February 9, 2023
This issue's header photo was taken this past Sunday at Camp Mokulē'ia during the first Diocesan Youth Retreat in over 3 years! Bishop Bob and his wife Bea (with lei) joined the youth for early Sunday morning worship. Read all about it under Feature Stories. (Photo: Erika Untalan)
From the Bishop
Continuing Violence in Our Communities
My dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

Over the past couple of weeks, the people of the United States have again been faced with the reality of unwarranted police violence in the death of Tyre Nichols. The Presiding Bishop has addressed this incident in his A pastoral word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the death of Tyre Nichols. (Photo from message by Gerald Herbert/AP)

I have been ruminating and praying about the pervasiveness of violence in our society and in our lives. Nations have besetting sins that then influence the responses of individuals. I think the besetting sins of the United States are shaped by the myths of individualism and materialism. Materialism and the related sins of greed and lust drove European settlers to displace and eradicate indigenous peoples for land and enslave Africans for free labor. READ FULL MESSAGE HERE
RIP: The Rev. Charles Burger
A former Priest of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi, the Reverend Charles S. Burger, died in Idaho on February 3rd, at age 84. He was ordained by Bishop Harry Kennedy in 1966. He served as the Vicar of St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Lihue, from 1966 to 1968, and served at Holy Innocents’ Church, Lahaina, from 1968 to 1983. He served various congregations in the Dioceses of Nevada and Idaho after leaving Hawaiʻi in 1983.

ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, to whom there is never any prayer made without hope of mercy, be merciful to the soul of your faithful servant, Charles, being departed from this world in the confession of your Holy Name that he and all the departed may be welcomed into the company of thy saints, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May our brother, Charles, rest in peace. Amen.

Yours faithfully,

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
 (Pronouns: he, him, his)
Donate Now! Support Needed for Victims of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake
Donations can be made at the Episcopal Relief & Development website for the relief work and support for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkey-Syria, and other global needs. Click HERE to go to their website now.
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 Stories
The Return of the Diocesan Youth Retreat
Stormy weather didn't stop nearly 30 youth from enjoying a weekend of fun activities and fellowship at Camp Mokulē'ia this past weekend. When thunder made its presence known all morning on Saturday, they shifted from kayaking and ziplining to "Camp in the Damp!" They enjoyed a "Just Dance" dance party, board game marathon, and worked on indoor vision board creations. When the lightning and thunder finally ceased, the continuing rain didn't deter them from a "Minute to Win It" relay challenge, oceanography nature hike, and pool swimming, yes, all in the rain! When asked what their favorite thing at camp was, camp fire was number one and "Just Dance" number two!  

​​"With a theme like Doing a New Thing With God, the weekend was destined to be great," said Lynea Mitchell, the Camp's Assistant Director. "The youth came, they laughed, they cried, they smiled, they laughed some more!" READ MORE
Cause for Celebration: Two Maui Installations
The folks on Maui had lots to celebrate recently with "Celebrations of New Ministry" at two of their congregations. Pictured above, the Rev. John A. Hau'oli Tomoso (second from left) was installed as the Vicar at Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Due to inclement weather and the nature of their outdoor sanctuary, the service had to be moved to a nearby school cafeteria at the last minute. (Photo by Gloria Lau)

Below, on Saturday, February 4, 2023, the Rev. Moki Hino (fourth from right) was installed as Rector at Good Shepherd in Wailuku. Hino had been serving as their Priest-in-Charge and was called to be their Rector in 2022. Services of this type are often delayed due to the Bishop's schedule which is set a year in advance. (Photo by the Rev. Bruce DeGooyer)

We take this celebratory opportunity to introduce a new "Clergy News" webpage on the Diocesan News website that will contain news and photos of clergy happenings and their celebrations in the Diocese. The new webpage includes photos from these two events as well as some of the most recent ordinations and installations. Click HERE to go there now.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Registration Open! All Invited to attend!
Annual Chrism Mass & Spring Training
All are invited to attend the Diocese's annual Chrism Mass and Spring Training event taking place on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu. Chrism Mass begins at 9:00 AM, followed by this year's Spring Training/Education Day at 10:30 AM.

The Plenary session features the Diocese's Listening Team who will share their findings from the past ten months of "listening" to clergy and lay folk around the Diocese. In the afternoon, workshops are being offered on a variety of topics by our Racial Reconciliation Task Force, Creation Care Task Force, Diocesan Support Center Team, and two workshops on church investments/finance. Bishop Bob will also offer a course on Liturgy and "Why We Do What We Do."

Cost is only $20 and includes lunch. The Diocese will pay airfare for neighbor island clergy and one lay person from each congregation. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE or click on the button below. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 23.
Mark your calendars! COMING UP IN THE DIOCESE:

StoryMakers Webinar - Saturday, March 11
ONLINE 10:00 AM-11:00AM
For those seeking Sunday School (or similar) programming, please join this one-hour online session to learn more about StoryMakers and their fantastic curriculum. The Diocese will be making this available at no cost to our congregations, starting with the Easter Season through next year. This introductory online session is being led by its founder specifically for our Diocese. Sample Easter books, materials and flyers will be available at Spring Training on March 4. For more information, visit the StoryMaker website HERE or contact Canon Sandy Graham HERE.

SAVE THE DATE! 2023 TENS Webinar
Saturday, May 6, 2023 - ONLINE 10:00AM-11:30AM
Mark your calendars! The Episcopal Network for Stewardship will be creating a special online session for the Diocese. Informational flyers will be coming soon and will be available at Spring Training on March 4.
Ryan Kusumoto Named as Chair of New Episcopal Church Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Julia Ayala Harris, President of the House of Deputies, appointed our very own Ryan Kusumoto to chair the Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice, which was established following the 80th General Convention last July.

In an anouncement from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, the coalition is described as "an organizing and networking body 'of Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and individuals dedicated to the work of becoming the Beloved Community.'”

“This is an opportunity for our church to solidify racial justice and equity as a norm,” Kusumoto said. “We will be holding listening sessions so the constituting group has a wide breath of information and understanding to set up the appropriate infrastructure.”

To read the announcement in its entirety, click HERE.
Applications now being accepted!
Bishops' Scholarship Funds
Applications are now being accepted for two Diocesan Scholarship funds that are available to students for the 2023-2024 school year.

  1. Bishop's Scholarship Fund - Kindergarten to grade 12 students entering an Episcopal Church-related school in the Diocese of Hawai'i for the first time
  2. The Chang Clergy Children's Scholarship Fund - Children of clergy under the age of 24 - Clergy must be canonically resident and domiciled in the Diocese of Hawai'i

The submission deadline is Friday, April 7, 2023, at 4:00 PM (HST). For more information, eligibility requirements and to download the application packet, click HERE. Should you have any questions, please e-mail Denise Esposito.
Reminder: Deadline is February 15!
St. Andrew's Priory Merit Scholarship
St. Andrew's Priory is accepting applications for their Merit Scholarship, which is a half tuition award for new and current students entering grades 6, 7, and 9 in the 2023-24 school year. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2023. For more information, view the postcard HERE, or visit their website HERE.
Lent Resources Available Online
The Season of Lent is fast approaching and the Episcopal Church offers up many Lent resources available online. A few are linked below, or visit their website HERE:

The Diocese of Hawai'i invites ALL youth to take part in upcoming events. You DO NOT need to be a member of an Episcopal Church.
EYE23 Delegation Announced: Support Upcoming Fundraisers
The second largest event of The Episcopal Church is set to take place at the University of Maryland in July. The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), held every three years, draws over 1,000 high school youth from around the world for a three-day event of worship, learning, activity, fun and fellowship. The Diocese of Hawai'i is pleased to announce its delegation with representatives from O'ahu, Kaua'i and Hawai'i Island. The Diocese of Hawai'i's delegation will stay for a few more days to perform community service (mission) in the Washington, DC area.

Please keep them in your prayers and be sure to support the delegation over the upcoming months as they fundraise to cover the costs for the trip. A Diocesan-wide t-shirt fundraiser will be coming up soon! Stay tuned!
OUR EYE23 Delegation:

Aurora Benn, St. James'
Sara Hanohano, Epiphany
Keyan Kunishige, St. James'
Enrico Levi, All Saints'
Soloman Levi, All Saints'
Yvanka-Leyria Lum, St. Augustine's
Alexandra Ogasawara, Epiphany
Joanna Pascual, St. James'
Nicholas Pastore, St. James'
Martina Richard, St. Peter's
Jayline Salvador, St. Augustine's
Lia'i Saturno, St. John the Baptist
Kaimalu Saturno, St. John the Baptist
Jade Stark, St. John the Baptist

Chaperones: Susan Acacio, Sybil Nishioka (Registrar) - We are seeking a male chaperone! Interested persons, please email Sybil.
Register Now! Annual Prayer Hike in March
For the second year in a row, the Diocese of Hawai'i will be holding a Prayer Hike concurrently on three islands. This year, family members are invited to join in, so get ready for a great day of hiking, prayer, fun and fellowship! Hikes take place on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 9:00 AM. Hikes should be completed by 1:00 PM. ​​

  • O'ahu: 'Aiea Loop Trail (Leader - Lynea Mitchell)
  • Kaua'i: Sleeping Giant (Leader - Rachel Secretario)
  • Hawai'i Island: Volcano National Park (Leader - Lindy Marzo)

For more information, visit the Diocesan Youth webpage HERE, or download the flyer including the Prayer Hike Guide HERE, then register HERE. Be sure to complete the Waiver/Release form HERE and bring it with you.
(Stay informed with The Episcopal Church's governing body. Visit the GC Connection webpage.)
Introducing GC81 Diocese of Hawai'i Deputation
The 2024 General Convention Deputation (GC81) from the Diocese of Hawai'i, held their first (online) meeting since being elected at last year's Diocesan Convention. Shown in the Zoom screenshot, are 12 of the deputies and alternates. The GC81 Deputation consists of:
Lay Deputies:
Ryan Kusumoto
Kim Arakawa
Roth Puahala
Mary Carpenter

Clergy Deputies:
Steven Costa
John A. Hau'oli Tomoso
David "Kawika" Jackson
Katlin McCallister
Aternates (Lay):
Evette Tampos
Faye Hee
John Decker
Kenneth Peter Lee

Alternates (Clergy):
Jennifer Latham
Brian Grieves
Paul Lillie
Charles Browning
TIPS FROM LOT'S LIST - "Remember, microplastics are everywhere, on land and sea, but eat more fish than you now do. Eat less and less meat. If you must eat meat, substitute pork, chicken, venison, beans for meat (better for your allergies too)."

SHUT DOWN RED HILL LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN -The Diocese's Environmental Justice/Creation Care Task Force has teamed up with Hawai'i Interfaith Power and Light (HIPL) to spearhead a letter writing campaign to shut down the Red Hill storage facility. Visit the Take Action webpage HERE to learn more and join the fight! What is Red Hill & why is it a concern? The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, located on the island of Oʻahu, was built around the time the U.S. entered World War II. The tanks currently hold more than 100 million gallons of fuel, and they have been deteriorating. Since 2014, a total of almost 60,000 gallons of fuel leaked into the area around the Fuel Storage Facility. The latest fuel spill in November 2021 contaminated the drinking water of thousands of homes at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and nearby Kapilina Beach Homes. Nearly 93,000 people were affected by this spill.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming Up at The Cathedral:
University Singers Tour Concert
Singers from the Washington & Lee University Lenfest Center for the Arts will be holding a Concert at The Cathedral on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 7:30 PM.
Lots to Celebrate at St. Elizabeth's
St. Elizabeth's received its fourth Best of Honolulu award for religious organizations, and now qualifies for the 2023 Honolulu Business Hall of Fame! Congratulations!!! And with such a diverse and multi-cultural congregation, St. Elizabeth's observes all sorts of traditions. Bringing in the lunar Chinese New Year, they had a traditional dragon dance with potluck and lots of smiles! Just another reason to celebrate at St. Elizabeth's! (Photos from the church newsletter)
Coming Up: Valentine's Drive-Thru Dinner at St. Paul's
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Honolulu will be holding a Valentine's Drive-Thru Dinner on Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Tickets are $25. For more information, menu, or to purchase tickets, contact: Julie Dureg (808) 255-9938, Fay de Desus (808) 636-5061, or Phyllis Miller (808) 497-5848. St. Paul's is located at 229 Queen Emma Square next to The Cathedral.
'Iolani School Seeking Chaplain Curate
'Iolani School in Honolulu is seeking a full-time Chaplain Curate for a two-year period. Housing is provided. The full job description can be viewed HERE. Apply directly with the school through their online portal HERE.
(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • St. Christopher's, Kailua - Nursery Caregiver (Part-time, 3 hours, Sundays)
  • St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (part-time)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming Up: Maui Episcopal Churches Annual Whale Watch Cruise
Tickets are now available for the annual Whale Watch Cruise, a fundraiser that supports all four Episcopal churches on Maui. The cruise is set for Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 3:00-5:00 PM (check-in is at 2:15 PM). Tickets are $50. Children age 5 and under are free. The cruise is led by a professional crew of Certified Marine Naturalists aboard the Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Odyssey. See and learn all about the Humpback Whales during this private chartered tour. For more information, click on the image to view the full-size flyer. Tickets now on sale at the Maui Episcopal Churches website HERE.
Hawaiʻi Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
(Photo: D. Paulsen, ENS)
Executive Council centers equity, justice and creation care issues at San Francisco meeting
[February 9, 2023] The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers opened the Feb. 9-12 meeting of Executive Council here with welcoming remarks underscoring Episcopal leaders’ increasing emphasis on dismantling the church’s entanglement with unjust systems and institutions, which they said conflict with Christian ideals of love, humility and welcome. READ MORE
Reminders (Previously Announced)
File Your Parochial Reports - It's that time of year when churches need to file their 2022 Parochial Reports, and online filing is now open on the General Convention Parochial Report webpage HERE. Deadline is March 1, 2023. The webpage also includes both video and written instructions. If you have any questions, email Rae Costa.
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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 Denise Esposito.
Do you have a question? Contact us at (808) 536-7776
The Diocesan Support Center (DSC) staff is ready to help answer your questions. Some of the most common topics are listed along with the person to contact. Click on the linked name to send an email.
BISHOP (meeting with): Denise (ext. 302)
Annual Meeting: Rae (ext. 326)
Archives: Rae (ext. 326)
Budget/Finance: Sam (ext. 306)
Communications/News/Website: Sybil
Congregational Membership: Sandy (ext. 309)
Diocesan Portfolio/Investments: Sam (ext. 306)
Hiring/Human Resources: Rae (ext. 326)
Monthly Statement: Fatima (ext. 307)
Ordination/Licensed Ministries: Denise (ext. 302)
Payroll: Sam (ext. 306)
Property (Contracts, Insurance, Agreements): Rae (ext. 326)
Safe Church: Denise (ext. 302)
Stewardship: Sandy (ext. 309)
Supply/Visiting Clergy: Denise (ext. 302)
Worship/Sacraments: Sandy (ext. 309)
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