Sharing Aloha since 1835
E Komo Mai!
Welcome to Koloa Union Church!
We are followers of Jesus—the man who opened his arms to all kinds of people (including the scorned and oppressed, the poor, those living on the margins of society, and people from other places), who gave voice to the voiceless, who fed the hungry and healed the sick. Following in his footsteps, we welcome people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities; and we share God’s love in its many forms. We are a diverse community where everyone has something to offer. Come and join us—let us follow Jesus together!
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!
Church Location: 3289 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
We are located in the heart of Koloa on Poipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Poipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkey pod trees. It is a lava rock church in old Hawaiian style with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the property.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756
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Our Recent Worship Services
Worship During COVID-19
10:30 a.m. on Sundays
Our Board of Deacons and Church Council are committed to do all in our power to keep our congregation healthy and safe in the midst of this pandemic. While members, friends and visitors have varying theologies and opinions about worship services, role of government and health guidelines, we hold life as sacred and believe the imperative to protect and preserve life outweighs all other considerations.
Since Sunday, June 14, 2020, we have been worshiping back in our sanctuary after offering only online worship services. As long as we believe it is safe, we will continue to to offer on-site worship services. We continue to provide our weekly services online for those who are uncomfortable or unable to return at this time (usually available by Wednesday each week).
We Welcome Visitors to Our Worship Services!
Please Abide by Our Visitor Guidelines below.
Seating in the Sanctuary
More Space Under the Big Tent on the Patio
Live-streaming in Moore Hall on a Large TV Monitor
Please arrive BEFORE 10:30 if you wish to be seated in the sanctuary!
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES IF…*
You are not required by the State of Hawaii or County of Kauai to quarantine
You have been on the island for at least 10 days with no Covid-19 symptoms
You, your family, or social bubble, have not had close contact with anyone
(sharing meals, visiting less than 6 feet without face masks, etc.)
who has been off the island or visited you from off-island in the past 10 days.
You or any member of your household or social bubble have not been exposed
to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 for at least 14 days.
You do not have a fever of 100°F or higher or have any symptoms of Covid-19.
*You MAY attend worship services if you have received a negative result from a Covid-19 test at a site approved by the State of Hawaii at least 3 days after travel, exposure to anyone who has traveled off or to the island, or exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and if you are not otherwise required by the State of Hawaii or County of Kauai to quarantine.
Visitors are also asked to abide by “Guidelines for Attending Worship Services” below.
In order for everyone to remain safe while worshiping with us, we ask that you attend church with the following expectations:
- Approach the sanctuary with a cloth face mask that completely covers your mouth and nose. Wait for instructions before removing your face mask once you are in the sanctuary.
- Use a name tag to help us identify who you are. (It’s a little trickier with face masks!)
- You will be asked to affirm that you are healthy & have no symptoms of COVID-19.
- Your temperature will be taken before entering the sanctuary (with a “no touch” thermometer).
- You may drop off your offering in an offering bowl as you enter or leave the sanctuary.
- An usher will assist you in finding a seat. Once you are seated, please remain in your seat until the end of the worship service. If you have to use the restroom or leave your seat for any other emergencies, please place your face mask back on and allow others around you to do the same.
- Do not plan to make any verbal announcements. Please submit any verbal announcements in writing to the church office ahead of time.
- Offer joys and concerns for our prayer time by writing them down on a prayer card and dropping off the card as you enter. You may also contact the church office or the pastor directly.
- Put your face mask back on before the benediction and keep it on until you are at your car or off church property.
- Take your bulletin home with you or drop it off in the blue recycling container next to the Deacons’ cabinet.
- Please return permanent name tags (if you have one at the church) to the table in front of the name tag cabinet. Do not replace your name tag directly into the cabinet!
- Children are asked to sit with their families. There will be no Sunday school at the church until further notice.
- Children are not allowed to use playground equipment or play games with others where physical contact is involved.
- Remember: please stay home if you are sick, if you have a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19; or have had any known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days.
A Scent-Free Environment: We have members, friends, and a kahu who are highly allergic to various scents, often resulting in coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and speaking, as well as other symptoms. Heavy perfumes and colognes are particularly troublesome. We are requesting that our church be, as much as possible, a “scent-free” environment during worship services, social activities and meetings. We realize that there is no way to keep all scents away, and we plan to continue having fresh flower arrangements each week and leis for special occasions, but we do ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of those around them when it comes to perfumes, colognes and lotions.
Alan Akana Gallery
Due to the pandemic, the gallery will be closed until further notice.
Online purchases are available.
Items may be shipped for a fee or you may arrange for pickup at gallery.
Koloa Union Church hosts a gallery featuring the works of Kahu (Pastor) Alan Akana. The gallery is just around the corner from the church at 3281 Waikomo Road in the historic Smith Memorial Parsonage, a beautiful building on the grounds formerly owned by Congregationalist missionaries. Proceeds from sales at the gallery support the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of the parsonage. Dr. Akana has been watercoloring the flowers of Hawaii since 1993 and features his work of over a quarter of a century. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.
|“ON EAGLES’ WINGS”|
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
|Sunday, February 7|
|On Sunday, Kahu will be sharing about finding strength during challenging times and how the strength we received from God will help us soar to new heights.|
We have plenty of room for attendees to sit in a safe distance from others in the sanctuary, on the patio, and in Moore Hall where folks can watch the worship service on a large screen.
Please put your face mask on as soon as you arrive on church property and be sure to familiarize yourself with all of our pandemic guidelines, which are included on our homepage.
ADOPT A FAMILY
January and February Project
|Koloa Union Church has adopted a family who is temporarily homeless on the island: a single mom and her 1-year-old son. They have lost their housing since the pandemic and found themselves living in a tent. They are on “the list” for housing assistance and need help to just get by while they wait. In the meantime, they are in urgent need of some shelter reinforcement to help with the rain and wind, as well as some covered area that can function as extended living space for the boy to play. Please consider monetary donations to go toward purchasing basic needs or else contact the church office if there is something in particular you would like to donate. (We have a list of specific needs.)|
Donations are requested by Feb 21st.
Mahalo to everyone for your continued support!
Weekly Readings from the Bible
During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.
—Kahu Alan Akana
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.
Readings for January 31 are Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28.
Readings for February 7 are Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-21; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39.
Readings for February 14 are 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9.
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