an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
May 13, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:

Open for Business on May 15!

"HNC Clothing Drive a Success!"

"Who's in the Pews?"
(by Lucas & Daniel Donahue)

"More awesome nurses at HNC"

Pentecost is coming on May 31:

HNC Prayer List - Refreshed on May 17


Do you receive the Banyan Tree and find the content is missing?  Do you close this email, open it again, and still find no content?  
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")

May 17, 2020
The Sixth Sunday
after Easter
Morning Prayer with Music-- 9am

May 24, 2020
T he Seventh Sunday after  Easter
Morning Prayer with Music -- 9am


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 
(May 17)  
The Sixth Sunday 
of Easter

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers:  Alison Kittle & Ed Moore
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi

Serving next Sunday 
(May 24)   
The Seventh Sunday 
of Easter

9am Morning Prayer 
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers:  Bob Steele & Kim Garner
Prayers of the People: 
   Wyn Aubrey-Child
The Sunday Readings

The Rev. Libby Berman

The Vestry
Sr. Warden: Austin Nakoa
Jr. Warden: Joe Kindrich
Treasurer: Jean Steele
Clerk: 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-Staff may be working from home; please call ahead to make sure someone is in the office; thank you!
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
Parish Bookkeeper
Kathy Kia
Parish Administrator
Punahele Coldwell
Prayer List

In our parish, we pray for Lora V.,  Frank, Dorie, Rita, Wayne, Victoria, Sandee, Ronny, Donna, Sylvia, Helen, Wes, Terri, Kendall, Bob, Yoko, Lola, Robert Y., Bobby Y., Lois C., The King Family, June A., Diane M., Pamela F., Heather, Richard P., Guthrie, Teri, Chris J., and for those who have contracted the Corona virus. 


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

Our Thrift Store will re-open on Friday, May 15 from 10-2 and thereafter on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-2 and on Saturdays from 9am-12noon. Please check here or on the website for more information.  See you soon!

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.


 On the front page of our website,( click " Sunday Banyan" to find a copy of the service and information about how to join us online OR look for your copy of our Thursday "Banyan Tree," which has the same information.


Peggy Budlong, our Thrift Store Manager, poses alongside the many items that will be for sale beginning at 10am on this Friday, May 15


We are very happy to announce a "glimmer into the new normal' at the Holy Nativity Thrift Store!

Our temporary store hours will be Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am-2pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm. During these hours, we will serve customers and also happily accept donations.  If you would like to donate at times other than when the store is open, please call 808-373-3744 and we will make an appointment to meet you.

In order to comply with Hawaii's COVID-19 protection plan and to keep volunteers and customers safe, we ask you to be aware of your surroundings and follow the following guidelines:

-We require all customers wear face masks.
-If you have corona19 symptoms, please do not enter.
-We require social distance spacing of 6 feet.
-Please use hand sanitizer as often as needed.
-Enter and follow arrows enabling you to walk through the store in one direction.
-Fitting rooms will be closed, per state regulations.  (Hopefully with all clothes on sale at $1.00 each this will help you make a positive decision!)
We will monitor the stores space and allow 6 - 10 customers at one time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
We hope that everyone will remain healthy and safe. Your support continues to be amazing.   --Peggy


Several men and women who have been released early from prison in Hawaii due to the threat of a COVID-19 spread need new clothing to start their new lives.  HNC and friends of HNC responded to this need with a clothing drive last week.  Shown here is Bob Steele of HNC, making the delivery.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project-- and prayers for those who are beginning anew!


An occasional series in the Banyan Tree, featuring members of our congregation. Today, we have letters from Lucas Donahue (grade 3) and Daniel Donahue (grade 5).  Thanks for sharing your stories of HNS!



Last week, I asked folks to be in touch with me if I had inadvertently left off any names of the nurses in our parish ohana. I was reminded that Barbara Cole is a nurse; she represents the middle of three generations of her family that call Holy Nativity "home."  In addition, we honor Dana Nakoa, also a very longtime member of Holy Nativity.  Happy Nurses Week, Barbara and Dana!  M ay God bless your work now and in all the days to come! 
--Rev. Libby+


At our online Sunday worship on May 31, we will celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit coming down upon Jesus' disciples--and upon us!--in several ways.  Our first lesson of the day will be read by HNC participants in FIVE different languages, symbolizing the gift of our ability to reach ALL people with our Good News.  In addition, we encourage everyone to wear and/or bring something RED to this service; we celebrate with this bright color on Pentecost to symbolize the power and flame of the God's Holy Spirit.  Finally, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be preaching to our whole diocese once again, on that day.  

Join us in the usual way for that Sunday service (via the Zoom link listed on our website or by phone).  Join us as we celebrate this new church season and say hello to summer, too!


In addition to preaching in May, the bishop is sharing short video messages on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Wednesday message is a lesson/reflection. 

To watch or listen to the bishop's messages on Mondays or Wednesdays, go to:


Bishop Fitzpatrick also commends to us the Presiding Bishop's messages and other news of The Episcopal Church.  Go to:

We will begin using the refreshed list on this coming Sunday, May 17.   If you wish to offer one or more names for our newest list, please let our parish administrator, Punahele Coldwell, know by email ( or phone (808-373-2131).