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Summary and Photos: 195th 'Aha Pae'aina

The 195th ‘Aha Pae‘aina of the Hawai‘i Conference was held June 14-17, 2017, at Kamehameha Schools Maui.


Delegates Pass Resolutions on Kalaupapa Memorial and Welcoming Immigrants

Delegates at last week’s 'Aha Pae'aina unanimously passed two resolutions.  Learn more about these and share them with your congregation:


Strategic Planning Process Proposed

The Conference Council, following up on a Conference-wide assessment this last year, focused the agenda on preparing for strategic planning.  Cynthia Scherr, a management consultant from Oregon hired by the Council to facilitate the process, invited ‘Aha participants to write prayers expressing their hopes and visions.  She recommended that the process not begin until an interim conference minister is in place.


Holy Listening Process Introduced

In preparing for a strategic planning process for the Hawai‘i Conference, Caroline Miura, UCC minister and Kaua‘i chaplain, introduced during the first plenary session a "holy listening" process of hearing what someone is saying and feeling without offering judgment or advice.  Caroline recommends reading the book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo for people wanting to grow in the area of holy listening.


View Photos from 195th 'Aha Pae'aina

Photos from the 'Aha Iki and 'Aha Makua, which took place last week at Kamehameha Schools Maui, are now available.


Look for Email with Survey Link

A link to an on-line evaluation of the 'Aha Pae'aina has been emailed to all visitors and delegates.  If you attended and did not receive the link, send an email to


'Aha Offerings Support UCC and Youth

Two offerings were taken during the Friday and Saturday worship services at last week’s 'Aha Pae'aina.  The first, for Our Church’s Wider Mission, which totaled $1,485, will support the ministries and mission of the United Church of Christ and the Hawai'i Conference.  Saturday’s offering for the Vesper Maile Ito Fund collected $1,767 and will benefit youth ministries of the Hawai'i Conference.


New Conference Council Members Elected

Congratulations to the following persons who were elected to the Conference Council by delegates at the 195th 'Aha Pae'aina:


  • Kealahou Alika (Keawala'i Church), Vice-Moderator

  • Linn Garcia (Windward UCC), Treasurer

  • Mary Herbig (UCC-Judd Street), At-large Young Adult

  • Jack Belsom (Waiola Church), Formation Missional Team Chair

  • David Iha (Lihue Christian Church), Administration Missional Team Chair


Also elected was Jun Lagon (Filipino UCC) as the at-large member to the Conference Nominating Committee.  Click HERE for a list of all Conference Council members for 2017-18.


‘Aha Makua (June 16-17):

Churches Recognized for Giving:



‘Aha Iki (June 14-15):
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