Local Religion / In Brief


Old Testament focus of workshop

The Tri-Isle Association of the United Church of Christ will offer a two-day workshop with the Rev. Pat Dutcher-Walls titled “New Eyes for Reading the Old Testament.”

The workshop will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at Iao United Church of Christ, 2371 W. Vineyard St. in Wailuku.

Registration is open to pastoral leaders and lay members and is not limited to members of the United Church of Christ.

Participants will better understand the meaning in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament by learning ways to do a careful reading of biblical passages.

Dutcher-Walls is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Vancouver School of Theology. She works with students in the Indigenous Studies Program.

The cost of the entire workshop is $25 and includes several meals. The registration deadline is Saturday; contact Jack Belsom at 283-7900 or jack.belsom@gmail.com.


Kahului choir to perform Saturday

The Kahului Seventh-day Adventist Church Adult & Keiki Choir will present this year’s Christmas concert, “Forever God is With Us, Finding Our Way Home for Christmas,” at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The community is invited to hear this song of hope, joy and peace. There will be fellowship with light refreshments following the performance.

The church is at 261 S. Puunene Ave., Kahului. For more information, call 877-5270.


Christmas at St. Joseph Makawao

St. Joseph Church in Makawao has announced its Christmas schedule:

• 5 a.m. Monday through Dec. 24 (except Sundays when Mass will be at 7 a.m.) — Misa Aguinaldo.

• 5, 7 and 10 p.m., Dec. 24 — Christmas Vigil Mass.

• 12 a.m., 7, 9 and 11 a.m., Dec. 25 — Christmas Mass.

• 7, 9 and 11 a.m., Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Mass.


Christmas Eve service in Paia

Paia Hawaiian Protestant Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The church is located at 246 Hana Highway in Paia.


Music feaatured at St. John’s Kula

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula has announced its Christmas services:

• 4 p.m., Dec. 24 — Holy Eucharist with choir; Gale Wisehart, piano. Pre-service choir anthems begin at 3:45.

• 8 and 10:30 p.m., Dec. 24 — Holy Eucharist with organ and string trio: Clayton Logue, pipe organ; Patrice Weed-Shearer, violin; Teresa Skinner, viola; Cheryl Lindley, cello. Pre-service music begins at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The strings and organ will play quiet, meditative music, including the 20-minute Concerto grosso in G minor, Op, No. 8 by Arcangelo Corelli.

• 8:30 a.m., Dec. 25 — Holy Eucharist.


Christmas Eve by candlelight

“Let It Begin With Me” is the theme for this year’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. The service will be held Dec. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church.

Members of Na Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, will sing the anthem “Love Came Down at Christmas.” John Rowehl, director of music, will be accompanied by a string quartet. A string quartet of the Maui Chamber Orchestra, Max Angel and Jon Hampton, will be among featured musical guests.

The service will also feature the Children’s Ensemble of the church as well as kumu hula Kehaulani Kaneholani-Santiago, the haumana of I Kona Mau Lima.

Those planning to attend are invited to bring a single-stem flower or lei for two outdoor floral Christmas trees. Seating will be provided for 800.

Parking will be available in the church overflow parking lot and along the lower beach road and along Honoiki. Parking monitors will direct cars into the overflow parking lot.


Two services at Waipuna Chapel

Waipuna Chapel will host Christmas Eve services at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

There will be child care available for children up to age 5 during both services. Pastor Shaun Waite will share the story of God coming to Earth in the form of Jesus. There will be Christmas carol singing and special dance and music pieces. Light refreshments will be available after the services.

For more information, visit www.waipunachapel.com or call the church office at 878-6343.

Waipuna Chapel is located in Kula at 17 Omaopio Road., at the corner of Kula Highway.

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