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The Church in Hawaiʻi

Episcopal Belief and Practice

We are unified by our belief in the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe God offers unconditional love and eternal life to those who place their trust and faith in Him and who strive to follow Christ’s teachings of compassion, justice, mercy, respect, and love towards others. Central to our life in faith is the concept of stewardship — the belief that all things in creation (including our own talents, skills, and financial resources) come from God. We believe God has entrusted these gifts to us to be used wisely and responsibly for the good of all people.

photo: Christian fish symbol at fountain of The Cathedral of St Andrew in Honolulu, Hawaii

The Episcopal Church strives to offer a moderate and inclusive approach to faith. While the church presents clear, biblically based teaching and guidance on most subjects, we also understand there are some issues in life that can be experienced and interpreted in different ways by different people. We encourage respectful listening, dialogue rather than debate, and “unity in diversity” among our members as we seek to live faithful and fruitful lives.

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Episcopal History, Traditions, Beliefs and Organization

The Diocese of Hawai‘i

photo: Queen Emma (Hawaii); photo retouched by J.J. Williams
Queen Emma

The Episcopal Church in Hawai‘i began in 1862 when King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma — a lifelong Anglican — invited the Church of England to Hawai‘i. The King and Queen supported the Church’s establishment throughout the islands with gifts of land, and by founding St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu. Queen Emma also founded Queen’s Hospital (now Queen’s Medical Center) and St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls in Honolulu (now St. Andrew’s Schools, with separate programs for boys and girls).

Learn more:
history of the church in Hawaiʻi

photo: The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick Bishop of Hawaiʻi (2016)
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Fifth Bishop of Hawaiʻi

Today, the Diocese consists of 37 worshiping communities on five islands. About half of these are on the island of O‘ahu, where Honolulu is located, while the others are distributed among Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island.

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