September 14, 2023

This issue's header photo was taken during a special service at Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei, Maui, on Sunday, August 27. Members of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (that was lost in the Lahaina fire), were invited to attend the service that included a luncheon where the Rev. Bruce DeGooyer (sixth from left) was able to celebrate his retirement. His retirement party was originally scheduled for this day at Holy Innocents. Despite dealing with tremendous grief and loss, the Holy Innocents members pictured were able to attend. From L-R: Terri Peck, Paula Fellows, Diane Delos Reyes, Ralph Yanagawa, Leanna Roberts, Father Bruce, Marianne and Milton Rickard, Norman and Sara Bezane, Conor Bezane, Katy and Bob Shroder, Donna Tarsitano (Bishop's Warden). (Contributed photo)

Proper 19

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

From the Bishop

REMINDER: Bishop Bob is currently out of the office through September 27. He will be in Europe for a mix of both work and family vacation with Bea. The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting follows. Please keep Bishop Bob and Bea in your prayers as they travel.

Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button shown. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.


All are invited to attend Education Day events & activities on Friday, October 20.

Convention delegates and clergy should be registered for Convention 55. Please check with your church to be sure you have been registered. All are invited to attend Friday's events that includes three Plenary Sessions, Opening Convention Eucharist, and Aloha Reception with Hawaiian buffet, all for only $35. For more information, click on the Education Day button below, that also includes a call for anyone interested in participating in the open choir during the Convention Eucharist..


  • NECROLOGY REPORT - Deadline for submitting your church's Necrology Report is at 11:59PM, September 20. If available, please submit photos for inclusion in a video or booklet.
  • PROPOSED 2024 BUDGET - The Diocesan Council's Proposed 2024 Budget is now posted on the Convention 55 webpage HERE under e-Workbook Documents.
  • NOMINATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED - Nominations for Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Cathedral Chapter, and Secretary to Convention, are still being accepted online through September 20. (Previous deadline was September 6.)

In case you missed it, the following is an update about Holy Innocents Church in Lahaina, by Canon Sandy Graham, that was released in an email on September 11.

Special Update on Maui from Canon Sandy

Aloha Beloved Diocesan ‘Ohana and friends,

A few weeks have passed since the Bishop’s Pastoral Note to us, written after his trip to Maui right after the wildfires. In his message, he mentioned I would be spending a few days each week on-island offering the in-person support of the Diocesan Support Center (DSC) to Holy Innocents and in any place or moment where it is needed or would be helpful. With three of these weekly trips taken, and the most immediate and expedient response at least begun, I write to offer a summary of where things are at the moment. READ MORE

PONO: A Grassroot Effort Providing Free Legal Help on Maui

PONO is a new grassroots non-profit organization providing free legal help for those affected by the Maui wildfires. The organization was started in response to the Maui fires. On their website,, it states: "Heartbroken by the August 8th wildfires on Maui, we felt called to help...We knew there would be a need for legal services and we wanted them to be free."

The Rev. Deacon Lani Bowman, St. Augustine's, Kapa'au, shared the following: "Three of the four staff are attorneys, all of whom are close friends of mine. Heidi Ho and her mom Dani are kanaka maoili born and raised on Maui. Heidi's husband is the Dean at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The other associates, Susan and her husband Tim von Herrmann, are my kids' Godparents and were very active at Grace Cathedral. Their daughter Caroline attends St. Christopher's (Kailua) with her 'ohana.  Susan is also my trusted attorney. She is good!"

Everyone Under One Roof Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

Typically, FEMA allows only one applicant per household or address to apply for Housing Assistance. If FEMA says you are ineligible for assistance because someone at your address has already applied, you can appeal. For more information, view the flyer HERE, or for help, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Deadline tp apply is Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

#seaburystrong: Priory Students Share Message of Support to Maui

The St. Andrew's Priory Seniors took time during their Senior Camp to share a heartfelt message to their sibling Episcopal school on Maui, Seabury Hall, knowing that the entire closeknit community on Maui is deeply affected by the fires. To view the video message on YouTube, click HERE or on the image.

RRTF: Deputies Pilot the Curriculum!

The Racial Reconciliation Task Force (RRTF) has almost finished the final draft of the hybrid curriculum using Difference and Hōʻimi Pono, that will be presented during Education Day at Convention 55 in October. Last month, the General Convention Deputies had the opportunity to pilot the five sessions of Hōʻimi Pono. The Deputies were able to provide wonderful comments to help our reconciliation curriculum become stronger! Pictured above L-R: the Rev. Charles Browning, Evette Tampos, Kim Arakawa, the Rev. Hauʻoli Tomoso, the Rev. Jenn Latham, the Ven. Steve Costa, Peter Lee, Bea Fitzpatrick, the Rev. David "Kawika" Jackson, Laura La Gassa, Ryan Kusumoto, the Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, the Rev. Andrew Arakawa, and Joseph Eppink. (Missing is Mary Sueoka) (Story and photo contributed by Joseph Eppink)

Coming Up at Camp Mokulēʻia

HALLOWEEN 'OHANA STAY-CAY WEEKEND, October 27-29 - Trick or treat your way through Camp Mokulēʻia's family friendly weekend full of pumpkin carving, silhouette painting, monster collages, outdoor movie showing of Hotel Transylvania, zip-lining, kayaking, paddle boarding, yard games and s'mores at the campfire. We'll finish the campfire with a teen only spooky story time! Family friendly costumes are encouraged! REGISTER HERE

New feature! Our Traveling Clergy

Clergy in our Diocese travel far and wide during their time away from their churches, whether for vacation, sabbatical, on a pilgrimage or retreat. When documented through a blog or shared in a newsletter, their journey serves as a wonderful adventure for readers to enjoy. We will be sharing periodic stories in this section called Our Traveling Clergy. Our first story takes us to England with the Rev. Paul Lillie from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Honolulu. Click HERE to read about his extensive three-week pilgrimage in England that was hosted by The Living Church. (Photo of St. Paul's Church, London, from his blog)

Treasures from the Archives

During the Diocese of Hawai'i's first ChurchBiz Conference held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in July, Diocesan Archivist Stuart Ching prepared a display of "treasures" from our archives.

Among the treasures are an old English Prayer Book belonging to one of Kamehameha I’s trusted advisors, Chiefess Liliha’s copy of the Gospel of Matthew, Kamehameha IV’s Bible, Kamehameha V’s Prayer Book, a first edition Hawaiian language Prayer Book given by Bishop Staley to his daughter, Queen Emma’s Holy Bible/Prayer Book combination, and more. You can view a video of these treasures with Canon Sandy Graham and Stuart Ching on the Diocese's YouTube channel HERE or download a hardcopy version nmow available HERE.

Protecting Places of Worship

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships? Along with preparedness training and resources, they "seek to partner with faith and community leaders to promote whole community participation in disaster emergency response and recovery." Visit their website HERE for more information and resources including the Six Steps to Enhance Security Against Targeted Violence. The Center is also offering the following free webinars during September, as part of National Preparedness month:

United Thank Offering Invites 2024 Annual Grant Applicants

The United Thank Offering Board is pleased to announce the availability of its 2024 UTO Annual Grants, with a focus on projects that welcome and include “the stranger.” Application deadlines are December 1, 2023, for Anglican Communion partners and January 19, 2024, for dioceses of The Episcopal Church.


More information—including criteria for applicants, sample budgets and timelines, and helpful hints—as well as application and other forms are available online in English and Spanish. Instructional videos created by the UTO grants committee will be posted online. READ MORE

WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT BOOKLET - The Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) shares a wildland fire action guide (Ready, Set, Go!) to help folks across the State prepare for a wildland fire threat (Ready), have situational awareness when a fire starts (Set), and to evacuate early (Go!). To view and download the guide, visit the HWMO website HERE. Their website is loaded with information and resources to share.

CONVENTION 55 & EDUCATION DAY - October 20-21, 2023, 'Iolani School, O'ahu

2024 FORMA - January 22-25, 2024, Virtual watch parties TBA

2024 Clergy Retreat - January 29-31, 2024, Camp Mokulēʻia, O'ahu

2024 Vestry Orientation (New or not!) - February 10, 2024 (Virtual)

2024 Spring Training - March 23, 2024, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu

Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.

O'AHU: Coming Up at The Cathedral -

The St. Andrew's Ringing Society Welcomes Visiting Bell Ringers from England - Public Invited!

The St. Andrew's Ringing Society (StARS) will be hosting various events during the week of September 26-October 1, 2023, and introducing the visiting ringers to The Cathedral and our eight change ringing bells. Many of them have been on international ringing trips to South Africa, Canada, and around the United States.

The public is invited to the following events:

  • Saturday, September 30 - Bell Tower Tours given from 5:00-7:00 PM. This is a Diocesan-wide event, and all congregations are invited to visit and explore.
  • Sunday, October 1 - The Cathedral will be hosting a special Aloha Hour after the 10:00 AM service under the Aloha Tent. All are welcome to grab some refreshments and stay to hear bell ringing from StARS and our English visitors.

For more information, email the Cathedral Office or call (808) 524-2822. The Cathdral of St. Andrew is located at 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Kahili for St. Augustine's

Members of St. Augustine's have been working with master feather workers since June to make kahili for their church. It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn this ancient Hawaiian craft from skilled kupuna and bring to fruition the project envisioned by both late music director Mila Polevia and Bishop Diana Akiyama.  

The group last met September 9, and made great progress! To make the kahili, feathers are attached with thread to specially designed wire forms that have three prongs. After the feathers are on, each prong must be carefully wrapped with ribbon to cover the wire. So far, we have completed most of the feather work, with only a few left to attach. Next time, we'll be working hard on ribbon wrapping. (Photos and story submitted by Kathy Webb)

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Coming Up - Bazaar at St. Augustine's

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church will be holding their Annual Bazaar on Saturday, September 23, 2023, beginning at 8:30 AM for household items and plants, and from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM for all other shopping. There will be lots of food, live music, a Silent Auction, plants, produce, household goods, and great bargains from the Thrift Shop & Boutique. For more information, download their flyer HERE or call the church office at (808) 889-5390. St. Augustine's is located at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Hwy., in Kapa'au.

(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)
  • OʻAHU: The Parish of St. Clement - Parish Sexton (Full-time)
  • OʻAHU: The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • OʻAHU: St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
  • MAUI: Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei - Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper (Part-time)
The Episcopal Church & Beyond

Presiding Bishop Offers Pastoral Word on Church Safety, Accountability

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressed concerns related to safety and accountability in the following video statement. A transcript can be found below the video. VIEW HERE

Reminders (Previously Announced)
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.
Do you have a question? Contact us at (808) 536-7776
The Diocesan Support Center (DSC) staff is ready to help answer your questions. Some of the most common topics are listed along with the person to contact. Click on the linked name to send an email.
BISHOP (meeting with): Nani (ext. 302)
Annual Meeting: Rae (ext. 326)
Archives: Rae (ext. 326)
Budget/Finance: Sam (ext. 306)
Communications/News/Website: Sybil
Congregational Membership: Sandy (ext. 309)
Diocesan Portfolio/Investments: Sam (ext. 306)
Hiring/Human Resources: Rae (ext. 326)
Monthly Statement: Fatima (ext. 307)
Ordination/Licensed Ministries: Nani (ext. 302)
Payroll: Sam (ext. 306)
Property (Contracts, Insurance, Agreements): Rae (ext. 326)
Safe Church: Nani (ext. 302)
Stewardship: Sandy (ext. 309)
Supply/Visiting Clergy: Nani (ext. 302)
Worship/Sacraments: Sandy (ext. 309)
Don't forget to visit our FORMS & DOCUMENTS page on the Diocesan website HERE.
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