News and Events
♦  January through May 2019  ♦


Jon Hampton in Concert
Saturday, January 5th, 2019

“A New Beginning” featured Jon Hampton on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Keawalaʻi. The concert was a part of Nā Makana, a cultural series celebrating the abundance of Mākena in both its natural and cultural manifestations.

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 was included as a part of the morning worship services. Members and friends who have died over the last year were remembered.

The service of remembrance was 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 were 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 was provided during both services.

The week culminated with the annual meeting on Sunday, January 13, 2019. 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 was held on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Reports were received from the various boards and committees as well as from Bruce Burkitt, Moderator and Kahu Kealahou Alika. The agenda included 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 preceded the meeting. The Outreach Committee coordinated the lunch for the day. Any monetary donations that were received for the day were 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!

2019 Lu'au
Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Hana Hou! One more time” was the theme for the 28th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church that was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 on the grounds of the church and we welcomed JOHN CRUZ, HŌKŪLANI HOLT and KAPONO‘AI MOLITAU & SISSY FARM-LAKE. Everyone enjoyed a day of family, friends and food; oli, mele and hula. In addition to music, dance and food there was an area for children and a gift center.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, March 31, 2019

On Sunday, March 31, 2019, members and friends were invited to share their gifts through the annual special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). For 65 years, OGHS gifts have provided support for refugee, relief and development work in more than eighty countries around the world.

Palm/Passion Sunday
Lauhala Pāpale Sunday
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm/Passion Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week. The tradition of members and friends wearing their finest lauhala pāpale or hats woven out of pandanus leaves continued. On Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14, 2019, women and men had an opportunity once more not only to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem but to commemorate the events of the week that led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion.

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 18, 2019

The annual Maundy Thursday Service was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The service included The Lord’s Supper.

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 21, 2019

The annual Easter Sunrise Service was held at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2019 on the grounds of the church. The outdoor service included the sharing of The Lord’s Supper and the Easter floral cross. Jim Spector, a friend, shared his music. Members and friends were invited to bring single stem flowers or lei for the cross. These were placed on the cross during the sharing of The Lord’s Supper.

22nd Annual Hoʻokūkū Kolepa - Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 11, 2019

The 22nd annual golf tournament was held at the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The tournament was a benefit for the Local Mission Fund of the church, a fund that provides assistance to individuals and families in need who are residents of Maui County. As host for the one-day event, the Mākena Golf & Beach Club was joined by other participating sponsors and prize donors. Mahalo to all who participated.

Maui Classical Music Festival
Monday, May 13 and Friday, May 17 2019

The Maui Classical Music Festival celebrated its 37th season welcoming the Formosa Quartet and the Koinonia Trio back to Maui. The festival featured four concerts. Keawalaʻi Congregational Church was the site of two of the concerts in Mākena on May 13 and 17. For the festival audiences, the churches were chosen for their scenic and historical qualities as well as their excellent acoustics. Mahalo to everyone who participated!

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