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May 9, 2024

This issue's header photo was taken at St. Columba's in Pa'auilo on Tuesday, April 30, with the return of their free community meal program in their brand new kitchen! Their meal ministry started up during COVID when the Rev. Linda Lundgren (pictured second from right) saw the growing need triggered by the pandemic. At the time, meals were prepared and shuttled over from the kitchen at St. James' in Waimea, 20 miles away. They are looking forward to serving many more meals in the comfort of their own kitchen! (Photo: St. James' Parish Congregations Facebook page)

Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) News

Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick delivered the keynote speech at the Episcopal Peace Fellowship's (EPF) Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 20, 2024. It was also a proud moment for the Bishop with the announcement of the Rev. Kerith Harding as the new EPF Executive Director. Kerith, who was the Rector of St. John's on Maui for nine years, moved to Connecticut, but remains canoncially resident with the Diocese of Hawai'i. Click HERE to read the press release about Kerith's announcement. To view the Bishop's moving and timely speech, click HERE or on his image.

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.


Hawai'i Clergy Attend We Are All Related Conference

Clergy from Hawai'i made their presence known at a Western regional conference called "We are all Related," co-sponsored by The Episcopal Church Office for Indigenous Ministries and The Church Pension Group. It is designed for Indigenous clergy and "non-Indigenous clergy who serve native congregants." The conference, which was held on May 2-3, in Seattle WA, gave participants a chance to learn more about this church ministry as well as the work that CPG does in this area. It was also a time to "engage, build community, and share best practices with peers." Pictured above left, (front L-R): the Revs. Paul Nahoa Lucas and Keleawe Hee; (standing L-R) the Ven. Steve Costa, the Rev. Canon Heather Patton-Graham, and the Revs. Haaheo Guanson and Annalise Pasalo. (Contributed photos)


Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.

In Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Women in the Episcopal Church


This year marks the 50th anniversary of women being ordained in The Episcopal Church, and is part of the reason for this year's Convention theme. Women have long played a key role in the life of the church whether lay or ordained, and we commemorate all women for their contribution, service, and dedication. This year's logo represents women of faith in the islands, and the pink rose, which is one of Queen Emma's favorite flowers, is also the official flower of Maui, as we continue to keep those affected in our prayers. The color green is incorporated to represent our commitment to care for the environment and Mother Earth.

Over the next few months leading up to Convention, be sure to stay informed and check the event webpage often for updates HERE.

Theme Scripture Verse: "You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:26-28


Don't forget to register for the Annual Clergy Conference coming up August 19-21, 2024, in Kapolei, O'ahu. For more information, click HERE or on the image header.

Reminder! This Saturday, May 11

TENS Webinar: Creating Budgets that Meet Your Ministry Goals

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has been offering FREE monthly online webinars for the Diocese of Hawai'i, with only three remaining. All webinars are being held at 9:00-10:30 AM (HST). Churches should encourage their clergy, lay leaders, treasurers and wardens to attend these informative sessions. Be sure to mark your calendars and register for each webinar. Remaining webinars are:

  • May 11 - Creating Budgets That Meet Your Ministry Goals
  • June 8 - Community Needs Assessment - Discerning Ministry in Your Neighborhood
  • August 31 - Creating a Culture of Generosity

For descriptions of each workshop and to register for a webinar, visit the Diocese's Stewardship webpage HERE. Last month's webinar on "Uncovering Motivations for Generational Giving" was recorded and is now posted on the Stewardship webpage, including the presentation's slideshow. It provides great understanding and information about the different generations, with insight to their participation and giving in church.

Register Now! Online Introduction to Bearing Witness Study Program Training

The Diocese has arranged for an online introduction and training of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem's (AFEDJ) FREE video-based study program called Bearing Witness, that "shares the stories of people living in Palestine and Israel and the remarkable ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem that bring hope and healing in this volatile part of the world." Clergy and church education/formation leaders are urged to attend this Zoom gathering scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 3:00 PM (HST). Leading the Zoom training session is AFEDJ Bearing Witness Program Director, Diana Maliakalani Branton. Register now to receive the Zoom link HERE or click below:



The Episcopal News Service just released an article on the testimony given to the legislative committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy & Music, on resolutions that will be up for consideration in the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church this July, in Louisville, KY. Pictured front and center (below left) is the Diocese's Archdeacon, the Ven. Steve Costa, giving testimony during an online hearing. Also providing input in the article is Mary Carpenter and Ryan Kusumoto. The resolution calls for the addition of Queen Lili'uokalani into the Church's calendar (AKA Lesser Feasts & Fasts). All three are part of the Diocese's deputation to General Convention. Click HERE to read the article.

WRITTEN TESTIMONY NEEDED - Folks are invited to submit written testimony for our Queen, with an emphasis on her role as a peacemaker and woman of faith who lived a life of humility and forgiveness. At the last General Convention in 2022, our Archdeacon Steve Costa introduced the resolution and proposed collect (shown above right). NOTE: If you already submitted testimony at the 80th GC, it is on file and you do NOT need to suibmit again.

MAHALO JENN & BREE! We give a big mahalo to the Revs. Jenn Latham and Bree Lloyd, who have been keeping you updated on our Environmental Justice and Creation Care Ministry. Not only do they provide news and announcements for the Chronicle, but they also keep the Environmental Justice webpage updated and current. Here they are pictured at a recent Sustainability Fair at 'Iolani School. If you'd like to learn more or get involved in this ministry, contact them by email HERE. For more information, visit the Environmental Justice webpage HERE.

2024 FREE TENS Webinars - May 11, June 8, August 31 (9:00-10:30 AM HST)

2024 Online Bearing Witness Training AFEDJ - May 22, 3:00 PM

2024 Annual Clergy Conference - August 19-21, more info to come

2024 Camp Mokulēʻia Concert in the Country Fundraiser, October 5, Camp Mokulēʻia, O'ahu

2024 Convention 56 - October 11 & 12, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu

2024 EAM Young Adult Retreat - October 25-27, Camp Sloggett, Koke'e, Kaua'i


Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.

KAUA'I: Celebration of New Ministry, The Rev. Catherine Amy Kropp

All are welcome to attend a Celebration of New Ministry at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Kilauea, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. This moment marks the arrival of our new vicar, the Rev. Catherine Amy Kropp, and the faithful celebration of our journey forward together in community. Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be joining us. Your presence and prayers are requested! All are warmly invited and encouraged to attend. The service will begin at 5:00 PM. A reception will take place BEFORE the service from 3:00-4:30 PM. For more information, call the church office at (808) 482-4824.


Coming Up! Pentecost & Ali'i Sunday Commemorating Queen Lili'uokalani

The Cathedral will be celebrating the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, May 19, 2024! We also invite everyone to wear red as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit!

We will also be commemorating Queen Lili'uokalani on May 19, Ali'i Sunday. The morning will include a special dedication and blessing of the newly installed Queen Lili'uokalani Peace Chapel plaque. Historical tidbit: On May 18, 1896, Queen Lili'uokalani was received as a member of the Anglican Church at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Prince Albert Celebration and Outreach

On Sunday, May 5, The Cathedral commemorated Prince Albert, son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. Pictured above, Hālau Hula O Kauhionāmauna, led by Kumu Theresa Kauhionamauna Ramento Tehiva offered a dance, "O Ka Haku O Hawaii Lā He Inoa" to honor Prince Albert. Below, in honor of Prince Albert, The Cathedral collaborated with St. Andrew's Schools to create blankets for our "Wrapped in Love" campaign. This is a new initiative to collect, gift-wrap, and deliver blankets for children in crisis. The Cathedral blessed these beautiful creations during the Prince Albert service. (Photos and story from the Cathedral e-news and Facebook page)

O'AHU: St. Tim's Outreach - Filling Tummies and Hearts

Many of our churches are actively involved in some kind of feeding ministry, and St. Timothy's in 'Aiea is no exception. They have been operating a food pantry that bags and distributes about 1,000 pounds of food every Tuesday. They also provide a free meal twice a month called "Dinner with Friends" every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. We give thanks and praise to all our church volunteers whose dedication, hard work, and service to their communities play a vital role for so many. (Photo: St. Timothy's weekly e-news)

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Wildfire Prevention Presentation

On Sunday, April 28, Elizabeth Pickett, Co-Executive Director of Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization, gave an engaging presentation on the current state of Wildfire Risk & Prevention here in the islands. Her presentation was full of practical tips on how to minimize the risks of wildfires at your home and ways to protect your family by planning for the upcoming dry season. To download a free Ready, Set, Go! Preparation Guide,click HERE. Mahalo to Deacon Lani Bowman for organizing this event and providing pupus! (Photo & Story: St. Augustine E-News)


(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • MAUI: Community Partnership Coordinator (Full-time, Exempt)
  • KAUA'I: All Saints', Kapa'a - Youth Director (Part-time)
  • O'AHU: St. Mary's - Parish Administrator (Part-time)
  • OʻAHU: The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • OʻAHU: St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
  • HAWAI'I ISLAND: Holy Apostles - Minister of Music (Part-time)

The Episcopal Church & Beyond...

Israeli-Palestinian conflict dominates General Convention International Policy committees’ hearings

[5/2/24) Dozens of Episcopalians and representatives from The Episcopal Church’s ecumenical and interfaith partners testified at three separate online hearings about the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict and 10 related resolutions that will be considered by the 81st General Convention. READ MORE

Photo: Reuters



Reminders (Previously Announced)

O'AHU: HUGE GARAGE SALE - St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Honolulu is holding a garage sale on June 8 & 9, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew's Davies Hall. Donations are being accepted June 1, 2, 5-7.

SOUL SHOP SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - Join us this July 18 & 20, at Saint Louis School for Soul Shop Hawai‘i 2024 - a free training for interfaith and youth leaders to develop skills and strategies for the prevention of suicide. There will be two sessions, and you are welcome to sign up for just one or both! You can register using the QR code or by visiting

EPISCOPAL ASIAMERICA MINISTRY (EAM) YOUNG ADULT RETREAT - The EAM Young Adult Convocation is holding a retreat for Episcopal young adults in their 20s from across the United States. ​This retreat will be held at Camp Sloggett on the island of Kaua‘i, October 25-27, 2024. For more information and to register, visit the Diocesan website HERE, or scan the QR code shown. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn Morinishi by email HERE.

Required Safe Church Training - This is a reminder that Safe Church training is mandatory for all clergy, employees, vestry members, and most volunteers. Please read The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i Safeguarding Policy and the Diocesan Safe Church Training Webpage. This training needs to be renewed every three years. Contact your church's Safe Church Administator or priest for more information, or if you have questions, email Nani Carroll.

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