Hawaiian Identity

 

Island Hospitality

A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

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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

A Note from Kahu Alan Akana

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,

Jesus got up, left the house and went off

to a solitary place, where he prayed.

(Mark 1:35)

On Sunday morning, I talked about the increasing noise in our society. I am astounded at how noisy our lives have become, especially compared to that of our grandparents’ generation. When my maternal grandmother was born on a farm in south-central Montana in 1900, there were no cars driving by, no airplanes flying over, and no electricity or running water in the home. My grandmother grew up with the sound of farm animals, the stream which ran through their property, birds, and chores. Today, there is the constant noise of cars, machines, appliances, as well as the noise of our cellphones which we often carry with us wherever we go. It seems that the amount of noise and the noise level just keeps increasing, and the trend seems to be continuing.

When the author Diana Butler Bass was asked by a student in January 2001 what she thought the 21st century would be like, her instantaneous reply was: “Noisy. It will be noisy.” And, so far, I think she has been right on target! Making time for peace and quiet seems to me to be more important than ever. Jesus certainly took time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. In our reading on Sunday from Mark’s Gospel, we find Jesus getting up early in the morning while it was still dark and spending quiet time alone in prayer. This is sometime hard for us to do in today’s noisy and fast-paced world. However, it is so important for us to carve out space in our daily and weekly routines for times of peace and quiet, prayer and reflection, and sometimes just listening to the sound of the ocean waves or our own breath.

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 message from 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

Hurricane “Lane”

A Brief Note from Kahu Alan Akana

As Hurricane Lane continues to move toward our beautiful islands, we anticipate at least strong winds and heavy rainfall and at worst major destruction. My prayers are that Lane will pass to the south of us as gently as possible and also that we will be prepared for worse so that all may be safe and at peace. I have talked to Dan Giovanni, the chair of our buildings and grounds committee, in order that the church will be secured for a major storm, and we are doing the same for the parsonage. I trust that each person here on Kaua`i is doing the same. I also encourage you to stay safe and heed the advice of state and county officials, so that there will be no injuries among us. If, by chance, our island suffers a severe blow, please let me know when you can how you are doing. I plan to be at the church or parsonage as much as possible, and will let others from our church know if anyone has any special needs. I also encourage everyone to keep an up-to-date emergency supply kit handy, as well as plenty of drinking water and food. Although it is late to begin thinking about your kit, you can click HERE for the FEMA Emergency Supply List to see if you have forgotten anything.

As long as it is safe to be on our property, we do plan to have our regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

My prayers are for the safety of us all.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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PICK-A-PARTY “FUN”-RAISERS  Koloa Union Church members and friends are hosting a variety of parties. Hosts choose the party theme, food selections and number of guests. Hosts also provide the meals and pay for all expenses, and also sell tickets for a chosen amount. All of the tickets sales income will be donated to the church’s general fund. Look for the Pick-a-Party folder on Sundays for available parties. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Kakinami. Click HERE to email Bonnie or call her at 639-7765. Our upcoming party is a pool party on September 8, from noon to 4:00 p.m. There are only 2 spaces left.

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 the latest 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.

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 1 Kings 8:1-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69.

CHURCH BREAKFAST  Tuesday, August 28 at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu, 7:30 a.m. Everyone is invited, bring a friend. Please let Michael Horning or Penny Osuga know if you plan to attend.

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 next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

SALVATION ARMY LUNCH  August 29 Koloa Union Church serves lunch at the Hanapepe Salvation Army whenever there is a 5th Wednesday in a month. We are looking for 4-5 volunteers to serve, leaving the church at 9:30 a.m.

CHURCH ON THE BEACH  Sunday, September 2, beginning at 11 a.m. Join us for an outdoor worship service at the Pavilion across from Nukumoi Surf Shop at Poipu Beach. Come early if you want to hang out. Worship will begin at 11:00, followed by a potluck luncheon, followed by bingo and games for kids. Bring something to eat for the potluck and your lawn chairs if you have any. There will be no worship service at the church on this day, and it is Kauai Marathon Day, so check the paper for road closures and give yourself extra time to get there.

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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!