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  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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“Gratitude and Generosity”

On Sunday, we read Jesus’ parable in Matthew about the laborers in the vineyard. There were some who worked all day, others who started working around 9 a.m., others around noon, others around 3 p.m. and even some around 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the owner of the vineyard first paid the workers who started last—and he gave them a full day’s wage. Obviously, those who worked all day expected a lot more than those who worked only an hour, but they got the exact same amount; and that amount was just enough to feed their families for one day. So those workers complained. Of course, we can resonate with them because, if we were in their shoes, we would want more than those who worked only an hour. To pay everyone the same just isn’t fair!
We can probably all think of times in our lives when life has not been fair and we have complained about it. (And, frankly, there are times when we should complain, or at least, make very clear requests, when a person or government is being unjust or greedy and thereby hurting innocent people.) But, for all the things we cannot or need not change, how do we move from complaint to generosity? It is only through gratitude that we can live generous lives. When we consider all of our blessings, they far outweigh the “unfairness” we feel.
I shared with the congregation about a car accident I was in nineteen years ago. I was on my way one morning to the church office where I worked when a man driving an uninsured truck without a driver’s license slammed into the back of my small sedan at 60 miles per hour while I was stopped at a red light (as were the other five cars in front of me). I was unconscious and suffered injuries all over my body, and spent the next 5 months in physical therapy 2-3 times a week, with the doctors and physical therapists telling me that I would have to learn to live with pain for the rest of my life. Let me just tell you that it was an easy place to feel sorry for myself and complain that life is unfair. Yet, I’ll never forget my attorney at the time telling me, “Alan, you don’t know how lucky you are to be alive. I’ve never represented someone with that kind of damage done to a car when there wasn’t a wrongful death suit. I guess someone up there still has something for you to do.”
I decided then that I would focus on my blessings rather than the “unfairness” in my life. To live each day with minimal pain and be able to spend it with people I love, to be able to see and experience beauty and grace all around me, to sense the Divine presence: these things fill me with gratitude and make me want to share with others. This is what it means to follow Jesus for me. I know I don’t do it perfectly (far from it!), but I hope we will all consider our blessings and consider how we might share them with gratitude in our hearts.
Aloha nui!
Kahu Alan Akana

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“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

FALL CHURCH WORK DAYS Work Day #1 is this Saturday! As we look forward to hosting the Kauai Association `Aha Mokupuni in early November, we want our church buildings and grounds to be in top shape for all our visitors to enjoy! Please come on October 7 and October 28 at 8 a.m. to do general cleaning of the building interior and weeding and yard work. We need lots of help. Bring your work gloves, clippers, weeding tools, wheelbarrows, and lots of energy!

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. 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 Kauai might like a free smoke alarm installed by a volunteer from the Red Cross.

PRAYERS & SQUARES Contact Angela Dressel if you would like to get involved in praying for people in crisis or helping to make quilt squares for those in crisis.

AND COMING UP…

FALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH EVENT Koloa Union Church will host a potluck gathering in Moore Hall for children, teenagers and their families (as well as pastors, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders), on Sunday, October 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. The young people will play, sing and plan activities for the year. Click HERE for all the details. If you would like to volunteer or donate a prize, pease contact Kahu.

FALL `AHA MOKUPUNI! Koloa Union Church will host this year’s fall gathering of the Kauai Association of the United Church of Christ on Sunday afternoon and evening, November 12. Details are forthcoming. Be sure to save the date on your calendar now, as we will need a lot of volunteers to help us host the Kauai churches!

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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!