Saturday, March 28, 2015

Life Church

Life Church, a nondenominational Christian fellowship, meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in the space above Scandinavian Shave Ice in Kokonutz Restaurant on Alii Drive. The sermon title is "Forgive Yourself, Forgive Me, Forgive Others ... God."

A Wednesday home fellowship meets at 6:30 p.m.

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Big Island Friends

The Big Island Friends, affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers), holds weekly meetings for worship in East and West Hawaii.

For location, directions and more information, call 322-3116.

Kona United Methodist

The English congregation will meet at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Kona United Methodist Church. The sermon will be "Beneath the Cross," given by the Rev. Dr. Richard Stinson. The scripture will be Matthew 21:1-11, 27:11:54. Sunday school follows the keiki moment.

The Tongan congregation will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Tongan Men's Group meets every Sunday after worship. The Women's Unit Program meets on the second Sunday after worship. The last Sunday of each month is for youth activities. Choir rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The men's group meets for breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursdays at U-Top-It and then proceeds to the church for cleaning and maintenance of the facility.

The church is at 74-4960 Palani Road. For more information, call 329-5842 or e-mail

Calvary Chapel

A continuing verse-by-verse study of 2nd Corinithians, led by John Miller, pastor, will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at Calvary Chapel-Kona Coast.

A verse-by-verse study of Genesis led by Miller meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Church members meet at the LEAD Center, the former Hualalai Theaters building at Kuakini Highway and Hualalai Road in Kailua-Kona.

Call 322-0033 for more information.

Church of Light

Ecumenical Church of Light services are held at 10 a.m. Sundays at a location just off Mamalahoa Highway. The speaker will be the Rev. Ursula Vietze. Her theme will be "Entering the Kingdom of God."

Services consist of a guided meditation, sermon, psychic messages and music.

For more information and directions to the meeting site, call 325-5268.

Kona Hongwanji

The Rev. Shoji Matsumoto will continue on to part II of his Dharma message on "Afterlife" at Sunday's 9 a.m. English family service at the Kona Hongwanji Mission.

The Buddhist temple is located in Kealakekua between Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. Call 323-2993 for more information.


The Rev. Philip Buenavista will be sharing his message, "Two Kinds of Shout of the Same People," Sunday at Hoolokahi Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. The scriptural passage is taken from Matthew 21:1-11.

The combined contemporary and traditional worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship time follow the service.

The church meets in Kealakekua at the Hawaiian immersion school cafeteria below Konawaena High School. For more information, call 328-2365.

Kona Coast Chaplaincy

Brian Shioroma, associate pastor of Solid Rock Ministries, will speak Sunday at the Kona Coast Chaplaincy. Mary Katherine Trevithick is the featured musician and will lead worship.

The outdoor nondenominational Christian services begin at 10 a.m. each Sunday on the oceanfront lawn of Kona Inn Shopping Village on Alii Drive. In this informal setting, casual dress is welcomed and chairs will be provided.

Also offered are Tuesday night Bible studies, discipleship classes and fellowship.

Help is needed setting up and tearing down chairs and equipment before and after the service. Anyone able to help is urged to call the number below or meet at the church location at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 329-3242.

Kona Baptist

The Children's Choir presents the Easter mini-musical, "Alive Forever," at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Kona Baptist Church. Tullos Jones will share reflections on "The Lord's Table" and lead the congregation to observe the Lord's Supper following the program.

Small group Bible studies begin at 9 a.m. study God's Word.

Following the service, everyone is invited down to Keauhou Beach for a baptismal service and a time of celebration and fellowship.

The church is located two miles south of Keauhou Bay on the corner of Highway 11 and Puuloa Road, across from the fire station. For more information, call 322-3355 or visit


Korey Buchanek preaches the message, "The Lord's Table," from Mark 14:12-26, during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. The children also are giving a program titled "Looking for the Living." A nursery will be provided. A potluck lunch and fellowship immediately follow the service.

A New Believers class meets at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The youth group meets at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The church is located at 74-4972 Kealakaa St. Call 329-2688 or visit for more information.

Waikoloa Community

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and Al Harlow continues the countdown to Easter with a message from the parables of Jesus, "The King and the Kingdom" at Waikoloa Community Church.

The wiki wiki praise service begins at 8:30 a.m. and features ukulele music and a multimedia presentation. The traditional service at 10 a.m. includes hymns, the Sanctuary Choir and age-appropriate junior church for children. Fellowship and refreshments follow this service.

The interdenominational Christian church is at the end of Paniolo Avenue, across from the elementary school in Waikoloa Village. For more information, call 883-8944.

Grace Community

"The God of Transformation" is the current series being offered by Bruce Campbell at Grace Community Church. This week's message is "Who?" and is taken from Isaiah 40:12-21.

Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. A nursery and children's church are provided at both services.

The congregation meets at its ministry site next door to Kona Christian Academy, at 74-4889 Palani Road. For information on ministries and outreaches, call 326-9580 or visit

Holy Trinity Lutheran

Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity holds services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The Passion of our Lord according to Matthew will be read this Sunday (Palm Sunday). Children are dismissed for keiki church during the 10:15 a.m. service.

A coffee fellowship and adult education are offered between Sunday services. The Wednesday Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Call the church for more information.

An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The church is at 77-165 Lako St. For more information, call 329-5733 or visit

The Holy Week schedule is as follows: Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. includes a procession with palms and a reading of the Passion Story; Maundy Thursday service of foot washing, Holy Communion and stripping of the altar; Good Friday, Shadows Tenebrae service; April 24, Easter services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.

The church is at 77-165 Lako St. For more information, call 329-5733 or visit

Shakti Ma retreat

A Shakti Ma retreat, featuring healing meditation with Mirabai Devi and Roseann Buritz, will be held April 29 and 30 at the Aloha Center for Spiritual Living at Kohanaiki Business Park, 73-4080 Hulikoa Drive, Kailua-Kona.

The retreat begins April 29 with transmissions of divine light and love and devotional singing and chanting with Bernice and Manuel Roberto.

April 30 will be a day of immersion in spiritual light, love and healing. The group will explore its connection to divine grace and receive healing and illumination through deep silent empowerment meditation with Roseann Buritz, transmissions of divine light with Devi, questions and answers with the angelic guides, breathing and deep relaxation meditation will be taught by Bhagavan Buritz and mantra meditation. A vegetarian lunch and snacks will be served.

The retreat price is $250 all-inclusive. April 29 only is $30. Some karma yoga scholarships are available. For information and registration, visit or call 324-4425.

JOY Conference

The fourth annual JOY Women's Conference hosted by Abundant Life Ministries is set to get under way May 6 and 7 in Kailua-Kona.

This year's conference theme is "Women Inspiring Women." Among the topics to be presented are: inspiring women to know their past and dare to make their mark on history; connecting women to money, opportunities and dreams; informing and acting to end violence against women; educating today's young women to be leaders of tomorrow; investing in the empowerment of women entrepreneurs; and honoring remarkable women and remarkable legacies.

An opportunity is available for vendors to provide services or information for conference attendees. Contact Keahi Fernandez for more details at or 987-9247.

The conference will take place at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. The registration fee is $150, which includes three buffet meals. Special hotel room rates are available at $109 for all conference attendees.

Registration is available online at For more information, call 883-9512.


The Hokuloa United Church of Christ will begin the celebration of Holy Week with the pageantry of the procession of Jesus' final entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The service and children's Christian education program begins at 9 a.m. as the worshippers gather outside the sanctuary for the blessing of the palms. The congregation will proceed into the sanctuary for the annual reading of the Passion from the gospel according to Matthew. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service.

On Maundy Thursday, a worship service will be held at 7 p.m. Holy Communion and a service of Tenebrae will be celebrated.

The church, located in the historic church built by Lorenzo Lyons in 1858, is located on Puako Beach Drive. It is the white church on the right when entering Puako. There is ample parking. For more information or assistance, call 883-8295.

New Thought Center

New Thought Center of Hawaii will conduct an Earth Day celebration presented by Randyl Rupar and Ron Johnson with music by Joe Conti from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Keauhou Beach Park at the end of King Kamehameha III Road.

A potluck meal also is planned. Bring a potluck meal to share, beverage, serving utensils, a chair and swimming stuff is so inclined.

For more information, call 322-2232 or email

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Ministries International, or "Church on the Beach," meets Sunday at the north end of the Old Kona Airport Park in Kailua-Kona. A free breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. with praise and worship beginning at 9 a.m. Isy Manzo will be teaching from Acts, Chapters 5 and 6. Nursery, elementary Sunday school and junior high/teen Bible studies are available during the service.

The nondenominational Christian fellowship also has a midweek Bible study focusing on 2nd Peter, Chapters 2 and 3, that meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Regency at Hualalai's chapel. Those attending should check in at the front desk.

For more information, call 329-1965.


Kahu Wendell Davis continues his sermon series titled, "What Is God's Church?" with a message, "LAUNA: The Fellowship Of The Church," beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Kahikolu Congregational Church. His sermon is taken from Hebrews 12:4-6. Music will be shared by the Ohana and Na Opio Choir. Hymns, prayers and worship are conducted in Hawaiian and English. Following the service, refreshments and fellowship are held in the church hall, Hale Kapiolani.

Sunday school begins at 8:30 a.m. Children's church begins at 10 a.m.

The church embraces the final resting place of Henry Opukahaia, first Hawaiian Christian missionary, and is located near the bottom of Napoopoo Road. For more information, call 328-8110.

Christ Church

Christ Church (Episcopal) in Kealakekua has announced a full schedule of services for Holy Week and Easter.

c Palm Sunday services: 7:30 and 10 a.m. A dramatic reading of the Passion of Christ will be given at the 10 a.m. service .

c Morning prayer: 8 a.m. daily.

c Maundy Thursday: 6 p.m. Thursday, includes a homily and foot-washing. Following that, the congregation will meet at the community center for the Liturgy of the Table and an Agape meal.

c Good Friday: From noon until 3 p.m. is a service focusing on the Seven Last Words of Christ, including reflections on each of the final words offered by members of the congregation interspersed with periods of silence and musical pieces based on the words of the Lord; 6 p.m., traditional Good Friday service followed by an all-night vigil.

c April 23: 7 p.m., Holy Saturday service. Members will gather outside the historic church for the lighting of the Paschal Candle, then process in for the Great Vigil of Easter.

c Easter Sunday services: 7:30 a.m., traditional Holy Eucharist; 10 a.m., traditional Holy Eucharist with music; and 10:30 a.m., Easter egg hunt.

The church is located off Highway 11 on Konawaena School Road. For more information, call 323-3429.

Bahai Faith

Bahai Faith followers celebrate the Declaration of Bahaullah at 3 p.m. Thursday in the grassy Keauhou Heritage Corridor Park on the corner of Kamehameha III Raod Road and Alii Drive.

Followers of the teachings of Bahaullah invite the public to experience the historical importance of this meeting which is the first of 12 days known globally as the Ridvan Festival in every country, city, township, village and hamlet.

The prophet-founder of the faith lived in Baghdad on the banks of the Tigris River when He was exiled from His land of Iran on April 21, 1863. Many Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Muslims and government officials gathered to hear His address on that day.

There is never a charge for an attendance to a Bahai event. Light refreshments will be served at 4 p.m.

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