Special Church Services, 2019

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 6, 2019

Queen Emma’s Birthday (January 2, 1836)

February 10, 2019

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

May 19, 2019

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

August 18, 2019

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

October 20, 2018

Princess Kaʻiulani’s Birthday (October 16, 1875)

November 24, 2019

Feast Day: King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma

December 8, 2019

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


Sundays at 5:30 pm, except as noted

January 6, 2019

for Epiphany

February 3, 2019

for Candlemas

March 3, 2019

the Feast of Charles and John Wesley

April 7, 2019

Honoring St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia

May 5, 2019

Honoring Prince Albert of Hawai‘i

June 2, 2019

In Memoriam, Hartwell Lee Loy

July 14, 2019

Honoring Rev. Samson Occom, 1st Native American Christian Minister

August 4, 2019


September 29, 2019

for Michaelmas

October 6, 2019

for St. Francis

November 3, 2019


November 31, 2019 (Friday)

Kirkin o’ the Tartan celebrating St. Andrew

December 8, 2018

for Advent Processional

Thanks to a generous grant from the Orvis Foundation.

Recent and Upcoming Services

Evensong for Samson Occom, 1st Native American Christian Minister Evensong for Samson Occom, 1st Native American Christian Minister

The Reverend Samson Occom (1723 – 1792) was a member of the Mohegan nation, from near New London, Connecticut, who became a Presbyterian cleric, the first Native American ordained Christian minister. He was believed to be a direct descendant of Uncas, the notable Mohegan chief (who was clearly not the last of his tribe). Occom was the first Native American to publish his writings in English, and also helped found several settlements. Together with the missionary John Eliot, Occom became one of the foremost missionaries who introduced Native American communities to Christianized European culture.

Rev. Occom is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on July 14. The Cathedral will honor him with an Evensong at 5:30 pm on his feast day. The setting will be the Evening Service by Todd Beckham, who will conduct the Cathedral Choir. Other music will include the Magnificat by Martin How, Nunc Dimittis by David Hurd, the anthem “Say, radiant seraphs, throned in light” by Oliver Holden (with text by Samson Occum), and a the Voluntary in D Major by William Selby.

In 1766, Occom went to England to raise money for an Indian charity school in Lebanon, CT, founded by Eleazar Wheelock. He preached his way across Britain from February 16, 1766, to July 22, 1767, delivering between three and four hundred sermons, drawing large crowds wherever ... More…

Evensong In Memory of Hartwell Lee Loy Evensong In Memory of Hartwell Lee Loy

Uncle Hartwell, a beloved member of the Cathedral, died on January 29, 2019. His funeral was held on March 1. Because of his long and devoted service to the Cathedral and our community, he was honored by a special Evensong on June 2, 2019, with the Cathedral Choir and Orvis choral scholars, under the direction of Music Director Todd Beckham. Service music featured Charles Villiers Stanford’s Evening Service in C, as well as the anthem, Evening Hymn by Henry Balfour Gardner.

Here are some slides from this event (photos by Ann Hansen):


Following is a tribute from Nohona Hawai‘i, formerly known as the Hawaiian Committee, of which Uncle Hartwell was a key member, by Ann Dugdale Hansen, current Chair.

Hartwell was a member of the Hawaiian Committee for decades.  He was a good listener and long-time DOE administrator who knew how to work within large organizations.  When he presented his ideas he did so thoughtfully and respectfully so they were immediately recognized as being wise and the right approach for that issue.

For years, Hartwell and his wife, Leimalama cared for the Cathedral’s kāhili.  In 2012, our sesquicentennial year, we created the two dignified kāhili that flank the high altar. Kāhili Master, Paulette Kekuewa Kahalepuna, guided the project organizing it into small approachable steps which we could manage without prior skill. Leimalama Lee Loy as President of the ʻIolani Guild, Paulie Jennings as Chair of the Hawaiian Committee and Aggy Kusunoki serving as liaison ... More…

Images from Holy Week Images from Holy Week

What a glorious Holy Week this year! Here are a few photos.

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday



2019 Schedule of Ali‘i Sundays and Evensongs released 2019 Schedule of Ali‘i Sundays and Evensongs releasedThe Cathedral has released its schedule of Ali‘i Sunday services and Evensongs. The Ali‘i Sundays honor members of the royal family of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, with particular emphasis on King Kamehamena IV and Queen Emma, as they were the founders of this Cathedral. They donated the land on which it stands, and Queen Emma personally supervised the building of the Cathedral edifice. On each of the Ali‘i Sundays the Hawaiian Royal Societies and other ahahui (Hawaiian clubs) join us for the 8:00 am Hawaiian service, and the front pews are reserved for them. A special reception follows. Their processions in and out add an extra note of pageantry to the Hawaiian service. More…

photo: stained glass depicting the sacrament

Advent processional, 2017:

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