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The 200th ‘Aha Pae‘āina in 2022

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One generation shall praise Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts. —Psalm 145:4 (NKJV)

Theme:  Mai kēia hanauna a ia hanauna aku
From Generation to Generation

When: Sunday, June 12 – Saturday, June 18, 2022

Where: Zoom

The 200th ‘Aha Pae‘āina will be a VIRTUAL event taking place online. The ‘Aha will begin with a Conference-wide worship service on Sunday, June 12. Throughout the week, various ‘Aha Iki meetings and workshops will be held online via Zoom. The ‘Aha will end with the Makua business session on Saturday and close with a worship service. An installation service for Jonathan Roach, our Associate Conference Minister on Hawai‘i Island, will be held during the week.

Plans are being made to modify the youth event scheduled from June 16-18. There will NOT be an in-person youth gathering in Honolulu.

Keynote Speaker

Friday, June 17
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey “Kapali” Lyon, Chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He graduated with a BA from Biola University in both ancient Greek and Biblical literature, received a MA and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from UCLA, and a MA in Hawaiian language and literature from the Hawaiian Language College at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo. In recent years, Dr. Lyon’s research has focused on the first Christian missions to Hawai‘i, early Hawaiian Christianity, translations of the Bible into Eastern Polynesian languages, and 19th century Hawaiian language accounts of pre-Christian Hawaiian culture and religion. He and Charles Langlas are the editors and translators of The Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i of Davida Malo.


Dr. Lyon will be speaking on “The Religion of the Hawaiian Chiefs: Ali‘i, Missionaries, and Religion in Early 19th Century Hawai‘i.” The years 1819 to 1820 marked a watershed in the history of the Hawaiian Islands. With the passing of King Kamehameha I in 1819, the Kapu System was abolished, setting off a catalyst for change in the systems of faith, government, and society. A major agent of change was the missionaries who came to Hawai‘i in April 1820 to spread the Gospel, and in the process, the islands were forever changed.

Nearly everyone who spends much time in Hawai‘i soon forms an opinion about “the missionaries” who, as many accounts have it, cajoled, browbeat, and, eventually, converted an entire “heathen” nation to Protestant Christianity. But how could a handful of overdressed New Englanders who, when they first arrived, did not know the native language or culture, convince an entire nation to put on more clothes, adopt western views of sin and sexuality, and replace their traditional Polynesian religion for that of Boston? Could there be more to the story?


Registration is required only for delegates and visitors to the Saturday business session of the ‘Aha Makua.

Late registration deadline:

Friday, May 27

Deadline to register:

Wednesday, June 1, 4:00 p.m.


May 19, 2022

‘Aha Makua going VIRTUAL
View letter to churches and pastors

The Executive Council of the Conference Council decided that the ‘Aha Makua will change from in-person to solely online again this year. This decision was based upon concern for the present COVID surge across the islands. With 150 to 200 people expected at the ‘Aha Makua the ability to minimize the risks of spread of what is the most transmissible variant yet is beyond our ability to manage.

There are several implications for this decision:

  1. Only delegates and visitors to Saturday’s Business Session need to register.

  2. The registration date for delegates has been reset to June 1, 2022. No registrations will be accepted after 4:00pm on June 1.

    • If you have already registered, you do not need to register again.

  3. The new registration fee for delegates is $25.

  4. Those who have already registered at the higher fee can expect a refund check the second half of June.

  5. All events of the Makua will be moved online and adhere to the original time slots as closely as possible.

  6. The ‘Aha Makua, the ‘Aha Iki, and workshops will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

  7. Unless passed by consensus, delegates will need to vote via a paper ballot which will be sent to them.

  8. Plans are being made to modify the Youth Event. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Young at

  9. If you have made reservations at the Pagoda Hotel, please be sure to contact the Pagoda directly to cancel.

  10. Continue to check this webpage for updates and latest news on the ‘Aha Pae‘āina and Youth Events.

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