Special Church Services, 2020

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 the 8:00 am service on these special occasions.

January 5, 2020

Queen Emma’s Birthday (January 2, 1836)

February 9, 2020

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

May 24, 2020

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

August 16, 2020

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

October 18, 2020

Princess Kaʻiulani’s Birthday (October 16, 1875)

November 22, 2020

Feast Day: King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma

December 13, 2020

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


Sundays at 5:30 pm, except as noted

January 26, 2020

Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord

February 23, 2020


March 22, 2020


Our beautiful evensongs are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Orvis Foundation.

Recent and Upcoming Services

Lenten Events at the Cathedral for 2020 Lenten Events at the Cathedral for 2020

The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday, February 26 and continues until Easter Sunday, April 12. Here are some of the events planned for this most important season of the Christian year, starting with three services for the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday and continuing with five Sunday film/discussion sessions and three Wednesday evening Lenten supper/discussion sessions.

Ash Wednesday

Services will be held at 7:00 am, 11:30 am, and 5:30 pm. The 5:30 service will include the Cathedral Choir and organ. The Rev. Keleawe Hee will officiate at all three services.

Signs of Life

For the five Sundays in Lent during March, the Formation Committee is offering the Signs of Life Program developed jointly by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and Virginia Theological Seminary. Each Sunday we’ll meet in the Manger from 9:15 to 10:10. We will watch and listen to a 15-minute video and then discuss how the Sign of Life featured that day has impacted and may continue impacting our faith journey. There will be suggestions for the coming week in which we can be especially attentive to that sign.

SSJE and VTS have produced a Lenten calendar showing ways to implement those suggestions and to structure our Lenten disciplines, including the seven practices in the Way of Love. We will provide you with a copy of the complete Signs of Life Calendar in your bulletin on February 23. You may download your own copy from ... More…

Christmas Service and Event schedule, 2019 Christmas Service and Event schedule, 2019

Here is the Cathedral’s schedule of events for Christmas 2019:

December events:

  • Advent Lessons and Carols December 8, 5:30 pm
  • ‘Iolani Chorus and Hōkūloa Singers’ Christmas Concert, December 20, 7:30 pm
  • Candy making, Davies Hall, Saturday December 21, 9:00 am
  • Greening of the Cathedral, Monday December 23, 9:00 am
  • Christmas Eve:
    • 5:30 pm Family Service with Bishop Fitzpatrick, jointly with St. Paul’s and St. Peters
    • 7:30 pm Holy Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir
    • 10:30 pm Carols, with the Cathedral Choir
    • 11:00 pm Midnight Mass, with the Cathedral Choir and Bishop Fitzpatrick
  • Christmas Day: 10:00 am Hawaiian Holy Eucharist, with the Hawaiian Choir

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