Halawai Sunday Worship Service: Hawaiian Language Church Service

Kawaiaha‘o Church is heralded as the “Westminster Abbey of Hawai‘i” built by God, through Na Ali‘i O Hawai‘i, for the people of Hawai‘i Nei.  Kawaiaha‘o Church hosted many pivotal events that molded an island nation in strength, hope, faith and love.

In 2017, Kawaiahaʻo Church began Halawai Sundays, Hawaiian Language Services, starting on a trial basis, the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 5:00 PM.  These services are approximately 45 minutes led by worship leaders Kaipo Kanahele, Ipo Wong, and Keola Wong.

The order of worship is as follows:

  • Pule Wehe and Ka Pule A Ka Haku
  • Himeni
  • Pule
  • Heluhelu Paipala
  • Heluhelu Himeni
  • Himeni
  • Haiolelo – Olelo Laula
  • Lulu/ Himeni/ Pule
  • Himeni Hookuu
  • Pule Hookuu

We encourage everyone to bring their own Hawaiian bibles to the Halawai.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in worship.

Kawaiahaʻo Church also holds Aliʻi Sunday Services.  Ali‘i Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiaha‘o Church, which began about 1914.  In the 1970’s our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change.  In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawai‘i’s people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke Akua, the Reverend Dr. Abraham Akaka rejuvenated these services as part of the larger cultural awakening already taking place.  He reminded us of the importance “to unite as the people of Hawai‘i and to recognize the leadership our Ali‘i gave us as Christians.” We celebrate eight Ali‘i Sundays which are held as part of a larger series of celebrations recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of which always occurs on or just before the birthday of the Ali‘i.  We invite you to join us.

E komo mai iloko o Ka Halepule kākou. E Nānā I Ke Akua a me Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i Nei