E ko makou Makua
i loko o ka lani,
e ho'ano 'ia kou Inoa,
e hiki mai kou aupuni,
e malama 'ia kou makemake
ma ka honua nei,
e like me ia e malama 'ia
ma ka lani la
E Ha 'awi mai ia makou
i 'ai na makou no keia la.
E kala mai ho'i ia makou
i ka majou lawehala 'ana,
me mahou e kala nei i ka po'e
i lawehala ia makou.
Mai ho'oku'u 'oe ia makou
i ka ho'owalewale 'ia mai,
aka, e ho'opakele no na'e
ia makou ika 'ino.
No ka mea, nou ke aupuni,
a me ka mana,
a me ka ho'onani 'ia,
a mau loa aku.
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono
"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
The islands began under the sea. Hot lava poured out of a crack under the ocean. Slowly, the hot lava build a mountain. That mountain grew bigger and bigger until it rose above the sea. The lava cooled and became rock. Eventually, these rocks built an island in the sea and then more were formed. It takes thousands of years to build an island. This is how the Hawaiian Islands were formed.
July 9th 2002 marked the 175th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Hawaii. Prior to that time the king of Hawaiian Islands expelled the Catholic Missionaries. The persecution came about because of the converts the Catholic Missionaries were winning over to Catholicism. It was illegal to be a Catholic on the islands. Many people were arrested and confined in the area in Waikiki where St. Augustine'S Catholic Church now stands.
On July 9th 1827 brave Catholic missionaries, French Roman Catholic priests, Rev. Alexis Bachelot, prefect Apostolic, the Rev. Abraham Armand, and the Rev. Patrick Short, arrived in Hawaii aboard the ship Comet. They were members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The first Catholic baptism in Hawaii took place on November 30th.
In January of 1828 a Catholic chapel opened in Honolulu.
Most of Hawaii's residents now belong to denominations of the Christian faith, but almost all of the major religions of the world are represented. The largest religious denomination is Roman Catholic.
The most well-known Catholic in Hawaii is Blessed Damien. He was born Joseph de Veuster in Tremeloo, Belgium, on January 3, 1840. He entered the Sacred Hearts Congregation at Louvain in January 1859. When his brother became ill, he took his place and left for Hawaii. Five years later was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu.
Father Damien volunteered to go the the leper colony on Molokai. On May 10, 1873, Father Damien traveled with Bishop Maigret and a shipload of lepers to Molokai. After two days Damien was willing to devote the rest of his life to the leper settlement. The bishop replied that he could stay as long as his devotion dictated. When Father Damien first arrived at Kalapapa, chaos ruled. It was a lawless colony. Father Damien accomplished amazing feats while residing on Molokai. Six chapels were built by 1875. He constructed a home for boys and later a home for girls. He bandaged wounds, made coffins, dug graves, heard confessions, and said Mass every morning.
It was in December of 1884 that Father Damien first noticed severe blisters on his feet without the presence of pain. As he suspected, he had contracted the dreaded disease...leprosy.
Father Damien died of leprosy on April 15, 1889.
In 1989 100th anniversary of the death of Father Damien is celebrated.
"Mother Marianne of the Third Franciscan Order of Syracuse, New York, spent thirty years at Kalaupapa, Molokai, in caring for lepers. As religious superior of the convent and as matron of the government home for leprous girls, Mother Marianne exemplified in word and in act of the ideals lived by St. Francis: all-embracing compassion, entire self-forgetfulness, and deep love of Christ. The spirit of this valiant woman, who died August 9, 1918, continues to inspire Franciscan Sisters and others throughout the world.
"I am not afraid of any disease; hence it would be my greatest delight even to minister to the abandoned 'lepers'."
Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God, Mother Marianne Cope.
(For Private Devotion Only)
Lord Jesus, You gave us Your commandment of love of God and of neighbor, and identified Yourself in a special way with the most needy of Your brethren; hear our prayer.
Faithful to Your teaching, Mother Marianne Cope loved and seved her neighbor, especially the most desolate outcast, giving herself generously and heroically for the victims of leprosy. She alleviated their physical and spiritual sufferings, thus helping them to accept their afflictions with resignation, as a pledge of God's love and their eternal happiness.
Through her merits and intercession, grant us the favor which we confidently ask of You (mention request) so that she may be raised to the altars of the Church, and that the People of God, following the inspiration of her life and apostolate, may practice fraternal charity, accordiing to Your word and example. Amen.
Say one Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Imprimatur+ John J. Scanlan, Bishop of Honolulu
If Your prayers are answered through the intercession of Mother Marianne Cope, please write to Cause of Mother Marianne, 1024 Court Street, Syracuse, New York 13208."
Taken from a prayer card for the Cause of Mother Marianne Cope
Taro is a very important food source of the Hawaiian people. In Hawaiian it is called kalo. Taro is grown in patches with ditches for water. The taro root is then pounded to make poi, a Hawaiian staple and starch. Taro is pounded with a poi pounder.
Poi is cut and placed into a long wooden bowl. It is then pounded with the poi pounder. The bottom of the poi pounder is wet so that the poi doesn't stick to it. Poi made this way is called pa'i'ai. This is then mixed with water to make the poi that is eaten. Poi is very rich in nutrients. Baby were fed poi as babyfood because it was very nutritious.
These sayings (translated into English) will give you an appreciation of the Hawaiian's view of people and nature and will show their good sense of humor.
This page was updated on June 10, 2006.
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