Ho’oku’ikahi Day observance on January 14 at Kawaiahaʻo Church

black and white image of Queen LiliuokalaniHo’oku’ikahi Day, or Reconciliation Day, honors the justice, reconciliation, and nonviolence of Queen Lili’uokalani.

This year’s 26th anniversary event will be held at 7 p.m. on January 14, 2018 at Kawaiahaʻo Church, 957 Punchbowl St in Honolulu. For event details, see the related calendar item.

The day commemorates the anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a 1993 public apology by the United Church of Christ to Na Kanaka Maoli at Iolani Palace and Kaumakapili Church, and a 1993 U.S. apology to Native Hawaiians made in Public Law 103-150. Ho’oku’ikahi Day has been commemorated each year since 1993. In 2014, the State Legislature established the official recognition date for Ho’oku’ikahi Day as January 17 of every year.

John Heidel to speak on “An Interfaith Approach to Life” at Jan. 8 Interfaith Conversations Windward (* note date change *)

John Heidel vintage photo

As America continues to struggle with the reality of becoming a nation of many faiths — as contrasted with those who believe we should be an exclusively Christian nation — it seems important that we explore ways of practicing an interfaith approach to spirituality and religion.

Please join us for a talk by John Heidel entitled, “An Interfaith Approach to Life,” on Monday, January 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pohai Nani Retirement Community, 45-090 Namoku St., Kaneohe, HI 96744. [Note special date.]

For more information, see the related calendar item.

“Justice in Hawaiʻi’s Penal System” is topic of Nov. 21 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableThe November 2017 Interfaith Open Table event features a discussion of Justice in Hawaiʻi’s Penal System from probation through reentry and the need for real rehabilitation and reform.

A panel of speakers from the judicial branch and advocacy organizations will invite discussion on Tuesday, November 21, 7 p.m. at Pacific Islanders United Methodist Church, 2106 Palolo Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816.

For more information, including the list of panelists and directions, see the related calendar item.

TIAH to Honor Buddhist Nun & Four Community Organizations on November 12, 2017

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Dr. Patricia Masters

Dr. Patricia Masters will be presented the Flame of Hope Award.

Four community organizations that spurred action to challenge the immigration ban, worked to enable education programs for housing and skills for reentry into society, developed education and restoration of Honouliuli Internment camp honored for their actions in the community. The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i (TIAH), a coalition of faith traditions, will honor four community organizations and Dr. Patricia Masters at its 15th Annual Awards Celebration on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The theme for this year’s event is “Rekindling Trust.”

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Chaplain Ruth Peterson speaks on the History of the Reformation at Nov. 6 Interfaith Conversations Windward

Martin Luther tacking up theses (black and white graphic)October 31, 1517 a young Augustinian monk hoped to start a conversation about matters of Faith within the Roman Catholic Church, and he ended up changing the world.

Who was Martin Luther? And why does something he did 500 years ago still matter today? Come and hear Chaplain Ruth lead a conversation on this topic.

The event is Monday, November 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pohai Nani Retirement Community, 45-090 Namoku St., Kaneohe, HI 96744.

For more information, see the related calendar item.

Billy Richards Speaks on “Rekindling Trust” at The Interfaith Alliance Hawaiʻi Annual Awards Celebration, November 12, 2017

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Billy Richards Speaks on “Rekindling Trust” at The Interfaith Alliance Hawaiʻi Annual Awards Celebration, November 12, 2017

“In God We Trust” “Trust me!” Often heard, often glibly spoken. From society’s institutions to personal relationships, accounts of the loss of or lack of trust headline the daily news. Do we even know what trust means?

The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘I (TIAH) explores the values and actions that underlie how, as individuals and society, we define trust through stories that witness the effects of trust on personal, cultural, faith, and community relationships at its 15th Annual Awards Celebration on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Read more

Church bells throughout Hawaii to toll on November 11, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the passing of Queen Lili’uokalani

Queen Liliuokalani in a black dress

Queen Lili‘uokalani. Photo source: James J. Williams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Liliʻuokalani transcended this earthly life on November 11, 1917. At 8:30 a.m. on the 100th anniversary of her passing — November 11, 2017 — churches and temples are encouraged to toll their bells in commemoration.

The tolling of bells will be a central element to a program of remembrance advanced by two Native Hawaiian state senators, Sen. Brickwood Galuteria and Sen. Kai Kahele.

closeup of a large church bell

St. Andrews Cathedral Queen Lili‘uokalani Bell (used with permission; source)

TIAH reaches out at Peace Day Hawaii event at Soka Gakkai International

Peace Day Hawaii 2017 “Journey for Peace with Aloha: Making Connections” was held this year on Saturday, September 16 at Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) Culture Center. Nainoa Thompson received the Distinguished Peace Maker Award.

Reaching out at the event were about 25 organizations with information booths — for example, “Medicinal Hui Mastergardener,” “Ceeds of Peace,” and “5th grade Iolani Peace Institute.”

literature table with TIAH banner and smiling TIAH representative

The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii had a good location and many came to our table. They especially enjoyed a “pick-one” of peace quotes from many famous people, literature, TIAH brochures, and peace stickers.

“Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity” is the topic of September 19 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableThe September 2017 Interfaith Open Table event features a timely discussion of Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity.

It is important in these times that faith-based and social advocacy groups unite in Solidarity to resist destructive immigration policies and to provide support for neighbors, friends, and family at risk of being banned, profiled, detained, or deported. What concrete actions can WE take to build the social and political coalitions that we need for the communities that we need to live in?

A panel of speakers from the faith, advocacy, and legislative communities will invite discussion on Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m. at 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813 (see map). For more information, including the list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

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