View as Webpage

April 11, 2024

This issue's header photo was taken at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Honolulu during their Easter Sunday service, where they baptized two babies, three teenagers, and one adult! Pictured from left: Jennifer Sakoda, Jayda Sakoda, Jessie Sakoda, Dara Tawarahara (holding Jansen Tawarahara), Rhianna Chung, Brian Chung (holding Victoria Chung), and Marcus Ushijima. (Photo by Frank Condello II)

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Coming Up! Ordinations to the Transitional Diaconate:

Michael Crandall and Suzanne Kobayashi


Having received approval from the Standing Committee, I hereby take order for the ordination of Suzanne Kobayashi and Michael Crandall to the transitional Diaconate on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 21, 2024, at 9:30 AM, in St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 93 North Kainalu Drive, Kailua, Hawaiʻi.  

Your prayers are requested and your presence welcome.  

Yours faithfully,


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

Editor's Note: Suzanne Kobayashi resides on Kaua'i where she has been attending Christ Memorial in Kīlauea. She is currently interning at All Saints' in Kapa'a, and will continue her curacy there. Michael Crandall served as a Navy Chaplain before deciding to transition to the Episcopal Church. He is currently serving at St. Christopher's in Kailua, O'ahu.

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.


ACCW: One Man's Vision Helps Thousands

By Cindy Schumacher

With a leap of faith, Keku Akana, a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku, retired Maui County Deputy Chief of Police, and Founder & President of A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW), realized his vision for a community care-van ministry. In October 2013, the four Episcopal churches on Maui, Holy Innocents in Lahaina, St. John’s Kula, Trinity-by-the-Sea in Kihei, and Good Shepherd, moved on the initiative of one man to serve the growing unsheltered population on the island. READ FULL ARTICLE


Be sure to check Holy Week & Easter service schedules in your area HERE.

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

Registration Now Open!

The Diocese's 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.

An internationally known theologian, she is a pioneer of Asian and Asian American feminist theology and postcolonial theology, and cofounder of the network Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). Dr. Pui-lan is the author and editor of 22 books in English and Chinese, and received the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2021. During this conference, she will be speaking about her latest book, The Anglican Tradition from a Postcolonial Perspective.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

Reminder: First Webinar is this Saturday! Register NOW!

FREE TENS Webinars

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is offering the following FREE online webinars for the Diocese of Hawai'i, beginning April through August. All webinars will be 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, April 13, Uncovering Motivations for Generational Giving
  • 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

A Call for Holy Week & Easter Photos

While there is still a month left in the Season of Easter, we are collecting photos and video clips from folks around the Diocese for our annual video. If you have a nice photo or clip you'd like to share taken during Holy Week and Eastertide, email them to Sybil Nishioka HERE. You can upload up to 100MB. Please provide photo credit and be sure that your church has a media release form on file for those in the photos.

Save the Date! Online Introduction to AFEDJ Study Program

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!

Leaders in Training Complete 2024 Service Project

The first weekend of the Leaders in Training program at Camp Mokulē'ia was a success! These 9th and 10th graders worked hard to learn and discuss what leadership means and how they can be better facilitators with their peers. They had time to plan and practice games and discussion questions to put into practice at the Episcopal Diocesan Youth Retreat April 12-14 this weekend. They will lead the get-to-know you games, name games, team building activities, and some of the discussion questions for breakout groups with the guidance of our knowledgeable staff. One LIT said, “The first weekend helped me be more confident, gave me a chance to work on my gratitude and taught me to give concise instructions.” We are excited to see their growth and leadership with the rest of the youth at the retreat! (Story and photos from the Camp's online newsletter)

REMINDER: FAITH CLIMATE ACTION WEEK IS APRIL 19-28! Faith Climate Action Week is ten days in April during Earth Month when Interfaith Power and Light congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. Interfaith Power and Light has made it simple to join with other churches around the world to celebrate the ten days around Earth Day by recognizing our call as Christians to Mālama ʻĀina. This yearʻs theme is “Common Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Faith, Our Food, and the Climate.” YOU CAN NOW DOWNLOAD AN ORGANIZER KIT FOR FREE HERE. The kit includes organizer instructions, Common Ground Guide, Garden Blessing Ceremony, fact sheet and other resources. Be sure to visit the Diocese's Environmental Justice-Creation Care webpage HERE for the latest news and info!

2024 Diocesan Youth Retreat - April 12-14, Camp Mokulē'ia, O'ahu

2024 FREE TENS Webinars - April 13, 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.


Register Now!

Eucharistic Minister/Eucharisitc Visitor Training Workshop

The Diocese will be hosting an EV/EM training in The Cathedral of St. Andrew's Von Holt room on April 27, 2024, led by Archdeacon Steven Costa. If you have any members on O'ahu who are interested in attending this training, please have them fill out the registration form HERE. This training will begin at 9:00 AM for approximately 3-4 hours. Eucharistic Visitor training continues with additional training following a break and snacks If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nani Carroll by email HERE or call (808) 536-7776, ext. 302. For more information about becoming an EM/EV, visit the Diocesan website HERE.

Save the Date!

Regional Confirmation Scheduled at The Cathedral for May

Mark your calendars and save the date for a Regional Confirmation service to be held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 5:00 PM. Stay tuned for more info!

Deadline for submission is April 15!

O'AHU: St. Elizabeth's in Honolulu is Receiving Names

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Honolulu is receiving names for a full-time Priest-in-Charge position (with the possibility of being named Rector). Deadline for submission is Monday, April 15, 2024. For more information and to view the church profile, visit the Diocesan website HERE, or email the Rev. Canon Alexander (Sandy) Graham HERE. DO NOT contact the congregation directly.

O'AHU: Chocolate Extravaganza Online Silent Auction is now open!

Emmanuel Episcopal Church's Online Auction in connection with its Chocolate Extravaganza is now open for bidding! Check out all the great merchandise and offerings, and place your bids. The Auction will be open for the next two weeks. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE AUCTION SITE NOW!

The 20th Chocolate Extravaganza event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, at Emmanuel. ONLY 75 TICKETS are being sold, so purchase your tickets online ASAP! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their event webpage HERE. Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Coming Up at St. Augustine's

St. Augustine's in Kapa'au has a ton of activities coming up! For more information, contact the church office at (808) 889-5390, or visit their website HERE.

EVERY FRIDAY IS FAMILY FUN NIGHT beginning at 5:30 PM with ukulele lessons with Kumu Hope (keiki ages 7 and up), followed by a home-cooked meal and teen activities from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome!


THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 10:00 AM: FUNERAL PLANNING TALK - A Dodo Mortuary representative will share information about pre-planning funerals, answer questions. and take enrollments. Walker Hall

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 4:30-6:00 PM: HAWAI'I WILDFIRE TALK - Elizabeth Pickett will present on wildfire management. Walker Hall

MAMA JAM, SATURDAY, MAY 11, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Celebrating mothers and motherhood, with live music, shopping, ethnic foods, plants & flowers. All are welcome!


(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...

Slate of 4 bishops announced for 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church

[4/02/24) The Episcopal Church’s next presiding bishop will be chosen this June from a slate of four nominees, whose names were released April 2: Nebraska Bishop J. Scott Barker, Pennsylvania Bishop Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright and Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe, who also serves as bishop provisional of the Diocese of Western New York. READ MORE



Reminders (Previously Announced)

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.
BISHOP (meeting with): Nani (ext. 302)
Annual Meeting: Rae (ext. 326)
Archives: Rae (ext. 326)
Budget/Finance: Sam (ext. 306)
Communications/News/Website: Sybil
Congregational Membership: Sandy (ext. 309)
Diocesan Portfolio/Investments: Sam (ext. 306)
Hiring/Human Resources: Rae (ext. 326)
Monthly Statement: Fatima (ext. 307)
Ordination/Licensed Ministries: Nani (ext. 302)
Payroll: Sam (ext. 306)
Property (Contracts, Insurance, Agreements): Rae (ext. 326)
Safe Church: Nani (ext. 302)
Stewardship: Sandy (ext. 309)
Supply/Visiting Clergy: Nani (ext. 302)
Worship/Sacraments: Sandy (ext. 309)
Don't forget to visit our FORMS & DOCUMENTS page on the Diocesan website HERE.

Catch up on articles you may have missed below!

Visit the Diocesan News Website for past articles and Special Announcements

More Quick Links:

Contact Information
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776