An online publication of the

Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina

December 28, 2023

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Service Participants:

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The Rev. Libby Berman

[email protected]

The Rev. Jennifer Latham

The Rev. Robert Steele

The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Bill Seeley

Jr. Warden: Austin Nakoa

Treasurer: Jean Steele

Clerk: Nina Livingston

Members at Large:

Rich Miller, Lila Johnson, Tusi Mayer, Kim Garner, Jack Tonaki, Ginnie Long, Carol Ching, Barbara Coles

Office Hours: M-Th 9-12

(808) 373-2131

In our parish, we pray for:

Agenhart E, Wayne O, Heather, John M, Todd T, Tom, Kate, Michael T, Lucille D, Lance, Ann C, Cynthia K, Joyce H, Sandee K, Doris, Kitten, Cynthia, Ann Y, Ed & Delia M, Olav, Dave K, Raj R, Renu R, Katy, Eric, Leandra, Ethel M, and Kurt & Paulina

AND all who struggle with illness and/or hardship.

Please contact the HNC office with any prayer requests

[email protected] 

We are posting a brief day by day meditation from Forward Movement. It's a great way to start your morning! Just click on the website icon above.

Holy Nativity Thrift Shop

(808) 373-3744

Thrift Shop on break, and will reopen January 17th, 2024!

Wednesdays: 9am-12pm

Fridays: 9am-12pm

Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage

For donations, please donate during store hours, and please do not leave items outside the gate after hours. Mahalo!

The First Sunday after

Christmas Day

(New Year's Eve)

Holy Eucharist

December 31, 2023 at 9am


To join our Zoom service(s) online, Click HERE

Or Dial-in by phone at one of these numbers:

       +1 253 215 8782


Meeting ID: 537 938 292 (No Password)

Click HERE for Sunday Bulletin

Click HERE for FAMILY Sunday Bulletin


Christmas Eve Service 2023

There was joyful music and much celebration at our 5pm service on Dec 24.

Mahalo to everyone who helped coordinate this evening of gracious worship, including, especially, our choir, guest musicians Miki Yamamoto (organist) and Wyatt Nagao (on trumpet), and our Altar Guild.

Mele Kalikimaka!


From our occasional series:

"Who’s in the Pew?!"

our incoming Senior Warden,

Tusi Mayer

By Jean Steele

Tusi Mayer was born in American Samoa on Christmas Day. She has had a dual career: 31 years as a flight attendant and almost as long as an oncology nurse. She met her husband, John, when she was assigned to write a paper about Pacific Islanders practicing Western medicine. She got off to a rough start with John when she mistook him for another student, not a member of the faculty.

But by the Fourth of July that year, there were fireworks for them both and their long marriage ensued. Tusi reports that John is a “walking encyclopedia” and a great storyteller. Both he and their two sons like to “pull her leg,” making her life like Saturday Night Live, she laughs.

Tusi has been teaching Sunday School at Holy Nativity for 32 years. Almost the entire time, she has

partnered with Chandi Hinrichs. She remembers when there were many more children and they

produced chancel dramas using beautiful costumes and other props lent by the HNS music teacher. The

children enacted stories of Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Creation and the Ten Commandments, etc.

When Reverend Libby asked Tusi to be senior warden, Tusi reports that Reverend was very eloquent! Tusi said she would pray about it. She says God whispered in her ear “You are ready.” She looks forward to the new opportunities to serve God, her family, the Church and the community.

Hoping for new possibilities, she quotes the song

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going!”


Another Great Year!

Thrift Shop Volunteers'

Christmas Potluck & Cookie-Swap

On Monday 12/18, volunteers and staff enjoyed much fun and fellowship.

The Thrift Shop will be closed for the Holidays; reopening January 17th, 2024. Look for much new merchandise and a refreshed look in the shop!

See you then!


The Rev. Dr. Robert Steele,

Honolulu Museum of Art board member, shines a spotlight on African American art.

To see more about the significant gift of art given to HoMA by Bob and Jean Steele, read the online Honolulu Advertiser article, click below:


Adult Ed Series

Join us in January and February, 2024 for the reading and discussion of

The Lemon Tree

by Sandy Tolan.


This timely and poignant story set in 1967 Israel/Palestine will give us much to consider.

Books are available in the office for a cost of $10

(or whatever you are able to pay).

Date and time to be announced.



Our Stewardship Project this year is to help our Sunday School children fill backpacks for those being released from Halawa Correctional Facility.

The items to purchase are listed in the online signup at


or you may sign up in person on Sunday after church with Chandi, or in the office M-Th 9a-12p.



The Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821