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WHO WE ARE

 

OUR WORSHIP SERVICES

Above the Clouds
 Holy Nativity Church welcomes Everyone to join us for church services on Sunday mornings or at any of our church activities

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. 

Join us for coffee hour immediately after the service!


FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE
Second Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

Join us for music provided by our children!

SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES

Ash Wednesday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Blessing of the Animals

Christmas

OUR VESTRY MEMBERS

Bill Seeley

Austin Nokoa

Jean Steele

Nina Livingston

Senior Warden

Junior Warden

Treasurer

Clerk

Kim Garner

Lila Johnson

Ginnie Long

Tusi Mayer

Rich Miller

Jack Tonaki

Members At Large

Vestry meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Congregants are welcome to attend these meetings!

For more information call 808.373.2131

or send us an email at hncparish@gmail.com

 

OUR WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS

ACOLYTES & USHERS

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Ushers greet parishioners, pass out service bulletins and guide parishioners to the altar during  communion.  

ALTAR GUILD

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Altar guild members set the mood of a service. They keep the silver and brass sparkling, the candles ready to burn, the linens clean and crisp, and the flowers appropriate. This is a vital behind-the-scenes ministry that requires in-depth training and a deep commitment to the care of the sacristies of the church.

CHOIR

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The choir adds a musical presence at our worship service each Sunday and on special occasions.  

 

If you enjoy singing, consider joining our choir!  Practice is on Thursday evenings.   

EUCHARISTIC
MINISTERS

Communion

Eucharistic Ministers are lay leaders who assist the clergy during services.  They help the priest administer  communion. Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed Episcopalians and members of Holy Nativity who are licensed by the Diocese and serve at the pleasure of the Rector.  

LAY READERS

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Lay Readers lend their voices to reading the Old Testament lesson, the Sunday Psalm, the New Testament lesson, and the Intercession/Prayers of the People to the congregation during Sunday and other worship services. 

 

OUR HISTORY

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It can be said that Holy Nativity Church was born in a stable, for on January 23, 1949, Bishop Harry S. Kennedy held an inaugural Episcopal service in the office of the former Hind-Clarke Dairy on the site that is now Aina Haina Elementary School.

 

In those early days, the congregation jokingly referred to themselves as St. Mary in the Dairy!  

 

Soon after, a generous land donation from the children of Senator and Mrs. Robert Hind became the site of the present-day church and school.

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MONTEIRO CHAPEL

Later in 1949, ground was broken on the present church site at the corner of Kalanianaole Hwy and Nenue Street. 

 

First buildings constructed were the Chapel and classrooms for the day school. Native stone was used in the  construction.  

 

The Rev. John J Morrett was the first Vicar and also the first Rector of Holy Nativity.  

 

The chapel is named in honor of "Aunt Maggie" Monteiro, missionary, teacher, and our earliest model as a Christian Educator.   

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THE CHURCH

Today's main church was dedicated in September, 1954. Built to be simple yet attractive, it was awarded a national prize for beauty and functional design by the Church Architectural Guild of America.

The Hawaiian Church Chronicle  gave credit to both the architects (Law and Wilson), and to members of the congregation, from whom came many of the ideas for the building's ambiance.  

Over time there have been modifications, but the side doorways opening to quiet gardens, informal lines, the natural lava rock walls and grass-green carpeting highlighting the white marble altar and cross remain constant.   

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CHAPEL MURAL

We honor the mural which hangs in our Holy Nativity Memorial chapel.

 

Painted by Mrs. Winnie Waddoups in 1960, this mural shows the Nativity Scene in a beautiful Hawaiian setting. 

 

Children of different nationalities come to offer gifts to the Child Jesus - the little boy who has returned from fishing was designed after Mrs. Waddoup's own son, a young Filipino girls presents a lei to Jesus, an African boy offers a mango while an East Indian girl stands nearby, a Japanese girl carries a lantern, and a Chinese boy with a white dove also comes.

 

Golden rays symbolize the Hawaiian sunshine, silver rays, and the Hawaiian rain, three wise men are seen in the distance as three Hawaiian Ali'i as the star of Bethlehem shines above, and there is an offering of fruits, flowers and shells before Jesus with two tall angels bow in adoration.

 

We invite  you to visit our Chapel to view our lovely mural.

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HOLY NATIVITY CLERGY

John J. Morrett - Rector 1949 - 1962
Byron J. Clark - Rector 1962 - 1966
Charles T. Crane - Rector 1966 - 1988
Willard S. McGinniss - Interim Rector 1988 - 1989
John Clyde Millen - Rector 1989 - 2002
George Lane Downing - Interim Rector 2002 - 2005
Richard Vinson - Rector 2006 - 2011
David Kennedy - Interim Rector 2012
Debra A. Vanover - Rector 2012 - 2016
Luis Rodriguez - Interim Rector 2017-2018
Kathleen Cullinane - Interim Rector 2019
George Clifford - Interim Rector 2019
Elizabeth "Libby" Berman - Rector 2020

 
 

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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 BECOME OUR NEWEST MEMBER! 

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for church services on Sunday mornings or at any of our church activities. You do not have to join the parish in a formal way in order to worship, attend classes, or participate in activities.

 

The most important thing is that you worship and fellowship with us as we explore and strengthen our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 
 
At our church, anyone baptized with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, regardless of age or denomination, is welcome to receive Communion.

For more information call 808.373.2131

or send us an email at hncparish@gmail.com