Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As many of you know, I was home on Hawai‘i Island on Monday for my monthly visit with my grandmother. After having lunch with her, I decided to drive down to Puako (the place where Helen Desha Beamer wrote Paniau).
While I was there, something compelled me to go into the water – something I rarely do, especially in the wintertime. I decided, however, to follow that inkling and I jumped in. Imagine swimming alone in a tide pool with Haleakala as your backdrop. It was not only soothing, but also reassuring, because it reminded me of what it must’ve been like to be baptized. I felt enfolded in those loving waters, and it helped me to understand that no matter what goes on in my life, God is present in my life and I am loved by God. I was extremely grateful.
Please help me welcome Liane Lazo to the Cathedral offices as our Cathedral Administrator, beginning today (Wednesday, November 6, 2019).
Liane comes to us as part of an effort by the Cathedral Chapter to re-organize the Cathedral staff to serve the needs of the congregation and the facilities more efficiently.
Most recently, she was the building manager at The Pinnacle, the condominium diagonal to the Cathedral and on the makai side of Capitol Place. Liane has broad experience in building, facilities, and property management, has supervised a staff, and understands the importance and significance of the Cathedral’s place not only in downtown Honolulu, but also in Hawaiian history. Welcome, Liane, to the Cathedral ohana!
Please remember that we have Evensong again this coming Sunday, November 10 at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary. Leohone, Fr. Hee, and I have been working on the service, and it is sure to be a wonderful offering of music and worship.
Our stewardship endeavors continue to go well, and the latest figures that I have indicate that we have $112,150 in pledge commitments with 60 people pledging. Please know that I am most grateful and I look forward to welcoming those who made pledge commitments to a mahalo dinner at 6:00 PM in Davies Hall on Thursday, December 5.
Please note that the Cathedral offices will be closed this coming Monday, November 11 to honor Veterans Day.
Many of you are aware that the half circle in front of the birdbath between the Parke Chapel in the Cathedral sanctuary has been set aside for guests of the Cathedral who have meetings and the like. Unfortunately, others have discovered that these parking stalls are not monitored by Diamond Parking and it has come to our attention that there are folks who come, park, and walk to meetings downtown. These folks have no connection to the Cathedral and have discovered a way to manipulate free parking for themselves. In order to mitigate this, we are going to put up signs that indicate that anyone parking in our half circle must have a parking pass. Please know that you can come in to the office to obtain one at any time during our business hours, or make arrangements to procure one if you plan to be in the half circle outside of business hours. It’s sad that we have to do this and I’m so sorry for the hassle, but we need to keep our half circle open and available for those who come to tend to Cathedral matters and not for free parking for those who are trying to take advantage of us. Thank you so much for understanding.
That’s all I have for this week. Until we see one another at worship this weekend, please take care.
PS: on the way back to Hilo from Puako, I took the Saddle Road, where I had stunning views of Mauna Kea. I thought I’d share some photos with you, and you can see them here: