Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa
The action began with the blessing of the olive branches. These had been brought by Meli and Rosa the previous day from the olive tree next to St. Philomena Church in Damien’s garden in Kalawao. The church was built by St. Damien himself. This was Palm Sunday and we were celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. So also, the many churches in the Christian world would celebrate Christ’s jubilant entry into Jerusalem. This is the custom each year on Palm/Passion Sunday.
Of course, we know that the cheers had turned into jeers by Friday as the crowd, spurred on by some of the religious leaders, called for Jesus’ death.…
By Wailana Purdy-Avelino
On March 26, ‘Aha Hui Ka’ahumanu Chapter VIII, Molokai and Hale O Na Ali’i honored our Queen Elizabeth Ka’ahumanu, who lived from March 17, 1768 to June 5, 1832, and Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, born March 26, 1871 and died Jan. 7, 1922. We attended Ali’i Sunday Church Service at the Ho’olehua Congregational Church on Lihi Pali Avenue. Na Ali’i Sunday Service included sister Molokai congregational churches Kalaiakamanu Hou, Waialua and Kalua’aha. It was an inspiring day of worship.
Mahalo to Kahu Janice Ogoshi and the church kokua, and all that attended to honor our Creator and Ali’i, and also for the ‘ono mea ‘ai prepared by Puni Ignacio.…
By Jack Kiyonaga | Community Reporter
Early last Sunday morning, community members gathered at Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission in Kaunakakai with shovels, rakes, tree saplings and lots of food. After digging up weeds and planting trees along the fence, the volunteers then moved picnic tables built and painted by Molokai High School students. Although much had been done at the Buddhist temple, the day represented just a small part of the large-scale project currently underway at the Soto Mission.
Suzanne Langford, president of the Alana Ke Aloha: Krause Family Foundation, and Lisa Takata, president of Molokai’s Soto Mission, are co-directors of the new project at Guzeiji.…
By Jack Kiyonaga | Community Reporter
Father Brian Guerrini has served as the Catholic priest for Molokai’s St. Damien Catholic Parish for the past three years. Now, his time on Molokai is drawing to a close, with his departure scheduled for Oct. 1.
Guerrini of the Priests of the Sacred Hearts, the same order as St. Damien, has been on Molokai since the fall of 2019. His time on the island has been marked heavily by the COVID pandemic.
“The last three years have been rough still trying to come out of the pandemic,” said Guerrini.
As the only Catholic priest on topside Molokai, Guerrini is responsible for all four Catholic topside churches – St.…
Jehovah’s Witnesses News Release
Jehovah’s Witnesses will resume their trademark door-to-door ministry on Molokai and the rest of Maui County beginning Sept. 1, when a two-and-half-year suspension of the work is officially lifted, just in time to begin a global campaign featuring a new interactive Bible study program. The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the complete restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 13,000 congregations in the U.S.
Houses of worship (called Kingdom Halls) were reopened April 1, witnessing in public places resumed May 31 and in-person conventions are once again being planned for 2023. …
St. Damien Catholic Church News Release
Masses at the St. Damien church will resume on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 a.m. with the daily mass. The regular mass schedule will be followed with the daily mass on weekdays at 7 a.m. at the St. Damien church in Kaunakakai. Weekend masses are as follows; Saturdays at 6 p.m. at the St. Damien church in Kaunakakai (confessions from 5 to 5:30 p.m.), Sunday mass will be at 7 a.m. at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Kaluaaha, 9 a.m. at St. Damien and 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer in Maunaloa.
The Bishop has extended the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass, through June 30.…
St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Parish News Release
Starting on June 1, the the St. Damien of Molokai Catholic parish will bring back a celebration of a rich history of expressing our devotion to God and our gratefulness of all things provided to us by way of the Angelus bells. Each week day at noon the bells of St. Damien church in Kaunakakai will ring out to remind us of our bond with God and to pause and give thanks. The bells will sound three times followed by a number of single chimes.
Historically, the Angelus prayer is a famous Catholic devotion commemorating the Incarnation and is said 3 times each day: at dawn, noon, and dusk.…
By Cameron Hiro
In conjunction with the HallowHim Festival in the Kaunakakai Ball Park, this year Heart of Aloha Church partnered with the Maunaloa Community to have one at the Maunaloa Community Park. We envision a festive and vibrant community celebrating the love of God through his son Jesus Christ by reflecting His light on a dark night.
Free food included chili, grilled hot dogs and popcorn. Attendees were given drawing tickets for little teddy bears with “Jesus Loves you” at the prize booths, and Trinity Broadcasting Network donated Children’s DVD’s, bibles and pens. Shoes were given away to keiki in need.…
By Pastor Robin Saban
Good news to both those who were able to attend and those who missed the Revelation of Hope Seminar conducted by Keoki Gandeza Aug. 22 to Sept. 5. We will have follow-up video presentations conducted by Taj Pacleb, an evangelist who conducts evangelistic seminars at least seven times a year all over the world. He was born and raised in Hawaii, and it is his passion to preach the prophetic truths contained in the books of Daniel and Revelation and the whole Bible.
The presentation is ongoing, and you are invited to attend, together with those who may not have attended it yet.…
Last Saturday at Molokai’s Guzeiji Soto Mission, families gathered together to keep the memory of loved ones and the traditions of Japanese culture alive on Molokai. The island’s annual bon dance brought more than 100 residents and visitors together for lively drums, dancing and good food.
“It’s a time of celebrating ancestors who have passed on,” said Marge Bento, one of the event’s organizers. “We’re kind of partying with them.”
In an event repeated every summer in towns around Japan and places around the world, including Hawaii, community members smiled as they danced around the yagura, or bon dance tower, stepping to the beat of the heavily thumping taiko drums.…