Atlantic Hurricane Hits Caribbean and Moves toward U.S.

Hurricane Matthew, which has already caused at least 11 deaths in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is headed toward the southeastern U.S. continent.  This Category 3 storm is expected to cause widespread damage and affect many lives.  Please keep everyone in the storm’s path in your prayers.  You can support the relief and recovery efforts by making a contribution to the International Emergency Relief Fund and designating your gift for “Hurricane Matthew.”

Coconut Wireless Takes Break Next Week

Because of the Conference youth camp next week, there will not be an issue of the Coconut Wireless on October 12. The next issue will be delivered to your inbox on Wednesday, October 19.

Letter Outlines Process of Conference-wide Assessment

Read the letter from the chairs of the Conference Council and the Foundation Board of Trustees explaining how the assessment of the Conference’s mission and ministry will take place over the next few months and how you can be involved.

View Photos from Recent Events

  • The Tri-Isle Association gathered for its 'Aha Makua on September 24 at Waiola Church.
  • John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President, was the preacher at a community-wide worship service on September 25 at Central Union Church.
  • The Conference Clergy Retreat was held September 26-28 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

Monthly E-mails Cover UCC History

UCC ROOTS is a monthly email from the UCC Historical Council sharing stories of the people who helped shape the UCC.  To sign up to receive these emails, click HERE.

Series Adds New Jazz Hymns

Worship in a New Key, volume 5, offers jazz arrangements of hymns appropriate for baptism and ordination.  To order, or for more information, including arrangements of hymns for other liturgical occasions, click HERE.


Forgiveness Project Stresses Nonviolent Communication

“Compassionate Communication” is the latest in the “Reconciliation” series of talks from the Hawai'i Forgiveness Project.  The talk by Chris Miller will take place on Friday, October 7, 6 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu) in the Von Holt Room.

Hawai'i Island Recognizes Licensed Pastor

The Hawai'i Island Association will hold a Service of Recognition for David Blevins, licensed minister of Imiola Congregational Church (65-1084 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea), on Saturday, October 8, 4 p.m. 

Sustainability Is Topic of Watada Lecture

“Is Sustainability Still Possible?” is the topic of the 2016 Watada Lecture Series to be given by Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, on Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m., at Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu). 

Kawaiaha'o Shares Message

See and hear how God is speaking at “Simply Sharing Jesus,” an evangelism event sponsored by Kawaiaha'o Church on Friday, October 21, 5 p.m., at Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu). 

Berkeley Seminary Invites Prospective Students

Come & See is an open house for prospective students to meet faculty, administrators and students of Pacific School of Religion.  The open house will be held November 4-5 at the Berkeley, California, campus.  For information and to register, call 510-849-8931 or email

Transition House Holds Annual Fundraiser

UCC Transition House will hold its annual fundraiser dinner on Thursday, November 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  All are invited to support this ministry for women and children survivors of domestic violence.

Workshop Aids in Healing of Memories

Michael Lapsley, Anglican priest, social justice activist and author from South Africa, will lead “Every Story Needs a Listener,” a healing memory workshop to be held November 11-13 at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley.  Deadline to register is November 1.

Lu'au Fundraiser Benefits Young Campers

Camp Mokule'ia (68-729 Farrington Highway, Waialua, O'ahu) is holding a lu'au fundraiser on Saturday, November 26, 4-8 p.m., to benefit camper scholarships for Hawai`i youth.  For more information or to buy tickets at $75 per person, go to

Faith Leaders Equipped at National Conference

The Inward Journey: Return, Remember and Renew is the theme of the 2017 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, which seeks to equip church and community leaders in addressing human and social needs through education, advocacy and activism.  The conference will take place February 20-23, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.


In Memory: Anna Ka'ohelauli'i

Anna Ka'ohelauli'i, widow of Kahu Dana Ka'ohelauli'i who passed away on September 10, died on October 3.  Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 9-11 a.m., at Garden Island Mortuary (2-3780 B Kaumualii Highway, Lawai, Kaua'i).

Topside Moloka'i Pastor Retires

Napua Burke retired as Pastor of the Moloka'i Topside churches (Ho'olehua, Kalaiakamanu Hou, Kalua'aha and Waialua) on September 25.

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