Stone church marks 75th anniversary

KILAUEA — Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will celebrate its the 75th anniversary of the consecration of its current plantation field stone church with a special service at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The Bishop of Hawaii, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, will join the Rev. Robin Taylor, vicar, and will officiate at the communion service. The service will feature thanksgiving and worship, hula and special music.

Following the service, members and visitors will celebrate with a brunch and a time of reflection and fun in the Parish Hall across the street from the church. The event will explore the history of the Parish House (originally a Buddhist Temple) and life in the sugar plantation community before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Special guest will be Jack Gushiken, Kilauea legendary talk story master, historian, farmer, guava grower, sugar executive and world-famed fisherman. Gushiken has lived in Kilauea during these many years of change. He has a host of colorful and informative stories to help residents understand the area’s past and future.

“We will recall our past, and consider our place in the Kilauea community and the North Shore of Kauai,” a press release said. “We will focus on our intention to heal the past, celebrate our successes and move forward with truth, hope and trust in God.”

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