One of the missions we support is the Care Portal on-island. Anne Dressel reports that the total for requests received by Care Portal is $30,853.00. Of this amount, the Hokuloa Diaconate donated $2,764.00. In addition, the Hokuloa Response Team donated an additional $1,230.00. Thus, our little church by the sea has contributed over 12% of the total requests.
Though we are little, we are big in our ministry outreach!
Thank you and mahalo for all your efforts. If you would like to join our response team to pray or give please contact Ann Marie Murphy or Anne Dressel.
FOOD & MEALS
Canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, home cooked meals are dropped off weekly in the freezers and refrigerators at the HIV/Aids food bank in Kona. Donations of food and money are used to create healthy meals. This commitment was started over 15 years ago by Pastor Emeritus John Hoover.
EMAIL PRAYER SUPPORT GROUP
Join the online Prayer Support Group (PSG). Receive periodic emails. PRAY. Bring the requests to God in prayer.
Contact Marjorie Mrasek, the PSG Leader,
or the Church Office to participate
Hokuloa UCC has a long history of making our church and grounds available for use by addiction support groups. AA meetings are held at Hokuloa twice a week. The West Hawaii AA Central Office will be hosting a family movie night on the church grounds later this month. We greatly appreciate the time and materials that the West Hawaii Central Office volunteers provided to help us renovate the landscape planting around the monkeypod tree in front of Hokuloa Church this past Tuesday. Check out the new planting this Sunday!
There are seven windows in the chapel. Age, moisture and termites* have taken a toll on the windows. Replacements need to be in accordance with the historical nature of the building. Bids for windows are being solicited. It is anticipated that installation will be the most costly part of the replacement process. Mike O'Toole is taking the lead in this project.
Recently working on church maintenance were
Blessings on all those individuals who have "spiffed up" our church!
Sharing Our Church.
We share our hospitality with hundreds of island visitors each year. Our chapel and grounds are available for wedding ceremonies.
We also share our facilities with the Waikoloa Chuukese Church. Several people with ties to Chuuk (formerly Truk), part of the Federated States of Micronesia, now live in Waikoloa Village and in Hawaii. Rev. Randy Romer has several families in his lively vibrant congregation. Services are held in the Chuukese language at 1pm on Sundays.
We share our church grounds with two recovery groups who meet here weekly outside the buildings.
Maintaining Historical Ocean Front Property
Wow - The church steeple is visible as you turn off the highway on to Puako Beach Drive (September 2019).
In the 1800s King Kamehameha III granted a parcel of royal land for a church and school in Puako. In fall 2016 the State of Hawai`i DLNR and the UCC Hawai`i Conference Foundation executed a lease reuniting Hokuloa Church with the historical Puako School grounds (now shoreline area east of the church). Hokuloa Church along with the UCC Hawai`i Conference Foundation have accepted responsibility for the care and maintenance of the land as part of our heritage. A Land Blessing was held on January 15, 2017 -- more pictures are on the Facebook page.
Preserving and caring for the land will include replacing invasive plant species with native Hawaiian and endemic plants, providing public access to the ocean and putting in a trail along the shoreline.
Mike O'Toole, Land Project Manager/Member of Hokuloa, worked with the Land Committee to open an access to the ocean and remove underbrush fire hazards. Native plantings and grass are being added. Next will be working with interested parties to lay out the historic trail. Community grants and in-kind services are welcome. Watch for opportunities to work on on-going projects. Mahalo
“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast..” - Psalm 139: 9-10