Beware of Scams

Last week, several church members received text messages purporting to originate from Kahu. Sometimes there is a request for money or gift cards immediately and directly; at other times they are vague about the “help” they need until they hear back to see how gullible the person is.

One of those messages over the weekend looked like this:

“I pray that you are safe and well. Do you have a moment? I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am extremely busy and could use your help please reply by text.

Peace and love

-Rev. Dr. Alan Akana”

Please know that neither Kahu nor Koloa Union Church asks for help by asking in a text—no matter how busy we may be. 

This is a scammer trying to steal your money by posing as Kahu. Please don’t respond to these requests, whether by text, Facebook or email. If we are ever in a position to request funds from individuals on an emergency basis, we will call you directly or make an appointment to see you in person.

It is unlikely that these persons will be caught as there are many of them and they may not even be contacting you from the island or in the U.S. However, we always appreciate it if you forward any of these scams to the church office or to Kahu so that we are aware when they are happening.

Prayers and Squares

You Event Koloa Union Church Poipu Youth Group

Tuesday, September 6, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Prayers and Squares is a ministry promoting prayer by creating beautiful hand-tied quilts and offering them to people in crisis or those whom we wish to offer a special aloha. A prayer is said with each knot that is tied in the quilt. When recipients put the quilts it over themselves, they are covering themselves with our prayers. Our motto: “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers.”

To request a quilt for church members or friends in crisis, call Debbie Gunning at 808-652-7899.

No experience in quilting or sewing is necessary. There are jobs for everyone to help in the making of the quilts…and everyone is invited to pray!

Grove Farm Train Ride, Museum & Guided Tour

Rev Dr Walt Weiss Koloa Union Church

Friday, September 9

9:00 a.m. Train Ride Meet at the train depot, which is just off Haleko Road (between Nawiliwili Rd and Rice St), across from the old Lihue Mill at the bottom of the valley.

10:00 a.m. Museum & Guided Tour As soon as we arrive at the Grove Farm Visitor Center (located at 4050 Nawiliwili Road in Lihue) after the train ride, we will gather to learn all about the sugar industry on Kauai, including the Wilcox Family and Grove Farm!

Lunch under the Kamani Tree Bring your own lunch and beverage for after the tour! Grove Farm has agreed to set up tables and chairs, especially for us. You may also browse in the gift shop after the tour is completed.

Suggested Donation: $10

Carpoolers will leave the church at 8:30 a.m.

Please RSVP on the signup sheet at church or by contacting the church office by September 1.

This activity is brought to you by the Koloa Union Church Activities Committee. If you have any questions about this activity, suggestions for future activities, or would like to serve on the committee, please contact Elizabeth Mares, Committee Chair.


Rev Dr Walt Weiss Koloa Union Church

Youth Group Sunday, September 11th 5:45 – 8 p.m.

“Young Stewards” Exploring Ideas of Stewardship For Today’s Generation of Young People Middle & high school students are invited to enjoy a delicious meal, games, community building, and a conversation about “stewardship.”

Friends are welcome! Please RSVP by September 7.

Lectio Divina

Rev Dr Walt Weiss Koloa Union Church
September 14th 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Join Kahu and Karen Johnson at the Smith Memorial Parsonage for a time to hear and respond to the Scriptures in a quiet, reflective and meaningful way. Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word.

Please RSVP by September 11 if you plan to attend.

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PLEASE NOTE that the video of the August 28th worship service is delayed a few days due to Michael Horning, our videographer, being on vacation.

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Lectionary Readings

Weekly Readings from the Bible

Each week, Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one reading each Sunday.

Reading for August 28: Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1-16; Proverbs 25:6-7; Psalm 112; Hebrew 13:1-16; Luke 14:1-14.
Reading for September 4: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-18; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1:1-21; Luke 14:25-33.
Reading for September 11: Jeremiah 4:11-28; Psalm 14; Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10.

Church Breakfast

Another Enjoyable Church Breakfast At Kiawe Roots on August 23 Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month for delicious food and a fun time getting to know others from Koloa Union Church!

Next breakfast will be September 27. Location TBA

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