August 26, 2021
This issue's header photo was taken at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua, where the children played "Royal Flourish" on the hand bells this past Sunday. To listen and view this sweet number, click HERE. (From the St. Christopher Facebook page)
Proper 17
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
In case you missed it, this message was originally released on August 11:

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, THE DELTA SURGE, AND THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 21-05 (Statewide Limits for Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Bars, and Social Establishments)


I have received some questions about the Governor’s newest directive regarding the pandemic [see THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 21-05 (Statewide Limits for Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Bars, and Social Establishments)].

If each congregation is following the Diocesan Customary in the time of Pandemic, we should be in compliance and no major adjustments are needed (please review the Customary). I direct that Episcopal Churches should reasonably be considered under the category of “Restaurants, Bars, and Social Establishments” in the Executive Order (there are exceptions for churches and special events). In this Diocese of Hawaiʻi, we must ensure no more than 50% capacity in our worship spaces. With the six foot social distancing requirement already in place that should not be a problem. Again, outdoor worship with masks and social distancing is the ideal. READ FULL MESSAGE
Be sure to stay informed with all the latest COVID-19 updates in Hawai'i through the State's portal HERE. You'll find latest news updates, stats, media resources, information on Safe Travels, Vaccination sites, and much more. Quick links to separate County vaccine webpages are shown below:

Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button shown. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Feature Story:
A Ministry to Treasure: Our Church Thrift Shops
On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Diocese hosted an online gathering of representatives from each of the main islands who run their church thrift shops. Led by Canon Sandy Graham and Danny Casey from the Diocesan Support Center, the goal was to have folks share, discuss, and learn... READ MORE
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Read the Bishop's announcement (August 18) HERE.
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i takes place October 22-23, 2021, and will now be held virtually online. This year's theme is "Remembering those who have gone before." Both the Annual Meeting and Education Day (on Reconciliation) will be live-streamed. There is no fee to watch but online viewers must also register. For more information and to register, go to the Convention webpage:
The Diocese's Reconciliation Task Force will be hosting this year's Education Day being held on Friday, October 22. The theme is on Reconciliation, and will feature guest speakers, Jonathan Okamura, PhD., Professor Emeritus from the University of Hawai'i, and Akiemi Glenn, PhD., founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. The event is free and will be live-streamed, but all viewers must register. For more information about Education Day and to register, click on the button below.
POSTPONED: Daughters of the King Retreat
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Daughters of the King (DOK) Retreat scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021, has been postponed. The retreat will be rescheduled when it is deemed safe to gather.

If you would like to be contacted directly with information and updates about DOK, be sure to contact organizers to get on their mailing list. Click on the flyer image for more information, or visit the DOK webpage on the Diocesan website HERE.
Zoomtopia Coming Up: September 13-14
With continuing pandemic restrictions and the use of online gatherings (including Convention 53 & Education Day), Zoom is holding Zoomtopia, on September 13-14, 2021. This complimentary two-day experience will showcase more than 75 insightful sessions, from panels with industry leaders to how-tos with our product experts. Be sure to register HERE to start building your Zoomtopia itinerary today!
From the Caffeinated Church: Re-Energizing Volunteering
COVID certainly has taken a toll on how volunteers are engaged in the life of the Church. How are churches rebooting their volunteer opportunities? How are opportunities being presented? How are key volunteer roles being sought and asked for? How are responsibilities and oversight of volunteers being managed? Facilitated by Mike Orr, Canon for Communications and Evangelism in the Episcopal Church in Colorado, this discussion takes place Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 1:00-2:00 PM EST (7:00-8:00 AM HST). For more information and to register, click HERE. (Membership required)
Episcopal Schools Celebration: October 3-9, 2021
Episcopal Schools Celebration (ESC) celebrates the ministry of the nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church. Whether it is at school, the parish or cathedral, or at a diocesan-wide service or event, ESC is the time to give thanks and to proclaim to your community and the Church the good news that is your school!

Observed the week beginning with the first Sunday in October, ESC highlights a different aspect of Episcopal school identity and mission through the event’s theme. For more information and resources, visit the National Association of Episcopal Schools website HERE. Share your ESC activities on social media using #EpiscopalSchools
Keiki Heroes Program
Keiki Heroes is a community empowerment initiative that provides Hawaii’s keiki (children) with fun and engaging ways to encourage habits that keep them healthy and safe. To learn more and download resources, visit the Keiki Heroes website HERE.
Our Schools: Back in Session!
'Iolani School, Honolulu
Welcome back Raiders!
St. Andrew's Schools, Honolulu
Good Morning Priory & Prep!
Seabury Hall, Makawao, Maui
We are the Spartans!
Holy Nativity, Honolulu
We love learning!
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Good Samaritan Welcomes the Rev. Malcolm Keleawe Hee
The Rev. Malcolm Keleawe Hee bids aloha to The Cathedral of St. Andrew this Sunday, August 29, and begins a new call as the Vicar at Good Samaritan in Palolo Valley. Hee was part of the inaugural class of Waiolaihui'ia in 2015, and has deep roots at Good Samaritan.
Blessings at Emmanuel
On Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Rev. Ha'aheo Guanson celebrated at the 10:00 AM service. She ended the service with blessings and prayers over the renovation site, the workers, and the architect. Watch a portion of the blessing here. (From the Emmanuel weekly e-news)
Generous Hearts at Holy Nativity
At the vestry meeting on August 17, the parish treasurer, on behalf of the Outreach Committee, put forward a proposal to expend $5,500 to community organizations that Holy Nativity knows well and has supported for several years. Though all were supportive of the initial plan, someone asked, as we are doing well with our finances right now, whether we might be able to do "even more?" This member suggested a $2000 increase in the total amount of the gift. The motion passed unanimously. With joy and continuing commitment to the commandment to "love our neighbors as ourselves," we announce the following gifts:

  • $2000 -- Angel Network Food Ministry, Calvary-by-the-Sea Church in Aina Haina (ELCA)
  • $2000 -- Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center in Honolulu (Prison Ministry)
  • $3500 --Family Promise of Hawaii, Providing resources for those moving from shelters to more permanent housing

Mahalo to our vestry AND to those in our congregation who continue to give to support this work! (Article from their weekly e-news)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Wisdom of Kalaupapa: Module 1
The first module of the Wisdom of Kalaupapa series will be taking place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 PM at St. Michael and All Angels in Lihue. The theme for this first module is "Personal Response to Crisis: From Fear to Faith." Masking and social distancing are required. Enrollment is limited, so register now! E-mail Loretta Ebnet HERE, or call (808) 245-3796. For more information, download the flyer HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
September is Rubbah Slippah Month at Good Shepherd
During the month of September, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women in Ministry is requesting donations of “Rubbah Slippahs” for A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW). Our annual appeal for slippers will be distributed to our unsheltered friends in Central Maui and Kihei during their weekly Wednesday and Sunday runs. Please bring a pair or two to any Holy Eucharist service, and drop them off in the basket that will be provided, or you may stop by the parish office during working hours. Please note that donations to ACCW are welcome at any time throughout the year. Checks are payable to: A Cup of Cold Water.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Full-time Keiki, Youth, and Family Ministries Coordinator
St. James' Parishes (Includes St. James', St. Columba's, and Beach Mass
For more information, visit the Diocesan website HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Education Equals Hope
Long-standing partnerships helped Episcopalians quickly respond to Haiti quake
[August 26, 2021] In the 12 days since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Aug. 14, and the subsequent drenching rains of Tropical Storm Grace, Episcopalians there and their ministry partners across The Episcopal Church continue to help devastated communities. READ MORE
Photo: Reuters
EMM affiliates prepare to welcome families fleeing Taliban as US withdraws from Afghanistan
[August 16, 2021] Episcopal Migration Ministries and its affiliates are mobilizing to respond to an expected increase of people fleeing from Afghanistan to the United States after the Afghan government fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, expediting the end of the 20-year American war in the country. READ MORE
Photo: (Episcopal News Service)
Episcopal clergy entertain and evangelize in the virtual ‘town square’ of TikTok
[August 20, 2021] TikTok, the video editing and streaming app on which mostly millennials and Generation Z share funny dance challenges, viral moments and memes, might be the last place you’d expect to find a 45-year-old priest evangelizing. But the Rev. David Peters isn’t your average priest, and his style of evangelism is less about preaching and more about laughter. READ MORE
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News from the Diocesan Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force: The Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force is currently working on worship plans for this year's Season of Creation, which takes place September through October. For information about this global and ecumenical work, see If you would like to help in planning this worship event, please contact either the Rev. Jenn Latham HERE, or Vicar Bree Lloyd HERE.
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