Hawaiian Identity

 

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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

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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  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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“Pilgrimage of Compassion”

On Sunday morning, I led the congregation in a time of guided silent meditation as we considered the violence, racism and unrest in our nation. I began by sharing about Mother Teresa and her intentional practices of silence. Her time alone with God aloud her to hear God’s voice and find strength, direction and wisdom. I hope our time of silence and reflection will do the same for us.

I have been deeply troubled since Saturday by the overt racism displayed in Charlottesville, VA, and the ensuing violence and death. I have always known that racism exists in our country, but I never dreamed that I would see a crowd of White supremacists publicly marching with torches and chanting racist slogans on American soil.

If there is anything good that came out of the events on Saturday, it is that the darkness among us has been brought to light. We now see clearly the racism, hatred and bigotry that is deeply held by some of our fellow Americans. As much as I dislike the fact that these things are out there, I am glad they have become visible; for now we who follow the way of Jesus (and all others who value each and every human life) can see more clearly our mission and the work that is before us. As we consider this time in our nation’s history, now is the time to say “yes” to compassion, peace and justice; and now is the time to say “no” to any form of racism, hatred and bigotry.

As I participated in the Pilgrimage of Compassion at the Lawai International Center on Sunday, I felt deeply connected to people of all faiths, ethnicities, political persuasions, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities. While Riley Lee played the shakuhachi flute and led people among the 88 Japanese shrines on the hillside, I imagined extending the pilgrimage throughout the world and inviting all people to walk on a pilgrimage of compassion. We were all there for one reason on Sunday: to acknowledge compassion in our world and to commit ourselves to being more compassionate. This is certainly a pilgrimage on which is worth inviting others to participate.

May we each look around us today and notice someone who needs compassion…and offer it to them…knowing that we who give compassion are just as blessed as those who receive it from us.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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Videos of Kahu’s sermons are uploaded onto YouTube most weeks. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to our church. You can also subscribe on YouTube ; that way you can receive a notification when a new sermon is posted.

“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

WAINEKE WORKDAYS September 25 & 26.  Koloa Union Church is so fortunate to host several church events at Waineke Cabins throughout the year.  It is time to show our appreciation by volunteering on these workdays.  Please check with Uncle Diki for details.
SALVATION ARMY SOUP KITCHEN
On the 5th Wednesday of the month, our church volunteers to set up, serve lunch and clean up at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Hanapepe. Please talk to Judyth Foley if you are able to help on Wednesday, August 30th. Volunteers typically meet in our church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to carpool.
UCC PRESENCE AT CHARLOTTESVILLE United Church of Christ ministers, lay leaders and national staff were present in Charlottesville over the weekend. Click HERE to see the article of what is like from the perspective of the Rev. Traci Blackmon, who serves as Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
COCONUT WIRELESS The Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ sends a regular newsletter to people in UCC congregations throughout Hawai`i. If you would like to keep abreast on news, opportunities and events, please click HERE. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically.
FREE SMOKE ALARMS Click HERE if you or a neighbor on Kaua`i might like a free smoke alarm installed by a volunteer from the Red Cross.
AND COMING UP…

YOUTH SUNDAY The church youth will be conducting the entire Sunday service on August 27.  Any youth wanting to participate, contact Tiffany Marrotte.

CHOIR REHEARSALS begin on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m.  Please join us, bring a friend.  You will enjoy being part of this melodious group under the direction of Kathleen Dahill.

 

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“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!