Oahu choirs to sing Hawaiian hymns
The choirs from several Oahu churches will present Hawaiian hymns in a free concert Friday at St. Jude Church, 92-455 Makakilo Drive, Kapolei.
The annual "Lokomaikai Aha Himeni" song festival at 7:30 p.m. is sponsored by the Hawaiian Arts & Liturgical Inculturation Awareness Committee.
Choirs may still join the program. For information, call Margaret Peters, 261-3410, or Darlene Ah Yo, 735-0259.
Homelessness focus of Buddhist talk
The Shin Buddhist perspective on social actions to help homeless people will be the topic of an Oct. 16 seminar at the Buddhist Study Center.
Speakers at the 7 p.m. event at 1436 University Ave. will discuss the causes and scope of the homeless population and assistance programs for them. Speakers will be Utu Langi, manager of the state's Next Step shelter in Kakaako, the Rev. Bob Nakata, pastor of Kahaluu United Methodist Church, and the Rev. David Sakamoto, minister of the Kapolei Hongwanji Sangha.
The free seminar is sponsored by Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Hawaii.
Scholarship winners to play at fundraiser
Kilohana United Methodist Church will become a concert hall Oct. 21 to raise funds for its scholarship program.
The 7 p.m. concert will feature violinist Iggy Jang, concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony, and Thomas Rosenkranz, assistant piano professor at the University of Hawaii, as guest artists.
Also performing will be the current scholarship recipients: Casey Kawahara of Pearl City High School, percussionist, and pianists Evan Lin of Punahou School, Sandra Tang of Moanalua High School, Blaise Tom of St. Louis School and Michelle Morimoto, home-schooled.
Tickets at $10 may be reserved by calling 373-3373 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rita Thompson Music Scholarship fund was created by the church's former choir director.
Seminar to look at Buddhist traditions
Traditions in Japanese-American Buddhism will be described in the annual Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar sponsored by Haleiwa Shingon Mission.
The program from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 is free and open to the public. The mission is at 66-469 Paalaa Road, Haleiwa.
Leeward Community College religion instructor Jay Sakashita will discuss the tradition of the home altar, or obutsu-dan, in his talk "Keeping the Family Safe and Sacred."
Sayaka Iwata, author and former professor at Taisho University in Japan, will speak on "Tsuizen Kuyo (Buddhist Masses for the Spirits) and Obutsu-dan."
Iolani School teacher Jeffrey Hackler will describe his "Unexpected Experiences on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage" in Shikoku, Japan.
A free lunch will be served. Oct. 16 is the deadline for reservations. Call 637-4423.
Lecture to explore role of female clergy
The impact of female clergy in the United Methodist Church will be the topic of a free lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Chaminade University.
The Rev. Toni Louise White, pastor of Suber Marshal Memorial United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., will present the first Dr. Phyllis C. Roe Memorial Lecture, named for the late executive director of Samaritan Counseling Center of Hawaii. Her topic is "Fifty Years of Peace and Justice: The United Methodist Clergywomen's Movement."
Participating in the program at the Mystical Rose Oratory on the Kaimuki campus will be Ernestine Enomoto of Honolulu Mindfulness Community, Masago Asai of Palolo Hongwanji, Linda Rich of Church of the Crossroads, Sasha Bley-Vroman of the Honolulu Friends Meeting and Mollie Sperry of the Bahai Faith.
The lecture is sponsored by the Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani Interfaith Program at the university.