A Message from Kahu Akana



As we continue our Lenten journey this year, we pause each week and consider one of Jesus’ beatitudes (Jesus’ blessings in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5). This week’s beatitude is:

Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth.

On Sunday, we met at the beach as we considered how meekness is an attitude and way of being in the world. I mentioned in my sermon that it would be difficult to be proud and think that I am the center of the universe as I looked at the ocean in front of me on that clear day. It is immense and I am humbled to stand at the ocean and consider how vast and deep it is.

We also read from the third chapter of John’s Gospel, where Jesus told Nicodemus: “No one can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above (which can also be translated “born anew” or “born again”).” There is a certain humility we must have in order to start over, or admit that we don’t have our act together all the time, or begin seeing the world around us in a whole new way. Yet, this is what Jesus called people to do if they want to truly see the realm of God among us.

Our attitude makes a huge difference in how we see the world and how we create community and a world where God’s love is felt by everyone. I encourage us all to be open to new ways of being in the world, especially being humble so that we can see and learn new things.

I invite you to join us on Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock as we enjoy a soup supper and consider these things in reflection, conversation and prayer.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana


Since we were at the beach on Sunday, there is no video of this week’s sermon.

“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

A Message from Kahu Akana


We began Lent last week with our Ash Wednesday service when we were reminded that God remains with us throughout our lives and in the life to come. Our theme came from the first Beatitude (Jesus’ blessings in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5):

Blessed are the poor in spirit,for they will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

God is with those who are poor and those who seem to have little spirit left in their lives. God is with us when we are feeling that way. Even when we face the death of a loved one or our own mortality, God’s love never leaves us, and we have faith that we will someday rise in God’s loving presence. As I marked the foreheads of those who worshipped on Ash Wednesday with ashes, I reminded them of these beliefs as I said:

From dust you were made,

to dust you shall return,

and from the dust you shall rise.

On Sunday (the first Sunday of Lent), we focused on the second Beatitude:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

In my sermon, I talked about the ways we experience grief in our lives and pointed to Psalm 6, Luke 22 and Matthew 5, to learn what we can from the Scriptures about grief. Here are some of the highlight of the sermon:

  • Grief is a very real part of life, and there is no point in denying it or trying to pretend that we never grieve. King David is a great example of someone who openly mourns in God’s presence; and we see this openness before God over and over again in the Psalms.
  • Grief comes to us in many different ways. Sometimes we can’t get to sleep—like King David—no matter how tired we feel; and at other times sleep seems to be all we want to do—like Jesus’ disciples when they knew he was about to be arrested.
  • God is with those who grieve. We find great comfort in our grief knowing that it is never God’s way of punishing us, and in knowing that God loves us and blesses us in the midst of our greatest sadness.

I hope you will join us on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. as we share a simple meal together and then reflect and discuss the theme of the previous Sunday.

I also hope to see you at CHURCH ON THE BEACH this Sunday. See below for the details.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana


Click HERE to see a video of Sunday’s sermon. Videos of Kahu’s sermons are available most weeks. You can find them on our  church website <www.koloaunionchurch.org> and on our weekly e-news. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to church. You can also subscribe on YouTube anytime you watch a sermon; that way you can easily watch any past sermon and even receive a notification when a new sermon is posted.

To see a video of last week’s sermon, click HERE. (It was uploaded a bit late and was not included on the Weekly News.)


“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

Weekly News of the Church

On Wednesday evenings through April 5 at 6 p.m., Koloa Union Church will host soup suppers in Moore Hall. After supper, Kahu Akana will lead participants in a time of reflection and discussion on the beatitudes, based upon the previous Sunday’s sermon and Scripture readings. Please contact Penny or sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to bring soup, salad and/or bread on any of these Wednesdays.

Our worship service will begin at 11:00 am. on Sunday, March 12, at the main pavilion at Po’ipu Beach (across the street from Nukumoi Surf Shop).   Please bring a dish to share for our potluck luncheon.  Bring your beach chairs, too. There will be fun games for children and youth. Feel free to stay for the afternoon, as we have reserved the pavilion until 4 p.m. There will be no worship service at the church on March 12.

The men of the church are invited to breakfast on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 during the winter months at the Olympic Café in the Poipu Village Shopping Center. (The Café is right across from Keoki’s.)


”Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!