Conference Office Holiday Schedule

The Hawai'i Conference Office will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012, and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. There will be no issues of the Coconut Wireless on December 26 and January 2. The Coconut Wireless will return to your inbox on January 9. Have a Merry Christmas and a joy-filled New Year!

Typhoon Bopha Strikes Philippines

Typhoon Bopha, which struck the Philippines on December 4 and killed more than a thousand people, was the most powerful cyclone in the country’s history.  The United Church of Christ sent an initial One Great Hour of Sharing grant on December 6 to provide immediate aid to victims. The UCC is now working with its partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, to offer continuing relief to countless people in need. Click HERE to learn more and to find out how you can help.

UCC Responds to Newtown

People throughout the country are coping with the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last week and offering prayers for families and friends of the victims and survivors.  Below are links to information and worship resources that may be helpful in your congregation:

Four Churches Receive NIN Grants

Four Hawai'i Conference churches were recently awarded Neighbors in Need grants by Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
  • Hanapepe UCC: $2,000 for its West Kaua'i Inter-Church Food Pantry
  • Kaumakapili Church: $2,000 for its Food Bank
  • Ola’a First Hawaiian Church: $1,200 for its Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
  • Opihikao Church:$1,000 for its Community Outreach Program
Click HERE for more information about NIN grants.  The spring deadline for grant applications is March 31.

Reminder about 2012 Offerings Deadline

Contributions to UCC all-church offerings support ministries and change lives. If your church has not yet submitted Basic and Special Support offerings for the 2012 calendar year, it’s not too late. All offerings received at the Hawai'i Conference Office by Thursday, January 10, 2013, will be counted toward your church’s 2012 contributions and in Five for Five tallies. If you have any questions contact Diane Weible by phone at 808-791-5633 or by email at

UCC Yearbook Forms to be Mailed in New Year

UCC Yearbook forms will be mailed to churches after the first of the new year. Please look for these important forms, fill them out, and return them to Lori Yamashiro in the Conference Office as soon as possible.  

Watch “Hawaiian Christmas” on Christmas Morning

“A Hawaiian Christmas,” produced by the Hawai'i Conference and featuring local musicians, can be seen on NBC-affiliate television stations across the country on Christmas Day. It is scheduled to be broadcast in Hawai'i at 5 a.m. on KHNL. DVDs of the program are now available for purchase at $5 each.  To place an order, contact Vivian Maunakea at the Hawai'i Conference Office at 808-537-9516 or

See Waimea UCC Choir on Christmas Day

Waimea UCC (Kaua'i) Choir’s Christmas cantata will be televised on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. on Kaua'i Channel 54.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

  • Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, 808-469-3000), music and dance at 6:30 p.m. followed by “Traditional Choral Eucharist” at 7 p.m.
  • Lili'uokalani Protestant Church (66-090 Kamehameha Highway, Hale'iwa, 808-637-9364) at 7 p.m.
  • Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Nu'uanu Avenue, Honolulu, 808-595-3935) at 7 p.m.
  • Ewa Community Church (91-1258 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, 808-681-3471) at 7 p.m.
  • Windward UCC (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, 808-254-3802) at 7 p.m.
  • United Church of Christ–Judd Street (467 North Judd Street, Honolulu, 808-536-8418) at 8 p.m.
  • Po'okela Church (200 Olinda Road, Makawao, 808-573-0903) at 7 p.m. 
  • Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church (4-1325 Kuhio Highway, Kapa’a, 808-822-9931) at 10 p.m.

Maui Pastor to Be Installed

Tri-Isle Association will install Jori Lokjob as Pastor of Maui Marshallese Ministry on Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m. at Kahului Union Church (101 West Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului).  Click HERE for the flyer.


Hawai'i Island 'Aha Mokupuni

Hawai'i Island Association will hold its next 'Aha Mokupuni on Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross (440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo).  The agenda includes UCC Insurance Board agent David Takagi speaking about church insurance matters.


Annual Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity

An ecumenical service observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Thursday, January 24, 6:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral (1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu).  This annual service is sponsored by members of the Hawai'i Council of Churches, including the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ.  Click HERE to view a flyer.

Register for 'Aha Halawai

The Spring 'Aha Halawai of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches will be held February 22-23 at Kalihi and Moanalua Church (1313 Kamehameha IV Road, Honolulu).  Click HERE for the registration packet.  To register online, click HERE.

Mark Your Calendar for Clergy Retreat

Hawai'i Island Association will host a Clergy Retreat for all Hawai'i Conference clergy from March 4 to 6, 2013, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Theme for this year’s retreat will be “Re-visioning Ancient Practices: Almsgiving, Prayer, Fasting.” Full information will be mailed to all clergy in early January.  Or click HERE for on-line information and registration.

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