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Christmas 2022

Mele Kalikimaka! The Meaning of Christmas “For He was made man that we might be made God.” St. Athanasius Incarnation of the Word §54 Contrary to the cultural holiday called “Christmas,” the Christian Christmas is about the birth of the … Continue reading

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Where’s the Rice?

Where’s the Rice? – An Asian American Response to Kevin Allen’s “Ready for the Coming Evangelical Collapse?” By Lopaka Iliahi Kevin Allen recently wrote: “Are We Ready for the Coming Evangelical Collapse?”  In it he notes that while the Orthodox … Continue reading

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Aloha Ke Akua

  The Hawaiians are known worldwide for their “aloha.” The word “aloha” has often been translated into the English word “love.” Aloha has also been understood to mean warmth and welcome, as well as kindness, sympathy, or compassion. The word … Continue reading

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Resurrection Sunday 2022

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! For Orthodox Christians, the highpoint of the year is Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Easter is more than one man coming back to life.  It is about the Son of … Continue reading

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Da Pidgin Bible

  Da Jesus Book is the New Testament translated into Hawaii Pidgin — the language spoken by about 600,000 people in Hawaii. Many locals in Hawaii have a hard time relating to English bibles that have unfamiliar words like: justification, … Continue reading

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The Bishop Likes Shave Ice!

Bishop BENJAMIN of Berkeley, CA, (OCA), on a visit to the St. Juvenaly Mission in Kailua-Kona has some shave ice. This shows that Orthodoxy can embrace local culture.

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  Aloha! Thank you for visiting! It’s great that there are a Greek Orthodox church and a Russian Orthodox church in Hawaii. But we also need an Orthodox church for the locals where the services are all in English … Continue reading

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