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Scholarship recipients
The 2017 Rev. Darrow Aiona Scholarships recipients are Nicholas Young and William Young (represented above by their mother); Shannon Hisatake; Tori Tualamalalelagi; and Kapono Lucas (represented above by their mother, Kawehi Lucas). The winners were recently announced by scholarship committee members the Rev. Paul Nahoa Lucas, Vicki Fay, and Teena Urban (Aiona).

St. John's Laulau Sale July 2017

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Students from Tahiti Visit St. John's
Students from Pomare IV High School in Tahiti stayed in Ho`okano Hall for a week in early April while they were on O`ahu for a cultural exchange. Their leader, Andre Tuarii, introduced to the congregation by St. John's Outreach Coordinator Tori Tualatamalelegi, spoke to and sang for us during the Sunday service on April 9.

Tahitian Students
Tori & Andre

Lois being blessed


90th Birthday Blessings to Aunty Lois!

Fr. Nahoa giving our own Lois Murphy a special birthday blessing. Lois is a lifelong, stalwart member of St. John's and a blessing to all of us! Mahalo to Ruth Shiroma Foster for this photo.


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Gift Baskets from ECW!

Warm thanks to Louise Aloy and the other Episcopal Church Women (ECW) who assembled holiday gift baskets for congregations such as St. John's by-the-Sea to share with those who'd enjoy them! With the support of several churches throughout the diocese, ECW members collected toiletries and nonperishable foods over the past 9 months to create the baskets. Thanks to Vicki Fay for this photo of some of the baskets at St. John's For more information about the ECW and their project, see the December 2016 issue of  the Hawaiian Church Chronicle.

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Rev. Paul Nahoa Lucas Ordained to the Priesthood
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, at St. John's by-the-Sea, Paul Nahoa Lucas was ordained to the priesthood by the Right Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick. The sermon was given by Canada's National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, the Right Rev. Mark MacDonald. The out of town guests include the Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, Director of the Native American Ministries in the Diocese of Arizona, and Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale, Paiute-Shoshone Priest from the Diocese of Nevada, who presented Rev. Nahoa with a Golden Eagle feather from her Tribe as a symbol of worship from her tribe. More than 170 people attended the ceremony, which was followed by a lu‘au in Ho‘okano Hall. Music was provided by Smooth Remedy, consisting of members Aaron Domingo, Kamaehu Naipo, and Shane Tsukiyama. See more photos, courtesy of  Vicki Fay.

As a special gift from St. John's, members of the congregation designed and embroidered a special priestly stole for Fr. Nahoa, with images including ulu (breadfruit), ki (ti leaf), kalo (taro), hala (pandanus), kukui (candlenut) and 'ohia lehua. Pictured below with Fr. Nahoa are those who made the stole: Lois Murphy, Celia Fraser, Leone Leong, and Tensie Lee.

Nahoa & Needleworkers

Los Angeles Choir Meets New Caledonians at St. John's!
A serendipitous cultural exchange emerged when the La Cañada High School Chamber Singers (from Los Angeles, CA) came to St. John's on February 13 to give free concert and our visitors from New Caledonia (staying at Ho'okano Hall) were here to hear them and offered to perform for them afterwards. Some of the LA students were studying French, but music was the primary common language as the groups took to each other and ended up dancing together under the kukui tree!

St. John's Hosts Group from New Caledonia
In the Sunday service on February 6, we welcomed the participation of a visiting group from New Caledonia who are our guests in Ho'okano Hall. The Gospel was read as usual in Hawaiian and English, but this time also in French, by one of our visitors. The group also performed two hymns for the congregation.

New Caldonia Singers

Guest Speaker Melanie Melva from Anglican Church of Canada
Melanie Melva is archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and for the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon. On Sunday, January 31, 2016, she shared with St. John's how her views on Indigenous people changed while she was collecting records for Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Here is a link to a similar talk she recently gave to the Anglican Church of Canada.

Melanie Melva & Fr Chun
Melanie Melva and Fr. Malcolm Chun

St. John's Annual Lu‘au
Mahalo nui to all who helped and supported St. John's annual lu‘au, held this year on September 26, 2015. We were especially grateful to Milton Kepa and his group for the wonderful music throughout the evening. We were also delighted to have Te Maurea Whiritoi, from the Hamilton Boys' and Girls' schools, perform for us (see photos below and attached, courtesy of Vicki Fay).

Maori Visitors to St. John's
We enjoyed the gift of song from a group of Maori students who visited in early July and attended our Sunday morning service on July 5. See a video of one of their hymns here.

Maori Visitors

St. John's by-the-Sea Annual Lu‘au
Mahalo nui to everyone who helped and supported St. John's annual lu‘au, held on September 6, 2014. This fundraising event is also a celebration of community! Special thanks to Kaiao (Kukahoʻomalu Souza, Liki Tavete and 'Ekolu Chang) for the wonderful music! And mahalo to Melody Loyola for these photos, which give a glimpse of the fun we had on this wonderful evening!

2014 Rev. Darrow Louis Kanakanui Aiona Scholarship Awards
This year's scholarship awards were presented August 3 to Nicholas Young, William Young, and Kahala Lau. All three young men grew up as members of St. John's, serving the church first as acolytes and eventually becoming Eucharistic Lay Ministers. The scholarships, funded by donations, are awarded in memory of Fr. Darrow's life as an educator, his long service to St. John's by the Sea, and his special concern for Native Hawaiians pursuing higher education. Teena Urban and Fr. Leo Loyola congratulate this year's recipients. (Mahalo to Nahoa Lucas for the photo.) For information on how to donate to this scholarship fund, please see the How You Can Help page.

Pacific Island Visitors to St. John's, July 2014
In July, St. John's hosted two groups from elsewhere in the Pacific who were on O'ahu to attend a cultural festival at Hawai'i Pacific University that was organized by Pa-Ku`i-a-Lua, a halau of Hawaiians studying the ancient martial art of lua, led by Uncle Moses (Moki) Kalauokalani. One group, from New Caledonia, were with us July 6-10, after which they went to St. Elizabeth's where Fr. David Gierlach and the Lino 'ohana looked after them. A second group, from Papeete and Maupiti, stayed at St. John's July 10-19. In the attached photo, the latter joined us for Sunday Eucharist and contributed 3 hymns, some of them in Tahitian, French, and English.

A Taste of St. John’s, May 3, 2014
Our 3rd annual "Taste of St. John’s" was a delight for all. Themed "The Garden of Eden," the fundraiser took place in Ho`okano Hall transformed with strings of lights and leafy vines and warmed with the gorgeous music of Teresa Bright and of the group Vivo (with our own Ruth Shiroma Foster)! Attendees enjoyed wonderful foods, beverages, and conversations, while browsing and bidding in the silent auction. Mahalo nui to everyone who helped make this happen and to all who participated. All proceeds from this event will help St. John’s continue its presence and ministry in our community.

Luana Fenstemacher Confirmed, February 16, 2014
Luana was confirmed by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick at St. John's by-the Sea Church on Sunday, February 16, during the bishop's annual visit. All of us join Lolana, Naomi, and Bella Sera in congratulating Luana, and thanks to Vicki Fay and Melody Loyola for these photos.

La Cañada HS Choir Visits St. John's, February 16, 2014
The day of the bishop's visit, we were also graced by the presence of a high school choir from La Cañada, California! The young people sang anthems during the Eucharist and also performed for us down in Ho'okano Hall after a sumptuous potluck lunch provided by the congregation. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the wonderful music. The organizer wrote to us afterward: "I'm so happy [the choir] had a chance to visit with all of you at St. John's by-the-Sea. Thank you so much again for being such a warm and welcoming host." Mahalo also to Vicki Fay for these photos.

Stewardship "Tea Party" at St. John's, November 10, 2013

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A "Tea Party" was held in Ho'okano Hall after the Eucharist on November 10th. Instead of focusing on pledging (because our congregation does a lot as it is), this event focused on wellness and appreciation, acknowledging our pledgers on a job well done! An array of teas (hot and iced) was served, along with biscuits, scones, muffins, small sandwiches, salads, etc. and those interested were pampered with mini chair massages as well as samples of beauty products as a gesture that their offerings haven't gone unnoticed! Sean Lau, St. John's treasurer, reflected on what our financial offerings have been able to do for our church over the past year as well as changes currently needed, reminding everyone that our help is essential to continue the legacy of St. John's By the Sea. Mahalo nui to Sean, Kahala, Tori, Akahi, and Jhonavi for all your work organizing and serving this marvelous occasion, to Phyllis for the beauty products, and to Sean and Rachel for the massages! Thanks also to Melody for the photos!

Diocesan Stewardship Retreat, September 27-29, 2013
Rex and Renee Chong attended the Diocesan Stewardship Retreat at Camp Mokuleia this year on behalf of St. John's by-the-Sea. You can see them tucked into the group, standing just to left of center, in the photo below. Mahalo nui, Renee and Rex!

Retreat photo

Rev. Darrow Louis Kanakanui Aiona Scholarship Awarded
St. John's by-the-Sea Church has established the Rev. Darrow Louis Kanakanui Aiona Scholarship Fund in memory of Fr. Darrow's life as an educator, his long service to St. John's by the Sea, and his special concern for Native Hawaiians pursuing higher education. We are proud to announce that the first recipient is Jonathan Kahala Lau, pictured here between Teena Urban and the Rev. Leo Loyola. Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome! (Thanks to Vicki Fay for this photo.)

Moses and Naomi Kalauokalani Confirmed
St. John's-by-the-Sea Church members Moses E. and Naomi L.N.O. Kalauokalani were confirmed by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2013. Thanks to Melody Loyola for these photos of Moses and Naomi with the bishop, Rev. Leo Loyola, and other St. John's members Ipolani Johnson and Lois Murphy.



Rev. Leo Loyola Ordained to the Priesthood
Leo was ordained by Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick on Sunday afternoon, December 16, 2012, at Calvary Church in Kane‘ohe. Representatives of all the Windward Region churches including St. John's were there to support and congratulate him and to welcome him to his new role in the Windward Regional Ministry. Thanks to Leo's wife Melody for the photos below and attached.

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Maori Youth Visit St. John's

A group of 8 adults and 11 children from a Maori school in Tuhoe, Aotearoa/New Zealand stayed in Ho‘okaho Hall from November 16 to 26, 2012. For many of the children this was their first time away from their village. After one Sunday service, Aunty Lois enjoyed teaching them some hula down in the hall while Ruth Shiroma Foster played ukulele.

Maori Youth Group
Photo courtesy of Vicki Fay

We also hosted a group from Hamilton (NZ) Boy's High School in Ho'okano Hall from September 26 through October 5, 2012. They sang an anthem during the Offertory for the Eucharist on Sunday, September 30, and then performed for us down in the hall while we all enjoyed a hearty lunch together.

Maori group
Photo courtesy of Vicki Fay

Archbishop Tutu with Tori

Photo courtesy of Fr. David Blanchett


Archbishop Desmond Tutu was at the Cathedral of St. Andrew August 3-5, 2012, giving a public lecture, preaching Sunday morning, and participating in an interfaith service that afternoon. The archbishop even met our own Tori Tualatamalelagi!



Rev. Malcolm Naea Chun was ordained as an Episcopal priest on Sunday aftenoon, June 10, 2012, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu. Bishop Mark McDonald, the National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, was guest preacher.

See photos, courtesy of Rev. David Blanchett.


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

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

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