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E Komo Mai!

Welcome to Koloa Union Church!

We are followers of Jesus—the man who opened his arms to all kinds of people (including the scorned and oppressed, the poor, those living on the margins of society, and people from other places), who gave voice to the voiceless, who fed the hungry and healed the sick. Following in his footsteps, we welcome people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities; and we share God’s love in its many forms. We are a diverse community where everyone has something to offer. Come and join us—let us follow Jesus together!

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!

Church Location:
3289  Poipu Road, Koloa, HI

We are located in the heart of Koloa on Poipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Poipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkey pod trees. It is a lava rock church in old Hawaiian style with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the property.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756

Phone: 808-742-6622

A Scent-Free Environment: We have members, friends, and a kahu who are highly allergic to various scents, often resulting in coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and speaking, as well as other symptoms. Heavy perfumes and colognes are particularly troublesome. We are requesting that our church be, as much as possible, a “scent-free” environment during worship services, social activities and meetings. We realize that there is no way to keep all scents away, and we plan to continue having fresh flower arrangements each week and leis for special occasions, but we do ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of those around them when it comes to perfumes, colognes and lotions.

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Alan Akana Gallery

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Koloa Union Church hosts a gallery featuring the works of Kahu (Pastor) Alan Akana. The gallery is just around the corner from the church at 3281 Waikomo Road in the historic Smith Memorial Parsonage, a beautiful building on the grounds formerly owned by Congregationalist missionaries. Proceeds from sales at the gallery support the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of the parsonage. Dr. Akana has been watercoloring the flowers of Hawaii since 1993 and features his work of nearly a quarter of a century. Gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and by appointment. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.

A Message from Our Kahu

“Prophetic Imagination”

On Sunday, I shared with the congregation my love for Disneyland as a child—a love that remains as an adult! I still remember the feeling I had when I first visited the park around the time I was in kindergarten. I also remember the sights and sounds, as well as the tastes and smells. It is remarkable how all of the senses of an experience as a very young child can stay with me all these years later. Walt Disney was a genius when it comes to imagination. He began imagining Disneyland in the 1930’s, continued imagining through the 1940’s and 1950’s until the park opened in 1955. What impresses me the most is that he imagined a place to bring great joy and happiness to children and their families during very difficult times in our nation’s history: the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. These are times I would describe as fearful, dark, confusing and anxious. Disney did not let the overall mood of those years dictate his life or his vision. Furthermore, the impact his imagination had on the world has continued long after his death.

This is the case with so many creative and imaginative people of long ago. It is certainly the case of the writers of the book of Isaiah. Look at some of the things one of them imagined some 600 years before the birth of Christ (chapter 65):

  • New heavens and a new earth
  • Eternal gladness and rejoicing
  • No more tears and no more crying
  • No more death at childbirth, in infancy, in childhood, in young adulthood, or even in middle age
  • No more homelessness, hunger, thirst, or unemployment
  • No more war or violence
  • God’s blessings for everyone
  • Answered prayers for everyone
  • Animals participating in a nonviolent, peaceful and life-giving future

This section of Isaiah was written during a fearful, dark, confusing, and anxious time for the people of Jerusalem and Judah. It was right around the time of the Babylonian captivity when foreign troops conquered Jerusalem and marched the leaders of the city and many of the Jewish people back to Babylon to work virtually as slaves. Yet, the prophet knew that his large and wild imagination would lead the people through those times and begin to unfold even during their lifetimes. The other prophets knew the same thing, as did Jesus. May we hold onto their vision and imagine it anew for our own time, regardless of how fearful, dark, confusing, and anxious, our own time might become. And, like them, may we do our part in realizing the vision with our own lives through our words, actions and prayers.

By the way, I just discovered this morning that yesterday was Mickey Mouse’s 91st birthday! (And I must say: he is looking fantastic for such an old mouse!)

Aloha nui!

Kahu

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“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by Koloa Union Church, an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

To see a video of Kahu Akana’s message, click HERE. You may see the Koloa Union Church YouTube channel to see many of his past messages and subscribe in order be notified when a new message is posted. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to church. Please feel free to “Like” any of the videos you see and share them on social media, such as Facebook, so that others will notice them.

You are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings! To see our Sunday morning schedule, click HERE.

Kahu Akana is also an accomplished artist! He specializes in creating vibrant watercolors of the flowers of Hawaii and hosts a Sunday afternoon reception in a gallery at his home, the Smith Memorial Parsonage. He also meets visitors by appointment. Most of the profit from the sales go for the maintenance and upkeep of the parsonage. To see a video about his art and gallery, click HERE. To see the gallery website, click HERE.

To learn more about Kahu Akana (and the rest of the staff at Koloa Union Church), click HERE.

Weekly News of the Church

Thanksgiving Sunday
Worship Service

Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m.

During our worship service on Thanksgiving Sunday, Kahu Akana will bring a message on “Expansive Gratitude.” There are various kinds of gratitude and different ways of being thankful. Expansive gratitude opens our hearts to others and all that is good in the world; it connects us to others, to God, and all that God has created. Let us worship God with expansive gratitude! And be sure to invite family members and friends!

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Thanksgiving Luncheon
Sunday, November 24

Aloha Hour after Church

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon during Aloha Hour after the worship service. It is a potluck, so bring something if you are able. Guests and visitors are welcome to just come and enjoy our good food and conversation. Please check in with Penny at the church office if you haven’t already signed up to bring something to share as part of the feast. And be sure to invite family members and friends!

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Alan Akana Gallery
Holiday Sale
Sunday, November 24

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Alan Akana Gallery features the watercolors of Hawaii`s flowers painted by our Kahu! The gallery will host a special holiday sale on Sunday afternoon where visitors can see Kahu’s work and have the opportunity to purchase art, books, greeting cards and other products created by Kahu, including the brand new 2020 Calendar! Everything will be on sale just on time for holiday shopping, and the Smith Memorial Parsonage—home to both Kahu and the gallery—will be “decked out” for the holidays! Come and enjoy the art and some holiday treats! The profits from sales support the care and maintenance of our treasured historic parsonage. Click HERE to see the invitation. And be sure to invite family members and friends!

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Additional Announcements

CHOIR REHEARSAL  Rehearsals are every Thursday, 7-8 p.m. at the church. Bring your voices and your friends. Guests and new choir members are always welcome! You will enjoy being part of this melodious group under the direction of Kathleen Dahill.

COCONUT WIRELESS  Be sure to click on “Kauai Association” on the first article to see photos of Kahu Akana and KUC members and friends! Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ).

LECTIONARY READINGS (Old & New Testament Readings for the Week)  Each week, Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one of them on the following Sunday. This week’s readings are Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 1:68-79; Luke 23:33-43.

COMING UP . . . .

ALL CHURCH BREAKFAST  Tuesday, November 26, 7:30 a.m. Join church members and friends for a fun, relaxing breakfast at the Holoholo Grill located in the Koloa Landing complex. Let Michael Horning or Penny Osuga know if you would like to attend.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED  November 28 for Thanksgiving Day.

PRAYERS & SQUARES  On December 3, from 1-3 p.m., Prayers & Squares will meet in Kahu’s office at the church. All are welcome to join us in this special ministry of making quilts and presenting them to people in crisis or who may need some extra comfort or reminders of God’s love. Each knot is tied along with a prayer for the person receiving the quilt.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY  Our annual Christmas party will be Friday, December 6, at 6 p.m. at the Smith Memorial Parsonage, located at 3281 Waikomo Road. Bring a favorite holiday dish for the potluck dinner and your singing voices for carols.

CHURCH WORK DAY  Saturday, December 7, 8 – noon. It is time to spruce up the church buildings and grounds in preparation for the holidays and all our visitors. Bring your gloves, rags, buckets. Lunch will be served.

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“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have our weekly news sent directly to your inbox. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!