Special Church Services

Services for upcoming holy days, other special services, and programs that blend prayer, fellowship, and learning. Updated regularly.

Also see:
schedule of regular services • calendar of events

Aliʻi Sundays

The Royal Societies are invited to these special occasions.

January 7, 2018

Queen Emma’s Birthday (January 2, 1836)

February 11, 2018

King Kamehameha IV’s Birthday (February 9, 1834)

May 20, 2018

Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Baptism/Conf. (May 18, 1896)

August 19, 2018

Prince Albert’s Birthday and Baptism (May 20, 1858)

September 2, 2018

Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Birthday (September 2, 1838)

October 21, 2018

Princess Kaʻiulani’s Birthday (October 16, 1875)

November 25, 2018

Feast Day: King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma

December 9, 2018

King Kamehameha V’s Birthday (December 11, 1830)


Sundays, except as noted

January 7, 2018

for Epiphany

February 4, 2018

for Candlemas

March 11, 2018

for Bishops’

April 22, 2018

for Earth Day

May 20, 2018

for St. Dunstan/Pentecost

June 17, 2018

for Kamehameha Day

July 22, 2018

for Mary Magdalene

August 19, 2018

for St. Mary the Virgin

September 30, 2018

for Michaelmas

October 21, 2018

for Princess Ka’iulani

Friday, November 30

for Kirkin o’ the Tartan

December 9, 2018

for Advent Processional

Thanks to a generous grant from the Orvis Foundation.

Upcoming Services

Queen Lili’uokalani’s Birthday, September 1, 2018


Prince Albert Kamehameha, May 20, 1858-August 27, 1862

Prince Albert was born on May 20, 1858 at the residence of Ihikapukalani, which his father had built for his mother. As Crown Prince and heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, he was named ‘His Royal Highness, the Prince of Hawai‘i’ by the Privy Council on May 24, 1858. He was the only son of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who, during his short life, was adored by the Native Hawaiian public, and was affectionately known as Ka Haku O Hawai‘i (the Lord of Hawai‘i). His birth was celebrated for many days throughout the islands. He was the last ever to be born from any reigning Hawaiian monarch.

He was given the Hawaiian name, Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa, after his adoptive grandfather, Kauikeaouli, who reigned as Kamehameha III. Translated from the Hawaiian language, it meant “the beloved child of a long line of chiefs, a sign in the heavens.” He was named Albert Edward in honor of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. Despite the great differences in their kingdoms, Queen Emma and Queen Victoria became lifelong friends.

Prince Albert, during his lifetime, was also made an honorary member of Fire Engine Company Number Four in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was given his own Company Four red uniform. It was said that the Prince would rather have become a fireman. His four birthdays were national holidays.

In August 1862, the usually serene child became ... More…

Pentecost/Celebration of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s baptism & confirmation 2018

This year we held a dual celebration, of the Feast of Pentecost and the baptism and confirmation of Queen Lili’uokalani, May 28, 1896.

During the overthrow and the Queen’s imprisonment, Bishop Alfred Willis of St. Andrew’s Cathedral openly supported her, while Reverend Henry Hodges Parker of Kawaiahaʻo supported her opponents. Bishop Willis visited and wrote to her during her imprisonment and sent her a copy of the Book of Common Prayer. Shortly after her release on parole, the former queen was baptized and confirmed by Bishop Willis in a private ceremony in the presence of the sisters of St. Andrew’s Priory. In her memoir, Liliʻuokalani recalled:

That first night of my imprisonment was the longest night I have ever passed in my life; it seemed as though the dawn of day would never come. I found in my bag a small Book of Common Prayer according to the ritual of the Episcopal Church. It was a great comfort to me, and before retiring to rest Mrs. Clark and I spent a few minutes in the devotions appropriate to the evening. Here, perhaps, I may say, that although I had been a regular attendant on the Presbyterian worship since my childhood, a constant contributor to all the missionary societies, and had helped to build their churches and ornament the walls, giving my time and my musical ability freely to make their meetings attractive to my people, yet none of these pious ... More…

Holy Week & Easter 2018

From Fr. Moki’s message April 4, 2018:

I cannot express to the community how grateful I am for our Holy Week and Easter Sunday offerings. Todd and the choir work incredibly hard to come up with the beautiful music that so enhance our worship experiences. And I cannot thank the Altar Guild enough for all their hard work, especially in the absence of their chair. To all of you who came and helped and to all of you who came in worship, please except my deep and heartfelt thanks.”

Three sermons by Fr. Moki from Holy Week are posted here:

Following are some slides from Holy Week and Easter, courtesy of Ann Hansen. More slides will be welcome! Send your pictures to eNews@thecathedralofstandrew.org!


Ash Wednesday Services, 2018

Ash Wednesday falls on February 14 this year. We will offer three services for the imposition of ashes:

  • 7:00 am, Cathedral quire (choir stalls)
  • 11:30 am, Cathedral quire
  • 5:30 pm, Cathedral



photo: stained glass depicting the sacrament

Advent processional, 2017:

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