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May 23, 2024

This issue's header photo was taken at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Saturday, May 18, 2024, where people from eight churches around the Diocese came together for a wonderful service and celebration of Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions, and a Reaffirmation. Pictured above, folks gathered around The Cathedral's font where Bishop Bob was preparing for baptisms. Follow the link under the Feature Story section for lots more photos or click HERE. (Photo: Matt Brown)

The First Sunday After Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.Amen.


RIP Dora Liu Kraul

It is with deep sadness to announce the death of our beloved and faithful servant, Dora Liu Kraul, who passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, just a couple months after her 101st birthday.

Dora, whose dynamic presence and decades of unwavering service in the Diocese of Hawai'i, was made an Honorary Canon of The Cathedral of St. Andrew in 2023. Through the years, and until her death, she actively served in numerous leadership roles not only in her local churches (Parish of St. Clement, Honolulu and Church of the Holy Apostles, Hilo), but on numerous Diocesan ministries, committees, Council, as a delegate to Diocesan Convention, and as a Deputy to General Convention seven times.

In March of 2023, the Diocese's online news, The Hawaiian Church Chronicle, featured an article about Dora's remarkable life and dedication to the Church (see Dora Liu Kraul: Celebrating a Centenarian & Canon, March 9, 2023).

There will be two memorial services for "Aunty Dora" as follows:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

11:00 AM with reception to follow Church of the Holy Apostles

1407 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720

Friday, June 7, 2024

10:30 AM with Committal and luncheon to follow

The Parish of St. Clement

1515 Wilder Ave, Honolulu, HI 96822

Please keep Dora's family in your prayers. 

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Dora, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

(Pronouns: he, him, his)

Bishop Diocesan 

The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

(Photo shown of Dora with Bishop and Bea during a luncheon upon becoming an Honorary Canon in 2023)

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Pentecost: A Weekend of Celebration at The Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Andrew was on fire with the Holy Spirit this past weekend that began on Saturday, May 18, with a Vigil of Pentecost. Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick led the special service that involved eight different churches from around the Diocese (including Holy Apostles from Hawai'i Island). Fourteen people were were either Baptized, Confirmed, Received, or Reaffirmed. (Photo: R. Costa) READ MORE

Attending the Province VIII Chaplain's Conference

By The Rev. Bruce DeGooyer

Our Diocesan team of five Chaplains to Retired Clergy Families attended the annual Chaplains to the Retired Conference that was held at The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, CA, north of San Francisco. The conference took place April 30 - May 3, 2024. This is a Church Pension Group (CPG) program and this year's theme was on "Wellness: Creating Your Path" led by Dr. Karen Keune. Our traveling chaplains were: the Revs. Bruce DeGooyer, Carol Arney, Heather Mueller, Cn. Franklin Chun, and Mrs. Norma Chun. This conference would be the last for CPG Assistant Vice President, the Rev. Laura Queen, who led this program for the past 13 years and is retiring. The Hawai'i Chaplains made sure to bid her a fond aloha with a lei (that she wore for several days) a serenade (created by Heather) and presentation of a Hawaiian print stole that was made by Deb Lynch of St. John’s on Maui. Pictured below are Hawai'i chaplains with Laura in her stole and lei. (Photos: The Rev. Bruce DeGooyer, The Rev. Canon Frank Chun)


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


Nominations for several governance positions including Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Cathedral Chapter, and Secretary of Convention, are now being accepted for consideration during the 56th Annual Meeting of Convention in October. Also being accepted are resolutions to be considered during the Annual Meeting. For forms and information on how to submit nominations and resolutions can be found on the Convention 56 webpage HERE.

DIOCESE OF HAWAI'I DEPUTATION TO GENERAL CONVENTION: The 81st General Convention (GC81) will be taking place June 23-28, 2024. in Louisville, Kentucky. 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 and bishops from each diocese. Please keep our Deputation team in your prayers as they continue to prepare for General Convention in just a few weeks. They are: Lay Deputies - Ryan Kusumoto, Kim Arakawa, Roth Puahala, Mary Carpenter; Clergy Deputies - The Ven. Steven Costa, The Revs. John A. Hau'oli Tomoso, David "Kawika" Jackson, Katlin McCallister; Lay Alternates - Evette Tampos, Faye Hee, John Decker, Kenneth Peter Lee, Clergy Alternates - The Revs. Jennifer Latham, Canon Brian Grieves, Paul Lillie, Charles Browning, and this year's Official Youth Representative - Nicholas Livingston

RYAN KUSUMOTO FEATURED IN PODCAST - In a special episode of the "House of Deputies Blue Book Podcast" on May 8, Deputy Ryan Kusumoto joined the program's host and the House of Deputies President, Julia Ayala Harris on the topic "Forging Paths of Justice: The Constituting Group for Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice." Click HERE to visit the program webpage or click on the image at right to listen now.

Stay informed about General Convention on the GC Connection webpage HERE.


Since 2015, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i has set aside Trinity Sunday each year to celebrate Camp Mokulē'ia's ministry and collect a special offering to help support the camp. Trinity Sunday donations help us grow our Summer Camp program. (Read the Bishop's letter HERE.)

The Trinity Sunday offering this year is going to help camp with much needed transportation needs for our summer camp programs. This is a pressing need, as we have had increasing issues with our camp owned van. With this offering we will be able to off-set issues and costs for all transportation needs during our summer camp programs.

Donations can be made online directly to the Camp HERE, or mail a check to Camp Mokulē'ia (write Trinity Sunday" in the memo line) and mail to 68-729 Farrington Highway, Waialua, HI 96791.

SOLAR FOR ALL: Did you know that the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority (HIGA) has been selected by the EPA for a $62,450,000 award which will enable low-income and economically disadvantaged households access to clean solar energy. This is great news for the environment and for our community! See more HERE. SPEAKING OF SOLAR...Does your church use solar energy? Is this something youʻve been thinking about but havenʻt had time or energy to figure it out? The Diocesan task group for Creation Care and Environmental Justice has been helping churches connect with clean energy. Contact us if you are interested in learning more. Email Jenn Latham HERE.


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 FREE TENS Webinars - June 8, August 31 (9:00-10:30 AM HST)

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! This Saturday, May 25

Groove in the Earth: Poems from Under the Breath

Join us for a morning of poetry with Dan Benedict, this Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 10:00 AM, in the Von Holt Room. From 2012-2015, Dan served as an ecumenical associate at St. Andrew’s. Dan writes:

“Several of the poems have direct connections to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and relationships there. Others relate to nature, liturgy, and the more than human world."

Come and Join in this Special Morning! For more information about Dan, check out his author page on Amazon HERE.

O'AHU: Coming Up! Return of the Enchanted Eats Food Truck Summer Series at Emmanuel

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua is bringing back last year's successful Enchanted Eats Food Truck series during the summer. Mark your calendars for some great evening feasting monthly on Saturdays, June 8, July13, and August 10, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Emmanuel is open to new food vendors. Interested persons may contact the church office at (808) 262-4548, or by email HERE, or send a DM @emmanuelkailua. Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive.

O'AHU: Reminder Coming Up! Huge "Garage" Sale

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Honolulu is holding a garage sale on June 8 & 9, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew's Davies Hall. Donations are being accepted June 1, 2, 5-7. Find some great bargains! Address: 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu.

KAUA'I: Celebration of New Ministry at Christ Memorial

Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Kilauea officially welcomed their Vicar with a Celebration of New Ministry service on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The Rev. Catherine Amy Kropp has been with Christ Memorial since November 1, 2023. A reception was held before the early evening service. Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick was the Celebrant, and along with the presentation of gifts and renewal of Baptismal vows, folks were treated to a lovely cello performance by Kropp. (Photos: S. Nishioka)


(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)


St. Andrew's Priory: Ascension Day & the Coral Cross

The students of St. Andrew's Priory celebrated Ascension Day on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in honor of Queen Emma Kaleleonālani who founded the school in 1867. It was also a day steeped in tradition as the Junior Class of 2025 unveiled their beautifully decorated coral cross, before joining hands with the Senior Class of 2024, and sharing gifts of song. (Photos: St. Andrew's Schools Facebook page.)

May Day is Lei Day in Hawai'i

Schools across the State celebrate May Day unlike anywhere else in the world, full of song, dance and lots of lei. Above, students at 'Iolani School held two separate May Day programs; Upper School students gathered in the Lower Gym, while the Lower School met in the Kosasa Courtyard. Below, the keiki at Holy Nativity School in Aina Haina also held their May Day program to the delight of family and friends. (Photo: School Facebook pages)

The Episcopal Church & Beyond...

The Episcopal Church Unveils New Pride Shield

[5/16/24) In affirmation and celebration of The Episcopal Church’s LGBTQ+ members, the Office of Communication is pleased to unveil a new Pride shield available online for churchwide use. The design retains the upper-left blue corner of The Episcopal Church’s shield logo and incorporates elements of the traditional Pride flag as well as the Progress Pride flag and Philadelphia Pride flag. READ MORE



Reminders (Previously Announced)

FREE TENS WEBINARS - ONLY TWO REMAINING! The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has been offering FREE monthly online webinars for the Diocese of Hawai'i. 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. Remaining webinars are:

  • June 8 - Community Needs Assessment - Discerning Ministry in Your Neighborhood
  • August 31 - Creating a Culture of Generosity

For descriptions of each workshop and to register for a webinar, visit the Diocese's Stewardship webpage HERE. Also posted are the recorded webinars that have taken place and 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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