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June 27, 2024

This issue's header photo of the Bishop with the Diocese of Hawai'i's Deputation was taken at General Convention 81, taking place right now through the 28th, in Louisville, Kentucky. Pictured, seated L-R: The Rev. Cn. Brian Grieves, Ryan Kusumoto, the Rev. Jenn Latham; standing: The Revs. David Jackson, Katlin McCallister, Hau'oli Tomoso; Roth Puahala, Bishop Bob, Nicholas Livingston, Mary Carpenter, Kim Arakawa, and Evette Tampos. For more photos, check out the Feature Story section further below. Full coverage and reflections from our deputies will be coming up after the close of General Convention. (Contributed photo)

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Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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New Presiding Bishop Elected!

General Convention 81 (GC81) kicked off this past weekend with opening ceremonies, Eucharist and revivals on Saturday, and the start of legislative action on Sunday. Our Hawai'i Deputation has been hard at work advocating, discerning, making new connections, renewing old ones, and having fun too! Pictured above, Bishop Bob, Bea and Hau'oli Tomoso enjoy one of the Revivals, and at right, the Minnesota Deputation clearly knew which Diocese has a love for SPAM, and shared t-shirts with our deputies.

On the first day of legislation, our deputies shared testimony on Resolution D008 (Protection of water "Ola I Ka Wai - Water is Life"). Two other resolutions from the Diocese of Hawai'i's Deputation would come up later, including the inclusion of Queen Lili'uokalani into the Church's Calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Pictured above, the Deputation working hard; Jenn Latham, Nicholas Livingston (official youth presence rep), and Mary Carpenter provide testimony on D008.

Pictured above, the Deputation team poses for a group shot; Roth Puahala speaks on Resolution B006, which expand "the boundaries of the Diocese of Hawai'i to include Guam and Saipan, which comprise the Episcopal Church in Micronesia, and the extinguishment of the separate entity known as the Episcopal Church in Micronesia." Making connections, Deputy Katlin McCallister is pictured with Archbishop Hosam Naom of the Diocese of Jerusalem (far right), and his wife Rafa (far left) and Dean Iam Markham from Virginia Theological Seminary.

On Tuesday, the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, was elected and confirmed as the 28th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church for a nine-year term beginning November 1, 2024. Pictured in the center photo is Rowe, flanked by former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

To view the official pictures of GC81 and livestream coverage, visit the GC81 media Hub HERE: Many thanks to Bishop Bob and our Deputies for sharing these photos. Much more to come!

St. John's Kula Celebrates Founder's Day

By Cindy Schumacher

On Saturday, June 22, 2024, with approximately 140 attendees (the largest number ever), St. John’s Kula members and friends served up a delicious Chinese feast in honor of the church’s founder, the Rev. Shim Yin Chin, his wife Mrs. Kui Kyau Shim, and family. The evening, celebrating St. John’s 124-year history, began with a menu prepared by Sarah Shim, which included lychee chicken, sweet and sour shrimp, braised pork with chestnuts, En Pin’s chow mein, rice, mandarin salad, dessert, and Chinese tea. READ MORE


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REMINDER: Nominations for governance positions and resolutions are being accepted now!

Joanne Mahuka Selected ECW 2024 Distinguished Woman

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) hold their national triennial Convention in conjunction with The Episcopal Church's General Convention, and this year, Joanne Mahuka from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church received the 2024 Distinguished Woman Award under Province VIII, Diocese of Hawai'i. She is pictured at far right at the awards luncheon, along with (from left) Mary Carpenter (Deputy), Sandy Leialoha, Bea Fitzpatrick, and standing, Louise Aloy (President, Hawai'i ECW). Congratulations Joanne!

Coming Soon ~ Register Today!


Join us this July 19 & 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 If you'd like to volunteer, sign up HERE.

GOING GREEN AT GC81: The Green Bishops and Green Deputies gathered during a luncheon where we praised God in worship and shared stories of work being done in our churches to address the climate crisis. The group was given a message of hope by Jane Goodall (via Zoom above left). Ronny Newman (above right), from the U.S. Department of Treasury, shared about the benefits offered to churches and other non-profits from the Inflation Reduction Act. These are financial incentives that churches can take advantage of when they implement climate related solutions like solar power, geothermal heat pumps, and EV charging stations. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact your Creation Care and Environmental Justice team HERE! (Photos & story by the Rev. Jenn Latham, TECH Deputy)


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.

2024 Annual Clergy Conference - August 19-21, Hampton Inn, Kapolei, O'ahu

2024 FREE TENS Webinars - Final webinar of the year: August 31 (9:00-10:30 AM HST)

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.

O'AHU: Volunteers Needed for Outreach at St. Elizabeth's

St. Elizabeth's is in need of help for their outreach ministries that rely on volunteers. Both Wallyhouse (run by the Catholic Worker) and their Saturday morning feeding ministry (Loaves & Fishes) require many hands to tend to the hundreds of patrons and those in need that rely on their services. If you would like to help and be a part of something meaningful, contact St. Elizabeth's at (808) 845-2112. Download the informational flyers for more information on times and positions:


HAWAI'I ISLAND: High Honor for Joel Truesdell

Joel Truesdell, a member of Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He has been teaching at Kamehameha Schools on the Big Island and O'ahu for the past 34 years. He is pictured with Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Principal Dr. Lehua Veincent, and Acting Executive Director of National Teachers Hall of Fame, Maddie Fennell. Congratulations Joel! (Photo from the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald as contributed by Shaun Chillingsworth)

MAUI: This Sunday! Mahalo to Holy Innocent's Host Church

The Honolua United Methodist Church in Napili, Maui, has generously provided time and space for Holy Innocents' members to worship in their building since the Maui wildfires destroyed their church. They have also been welcomed by UMC to participate in church events and activities with open arms. This Sunday, June 30, is Pastor Appreciation Day, and Holy Innocents' members are invited and encouraged to attend UMC's 10:00 AM service. Lei and a potluck after the service are welcomed. It's a great way for Holy Innocent's members to say "thank you" to their host church.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Coming Up! Day Camp at Holy Apostles

Summer Day Camp returns to Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo, led by Camp Mokulē'ia staff. Day Camp takes place July 22-26, from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, and is open to all keiki that finished grades 1-5 in the past school year. Activities include games, water play, arts & crafts, spiritual formation, and more! Register online HERE or if you have questions, email Holy Apostles is located at 1407 Kapiolani St.


(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...

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches about love during Louisville revival

(6/23/24) When Presiding Bishop Michael Curry headlined and preached at his last revival as primate of The Episcopal Church on June 22, his sermon focused on the word he’s emphasized throughout his episcopacy: Love.

“Choose love because love can save us. Love comes from the heart of God,” Curry told the crowd of approximately 2,000 people who gathered at the KFC Yum! Center on the bank of the Ohio River for the revival. READ MORE



Reminders (Previously Announced)

FINAL TENS WEBINAR - The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has been offering FREE monthly online webinars for the Diocese of Hawai'i. Webinars are held at 9:00-10:30 AM (HST). The final webinar for the year will be held on Saturday, August 31, entitled Creating a Culture of Generosity. For more information and to register, visit the Diocese's Stewardship webpage HERE. Also posted are the recorded webinars that have already taken place, along with their resources.

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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