Dear Cathedral Ohana:
First of all, I’d like to thank the congregation for contributing to the mission and ministry of Camp Mokuleia on Trinity Sunday. You gave $684 and I very much appreciate that, especially because my father’s childhood home was just down the road from the camp. I appreciate being able to go there from time to time, because it is the only touchstone I have left to memories of times with my grandparents at their beachfront home, snorkeling, climbing their hau tree, and looking out at the waves. And more than that, Camp Mokuleia is a place for the diocese to find spiritual respite as well, and I encourage you to make a trip out there to take it in if and when you ever have the chance.
I would like to send out a special mahalo to Ekolu Chang for coming to both the 8:00 and 10:30 services to lend his gift of song to the sermon that spoke of the plight of the people in Puna. The news reports continue to show the significance of this particular lava flow and I know that you join me in sending prayers to those who are affected, along with your generosity in doing what you can to help ease their suffering.
Last night we had a meeting of the Cathedral Chapter and at that meeting they approved increasing Father Keleawe’s position from quarter time to half time, for which I am personally very grateful. Keleawe has been a tremendous asset to the staff and helps to ensure our mission and ministry to the congregation and the community by his calm and steadfast presence. It is really nice to have him with us.
Last night the Chapter approved the April 2018 minutes as well as the April 2018 financial statements and Treasurer’s report, all of which may be downloaded at the links provided. We continue to be in a good financial position, which means that we can continue to make plans to fund capital reserves for the repair of the roof over the Memorial Building.
The rest of the week will be pretty standard for me. I have meetings, worship, correspondence, counseling, and all the other things that help us live into our mission and ministry. But I did get to do a really neat and outside-the-box kind of thing on Monday afternoon when Colleen Aiu asked me to go up to the founder’s day of her halau, which was established by her mother Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake. I was asked to give the opening prayer and then sat and enjoyed Hawaiian music and dance, which included participation from many of the Cathedral aunties. I enjoyed being able to participate as well, because it really brought home to me what a special place Hawaii is and how lucky we all are to have our lives here. Please take a moment from your day today and just be thankful to God for that one particular blessing and as you do that, I will commit to giving thanks for all of you.
Did you know… Fr. Moki’s past messages are available here, and his sermons are here.