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Recognitions and Appreciation at the 198th ‘Aha Pae‘āina

In the closed online business meeting for ‘Aha delegates on Saturday, October 10, 2020, a number of individuals and churches were celebrated and recognized for their ministry in the past year.


Pastors New to Ministry in Hawai‘i

We welcomed seven clergy members to the Hawai‘i Conference:

  • John Carr, Lihu‘e Christian Church, island of Kaua‘i

  • Abraham Han, Manoa Valley Church, island of O‘ahu

  • Steve Jerbi, Lāna‘i Union Church, island of Lana‘i

  • Scott Landis, Keawala‘i Church, island of Mau‘i

  • Malaeotofiga Levaula, Amataga Fou Church, island of O‘ahu

  • Eric Lucy, Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church, island of Kaua‘i

  • Robin Lunn, Makawao Union Church, island of Maui

In Memoriam We remembered three clergy who passed in the past year:

  • Donald Sevetson, former Conference Minister

  • Clement Malani, kahu

  • Grant Lee, pastor, former Associate Conference Minister

Anniversaries

We celebrated clergy anniversaries:

  • Richard Chun, ordained in 1950, 70th anniversary

  • Hidemi Tsutsui, ordained 1955, 65th anniversary

  • Donald Asman, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • David Hirano, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • David Kaupu, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • Allan  Lee, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • James Merseberg, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • David Twigg, ordained in 1960, 60th anniversary

  • Choo Lak Yeow, ordained in 1970, 50th anniversary

  • Rennie Mau, ordained in 1980, 40th anniversary

  • Philip Reller, ordained in 1980, 40th anniversary

  • Jayne Ryan Kuroiwa, ordained in 1980, 40th anniversary

  • Tom Fujita, ordained in 1985, 35th anniversary

  • Darren Galindo, ordained in 1985, 35th anniversary

  • Alan Akana, ordained in 1990, 30th anniversary

  • Lauren Buck Medeiros, ordained in 1990, 30th anniversary

  • Kalani Wong, ordained in 1990, 30th anniversary

  • Janice Ogoshi, ordained in 1995, 25th anniversary

We celebrated church anniversaries:

  • Kawaiaha’o Church, organized in 1820, 200th anniversary

  • Mokuaikaua Church, organized in 1820, 200th anniversary

  • Waimea UCC, organized in 1820, 200th anniversary

  • ‘Ōla‘a First Hawaiian Church, organized in 1835, 185th anniversary

  • Hau‘oli Kamana‘o Kona, organized in 1865, 155th anniversary

  • Ko‘olau Hui’ia Protestant Church, organized in 1865, 155th anniversary

  • Opihikao Congregational Church, organized in 1865, 155th anniversary

  • Pu’ula United Church of Christ, organized in 1865, 155th anniversary

  • Waihe‘e Protestant Church, organized in 1865, 155th anniversary

  • Kalanikahua Hou Congregational Church, organized in 1875, 145th anniversary

  • Lahuiokalani Kaanapali Cong, organized in 1880, 140 anniversary

  • Pa‘ia Hawaiian Protestant Church, organized in 1880, 140th anniversary

  • Nu’uanu Congregational Church, organized in 1885, 135th anniversary

  • ‘Īao United Church of Christ, organized in 1895, 125th anniversary

  • Līhu‘e Christian Church, organized in 1900, 120th anniversary

  • United Church of Christ – Judd Street, organized in 1915, 105th anniversary

  • Keolahou Congregational Church, organized in 1920, 100th anniversary

Stewardship Recognition We recognized churches for their leadership in giving.

Highest total dollar support (OCWM + 4 special offerings):

  • Nu‘uanu Congregational Church

  • United Church of Christ—Judd Street

  • Central Union Church

  • Church of The Holy Cross

  • Hanapepe United Church of Christ

  • Community Church of Honolulu

  • Church of the Crossroads

  • Mānoa Valley Church

  • Hawai‘i Kai United Church of Christ

  • Waiokeola Congregational Church

  • Līhu‘e United Church

  • Kapa‘a United Church of Christ

  • ‘Īao United Church of Christ

  • Keawala‘i Congregational Church

Highest per capita giving:

  • Lahuiokalani Ka‘anapali Congregational

  • Hanapepe United Church of Christ

  • Puka‘ana Congregational Church

  • Ewa Community Church

  • Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church

  • Ho‘olehua Congregational Church

  • Church of The Holy Cross

  • Nu‘uanu Congregational Church

  • Community Church of Honolulu

  • United Church of Christ—Judd Street

  • Hawaii Kai United Church of Christ

  • Hokuloa United Church of Christ

  • Kōloa Union Church

Increased giving that was double or more over the previous year:

  • Kalahikiola Congregational Church

  • Laupahoehoe Congregational Church

  • Hanapepe United Church of Christ

  • Līhu‘e Christian Church

  • Nahiku Hawaiian Church

  • Kalua‘aha Congregational Church

  • Kalihi and Moanalua Church

  • Kaumakapili Church

  • First Samoan Congregational Christian Church of Hawai‘i--Hakimo

  • Honolulu Marshallese Ministry

  • Windward Samoan Congregational Christian Church

  • United Church of Christ Pohnpei Maui

"5 for 5" Churches The following churches are "5 for 5", meaning they are leaders in providing support to Our Church’s Wider Mission and the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ (One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors In Need, The Christmas Fund):

  1. Church of the Holy Cross

  2. First United Protestant Church

  3. United Community Church

  4. Hilo Coast United Church of Christ

  5. Living Stones Church

  6. Puka‘ana Congregational Church

  7. Hokuloa United Church of Christ

  8. Lanakila Congregational Church

  9. ‘Ōla‘a First Hawaiian Church

  10. Kahikolu Congregational Church

  11. Pu‘ula United Church of Christ

  12. Opihikao Congregational Church

  13. Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church

  14. Ko‘olau Hui‘ia Protestant Church

  15. Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church

  16. Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church

  17. Hanapepe United Church of Christ

  18. Kapa‘a United Church of Christ

  19. Kōloa Union Church

  20. Līhu‘e Christian Church

  21. Līhu‘e United Church

  22. Līhu‘e Union Church

  23. Lāna‘i Union Church

  24. Lahuiokalani Ka‘anapali Congregational

  25. Waiola Church

  26. Po‘okela Church

  27. ‘Īao United Church of Christ

  28. Ho‘olehua Congregational Church

  29. Kalaiakamanu Hou Congregational Church

  30. Lili‘uokalani Protestant Church

  31. Central Union Church

  32. Community Church of Honolulu

  33. First Chinese Church of Christ

  34. Nu‘u lotu

  35. Kalihi and Moanalua Church

  36. Kosrae Honolulu Congregational Church

  37. Kaumakapili Church

  38. Kawaiaha‘o Church

  39. Mānoa Valley Church

  40. Moanalua Community Church

  41. Nu‘uanu Congregational Church

  42. United Church of Christ Judd Street

  43. Waiokeola Congregational Church

  44. Chuukese Congregational Church of Christ (Kailua)

  45. Kailua Christian Church

  46. Kahikuonalani United Church of Christ

  47. Waialua United Church of Christ

















The Bicentennial Logo We also recognized Myrna-Lyn Diaz Abang of Ewa Community Church who created the HCUCC Bicentennial logo and won a prize for her design in a contest hosted earlier in the year. Read more about the artist and the logo HERE.


Mahalo to ALL for your continued ministry!


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