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Bella making laulau

St. John's Laulau Sale

Mahalo to all who shared their time and energy in this year's laulau fundraiser! Can you believe that, in two days, we prepared and sold (out) 500 laulau? We couldn't have done this without our amazing crew of 25+ volunteers!

Mahalo also to Vicki Fay for the photos and collages.


Melanie Delva, Anglican Church of Canada, visits St. John's on February 4

Melanie & Fr Nahoa

In January 2016, Melanie Delva, who was then archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and for the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon, visited St. John’s and gave a talk about her work for Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On February 4, 2018, Melanie, who is now the Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada, gave us an update on how the national church is responding to the commission’s 94 Calls to Action, working to honor the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and supporting reconciliation among local congregations and other Anglican groups.

Diocesan Music Conference held at St. John's, January 27

About 30 music ministry coordinators, choir directors, clergy, and interested others gathered at Ho'okano Hall on Saturday, January 27, for an inspiring day of liturgical music and talk-story with Joe Kanoelehua Camacho, well-known liturgy coordinator, musician, composer, singer, dancer, and professional entertainer from the Big Island. Participants for this 3rd annual diocesan music conference came from many different churches on O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i Island and brought their ukelele and guitars as well as their voices and lots of ideas to share, including some printed music. The mid-afternoon thunderstorm contributed a little drama but just added to people's desire to stay longer and keep singing till the rains subsided. Rev. Canon Sandy Graham put participants in email contact after the conference, and they are continuing to share thoughts and resources. Mahalo nui for this wonderful opportunity and to all who made it possible! And special thanks to Susan Tomoso for these photos of Joe with Reverends Nahoa Lucaa, Mahi Beimes, and Hau'oli Tomoso!

Camacho plus Camacho

St. John's hosts Maori Guests from Whangarae, North Island, Aotearoa

While visiting St. John's again this year, students and faculty from Tikipunga School in Whangarei, Aotearoa's North Island, performed for the community at Kamehameha High School, Kahuku High Hawaiian Immersion, Puohala Elementary, Hakipu'u, and Kamehameha Preschool-Heeia. They not only shared their musical talents but also participated in Makahiki games at these schools as well as with the Ko'olauloa community at Hale 'Ahla in Punalu'u. In between times, facilitated by our outreach coordinator Tori, they enjoyed shopping at Ross's, going to the water park, exploring Waikiki, and even cosmic bowling! Tori says, "The love and respect from youngest to the kupuna is amazing and unlike anything I've experienced in a long time. Hosting guests at St. John's has been and continues to be my pleasure--the relationships & connections makes this ministry so rewarding!" Thanks to Vicki Fay for the photos from our Eucharistic Service on December 10, 2017, when the Whangarei folks sang for us.

Maori Visitors
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Maori Visitors Maori Visitors

Welcome the Newly Baptized!
Fr. Nahoa, assisted by Luana Fenstemacher, baptized four new members of the church on November 19: Matthew Page Jones, Kamala-Rayne Kehaunani'onalani Kau, Develee Kanani'onalani Kau, and Edward Pau'ahi Kau Jr. Photo courtesy of Ruth Shiroma Foster.


Kealohi & Kama

Kealohi and Kama Naipo

St. John's First Craft Fair

Our first craft fair, held in Ho‘okano Hall on Saturday, November 18, was a rousing success! People enjoyed the opportunity to shop, eat, listen (and dance!) to the music, and just hang out and talk story. We also raised money for St. John's programs. Mahalo nui to all who participated and attended, especially oganizers Kealohi and Kama Naipo! See more photos, courtesy of Vicki Fay.


The Bishop's 2017 Visit
On November 5, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick made his annual visit to St. John's and celebrated the Eucharist with Father Nahoa. The service was a memorable one, given the community commemoration of  the 100th year anniversary of HRH Liliʻuokalani's death in 1917. The service was taken from the Requiem mass that was prepared for her funeral at Iolani Palace. Afterwards, members of St. John's hosted Bishop Bob and his wife Bea with food and fellowship in the traditional style of St. John-sians!!

Bishop's Visit

St. John's by-the-Sea at the Annual Diocesan Convention
Mahalo nui to the delegates who represented St. John's at the annual convention October 20-21, 2017. Among the most moving aspects of the gathering was the display dedicated to members who have passed away during the last year and joined the Church Triumphant! We honor their memory and keep them always in our hearts!

Badges & Slippers

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 his 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

Laulau laulau prep

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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

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

flower arrangement

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