Hawaiian Identity

 

Island Hospitality

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  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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“The Goodness of Light and Dark”

On Sunday, I shared with the congregation some of the things I enjoyed most about Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark. She writes about the bad rap “darkness” gets in our culture and churches: “I cannot remember the last time I heard anyone use ‘dark’ to describe something good.” Just think about the ways we use “dark” in our language. When someone says, “I am in a dark place in my life right now,” it is definitely not a good place to be! If someone says “I have been having dark thoughts,” these are certainly not good or happy thoughts. Our Scriptures generally refer to darkness in a negative light as well.

However, Barbara Brown Taylor points out that many stories in the Bible describe really good things happening in the darkness. It was at night that God led Abraham outside his tent and told him to look up in the sky; God then told Abraham to count the stars and said, “So shall your descendants be.” The promise of our Judeo-Christian heritage began in the dark! Furthermore, the author goes onto say that Joseph in the Old Testament had dreams at night which led him to saving his large, extended family, which eventually became the Jewish people. The amazing dreams which turned into reality happened in the dark! Finally, Jesus rose from the dead in the darkness of a cave at night. The list goes on…. Darkness is not such a bad thing after all. In fact, many good things happen in the dark!

I wrapped up my message by sharing a painting of Koki`o `Ula, the brilliant red hibiscus in the picture above. As an artist, darkness and shadows are my friends. They are absolutely necessary to create a painting that is three-dimensional, alive and beautiful. Imagine this painting without any darkness on the petals and leaves or in the background. I need darkness and shadows to paint a flower that is alive. We all need darkness and shadows to live. In fact, whether we realize it or not, darkness is as much a part of our lives as light and color. Perhaps we can accept the darkness in our lives and all around us when we realize that God is there as well.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

 

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Our Kahu (Pastor) offers a weekly message in church most Sundays during the year. 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

ANNUAL RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE

This year’s sale will be Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m to noon, and proceeds will go to support our youth ministry! Please bring something for the bake sale. We appreciate your donations and volunteer time setting up and working the sale!

 

FIVE YOUTH TO ATTEND UCC EVENT!

We now have FIVE youth from our church who will be joining a total of 20 youth and adult chaperones (including Tiffany Marrotte!) from Kaua`i to attend this year’s event, which will be held at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa from June 25-29!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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COMING UP……

 

FUNDRAISING GALA!

Please attend our big island-wide fundraising gala, to be held at Kapa`a United Church of Christ on Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m. The youth will be serving a meal, providing entertainment and holding an auction with amazing ticket items, including a two-night stay in a suite at the “Moana Surfrider: A Westin Resort” in Waikiki! Please contact Kahu Akana if you would like to donate an item or know of an organization that would. (Thanks to Bonnie for already donating gifts to the auction!) Tickets for the gala and details of the event will go on sale soon. Reserve the date now on your calendar and support our youth!

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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!