LAHAINA - Waiola Church, established during the reign of King Kamehameha I and the burial site of Hawaiian royalty, will be licensing two new lay ministers Saturday at a service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
'Anela Rosa and Grale Lorenzo Chong, who both have deep roots in the church and Lahaina, officially will become lay ministers, or kahu, of the historic church after the ceremony by the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches, Hawai'i Conference, United Church of Christ.
Chong is the granddaughter of Lincoln B. Kaumeheiwa, 10th kahu of Waiola/Waine'e Church. Rosa is grandniece of John Mahele Kukahiko, kahu to many of Maui's Hawaiian churches, the news release about the event said.
To serve as kahu at Waiola
The two women began their studies together in 2001. They completed the program in 2007 and were called to service by the Waiola congregation.
They will succeed Kahu Earl Kukahiko, who is retiring after serving the church as licensed lay minister for almost 20 years.
The service will be officiated by the Rev. Kekapa P. K. Lee, former kahu of Waiola Church.
A luau will follow the service, and the public is invited.
The celebration concludes the Aha Halawai, the quarterly meeting of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches, held today and Saturday morning at Waiola Church.