an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
June 24, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:  

"The Three-Way Swivel 
and the Trinity"
--offered by Aime Lawyer

HNC Staff gathers  for 
a summer lunch

Notes from Holy Nativity 
School & Board

Invitation to Dedicate  Flowers


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Here is what you do: open the email, scroll to the bottom of it and click on "View Entire Message." What a relief! It works!

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

June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday
after Pentecost
Morning Prayer with Music-- 9am
In-person & ONLINE

July 5, 2020
Fifth Sunday
after Pentecost
Morning Prayer with Music -- 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 
(June 28)  
Fourth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant & Preacher: 
The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Alison Kittle & Jean Steele
Acolyte: Kim Garner
Prayers of the People:  Ed Moore
Usher: Rich Miller
Sandra Braham's Altar Guild Team

The rota for July-Sept will come out next week.

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 Sylvia, Lola, Heather, Rico, and Chris, for those who have contracted the Corona virus and those caring for them and/or seeking a vaccine or other measures of relief.  We pray for those in Hawaii who are facing unemployment and under-employment.

We also pray for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and for all victims of violence.

To add a name to our prayer list, please contact Punahele Coldwell in the church office at (808) 373-2131 or 


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 in advance of our 9am worship.  
We also continue to offer this service on Zoom.  To find information about how to join us online, go to the front page of our website (
 OR look for your email copy of our Thursday "Banyan Tree."

--by HNC parishioner Aime Lawyer

The three-way swivel* is one piece of fishing tackle that serves three different functions. Earlier this month, we celebrated Trinity Sunday, so the doctrine of the Trinity was very fresh in my mind.  As I was out for a run last week, I was day-dreaming about fishing, my favorite ocean activity.  As I was running, I started thinking about how the three way swivel shares some similarities to the Holy Trinity.  I remembered reading that St. Patrick used the Shamrock to teach fif th Century Irish pagans about the Holy Trinity.  St.  Patrick explained that the Shamrock was one leaf with three parts. There was one leaf for God the Father, one leaf for the Son, and one leaf for the Holy Spirit.  

Now back to the three-way swivel:  As you can see in the above illustration, the three way swivel connects to three pieces of fishing line. The top ring of the swivel connects to the mainline. I refer to that line as God. The shorter line connected to the hook I refer to as Jesus. The third line, which is longer that the hook line that connects your sinker, is the Holy Spirit.  

In life we face adversity; I'm sure many of us are facing some now with the current  Covid-19 pandemic.  When we face adversity we need Jesus. Like the fish that gets caught on the hook, we cling to Jesus, who is our advocate. Without Jesus, we are unable to get to God, who is connected to the main line.  In John 14:6, Jesus answered Thomas, "I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me."  Finally, let's look at the sinker. The sinker helps us get our line cast out as far as we can.  Depending on your fishing conditions (sandy or rock bottom), the wind or the tide, you may need to use a different weight or sinker. Through experience we figure out what size sinker we need to get the line out farther.  In my drawing, the sinker is the Holy Spirit that gently guides us on our way and helps us to make corrections as needed. 

* The 3-way swivel used for Dunk Fishing--the rod is cast out and placed in a sand spike on the shoreline.


A Toad (Blacktail Snapper), caught last Saturday, June 20, 2020, the first day of Summer.  The Pole I used was a 12-ft Pinnacle Surf Casting Rod purchased from the Holy Nativity Thrift Store two years ago. The rod needed a few new guides; they were put on by Brian's Fishing Supply.  You never know what treasures you can find at our Thrift Store!


Pictured left to right are Parish Administrator Punahele Coldwell, Operations Manager Kathy Kia, Thrift Store Manager Peggy Budlong, Organist Lorraine Yamamoto, Choral Director Chris Suzuki, and Rev. Libby.

Puna on the job!


Holy Nativity will open its three-week Summer School session on July 6 and, after a week of in-service for staff, open for the fall term "in person" on Tuesday, August 4.  We pray for a safe and successful return for all students, faculty and staff!

Last week, we reported that the Vestry elected three new members to serve on the Holy Nativity School Board: Alison Kittle, Bob Steele, and Megan Escamilla.  Applications now are open (through July 8) for one additional new member.  If interested , please be in touch with Rich Miller for more information.  


As our Sunday services return to the church, we continue to honor God through our use of the space in which we worship.  Many hands help with this ministry, cleaning and polishing, refreshing supplies, and setting out silver and fabrics that draw our attention to the liturgy and church season.  

We also grace the altar with flowers that either are brought from homes or prepared by a florist.  If you would like to dedicate Altar flowers to commemorate a special occasion, we welcome you to do so.  You might wish to remember someone's birthday or anniversary, or dedicate flowers in memory of a loved one.  The name of the person you are honoring will be listed in the service bulletin.   Please contact Puna in the church office ( or 808-373-2131) or complete the form below.  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: ______________________


SAT, SEPT 12 at 4PM

The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick will officiate.
Please let Rev. Libby know ( if you would like to assist with our planning!