How You Can Help

St. John's by the Sea is dedicated to serving God through worship and serving our neighbors near and far. Through your generous sharing of time, talent, and treasure, you enable the St. John's 'ohana (family) to be better stewards through the many ministries we are involved in. Through your prayers, financial pledges, and hands-on support, you can help make the communities we serve a better place for this and future generations.

Ways to Help
To make a financial donation, you may send a check made out to St. John's by the Sea Church to 47-074 Lihikai Drive, Kāne'ohe, HI 96744. To make a donation online (using PayPal or credit card), click on the "Donate" button in the right-hand column.  You can also now donate to St. John’s using the Venmo app on your phone ("St. Johnʻs By The Sea Episcopal Church" or "@Paul-Lucas-34"). If you want to donate to a specific fund, you can indicate that in the "memo" area. To discuss leaving a bequest to St. John's, leave a message at (808) 239-7198 and someone will return your call. To volunteer, see the sections on "What We Do" and "Announcements."

Designated Plate Offerings
If you attend services at St. John's you can make donations in person. Note that the Sunday freewill (plate) offerings on the first Sunday of each month are designated in support of our Outreach Ministries; on the second Sunday, they are for building repairs and maintenance; on the third Sunday, they go to the Rev. Darrow Louis Kanakanui Aiona Education Fund and to costs related to clergy formation; on the fourth Sunday, they go to the Vicar's Discretionary Fund.

Planned Giving Options

Bequest in a Will
Often the largest gift we can make is from our estates, by a bequest in a Will. A bequest is the simplest form of planned gift. It allows you to retain control over your assets during your lifetime and can be tailored to your family's needs. For example, you can write a bequest that takes effect on your death or only after the death of a surviving spouse. You can give a specific item of property, a dollar amount or a fraction of your estate.

Life Income Gift
Pooled Income Fund
Gifts are "pooled" with other gifts and invested in a professionally managed investment portfolio. The benefit is that the donor receives a guaranteed income for life, and immediate federal tax deduction, the elimination of capital gains taxes and a possible reduction in estate taxes.

Charitable Gifts Annuity
The minimum gift is $5000, the income for life is guaranteed at a fixed amount, a portion of the gift is deductible, and a portion of the income received is tax exempt

Charitable Remainder Trust
Available to donors using assets of $100,000 or more and can be funded with various types of assets including, real estate. Like the pooled income fund and the charitable gift annuity, the charitable remainder trust provides income for life, and income tax deduction, relief from capital gains taxes and a possible reduction

Gifts of Special Assets
• Real Estate, Appreciated Property and Tangible Personal Property
• Gifts of Life Insurance and Retirement Accounts
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For more information, please contact Rev. Paul Nahoa Lucas at or (808) 239-7198.

Rev. Aiona Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2013 in memory of Fr. Darrow Aiona to recognize service and encourage academic achievement with a modest financial award. See the list of this year's scholarship recipients on the Recent Events page. Please consider a generous gift to this fund. For more information, please see attached description of the scholarship.

Clergy Formation
Paul Nahoa Lucas and Phyllis Mahi Beimes recently completed the three-year Waiolaihui'ia clergy formation program and, along with Malcolm Kekeawe Hee and John Hau'oli Tomoso, were ordained to the transitional diaconate on October 24, 2015. All four are Native Hawaiian and Mahi is the first female of Hawaiian ancestry to be ordained in the Episcopal Church.


Building Repairs, Maintenance, and Equipment

Warmest thanks to the Leong family for donating the new outdoor sign board, in memory of George Leong. Church members joined Leone, Pasha, and Genie Leong for a special blessing of the sign, where we post the schedule of services and events.


Recently we have purchased and installed three new Fujitsu air conditioning units in the church, replacing the ten-year-old Mitsubishi units (see two of them in photo below) that had gotten worn out from weekly use keeping parishioners cool and comfortable during the services. Installation of the new units went smoothly and they are all bringing cool air to all who enter St. John's. A big MAHALO NUI LOA to all who pledged for this project; your contributions will improve and support many more worship opportunities for our church. And even bigger thanks to member Kamaʻehu Naipo, who oversaw the purchase and installation of the units. Mahalo nui e Kamaʻehu!!

During his recent visit to St. John's, Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick joined Father Nahoa, Phyllis Chang (Bishop's Warden), and Vicki Fay (Committee Clerk) for a ceremonial ground-breaking to launch our latest capital improvement project at St. John's, which is the grading, resurfacing, and restriping of the parking lot adjoining the Charles Hoʻokano Hall. The new parking lot will also include proper drainage in order to protect the Hall from being flooded during heavy rains. If you would like to pledge for such a project, please do not hesitate to contact Father Nahoa by phone or e-mail.

Parking Lot

Another project in the offing is the refurbishment of our sound system in the church. Donations toward any or all of these projects are welcome, especially in honor or memory of someone!

Holy Eucharist
Sundays 9:30 AM

St. John's By-the-Sea
   Episcopal Church

47-074 Lihikai Drive Kāne'ohe, HI 96744 (808) 239-7198