Mormon landmarks installed in Laie
Two landmarks of Mormon church history in Laie were commemorated in historical markers dedicated yesterday by officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The markers are at the former sites of the Lanihuli Home, a Victorian mansion that was the headquarters of the church mission in Hawaii from 1893 to 1913, and the Laie Social Hall, scene of weekend dances and other community social events from 1913 to the 1950s. Both buildings were razed in 1958 for expansion of the Church College of Hawaii, now Brigham Young University Hawaii.
The plaques on Lanihuli Street near the Laie Temple and on Loala Street are part of a historical trail being developed by Hawaii Reserves Inc., the property management company affiliated with the church. Markers were installed last year at sites of the old Mission School and Plantation Store in Laie.
Special program looks at benefits of forgiving
Music by the Makaha Sons and dance by the IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre will be presented in an Aug. 6 program that will explore the spiritual, cultural, artistic, health and social aspects of forgiveness.
The Hawaii Forgiveness Project will sponsor the annual Hawaii International Forgiveness Day festival from 2 to 5 p.m. at Central Union Church Parish Hall, 1660 S. Beretania St.
Author Fred Luskin, a psychology professor and director of the Center on Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University, will speak. His book, "Forgive for Good," was based on research by the Stanford Forgiveness Projects that found forgiveness is a teachable skill that has physical and emotional benefits on people who practice it.
Ramsay Taum, who teaches Hawaiian arts and culture, will discuss the role of forgiveness in Hawaiian cultural and healing traditions.
Authors Jerry Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione will host an interchange of participants sharing experiences involving forgiveness in families and other personal relationships.
Forgiveness Hero Recognition Awards will be presented to several individuals and organizations who have demonstrated forgiveness.
Similar celebrations are held in 80 countries, according to information from the Hawaii Forgiveness Project.
Oahu churches raise funds with food events
Some Oahu churches are offering to nourish the body in addition to the soul at fundraising feasts next month.
» A Mexican dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 45-435 Aumoku St., Kaneohe. The buffet of tacos, burritos, chile rellenos, puerco con chile verde, calabacitas and flan is available for $10. Tuesday is the deadline to call 247-2733 for reservations. The dinner will raise funds for a September mission trip to Juarez, Mexico, where eight church members will work at an orphanage.
» Liliuokalani Protestant Church will hold its 30th annual luau next Saturday on the church grounds in Haleiwa. Call 637-9364 for reservations. The Hawaiian feast will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. for $15. Takeout orders at $12.50 may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event benefits church projects.
» The United Church of Christ, 467 N. Judd St., will sponsor its 50th annual "takeout luau" Aug. 19. Boxed 11-course dinners may be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $20, of which $6 is tax deductible. Call 536-8418 for tickets. The proceeds will be used for church programs and shared with the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.