Kahu and Staff
Kahu – Rev. Dr. Alan Akana has been our Kahu (Pastor) since February 2014. He was born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula where his family settled from the Island of Hawaii in the late 1950’s. Dr. Akana is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Palo Alto High School, he received his Masters of Divinity (1990) and Doctor of Ministry (1999) degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He has spent 26 years in parish ministry in Hawaii, Montana, Utah, Texas, and California.
Dr. Akana also spent 6 years working full-time as a consultant to faith-based organizations, leading feasibility studies and capital fund campaigns. He is also an accomplished artist and published author, and enjoys writing, reading, water coloring, and spending time outdoors.
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 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and by appointment. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.
Books by our Kahu
Our Kahu is a published author! Signed copies of the revised edition of his book, The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano (Bloomington: Balboa Press, 2016), are available at Alan Akana Gallery. The book is also available at Amazon.com. While supplies last, Dr. Akana’s recently self-published book, Beauty, Art and Spirituality, is also available at the gallery. This book contains photographs and reflections on his 2019 sabbatical in southern Europe. Proceeds from the sales of all books at the gallery support the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of the Smith Memorial Parsonage. Dr. Akana is currently working on another book about his art.
Administrative Assistant – Penny Osuga is a 3rd generation member of Kōloa Union Church, following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents. She enjoys flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Penny has been our Administrative Assistant since 2007. She is in the office from 8-noon Monday through Thursday.
Director of Music – Kathleen Dahill has a B.S. in theater education and a wealth of experience writing and arranging music, as well as accompanying and leading musical groups. She has won several musical awards, including a Mokihana Award for best new Hawaiian song. Kathleen is available during the week by appointment.