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Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina

April 18, 2024

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Service Participants:

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The Rev. Libby Berman

The Rev. Jennifer Latham

The Rev. Robert Steele

The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Tusi Mayer

Jr. Warden: Austin Nakoa

Treasurer: Stephanie Ching

Treasurer Emerita:

Jean Steele

Members at Large:

Lila Johnson, Kim Garner, Jack Tonaki, Ginnie Long, Carol Ching, Barbara Coles, Justin Donahue, Jennifer Stikeleather

Ministry Intern:

Bill Heran

Office Hours: M-Th 9-12

(808) 373-2131

In our parish, we pray for:

Eric & Katy, Leandra, Karen, Renu & Raj, Luci D, Dave K, David K, Sheri G, Wayne, Heather, Todd, Tom, Kate, Michael, Ann, Joyce, Sandee, Doris, Olav, Linda, Sue, Robert, Esther N, and Agenhart E.

AND all who struggle with illness and/or hardship.

Please contact the HNC office with any prayer requests 

We are posting a brief day by day meditation from Forward Movement. It's a great way to start your morning! Just click on the website icon above.

Holy Nativity Thrift Shop

(808) 373-3744

Wednesdays: 9am-12pm

Fridays: 9am-12pm

Saturdays: 9am-12pm

March Blue Tag 50% off.

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage

For donations, please donate during store hours, and please do not leave items outside the gate after hours. Mahalo!

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist

April 21, 2024 at 9am


To join our Zoom service(s) online, Click HERE

Or Dial-in by phone at one of these numbers:

       +1 253 215 8782 

Meeting ID: 537 938 292 (No Password)

Click HERE for Sunday Bulletin

Click HERE for FAMILY Sunday Bulletin



Rev. Jenn!

(Pictured above holding her bib and a card from the HN Sunday School kids)

It would have been enough for Rev Jenn 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)!!

Rev. Jenn's official time was 3:27:38!

We, back here in paradise, cheered for Rev. Jenn, and let her know how proud we are of her! Click below to watch the HNS kids waving Rev. Jenn in on

Marathon Monday 4/15.


Who’s in the Pew

By Jean Steele




Carol Ching was born in Honolulu. Her father had come from Canton, China, at age 11 and attended Iolani School. He believed in private schools and sent two daughters to The Priory, and Carol to Roman Catholic schools. Sons and grandchildren have also attended Iolani. 

At U.H. Manoa, Carol studied elementary education and earned a masters in educational administration, while also enjoying courses in math and Mandarin.

She taught at Kahala Elementary for 18 years before moving on to vice principal and principal positions. She rounded out her long career with developing curricula for Windward schools and in the Business area, dealing with design and construction of new schools and capital improvement projects. 

In 1970, Carol was a founding member of the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an organization for teachers. Her participation has taken her to national and international meetings. Last year she finally got to Kansas City and visited the ADK headquarters.


Carol, her parents and her brothers were baptized at St. Elizabeth’s, but when her three children were young and the young family was living in Hawaii Kai, they transferred to Holy Nativity when Fr. Crane was Rector.

Now retired for twenty years, Carol keeps very busy. As a member of the Hawaii Heritage Society, she conducts tours of Chinatown for school groups, tourists and the like. She also reads every week for the Library for the Visually Handicapped; her assignment is the Long’s ad, which she prefers to her one-time task of reading the obituaries. Wanting to keep healthy and fit, Carol also frequents the gym!

Carol journeyed to China for five months to teach conversational English, but with 60 to 80 students it was a daunting challenge. However, she made fast friends with the local teachers who also taught English; they would tell her not to speak on their outings because her accent would give her away and they would be charged the "foreigner prices." Carol had great fun on many outings led by these friends. 

 January through April of this year will find Carol in Las Vegas twice, Japan and Madrid (where her granddaughter Kirin performed hula with the Iolani Orchestra)!

Carol was elected to the Vestry in 2023; she has been joined by her daughter Stephanie who is the new Treasurer.


Altar Guild Aloha!

Did you know that all the members of our Altar Guild were trained by other members? No app, no online course; just good old fashioned on-the-job training!

The Altar Guild are the worker bees who make sure all is ready for service each Sunday and for the Holidays. Quite a bit of skill and knowledge go into getting it just right!

An example of their service concerns

the linens that grace the altar:

Altar Guild knows that the white

“table cloth” on the altar is the Fair Linen. The smaller square of linen before the priest is the Corporal.

On top of it is placed the Chalice. Then comes the Purificator, a small napkin. A small plate called the

Paten comes next and it holds the Host, a large wafer which we see the priest elevate during the


Then comes the square Pall, then the Veil which entirely covers the Chalice and Paten.

On top sits a Burse made of the same fabric and color as the Veil. It holds extra Purificators. You will

see the Eucharistic minister or priest use a Purificator to wipe the rim of the chalice after a congregant has drunk from it.

Currently the Altar Guild members are:

Sandra Braham, Lila Johnson, Kimberly Garner, Noboku Loncar, Nina Livingston, Carol Otani,

and Ann McCrary.

Mahalo ladies, for ALL you do!


Register Now!

Eucharistic Minister/Eucharistic 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 are interested in attending this training, please 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.

THIS Sunday

April 21, 2024

(after the 9am service)

Dear Holy Nativity,

Please help me celebrate my 60th birthday!

Mark and I will host coffee hour at the rectory after our service on Sunday, April 21; we would love to have you all join us!

(To get there, come straight across the street, along the gym and into our back gate. You can also enter though the gate on Nenue St.).

We hope to see you there!

--Rev. Libby+



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Green is the color of SPRING, and also 50% off all Green tags for April, at the Thrift Shop!


The Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821