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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

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E Komo Mai! (Welcome!) to Koloa Union Church

We are followers of Jesus with a distinctly Hawaiian identity. Some of us are descendants of the native people of these islands and we celebrate with the language and customs of our ancestors. As an inclusive community of faith, reflecting the diversity of the people of Hawai‘i, we respect all cultures and backgrounds.

Our mission is to embrace, enhance and nurture God’s diverse and unique faith community, all to the glory of God.

Whoever you are and wherever you have been on life’s journey, you are 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 with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the church.

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

Directions from Old Koloa Town:
From Koloa Road, turn onto Poipu Road by the Texaco Gas Station. As you drive on Poipu Road, look to your right in about a block and a half.

Directions from Kukuiula (The roundabout where Poipu Road runs into the Shops at Kukuiula):
Exit the roundabout onto Poipu Road towards Old Koloa Town. As you drive on Poipu Road, look to your left just past Koloa School and Library (& Snorkel Bob’s).

Phone: 808-742-6622


Alan Akana Gallery


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 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

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“A Dancing Savior”
By Cosmo Sarson

“We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance.”

(Matthew 11:17)

On Sunday morning, I talked about dance as an important part of spirituality for many cultures and religious traditions—including Christianity. I read a poem called “Lord of the Dance,” by Jennifer Lynn Woodruff.* Here is the poem she wrote, speaking of Jesus:

He was the Word, a wild and dancing Word,

before the world began; he danced in flame,

and galaxies were born, and songs became

the sinew of our bones, and he was Lord.

He danced in bread and wine, and in the bright

blue fountains of the Water of our birth,

and all the bells rang, and along the earth

the incense of a prayer rose, fresh and light.

He danced in speech, in names that had a power,

in dreams with symbols vibrant and unknown,

and all that was and is and is to come

was whole in grace and worship in that hour.

But we have fenced him in and tied him down;

we think he comes as words and not as Word,

as only what we prove, what we have heard—

not seen, not tasted, and therefore not found.

We preach a thousand sermons, and we lift

a thousand prayers in motions memorized,

and stumble home and have not realized:

the dance is mind and heart—the dance is gift.

He seeks us in the bread we fear to break,

the banners that we lift with trembling hand,

the images we fail to understand,

the steps in God’s strange dance we fear to take.

He is the Word, a wild and dancing Word;

he sings; his joy is fierce, his longing deep.

He calls us from ourselves and bids us weep

and dance and worship him, for he is Lord.

The photo above is actually a giant mural painted on the side of a building in Bristol, England. It seems that people all over the world imagine Jesus as a dancing Savior. There are many stories of people finding healing, wholeness, abundant life, and a closer relationship to God through dancing not only for Jesus but with him. Perhaps there is a dance for you to participate in right now.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

*In my sermon, I incorrectly gave credit to Laurie Beth Jones for this poem. She did write about dance and the importance of recognizing that Jesus dances with everyone—even the people in the shadows…the ones nobody else wishes to dance with. My apologies for the mistake.—AA


Our Kahu (Pastor) offers a weekly message in church most Sundays during the year. Click HERE to see a video of his message from this past Sunday. 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.

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

Weekly News of the Church

SUMMER BOOK CLUB  This summer’s choice for our book group is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tippet. The author is one of the preeminent voices in religion in the 21st century, having interviewed many of the great religious thinkers and leaders of our time. The group meets on Wednesday evenings through August 1 at 6 o’clock for dinner followed by a discussion led by Kahu Alan Akana. Please sign up so that Kahu knows how much food to prepare for dinner. The group will discuss chapter 3 on July 18.

MOVIE NIGHT  Friday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. Come for a hot dog dinner and root beer floats and popcorn!! Movie: TBA. Bring your comfy lawn chairs, sleeping bags. Join us for another fun evening.

PICK-A-PARTY “FUN”-RAISER  Koloa Union Church members and friends are hosting a variety of parties during the next few months. Hosts choose the party theme, food selections and number of guests. Hosts also provide the meals and pay for all expenses, and also sell tickets for a chosen amount. All of the tickets sales income will be donated to the church’s general fund. Look for the Pick-a-Party folder for available parties. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Kakinami. Click HERE to email Bonnie or call her at 639-7765.

THE LATEST COCONUT WIRELESS  The Council of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ shares news on the Coconut Wireless, the regular newsletter of the HCUCC. If you would like to keep abreast on news, opportunities and events, please click HERE for this past week’s news. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically and get the very latest news hot off the press.

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 2 Samuel 7-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-56.

COMING UP.  .  .  .

KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS OPEN HOUSE Our church will once again host an event for the annual Plantation Days. We will welcome the community to the parsonage on Monday, July 23 from 4-6 p.m. Please contact Kahu or Penny if you are willing to be a greeter, tour guide, refreshment table assistant, or if you can bring refreshments. Please invite your friends and neighbors by sharing this LINK with them.

BREAKFAST GATHERING Everyone is invited to meet for breakfast at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu, 7:30 a.m., 4th Tuesday of every month. Our next breakfast is on July 24.

PRAYERS & SQUARES All are welcome to participate in this ministry of making quilts and prayer squares for those members of our congregation who are experiencing a life crisis. Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS PARADE We will walk in the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28. Thanks to Peter Baldwin, we have the golf car once again for our kupuna and people who find it difficult to walk the parade route. This year’s theme is “Landmarks in Time” and the Grand Marshall will be Sueoka Store as they celebrate their 100th anniversary! Please let Kahu or Penny know if you can help decorate the cart on July 27.


“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!