Aloha and Welcome to Sacred Heart Church Pahoa

“Cor ad cor” ... Heart to heart! ...Cor ad cor loquitur! ... Heart speaks to heart

Our Parish Today


Introducing our new priest Father John Molina as he starts his ministry at Pahoa Sacred Heart Parish on June 30, 2018


I am Fr John Timbreza Molina. I was born on February 8, 1967. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but my parents, who originated from Abra, migrated from Manila to Hawai‘i in the late 80’s. I entered the seminary when I was 14 . I pursued my seminary studies in the Philippines and later on professed the religious vows in the Order of the Clerics Regular of Somasca (Somascan Fathers). The Religious Order where I belong mainly takes care of orphans. After my priestly ordination on August 15, 1998, I was assigned to study and then do my priestly ministry in Italy. There I stayed for 15 years. In September of 2014, I returned back definitively to the Philippines. Periodically, I was then being sent to Vietnam where my Religious Order was planning to open a new foundation. I was then in contact with Vietnam for a total of 1 year and a half. On April 8, 2017, I came to Hawai‘i to be near to my aging mother and with the intention to offer my help to wherever our Diocese needs. I thank the Good LORD for our kind Bishop Larry Silva who received me in a very fatherly way.

When I arrived in Hawai‘i, I immediately substituted for two months the pastor of Malia Puka o’Kalani in Hilo. After that, I went for a month at Sacred Heart Parish – Wai‘anae and then settling by the end of July 2017 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu to help for the Holy Masses and Confessions and then also in the Hospital Ministry at the nearby downtown hospitals.

On April 20, 2018, I received the letter of appointment from our kind Bishop Larry Silva to take the post of our good friend Fr Ernesto Juarez, Jr who is now recalled by his own bishop. God is good all the time! Everything is grace! And this gives me consolation that in my limits and weakness “I will be able to do all things in HIM who strengthens me”. 

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   

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

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

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

Volcano Alerts

Sign up for text message and email alerts here.


Lava Flow Facts

Office of the Mayor Press Release

More Lava Videos





Sacred Heart Micro Shelter Build Day


Mass Schedule


7:00am, 9:00am, and 11:00am



 Monday, Wed-Saturday 8:00am  


Saturday Vigil - 5:00pm

First Friday 

Star of the Sea Painted Church



   Saturdays 4:20-4:50pm. or by appointment





Upcoming Events


Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


How to survive — and thrive — After a change in pastors Seeing a beloved priest leave and a new one come to the parish can bring trepidation — but also opportunities for growth Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly


Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club performing a medley of Hawai'i Aloha, Amazing Grace and Aloha 'Oe.  

The Necessity for Meditation, Fr. Thomas Keating