Open and Affirming (ONA) Discernment Process
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,500 churches and other ministries in the United Church of Christ that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) members. Five churches in the state of Hawaii are Open and Affirming. Hokuloa may become the sixth in the state and the first on Hawaii Island.
Sunday, Nov. 24, Open and Affirming is on the agenda for the Congregational Meeting.
Restoring 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 and Member of Hokuloa, is working with the Land Committee. Preparing an access to the ocean and removal of fire hazards in the underbrush is almost done. Next will be adding irrigation, putting in native plantings and working with interested parties to lay out the historic trail.
Anticipated costs will be over $100,000 plus the ongoing maintenance of $2,000+ for the additional land. The church has already received a significant individual donation to begin the project. Additional individual donations will be helpful. Community grants and in-kind services are welcome. Watch for opportunities to work on on-going projects. Mahalo
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 Micrnesia, 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.
And, at 5pm on Sundays, a Marshallese congregation worships in our chuch.
We share our church grounds with two recovery groups who meet here weekly.
Food Drives, Supporting a Classroom
We've adopted a classroom in a local elementary school - both providing school supplies for the classroom and providing additional materials for homeless and foster children.
We lead community food drives at several times during the year.
“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