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"Let Us Pray:  Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities natural and man-made. We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need. Amen.”


Dear Friends,

I ask every parish in the diocese to offer prayers for the people of the Big Island, who are suffering from the effects of the volcanic eruption; and for the people of Kauai, who are recovering from floods. 

"That all on the Island of Hawaii may be safe from the effects of the volcanic eruptions, and that those eruptions will soon cease, we pray to the Lord.

That all who were affected by the recent flooding, especially in Kauai, will be afforded the means to rebuild their homes and their livelihoods through the generous care of all the members of the Church, we pray to the Lord."

+ Larry Silva
Most Reverend Clarence (Larry) Silva
Bishop of Honolulu


Hawaii parishioners displaced by lava ask for prayers
By Anna Weaver Catholic News Service

5.30.2018 2:25 PM ET
Onlookers stand on a lava flow to watch the Kilauea Volcano May 26 in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. Hawaii County officials are alerting more residents in the Leilani Estates subdivision to flee fast-moving lava from Kilauea volcano. As of May 29, lava has destroyed 82 structures, including 37 homes. 


Paul and Rose Utes, members of Sacred Heart Parish in Pahoa, had to leave their home when lava from the Kilauea eruptions moved into their section of the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna on the Big Island.

At the time they heard the mandatory evacuation order, the couple, who own Black Rock Cafe in Pahoa, were prepping to cater food for Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva's parish visit that first weekend in May.

While the Utes were at their house retrieving their belongings, a fissure opened up across the street, sending a lava fountain shooting into the air. They later returned to get some of their dogs that had run off after the fissure explosion and a few more things. But with the road to their home fairly inaccessible, they haven't been back recently.

"It's just frustrating not knowing what's going on around your house," Paul said May 23 in a telephone interview with the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Honolulu's diocesan newspaper.

Yet Paul said they haven't accepted much relief support beyond temporarily staying in a friend's home because they feel there are other people who need it more. Their business hasn't been much affected by the eruptions so far. And they have insurance, though they still have to pay the mortgage on a house they can't live in.

The Utes, who have lived in Leilani Estates since 1991, now need to find a long-term place to stay.

"I don't want these houses. I want my house," Paul recalled his wife saying sadly as they drove around looking at potential rental properties that would allow their six dogs.

"If everybody could just keep all the people affected in their prayers," Paul asked. "I know a lot of people that lost their houses and need help. And they're devastated. And I know quite a few people who didn't have insurance and lost their houses."

Sacred Heart parishioners Richard and Nancy Robbins also live in Leilani Estates, but are four or five streets north of the current lava activity.

"God has looked out after us," Richard said.

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, 82 structures to date have been destroyed by lava in this latest outflow from Kilauea Volcano, erupting continuously since 1983. Lava so far has covered more than 2,223 acres.

While Hawaii County issued an evacuation order to subdivision residents, some residents like the Robbinses have gone back to living in their homes. They moved from Miami to Hawaii 19 years ago and love Leilani. Now they regularly drive around the subdivision checking on the homes of friends and neighbors.

"It's one thing hearing about it, one thing seeing pictures on TV," Richard said, but another to be there. "We got halfway down a street and we realized that (the rest of the) street didn't exist anymore."

Richard said fellow parishioners have been wonderful. One couple offered their deployed son's home as a temporary residence. The parish food bank asked if they needed food. A non-Catholic local friend has also offered their home further away on the island for Richard and Nancy if and when they might need to leave Leilani again.

"We aren't in any need, but it's nice to hear people ask you, even if you don't need it," Richard said.

"Leilani is a very, very tight community," he added. "I'm just hoping we can survive. I don't want to have to leave Hawaii."

At Sacred Heart Parish in Pahoa town, you might not know there's major volcanic activity going on just a few miles away if not for the busy parking lot full of news crews and aid workers, said Lindbergh Marzo, Sacred Heart's pastoral council president.

The parish, which is 3.5 miles from the eruption, has allowed media and relief workers to use the church's lot and office bathrooms. At one point the parish hall was a temporary crisis information center. Other parishes have been dropping off donations there as well.

St. Joseph Parish in Hilo filled a 15-person passenger van with food, water, blankets, pillows, clothing, gift cards and other items for Puna evacuees and dropped it off at Sacred Heart May 22. Parishioners also raised a $3,224 cash donation for a local relief fund.

Father Paul Li, vicar forane of the diocese's East Hawaii vicariate, said the parishes in the vicariate took up a second collection for volcano aid during Masses May 19 and 20, which was Pentecost Sunday.

Father Li's parish of St. Theresa in Mountain View, which is about 18 miles from Pahoa, and Holy Rosary Mission in Keaau collected $1,164 in their second collection and also delivered blankets, tarps, towels and other items to Sacred Heart for distribution to those displaced residents that need them.

"Some people are grateful for where they are and some people have a lot of anxiety," Marzo said of the people he knows displaced by the volcano activity.

Leilani Estates is a rural subdivision with large lots on a 22-mile grid. The smaller nearby Lanipuna Gardens also is affected. At least 24 fissures have opened up since May 3, spewing molten rock on what used to be a quiet subdivision, forming a lava lake, sending magma to the ocean and expelling poisonous sulfur dioxide gas.

Editor's Note: The Honolulu Diocese's three social service agencies -- Office of Social Ministries, HOPE Services Hawaii and Catholic Charities Hawaii -- are helping those affected by the volcanic activity. For information on how to donate to the agencies go to or

Weaver writes for the Hawaii Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Honolulu.


Aloha Kakou,

It has been amazing to see the outpouring of love from people all across Hawai'i and even the nation.  Mahalo nui to all that have donated both time and resources.  Your continued support is much appreciated.  This is a very unique disaster because unlike other disasters we do not know when this is going to end.  The needs are ongoing, and additional families are needing help each day.  What a wonderful opportunity for us to stretch and become a little more like our Savior as we minister to those in need.  I know many people want to know how they can help so I have listed below updated volunteer and donation needs.

Volunteers Needed:
Pu'uhonua O Puna Distribution Center at corner of Hwy 130 and Pahoa High School needs volunteers to help distribute items to families that have evacuated.  Here is the link to sign up...


World Central Kitchen Volunteer Come help local chefs prepare meals for our emergency first responders, firefighters and community residents affected by the disaster.  They will be prepping and delivering 500+ meals twice a day (lunch and dinner).  They can use help in the kitchen (professional kitchen experience preferred/must be comfortable with knives), assembly line (anyone), and delivery drivers. Location: 15 1450 KahaKai Blvd, Pahoa, HI 96778-6606

Salvation Army Distribution Center set up near the Pahoa Pool needs volunteers to help distribute items.  Here is the link to sign up:

Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) set up at the Pahoa Community Center needs volunteers to help with intake forms and to move people through the process.  Here is the link to sign up

The Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center and Pahoa Gym (pet friendly shelter) needs volunteers to assist the Red Cross workers.  To register with the red cross go to  After you register you will need to attend a brief 1 hr orientation at the Red Cross head quarters in Hilo 55 Ululani st.  Once the orientation is complete you will have access online to sign up for the shifts that you would like to volunteer.  

Donations Needed
Pu'uhonua O Puna (grass roots distribution center on corner of Hwy 130 and Pahoa High School) see wish list... go/60b0a4aa4a82aa6fa7- donations .  Please note that unlike the Red Cross, Pu'uhonua O Puna will take gently used items.

Pahoa Red Cross Shelter- see wish list here...  Items should be dropped off to the Pahoa Gym (pet friendly shelter).

Kea'au Red Cross Shelter-  see wish list here...  Items should be dropped off to the Kea'au Shelter   

Salvation Army is in charge of meal service for both the Pahoa and Kea'au Red Cross Shelter.  They are in need of help with hot meals.  If you have a certified kitchen and would like to provide a hot meal(s) or if you are willing to purchase hot meals from a restaurant and donate it to the shelter please call 756-0306

If you would like to donate money the best place to donate to is or  These monies go directly to relief efforts and to helping the families that have been affected.  

Other Ways you Can Help
If you have housing available for families in need please register your housing with this website

Perform at the Pahoa Shelter:  If you have a performing group (vocalists, dancers, musicians etc) and are interested in providing entertainment at the shelter please call Red Cross worker Amy Hegy 619-708-1970

God has great plans for Puna :)  Five years down the road we will be able to look back and see more clearly the mighty work that He is doing.  What a privilege to be instruments in his hands to help bring about this great work.  May God bless you in your efforts to serve our community.  May God bless all the families and individuals that are suffering right now that they will see clearly His plan for them. May God bless us as we serve that we can keep our minds and hearts centered and focused on Christ.

me ke aloha o ke Akua
Angie Woods


By Disaster Awareness Relief Team (D.A.R.T.)

Sacred Heart Parish is organizing to help evacuees in our community. We have tried to contact members of the parish who live in affected neighborhoods to find out how we can help. This past Sunday after Mass we signed-up those in need and those who can help with transportation, rooms or houses as well as other personal needs. We also ask that if you have changed your contact information in the past 2 years since our parish census: mailing or residence address, home or cell phone numbers or email, please update your information with us. In addition, our Food Pantry is preparing bags for those who need food assistance. Fr. Ernie is organizing people to visit, pray and talk story with those in the shelter in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Those who have visited said pillows and thick blankets are especially needed. Let us work together to sustain Puna in this trying time. Mahalo.

County Opens Eruption Information Center 

The County of Hawai’i and numerous service agency partners has opened a community information center in Pahoa to address the questions and concerns of people affected by the eruption in Puna.

The following agencies will staff the Information Center:

County of Hawaii – Office of Aging
Neighborhood Place of Puna
Child and Family Services
The Food Basket
Bodacious Women
Catholic Charities
HOPE Services Hawai`i
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
County of Hawaii – OHCD, Existing Housing Division

We encourage the Puna community affected by the eruption to avail themselves of the Information Center.  We are grateful to all of the agencies that have stepped up to offer help and comfort to our distressed neighbors.

Anyone wishing to make donations for those affected by the eruption please contact the Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306

15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Besides providing information about the eruption, the center will offer social service information for the evacuees from the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

Animal friendly, hosted by The American Red Cross and the Department of Parks and RecreationPahoa Community Center: 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Kea’au Community Center: 16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749

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 Composed in 1906,this song honors the great chiefs of the islands. Keawe of Hawaiʻi, Piʻilani who ruled the Hono bays of Maui; Kākuhihewa, chief of Oʻahu; Manokalanipō, king of Kauaʻi. The words are attributed to Kamehameha Nui on his death bed, as he counselled the chiefs surrounding him. They all agreed that only righteousness would preserve the nation of Hawaiʻi. Stanza 4 of the hui is our state motto taken from a speech by Kamehameha III, given at Kawaiahaʻo Church, July 31, 1843.


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Dear God,

We pray for our graduates today and lift them before you. We thank you so much for these we love and for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to us and to many others. And during this season of new beginnings, we ask that you would make their way clear. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit over their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened, instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store.

And today, again, we release our children straight into your tender care. Because we know that’s the best place they could ever be. We thank you in advance for all you have in store, for this day, for this year, for their lives.

We pray for protection, for your covering, that you would surround their lives as with a shield. Protect their coming and going. We ask that you would help them to live aware in a dark world and keep harm or evil intent far away. We ask that you would hide them in the safety of your powerful presence.

We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives, that you would give them understanding beyond their years. Thank you that your timing is perfect. We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper; that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that should be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory.

We ask that you would remind them every day how very much you love them, that they would find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.

We ask that you would teach them your ways and fill them with an unquenchable desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and the wisdom to look beyond outward appearances to the heart within. We pray that you would surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.

We ask for your peace to cover them. We ask for laughter and joy to fill their days. We pray that you would give them boldness and courage to face challenges set before them, with the confidence and peace that can only come from your spirit.

We ask that you would raise up greatness in their lives, greatness in this generation, willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.

Be a lamp for their feet, and a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.

In Jesus’ Name,