Hawaiian Identity


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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

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Sundays at 10:30 AM


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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Pacific School of Religion


A Note from Kahu Alan Akana

“Pentecost Sunday”

We had a wonderful celebration on Sunday! We read the story of Pentecost from the Book of Acts and I shared with the congregation some of the key lessons that I learned back when I was in seminary—lessons that came straight from the story of Pentecost!

  • I learned the importance of “being together.” After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples were all together in one place. They knew the importance of community and supported one one another in their faith journeys.
  • I learned the importance of acceptance and hospitality. All of the people who were visiting Jerusalem in the story heard the good news of Jesus in their own language. They didn’t need to learn a new language or way of being in the world in order to hear about Jesus or join the community of faith.
  • Finally, I learned that God’s presence is abundant and real here and now. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon all flesh. God’s Spirit was not lightly sprinkled; it was poured out—and not just upon a few select people, but upon all.

These lessons and many others prepared me to be the pastor I was to become. I knew that it is good for us to be together—and a big part of my job was to make sure that it was good…and not just for people who speak my language and see the world like I do, but for everyone. If I can help people who come to church and who live in communities surrounding the church to see how God’s Spirit is abundant and alive within them and all around them, then I have done my job. If it were not for seminary, I would not have had the important training I received to be the pastor I am today.

I also shared on Sunday about my involvement with Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. As a Trustee of the school and the Chair of PSR’s Advancement Committee, I am committed to the well being of the school and making sure that it is well funded for years to come. Sunday was also “Seminary Sunday,” and I invited friends and visitors to consider a gift to Pacific School of Religion. Many people on Sunday stepped up to the plate and made a donation to PSR, and I thank you for your support! It means the world to me that you support the education and training of leaders for our churches’ future.

If you would still like to make a gift to Pacific School of Religion, please do so by the end of the month. You can drop off or send a check to the church office or make a donation on Sunday. Special “Pacific School of Religion” offering envelopes are available on the counter as you enter the sanctuary. Checks should be made out to “Koloa Union Church” with “PSR” in the note section.

Mahalo nui loa for your support of our church and Pacific School of Religion!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Music, Scripture, Liturgy and Message

Will Reflect Our Understanding Of

God as Holy Trinity


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

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS  As we wind down our capital campaign this year, including donations and projects, you are encouraged to fulfill your campaign commitments on time. We have asked for all commitments to be fulfilled by June. If you need a bit more time or if you wish to change your commitment, please let Penny or Kahu know as soon as possible in case we need to adjust our plans for the final projects. This will greatly help us as we prepare for our upcoming Capital Campaign Celebration on June 10!

KAUAI FLOOD RELIEF  Koloa Union Church continues to reach out to our neighbors who were affected by the recent flooding on the island, especially our neighbors in Koloa. So far, we have collected $2,961and many items that are already being used by flood victims. We have delivered many carloads of items and gift cards to the Hardware Store in Koloa to most families in the community whose homes were damaged by the flood. Unless needs change, additional money will be used for kitchen appliance purchases and more gift cards. An updated list of “most needed” will be provided soon. Those who wish to make monetary donations can write checks to “Koloa Union Church” and write “Flood Relief” in the note section. Thanks to everyone who has given so generously so far!!!

LECTIO DIVINA Join us again on Wednesday, May 23, at the Smith Memorial Parsonage for a time to quietly reflect on the Scriptures. We will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for Lectio Divina at the parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road). In Christianity, Lectio Divina is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word.

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER In order to save trees and money on increased postage costs, we are offering our monthly newsletter online for those of you who wish to read it on your computer or print it off yourself. Just contact Penny if you would like to no longer receive a paper version of the newsletter; and she will send you a notification each month as soon as the newsletter is uploaded. You can visit our website anytime for the most current and past newsletters. The paper version of the June newsletter will be available in church this Sunday.

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.

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 upcoming gatherings are scheduled for Tuesdays, May 29, June 12, and June 26 at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Dressel, 808-332-7371.


OFFICE CLOSED  Memorial Day, May 28.

SALVATION ARMY LUNCH  We will serve lunch next on May 30. Please see Judyth Foley if you can help serve lunch at the Hanapepe Salvation Army. We serve this meal on every fifth Wednesday. Volunteers meet at the church at 9:30 a.m.

“VOLCANO TALK” OPEN HOUSE  Alan Akana Gallery will be having an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. Alan will give a talk at 2 p.m. about life on Kilauea Volcano and in the lower Puna District where the volcano is currently erupting and lava is flowing through neighborhoods, across roads, and into the ocean. Alan visits the volcano every year, has relatives and friends who reside there, and wrote a book about  the lives and perspectives of the people who have lived there for centuries, entitled The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano. With Kilauea Volcano making news nearly every day, you won’t want to miss learning more about this fascinating place! Alan Akana Gallery is located in the Smith Memorial Parsonage at 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa. Enjoy stories, art, live entertainment, refreshments and 20% off everything in the gallery at this event. Attendees will be among the first people to see Alan’s newest painting of a flower so rare that the Hawaiian people never named it! As always, all sales benefit the care of the parsonage. Click HERE to see the gallery website.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION!  Be sure to mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 10—the day we will celebrate our successful capital campaign! We will give thanks for all of the beautiful improvements on our grounds and in our sanctuary, as well as all of the other accomplishments over the past three years! We certainly have a lot to celebrate! We will also announce the plans and timelines for the remaining projects. Join us in church and then for a catered luncheon afterwards…and invite your friends!


“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!