Hawaiian Identity

 

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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

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  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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“Changing Lives, Transforming the World”

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

On Sunday, I shared with the congregation about my visit to the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan just a couple weeks earlier. I was surprised at how emotional it was for me as I stood there at the giant fountain with the names engraved of all the people who lost their lives on that day. It brought back memories of that horrible morning sixteen years ago. We changed on that day. As individuals, we were shocked and numb that something like this could happen. Communities across the nation were impacted. Airports were closed and the way we travel was changed. As a country we were no longer invincible; we were vulnerable to people who hate us.
I was reminded as I stood there in New York City that change is inevitable. As the ancient Greek philosopher said, “No man can step into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” It is so true that change is constantly happening all around us…and changing us!
So how do we change for the better? And how can we be intentional about change and transformation in our lives and in our society? We found some clear instructions from our Scriptures on Sunday—both from Jesus and the Apostle Paul:
  • Let love be genuine.

  • Love your neighbor as yourself.

  • Let us not judge one another.

  • Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you.

When we are committed to this way of being, we change for the better and our world is transformed into the kind of place God intended it to be. For the next three weeks, I will continue focusing on the theme “Changing Lives, Transforming the World” in our worship services. As you come to church over the next few weeks, I invite you to continue bringing two particular questions with you:
  • What are the changes I would like to see in my life and the lives of people around me?

  • What kind of transformation might God be envisioning for the world?

May God surprise us with many wonderful changes within and all around us!
Aloha nui!
Kahu Alan Akana
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Due to technical difficulties, videos of Kahu’s Sunday’s sermon have not been uploaded onto YouTube during the past two months. The situation should be resolved very soon. In the meantime, past sermons can be viewed and shared. You can also subscribe to Kahu’s sermon page 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

HURRICANE RELIEF The United Church of Christ has established a fund to support Harvey and Irma relief and recovery efforts. Donations may be made online by clicking HARVEY or IRMA. Gifts may also be made through Koloa Union Church; please indicate “Hurricane Harvey,” “Hurricane Irma,” or “Hurrican Relief” (for both) on the note line; checks will be then forwarded to the Hawaii Conference for Wider Church Missions. Donation will be accepted through October.
COCONUT WIRELESS The Council of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ has chosen an Intentional Interim Conference Minister, the Rev. Gabrielle Fackre Chavez, to begin in January 2018. You can check out this and other 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 Kaua`i 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. The ladies have recently made and delivered two beautiful prayer quilts to two church members.
AND COMING UP…
BREAKFAST, BEACH, BINGO! Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. Join us at the big pavilion across Nukumoi Surf Company for a delicious breakfast followed by a rousing game of bingo! Bring your lawn-chairs and swimsuits. Donations for food costs are much appreciated. Please sign up so we know how much food is needed.
FALL `AHA MOKUPUNI! Kōloa Union Church will host this year’s fall gathering of the Kaua`i 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 Kaua`i 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!