A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

Hawaiian Identity

 

Island Hospitality

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  Poipu Road, Koloa, HI

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

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

Directions from Old Koloa Town:
From Koloa Road, turn onto Poipu Road by the Texaco Gas Station. As you drive on Poipu Road, look to your right in about a block and a half.

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

Phone: 808-742-6622

A Scent-Free Environment: We have members, friends, and a kahu who are highly allergic to various scents, often resulting in coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and speaking, as well as other symptoms. Heavy perfumes and colognes are particularly troublesome. We are requesting that our church be, as much as possible, a “scent-free” environment during worship services, social activities and meetings. We realize that there is no way to keep all scents away, and we plan to continue having fresh flower arrangements each week and leis for special occasions, but we do ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of those around them when it comes to perfumes, colognes and lotions.

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Alan Akana Gallery

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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 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.

A Message from Kahu Akana

 

On Sunday, we read three conversations between Jesus and his disciples (or “would be” disciples) from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 9. In the first conversation, the Apostle John was very concerned about a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus. He tried to stop the man because he didn’t hang out with Jesus and the disciples. Jesus responded to John, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.” There are some people who say that these were literal demons: servants of Satan who were sent by him to torment people. Other people say that these were figurative demons: causes to which we assign negative spiritual energy. Whichever way you choose to interpret this passage (literally or metaphorically), the point is that the disciples encountered some people whose lives were tortured by forces that seemed beyond their control and a man who was freeing those people from their bondage of fear and pain—and he was doing so in the name of Jesus. Apparently, Jesus celebrates any time a person shows compassion to another person—even if that person isn’t the kind of person who hangs out with him and his disciples. The way of Jesus allows people—even if they are different from us, come from different places and backgrounds, and hang out with strangers—to show compassion to others. In our Scripture reading, Jesus also pointed out the importance of making the reign (kingdom) of God our top priority in life. Those who follow in the way of Jesus put the reign of God ahead of obligations placed upon us by family and friends. Seeking first the reign of God is the way of Jesus.

I wonder what our world would be like if we all truly put the reign of Christ ahead of all else. I wonder what our politics would look like if our political and religious leaders did that. I am pretty sure our world would look very different than it does today. Jesus made it clear that loving God and others were his top priorities. He also taught that we love God by loving others. Jesus celebrated and encouraged goodness and compassion wherever they showed up, and he wants us to do the same.

Aloha nui!

Kahu

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Click HERE to see a video of the message from Sunday morning. You may see the Koloa Union Church YouTube channel to see many of his past messages and subscribe in order be notified when a new message is posted. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to church. Please feel free to “Like” any of the videos you see and share them on social media, such as Facebook, so that others will notice them.

“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

Weekly News of the Church

Walkway Repairs

Tuesday & Wednesday

We are repairing and staining the cement walkway this week! This is the area by the main entryway of the church and the church office. Please note that there will be no access to the church office, sanctuary, or janitor closet on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, while the work is being done and the walkway completely dries. There will also be no access to Moore Hall from the north side, so if you need to enter Moore Hall or the kitchen, please use the south side entrances. This is the final large-scale project of our successful capital campaign, “Maikai Hana Hou” (Creating Goodness & Beauty Once Again). Thanks to everyone who helped and financially supported the campaign!

***Please do NOT walk on the walkway until Thursday morning!***

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Happy

Independence

Day!

The church office will be closed on the 4th of July.

We wish you a festive holiday!

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This is an Email Scam:
How are you..Have you got a minute ?
I need you to complete a task for me discreetly.
P.S. I am in a meeting now and can’t talk ,
so just reply here.
I will be expecting a read from you soon.
Thanks
Rev. Dr. Alan Akana

Although you should never let your guard down for email scams, summer is a particularly vulnerable time for church members, since church funds are often short and churches are asking members to catch up on pledges and even make additional gifts to help pay the bills. This is actually the case for us and you will be hearing more about it in our July newsletter next week. The scam above was sent to one of our members this week. For those of you who were around a few years ago, you may remember that someone created a fake Go Fund Me account with my name and photograph in order to receive money pretending to go to a family on O`ahu who had recently experienced the tragic loss of their teenage son. Unfortunately, there are people out there who will deceptively use the names of pastors and other leaders in order to illegally receive financial gain for themselves.

Here are some things to watch out for:

  • When someone claims to be the pastor or church official but uses a different email address. (I will always use revdocakana@gmail.com or doctorakana@gmail.com.)
  • When someone asks you to deposit funds electronically into an account. (I will always ask you to send a check to “Koloa Union Church,” unless we have a conversation about another way of giving.)
  • When there are a lot of typos (especially in punctuation and grammar) or awkward language just doesn’t sound like the person who is sending it. (I might make a mistake or two, but a request with consistent errors is definitely a red flag!)

Unless you are certain of the sender, do NOT send money and do not click on any links! If there is ever any doubt as to the legitimacy of a request, don’t hesitate to contact me or Penny Osuga via phone or email. If you do receive a scam, we would like to know about it in order to warn others.

Aloha nui!

Kahu

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COMING UP. . . .

DEACONS MEETING  Sunday, July 7, at 9 a.m. in Kahu’s office

COCONUT WIRELESS  Click HERE to see the latest issue of the CW (the weekly e-news from the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ).

LECTIONARY READINGS (Old & New Testament Readings for the Week)  Each week, Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one of them on the following Sunday. This week’s readings are 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-20.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB  This summer’s group will meet from July 17 to August 28. Join us as we read America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America, written by Jim Wallis. Kahu will once again host the group on Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Smith Memorial Parsonage, beginning with dinner. Please sign up at church so that Kahu knows how many to expect. Copies of the book will be available at church for $14 or Kindle versions are available on Amazon for $7.87.

KŌLOA PLANTATION DAYS RECEPTION  Monday, July 22, 4-6 p.m. at the Smith Memorial Parsonage

KŌLOA PLANTATION DAYS PARADE  Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. (Meet at church at 8:30)

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“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have our weekly news sent directly to your inbox. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!