an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
July 22, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:  

"Blessing of the Backpacks at the family service on Aug 9, as the school year begins"

Kids' Karate returns to the HNC Gym 

Please dedicate f lowers to celebrate a loved one


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Upcoming Services
at Holy Nativity
(Go to the front page of our website, "" 
and click "Sunday Banyan")

July 26, 2020
Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist-- 9am

Online worship will be a 9am service of Morning Prayer

August 2, 2020
Ninth Sunday 
after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist -- 9am
In-person & online


Thursday Centering Prayer
(Thursday afternoons, 4-5pm)
Join us online using "Zoom." Go to and click on the phrase,"Join a Meeting."  When prompted, type in the Meeting ID, which is 330990103.

(Please note that our Wednesday 10am Eucharist
postponed until further notice; please pray for one another during this time!) 

Serving this Sunday 
(July 26)  
Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Holy Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: 
   The Rev. Alison Dingley
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers:  Rebecca Verghese
Prayers of the People: 
   John Verghese
Altar Guild: Delia Moore's Team

Serving next Sunday 
(August 2)  
Ninth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Holy Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher:
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Eucharistic Minister: Lila Johnson
Readers: Ed Moore & Barbara Abe
Prayers of the People: 
   John Verghese
Usher: Austin Nakoa
Altar Guild: Nina Livingston's Team

The Sunday Readings

The Rev. Libby Berman

The Vestry
Sr. Warden: Austin Nakoa
Jr. Warden: Joe Kindrich
Treasurer: Jean Steele
Recording Secretary: Nancy Thomas
Members at Large: Justin Donahue, Rich Miller, Lila Johnson, Jeff Taylor, Ed Moore, Wyn Aubrey-Child, Nina Livingston, Tusi Mayer, Gretchen Yamaguchi

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
Parish Bookkeeper
Kathy Kia
Parish Administrator
Punahele Coldwell
Prayer List

In our parish, we pray for Guthrie, Heather, Lois, Sylvia, Wayne, Rico, Chris, Lora V., Michael, David, Anna Marie, Lorraine N., Harvey, Annette, Brian, Gerd, Juergen, Jolene, for all who have contracted the Corona virus, caregivers, and those who are seeking to develop a vaccine or measures of relief.  We prayer for those facing unemployment or under-employment.

We also pray for victims of violence around the world.

If you wish to add a name to the prayer list, please be in touch with Puna Coldwell in the parish office at   


We are posting a day by day meditation from Forward Movement.  This is a great way to start your day with prayer.  Please consider clicking on the website above. 
Interim Head of School 
Jeanne Wilks

Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School is dedicated to excellence in education within a small and personalized environment. Built upon principles of respect and inclusion, Holy Nativity School values each child's individuality as it develops principled citizens who recognize their role in the local and global community.  

Holy Nativity Thrift Shop
(808) 373-3744

Wednesday & Friday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday: 9am - 12pm

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.


The Church is now open regularly on Sunday mornings for our 9am worship.   We also continue to offer this service on "Zoom."  To join us, go to the front page of our website (  OR look for your email copy of our Thursday "Banyan Tree."

(NOTICE:  Rev. Libby will be on vacation during the week of July 26.  Our priest on that Sunday will be the Rev. Alison Dingley, known to many in our community.  The online service on July 26 will be Morning Prayer, led by Jean Steele.  To join the Morning Prayer service, go to:
Meeting ID: 874 3091 6108
OR dial in on your phone

We will return to concurrent online and in-person worship on Sunday, August 2.  


August is a return-to-school month for students of all ages.  Holy Nativity School opens August 4 and our public schools currently are scheduled to open on that day, as well.  In celebration, we invite our students to bring their backpacks to church (or to their Zoom cameras at home) on Sunday, August 9.  We'll bless the backpacks and the students that carry them--along with teachers and staff who mentor them.  Chandi Hinrichs is inviting our children to write the "Prayers of the People" for that day, and Rev. Libby will offer a children's sermon.  Join us in person or on Zoom as we begin the new program year!


Sensei Lee Donahue coaches a young student on his karate position at the Holy Nativity gym

It has been great to begin to open our Holy Nativity gym to members of our larger community who enjoy it for a number of different activities.  Currently, we are open to those small groups who participate in sports that can maintain safe social distancing during their practices.

Among these groups is "Kick Start Karate," led by Sensei Lee Donahue, who has been teaching karate students at Holy Nativity for over two decades.  The organization, formally called "American Karate Kai Shorin Ryu" currently meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the gym from 5-7pm.  Young people from ages 5-18 with any level of experience are welcome to participate, free of charge.  If you know a young person who might be interested, you can encourage them to contact Sensei Donahue at 808-753-5617 or  Students practice for three months to earn their white "dobok" uniform, and then work toward mastering skills that help them earn the colored belts that go along with it.  

(Many thanks to "Dojo Mom" Shari Takahashi for providing information for this article!)


If you would like to remember someone's birthday or anniversary, or dedicate flowers in memory of a loved one, please complete the form below and put it in the offering plate--or  contact Puna in the office ( or 808-373-2131).  The cost the church approximately forty dollars each week, but any amount is welcome. No donation is required.  

Name(s) of person(s) dedicating flowers:
Date of dedication: ________________
Dedication: ______________________



This will be the last issue of the mid-week "Banyan Tree" until Wednesday, August 19.  Be assured that our editorial team is collecting good things for the issues to follow!  If you have a photo, article, or news that you would like to submit, please send to Rev. Libby at  Thanks!