Olga Miller and Stephen Noerper turned to Hawaii after sixteen months of lockdown in a hard hit NYC enclave. Honolulu afforded their three children color missed during those gray days, and Aina Haina and Holy Nativity Church have given them new warmth, connectivity, hope and spiritual joy.
Olga had served as CEO in family philanthropy for a decade and a half, funding arts, culture and conservation. She was born in Kyrgyzstan, grew up in Kazakhstan, and returned to Pskov and St. Petersburg in the 90s, with stints in Germany and a move to the US that followed. Stephen, a Chicago native, has over three decades on Asia and international relations through university, non-profits, public service and private sector. Hawaii is a natural for him given the blend of native and Asian cultures.
Their three children, Olesya (11), Alexei (9) and Stephen (7) share their parents love of art, music, film and reading, and this tight-knit clan are joyful in their discovery of Holy Nativity and the local community. You can find Lesa reading on Sundays and practicing karate the next evening in the Holy Nativity gym, which their Dad hails warmly as “classic, old-school.” Alexei shares a love of soccer and cars with his younger brother, who is a train aficionado as well.
You can find them on Saturdays at local markets or strolling the beach at Kahala or Lanikai. Hiking Kaena Point is another family favorite, though mascot dog Buddy stays home, so as not to bother the monk seals.
All find Sunday mornings “incredibly cool” with the excitement of Holy Nativity Sunday school and the warm words of Reverends Libby, Jenn, and Bob. Little Stephen wishes only for “seconds” someday of the bread, which he finds delicious. No worries, Rich has warned him off the wine.
Much Mahalo to Stephen Noerper for leading this Sunday's Morning Prayer Service!
HN Thrift Shop received a large donation of Children's Books!
Many are hard bound and brand new!
Prices range from 2 for $1 up to $2
Come on down!
Reverend Libby will be off island from
July 5th -- July 14th, to officiate at a family friend's funeral. For the few days when Rev. Jenn and she both are away, she will be working with Athena in the parish office to tend to any pressing business.
Reverend Jenn will be attending The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Baltimore, MD from July 6 - 12
Then, from July 17 - 22, Rev. Jenn will be a camp chaplain at Camp Mokuleia.
Following both of those weeks of service for the diocese, she will vacation with her family and is set to return on August 9.
Tickets Available Now!
Camp Mokule'ia's 75th Anniversary
observance culminates with a festive dinner celebration on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
Tickets for this event are now available, including sponsorships at three levels.