Please Pray for People of Lahaina and West Maui

The Waiola Church Hall is pictured above in flames on the cover of the August 10, 2023 issue of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Click the front page for the latest Star-Advertiser news.

We are very concerned about the status of our Waiola Church friends.

We know Tama Kaleleiki is safe, though he lost his home located on the corner of Wainee and Shaw St. The Maui News interviewed Tama on Tuesday, August 8:

LAHAINA — Tama Kaleleiki watched in dismay as a blaze fanned by strong winds engulfed the hall of Lahaina’s historic Waiola Church. 

“This is very sad. It breaks my heart. We live for our church. My sister and I just cleaned yesterday,” Kaleleiki said Tuesday afternoon. “I just hope the church is strong enough to overcome this. I’m praying.”

All Hawai‘i is in shock over this devastation of Lahaina and other sections of West Maui. Working with Mo‘olelo Kū‘i‘o ministry we grew close to the organizers of the Waiola 2023 Bicentennial. We created and donated copies of a commemorative booklet for the Waiola Church for the bicentennial celebration held on the church grounds in late May. We are very thankful we have this snapshot in time of the Waiola Church, its people and history.

As a survivor of Kaua‘i hurricanes Iwa in 1982 and ‘Iniki in 1992 I feel deeply for the Lahaina ʻohana, recovery is a long road following a mega-disaster.

The Waiola Church congregation rebuilt their church following a fire which heavily damaged the church in 1947 (then still named the Wainee Church), only to have the infamous Lahaina Kauaula Wind destroy the wood frame church in 1951. Recovery efforts saw Congregational churches sending members to Waiola to help clean up the church grounds, and by 1952 the new church opened, renamed Waiola. Surely such aid will arrive in the future when it is time to build a new Waiola Church.

A history page from the Waiola Bicentennial program.

Lahaina Walking Tour – Sites of Second Hawai‘i Missionary Company Bicentennial

Join Chris Cook for a Lahaina Town Guided Walking Tour focused on historic sites of the arrival in Maui of the Second Hawai‘i Missionary Company in May-June 1823.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Meet at the Baldwin House.

Interpretive guided walking tour of Lahaina & ending at Waiola Cemetery with focus on Second Company sites.

Download the PDF Handout for the Lahaina Walking Tour – Second Hawai‘i Mission Company Historic Sites

The Concert of Prayer Booklet

Download a free copy of the booklet The Concert of Prayer – The Prayer Covering for Hawai‘i’s Historic Nineteenth-Century Revivals

Two hundred years prior to the current Asbury College Revival the monthly Concert of Prayer for Missions service, usually held the first Monday of the month, drew a circle of global prayer. In Hawai‘i the American missionaries along with Native Hawaiian and Tahitian Christian joined together to pray for missions and the spead of the Gospel to all peoples, for God’s blessing on the Hawaiian Islands, and for their Christian endeavors in Hawai‘i and mission fields in the South Pacific and Central Pacific.

Find out more in this 29-page booklet provided for free by Pa‘a Studios. Print copies will be available at the upcoming Hawaiian Islands Ministries Conference 2023 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu March 16-17-18 and at the Mo‘olelo Kūʻiʻo Seminar set for Sunday March 19 at the Kailua Nazarene Church.

Click here to Download a free copy of the booklet The Concert of Prayer – The Prayer Covering for Hawai‘i’s Historic Nineteenth-Century Revivals

Published March 2023 by Pa‘a Studios

Visit Us at the HIM 2023 Conference at the Mo‘olelo Kūʻiʻo Table

Christmas 1819 As Celebrated Aboard the brig Thaddeus from Sybil Bingham’s Journal

Sybil: Early on the morning of the 25th we crossed the Tropic of Capricorn and entered the southern temperate zone. The northern, the region of our birth, we shall probably never enter again.

But, distant climates need not look strange to us, for if we are the children of GOD, and live near to Him, we can never be far from home. [Christmas] was noticed by us as the Anniversary of the blessed Saviour’s birth. Mr. B preached from Luke 2, 14th. [Glory to God in the Highest] …It was peculiarly adapted both to the day and the circum- stances of most of the hearers,—on our way, as we are, with the glorious news of this most glorious event, to heathen sinners.

A CHRISTMAS HYMN By W. G. Conan [Sailor aboard the Thaddeus]

Sung at Sea by the Mission family – Tune – “The Hermit”

May Religion’s blest Star, as we traverse the Ocean,
Illumine our way, and its comforts impart,
While our fond lingering thoughts, we back with emotion,
To the country that holds the dear friends of each heart.

JEHOVAH— assist, in the soul-trying hour,
The Mission of Peace, to a far distant land,
By them, may the Priests of Idolatry learn,
That their Morais and Taboos and offerings are vain,
Let the Nation, from Idols and violence turn,
And the joy of Salvation perpetual reign.
Now swell the loud anthems of praise to the Lord,
From whom streams of Mercy incessantly flow,
Be the Father, the Son, and the Spirit adored,
By all nations, and kindreds, and realms here below.

January 11th, 1820 – What can I say to my sisters, this morning?
I can tell them, could the eye glance across the great waters and catch the little bark, ascending and descending the mountainous waves, which contains their dear sister, their hands would be involuntarily extended for her relief, and their cry would be save her! The sea runs very high, while the wind roars through the naked riggings as you may have heard it, in a November’s day, through the leafless trees of a majestic forest. The dashing of the waves on deck, the frequent fall of some thing below, the violent motion of the vessel, going up and then down, would seem to conspire to terrify and distress; yet I feel my mind calm as if by a winter’s fire in my own happy land. Is it not of the mercy of GOD? I feel it is. But, O, the poor returns I make ! We are approaching Cape Horn. What terrific scenes await us there, we know not.

“Sufficient for us, our Pilot is divinely wise, divinely good.”