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June 13, 2024

This issue's header photo of the Bishop, Deacon Peter Wu and acolytes, was taken at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Honolulu this past Sunday. (Photo from the St. Peter's Facebook page)

Proper 6

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


General Convention 81

My Dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou ā pau!

Bea and I will be leaving for 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 16. We will be flying into Chicago and then driving to Decatur, Illinois, to see my sister, and then on to Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, June 20, for the meeting. After General Convention, we will drive to Indianapolis and Bea will stay on there for a month or so to see family. I will return home on July 6.

The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies (four lay and four clergy) from each diocese and all bishops in good standing (active and retired).

This meeting will include the election of the 28th Presiding Bishop to succeed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. There are five Nominees. The election by the House of Bishops will take place on Wednesday, June 26. The election must then be confirmed by the House of Deputies.

In addition, there will be a host of resolutions, elections and other work that will shape the next three years of the life of the Episcopal Church. The General Convention website has additional information about the legislation coming before the meeting. The Episcopal News Service and The Living Church will provide good coverage of the proceedings.

Please keep our Deputies (Lay: Ryan Kusumoto, Kimberly Arakawa, Roth Puahala, Mary Carpenter; and Clergy: Steven Costa, John Tomoso, David Jackson and Katlin McCallister) and the Alternates in attendance (Lay: Evette Tampos; and Jennifer Latham and Brian Grieves) in your prayers.

Almighty and everlasting Father, who has given the Holy Spirit to abide with us forever: Bless with the Spirit’s grace, wisdom and presence, the bishops and deputies assembled in your Name for the 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Yours in Christ’s love,


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

229 Queen Emma Square

Honolulu, HI 96813

More from the Bishop in this issue: The Bishop's Award recipients (see Feature Story on the graduating Class of 2024) and a video from the Bishop on How to Write a Resolution under the Convention 56 section.

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.


Congratulations Class of 2024 & Bishop's Award Recipients

Enjoy photos and videos of the graduating Class of 2024, from our Episcopal Church Schools in Hawai'i, and the Bishop's Award recipients. This year, we also include graduates from our congregations! (If we missed someone from your church, please submit it to the editor HERE with details and photo credits, as we will be updating this page. Be sure that your church has met the Social Media Release Policy with forms on file, especially for minors. SEE MORE


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


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

How to Write a Resolution

With General Convention just a couple weeks away and our own Diocesan Convention coming up in October, the Bishop shares a short video on How to Write A Resolution for all to consider as we prepare for our 56th Annual Meeting. To watch the video, click on his image or visit the Convention 56 webpage HERE where you'll find more information, forms, and instructions.

Clergy Transitions...

On the move: The Rev. David Jackson

The Rev. David "Kawika" Jackson, current Rector and Head of School at All Saints' Episcopal Church and Preschool on Kaua'i, will be moving to the Big Island of Hawai'i, end of June. In a letter to the congregation, Kahu Kawika shared that the change was "borne out of necessity to be more consistently with my family as they are going through health issues." He continues to be actively involved in Diocesan affairs. A farewell potluck will take place this Sunday, June 16, at All Saints', following a single service at 9:00 AM. His last day at All Saints' will be June 30.

Retired Clergy Families:

The Talk Story Project - The Rev. Cn. David Coon

The latest installment in the Retired Clergy Families Talk Story Project is now posted on the Diocesan website HERE. In this posting, we celebrate the life of the Rev. Canon David P. Coon, the longest-serving headmaster in 'Iolani School history (1970-1992), who passed away on December 12, 2023. This posting includes the Rev. David Stout's sermon given at his funeral in January, memories from his children, and excerpts from the 'Iolani School website. The Talk Story Project is a (growing) collection of stories from Diocesan-related retired clergy, spouses, widows and their families.


Camp Mokulē'ia's 2024 summer camp program has officially begun, and this year's camp counselors (pictured) worked hard during training, ready to welcome youth from around the Diocese! Stay tuned for more photos from this year's camps! (Photo from the Camp's Facebook page)

CONFERENCE EMPHASIZES CLIMATE CRISIS' INTERSECTIONAL IMPACT: The World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Brahma Kumaris, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran World Federation, and ACT Church of Sweden co-organized a side event, ”Addressing the Intersectional Impacts of Climate Change; Bridging Gender Gaps in Climate: Faith Perspectives,” at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2024 in Bonn, Germany. The event focused on gender justice and strategies to bridge gender gaps in climate change. READ FULL ARTICLE


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.


This Sunday, June 16

Honor Choir USA to Perform

Returning to the Cathedral while on their summer tour this year, the Honor Choir USA is in Hawai'i and we are thrilled to have them share their gifts with us again! The special performance will take place in Davies Hall on Sunday, June 16, at 11:00 AM. The choir is designed for choral singers who are participants in their high school choir or have been referred by their choral directors. This year's guest conductor is a familiar face and friend of the Cathedral, Joshua Haberman!

Collection for The BacPac Project: During the month of June, the Cathedral will be collecting items for backpacks for people leaving prison and re-entering the community. Called the BacPac Project by the Diocese's Prison Ministry, the Cathedral is part of a network of churches that provide BacPacs to help those who are starting a new life. Every January and June, the Cathedral collects items for the BacPacs, and this month, we will be collecting items to make 50. This is a new goal for us. For a listing of items to bring, visit the Prison Ministry webpage HERE.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: This Sunday, June 16

Special Music at St. James' for Father's Day with John Keawe

On Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, St. James' Episcopal Church in Kamuela (Waimea), will be welcoming back Grammy and multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winning slack-key (Kiho'alu) guitarist, composer, and recording artist, John Keawe. He will be playing at the 9:30 AM service. Come be blessed by John's music. St. James' is located at 65-1237 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela

MAUI: Coming Up! Founder's Day at St. John's

St. John's Episcopal Church in Kula, will be holding their annual Founder's Day Chinese Dinner on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 6:00 PM. There will be a delicious dinner of Lychee Chicken, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Braised Pork with Chestnuts, En Pin's Chow Mein, Rice, Salad, Dessert and Chinese Tea. There will be a 5:30 PM tour of St. John's special features with the Rev. Heather Mueller, and Chinese entertainment. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 children 5-12, and children under 4 are free. Call Janet at (808) 878-1485 for reservations, or stop by the church office. St. John's is located at 8992 Kula Highway in Keokea.

St. John's Founder's Day honors the Rev. Shim Yin Chin and family.

O'AHU: Coming Up! Diaper Drive at Emmanuel

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua will be holding a Diaper Drive for the Aloha Diaper Bank on Sunday, June 23, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Diaper donations of all sizes, Pull Ups, Baby Wipes and cash donations are welcome! For more information, contact the church office at (808) 262-4548, or by email HERE, or send a DM @emmanuelkailua. Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua.

O'AHU: Coming Up! Community Dinner at St. Matthew's

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Waimanalo, will be hosting a Community Dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2024, beginning at 6:00 PM. All are invited for dinner along with activities for the keiki. For more information, contact the church office at (808) 259-8664. St. Matthew's is located at 41-054 Ehukai Street.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Bringing Joy! Tiny Church Concerts

St. Augustine's mini concert series has been renamed "Tiny Church Concerts." Our most recent Tiny Church Concert was held Tuesday, May 28, where we enjoyed the musical stylings of Music with Friends, an eclectic group of musicians with (pictured from left) Gordon Duarte, Dave Link, Sharon Sauer, Ricky Lee, Anne Pontius, and Nate Way. 35 people filled the church and sang, danced and toe-tapped along to country, gospel, and soft rock classics. A lovely gathering in Walker Hall followed with light pupus and an impromptu sing-along!

COMING UP! Our next Tiny Church Concert is Sunday June 30, at 5:30 PM and will feature Kirk Corey (piano), Wendy Hindley (flute), Philippe Levy (violin and viola) and Jennifer Masada (flute). St. Augustine's is located at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Hwy in Kapa'au. (Contributed story and photo)


(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...

Three presiding bishop candidates have faced Title IV disciplinary claims; two cases remain active

(6/13/24) Three of the five candidates for 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church have been the focus of pending or recently dismissed Title IV disciplinary cases in the past six months, according to information released June 13 by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. 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.

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.

Do you have a question? Contact us at (800) 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.
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229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813
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