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.
Books and Art by our Kahu
Dr. Akana’s recent book is: The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano (Bloomington: Balboa Press, 2014). Signed copies are available at Koloa Union Church. A portion of the proceeds from sales go to a fund to improve and maintain the church’s buildings and grounds. For more information, visit www.thevolcanoisourhome.com.
Dr. Akana creates original watercolors of tropical florals and the endemic flowers of Hawaii. Greeting cards of his art are available at Koloa Union Church. All of the proceeds from sales go to a fund to improve and maintain the church’s buildings and grounds. For more information and to find locations of where his art is currently showing, visit www.artbyalanakana.com.
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.