May 10, 2023
This issue's header photo was taken at All Saints' Episcopal Church on Kaua'i, April 29, 2023, where the Bishop installed the Rev. David Jackson as their Rector. Read more under the Kaua'i section below. (Photo by Marge Akana)
Sixth Sunday in Easter
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
A Deacon's Calling
Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou ā pau!

I have long prayed for more vocational Deacons in this Diocese. Such Deacons are called to a particular ordained ministry that is different than those of Priest or a Bishop who pass through a transitional diaconate. Who is truly called to be a vocational Deacon?

The purpose of all ordained ministry is to support the life and ministry of all the Baptized to engage God’s mission of reconciliation in the world. The Catechism (see page 855 of the Book of Common Prayer) instructs that “[t]he ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.”

So, the question is: How does the Deacon support the ministry of lay persons? Again, the Catechism says (see page 856): “The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” At ordination, the Deacon is called upon to “interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world” and then the Deacon promises to “look for Christ in all others, being ready to help and serve those in need” (see the Deacon’s ordination on pages 543-544).  READ MORE
The Current COVID Reality and Holy Communion
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that COVID-19 no longer represents a "global health emergency." Likewise, there are no State or County restrictions. I generally now leave it up to each congregation to discern local practices regarding reception of Holy Communion and other fellowship activities. There is currently no set Diocesan policy in force about worship in relation to the pandemic. 
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Feature Story
TENS Webinar: Providing Insight & Information to Churches
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) held a webinar for the Diocese of Hawai'i, to provide valuable information, insight and resources for our churches. Clergy and church leaders from around the Diocese joined in.

"[It was] a wonderful conversation about stewardship best practices and online giving," said Canon Sandy Graham, who organized the online event. The webinar was led by Canon J. Davey Gerhard, TENS Executive Director.

The entire webinar can be viewed on the Stewardship page of the Diocesan website HERE, along with links to resources and future webinars by TENS.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
In case you missed it, the following special announcements were sent out after the last Hawaiian Church Chronicle:

The Cathedral Docent Program is Back Up!
During open Cathedral hours every Wednesday, we are excited to bring back the volunteer opportunity to offer tours and greet visitors to St. Andrew’s. We will have two 2-hour blocks: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. A docent will be ready to answer questions and welcome folks in each of those blocks. For more information, contact the Cathedral at (808) 524-2822 All are welcome!
Keeping Up with Our Active Retired Clergy & Their Families
Our rettired clergy and their spouses remain active and involved wherever they are, and here in Hawai'i, they gather at monthly luncheons. Pictured here at their May luncheon held at St. Clement's, are the Maxon's who recently celebrated their 70th anniversary and Hollis' 94th birthday! They are wearing special t-shirts designed by their daughter Elaine. You can now keep up with our retired clergy through their newsletters that are posted on the Retired Clergy Ministry page HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the page. (Photo by the Rev. Canon Frank Chun)
Call for A Season of Pentecost for Gun Violence Prevention
[April 24, 2023, ENS] The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) calls The Episcopal Church to A Season of Pentecost for Gun Violence Prevention. This is a call to deepen our commitment as people of faith to confront the epidemic of gun violence through action at the grassroots level, in our parishes and dioceses. It is time to build on the work of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, as well as EPF’s Gun Violence Curriculum and our other resources and campaigns. This is an invitation to open the church doors to the winds of the Pentecost Spirit, pledging to engage in specific actions for gun violence prevention in the Pentecost season, from Whitsunday to Advent 2023. READ MORE
Correction: Holy Week & Easter Around the Diocese
Apologies for the broken hyperlink to our 2023 Holy Week & Easter wrap-up video. The video can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE. Many thanks to the churches who submitted photos and those who posted services and photos online and on social media. Can you find your church in the mix?
The Diocese of Hawai'i invites ALL youth to take part in upcoming events.
You DO NOT need to be a member of an Episcopal Church.
EYE23 Updates - Delegate Fundraisers Coming Up:
With less than 50 days left, the youth delegation from the Diocese of Hawai'i has begun actively fundraising to help offset the costs of attending the triennial Episcopal Youth Event in Maryland this July. Be sure to support them!

ON KAUA'I: Concert, Friday, June 2, 2023, All Saints', Kapa'a (More info coming soon)

You may also make an online donation to the EYE23 fund HERE. Mahalo!

A FINAL TIP FROM LOT LAU: Again, we thank Lot Lau for providing us with lots of great conservation tips over the past year. Before we begin sharing info from 'Iolani School's presentation, Lot Lau shares a word (and certainly not the last) about taking care of our environment.
“It is unrealistic to expect that the list of suggestions I have offered will be whole-heartedly and wholly accepted and adopted. It is reasonable to expect that we all, faced with the calamities in our environment that we have had hands in creating, will make changes to help. I believe it is reasonable to urge that we all make an effort to start or to continue doing things differently, then be deliberate about continuing to change in the helpful direction, more and more, day by day, year by year.” - Lot Lau

COMING UP: REGISTER FOR NATIVE TREE PLANTING - As part of their stewardship work, the Lutheran Church of Honolulu designated the months of April and May as "earth months,” to emphasize and highlight care of creation during these months. On Saturday, May 20, a group of LCH volunteers will be planting native trees with Legacy Treeʻs leased land at Gunstock Ranch in Kahuku. All are welcome to join us! The work begins at 8:30 AM at Gunstock Ranch and will go until 11:30 AM. Carpooling is being organized from Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Because Legacy needs to know how many people will be attending as well as have completed waiver forms in hand at least 5 days prior to our workday, you must register for this event by May 13 at the latest. Contact Rev. Brianna Lloyd if interested. 

Godly Play Core Training (O'ahu) - Saturdays May 27-June 10, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, Various churches
ChurchBiz Conference - Saturday, July 29, 2023, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu
Clergy Conference - August 14-16, 2023, Kaua'i
CONVENTION 55 & EDUCATION DAY - October 20-21, 2023, 'Iolani School, O'ahu
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Parish of St. Clement Celebrates 125 Years
The Bishop joined the Parish of St. Clement for their 125th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 16, 2023. Pictured above is a group shot of members with the Bishop (far right). Look for a future article on this special celebration. (Photo from St. Clement's May 2023 newsletter)
This Saturday! Diaper Drive at Emmanuel
Emmanuel Episcopal Church will be holding a diaper drive for the ALOHA Diaper Bank on Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. They will be accepting diaper donations of all sizes, Pull Ups, Baby Wipes, and cash donations. Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua. Office number is (808) 262-4548.
Reminder: Godly Play Core Training on O'ahu
Deadline to register is May 20 - Limited attendance
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Jenny Wallace leads a 3-part Core Training for Godly Play on O'ahu. This full training with three modules will take place on Saturdays beginning May 27, and ending on June 10. Each session will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 5:00 PM, at different churches around O'ahu.

The cost is being subsidized by the Diocese of Hawai'i, so each participant pays only $100 of the $300 total cost, whether you attend one or all of the modules. You will be asked to indicate which module(s) you willl be attending in the registration process. For more information and to register, click HERE. Class size is limited to 12, so register early. Deadline is May 20 or when 12 registrants are reached.
'Iolani School Seeking Chaplain Curate
'Iolani School in Honolulu is seeking a full-time Chaplain Curate for a two-year period. Housing is provided. The full job description can be viewed HERE. Apply directly with the school through their online portal HERE.
(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • The Parish of St. Clement - Parish Sexton (Full-time)
  • The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • St. Christopher's, Kailua - Nursery Caregiver (Part-time, 3 hours, Sundays)
  • St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Celebration of New Ministry - The Rev. David Jackson at All Saints'
The Rev. David Jackson, was officially installed as the Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a, on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Kahu Kawika, who had been serving as the Priest-in-Charge for the past three years, arrived just as COVID restrictions were put in effect in April of 2020. Following the service, folks enjoyed a reception provided by members. More photos will be posted soon on the Clergy News webpage of the Diocesan News website HERE. (Photos by Marge Akana)
Coming Up: Makana Mele Piano Concert with Hank Adams at All Saints'
Come join us at All Saints' Episcopal Church for an evening of solo acoustic piano with Kaua'i's own Hank Curtis, on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 6:00 PM. Hank will be performing his intimate original compositions and arrangements from Mozart to Led Zeppelin. Suggested donation $25. All Saints' is located at 4-1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapa'a. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Hawaiʻi Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Godly Play Training Comes to Hawai'i Island
St. James’ Episcopal Church in Waimea hosted a Godly Play core training, April 21-23, 2023. There were 12 participants from St. James’, St. Columba’s in Pa’auilo, and St. Augustine’s in Kapa’au. We enjoyed three days of storytelling and fellowship led by Jenny Wallace (pictured above in first two photos), who encouraged us, inspired us, and blessed us with her love of all things Godly Play. (Photos and captioning by Susan Acacio)
Coming Up! Organ Dedication/Blessing & Organ Recital/Reception at Christ Church
Christ Church Episcopal received a new organ and welcomes all to attend the dedication and blessing ceremony on Sunday, June 25, during the 10:00 AM service.

The donor, the Rev. Canon Michael Kaehr (St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego) will be present. He is an awesome musician, and was for many years the organist at Holy Apostles' Episcopal Church in Hilo.

There will also be an afternoon organ recital in the church presented by Mr. Mazuroski, at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow in the Queen Emma Community Center. Please invite family, friends and neighbors, to both the service and the concert. Christ Church is located at 81-1004 Konawaena School Road in Kealakekua. For more information, call the church at (808) 323-3429.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Tennessee State Capitol, Reuters
Presiding Bishop to visit communities marking one year since mass shootings, as US death toll rises
[May 11, 2023] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry travels to Buffalo, New York, this week to join the Western New York community in marking one year since May 14, 2022, when a racist rampage at a grocery store left 10 dead – one of the deadliest in a year full of deadly mass shootings in the United States. READ MORE
Reminders (Previously Announced)
REGISTER FOR THE 2023 CLERGY CONFERENCE - Registration is now open for the Diocese's 2023 Clergy Conference taking place on the Garden Island of Kaua'i, August 14-16, 2023. The theme is "A Splintered Vine Bears No Fruit: The fracturing of American Society and how the church can heal the breach" with guest speaker Jay Wittmeyer from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Group rates have been secured at the Sheraton Kaua'i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa'a. For more information and to register, click HERE.
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Required Safe Church Training - This is a reminder that Safe Church training is mandatory for all clergy, employees, vestry members, and most volunteers. Please read The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i Safeguarding Policy and the Diocesan Safe Church Training Webpage. This training needs to be renewed every three years. Contact your church's Safe Church Administator or priest for more information, or if you have questions, email Nani Carroll.
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