Stories

  • Story: The Hardest Thing - September 25, 2022 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 They were an unusual collection of friends. They literally came from different parts of the world: from land, from sea, and from air, a mongoose, a honu, and a kolea. I don’t know how it first happened, but they’d developed the habit of taking a spot on … Continue reading Story: The Hardest Thing
  • Story: World of Weeping - September 18, 2022 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1Psalm 79:1-9 Up on Kilauea, where people look out over the great crater/caldera at the summit, a little girl was crying as if her heart would break. Why? Well, it probably had something to do with a trip and a fall and some bruised knees, and maybe because a favorite stuffed … Continue reading Story: World of Weeping
  • Story: Over and Around - September 11, 2022 Exodus 32:7-14Luke 15:1-10 A few weeks ago, you might recall, I told a story about nene school. Do you remember that at all? In the story, the class got to talking while the teacher was working with one of the students. They didn’t listen when their teacher asked them to be quiet, … Continue reading Story: Over and Around
  • Story: Here. Not There. - August 21, 2022 Psalm 71:1-6Luke 13:10-17 It’s been a while since I told a story about this kind of fish. It’s called a hinalea, a cleaner wrasse – in fact, a Hawaiian cleaner wrasse – and they’re small fish that live along the reefs in somewhat deeper water. As small fish, you’d expect they’d be … Continue reading Story: Here. Not There.
  • Story: When Nene Get Cranky - August 14, 2022 Jeremiah 23:23-29Luke 12:49-56 It might surprise you to hear that young nene go to school. Many of us wish that their classes included one in staying away from roads that have cars moving on them, but apparently they don’t. As you’d expect, though, they teach a lot about two of the big … Continue reading Story: When Nene Get Cranky
  • Story: Two Wings and a Prayer - August 7, 2022 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16Luke 12:32-40 The oma’o is a fairly small bird, living on the lower slopes of the volcanoes from Hamakua to Ka’u. When you’re an oma’o chick, you’re even smaller. He hatched and grew up in a hole in a koa tree, and about the only thing he could even imagine … Continue reading Story: Two Wings and a Prayer
  • Story: The Ambitious ‘Amakihi - July 31, 2022 Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23Luke 12:13-21 To you and I, an ‘amakihi nest doesn’t look that big. It’s sort of an irregular ball shape – it doesn’t look exactly like an egg, but you might possibly think, “Oh. It does look a little bit like an ‘amakihi egg, only larger.” It might be … Continue reading Story: The Ambitious ‘Amakihi
  • Story: The Suspicious Noio - Watch the Recorded Story When recorded, I was delivering the story from a memory of this text – which means they’re not the same. It is distinctive, however, for including the coining of the word, “tentacally,” which sadly, isn’t in the prepared text. Photo of a noio (black noddy) by Eric Anderson.
  • Story: The ‘Apapane that Didn’t Learn to Sing - July 17, 2022 Amos 8:1-12Luke 10:38-42 The ‘apapane are known for their cheerful songs. Walk around in the ohi’a forests of Hawai’i Island and you will hear them. They produce all kinds of sounds, combining them together into a range of calls and melodies that make the forest ring. But there was one ‘apapane that … Continue reading Story: The ‘Apapane that Didn’t Learn to Sing
  • Story: Samaritans - July 10, 2022 Psalm 25:1-10Luke 10:25-37 Mynas have a reputation. It’s a reputation that most of us wouldn’t want to have. They’re known for their loudness, and their squabbling, and their arguments, and their really loud arguments. Basically, they’re known for being petty, noisy, and aggressive. Not the reputation you’d like to have. You will … Continue reading Story: Samaritans