an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
May 27, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:

In-person (and Continuing Online Worship) begins June 7

Holy Nativity School Graduation

Ho'o manawanui...

HNC Thrift Store:
Open for Business !  


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 31, 2020
Day of Pentecost
Morning Prayer with Music-- 9am

June 7, 2020
First Sunday
after Pentecost
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 31)  
Day of Pentecost

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Preacher: The Rt.Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick
Readers: Jean Steele & 
   Frank Condello (Student in Formation for Ordination)
Prayers of the People: 
   John Verghese

Serving next Sunday 
(June 7)   
First Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Morning Prayer 
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Ed Moore & Alison Kittle
Prayers of the People: 
  Julia Yamaguchi
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 Sylvia, Lois, Heather, and Chris J., for those who have contracted the Corona virus and those caring for them and/or seeking a vaccine or other measures of relief.

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.


 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.



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!  Our first lesson will be read by HNC participants in FIVE 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; we celebrate with this bright color on Pentecost to symbolize the power 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!


On Trinity Sunday, we celebrate the unity of the Trinity:  God the Creator, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  It marks the beginning of what we call "Ordinary Time" in the church calendar.  We turn the colors to green as we walk together through this long season that includes all of the summer and fall.  Our lessons each Sunday during this season invite us to consider Jesus' teaching and miracles.  

This year, we will return to in-person worship for this season.  Several people in the parish are making plans for our safe return to the nave for the 9am service (which also will be filmed through "Zoom").  The planning team includes our wardens, vestry members, musicians and altar guild leaders, a doctor, and a member of our technology team.  Next week, we will share with you the details of our first service, together with safety measures we will be following as we return to the church for the first time since late March.  This step is an exciting one; please pray for the planning team over these next few weeks.

Finally, and very importantly, we emphasize that those who wish to remain at home, for whatever reason, are most welcome to continue to view the service online, in the usual way that we have become accustomed to. See you there!         
--Rev. Libby+



Holy Nativity School Graduates celebrate on May 26 with their teachers and the whole staff with great joy!  Graduates approached the front of the outdoor space one at a time, receiving their diplomas from Interim Head of School, Jeanne Wilks, and leis, gifts and congratulations from family and others in attendance. At the end of the festivities, everyone present waved signs and banners, cheered, whistled, and honked, as the graduates drove away with their families, ready to head into their next adventure.  Church of the Holy Nativity is proud of you all!  Congratulations!  

Interim Head of School Jeanne Wilks and the Rev. Libby Berman cheer on the graduates as they head out from the school.

A view of the ocean near Ka'ena Point


Our Senior Warden, Austin Nakoa, often shares wise words with the people he meets with.  Today, his words were:

Ho'o manawanui.

Austin says this phrase means, "to be patient...take things easy...go slow...not be in a rush."  May we take this good advice, as we move into the summer season, return to in-person worship, engage a new phase of our engagement with the virus, and continue to do God's work in the world around us.
Thanks, Austin! 



Temporary Thrift Store hours continue to be Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am-2pm and Saturdays 9am-12noon. During these hours, volunteers will serve customers and accept donations.  Donations also will be accepted at other times, by appointment, by calling 808-373-3744.

To continue to provide safe shopping, we reprint the guidelines from last week.   Stay safe!

-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.  
We will monitor the stores space and allow a maximum of ten customers at one time.


Our Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the new Rector was postponed and now has a new date:
Saturday, September 12 at 4pm.  The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick will officiate.