo).  Complete information will be mailed to Hawai'i Island churches and ministers.

 Register for Spring 'Aha Mokupuni

  • The spring meeting of the 'Aha O Na Mokupuni O Maui, Moloka'i Ame Lana'i (Tri-Isle Association) will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Waiola Church (535 Wainee Street, Lahaina).  Registration deadline is April 15.
  • The O'ahu Association Spring 'Aha Mokupuni will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Makiki Christian Church (829 Pensacola Street, Honolulu). Registration deadline is April 30.

 Nu'uanu Church Holds Worm Workshops

The Ulu Wai Ministry of Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu) will hold two workshops on the topic, “Worms with a Side Order of Greens II,” by worm “guru” Ralph Rhoads on Sunday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, 9 a.m.  The workshops are free, but registration is required. To sign up contact Velma Akinaka by email at kimoment2@hawaiiantel.net or by phone at 595-3135 after 7 p.m.

 Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries

Pacific Island & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) will hold its 21st Biennial Convocation at Cedar Lake Ministries in Cedar Lake, Indiana, from July 31 to August 3.  Registration fee is $250 and covers accommodation and meals. Early registration deadline is May 15. Email puraclo@yahoo.com for more information.



 Maundy Thursday Services, April 17

  • Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu) will host a light meal of Portuguese bean soup at 5:15 p.m. followed by service at 6 p.m.
  • Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, O'ahu) will hold Communion and Tenebrae Worship at 7:15 p.m.

 Good Friday Services, April 18

  • First Chinese Church of Christ (1054 S. King Street, Honolulu) and United Church of Christ-Judd Street are sponsoring a contemplative walk with a cross through the streets of Honolulu, followed by a service of hymns and reading.  The walk begins at 10 a.m. at First Chinese Church, followed by the service at 12 p.m.
  • Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu) will hold Tenebrae Services at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, O'ahu) will open its sanctuary from 12 to 3 p.m. for personal meditation.
  • Kaumakapili Church (766 North King Street, Honolulu) will hold a Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m.


 Easter Sunrise Service at Punchbowl

The Hawai'i Council of Churches, including the Hawai'i Conference UCC, will sponsor the 113th Easter Sunrise Service at the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl beginning at 6:15 a.m.  Guest preacher is Father Anastasi, Abbot of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.

 Other Local Church Events

  • Nu'uanu Congregational Church and Hawai'i Kai United Church of Christ will join together in a sunrise service at Halona Blowhole Lookout beginning at 6 a.m.
  • Moanalua Community Church (4867 Bougainville Drive, Honolulu) will hold its 8th Annual Spring Celebration from 12 to 4 p.m.  Activities include egg hunts, relays with the Easter Bunny, a pie eating contest and more.  Bounce houses, carnival games and food will be available.


 Minister Publishes Book About Family and Hawai'i

Alan Akana, Pastor of Koloa Union Church, is the author of the recently published book, The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano.  The book is available at amazon.com in hard copy, paperback and e-book formats.

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