From Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Reverend Canon Malcolm Nāea Chun

To: The ʻOhana of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi
As you may have previously heard, the Reverend Canon Malcolm Nāea Chun died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 20, 2019. I was away on pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the time. The Cathedral clergy, the Rev. Cn. Moki Hino and the Rev. Keleawe Hee, provided immediate pastoral response. The Rev. Nahoa Lucas took up the task of coordinating with Malcolm’s brother in Chicago. I deeply appreciate their care while I was away. 
The funeral is now scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu.  Clergy are invited to vest (cassock/surplice or alb and white stoles) and join the procession (please meet in the Manger at 9:00am to vest). 
On Pentecost Sunday (May 20, 2018), I installed Malcolm as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Andrew filling “The Right Reverend Edwin Lani Hanchett” Chair. This Chair was named in honor of the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i and the first person of Native Hawaiian ancestry to be called to the episcopacy in the Church. The person filling the Hanchett canonship must have faithfully served the Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the broader community, giving special care to Native Hawaiians. It had been previously held by the Reverend Canon Darrow Kanakanui Aiona from May 11, 2008 until his death on December 20, 2012.
Canon Moki Hino read the following citation before the formal installation:
The Reverend Malcolm Nāea Chun was born on July 26, 1954, in Honolulu. He was baptized on July 26, 1954, in St. Alban’s Chapel, ʻIolani School, Honolulu, and confirmed in the same chapel on May 18, 1967. Malcolm was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on October 28, 2011, by Bishop Fitzpatrick here in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and to the Priesthood, again by Bishop Fitzpatrick, here on June 10, 2012. 
Malcolm has had a rich and productive career and ministry. As a scholar, he is a graduate of ʻIolani School, and of the University of Hawaiʻi with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. His studies have taken him to St. John’s Theological College, Auckland, New Zealand; and the Vancouver School of Theology in Canada. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies by Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Whakatane, Aotearoa (New Zealand), in May 2012. He has been a teacher and scholar throughout the world, including Vancouver School of Theology, and with various schools and programs here in Hawaiʻi. He is the author of several books and articles including  Makahiki, Land Carver Series; Kāhuna, Traditions of Hawaiian Medicinal Priests and Healing Practitioners; Ka Na‘i Aupuni: Kamehameha and his Feather Gods; Tahitian Colonies and Sorcery;  and  No Na Mamo: Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Beliefs and Practices. 
Within the Diocese, his ministry has included service as a Priest at St. John’s by-the-Sea, Kahuluʻu; Holy Nativity, Aina Haina; and here at the Cathedral. He has also served as the Chair of the Commission on Native Hawaiian Ministries. For the Episcopal Church and the international Anglican Communion, Malcolm has served on the Council on Indigenous Ministry, the Indigenous Theological Training Institute Board, and the Anglican Indigenous Network, including serving as Secretary General of that body.  
Lastly, among his many accomplishments and awards, Malcolm was presented the Bishop’s Award as a graduating senior from ʻIolani School in June 1972. Bishop Lani Hanchett was the Bishop who gave him the award. It is now only fitting that Malcolm be called upon to fill the honorary canonship named for Bishop Hanchett. 
Bishop Fitzpatrick, on behalf of the Chapter of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, I commend Malcolm Nāea Chun to you.
I counted Malcolm as a friend and a teacher. His service to the Cathedral, to the Diocese, to the Church, and to me will be warmly remembered.
ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, to whom there is never any prayer made without hope of mercy, be merciful to the soul of your faithful servant, Malcolm, being departed from this world in the confession of your Holy Name that he and all the departed may be welcomed into the company of your saints, through Christ our Lord. Amen.    
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko mākou Haku,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan 
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HE LANAKILA MA KE KEʻA : Victory through the Cross
“No ia mea, e nā hoahānau, e kūpaʻa ʻoukou, me ka nāueue ʻole, me ka hoʻomau i kā ʻoukou hana nui ʻana i ka hana a ka Haku, no ka mea, ua ʻike nō ʻoukou, ʻaʻole i make hewa kā ʻoukou hana ʻana ma ka Haku.” Korineto I 15.58

“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

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