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♦  January through March 2019  ♦


2019 Lu'au
Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Hana Hou! One more time” is the theme for the 28th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church that will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the grounds of the church and we welcome JOHN CRUZ, HŌKŪLANI HOLT and KAPONO‘AI MOLITAU & SISSY FARM-LAKE. You are invited to enjoy a day of family, friends and food; oli, mele and hula. In addition to music, dance and food there will be an area for children and a gift center. For tickets, please contact the church office at (808) 879-5557 or

Jon Hampton in Concert
Saturday, January 5th, 2019

“A New Beginning” will feature Jon Hampton on Saturday, January 5, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Keawalaʻi. The concert is a part of Nā Makana, a cultural series celebrating the abundance of Mākena in both its natural and cultural manifestations. John Rowehl, Director of Music at Keawalaʻi, has pointed out: “The series is intended to present musical and other cultural offerings that reflect the spirit of Keawalaʻi.”

Anthropologists E.S. Craighill Handy and E.G. Handy noted the following: “The sky, seas, and earth, and all in and on them are alive with meaning indelibly impressed upon every fiber of the unconscious as well as the conscious psyche. Hawaiian poetry and folklore reveal this intimate rapport with the elements.” It is a rapport that Nā Makana celebrates through music, dance, art, poetry and film in a local and global context.

‘Aha ‘Aina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 6-13, 2019

“ʻAha ‘Aina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” was traditionally celebrated in ancient Hawaiʻi to mark the first anniversary of a person's death. It was the understanding of our kūpuna that tears were initially shed because of the loss of a loved one. The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka" was seen as a happy occasion, a time when death was accepted by the family and so tears of joy were shed.

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 a time of remembrance will be included as a part of the morning worship services. Members and friends who have died over the last year will be remembered.

The service of remembrance will be followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of Prayer.” The Greek word hebdomas means one week or seven years. In Latin, it also alludes to prayer.

Hence, hepedoma in Hawaiian refers to "a week of prayer" that continues to be practiced in churches such as Kaumakapili and Kawaiahaʻo churches on Oʻahu and other historic Hawaiian churches. Members and friends are invited to be in prayer for the various ministries of the church and for ways in which they may offer their kōkua throughout the year. A calendar of prayer will be provided during both services.

The week will culminate with the annual meeting set for Sunday, January 13, 2019 beginning at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule. Both the "Feast of Tears" and the "Week of Prayer" come out of the work of the Board of Deacons and the commitment the board has made to preserve and perpetuate various aspects of Hawaiian tradition and culture.

2019 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019. The meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Hale Pule.

Reports will be received from the various boards and committees as well as from Bruce Burkitt, Moderator and Kahu Kealahou Alika. The agenda will include action to review and approve the 2019 Proposed Budget, an amendment to the Bylaws, and the election and appointment of officers, board members and committee members.

A pot-luck luncheon will precede the meeting. The Outreach Committee will be coordinating the lunch for the day. Those wishing to offer their kōkua by providing a dish to share are invited to do so. Any monetary donations that are received for the day will be designated to the Local Mission Fund. The fund provides grants for individuals and families in need who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 20, 2019

It was at the 191st ‘Aha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ in 2013 that delegates representing the member churches of the conference voted to establish an annual Kalaupapa Sunday. Kalaupapa Sunday was held at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Hymns and songs, Scripture readings, poems and stories were part of the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. January 21, 2019 marked the 152nd anniversary of when the first 12 people were taken from their families and sent to the Makanalua Peninsusula in 1866. We join with the member of Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa in remembering their names: “Kaaumoana, Kahauliko, Kainaina, Kini, Kipehe, Lakapu, Liilii, Loe, Lono, Nahuina, Puha & Waipio.”

2019 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The 2019 Silent Auction & Luncheon was held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Silent auction items included gift certificates from local businesses including restaurants, resorts, golf courses, and many others.

The fund provides support for families and persons in need who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. Mahalo to all who participated in this special day.

ʻŌpūkahaʻia Sunday Scholarship Fund Offering
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Churches throughout the Hawaiʻi Conference of the United Church of Christ received gifts for the ʻŌpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund on Sunday, February 17, 2019. ʻŌpūkahaʻia died on February 17, 1818 of typhus fever. He was 26 years old.

ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s story is familiar to many in our Hawaiian churches – a young Hawaiian boy fleeing wars between the aliʻi who finds himself in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1800s, alone and looking for a new life. His determination to return to Hawaiʻi with "good news" of Jesus Christ is what inspired the first mission to Hawaiʻi in 1820. The offering is used to support pastoral leadership, especially in smaller Hawaiian churches, and to help students with seminary costs and active ministers with continuing education needs.

Members and friends were invited to give in memory and in celebration of ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s life and the lives of men and women entering the Christian ministry today. Mahalo!

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