May 25, 2023
This issue's header photo was taken at St. Andrew's Priory kindergarten class, where the Bishop enjoys reading to the children each year. Teacher Judy Koseki shared the photo saying, "What a great story teller! Bishop Bob really connects with little ones! He told two stories – one about how sharing shows the love of God, and another about being helpers. He encouraged the students to tell how they share and how they have helped others."
Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; 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.
From the Bishop
Special Announcement: Typhoon Mawar Slams Guam
[May 25, 2023] As you know, Typhoon Mawar unleashed winds of over 145 miles an hour and torrential rain on the island of Guam. I have been in touch with the Reverend Irene Maliaman, a priest of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi who serves as the Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia, the Vicar of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine and the only active Episcopal Priest currently resident full-time on Guam. READ MORE
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Feature Stories
Experiencing the B+E+S+T Conference
Each year, members of the B+E+S+T Assocation (an acronym for Bishops Executive Secretaries Together) gather together from around the world for a highly anticipated conference designed especially for its "BESTies." The provinces of The Episcopal Church take turns hosting the annual event, and this year, the conference was held in Province VIII, Portland, Oregon, earlier this month. Nani Carroll, who is Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick's Executive Assistant since March, attended the conference. READ MORE
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
In case you missed it, the following special announcements were sent out after the last Hawaiian Church Chronicle:

Trinity Sunday Collection
June 4, 2023, is Trinity Sunday, and the Diocese of Hawai'i has designated special collections to be taken up for Camp Mokulē'ia. Click HERE to read the Bishop's letter about this annual giving tradition that appeared in a Special Announcement earlier this week. Donations will also help support their new Adventure Camp offering. Visit the Camp's website HERE for more info.
Adopt A Lunch!
With the hectic summer camp program ready to kick off, Camp Mokulē'ia is hoping to find folks willing to help ease the burden off their kitchen staff during June and July. Consider providing a lunch time meal for their 25 summer staff members on Sundays and Fridays. Details and the sign up list can be found HERE, or email Lynea Mitchell, Assistant Director, HERE..
In the National News: Hawai'i Episcopalians, Interfaith Partners Push US Navy to Speed up Closure of WWII-Era Fuel Storage Facility
[Episcopal News Service, May 23, 2023] Hawai’i Episcopalians and interfaith partners are stepping up their campaign to push the U.S. Navy to accelerate its timeline to defuel and permanently close a World War II-era underground storage facility that sits on Red Hill 100 feet above one of Oahu’s main aquifers.

“They [the Navy] are talking about taking until summer 2024 to defuel and then 2027 to shut down completely,” said the Rev. Jenn Latham, associate rector at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church and co-chair of the Diocese of Hawai’i’s Environmental Justice and Creation Care Task Force. READ FULL ARTICLE
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 Updates - Delegate Fundraisers Coming Up:
With less than 50 days left, the youth delegation from the Diocese of Hawai'i has begun actively fundraising to help offset the costs of attending the triennial Episcopal Youth Event in Maryland this July. Be sure to support them!

ON O'AHU: Silent Auction, May 29-June 11, Epiphany, Honolulu (Please see details under the O'ahu section below.)
ON KAUA'I: Concert, Friday, June 2, 2023, All Saints', Kapa'a (Please see details under the Kaua'i section below.)

You may also make an online donation to the EYE23 fund HERE. Mahalo!


DIOCESE ANNOUNCES THE CARBON REDUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM which are funds to help with your Carbon Reduction projects. The Creation Care Task Force hopes that it can help offset the cost for churches who need it to reduce their energy use. Projects that are likely to be approved are ones that do the following: alternative energy source projects (solar, carbon offsets), energy audits, energy efficient appliances and light bulb retrofits, safe building tear down and removal. The Task Force would also entertain other ideas that would result in carbon reduction or energy efficiency. For more information, visit the Diocese's Environmental Justice and Creation Care webpage HERE under Action. All project proposals should be sent to Jenn Latham and Bree Lloyd HERE..
Godly Play Core Training (O'ahu) - Saturdays May 27-June 10, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, Various churches
ChurchBiz Conference - Saturday, July 29, 2023, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu
Clergy Conference - August 14-16, 2023, Kaua'i
CONVENTION 55 & EDUCATION DAY - October 20-21, 2023, 'Iolani School, O'ahu
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
May 18, 2023, was Ascension Day, a day steeped in tradition for the students of St. Andrew's Schools. The day begins with a K-12 service in The Cathedral, followed by the presentation of the beautifully decorated Coral Cross in the Robinson Courtyard. The junior class completed the decoration of the cross the night before, gifting their hopes, good wishes, and creativity to the school. The juniors and seniors then offered a gift of song to each other that celebrated the loving fellowship within our St. Andrew’s ʻohana. (From the St. Andrew's School Facebook page.)
Coming Up at the Cathedral...
June 4 - Special Olympics Blessing
All are invited to attend a special blessing of the Special Olympics athletes before they compete in the State Games June 9-11, at UH Mānoa. The blessing will take place at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Sunday, June 4, 2023, during the 9:00 AM service. Refreshments will be served following the service.
June 11 - Commissioning of Camp Staff
On Sunday, June 11, 2023, join Camp Mokulē'ia's Executive Director, Darrell Whitaker, and his 2023 Summer staff during the 9:00 AM service. Darrell will be speaking and his staff will be commissioned.
Starting on Sunday: Epiphany EYE23 Silent Auction Fundraiser
Epiphany Episcopal Church invites you to our first in-person Silent Auction fundraising event to assist our two delegates on their way to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE2023) at the Maryland University campus, followed by mission in the Washington, D.C. area. The Silent Auction begins on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, and runs through June 11. There will be artwork, gift cards, and many other items available for in-person bidding in the Parish Hall starting at 8:00 AM on May 28th.
Click HERE for more info.)
Coming Up: Enchanted Eats at Emmanuel this Summer
Emmanuel Episcopal Church will be bringing your favorite food trucks to Kailua this summer. Mark your calendars, and be sure to head to Emmanuel on June 10, July 8, and August 12, from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, and enjoy your summer nights with some enchanted eats! For more information, call the church office at (808) 262-4548. Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive,
Coming Up: FREE Summer Soccer at Holy Nativity
Beginning on May 30, the Holy Nativity Phoenix Soccer Club will be offering FREE summer soccer! This free community program welcomes all keiki, ages 6-11, for an hour of practice and play every Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Osco Field behind the gym, beginning at 5:00 PM. The summer soccer program runs through June 28. Register with your child's name, age, your name and contact number to
'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.)

  • The Parish of St. Clement - Parish Sexton (Full-time)
  • The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming Up: EYE23 Concert Fundraiser at All Saints'
Be sure to support brothers Enrico and Soloman Levi at a special fundraising concert on Friday, June 2, 2023, at 7:00 PM. They are both part of the Diocesan youth delegation heading to the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE23) in Maryland this summer. They will also be doing mission work in Washington, D.C., following the event. Enrico will be performing a couple numbers alongside his father, pianist Hank Curtis, and special guest musicians, Asher Griffith and Laine Griffith. It will be an evening of eclectic energy, fun tunes, and all-time hits. Soloman will be manning a table where donations can be made to help them cover the cost of their trip. All Saints' is located at 4-1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapa'a.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming Up: Seabury Student Zoë Mounts Film Being Screened at Youth Film Festival this Sunday
Seabury Hall student Zoë Mounts is an incredibly busy student who doubles as environmental activist, making headlines in her close-knit Maui community. She is the President and Co-Founder of the Seabury Environmental Alliance (SEA), and Environmental Coordinator at St. Johnʻs Episcopal Church in Kula.

One of Zoë's short environmental films that she created for a Food Waste awareness campaign at her school in January, will be screened at the Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival this Sunday evening, May 28, 2023, at the Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku. Tickets are by donation of any amount but outdoor seating is limited so you must have an advanced reservation to attend. Zoë has been asked to do a 2-5 minute introduction of her film and we're excited to support her in sharing her work with a wider audience. For more information, visit the Maui Huliau Foundation website HERE.
Coming Up: St. John's Founder's Day Celebration
St. John’s Founder’s Day Celebration will serve up a delicious Chinese feast in honor of Rev. Shim Yin Chin and Family on June 24, 2023, at 6:00 PM. The ono menu includes Sin Pin’s Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Mei Hong’s Walnut Shrimp, En Pin’s Noodles, Mandarin Salad with Plum Dressing, Rice, Dessert and Beverage. The event will feature Chinese Entertainment. Ticket prices are Adults: $20, Youth Ages 12 and under: $10, Children Ages 4 and under: Free. Please call Janet at (808) 878-1485 for reservations, or stop by the church office to purchase tickets.
Hawaiʻi Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Waiolaihui'ia Licensed Lay Ministry Inaugural Ceremony
Join us to celebrate the first inaugural ceremony for diocesan-wide lay ministry in preaching, teaching, and leading, on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 10:30 AM, at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Hilo. The Rev. Katlin McCallister, in collaboration with the Rev. Dr. Haaheo Guanson, Dean of Waiolaihui'ia Center for Ministry, served as program director and instructor for this one-year course. Eleven students will participate in the ceremony that includes Eucharist and a reception. All are invited to come! For more information download the announcement HERE, or contact the church at (808) 935-5545. Holy Apostles is located at 1407 Kapiolani St. in Hilo.
Coming Up: Register Now for Day Camp at Holy Apostles
Camp Mokulē'ia on the North Shore of O'ahu is coming to Hilo! Camp staff will hold a Day Camp at Church of the Holy Apostles, July 24-28, 2023, daily from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. All keiki in grades 1-5 are invited to come and enjoy this fun-filled and aloha-centered experience. The Day Camp is led by highly trained Camp Mokulē'ia staff and will include games, arts & crafts, spiritual formation, and much more! Lunch is provided daily. For more information and to register, visit the Camp Mokulē'ia website HERE.
In-Person Community Meal Returns at St. James'
It's been three long years of to-go meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the folks at St. James' Episcopal Church in Waimea, are excited to bring back their weekly in-person community meal held in the Pavilion. Along with dinner, live music returns every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 PM. It takes an army of volunteers to keep the meal program going, so if you'd like to help, contact organizers HERE. To sponsor a meal, click HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Courtesy of Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Bishops United Against Gun Violence gathers in DC to learn ways to curtail gun violence by dismantling systemic racism
[May 19, 2023] Bishops at the front lines of The Episcopal Church’s advocacy for gun control in the United States convened this week in Washington, D.C., to learn from and build relationships with local advocates working to curtail gun violence and racism during a two-day gathering. READ MORE
Reminders (Previously Announced)
REGISTER FOR THE 2023 CLERGY CONFERENCE - Registration is now open for the Diocese's 2023 Clergy Conference taking place on the Garden Island of Kaua'i, August 14-16, 2023. The theme is "A Splintered Vine Bears No Fruit: The fracturing of American Society and how the church can heal the breach" with guest speaker Jay Wittmeyer from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Group rates have been secured at the Sheraton Kaua'i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa'a. For more information and to register, click HERE.
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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 Nani Carroll.
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