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Reporting on the events & activities in our Diocese and beyond... 

June 2014
In This Issue
Bishop's Message
Our Schools: 'Iolani & Priory
New Community Clergy and Lay Conference
Chrism Mass & Education Day
Pacific Islander Ministry: Renewal Weekend
Episcopal Church Women Quiet Day Retreat
The ChristOlympics at Calvary Kaneohe
The Cathedral's Stewardship Pledge Drive
'Iolani Guild's Spring Events
Celebrating Holy Week & Easter Around the Diocese
Bishop's Calendar
 *****JUNE *****
June 1
Baccalaureate: Priory
June 6
Graduation Eucharist: Priory
June 7
Graduation: 'Iolani
June 8
Pentecost Service: The Cathedral of St. Andrew
June 8
Graduation: Priory
June 14
Regional Confirmation Maui, St. John's, Kula
June 15
Regional Confirmation East Honolulu, St. Clement's, Honolulu 
June 18 (week of)
Non-Sunday Visitation, St. George's, Honolulu (TBD)
June 20
Community of Deacons Meeting
June 21
Governance Meetings at The Cathedral of St. Andrew
June 22
Sunday Visitation, St. Peter's, Honolulu
June 22
Regional Confirmation Honolulu, St, Peter's
June 25 (week of)
Non-Sunday Visitation, Holy Nativity, Honolulu (TBD)
June 29
Sunday Visitation, Holy Cross, Kahuku
***** JULY *****
July 3-14
July 16 (week of)
Non-Sunday Visitation, Calvary, Kaneohe (TBD)
July 19
Governance Meetings, The Cathedral of St. Andrew
July 20-27
Work from Maui
July 20
Sunday Visitation, Holy Innocents, Lahaina
July 23 (week of)
Non-Sunday Visitation, Good Shepherd, Wailuku
Non-Sunday Visitation, St. John's, Kula
July 26
Legacy Society Luncheon, Maui (TBD)
July 27
Sunday Visitation, Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

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 Bishop's Messages

Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts and photos on  recent travels.  Click  on the Bishop's Messages link above to read his latest entry.
Bishop's Message
Editor's Note:  This is a reprint of the Bishop's Easter message dated Monday, April 14, 2014:

Bishop Fitzpatrick Welina iāʻoukou me ke aloha o ke Akua,

When I was elected Bishop in 2006, I was given two books by a friend:Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII and Pope John XXIII: A Life (in the Penguin Lives series), Thomas Cahill.  Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (November 25, 1881 - June 3, 1963), was elected as the 261st Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on October 28, 1958. The Roman Catholic Church will formally canonize John on Monday, April 27.  (The date assigned for the Roman Catholic liturgical celebration of John XXIII is not June 3, the anniversary of his death, as is usual, but October 11, the anniversary of his opening of the Second Vatican Council.)  He is, in fact, commemorated now in the Episcopal Church's liturgical calendar on the 4th of June.

Now, two books related to the life of a mid-twentieth century Pope might seem like an odd gift for a decidedly twenty-first century Episcopal Bishop, but John offers a marvelous example of an engaged pastor serving God and God's people with joy.  Though he was already almost seventy-seven when he became Pope, he strove to connect the faith of the Church with life. In a quote attributed to John, he challenges us into the future:  "Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."  READ MORE


Our Schools

May Day "Appreci808" - On Wednesday, April 30, the entire 'Iolani school student body gathered in the Lower Gym for the annual May Day Program which was themed "Appreci808". The hour-long program paid tribute to our island home and urged everyone to appreciate all that Hawai'i has to offer.

'Iolani Carnival - The 'Iolani Carnival was a rousing success, jam packed with activities, games, rides, contests, marketplace, silent auction and of course food! The two-day affair on April 25 & 26, 2014, was a collaboration of hundreds of students, volunteers and dozens of sponsors.  

(Photos from the 'Iolani School website.)
The Priory

Ascension Cross - In Priory tradition, pictured here is the beautiful Ascension Day Cross by the Class of 2015, symbolizing the ascension of Christ into Heaven as well as the founding of the school by Queen Emma.

May Day - This year's May Day court is pictured above with Kumu Hula Namahane (center in gold). It was a wonderful celebration and amazing effort by all the Priory students, volunteers and staff.

(Photos are from the St. Andrew's Priory Facebook page.)
New Community Clergy and Lay Conference
By Dcn. Malcolm Keleawe Hee, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
Dcn. Malcolm Keleawe Hee of Good Samaritan Church in Palolo, was a member of a delegation from the Diocese of Hawai'i, who attended the New Community Clergy and Lay Conference on March 12-15, 2014, in Kanuga, North Carolina. 

The theme for the conference was "Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream". Over 200 Episcopalians from the Black, Latino, Native, and Asian convocations met together on the beautiful camp grounds of the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. I enjoy the relationships we have as we come together from all over the country to share our stories with each other as fellow Episcopalians. 


The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, was there and participated for all three days. Panel discussions were many and included; White privilege and internal oppression, ethnic missioners on what's happening, reimagining the Episcopal Church, intersectionality of race and poverty, young adult ministry in the ethnic community, and environmental racism.  Some of the workshops presented were; multi-ethnic church planting, Doctrine of Discovery, race and racism, structured inequality, formation of identity, and young leaders of color. For more information about New Community in The Episcopal Church, visit the webpage HERE.


Pictured at top is the delegation from the Diocese of Hawai'i (L-R): Raymond Wong, Fane Lino, Keane Akau, Annalise Castro, Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick, Irene Tanabe, Irina Maliaman, Peter and Mimi Wu, Malcolm Keleawe Hee and Kalani Holokai. Pictured in the article is Malcolm Hee with the representatives of the Japanese Convocation, Irene Tanabe and Jim Kodera. Malcolm is a co-convener of the Japanese Convocation, part of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM).  Irene is the current EAM secretary, and Jim has been a past EAM president. Photos contributed by Malcolm Hee.   


Chrism Mass & Education Day

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the annual Chrism Mass of the Diocese was held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew.  Bishop Ftizpatrick blessed the oils of chrism for clergy to take back to their own churches for baptisms, healing and the catechumenate.  

After the service, an education day was offered featuring guest speaker the Rev. Kevin Martin, a retired Dean of the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Dallas, TX, and the current Congregational Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Martin is considered one of the foremost experts on congregational development and has authored two books, The Myth of the 200 Barrier and 5 Keys for Church Leaders. In his presentation, Martin focused on the topic of building strong, vibrant and growing congregations.

(Pictured above (L) is Bishop Fitzpatrick blessing the oils of chrism and (R) Martin during his presentation in Davies Hall. Photos by Rev. Ryan Newman)
Pacific Islander Ministry
Renewal Weekend at Camp Mokule'ia
By Fane Lino, Diocesan Missioner and Ann Hansen, Chair, Pacific Islander Ministry
The following article contains excerpts from a photo essay by ann Hansen and preliminary report to Bishop Fitzpatrick and Rev. Paul Klitzke (who was instrumental in obtaining the grant for this event) about the Renewal Weekend at Camp Mokule'ia held in April:

A Renewal Weekend event was held April 4-6, 2014, at Camp Mokule'ia. It was sponsored by the Pacific Islander Ministry, funded in part by the Commission on Vibrant Ministries, and hosted by Fane Lino, the Diocesan Missioner to the Pacific Islander Community. There were 35 participants of Chuukese ancestry, of whom 15 were adults and 20 were youth.  Four of the participants attend The Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the rest attend Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church.   


During the course of the weekend, participants were involved in a number of activities that included storytelling, where the children learned about the struggles their ancestors faced and overcame. There were opportunities for learning and playing, but mostly it was a time for families to be close and for everyone to relax, have fun, and enjoy each other and the beautiful camp grounds. 


Just before dawn on Sunday morning, the last day of the Renewal Weekend, a Eucharist service was held on the grassy plateau above the beach.  It was a magical time that began with an oli in Hawaiian of the 23rd Psalm, followed by the Epistle also presented in Hawaiian.  Father David Gierlach and a participant read the Gospel, alternating verses in English and Chuukese. All in attendance, which included camp staff, experienced a beautiful service rich in diversity and culture.


There have been requests and enthusiasm for another such weekend.  Several participants indicated that they are planning "to bring their entire families" to the next event.  A common refrain among the participants was that "no other church has done anything like this for us or for the Chuukese community."   (Photos by Ann Hansen. To view a slideshow of this event, visit the Pacific Islander Ministry webpage HERE.)


Episcopal Church Women Quiet Day Retreat
The following article is from the May 2014 
Hikari newsletter of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, about the ECW's annual Quiet Day, held at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi, on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Though the day was dreary with sprinkles of rain throughout, the atmosphere in the St. Anthony's Home was cheerful, sunny, comforting and peaceful.  Led by the Rev. Susan Sowers of The Cathedral of St. Andrew, a packed room of about 30 women gathered for this annual retreat.  Beginning with a Celtic Morning Prayer, Rev. Sowers gave us thoughtful questions, verses to use, and various ways of having a spiritual life with prayer at the core.  Prayer helps us connect with God.  Did you know that saying a little thank you to God in a supermarket is a form of prayer?  We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and goodies prior to lunch.  
(Pictured above left is ECW President Lousie Aloy and the Rev. Susan Sowers, along with the ladies of ECW from various churches. Photos by Jan Motoshige) 
The ChristOlympics at Calvary Kaneohe

During the past year, Diocesan Youth Director, Sarah Klitzke, in conjunction with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, had organized monthly youth gatherings on the island of O'ahu. All youth were welcomed to take part in a variety of group activities for some fun, fellowship, prayer and good eats! Each gathering had a fun theme from the very first event held on September 1, 2013 (Games, Grindz & God) through the last activity of the school year held on May 17, 2014 (Movie night). 

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, an exciting youth event took place at Calvary Episcopal Church in Kaneohe. The Rev. Leo Loyola helped organize a ChristOlympic event that featured a variety of games and activities with a definite Biblical touch!  Slaying Goliath with marshmallows and a race to Jerusalem were just a couple of the fun "sporting" events that teams competed in.  Cleverly wrapped Oreo medals were passed out in a "dramatic" awards ceremony.  Even their meal, Sandwiches of the Saints, was in theme.  Pictured here are just a few of the moments captured. To view a YouTube video of the ChristOlympics put together by Sarah, click HERE. 

The final monthly youth gathering of the school year took place on May 17, at The Lutheran Church of Honolulu, with an outdoor movie. After a summer break the gatherings will restart in September. (Photos from the Episcopal Youth of Hawaii Facebook page.)
The Cathedral's Stewardship Pledge Drive
By Susan Hays, Stewardship Co-Chair, The Cathedral of St. Andrew

John and Susan Hays (Photo submitted by Lindsay Kamm)

Aloha to my brothers and sisters in Christ,


It is with gladness of heart that I report to you on our experience with the Cathedral's 2013-2014 Stewardship pledge drive. I was fortunate to attend the Diocesan Stewardship Retreat at Camp Mokule'ia in the fall of 2013. The testimonies, prayer, and worship times, along with the practical experiences shared and materials made available, proved "right on" for our needs. My husband John and I would like to share what was implemented at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and our reflections on the overall campaign.


Gala Event - On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the Cathedral held a Gala Event with a short program and a sit down dinner followed by live music and dancing.  The theme was "My Cup Runneth Over".  Guests were given a card stock "chalice" and asked to write something amazing that had happened to them in the last year. In addition, each guest was given a pledge card. Later in the evening, guests came forward with their pledge cards and chalices and these were blessed.


Davies Hall was decorated with over 2000 "falling leaves" hung from ceiling, and all the tables were decorated with autumn colored coverings, tea lights and leaves. Thanks to the Honolulu Theatre for Youth art department, special lighting was positioned to cast shadows on the walls from all the hanging leaves. We also had about 100 battery-operated candles around the room. The total effect was magical.


The Cathedral is blessed with great cooks, and they planned and implemented a sit-down dinner that included Opah en Papillote, Furikake Rice with Nori and a Pear and Greens Salad. Individual apple pies were served as dessert. Beverages included wine, coffee, hot tea and a virgin Mojito. Dean Walter Brownridge and Mother Susan Sowers each shared their thoughts and reflections. Live music was provided by the Brazilian group, Viva Domingo.  It was truly a festive evening!  READ MORE


'Iolani Guild's Spring Events

Spring Luncheon and Launch of Prince Albert Circle

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the 'Iolani Guild held their annual Spring Luncheon in the Von Holt Room of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. After the general meeting, attendees enjoyed a fabulous potluck spread followed by a presentation by guest speaker Leilani Kupahu Marino. 
'Iolani Guild President Leimalama Lee Loy described it best: "Leilani Kupahu Marino, invited us to join her on a compelling, spiritual journey through chants and narration of the grieving process felt by Queen Emma on the loss of her 4-year old son, Prince Albert. As you viewed the pictures and the charts, you then got a 'peek' into the cultural practices of a Native Hawaiian family, in this case our own beloved Queen, as she 'moved' herself from 'one step to another' throughout the five grieving stages.   All of these areas were portrayed well and skillfully by Leilani in her 45-minute presentation."  
Leilani is a kumu hula and also a neonatal nurse who specializes in palliative care for seriously ill children and providing support for their families. In her talk about the loss of Prince Albert and the impact it had on the Queen, Leilani was able to tie it to the present day struggles that families with critically ill children face.  Part of her presentation included a practical exercise using three ti leaves to wili (wrap) together, personifying the five different stages in the grieving process - "To Haku a Lei of Aloha".  
(Pictured above is Kaleo Patterson enjoying the potluck feast, Leilani offers an oli, and Ann Hansen and Kilani Ventura with their ti-leaf wraps. Photos by Jan Motoshige)
In connection with Leilani's presentation, the 'Iolani Guild celebrated a mini pa'ina in honor of Prince Albert's 156th birthday, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and launched The Prince Albert Circle - A Partnership with Harmony, Health and Wellness, an outreach program of The Cathedral of St. Andrew.  In the promotional flyer, it states:
"To Haku, a lei of aloha" - when sickness evolved to "maka hiamoe" - to sleep forever - how do we help one another through the death and dying process?  This Celebration will focus on prenatal hospice palliative care and bereavement services.  All those surrounding a child are affected, this, the "Circle" of loved ones who care for the life and death of children can learn how to continue living with purpose and hope for healing. 
(Pictured here is Leilani Kupahu Marino with 'Iolani Guild president, Leimalama Lee Loy, and Lee Hartwell at the Prince Albert celebration. Photo by Jan Motoshige)
Flower Sale for Memorial Day  By Ann Hansen

Flowers, greenery, vases, snacks and a dozen volunteers all arrived at the Von Holt Room on Saturday, May 24, for a Memorial Day flower sale at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Coordinator, Susan Hays, had alerted Guild members about the flower sale months in advance, which gave everyone a chance to look under their kitchen sink and round up all their used vases.  There were dozens of assorted vases-- from little novelty ones to large elegant ones.  The variety of vases and assortment of anthuriums, baby's breath, laua'e, tī leaves and succulents brought out the creativity in the floral arrangers.  Some people were skilled in ikebana and some were aspiring beginners, but the profusion of materials inspired all. 


By noon, the group had stashed three to four dozen arrangements in the Von Holt Annex and turned up the air conditioning overnight to keep them fresh.  Early Sunday morning, all the arrangements had been moved under the Aloha Hour tent to entice parishioners.  Each arrangement was an individualized creation.  There was even one with red, white and blue flowers that got snapped up quickly!   The sale netted a sum of $730, thanks to all "the loving hands" who created the beautiful floral arrangements. The proceeds from the Flower Sale go to 'Iolani Guild's scholarship fund.  This was a wonderful activity that provided lovely arrangements to purchasers, while funding a worthy cause for a Priory scholar.  (Photos contributed by Ann Hansen)


Celebrating Holy Week & Easter Around the Diocese

Holy Week and Easter, the most holy time for all Christians, was observed throughout the Diocese in myriad ways... from a Palm Sunday trolley ride and Stations of the Cross hike, to glorious Easter Vigils and Easter Sunday celebrations.  Below is a collage of photos capturing this year's Holy Week worship and Easter celebrations from around the Diocese, gleaned from church websites, Facebook pages and newsletters. Alleluia! Alleluia!!


Saturday, May 17, 2014, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, members from the Windward O'ahu churches (Calvary Kaneohe, Emmanuel, Good Samaritan, St. Christopher's) gathered together at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua, for the annual Regional Confirmation Ceremony with Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick.  The newly confirmed are: from Calvary Kaneohe, Ray Choy; from Emmanuel, Max Christopher Cronk, Elizabeth Penn Cronk, and Kara Margaret Dreflak-Utley; from Good Samaritan, Margaret Elizabeth Ching Kitamura, Gavin Yukio Geston Nishihira, Justin Pono Cazimero-Chinen; and from St. Christoper, Emily Manaku, Priscilla M. Naile, Logan Michael Rubasch, and Michelle Lorraine Tyndal. St. Christopher also had five people who were received into the Episcopal Church:  Harold Richard De Costa, Fenny Olson Evers, John William Stefan, Joshuah Render Marshall and Jordan Lynne Marshall. Congratulations!!!
(Pictured in the top row are youth from Good Samaritan and the newly confirmed from Emmanuel; bottom left wearing the lei is newly confirmed Ray Choy with his supporters from Calvary Kaneohe; bottom right is the group from St. Christopher's that were confirmed and received. Photos by Susan Banks and Melody Loyola. To view more photos of the event, visit the Diocesan website HERE.)
Marching For Medical Mercy
By The Rev. David Gierlach, Rector, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the combined efforts of St. Elizabeth's, St. Mary's and the diocesan Jubilee officer, the Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, organized a number of Micronesian churches and community organizations to sponsor a walk from Palama to the Federal Building. The march was to raise awareness and to ask our congressional delegation to redouble their efforts to find federal funding for the medical needs of our Micronesian friends. In a little over a week over 1,500 signatures were obtained in petitions asking for this relief. Wearing bright orange shirts, waving palms and carrying signs asking for health care for the children and kupuna, over 200 mostly Micronesian people joined in this long march of hope. This was truly a Holy Week event because it put our feet where our mouths are and supports the least among us. A second march was held on Friday, May 23.  Many thanks to all the groups who made these marches such a success! 


The 39s Are Out of Control!   
If you are looking for creative fundraising ideas, the churches in our Diocese are filled with them, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Kapahulu is a fine example. Just the title of their promotional flyer for a recent event (title above) is enough to raise curiosity. So what does it all mean?
In celebration of his 39th birthday, Fr. Paul Lillie saw an opportunity to fund raise for his church's programs. No one really needed to lift a finger... he would do all the work, and members only needed to pledge $39 (or $390)... but for what?  Incredibly, he was willing to complete a triathlon! Yes, hidden under those albs and cloaks is the man of not only spirit, but steel. 
So it was on a beautiful Saturday morning in Waikiki, on April 26, that Fr. Lillie embarked on his challenge. But he wasn't alone--- there were 30 or so athletes and friends who participated right alongside him in support, and we can't forget the spectators who cheered them on. In honor of his 39th birthday, the 39-mile triathlon consisted of a 1-mile swim, 30-mile cycle, and 8-mile run! Over $13,000 was pledged and everyone had a great time, sore muscles and all! Wow!!! Happy Birthday Fr. Lillie--- what a way to celebrate!  
(Photos are from the St. Mark's flickr site where you can view more photos of the event.)
The following article and photos are from the St. John's By-the-Sea website.

3rd Annual Taste of St. John's 

The 3rd annual Taste of St. John's took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and was a delight for all.  The theme for this year's event was The Garden of Eden, with strings of lights and leafy vines that transformed Ho'okano Hall into a twinkling fantasy. The fabulous Teresa Bright and the group Vivo provided the entertainment while attendees enjoyed delicious food, lively conversation, and bid on silent auction items.  Funds raised will help St. John's By-the-Sea continue its presence and ministry in the community.
Speaker Series at Emmanuel:  The Homeless
By Lee Carson, Speaker Series Coordinator
On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Emmanuel Church in Kailua hosted Colin Kippen and Jun Yang as speakers for its Speaker Series event.  Colin is the Governor-appointed Chair of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness and Jun is the City Housing Director.

First, it was reassuring to hear that all three branches of government, (Federal, State and City) are concerned about the issue of homelessness and for those who have been living on the street for far too long. Colin and Jun representing the State and the City & County of Honolulu are creating relationships that need to work together to resolve this issue.
Second, it was heartwarming to hear both speakers talk about the homeless as people, as clients, as someone who needs our help.  So often the homeless are faceless, nameless objects who are derided, abused and shunned.  Both Colin and Jun spoke of them with warmth and soul.  The program they are starting advocates getting to know each and every one of those on the streets.  Finding out what issues each one faces and which have the most needs are the goals of this program.  And the solution seems a bit radical - get them into housing first.  Then treat what ails them.
Why is this radical?  Because the present protocol is to make them prove that they are "worthy" by overcoming their addictions or other illnesses before they can be approved for housing.  The new protocol believes that people who are permanently housed and have an address at which they can be followed up on, is the sensible plan.  Services can be provided to those who are at an address.  This protocol is called "Housing First" and has been shown to be successful in many cities all over the mainland and has been a best practice for 30 years.  Those who feel safe and helped are more likely to recover and take advantage of the services that will benefit them the most.
Of course the problem is the shortage of housing.  The City and State, with some Federal money, are trying to purchase, build or rehab housing as quickly as possible.  Shortage of funds is a huge issue.  The cost of housing/land in Hawaii only exacerbates the problem.
What can we do as individuals?  One way is to talk to your council member, State legislators and advocate for the Housing First program and ask them to budget and release the funds to support this protocol.  Do not let the funds go elsewhere.  This is a huge and pressing issue in Hawaii.
Thank you to Colin and Jun for sharing this vital information with the community of Kailua and for doing what they are doing for the homeless in Hawaii and all citizens.
(Pictured above is Jun Yang and Colin Kippen during the session, and with members Al Leong, Marjorie Yamanaka, Kippen, Lee Carson, Yang.  Photo contributed by Emmanuel Church.)
Food and Fashion: Churches are serving it up!

St. Elizabeth's and St. Peter's Episcopal Church team up regularly to serve the community, and for the past year, they have been serving up a hearty breakfast every Wednesday for the students at Central Middle School in downtown Honolulu. The breakfasts, which have become hugely popular, offers an opportunity for the youth to get a hot meal before heading off to school, and sometimes even learn a new life skill.  On May 14, not only were they fed, but they were treated to a lesson in fashion and formal wear. Some even learned how to tie a tie! Pictured above is Fr. David Gierlach serving up breakfast to a fashionable youth, and volunteers teaching the fine art of formal dressing.  (Photos from the St. Peter's Facebook page.)
Blessing & Brunch for Special Olympics

On Sunday, May 25, 2014, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church held a special service to honor and celebrate Special Olympics athletes, their families and volunteers.  Held at Christ's Gathering Place in Aiea, the Rev. Dale Burke, a Special Olympics father and coach, was the guest speaker. Pictured above is Rev. Burke giving the final blessings to the athletes as they prepare for the State Summer Games. Following the service, a delicious brunch was enjoyed by all.  (Photo by David Jones)



Saturday, April 26, 2014, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, Kilauea

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, members from the Episcopal churches on Kaua'i (All Saints', Christ Memorial, St. Michael and All Angels, and West Kaua'i) gathered together at Christ Memorial in Kilauea, for the annual Regional Confirmation Ceremony with Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick. The cozy stone church was filled to capacity with overflow in an outdoor tent. Although the Episcopal Church on West Kaua'i had no confirmands, they were well represented, providing special hula performances and a superb choir. A trio of guitarists from Christ Memorial provided the music throughout the service. Folks were treated to refreshments in the Parish Hall following the ceremony.  

The newly confirmed are: from All Saints', Daileen Barton, Eryn Yamashiro, Reis Nakamura, Mason Tabura, Braden Tabura, and Cassie Wilson; from Christ Memorial, Margaret Elizabeth Furze, Gordon LeRoy Furze, and Dean Charles Wilson; from St. Michael's, Royce "Don" Baker, Monica Chung, Tristan Nicholas Fensterman, Jr., and Julia Ann Fensterman. Three people were received into the Episcopal Church.  They are Joseph Adorno and Kent Frank from All Saints', and Dorothy D. T. Kim from St. Michael's. Congratulations!  

(Pictured at top is the All Saints' group (L) and Christ Memorial group (R). Below is the St. Michael's group with their supporters. To view a slideshow of the event, visit the diocesan website HERE. Photos by Sybil Nishioka)

Relay for Life: Bikini Bottom Battles Cancer & Raises $5,000!

The Ke Akua Youth Group and ladies of the ECW of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a kept their winning streak going, by bringing home the trophy for best costume in this year's Relay for Life at Hanapepe Stadium. More importantly, they broke previous fundraising records by raising over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society!  The theme for this year's event was super heroes, and youth member Grace Yatsko suggested the popular cartoon Spongebob Squarepant's super hero group, The International Justice League of Super Acquaintances. The youth dressed up as the main characters, while the ECW ladies dressed as the stinging pink jellyfish. The booth was decorated in Bikini Bottom fashion, the fictional location where the cartoon takes place, and sold the famous Krabby Patty (sliders) from Mr. Krab's restaurant.  To view a slideshow of the event, visit the All Saints' website HERE.

Fr. Bill's Book Release: The Beer Drinker's Guide to God!
Kaua'i has a new celebrity on its hands!  Most of us are accustomed to the many celebrities that visit the islands or are here filming a movie, or own vacation homes... but now we can add a resident and priest to the celebrity list!  
The Rev. William Miller, better known as Fr. Bill, of St. Michael's and All Angels in Lihue, recently released his second book, The Beer Drinker's Guide to God, and it is a hit!  At the official book release event on May 9, 2014, held at St. Michael's, Fr. Bill offered readings, signed books, and of course, served up beer!  The book itself has been long anticipated, and some members of All Saints' in Kapa'a remember Fr. Bill talking about it as a guest speaker at their stewardship dinner in 2010. Although they didn't know the final title back then, they did know it had something to do with beer and spirits!  
In the two weeks since its release, the reviews are pouring in from lay people, clergy and Bishops. Radio stations, newspapers, social media and even the television stations have gotten wind of it.  You can watch an interview on FOX News, where Fr. Bill shares his insight into what Jesus might drink today and whether or not he would prefer wine over beer!  

Fr. Bill, who also owns Padres, a bar in the tiny town of Marfa, TX (where he probably got some content for the book), is currently on a book tour in Texas.  His first book, The Gospel According to Sam, is a collection of "animal stories for the soul", and both books are available on  Don't forget to get your copy signed the next time you see him!

(Pictured above is Fr. Bill at his book signing.  Center photo is from his Facebook page, taken by Danny Hashimoto, and standing by Ryan Newman.)
The following is from the Good Shepherd Facebook page:

Cleaning Main Street Maui
On Saturday, May 17, the youth of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku, took to the streets as part of the State of Hawai'i's Adopt-A-Highway Program. Youth cleaned, swept and raked the 2-mile stretch of road under the watchful eyes of leader Gloria Cajigal.


Sunday, May 4, 2014, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Ocean View

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, members from the Big Island of Hawai'i churches (Christ Church, Holy Apostles, St. Augustine's, St. Columba's, St. James', and St. Jude's ) gathered together at St. Jude's in Ocean View, for the annual Regional Confirmation Ceremony with Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick.  The newly confirmed are:  from Holy Apostles, Andrew Arakawa, Kimberly Richard Arakawa, Dixie Kaetsu, and Nanci Ameling Munroe; from St. Jude's, Deborah Kay Davis;  Received into the Episcopal Church were Deidra Faessler from Christ Church, and Paul Mazurowski from Holy Apostles. Congratulations!
(Pictured above is the group from Holy Apostles. Photos by Dixie Kaetsu and Ann Hassler.)

Mother's Day at St. Columba's

St. Columba's in Pa'auilo on Mother's Day.  (Photo by Michael Jackson)

Cursillo Ultreya at St. Columba's

St. Columba Church in Pa'auilo welcomes Cursillo Ultreya participants who shared a meal, prayer and fellowship.  (Pictured in the photo above are: David Livingstone Downs (Christ Lutheran, Hilo), Andrew Macias, (Pahoa), Jeannette Hensel, Lorna Johns (Holy Apostles, Hilo), Helen Hoff (Christ Lutheran, Hilo), Fran Lee (Christ Lutheran, Hilo), Martha Bell (Holy Apostles), Laurie Rosa (St. James, Waimea), Janice Gail, Marie Venable, Norman Shetteland, and Elizabeth Lewin.)

Beach-side Baptism

St. James' Episcopal Church in Kamuela went "down the hill" to baptize and welcome their newest member, baby Abel Waggener, during the Easter Vigil Beach Mass. Pictured above is the Waggener family, Zachary, holding Abel, Kimberly and sister Annabelle.  (From the St. James Weekly E-Newsletter)



Sharing Faith Dinners Inspires Thousands Across the Country

Photo: Diocese of Texas
[Episcopal News Service - Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Thousands of Episcopalians across the United States gathered in homes, restaurants and churches last Thursday, May 15, to share a meal and share stories of their faith. In the third year of Sharing Faith Dinners, the Dioceses of West TexasFort WorthNorthwest TexasNorth Carolina and a few individual churches across the country and even Canada joined the Diocese of Texas for the annual event.


Sharing Faith began in 2012, fashioned after Houston Interfaith Ministries' Amazing Faith Dinners, where people of different faiths gather for a simple meal and to answer questions about their faith experiences. The Diocese of West Texas joined in 2013 and the idea continues to spread.


"It's funny that we have to plan an evening to talk to friends about our faith, but each time I've done Sharing Faith, it's been a gift," said Carol Barnwell, director of communications for the Diocese of Texas. "To enjoy the hospitality of people I may not know is always lovely. And to hear the very personal experiences of God from others is a humbling experience. Each time, I feel like I've received a gift and each story allows me to see God in a new way."  READ MORE



Young Adults Speak Truth to Power on Capitol Hill

Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS

[Episcopal News Service - Washington, D.C.] Paddy Cavanaugh knows what it feels like to grow up in poverty and rely on food and other assistance.


One of two children raised by a single mother who worked as a teacher's assistant, Cavanaugh's family received support from the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, and at times received rental assistance from their church and subsidized school lunches. Yet growing up in Pasquotank County where 18 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and many people receive public assistance, Cavanaugh didn't think of himself as poor.


A cradle Episcopalian, Cavanaugh, 23, now an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shared his personal story during "Advocacy to Challenge Domestic Poverty," a May 12-14 conference to train young adults in the skills necessary to transform unjust structures of society, frame the issues of domestic poverty and to stand with and be advocates for the poor.


Fifty bishops and young adults, from 14 dioceses representing the Episcopal Church's eight domestic provinces, gathered in the nation's capital for the conference sponsored by the Episcopal Church and Bishops Working for a Just World, a caucus within the House of Bishops devoted to fulfilling the baptismal covenant to "strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being."  READ MORE



Sybil Nishioka, Editor & Communications Contractor


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