Church Services

Keawala'i Congregational Church offers services to General Members and Associate Members, as well as friends and visitors. Requests may be made in accordance with the stated guidelines. These services include:

Weddings & Reaffirmation of Marriage Vows

Requests for weddings and reaffirmations of marriage vows are open to all. Times and dates must be set for the ceremony itself, a mandatory appointment with the pastor, and a rehearsal. Those making inquiries are reminded to begin planning at least nine to twelve months ahead of time as times and dates are set according to availability.

The church is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The earliest time a wedding ceremony may be scheduled is 11:00 a.m., the latest is 4:00 p.m.

There is a wedding fee of $900. The fee covers the services provided by the pastor, the help provided by the Administrative Coordinator of the church, a musician/singer and the use of the sanctuary and grounds of the church.

The fee for the reaffirmation of marriage vows is $400.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 will confirm the date and time for a ceremony. If we receive a request for an event on the same date you have requested, and we have not received your deposit, we will attempt to reach you to confirm. If we do not hear back from you we will release the date.

The fee for weddings off-grounds is $400. The fee covers the pastor to officiate the ceremony at another location. You would be responsible to make all other wedding arrangements including music, sound, chairs, etc. If your ceremony will be in a public place i.e. a beach, you will be responsible to contact the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to obtain the proper permits. If you choose an outdoor wedding, please remember that there could be inclement weather and you will lose a certain amount of privacy.

Should there be inclement weather, you will need to have made arrangements for an alternative site. The church may not be available.

You can apply for a beach or park permit at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov. Go to Online Services and click on Wedding Permits. The permits are required for all public beaches.

The fee for a wedding license is $65. Please go to https://emrs.ehawaii.gov. You may pay the fee online with a debit or credit card.

Once you have applied for the license, you will be required to make an in-person appointment with a marriage license agent. The marriage license agent will provide you with a marriage license worksheet that you must bring to the church on the day of your wedding. After the ceremony, we will finalize your license electronically with the State of Hawai‘i database and they will send you a marriage certificate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Alcohol is not permitted on the grounds. However, non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.

The use of rice or birdseed is not permitted. We ask that either flower petals, biodegradable confetti, or bubbles be used outside the sanctuary itself. Flower petals may be used if a flower person is included in the wedding party.

You are welcome to set up decorations, including flowers, in the church for the ceremony. Please plan to clean up before you leave. Flowers can be left in the church afterwards if you do not want to take them.


Baptisms

The sacrament of baptism is open to General Members and Associate Members as well as friends and visitors. The sacrament is usually celebrated on the fourth Sunday of each month at the 10:00 a.m. service of worship. On occasion the Sunday which is designated for a particular month may be other than the fourth Sunday.

Requests may be made for infant baptisms. In such instances parents are required to schedule an appointment with the pastor. The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss the significance of the baptism and to go over the details for the baptism.

Requests made for adult baptisms require that the candidate also schedule an appointment with the pastor.

Because of the history and cultural tradition of the church, baptisms are usually done by immersion in the bay fronting the church, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather on the day of the sacrament, the baptism will be done with the sprinkling of ocean water in the sanctuary.

There is no fee.

However, there are three options available to candidates or families who may wish to express their appreciation. First, monetary donations made be made to the church for the "Children's Fund." Second, two floral arrangements for the altar may be provided. Third, cookies or other refreshments may be provided for the Aloha Hour. Such donations are not required.


Blessings

Requests may be made for public and private blessings for homes, businesses and special events. In addition blessings are also offered for boats as well as other vehicles and for situations that are of particular concern to individuals or families.

The blessing of homes and businesses requires that the family or business associates provide a maile lei for the blessing. Blessings for ground breaking ceremonies require that the person or persons making the request provide a shovel or shovels and whenever possible an o'o or turning stick.

All blessings are done in a "Hawaiian style" with the use of Hawaiian symbols.

There is no fee. However, donations are welcomed.

Gifts received for all blessings provide support for the ongoing work and ministry of the church.


Memorial Services & Funerals

Requests for memorial services or funerals are granted to General Members and Associate Members as well as friends and visitors. Inquiries may be directed to the church office by telephone, fax, or e-mail.

The scattering of ashes is available to all. Keawala‘i Congregational Church has an outrigger canoe that is used for such occasions. A crew consisting of three church members is required and made available. Three to five family members may also be included on the canoe

Only General Members of the church have the right to place a plaque in the church cemetery if ashes are scattered at sea or inurned in the columbarium. Bodily burials must be made in locations other than the church cemetery.

The primary concern is setting a time and date for the service. A time and date also needs to be set for a required meeting between family members and/or friends making the request and the pastor.



      

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information on any of the services above, please call us at (808) 879-5557—you may speak with our Administrative Coordinator at that number. The Rev. Dr. Scott Landis is the kahu or pastor.

You may also contact us via e-mail at keawalai@hawaii.rr.com.


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