Star-Bulletin Features

Week of holy events
leads to Easter Sunday

Star-Bulletin staff

From the Palm Sunday procession in Palama tomorrow to the Easter Sunrise Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl, next week will be a time when many islanders focus on their spiritual traditions.

Christians will participate in Holy Week events leading to the most important church festival, the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Jewish congregations will begin their celebration of Passover on Wednesday. The traditional Seder meal marks the event more than 3,300 years ago when Moses led the Hebrews out of captivity in Egypt.

Some of the events:

>> "Building Community Together" is the theme of the 8 a.m. celebration tomorrow by the Palama Interfaith Council. The procession along North King Street, from Smith and Beretania streets to Kaumakapili Church, will memorialize Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem in the week before his death. The Kaumakapili, Kosrae Congregational Church and Waipuna Ole Ola congregations, Mayor Wright youth groups and several community groups will join in the event, which is in its 29th year.

>> Sessions of the annual "He's Alive" youth evangelistic crusade will be held throughout the week in all island Seventh-day Adventist churches. The services, at 7 p.m., are open to the public. For the schedule, call 595-7591.

>> The Windward Coalition of Churches will participate together at a noon Good Friday service at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive. The coalition will sponsor a Windward Community Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Easter Sunday at Kailua Beach Park.

>> The annual Easter Sunrise Service in Punchbowl crater will begin at 6:15 a.m. March 31. It is the 101st edition of Honolulu's oldest ecumenical event. The Rev. Mary Ann Swenson, bishop of the United Methodist Church's California-Pacific conference, will be the keynote speaker at the service, sponsored by a coalition of churches.

Also participating will be the Honolulu Men's Chorus, Royal Hawaiian Band, Kamehameha School chaplain Kordell Kekoa, Mid-Pacific Institute chaplain Robert Brown and the Rev. Sam Domingo of First United Methodist Church.

TheBus will run shuttle service with pickups in Waikiki and on Alapai Street. Buses marked "Special Punchbowl" will leave the Monsarrat Avenue terminal near the Waikiki Shell at 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. They will make pickups along Kuhio Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue. People may also board the shuttles at the Alapai Street terminal at about 5:30 and 5:45 a.m.

Parking will also be available at the crater, where gates will open at 4:30 a.m.

>> The University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Arena will be the site of New Hope Christian Fellowship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. The Rev. Wayne Cordeiro will speak at the services, which are open to the public. Ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro and a 100-member choir will provide music.

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