an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
May 6, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:

"What about the Others??" 
(--Rev. Libby+)

Thanks to our nurses!

Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick to preach in diocesan parishes on Sunday, May 10 and Sunday, May 31 

HNC Prayer List to be "Refreshed"
on May 17

...and photos and encouragements, to help us get through this challenging time!


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

May 10, 2020
The Fifth Sunday
after Easter
Morning Prayer with Music-- 9am

May 17, 2020
T he Sixth 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 10)  
The Fifth Sunday 
of Easter

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon:  The Rev. Bob Steele
Lectors: Julia Yamaguchi & Rebecca 
Prayers of the People: 
   Frank Condello, Student in Formation for Ordination

Serving next 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
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 currently is closed until at least May 15, given the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please check here or on the website for more information.  Take care; we hope to 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.


--Rev. Libby

Each Tuesday morning, the clergy and bishops of our diocese gather for a bible study and conversation over Zoom.  This time often gives me a new insight that will assist me in preaching or planning.   This week, part of our conversation focused on a topic that was significant for me:  How are our congregations reaching out to others during this time when it is so tempting to focus on our own well-being?

I realized that I have been focusing very much on developing, alongside our parish leaders, the communication, online worship, and planning that our parish needs--not only during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also as we emerge from it and aim to continue the "new ministry" that we all began together in January!  Strong and effective communication is key; in addition, prudent financial and property planning are in order.  (We will lose tens of thousands of dollars in rental and thrift shop income, but also gain two-plus months of payroll costs through a federal stimulus program.)   It's been very easy for me to focus on "all things HNC."  How are our people?  How are our buildings and finances?

The Bible study I was in this morning opened my eyes to remember something broader about our mission.  While it's very important to focus on good communication, property, and finance, we must not let a preoccupation with those matters let us forget that we are called always, as followers of Jesus, to engage with others who are in need.  I wondered, as I listened to my colleagues, how we could use the resources we have right now to help us engage as deeply in mission as we are in ensuring our own wellness.  Could we organize an Aina Haina food collection event in our church parking lot?  Could the vestry vote to give funds in the amount of a tithe on our proceeds from the stimulus package to a food bank?  Could we strengthen the ongoing efforts of our Outreach Committee to clothe prisoners being released early due to COVID-19?  

I'll admit that I have been focused much more on us in recent days than on those in need who live beyond us.  I could say that there are reasons:  "I'm still new here!" and "COVID-19 is a crisis!"  But, when I get right down to it, I know I could shift my priorities, even just a bit, to encourage us into more "mission."  Holy Nativity is blessed with incredible resources of all kinds.  Will you join me in using those God-given gifts to serve others--right now?  If so, what shall we do?!



This week is Nurses Week!  It begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightengale's birthday.  We give great thanks to God for all those in the medical field who are doing everything they can to assist those with COVID-19.  This week, we especially appreciate our nurses, who are among those on the very "frontline" of our fight against this disease.  We are grateful for their putting themselves forward to comfort, care for, and heal.  

At Holy Nativity, we thank Tusi Mayer and Lila Johnson, the nurses among us that I know.  Given that I do not yet know everyone in the parish, it's quite possible that I have missed other names.  If you know of other nurses in our community that we should thank, given them a call and/or let me know!

Nurses, may God bless your work now and in all the days to come! 

--Rev. Libby+


During this time of separation from in-person worship, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick is connecting with congregations in a variety of ways.  First, he will be preaching, virtually, in all of our parishes on this coming Sunday, May 10 and also on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.  To hear his message, join us in the usual way for our Sunday services (via the Zoom link listed on our website or by phone). We look forward to hearing from our bishop, who symbolizes and reminds us of our unity as a diocese.

In addition to preaching in May, the bishop is sharing short video messages on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Wednesday message is a lesson/reflection. He invites all to join him over the next few weeks as he continues to discuss the First Letter of Peter.

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 update our prayer list from time to time.  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).  We will begin using the refreshed list on Sunday, May 17.
(Some Good Words from St. Paul)

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering; persevere in prayer.  (Romans 12: 9-12)