Conference Office Closed Next Monday

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. 

'Aha Pae'aina Updates

  • Although the deadline to register for the 2014 'Aha Pae'aina has passed, you can still register for the 'Aha Makua with $30 late fee through May 27.  Registration is also available online for the 'Aha Iki.
  • Handbooks for the 'Aha Pae'aina are now available on the website.  Handbooks will not be printed.  Delegates and visitors may choose to print out the handbook or download it to a laptop computer prior to the 'Aha.  

Health Plans Open Enrollment Period Ends June 15

From May 15 through June 15, church employees enrolled in a medical or dental plan through the Hawai'i Conference may make changes to their coverage, transfer from one health plan to another, or join a group plan if they did not join when first eligible. Click HERE for more information, or contact Ann Osalvo by phone at 791-5627 or from neighbor islands at 1-800-734-7610, ext. 627.

Conference Hosts Allan Boesak

Allan Boesak, the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, will be in Hawai'i this summer to speak and preach at various locations.  Click HERE for a schedule of events.

Participate in Justice and Witness Survey

The Justice and Witness Missional Team of the Hawai'i Conference invites your participation in a survey about church interests related to justice and witness issues.  The information will help the team compile materials, programs, information, and worship resources for churches.

O'ahu 'Aha Mokupuni Featured on Web and in Newspaper

  • View photos from the O'ahu Association 'Aha Mokupuni held May 10 at Makiki Christian Church.
  • Two stories about O'ahu churches addressing homelessness and mental illness appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on May 17.  

Ka'ahumanu Church Officially Joins UCC

Ka'ahumanu Church on Maui was received into the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches at its 'Aha Halawai last October.  A formal service of recognition was held at the church this past Sunday, May 18.  (Ka'ahumanu Church had not voted to join the UCC after the denomination was formed in 1957.)

Seminary Program Supports Changemakers

Changemaker Fellows is a year-long, full-tuition scholarship program at Pacific School of Religion for talented individuals who have demonstrated their skills to lead justice-driven change in churches, organizations, communities and individual lives.  Deadline to apply is June 16.

Support Hawai'i Youth Attending PAAM Convocation

Hawai'i Pacific Island & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) is raising money for youth and young adults to attend the PAAM national convocation in Cedar Lakes, Indiana, this summer through sales of the book, Being Local in Hawai'i, by Julia Estrella.  To purchase a copy at $20 each send e-mail to or call 808-852-1892.

Deadline Extended for Sacred Day Walk

The deadline to apply for the Kaua'i Sacred Day Walk has been extended. This Christian leadership formation program for ten young adults, ages 18 to 30, will take place June 10-14 at Waineke Cabins in Koke'e State Park.  For more information and to apply, contact Phyllis Meighen by phone at 808-647-4346 or by email at

Church Seeking Donations to Benefit Chuukese Families

The IYAA (International Young Adult Association) of Church of the Holy Cross (440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo) is collecting gently used items to send to children and families in Chuuk.  Donations will be received Saturday, May 24, 8 a.m. to noon, in the church lounge. For information call Sue Smith at 808-969-3729.

Kawaiaha'o Will Give Away Tables

Kawaiaha'o Church has 25 large folding tables with roll-away rack to give away to a church or non-profit organization.  For information contact Dean Yokotaka at 808-469-3000 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Bill Haole at 808-351-2149.


Pastoral Changes

David Hirano's last Sunday as Interim Senior Minister of Central Union Church was May 18.

Church Members in the News

  • James Yoshiyama, member of Church of the Holy Cross, was recognized by the Hawai'i region of the Small Business Administration as Financial Services Champion of the Year for Hawai'i Island.
  • Two articles written by David Iha, Lihue Christian Church member and Hawai'i Conference Foundation Treasurer, were published in The Hawaii Herald


CHHSM Search Begins for President and CEO

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is searching for a new President and CEO.

Church Employment Opportunities

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