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  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

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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 Alan Akana

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RED is the Color of Pentecost!

A Note from Kahu Alan Akana

“Pentecost Sunday”

When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place. (Acts 2:1)

Greetings from Berkeley, California! During the past two days, I have been attending the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees at Pacific School of Religion. I am excited to be part of this institution which has been preparing church and community leaders for over 150 years. When PSR began in 1866, it began training leaders in California and ever since has been one of the primary seminaries for training Congregationalist ministers (and now UCC ministers) west of the Mississippi River. I look forward to sharing with you on Sunday about some of my own seminary experiences as well as my involvement at PSR, including some of the highlights from the last two days.

On the day that became known as the Christian Pentecost, followers of Jesus all gathered together in one place. The Holy Spirit filled them and spoke through them to everyone around. As we celebrate the Day of Pentecost this coming Sunday, I am eager to see how God’s Spirit speaks to us and in the days to come how the Spirit speaks through us.

We also celebrate “Seminary Sunday” this week. You will have the opportunity during Sunday’s offering to make a gift to Pacific School of Religion in order to support the education and training of current and future church leaders. I support PSR with my regular contributions because I believe the future of the church depends on educating and training people to lead our churches. I invite you to join me in supporting PSR by making a donation this Sunday. Checks should be made to “Koloa Union Church” with “PSR” in the note section.

By the way, if you want to really get into the spirit of Pentecost, wear something RED this Sunday as we celebrate God’s Spirit in our midst!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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Our Kahu (Pastor) offers a weekly message in church most Sundays during the year. Click HERE to see a video of his sermon from two weeks ago; Kahu was away this past Sunday. 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, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

Weekly News of the Church

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS  As we wind down our capital campaign this year, including donations and projects, you are encouraged to fulfill your campaign commitments on time. We have asked for all commitments to be fulfilled by June. If you need a bit more time or if you wish to change your commitment, please let Penny or Kahu know as soon as possible in case we need to adjust our plans for the final projects. This will greatly help us as we prepare for our upcoming Capital Campaign Celebration on June 10!

KAUAI FLOOD RELIEF  Koloa Union Church continues to reach out to our neighbors who were affected by the recent flooding on the island, especially our neighbors in Koloa. So far, we have collected $2,961and many items that are already being used by flood victims. We have delivered many carloads of items and gift cards to the Hardware Store in Koloa to most families in the community whose homes were damaged by the flood. Unless needs change, additional money will be used for kitchen appliance purchases and more gift cards. An updated list of “most needed” will be provided soon. Those who wish to make monetary donations can write checks to “Koloa Union Church” and write “Flood Relief” in the note section. Thanks to everyone who has given so generously so far!!!

LECTIO DIVINA Join us again on Wednesday, May 23, at the Smith Memorial Parsonage for a time to quietly reflect on the Scriptures. We will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for Lectio Divina at the parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road). In Christianity, Lectio Divina is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word.

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER In order to save trees and money on increased postage costs, we are offering our monthly newsletter online for those of you who wish to read it on your computer or print it off yourself. Just contact Penny if you would like to no longer receive a paper version of the newsletter; and she will send you a notification each month as soon as the newsletter is uploaded. You can visit our website anytime for the most current and past newsletters. The paper version of the June newsletter will be available in church this Sunday.

THE LATEST 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 for this past week’s news. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically and get the very latest news hot off the press.

PRAYERS & SQUARES All are welcome to participate in this ministry of making quilts and prayer squares for those members of our congregation who are experiencing a life crisis. Our upcoming gatherings are scheduled for Tuesdays, May 29, June 12, and June 26 at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Dressel, 808-332-7371.

COMING UP………..

OFFICE CLOSED  Memorial Day, May 28.

SALVATION ARMY LUNCH  We will serve lunch next on May 30. Please see Judyth Foley if you can help serve lunch at the Hanapepe Salvation Army. We serve this meal on every fifth Wednesday. Volunteers meet at the church at 9:30 a.m.

“VOLCANO TALK” OPEN HOUSE  Alan Akana Gallery will be having an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. Alan will give a talk at 2 p.m. about life on Kilauea Volcano and in the lower Puna District where the volcano is currently erupting and lava is flowing through neighborhoods, across roads, and into the ocean. Alan visits the volcano every year, has relatives and friends who reside there, and wrote a book about  the lives and perspectives of the people who have lived there for centuries, entitled The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano. With Kilauea Volcano making news nearly every day, you won’t want to miss learning more about this fascinating place! Alan Akana Gallery is located in the Smith Memorial Parsonage at 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa. Enjoy stories, art, live entertainment, refreshments and 20% off everything in the gallery at this event. Attendees will be among the first people to see Alan’s newest painting of a flower so rare that the Hawaiian people never named it! As always, all sales benefit the care of the parsonage. Click HERE to see the gallery website.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION!  Be sure to mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 10—the day we will celebrate our successful capital campaign! We will give thanks for all of the beautiful improvements on our grounds and in our sanctuary, as well as all of the other accomplishments over the past three years! We certainly have a lot to celebrate! We will also announce the plans and timelines for the remaining projects. Join us in church and then for a catered luncheon afterwards…and invite your friends!

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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!