Hawaiian Identity


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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

Come Worship with Us

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  Po‘ipu Road, Koloa, HI

We are located in the heart of Kōloa on Po‘ipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Po‘ipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkeypod trees. It is a lava rock church with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front of the church.

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

Directions from Old Koloa Town:
Turn onto Po‘ipu Road by the Chevron Gas Station. As you drive on Po‘ipu Road, look to your right in about a block and a half.

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

Phone: 808-742-6622

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

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On Sunday, we began our 4-part series on “Pay It Forward: And Who Is My Neighbor?” I shared with the congregation about comments made by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ—that we should listen to the cries of our neighbors when considering what our church’s mission is. Right after hearing these words from Dr. Dorhauer, I had dinner with a colleague, who spoke about his own tears when his wife and two children died. He also talked about his inability to cry when his first wife packed her bags and walked out the door for good, without any warning. It occurred to me that we must listen for both the audible and silent tears of our neighbors.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), two priests walked on the other side of the road when they saw a man, bloody and beaten, lying on the opposite side. Then a man of Samaria (an enemy!) came near to the injured man, was moved with compassion and helped him. It is only when we draw near to those in pain that we have compassion for them. So let us draw near to our neighbors; let us listen for their cries; and let us act with compassion; for this is our calling as followers of Jesus.

I invite you to continue praying the following prayer with me, as you consider your commitment to our church’s future outreach and mission:

O God, as we seek to reach out into our community by sharing aloha with everyone in the coming year, open my heart so that love will freely flow in and out of it.

May the commitment I make truly represent the gratitude I have to you for all that Koloa Union Church means to me.


I look forward to seeing you in church as we seek together how we might bring aloha to the people around us who have deep longings for a better life. I hope you will join us as we welcome students from Kamehameha School to assist in our worship by providing music and stories.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

To see a video of Kahu’s sermon, click HERE.

“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

Four juniors from Kamehameha School will be assisting in worship this Sunday, October 23, by providing music and stories. They will be accompanied by Kahu Kordell Kekoa. The deputation team program began in the late 1940’s when Chaplain Rev. Stephen L. Desha, Jr. observed that many Hawaiian churches of the Protestant Congregational denomination were without pastors. He felt that Kamehameha Schools could extend its educational services and be sending students to churches that requested assistance.  The program continues to grow throughout Hawaii with 75 students this year, as students visit and assist churches. Let us welcome the Kamehameha School students and share our aloha with children and youth this Sunday!
KAHU’S SERMONS ON VIDEO Thanks to generous donors, we are continuing to record on video Kahu’s sermons each Sunday. We encourage you to share these videos with your friends and neighbors in order to encourage them to attend Koloa Union Church. For this week’s sermon, click HERE.
CHRISTMAS OUTREACH “Spare Change to Help Needy Families” We plan to give gift cards to families in our community before Christmas so that they can have food and gifts for their children. Can you bring your spare change to church between now and December 11? Just place it in the Spare Change Jar as you enter or leave the church. We will add up our change on December 11 and purchase gift cards for local stores. If you know any families we can help, have any questions, or wish to volunteer, please contact Judyth Foley at 818-726-1344.
CHOIR PRACTICE: The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Please come, and bring a friend.
ANNUAL SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 a.m. – noon.  We are accepting your rummage sale donations at the church.  Call the church (742-6622) or Judyth (818-726-1344) for drop-off times.  We welcome all smaller items, larger items later (storage space is an issue). Our goal is to have both storage sheds full of your donations.  Profits will be used for our youth activities.

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!