Local Religion / In Brief

Event to mark birth of Israeli state

An event celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Chapel South Maui at 575 S. Kihei Road, according to an announcement.

The celebration will feature a guest speaker from Israel, authentic Israeli falafel, folk dancing, a hula performance and music.

For more information, send email to avoiceforisrael@yahoo.com or call 281-4427.


‘Clean comedian’ to headline event

Calvary Chapel South Maui will hold a fundraiser Saturday, featuring “Maui’s own clean comedian” Riki Roberts, in an effort to send mission teams to Mexico, Nepal and India this year, according to an announcement.

The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the chapel, located at 575 S. Kihei Road. It will feature a silent auction and “delectable desserts,” including an assortment of cakes, pies and “all sorts of deliciousness.”

For more information, call 874-9238.


Discussion group to launch at Ala Lani

Ala Lani United Methodist Church will launch an ecumenical discussion group about spiritually stirring issues for believers.

The group’s first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at 50 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

The Rev. Jaeman Lim will lead a discussion on “Jesus of History, Christ of Faith.”

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 877-0388.


Buddhists to mark birth of founder

West Maui Buddhists will celebrate Sunday the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, in Lumbini Garden, in what is now Nepal, in 563 BC.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, located at 551 Wainee St. The celebration is sponsored by Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, Lahaina Shingon Mission and Lahaina Jodo Mission. George Tanabe, professor emeritus of religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will be the keynote speaker.

As part of the celebration, worshippers will pour sweet tea over a representation of the baby Buddha to signify the gentle rain that fell on the day the prince was born.

“Although more than 25 centuries have passed since the Buddha’s birth, his dynamic teachings and benevolent way of life have continued to influence growing numbers of people who are seeking peace for their inner, spiritual selves and are relevant today as ever,” an announcement says.

The celebration is open to the public. For more information, call 661-0640.


Speaker to address ‘Testimony of God’

Bishop Isaiah Reed will speak during a free event at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at In His House Restoration Church at 296 Alamaha St. in Kahului.

His talk will be on “Testimony of God. Raising Him Back to Life.”

For more information, contact Pastor John DeMello at 268-4276.

Local Religion / In Brief

’30 Hour Famine’ fundraiser scheduled

Lahaina Baptist Church will host a World Vision “30 Hour Famine” fundraising event April 26 and 27.

The event is a leading Christian ministry serving people in need in nearly 100 countries. Students will fast for 30 hours while learning about hunger issues in the world, according to an announcement.

The church is at 209 Shaw St. For more information, call 661-3725.

To make a donation to World Vision, call Angela Allen at 385-2215.


Yom Hashoah service planned for Sunday

Rabbi David Glickman will lead this weekend the Jewish Congregation of Maui’s annual Yom Hashoah service, the Holocaust Memorial Day service remembering the millions of people murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Following the service, the film “Aristides de Sousa Mendes” will be shown. It is the story of the Portuguese consul general to Bordeaux, France, who in 1940 issued more than 38,000 emigration visas to Jews and others who would otherwise have been arrested by the Nazis.

A $10 donation toward the cost of the film would be welcomed.

The congregation’s Beit Shalom Synagogue is at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei. For more information, call 874-5397.