Stories

  • Surrounded by Air - May 22, 2022 Acts 16:9-15John 5:1-9 by Eric Anderson The young noio was confused. The world was, let’s face it, a fairly confusing place, especially there on the ocean-fronted cliffs of Kamokuna. There’s a lot of wind down there, and that plays with your mind. There’s a lot of noise from the waves breaking against … Continue reading Surrounded by Air
  • Explain Yourself - May 15, 2022 Psalm 148Acts 11:1-18 The mālolo is known in English as the flying fish. They don’t really fly, although I must admit that they fly better than, say, I do. They can get themselves moving through the water at near forty miles an hour, which is faster than you should be driving through … Continue reading Explain Yourself
  • I Don’t Want to Try - May 8, 2022 Acts 9:36-43John 10:22-30 by Eric Anderson It was coming up to graduation day in the i’iwi school – why, yes, i’iwi go to school. They learn to fly from the nest, but there’s advanced flying techniques to learn, and flower identification, and how not to be where the i’o is hunting. These … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Try
  • The Time to Be Brave - May 1, 2022 Acts 9:1-20John 21:1-19 by Eric Anderson It was late April, and it was about to be May. The kolea didn’t know that. Pacific golden plovers, the English name for na kolea, don’t pay much attention to the calendars that people use. I’m not entirely sure what they pay attention to, but they … Continue reading The Time to Be Brave
  • I’ll Catch Up - “…They caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.” – Luke 5:6b “When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” – Luke 5:11 “What the…? The net is full of fish!” “How can it be? We fished all night.” We both avoided looking at the Teacher/Healer … Continue reading I’ll Catch Up
  • The ‘Apapane’s Own Song - This morning’s story is about a bird, and I imagine that you can guess which one. What bird do you think it is? [Chorus of “‘Apapane!”] That’s right. This story is about an ‘apapane. I don’t know why I like these birds so much – it wasn’t the first bird I saw after I moved … Continue reading The ‘Apapane’s Own Song
  • To Win or to Play - A group of friends really loved playing a game. I’m not going to use the name of the game here, but you’ve probably seen it and you’ve probably played it. It’s the one where you’ve got these pieces that move around an outside track, and then they go up toward the center of the board, … Continue reading To Win or to Play
  • I’iwi Rules - There was an i’iwi who was brave and creative and spirited. If she was a marcher, she’d have marched to the beat of her own drummer – and changed drummers at least four times along the course of the parade. The chances are good that only one of those five drummers would have been audible … Continue reading I’iwi Rules
  • The Big Brother - This story is about a little boy who had a younger sister. Do any of you have a younger brother or sister? [Pastor, of course, knows perfectly well that some of these children have younger brothers or sisters. He had to suggest that elbowing little sister was not strictly necessary for the story.] Well, when … Continue reading The Big Brother
  • The Manu-o-Ku Sisters - Today’s story is about a bird – and no, I’m not going to ask you to guess which one. Today, the heroines of our story are a seabird called a manu-o-Ku. In English, it’s called a white tern, and I would think you can guess what color most of its feathers are. That’s right. They’re … Continue reading The Manu-o-Ku Sisters