‘The church Super Bowl’

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island

    Pastor Steve Rex leads a prayer before Friday’s crosswalk from the Lihue Civic Center to Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, where a Good Friday service was held.

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island

    Pastor Vill Galiza carries the cross on Good Friday as the crowd starts out from the Lihue Civic Center and heads to church services at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island

    Ray Delos Santos carries the cross on Good Friday as the crowd walks on Rice Street and heads to church services at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

LIHUE — Look happy, Pastor Steve Rex told the 75 people circled around him Friday evening.

“Be the light of Jesus,” he said. “We want to reflect him.”

They did their best.

As the crowd walked from the Lihue Civic Center to Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, where a Good Friday Service was set to begin at 7, they laughed, smiled and waved to passersby who honked their horns.

Chase Gushi was the second to carry the wooden cross, passed on by Pastor Vill Galiza.

Gushi held it high and looked straight ahead as he walked on Rice Street.

“Giving it to God,” he said. “Laying it at his feet because he died for my sins and he died for yours, too. He died for everyone around the world.” He urged others to “seek him first.”

Rex said carrying the cross is part of the Christian faith in the resurrection that will be celebrated Easter Sunday.

“Without the resurrection, we wouldn’t have any hope. The whole purpose of Jesus dying on the cross was to pay the price for our sins,” Rex said.

About half of Americans plan to go to church on Easter Sunday, according to a 2018 National Retail Federation study. That’s more than how many will usually sit in a church pew on a weekend.

A 2016 Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 77 percent of American adults believe Jesus Christ was the son of God sent to Earth to die for the sins of people. Fourteen percent didn’t believe that to be true, the survey found.

Either way, churches around Kauai will reach out Sunday with services beyond their sanctuary walls, at beaches, parks, and resorts. They will have special music and messages as they proclaim, “He is Risen.”

There will be dance, drama and decorations. Churches will keep it going after services, too. Some will offer free luaus, egg hunts and breakfasts.

Ohana Christian Fellowship is having its “Day of Hope” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kapaa Beach Park on Easter Sunday. There will be free lunch, music, haircuts, clothing and household goods, prizes, an egg hunt and activities for keiki.

“In a sense, this is like the church Super Bowl,” Rex said. “It’s the big event of the year, it’s the biggest Sunday of the year. This is the time of year people are going to bring people that don’t know Jesus. They’re going to bring their family, they’re probably going to bribe them with a big meal afterwards. But this is the opportunity where everybody comes to church.”

John Small with Jesus Reigns Ministry said he wanted to be at Friday’s crosswalk to share his faith in that Christ rose from the dead, three days after being crucified some 2,000 years ago.

‘I want to be here to thank him, to celebrate and to declare to Kauai, declare to the world, that he is alive, that he reigns, and he wants to bless us and save us. That’s why he came.”

  1. harry oyama April 20, 2019 6:59 am Reply

    Brain-washed ignorant people wasting their time in this ridiculous religious belief of make believe fantasy since Jesus Christ never existed, nor did he died on a cross or rose from the dead to become some savior for humankind.

    Makes it so illogical, yet people believe blinding without questioning its true intentions, which is to manipulate the ignorant and steal your money, besides keeping the masses under control by the clergy in fear.

    1. Debra Kekaualua April 20, 2019 10:37 am Reply

      “Brainwashed ignorance” as it relates to easter as well as americanization of the world, not only Hawaii-nei! Nonetheless, i have found peace in the “planning director” entity, Uhane Hemolele. I’m celebrating with saint mattress instead of a free food luau prepared by corporate nonprofit human gathering hypocrits! Super bowl egg salad sandwiches and the pink bunny that keeps going and going and ringing hells bells as they bargain for their forever seats in heaven.

    2. Hwneye April 20, 2019 10:39 am Reply

      “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.””
      ‭‭John‬ ‭8:47‬ ‭NIV‬‬

      Praying for you H. Oyama

      1. jeshush April 20, 2019 6:00 pm Reply

        easy there guy

  2. David Presley April 20, 2019 4:20 pm Reply

    I always get confused, which Jesus?
    Catholic Jesus, Protestant Jesus, Lutheran Jesus, Mormon Jesus?
    Which Jesus?

  3. harry oyama April 20, 2019 4:55 pm Reply

    Don’t need your prayers as it is foolish enough for the stupid believing in some mickey mouse make believe “god”. I believe in science not any religious non sense where lazy ones don’t think logically and are like sheep being led to the slaughter house praying to something (god) that never existed but is instilled by fear by the church to keep you in servitude and control. I plan my own destination based on scientific facts not make belief fantasy

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