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  • The Conference Clergy Retreat was held March 6-8 at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
  • The Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches held a recognition service for Lani Kapuniai as licensed minister of Ola'a First Hawaiian Church on March 11. 

Sanctuary Church Resources Available

As many churches around the U.S. prepare to become, or to consider being, sanctuary churches for refugees and immigrants, these resources can help in understanding the legal issues and implications.

Guide Provides Tools for Advocacy

The 2017 UCC Public Policy Advocacy Guide offers churches tips, tools and theological insights on engaging in faith-based advocacy.

Council Creates Fund, Approves Audit, Receives Assessment

The Conference Council met on March 4 and took the following actions:
  • Established the Katherine and Clay Wery Fund to be administered by the State Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches.  The fund, following donor intent, will benefit small Hawaiian churches.  State Council will provide more information after it develops guidelines.
  • Approved the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending 2016
  • Re-appointed Aletha Kaohi to three-year terms on the G.N. Wilcox Trust and Elsie H. Wilcox Foundation
  • Recommended approval by the 'Aha Pae'aina of the resolution, “In Support of a Names Memorial at Kalaupapa”
  • Received the resignation of Conference Minister Charles Buck (see article below)
The Council and Foundation trustees also received the report of consultant, Alan Oliver, on the Conference assessment completed in January.  The report will be discussed at the next Council meeting on April 1 and at the 'Aha Pae'aina.
For more information, email Council Chair Iese Tuuao ( or Conference Minister Charles Buck ( 

Scholarship Supports Windward Students

The Holmes Fund Scholarship of Windward UCC provides aid to college-bound students from Windward O'ahu.  To apply, visit or call 808-254-3802.  Application deadline is March 31.

Woman’s Board Holds Annual Meeting

The Woman's Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands will hold its 146th Annual Meeting and Fellowship on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  The meeting includes lunch and silent auction.  Purchase tickets at $35 each by calling 808-791-5647 or 808-990-0503.


Conference Minister Announces Resignation

Charles Buck will end his ministry in the Hawai'i Conference on June 4 to relocate with his family to California.  Read his letter of resignation to the Council and the Council’s letter to churches.

Pastor/ACM Called to Kaua'i Chaplaincy

Sarah Jones, part-time Pastor of Lana'i Union Church and part-time Associate Conference Minister, will leave both positions on May 31 to become the new chaplain at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kaua'i beginning June 1.


Kalaupapa Church Patient Remembered

A recent article in the Moloka'i Dispatch pays tribute to former Kalaupapa patient and Kana’ana Hou-Siloama member, Edwin Lelepali, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Central Union Birthed Churches and Organizations

The history of Central Union Church and the role it played in starting other churches and local organizations were recounted in the Star-Advertiser Magazine.
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