Coconut Wireless Takes Break Next Week

The Coconut Wireless will take a break next week, September 2, and return to your inbox on Wednesday, September 9.

Conference Office Closed on Labor Day

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Miloli'i Service Will Be Rescheduled

The service recognizing Mahina Kaupiko and Melveen Kaupiko as licensed ministers to Hauoli Kamana'o Church, originally scheduled for late September, has been canceled.  The rescheduled date will be announced later by the Hawai'i Island Association. 

Students Awarded Friend Peace Scholarships

Eight college and graduate students from around the Pacific, including American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, China and Hawai'i, were awarded Richards Friend Peace Scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $10,000.  The annual scholarship, administered by the Hawai'i Conference Foundation, was established by Theodore and Mary Atherton Richards to promote peace and friendships in the Pacific region.

Pension Boards Advises of Correct Mailing Address

The Pension Boards reminds employers that pension and insurance payments should be sent directly to: The Pension Boards–UCC, 75 Remittance Drive, Suite 1592, Chicago, IL 60675-1592.  Payments sent to the Pension Boards office in New York may result in delays in posting to accounts.

Churches Are Invited to Host Justice Trainings

Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing equips local church leaders with skills and tools needed to develop, strengthen and sustain justice advocacy ministries in congregations.  Full-day and shorter workshops are offered by Ellen Carson and David Schlicher.  For more information, contact Donald Schmidt at 808-791-5643 or

Give Aloha in September

During the month of September, you can donate up to $249 to each non-profit organization participating in Foodland’s Give Aloha campaign.  Foodland will then pass on your gift to the organization along with an additional donation.  Listed below are donation numbers for UCC churches and affiliates participating this year:

Church of the Crossroads          78783
Church of the Holy Cross           77840
Ewa Community Church             78748
First United Protestant Church   78830
Kailua Christian Church             78524
Kaumakapili Church                  78059
Kawaiaha'o Church School         78676
Lili'uokalani Protestant Church    78353
Makawao Union Church             78617
Manoa Valley Church                78558
Po’okela Church                       77931
UCC Transition House               78666
Windward UCC                        78666

School Vaccines Protect Keiki from Flu

All students in Hawai'i, from kindergarten to eighth grade, can receive free flu vaccines as part of the Hawai'i State Department of Health program, Protect Hawai'i’s Keiki: Stop Flu at School. Submit consent forms by Friday, September 4, at participating schools.  For more information or to obtain consent forms, contact your child’s school.

Kaua'i Church Publishes 'Ohana Devotions

Ko'olau Hui'ia Church (Kaua'i) has published the first of a planned series of 'ohana devotions in e-book format.  Purchase and download the book at for 99 cents.


Exhibit Marks 70th Anniversary of Liberation from Nazi Camps

Nisei Veterans Legacy Center presents an exhibition of photos of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, a unit of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, as it liberated camp survivors at the Dachau Nazi concentration camp seventy years ago.  "Unlikely Liberators" is on display at Temple Emanu-El (2550 Pali Highway, Honolulu) from August 20 to September 6; at Kahala Mall from October 5 to 24, and then on Maui in November.

Respond with Compassion to Mental Illness

The Hawai'i chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness invites faith communities to “Mental Health: A Compassionate Response,” a half-day event providing an overview of mental illness and ways to increase understanding and compassion.  The conference will be held this Saturday, August 29, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Parish of St. Clement (1515 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu).  Seats are limited, so register quickly.

Waiokeola Church Hosts Movie Night

“Do You Believe?” is the feature at a movie night at Waiokeola Church (4705 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu) this Saturday, August 29, 7 p.m.  For more information, click HERE.

Care of Creation Will Be Celebrated

Hawai'i Interfaith Power and Light and Church of the Crossroads will host an interfaith event, "World Wide Day Of Prayer for the Creation" on September 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu).   

Resources Are Available for Labor Sunday

UCC Justice and Witness Ministries encourages churches to observe Labor Sunday, September 6, the day before Labor Day in the U.S.  Find out more and download worship resources.


Ministerial Transitions

  • Timothy Weible resigned as Pastor of Kailua Christian Church and will be moving to Northern California.  His last Sunday was August 23. 
  • Brandon Duran was called as Associate Minister of Central Union Church beginning August 23.  He previously served as associate pastor at Plymouth UCC in Seattle. 
  • Norma DeSaegher will be Interim Pastor of Waialua UCC beginning September 1. 
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