Featured Articles
In This Issue:
+ Annual Meeting September 9 Deadline is HERE!
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+ Clergy Transitions (Sowers, Oh, Joo)
+ Clergy Passing (Sasaki, Reynolds)
+ ECW Annual Meeting
+ Godly Play Core Training - O'ahu
+ Women's Retreat on Kaua'i
+ Donations Needed for Bell Repair
+ Young Adult Pilgimage to Ferguson
+ Catechumenate Training Institute
+ Apply for Indigenous Theological Training Grant
+ Updated Safe Church Training Dates
+ Important Deadline for 47th Annual Meeting of Convention
+ Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training - O'ahu
+ Save the Date! 2015 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial Lecture
+ Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention
Contact Information
+ + + + + + +

Featured Photo:
This issue's header features the first Prince Albert Children's Service held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Sunday, August 23. Be sure to read about this very special event in the October issue of the E-Chronicle coming out in a few weeks. (Photo by Jan Motoshige.) 

Upcoming Meetings

Mark Your


Saturday, September 19, 2015
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Joint Meeting
Standing Committee &
Commission on Ministry
Von Holt Room

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Standing Committee
Von Holt Room

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Commission on Ministry
Bishop's Reading Room

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Diocesan Council
Diocesan Conference Room

47th Annual Meeting of the Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi

October 23 & 24
ʻIolani School, Honolulu
Annual Meeting meeting forms and online registration now posted. Visit the webpage HERE.
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Saturday, September 12

The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, Honolulu

For more info...


2015 Safe Church Training
Please check under the island listings for a class taking place in your area. 


Parish Happenings


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

Choral Evensong at The Cathedral
Ongoing every Sunday, 5:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Na Himeni Sing Nights
Ongoing every third Sunday, 6:00 PM
St. Stephen's, Wahiawa
For more info call: (808) 330-3769

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

Aina Haina Farmer's Market
Ongoing every Tuesday, 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Holy Nativity, Aina Haina

FREE Wednesday Noontime Concerts at The Cathedral
(Temporarily suspended for organ repairs.)
Ongoing every Wednesday, 12:15 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

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

Centering Prayer
Ongoing every Thursday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
For more info: E-mail

Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's
Ongoing every Thursday, 
6:00 PM (Soup & Salad served after the service)
St. Peter's, Honolulu

Pacific Peace Forums (with Potluck)
Ongoing every first Friday, 6:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, Honolulu
Contact: Dr. Haʻaheo Guanson, (808) 330-3771

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

Holy Hikers!
Ongoing every first Saturday, 1:30 PM, meet at Holy Nativity parking lot
Holy Nativity, Honolulu

Meal Prep for IHS
Ongoing every second Saturday, Noon
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Good Samaritan Fall Fair
Saturday, October 3, 8:00 AM
Good Samaritan, Honolulu
Church Office: (808) 735-5944

EM/EV Training
Saturday,October 3, 9:00 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, Honolulu

Emmanuel's Chocolate Extravaganza
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Emmanuel, Kailua

Godly Play Core Training
October 10-12
Epiphany, Honolulu

Save the date!
2015 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial Lecture
Sunday, October 18, 4:00 PM
More info coming soon



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

Saturday Market 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

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

Laundry Love Kauai
Ongoing first & third Wednesdays, 5:30 PM
Kapaa Laundromat, Kapa'a

A Place at the Table 
(Documentary & potluck)
Friday, September 11, 6:30 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue
(808) 245-3796

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, September 12, 8:30 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue

Healing Touch Level 1 Certificate Program
September 18 & 19
St. Michael's, Lihue
For more info: E-Mail

ReSource for Christian Spirituality: Women's Retreat
October 16 - 18
Makanalani, Kilauea

FREE Movies on the Lawn
October 17, 24, & 30
All Saints' Lawn, Kapa'a



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

Centering Prayer Group
Thursdays, 4:00 PM
Holy Innocents, Lahaina
For more info: E-mail

St. John's Annual Kula Festival
Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
St. John's, Kula

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Saturday, September 26, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM New time!
Good Shepherd, Wailuku



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

St. Jude's Women's Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:00 AM

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

Ka'u Food Pantry 
Ongoing last Tuesdays, Noon
Ocean View Community Center
Call Karen:  (510) 778-5500

After School Bible Story-time
Ongoing Wednesdays, 1:15 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

St. Columba's Home Bible Study
Ongoing Wednesdays, 4:00 PM

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

St. Jude's Men's Bible Study
Ongoing Fridays, 9:00 AM
McKinney Place

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

St. Augustine's Annual Bazaar
Saturday, September 12, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
St. Augustine's, Kapa'au
Church Office:  (808) 889-5390

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

St. Jude's Oktoberfest
Friday, October 2, 5:30 PM
St. Jude's, Ocean View

St. James' All Parish Retreat
October 30 - November 1
KMC, Volcano Nat'l Park

St. James Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
St. James, Kamuela





Parish Administrator

St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Kailua

For details...


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


Proper 18
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as
you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Please note:  The Office of the Bishop will be closed on September 29 & 30 for staff training. 
Please see article under Previously Announced Event Reminders in the bottom half of the E-News below for details.

Churches with completed registrations:  31 (out of 34)
Have your delegates registered?

On-line Convention Quick Links:
If you haven't already done so, please visit the Annual Meeting webpage HERE for more information. You will find links to all of the meeting forms as well as the tentative schedule for the weekend. If you have any questions, please e-mail Charmaine Bernard, Office Manager.

The Diocese of Hawai'i bids a fond aloha to the following clergy:

The Rev. Susan Sowers
The Cathedral of St. Andrew will be saying aloha to Associate Dean, the Rev. Susan Sowers, later this month. Rev. Sowers will be returning to Pensacola, FL, to be the Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, the church she served at for three years as the Associate Priest prior to coming to The Cathedral in 2013. 

Susan has been an incredible asset to the Cathedral in so many areas --such as, in pastoral care, Christian formation & spirituality, and outreach," said Dean Walter Brownridge, "I am grateful for her wise counsel and partnership in ordained ministry." 

The Revs. David Oh and Anna Joo
The husband and wife team, the Revs. David Oh and Anna Joo, will be returning to South Korea after having served in the islands for the past three years. Mother Anna served as the Cathedral Curate, Chaplain to St. Andrew's Schools, and assisted her husband with the Korean language Mission, Most recently, they have been the Vicars at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Honolulu.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of two beloved clergy from the Diocese who died recently. Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

The Rev. Norio Sasaki
The Reverend Norio Sasaki (age 89) died of heart failure this morning (Tuesday, September 8, 2015). Norio was ordained a Priest by Bishop Harry Kennedy on December 10, 1958. He served in this Diocese as the Vicar of St. John's Church, Eleele, and St. Paul's Church, Kekaha (1958-1966); the Associate Rector of St. Clement's Church, Honolulu (1966-1969); and the part-time Assistant to the Rector of St. Elizabeth's Church (1969-1971). Most of his active ordained ministry was spent as a teacher and Chaplain at ʻIolani School, Honolulu (1969-1988). Norio and Florence, his wife of sixty-three years, had only recently moved into The Plaza at Moanalua. Service time is pending.

The Rev. Elsberry "Jerry" Reynolds
The Rev. Elsbery "Jerry" Reynolds, a priest of this Diocese, died on Saturday, August 29, at home in Oregon.  Services were held on Saturday, September 5, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, OR. Cards of condolence may be sent to: Mrs. Illa Reynolds, 1829 NE Berg Way, Bend, OR 97701
Saturday, September 12
ECW Annual Meeting & Specials Request
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The Episcopal Church Women's annual meeting will be held on Saturday, September 12, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew's Von Holt Room, beginning with registration and coffee at 8:00 AM. Along with the regular business meeting, there will be the UTO Ingathering, the ECW Specials and keynote speaker, the Rev. Diane Martinson, on Do What You Have the Power to Do: Women and the Bible. For more information, download the flyer and registration form HERE.

ECW Specials - Each year, the ECW gives grants to groups and organizations who apply for the ECW Specials. This year, they are designating funds to the Bishop's Pastoral Fund and also The Lavender Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides services to the LGBT community. If you would like to assist with a donation, please download the form to make your pledge HERE.  You can read more about The Lavender Clinic HERE
Godly Play Core Training - O'ahu
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There will be a Godly Play Core Training on O'ahu, October 10 - 12, at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Honolulu. The training will be led by Jenny Wallace. Godly Play Foundation Trainer.

Core Training is the essential training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room. You will learn the processes and core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children's spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!

For more information on this training, download the brochure HERE, and to register, click HERE.  Diocesan scholarships are available and can be found through the registration link.
Women's Retreat on Kaua'i

ReSource for Christian Spirituality, a ministry sponsored by St. Michael and All Angels in Lihue, will be hosting a women's retreat at Makanalani Ranch on the north shore of Kaua'i, October 16 - 18, 2015. Enjoy expansive time with God and sisters in Christ to listen for your own heartbeat. Discover who is the beautiful, gifted and unique you that God is creating you to be! For more information and to register, download the informational brochure HERE.
Donations Needed for Bell Repair at The Cathedral
Back in June, an accident to the housing of one of the bells at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, put bell ringing on hold. The #3 bell, one of 8 bells, has since been lowered so that they can now use 6 of the bells.  This is great news to the members of StARS (St. Andrew's Ringing Society), who have been able to resume practices.  

The cost to repair the bell will run close to $10,000.  If you would like to donate to this fund, checks can be sent and made payable to The Cathedral of St. Andrew with "Bell Repair" in the memo line, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813. For more information on the history of the bells, click HERE.

What's Happening in The Episcopal Church? 

Announcements from around The Episcopal Church & beyond 

Hurry! Registration deadline is September 11!
Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO
Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced a new initiative and partnership to encourage young adults to engage in racial reconciliation and justice at the important site of Ferguson, MO.

Bishop Sauls announced that young adults 18 to 30 years old are invited to apply for a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO, on October 8 - 12, sponsored by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

The primary focus of the Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson is to learn to engage in racial justice and reconciliation in a locale that has experienced significant racial tensions since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown.

Application deadline is September 11.  Applications and more information are available HERE. Space is limited. Applicants must be nominated by an adult from their communities or dioceses, such as a priest, bishop, supervisor, etc. 
Register Now!
Catechumenate Training Institute:
Go Baptize, Make Disciples

The North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) Training Institute entitled: Go Baptize, Make Disciples, will be held on October 1 - 3, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA. Co-hosts are Trinity Cathedral and the Episcopal Church of St. Martins. 

"This Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in this process through which disciples are made, saints are raised up and communities are transformed." --The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

For more information, download the brochure HERE, or register online HERE
Applications accepted for Episcopal Church
Indigenous Theological Training Grant
[August 25, 2015] Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 awards for Indigenous Theological Training.

The awards are available to diocesan and churchwide organizations for lay and ordained members of The Episcopal Church.

"These grants are crucial to support the innovative work of theological education of the Indigenous ministries in dioceses focused on Indigenous Ministry," commented Sarah Eagle Heart, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Among the educational possibilities are spiritual formation, leadership development, and/or ordination. All applications must have the endorsement of the diocesan bishop.

The application and information are available HERE.  Funding is under direction and supervision of the Office of Indigenous Ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Deadline for all applications is September 30.
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UPDATED: 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, September 12 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (St. Michael's, Lihue, Kaua'i) - Click HERE to register. 
  • Saturday, September 26 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (St. Columba's, Paauilo, Big Island) - Click HERE to register.
  • Saturday, September 26 - Safeguarding God's Children Training (Good Shepherd, Wailuku, Maui) - Click HERE to register. (Note: There has been a time change.)
47th Annual Meeting of the Convention
Friday, October 23: Opening Eucharist & Pupu Hour
Saturday, October 24: Business Meeting Convenes
Important Deadline Date: September 9, 2015

The Diocese of Hawai'i's 47th Annual Meeting of Convention will be taking place on October 23 and 24, 2015, at 'Iolani School in Honolulu.  An important deadline date of September 9, 2015 is coming up.  Please note the following:

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 9 is an important deadline for Resolutions, Nominations for leadership, and Necrology forms. Early Bird registration prices will also end, going up from $70 to $85 per person. Late registration will be $100 after October 2.  This year, registrations must be done individually. There will be no group/congregation registrations.  (See "Registration" below.)

Education Day
There will be an Education Day on Friday, October 23, 2015, with keynote speaker the Rev. Cn. Stephanie Spellers.  Additional details can be found on the Annual Meeting webpage HERE.  The Education Day early bird registration fee is $30 per person until September 9, $35 until October 2, and $40 after that.

To register for the Annual Meeting, Opening Eucharist, Pupu Hour and Education Day, please click HERE.  (Registration for all listed events are on the same form.)

If you are a Delegate registering for the Annual Meeting, please check with your church -- they may have already registered you.  If you are being asked to register for yourself, please select "check" as the payment method and a notice will be sent to your church.  Please also select "check" if you are a clergy person, alternate, or visitor whose registration is being paid for by your church.  If you submit payment for the Annual Meeting fee and your church was to have paid for it, please request reimbursement from your church.

Travel Arrangements
Churches should have already received the Shared Travel Assessment billing.  For travel arrangements for approved travelers on Neighbor Islands, e-mail Sharon Billingsley. (Please see the Shared Travel Memo for procedures HERE.)

If you haven't already done so, please visit the Annual Meeting webpage HERE for more information.  You will find links to all of the meeting forms as well as the tentative schedule for the weekend.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Charmaine Bernard, Office Manager.

Volunteers Needed
The Office of the Bishop is looking for volunteers to help with lunch services and an Ushers/Information station during Education Day and the Annual Meeting as follows:

Lunch Service
Friday, October 23, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (2 - 3 volunteers)
Saturday, October 24, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM (2 - 3 volunteers)
  • Distribute boxed lunches and beverages to guests
  • Assist persons that need help during lunch
  • Bus tables, monitor trash and recycling

Usher/Information Station

Friday, October 23, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (4 volunteers)

Saturday, October 24, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM (4 volunteers)

  • Greet guests at Seto Hall for Education Day and the Annual Meeting
  • Assist guests with directions for seating
  • Help guests with directions for 'Iolani School grounds (e.g. Chapel, restrooms, etc.)

If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail Charmaine Bernard.


Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training on O'ahu
There will be a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor Training coming on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, beginning at 9:00 AM. The trainer is the Rev. Giovan King. 

Both EMs and EVs should attend the morning session, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. That session will last 2-1/2 hours. Those intending to be Eucharistic Ministers only, can then leave. Those who intend to be Eucharistic Visitors will stay for the afternoon session, which will last until 3:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, click HERE. Space is limited, so register early.
Save the date!
2015 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial Lecture
The Cathedral of St. Andrew is pleased to announce that the 2015 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial Lecture will be presented by Fr. Michael Lapsley, author of Redeeming the Past: My Journey From Freedom Fighter to Healer.  This event will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015, beginning with the lecture at 4:00 PM.  Evensong and reception to follow.

Fr. Lapsley, who was born in New Zealand, joined the Society of the Sacred Mission and was sent to South Africa in 1973.  There he became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. Exiled to Lesotho and then Zimbabwe, where he narrowly survived an assassination attempt, he returned to South Africa to found the Institute for Healing of Memories.  


Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention
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The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Secretary of General Convention, has announced that A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention is now available online at the General Convention website HERE.

A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention presents the results of resolutions and other matters from the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and is available for free download. Additionally, the Summary of Actions lists the membership of the Executive Council and other bodies elected and appointed at General Convention 2015.

The Journal of the 78th General Convention, which is the official record of the proceedings, will be available in 2016.

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Did you miss an edition of the E-News? Listed below are the titles of some recently published announcements. To see the complete article, click on the linked issues below or visit the Diocesan website's 

Serving in the Philippines

Annual Meeting Important Deadline & Education Day

Offerings at St. Michael's in September

St. Augustine's Annual Bazaar September 12

St. John's Annual Kila Festival September 19

Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention

Pneuma Conference October 12-15

Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training on O'ahu
October 3, 2015

13th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza at Emmanuel October 3

The Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the Presiding Bishop November 1

The Bishop on General Convention

Save the date! 2015 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial Lecture

General Convention Elects the 27th Presiding Bishop

General Convention Commences

The Rev. Diana Akiyama Appointed Vicar at St. Augustine's

47th Annual Meeting of Convention Registration & Forms Online Now

ECF Publishes New Vestry Resource Guide

All Saints' Launches Laundry Love Kauai

'Iolani Guild Releases Online Magazine

Presiding Bishop on Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality



Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor

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