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April 25, 2024

This issue's header photo was taken at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua this past Sunday, April 21, where the Bishop ordained Suzanne Kobayashi and Michael Crandall to the transitional Diaconate. It is hoped that they will both be ordained to the Presbyterate before the end of the year. See more photos under Feature Stories, (Photo by the Rev. Kawika Jackson)

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Reading Visits With Our Keiki

Throughout the school year, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick makes special trips to some of the St. Andrew's Schools classrooms and reads to its youngest students. Pictured above from left, the Bishop is shown with the Priory Kindergarteners he read to this past fall; center, reading to the Queen Emma Preschoolers in February (check out the purple sneakers for Lent); and most recently at right, with the Kindergarteners from the Prep in April. (Photos: Judy Koseki, "Ms. Shelly", Samantha Delgado)

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.


Two Deacons Ordained at St. Christopher's

Here are more photos from Suzanne Kobayashi and Michael Crandall's ordination to the transitional Diaconate that took place at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church on April 21. Suzanne, who resides on Kaua'i and has been interning at All Saints' Church, is pictured above far right with members who flew over for the event. Michael was at home at St. Christopher's where he is currently serving. (Photos by the Rev. Alison Dingley, the Rev. Kawika Jackson, Faith Shiramizu)

Project Lokelani Roses for Maui

When Jill Haworth, spouse of the Rev. Mark Haworth of ​Hālau Wa'a Episcopal Honouliuli, received a call from their friend and fellow Punahou alumnus, Lisa Smith Salkever, she had no idea that that conversation would mark the beginning of a most remarkable journey. It was the day after the devastating Maui wildfires had blown up over the internet, and Lisa asked what her congregation in Northern California could do to help. READ FULL STORY HERE


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


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.

Our Schools: St. Andrew's Schools Named One of the Best Places to Work By Hawaiʻi Business Magazine

We’re thrilled to announce that St. Andrew’s Schools has been named one of Hawaiʻi Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work in 2024!

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our remarkable team,” said Dr. Ruth Fletcher, President and Head of School at St. Andrew's Schools. “We are honored to be among the distinguished companies selected for this esteemed list, and we remain committed to providing an exceptional environment for our faculty and staff to thrive.”

Mahalo to all the employees of The Priory, The Prep, and Queen Emma Preschool for sharing your gifts and talents to serve our students and their families. Your presence on our campuses truly makes St. Andrew’s Schools the best place to work. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

In the News: ACCW Featured in the Star-Advertiser

Pat Gee, a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, recently accompanied the volunteers of the Diocesan Maui Ministry, A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW), on one of their runs. The article, which was released on April 15, sheds light on the growing need for their mobile services which has been hampered by a drop in volunteers and resource providers, triggered by both COVID and the Maui wildfires. The article can be viewed online HERE. To learn more about ACCW, visit the Diocesan website HERE.

Save the Date! Soul Shop Suicide Prevention Training

Join us this July 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 above or by visiting

Being Different: Camp Mokulē'ia's Annual Youth Retreat

By Lynea Mitchell, Assistant Director

What a blast the youth had at the 2024 Diocesan Youth Retreat hosted at Camp Mokulēʻia! With a mix of youth from 4 islands (Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi Island, and Maui) and 11 churches and organizations (Episcopal, United Methodist, Salvation Army, and a non-denominational church), the youth dove into making new friends as soon as they arrived. Our 9th and 10th grade Leaders in Training (LIT) practiced their facilitating skills by leading name games, get-to-know you games and team builders. Along with paddling the multi-person paddle boards, fishing, zip lining, laughing, playing, and endless smiles, the youth learned how God calls us to "Be Different: Believe differently, Act/React differently, Love differently, Return/Go different". Camp Mokulēʻia staff can't wait to welcome all the youth back for summer camp in June or July! (To view a great recap video of the retreat, visit their Facebook page HERE.)

MAY 1 DEADLINE FOR 2024 CARBON REDUCTION ASSISTANCE GRANTS (CRAG)! The deadline for the Diocese's grants for Carbon Reduction Assistance is coming up on Wednesday, May 1. Projects that are likely to be supported: alternative energy source projects (solar, carbon offsets), energy audits, energy efficient appliances and light bulb retrofits, safe building tear down and removal. All project proposals should be sent to the Revs. Jenn Latham and Bree Lloyd HERE. For more information, visit the Diocesan website 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.


Coming Up! Sunday, May 5:

Ali'i Sunday Commemorating Prince Albert - Our morning services commemorates the only son of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who, during his short life, was adored by the Native Hawaiian public.

Choral Evensong at 5:30 PM - The Cathedral will be holding a very special Choral Evensong celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the Episcopal Church! The night will be centered around honoring Dame Julien of Norwich, a Mystic and Theologian of the 15th Century. Dame Julien was a great symbol of peace and love, and shared her message in the written book, "Revelations of Divine Love."

For more information, visit The Catheral website HERE, or call (808) 524-2822.

O'AHU: Save the Date! Garage Sale at St. Paul's in June

Donations are being welcomed!

Clergy Clips...

See what our clergy are up to when not behind the pulpit!

Get Well Hau'oli

The Rev. Hau'oli Tomoso from Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Maui is currently recovering from emergency surgery. Please keep him and Susan in your prayers as he continues to recuperate at home. (Photo from Trinity's Facebook page with Mo. Amy Crowe visiting the Tomoso's)

Pipes Aweigh!

Did you know that our Canon to the Bishop, Alexander "Sandy" Graham, plays a mean bagpipe? The proof is in the picture, and Canon Sandy (at far left) was recently invited to play at the Arizona Memorial along with fellow pipers from the Celtic Kula Pipe Band. The service was in honor of the last surviving crew member of the USS Arizona.

Congratulations Jenn!

It would have been enough for the Rev Jennifer Latham to have just finished the Boston Marathon, but noooo, she went ahead and finished 14th out of 934 in her age group (women 55-59)! The annual event took place on April 15, 2024, with over 30K participants. (From the Holy Nativity online 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...

Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe named petition nominee for 28th presiding bishop

[4/16/24) Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe on April 16 was added as a nominee by petition to stand for election as The Episcopal Church’s 28th presiding bishop, joining four other bishops who were announced two weeks ago on the initial slate of nominees to succeed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. READ MORE



Reminders (Previously Announced)

ANNUAL CLERGY CONFERENCE - The Diocese of Hawai'i will be holding its annual Clergy Conference on August 19-21, 2024, at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Kapolei, O'ahu. We are delighted to have as our guest speaker, Dr. Kwok Pui-lan, who is the Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is also a past president of the American Academy of Religion, and the former William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at the Episcopal Divinity School. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

FREE TENS WEBINARS - The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has been offering FREE online webinars for the Diocese of Hawai'i, with tnhe following 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. For descriptions of each workshop and to register for a webinar, visit the Diocese's Stewardship webpage HERE.

  • Saturday, May 11, Creating Budgets that Meet your Ministry Goals
  • Saturday, June 8, Community Needs Assessment – Discerning Ministry in your Neighborhood
  • Saturday, August 31, Creating a Culture of Generosity

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. Stay tuned for more information to come!

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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