Featured Articles
In This Issue:
+ CLERGY TRANSITIONS: Conley, Albinger, Crowe
+ Cathedral's Special Advent & Christmas Concerts
+ Blue Christmas Service at Trinity BTS
+ Episcopal Service Corps Now Accepting Applications
+ Alcohol and Liquor Policy
+ 1-800 Number Being Discontinued
+ Online Filing of Parochial Reports Available
+ EfM Mentor Training
+ A Tasteful Benefit at Trinity
+ Stewardship University Coming Back to Hawai'i
+ Chrism Mass and Education Day
+ Rental Available at St. Christopher's
+ Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message 2014
+ TREC Report Released
+ New Video Portrays Saint Thomas Boy's Choir School
+ The Joint Nominating Committee Issues Statement on Progress
+ Safe Church Training
+ Official Youth Presence at General Convention 2015
+ Episcopal Relief & Development Launches 75th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge
+ UTO Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
UTO Provides Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults
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This issue's header photo features the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) at their annual Holiday Luncheon, with guest speaker, the Rev. Kaleo Patterson pictured at center. Look for a follow-up article coming up in the February E-Chronicle.  (Photo contributed by Jan Motoshige)

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Standing Committee
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bishop's Office

Commission on Ministry
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bishop's Reading Roo)

Diocesan Council

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM*

Diocesan Conference Room

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June 25 - July 3, 2015

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For local church meetings, check the Parish Happenings listing below.  For more information, visit the ECW webpage HERE.


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O'ahu Youth Gatherings
First Sunday evenings of the month. Visit the Episcopal Youth of Hawai'i website or Facebook page for more information.

Christmas at Camp
Retreat for Middle-schoolers
December 26-28
Camp Mokule'ia

Stewardship University
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

Chrism Mass & Education Day
Saturday, March 21, 2015
St. Peter's, Honolulu
More info to come...

2014 Safe Church Training
Please check under the island listings for a class taking place in your area. 


Parish Happenings


Health and Harmony
Ongoing every Monday, 3:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Davies Hall, Honolulu

March for Medical Mercy
Ongoing last Thursdays of the month, 10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth's to the Federal Building (This will resume in January 2015)

Makiki Farmers Market
Ongoing every Thursday, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
St. Clement's, Honolulu

Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's
Ongoing every Thursday, 
6:00 PM (5:30 PM free pupus on the lanai)
St. Peter's, Honolulu

FREE Friday Noontime Concerts at The Cathedral
Ongoing every Friday, 12:15 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Zumba at St. Luke's
Ongoing every Saturday, 9:00 AM
St. Luke's, Honolulu

Tai Chi at Epiphany
Ongoing every Saturday, 9:00 AM
Epiphany, Honolulu

Sunday Adult Christian Formation Hour 
Sundays, 9:20 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Cathedral Carol Concert
Sunday, December 21, 3:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Cathedral Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols
Thursday, December 25, 5:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Organ Recital and Blessing of the City
Wednesday, December 31, 10:15 PM/11:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Narcissus Carving Class
January 10 - February 7
St. Peter's, Honolulu

EfM Mentor Training
January 29 - 31
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Honolulu
More info coming soon...



Christ Memorial Food Pantry
Ongoing Saturdays, 3:30 PM
Christ Memorial, Kilauea

Saturday Markets and Swap Meet
Ongoing every second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM
All Saints', Kapa'a

Saturday Evening Jazz Vespers Communion Service
Ongoing Saturdays, 5:15 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue

Lifetree Cafe
Ongoing Tuesdays, 4:30 PM
& Saturdays, 6:30 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue

ReSource for Christian Spirituality Centering Prayer Group
Ongoing Tuesdays, 8:00 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue
Ongoing Wednesdays, 9:30 AM
St. John's, Eleele

Find Yourself in God
Saturday, January 10, 10:30 AM
Maha'ulepu Heritage Train and Labyrinth, Poipu

9th Annual All Angels Jazz Festival
February 6 - 8
St. Michael's, Lihue



Centering Prayer Group
Mondays, 6:15 - 8:00 PM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 21, 5:00 PM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei
Call: (360) 953-3963

Aloha Service at Holy Innocents
(Fr. Bill Albinger's final service)
Sunday, December 28, 9:00 AM
Holy Innocents, Lahaina

A Tasteful Benefit
Saturday, January 31, 5:00 PM
Trinity BTS, Kihei

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Saturday, February 14, 9:00 AM
Trinity-By-the-Sea, Kihei



Free Community Meal
Ongoing every 4th Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Augustine's, Kapaau

Brown Bag Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 12:00 PM
St. James, Kamuela

After School Bible Story-time
Ongoing Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

The Labyrinth Book Group
Ongoing Fridays, 9:30 AM
Christ Church, Kealakekua

Studying the Scriptures
Ongoing Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

Evening Prayers of Healing
Ongoing Wednesdays, 5:00 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

All I Want for Christmas:
St. James' Holden Evensong and Soup, Salad Supper
Wednesdays during Advent, Final: December 17. 
St. James', Kamuela
Call the Church: 808-885-4923




If you would liked to post a position at your church, e-mail Communications with the information. Positions are also posted on the Diocesan website HERE.




Fourth Sunday of Advent

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

- Book of Common Prayer
p 212


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December 16, 2014


TREC Report Released! 
See the article and links to the full report under the "What's Happening in The Episcopal Church" section.

Memorial Service for
The Reverend Deacon Nancy Conley
A Memorial Service honoring the life of the Reverend Deacon Nancy Conley will be held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Saturday, December 20, at 2:00 PM, Bishop Richard Chang presiding. A reception will follow. There will be no visitation prior to the service. The Disposition of Ashes will take place at a later date in a private ceremony in accordance with the family's wishes.

Conley was ordained as a Deacon on August 15, 1991, at St. George's Episcopal Church by Bishop Hart. She served at St. George's from 1991-2001, and also at the Waikiki Chapel, and most recently at St. Timothy's in Aiea through 2012.

The following is from an earlier message from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick that was released on November 26:

Bishop Fitzpatrick It is with thanksgiving for her Spirit-filled ministry that I inform the Diocese of the death of the Reverend Deacon Nancy Conley [on Sunday evening, November 23, 2014 (Christ the King Sunday), in Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, Oahu]. 

Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity: We give thee hearty thanks for the good examples of Deacon Nancy and of all those thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech thee that we, with all those who are departed in the true faith of thy holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in thy eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

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Holy Innocents Episcopal Church:
The Rev. William Albinger & The Rev. Amy Crowe
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church on Maui announces the retirement of its Rector, the Rev. Bill Albinger, effective Wednesday, December 31, 2014. His last service as Rector will take place on Sunday, December 28, at 9:00 AM, and all are invited to bid him a fond aloha.

Fr. Bill has been at Holy Innocents just shy of ten years, and he will be sorely missed not only at Holy Innocents, but in the wider community.  

"He immersed himself in the community with good works and is much loved by the children in the Holy Innocents Preschool," says Cindy Schumacher, a contributing writer for Maui's local newspapers. She has written a feature article on Fr. Bill that will be coming out Thursday in the Lahaina News

"The ACCW (A Cup of Cold Water outreach ministry) and Maui Episcopal family will certainly miss Father Albinger," said Keku Akana, Founder and President of ACCW. "He was supportive of mission and outreach from the get-go.  He rode on more ACCW mission runs than any Clergy-person and prayed for many a soul on the street.  He oozes Christianity by his actions. His soft touch and loving carriage gives meaning to the words and song.... 'They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love...' So, it's a thousand mahalos to Father Bill!

For the immediate future, Fr. Bill and his partner of 25 years, Mark LeDoux, will be heading to Massachusetts to be near family, and will take their time to discern what adventures God has in store.

Following Fr. Bill's departure is the Rev. Amy Crowe who has been appointed Vicar of Holy Innocents effective January 1, 2015. Rev. Amy is currently Priest Associate at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku, where she first served as Deacon. 

We wish them both well in their new journeys. 
Cathedral's Special Advent & Christmas Concerts

Annual Carol Concert: For many people in Honolulu, the Cathedral's annual Carol Concert is when Christmas truly begins. This year's Concert promises to be their best ever, with a host of beautiful carols. The Cathedral Choir will sing carols from ages past to present day. Sing along with some of your favorite traditional carols such as Joy to the World  and  O Come, All Ye Faithful. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 PM, in the glorious surroundings of The Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols:  Then on Christmas Day, December 25, at 5:30 PM, all are invited to the The Cathedral's Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, a wonderful celebration of Christ's birth. The service includes Bible stories interspersed with Christmas Carols, and features the renowned Cathedral Choir and Hawai'i's largest pipe organ under the direction of Director of Music, John Renke. Join in with traditional favorites such as Once in Royal David's City, The First Nowell and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and hear the choir sing such timeless classics as In Dulci Jubilo and Away in a Manger.  The winter light flooding through the stained glass, candles, wreaths and window boxes all add to the magical atmosphere of this special service. All are invited. Admission and parking are free.

New Year's Eve Organ Concert and Blessing of the City: On New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, The Cathedral of St. Andrew will welcome and bless the New Year, beginning at 10:15 PM with an organ concert by John Renke on the great Cathedral organ, followed by a Sung Eucharist at 11:00 PM, and the annual Blessing of the City of Honolulu at midnight by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick.  All are welcome.  Admission and parking are free.


Blue Christmas Service at Trinity BTS:
A Ritual of the Dark Night and New Creation

Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei will be offering a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, December 21, at 5:00 PM. The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for many reasons -- separation from family, loss of job, medical problems. These feelings can be intensified because this is the time of year when we have the least amount of daylight and the most amount of darkness. This service will honor the difficulty of the season and honor the rekindling of the light of creation. Come, bring your unease, honor the darkness, and then honor the renewed light of the season and creation. For more information, contact Roxanne Whitelight at (360) 953-3963.


Episcopal Service Corps Now Accepting Applications
Deadline is January 2, 2015
Applications are now available online for young people, ages 21-30, for the 2015-16 Episcopal Service Corps (ESC).  There are 30+ settings of the Episcopal Service Corps throughout the United States, including one right here in Hawai'i at Camp Mokule'ia.  

Each setting has its own special focus, but all are year-long, faith-based service opportunities focused on justice and peace.   At each setting the participants live and work in community. Applications and more information about ESC can be found on their website HERE
For more information about the ESC program here in Hawai'i you can view a fact sheet HERE. If you have questions, e-mail Rev. David Turner, Executive Director of Camp Mokule'ia (and director of ESC here in Hawaii) or the Episcopal Service Corps.


Alcohol and Liquor Policy
With holiday parties and activities taking place throughout the Diocese, it's a good time to review the Church's policy regarding alcohol served at church functions. The policy can be found on the Diocesan website HERE listed under "Alcohol Policy", or review it HERE. The Church Insurance Agency Corporation has also made some recommendations concerning liquor liability, and that document can be viewed HERE.
1-800 Number Being Discontinued
As a result of a survey this Spring regarding usage of the 1-800 number to the Office of the Bishop, effective January 1, 2015, that number will be discontinued. Be sure to update the contact information in your websites, letters, databases, etc. The number has already been removed from the Diocesan website.
Online Filing of Parochial Reports Available
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All churches should have received a memo and packet from Diocesan Treasurer, Peter Pereira, regarding the 2014 Parochial Reports. Reports are due on March 1, 2015, but online filing will be available beginning January 2. To view the memo and all supporting documents and forms, please visit the Diocesan website HERE, and scroll down to "Parochial Reports". 
Save the date!
EfM Mentor Training Coming Up in January
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An EfM (Education for Ministry) Mentor Training event has been scheduled for January 29 - 31, 2015, at the St. Anthony's Retreat Center. More info will be coming out shortly.
A Tasteful Benefit at Trinity BTS

Trinity Episcopal Church By-the Sea will be hosting A Tasteful Benefit, a fundraising event on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. It will be an evening filled with gourmet pupus, live music by Shea Derrick, a Silent Auction and lots of fun and prizes. Proceeds will benefit A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW), Maui's Care-van outreach program, and the ministries of Trinity By-the Sea. Donation to attend is $75. For more information and to order tickets, download the flyer HERE.
Save the date!
Stewardship University Coming Back to Hawai'i!

Stewardship University will be taking place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, and will be held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. This workshop was originally scheduled in August 2014, and was cancelled due to Hurricane Iselle. 


Stewardship University will be conducted by the Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Nationally known for stewardship development, Dombek will delve into topics such as "How To Talk About Money" and "Year-Round Stewardship That You Can Do," which will help participants to build up the stewardship programs they already have in place.  He is the author of Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete, published earlier in 2014.


Clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to sign up as teams to strengthen their stewardship programs. Participants will gain a common understanding of stewardship possibilities and reap the benefits all year long!  


The workshop is free of charge. Airfare stipends are not available. Neighbor island participation will be via a live-stream internet connection. Registration will open in mid-January, so stay tuned for announcements. To view a detailed schedule of the event, click HERE.


Save the Date!
Chrism Mass and Education Day
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The Annual Chrism Mass and Education will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Honolulu. The day will begin with the Chrism Mass where the Bishop blesses the oils of chrism (for baptism), healing and the catechumenate.

Following Chrism Mass will be an Education Day featuring guest speaker, the Rev. James W. Farwell, Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary.  This event is open to all clergy and lay people.  Registration will open in January.


Rental Available at St. Christopher's, Kailua
An apartment on the grounds of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua will be available January 1, 2015. The 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment is two blocks from Kailua Beach and within close proximity to downtown Kailua. The apartment also features a washer/dryer, study area, cathedral ceilings, enclosed back yard and two parking spots. Electricity and water are included; no smoking and small pets considered. $1,700 per month. Please call (808) 294-0695.

What's Happening in The Episcopal Church? 

Announcements from around The Episcopal Church & beyond 

Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message 2014
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2014 prays: "May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness."


The following is the Presiding Bishop's message:


The altar hanging at an English Advent service was made of midnight blue, with these words across its top:  "We thank you that darkness reminds us of light."  Facing all who gathered there to give thanks were images of night creatures - a large moth, an owl, a badger, and a bat - cryptic and somewhat mysterious creatures that can only be encountered in the darkness.


As light ebbs from the days and the skies of fall, many in the Northern Hemisphere associate dark with the spooks and skeletons of secular Hallowe'en celebrations.  That English church has reclaimed the connection between creator, creation, and the potential holiness of all that is.  It is a fitting reorientation toward the coming of One who has altered those relationships toward new possibilities for healing and redemption. READ MORE


TREC Report Released! 
TREC Issues A Word to The Episcopal Church

[December 15, 2014] The Task force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has issued A Word To The Episcopal Church concerning the release of the final report HERE.


The members of TREC commend our report to the whole church, and specifically to the 78th General Convention. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the church in this way. While we have consulted widely, listened deeply, and debated vigorously over the past two years, we also understand that our proposals are a first step in the ongoing process of re-imagining the church. The conversation that takes place at many levels of the church between now and the 78th General Convention will inevitably challenge, enhance, supplement, and change our proposals. We trust the Holy Spirit will be present in this ongoing process, and will help us all to follow Jesus most faithfully in our own day. READ MORE


New Video Portrays Saint Thomas Boys' Choir School

In the middle of New York City, young boys attend one of the few remaining professional choir schools in the world. They live, attend school and learn some of the most difficult, beautiful music ever written in the Episcopal/Anglican cathedral choir tradition. They are ordinary boys with extraordinary talent. Hear them sing and see what life is like at this remarkable institution in a new video from the Episcopal Church Office of Mission Communication, Saint Thomas Choir School.


Founded in 1919, Saint Thomas Boys Choir boasts a long history of training world-class musicians and singers while teaching them the basics of reading, writing and 'rithmatic. READ MORE


The Joint Nominating Committee Issues 
Statement on Progress
[December 16, 2014] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement:

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has completed initial conversations with those bishops who have entered the discernment process for the 2015 election of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.  The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori's nine-year term concludes in October.  The interviews followed the Committee's call for nominations, which ended September 30.  The JNCPB invited all bishops who were nominated to enter into the discernment process by providing biographical information, references, and responses to several questions.  READ MORE


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Safe Church Training Dates
The Church's Safe Church Policies require church leadership and those working with children to attend special training classes. The following classes have been set up with more to come. Please read the Safe Church Policies to note the differences between Safeguarding God's Children and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training, and to see if you are required to attend a class. 
  • Saturday, February 14 - Safeguarding God's Children Training (Maui) - Click HERE to register.
Official Youth Presence at General Convention 2015
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Applications and nominations for high-school teens to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) are now open. In collaboration with the General Convention Office and the President of the House of Deputies, the Office for Youth Ministries is coordinating the application and discernment process for high-school teens to become a part of the GCOYP. This group was established by a resolution at General Convention in 1982 and has been further defined at subsequent conventions, with legislation passed as recently as 2000. Those selected are limited to no more than two high school youth from each of the Episcopal Church's nine provinces, and are granted seat and voice on the floor of the House of Deputies under the current Rules or Order of the House of Deputies.

There is a maximum of two youth per Province that will be selected. For more information, including eligibility criteria and application instructions, click HERE.  Hurry, deadline for submission is December 23, 2014, and requires an online essay to be completed by both the youth applicant and nominator.
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) Launches
75th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge

In honor of Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th Anniversary Celebration, a group of generous donors has pledged $750,000 in matching funds for the organization's 2014 Matching Gift ChallengeAny donation to the organization between October 30 and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to the total match amount.  This includes contributions through Gifts for Life, Episcopal Relief & Development's alternative giving catalog, and monthly donations scheduled during the Challenge period. To learn more and donate now, click HERE.
2015 United Thank Offering Grant Applications
Now Being Accepted
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 United Thank Offering grants.  The new application forms and guidelines are available HERE. The focus for the 2015 United Thank Offering grants is Mark Four of the Anglican Marks of Mission: To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. 


The deadline is 5:00 PM Eastern on Friday, January 15, 2015. For more information about these guidelines e-mail the Rev. Heather Melton, United Thank Offering coordinator.


United Thank Offering Provides Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults
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In honor of its 125th anniversary, the United Thank Offering (UTO) has created a special $1,250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30) to provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission.


One grant will be awarded in each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church.

Deadline for young adults to submit applications to their diocesan bishop is February 1, 2015. From there, bishops will select one application per diocese. Applications are due from the diocesan offices on February 15. The a
pplication and additional information are available HERE. The funds are not permitted to the continuation of on-going ministries.


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Bishop's Calendar and Reading List for 2015

Christmas at Camp for Middle-schoolers  December 26-28

Official Youth Presence at General Convention 2015

St. Michael's Offers Spirituality Center

The Art of Narcissus at St. Peter's

UTO Provides Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults  Deadline to apply is February 15, 2015

Friday Noontime Concerts at The Cathedral

Alternative Christmas Market at St. John's, Kula

The Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps Accepting Applications Now

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches 75th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge

2014 Episcopal Church Christmas Card is Available for Download

Convention XLVI 

A Pastoral Message on Climate Change

2015 UTO Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The Toolkit from The Episcopal Church

Task Force on Study of Marriage

Style Guidelines for The Episcopal Church updated



Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor

Office of the Bishop
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776, ext. 326