Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Thankfully, I feel like I am back in this time zone after being home for a week from General Convention. Surprisingly, it took me quite a while to get over the jet leg. Needless to say, I’m very happy to be home and fully ensconced in the life and ministry of the Cathedral.
We had almost 250 people in church last week Sunday. Part of this was due to the fact that we had a baptism on Saturday afternoon at the 5:30 service as well as an Evensong with Nā Wai Chamber Choir. Our own Sienna Achong was in the choir and I was also surprised to see a couple of ladies that I knew from my time in Hilo singing along with her. Nā Wai offered a number called Deep River during the service and then afterwards held a concert performance in the Cathedral where they performed numbers dedicated to the island of Molokai. Here are videos of Deep River, Wahini Ilikea, and Hawaiian Soul!
On Sunday morning a number of people at the 10:30 service expressed concern that they were unable to hear the sermon. I send my regrets about that. I did talk to others who said they could hear just fine, and most of those folks were sitting towards the front. I’ll endeavor to turn the sound up this coming Sunday as well as speak louder. If being able to hear is still a challenge, I invite and encourage you to move toward the front of the sanctuary.
Last week Friday there was a vandalism incident in the Cathedral sanctuary where someone came in and took water from the font and poured it onto the floor. I also understand that he also went to the high altar and stripped it of the linens. The security guard on duty at the time is aware of the situation and he has filed an incident report as well as taken a picture of the person suspected of engaging in this unfortunate act. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done, and this kind of incident heightens our awareness of security issues on the property. We do the best we can with the coverage that we have, but there will always be gaps until we pay for a dedicated guard to sit in the Cathedral sanctuary while it is open.
On Friday morning Fr. Keleawe and I went to Mauna ‘Ala to attend the Queen’s Hospital Heritage Day event where we offered ho’okupu to Their Majesties in thanksgiving for their service to the Hawaiian Islands, especially the establishment of the Queen’s Hospital itself. See a slide show here!
On Thursday evening we had a well-attended meeting of the Cathedral’s Worship Committee where we made plans for our upcoming Ali’i Sunday where we will honor Prince Albert. We also discussed the Cathedral’s role in the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Consultation gathering and its Eucharist on Thursday, September 27.
On Wednesday we held a meeting of Nohona Hawaii where we talked about the wahi kapu and plans for cleaning the icon as well as getting the netting background behind it. We also discussed our Ali’i Sunday services and we will prepare a three-year calendar to commemorate and honor the Ali’i who were integral to the history and heritage of the Cathedral.
Last Wednesday evening I gave a tour of the Cathedral for a really interesting writers group called Sisters in Crime. They write mysteries, especially murder mysteries. After giving them a brief historical tour of the sanctuary, I pointed out to them all the places where they could hide my body if I were the victim in one of their novels. (Don’t get any ideas!)
Fr. Keleawe will be preaching at all three services this coming Sunday and Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us for all four services the following week (August 4 & 5), including the Saturday evening 5:30 service for his annual visitation to his Cathedral.
That’s all I have for this week. Please take care.