Conference Office Closed Next Monday

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 Lana'i Pastor Joins Conference Staff

Sarah Rentzel Jones will join the Hawai'i Conference staff as a part-time associate conference minister.  She is currently Pastor of Lana'i Union Church and will continue in that role when she begins Conference work on February 1.  Her primary area of responsibility will be staff to the Tri-Isle Association (Aha O Na Mokupuni 'O Maui, Moloka'i A Me Lana'i).
In addition, in this new year Conference staffing to associations will be as follows:  Richard Kamanu will work with Kaua'i and O'ahu Associations; Kenneth Makuakane will continue as Papa Makua to the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches; and Hawai'i Island Association will be served by Conference Minister Charles Buck. 

 Kalaupapa Resource Marks 150th Anniversary

The fourth Sunday of this month, January 24, is Kalaupapa Sunday.  Two new resources have been added to the Kalaupapa Sunday Resource page on the Conference website:
  • Kalaupapa Service of Remembrance commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first twelve patients sent to Kalaupapa on January 6, 1866.
  • Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa Memorial newsletter gives latest information about the plans for the memorial that will list the names of all the patients who lived on Kalaupapa.

 Engaging Spirituality: Faith and the Future

Persons under 40, whether they are UCC members or not, are invited to take a survey that will help shape the future of the denomination.

 Leadership Conference Invites UCC Clergywomen

The UCC's Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team invites UCC clergywomen to “Preparing For, Stepping Into, and Sustaining Our Leadership Moments,” a leadership conference to be held April 18-20, 2016, at Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona.  Registration is $100, and discounts are available to members of the Antoinette Brown Society.  Register on-line HERE.


 Crossroads Honors Peacemakers

Church of the Crossroads will present its 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award on Monday, January 18, 7:00 p.m., at the church (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu). The award honors community members who exemplify the precepts and life of the award’s namesake.  For more information about the event, call the church at 808-949-2220.

 Scholar Discusses Early Christianity in Hawai'i

“Early Hawaiian Christianity” is the topic of the next class in the Equipping Tomorrow’s Church Leaders program sponsored by the Tri-Isle Association.  Ron Williams of the Hawaiian Studies Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be the presenter on Saturday, January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Waiola Church (535 Waine'e Street, Lahaina).  Register by sending a $20 check payable to Tri-Isle Association, c/o Anne Wong Troy, 2371 W. Vineyard Street, Wailuku, HI  96793.

 Tri-Isle Gathers for 'Aha Makua

The Tri-Isle Association’s Spring 'Aha Makua will be held on Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Maui Evangelical Church (256 Hina Street, Kahului). RSVP to


First Chinese Church of Christ is seeking an English-Chinese choir director.  Submit resume by March 31 to Nathan Chung at or mail to 1054 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96814.

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